House (season 2)

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Season 2
Season 2 DVD cover
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes24
Original networkFox
Original releaseSeptember 13, 2005 (2005-09-13) –
May 23, 2006 (2006-05-23)
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List of House episodes

The second season of House premiered on September 13, 2005[1] and ended on May 23, 2006.[1] During the season, House tries to cope with his feelings for his ex-girlfriend Stacy Warner, who, after he diagnosed her husband with acute intermittent porphyria, has taken a job in the legal department of Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital.[2]

Sela Ward's chemistry with Hugh Laurie in the final two episodes of the first season was strong enough to have her character return in seven episodes of the second season.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Guest cast[edit]

Laura Allen, Yareli Arizmendi, Matthew John Armstrong, Mackenzie Astin, Christine Avila, Marshall Bell, Peter Birkenhead, Tamara Braun, Yvette Nicole Brown, Dan Butler, Scott Michael Campbell, Christopher Carley, Jewel Christian, Michelle Clunie, Aasha Davis, Thomas Dekker, Stephanie Erb, Elle Fanning, Bruce French, Erica Gimpel, Greg Grunberg, Wings Hauser, Taraji P. Henson, Howard Hesseman, Wil Horneff, Ryan Hurst, James Immekus, LL Cool J, William Katt, Mimi Kennedy, Edward Kerr, Elias Koteas, Nathan Kress, Tom Lenk, Ron Livingston, Samantha Mathis, Jayma Mays, Eddie Mills, Cynthia Nixon, Michael O'Keefe, America Olivo, Kip Pardue, Randall Park, Sasha Pieterse, Kristoffer Polaha, Clifton Powell, Keri Lynn Pratt, Cameron Richardson, Charlie Robinson, Ignacio Serricchio, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Allison Smith, Christie Lynn Smith, D. B. Sweeney, Chris Tallman, Michelle Trachtenberg, Hillary Tuck, Alanna Ubach, Stephanie Venditto, Tom Verica, JR Villarreal, and Julie Warner.


The season gained high Nielsen ratings; "No Reason" was watched by 25.47 million viewers, the show's biggest audience ever at that point.[4] Season two averaged 17.3 million viewers an episode, outperforming season one by 30%.[5] The number of viewers made it the tenth most-watched show of the 2005–2006 television season.[5]

Writer Lawrence Kaplow won a Writers Guild of America Award in 2006 for the episode "Autopsy".[6]


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
231"Acceptance"Dan AttiasRussel Friend & Garrett LernerSeptember 13, 2005 (2005-09-13)15.91[8]

House is brought in for a consult on a Death Row inmate (LL Cool J) with mysterious symptoms. Cameron feels the hospital's resources are better used to find a different diagnosis for a young cancer patient (Christie Lynn Smith).[7] House and Stacy try to establish a good work relationship, especially after he lies to her to secure the transfer of the inmate to the hospital.

Final diagnosis: Methanol poisoning and pheochromocytoma (Clarence) and Lung cancer (Cindy)
242"Autopsy"Deran SarafianLawrence KaplowSeptember 20, 2005 (2005-09-20)13.64[10]

A nine-year-old cancer patient (Sasha Pieterse)[9] is brought before House after she experiences hallucinations. House figures out a way to help her, but it will involve serious risk. They discover she has a tumor on her heart, but when it turns out to be benign, the team decides a clot may be navigating her body.

Final diagnosis: Thrombosis
253"Humpty Dumpty"Dan AttiasMatt WittenSeptember 27, 2005 (2005-09-27)13.37[12]

Cuddy feels responsible when her handyman (Ignacio Serricchio)[11] falls off her roof then exhibits unusual symptoms. House's team amputates the handyman's hand to prevent the spread of infection, but when the other hand starts showing similar signs, they must seek out the source before it kills the patient.

Final diagnosis: Endocarditis secondary to psittacosis
264"TB or Not TB"Peter O'FallonDavid FosterNovember 1, 2005 (2005-11-01)12.18[13]

A famous doctor (Ron Livingston) falls ill when working in Africa, and is sent to House for treatment. Tensions mount when House refuses to believe he has tuberculosis, but everyone else believes so.

Final diagnosis: Nesidioblastoma and tuberculosis
275"Daddy's Boy"Greg YaitanesThomas L. MoranNovember 8, 2005 (2005-11-08)14.15[15]

A student (Vicellous Reon Shannon)[14] who just graduated from Princeton experiences severe spasms at a graduation party. Meanwhile, House's parents drop by but he is reluctant to see them, igniting curiosity among the hospital staff.

Final diagnosis: Cavernous angioma and radiation poisoning
286"Spin"Fred GerberSara HessNovember 15, 2005 (2005-11-15)12.95[17]

A famous cyclist (Kristoffer Polaha)[16] is brought to Princeton-Plainsboro after collapsing during a race. He is surprisingly honest about several illegal medications and techniques he applies to himself, but his sickness is not caused by any of these.

Final diagnosis: Air embolism and pure red cell aplasia secondary to a thymoma from myasthenia gravis
297"Hunting"Gloria MuzioLiz FriedmanNovember 22, 2005 (2005-11-22)14.72[19]

House is confronted by Kalvin (Matthew John Armstrong),[18] a gay man who demands treatment when other doctors diagnose him with AIDS, something he admits he does have. House begins making moves on Stacy using sensitive information on her relationship with Mark.

Final diagnosis: Echinococcosis
308"The Mistake"David SemelPeter BlakeNovember 29, 2005 (2005-11-29)14.91[21]

A lawsuit is brought against Chase and House for the death of a mother (Allison Smith)[20] who comes in with stomach pain. A disciplinary committee convenes to determine whether either of them is at fault.

Final diagnosis: Behçet's disease, then hepatitis C and hepatocellular carcinoma from a liver transplant
319"Deception"Deran SarafianMichael R. PerryDecember 13, 2005 (2005-12-13)14.52[22]

Anica (Cynthia Nixon) is at an OTB parlor where House observes her have a seizure. She is admitted to the hospital but Cameron wants her to be discharged when they discover she has Munchausen syndrome, however, House believes she has an underlying condition.

Final diagnosis: Clostridium perfringens and Munchausen syndrome
3210"Failure to Communicate"Jace AlexanderDoris EganJanuary 10, 2006 (2006-01-10)14.83[23]

While House and Stacy are in Baltimore, a famed journalist (Michael O'Keefe) collapses in his magazine company's office. While he acts nonchalantly after getting up, it becomes clear from his word-salad-inflected speech that he is suffering from aphasia.

Final diagnosis: Bipolar disorder and Cerebral malaria
3311"Need to Know"David SemelPamela DavisFebruary 7, 2006 (2006-02-07)22.24[25]

Cameron worries about the potential results of her HIV test and House basks in the afterglow of his kiss with Stacy, but Wilson tells him to keep a level head about things. House must dig through the life and lies of a busy housewife (Julie Warner)[24] to find the true reason why she is showing signs of physical and mental degeneration.

Final diagnosis: Ritalin abuse and hepatocellular adenoma

3412"Distractions"Dan AttiasLawrence KaplowFebruary 14, 2006 (2006-02-14)19.20[27]

The team struggles to diagnose a teen (James Immekus)[26] suffering from spasms when severe burns following an accident make most of their usual diagnostic tests impossible. Meanwhile, House exacts revenge on a doctor who turned him in for cheating in medical school.

Final diagnosis: Serotonin syndrome
3513"Skin Deep"Jim HaymanStory by : Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner
Teleplay by : Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner & David Shore
February 20, 2006 (2006-02-20)14.18[29]

House treats a teenage supermodel (Cameron Richardson)[28] who suddenly passes out during a fashion show. When her toxicology screen shows heroin, she is treated for addiction; unfortunately, her symptoms continue after she is weaned off the drugs. Meanwhile, House fights off increasingly bad leg pain.

Final diagnosis: Pseudohermaphroditism (More specifically Complete androgen insensitivity syndrome) and testicular cancer
3614"Sex Kills"David SemelMatt WittenMarch 7, 2006 (2006-03-07)20.56[32]

House treats a man (Howard Hesseman)[30] who unknowingly has a seizure and is in need of a new heart. He was admitted by his daughter Amy Errington (Keri Lynn Pratt).[31] When the transplant committee votes "no," House tries to get one from a dead woman whose organs have also been rejected by the committee.

Final diagnosis: Brucellosis (Henry) and Fitz-Hugh–Curtis syndrome secondary to gonorrhea (Laura)
3715"Clueless"Deran SarafianThomas L. MoranMarch 28, 2006 (2006-03-28)21.44[34]

When a man (Eddie Mills)[33] cannot breathe during sexual role playing with his wife, House questions the motives behind their marriage; Wilson's presence in his house begins to take a toll on him.

Final diagnosis: Gold sodium thiomalate poisoning
3816"Safe"Félix AlcaláPeter BlakeApril 4, 2006 (2006-04-04)22.71[35]

Melinda (Michelle Trachtenberg), a troubled teenager who is immuno-compromised as a result of medications she must take after a heart transplant, has a severe allergic reaction and goes into shock when her boyfriend visits her. Meanwhile, House and Wilson continue to work out the problems in their new living arrangement.

Final diagnosis: Tick paralysis
3917"All In"Fred GerberDavid FosterApril 11, 2006 (2006-04-11)21.20[37]

The hospital is hosting an oncology benefit poker tournament when a six-year-old boy (Carter Page)[36] is brought in exhibiting symptoms identical to those of a patient House had twelve years ago. House is convinced the boy's case is identical and he can predict the course of the young patient's illness, which ended in the first patient's death.

Final diagnosis: Erdheim–Chester disease
4018"Sleeping Dogs Lie"Greg YaitanesSara HessApril 18, 2006 (2006-04-18)22.64[39]

A young woman's (Jayma Mays)[38] health becomes a question of ethics when she is unable to sleep for ten days. It is not until House discovers she will need a liver transplant that he also uncovers some vital information about her and her partner Max. Meanwhile, Cameron accuses Foreman of plagiarism when an article he authors appears remarkably similar to one of hers.

Final diagnosis: Bubonic plague
4119"House vs. God"John F. ShowalterDoris EganApril 25, 2006 (2006-04-25)24.52[41]

House wants to call a 15-year-old faith healer's (Thomas Dekker)[40] bluff, but when the boy is admitted into the hospital he seemingly causes a cancer patient's condition to go into remission. After being diagnosed, the boy refuses brain surgery, but when his condition worsens, House and his staff have to make a decision.

Final diagnosis: Tuberous sclerosis and herpes encephalitis
4220"Euphoria (Part 1)"Deran SarafianMatthew V. LewisMay 2, 2006 (2006-05-02)22.71[43]

House is trying to cure a crooked cop (Scott Michael Campbell)[42] who acts turbulent and laughs uncontrollably, but he and his team are unable to determine the cause. When Foreman starts showing similar symptoms to that of the ill cop, the situation soon becomes deadly serious for everyone involved.

Final diagnosis: Secondary legionellosis but no final diagnosis
4321"Euphoria (Part 2)"Deran SarafianRussel Friend & Garrett Lerner & David ShoreMay 3, 2006 (2006-05-03)17.16[43]

After the police officer dies, Foreman, fearing for his life, contacts his father who rushes to his son's side. Meanwhile, House and the rest of the team are still trying to save Foreman before the disease that killed the officer gets him too.

Final diagnosis: Induced legionellosis and primary amoebic meningoencephalitis secondary to infection by Naegleria fowleri
4422"Forever"Daniel SackheimLiz FriedmanMay 9, 2006 (2006-05-09)24.29[45]

On his way out the door, a man vomits and decides to stay home from work, only to find his wife (Hillary Tuck)[44] in the bathtub having a seizure and their newborn infant drowning.

Final diagnosis: Pellagra, celiac disease and MALT lymphoma
4523"Who's Your Daddy?"Martha MitchellStory by : Charles M. Duncan & John Mankiewicz
Teleplay by : John Mankiewicz & Lawrence Kaplow
May 16, 2006 (2006-05-16)22.38[47]

A 16-year-old Hurricane Katrina victim (Aasha Davis)[46] suffering from horrifying hallucinations is brought to House by a former bandmate who recently discovered the girl is his daughter. Although House fears his friend is being scammed, he takes the case. As he works his way through the girl's lies in order to diagnose and treat her, he is forced to tell a few lies of his own.

Final diagnosis: Haemochromatosis and zygomycosis
4624"No Reason"David ShoreStory by : Lawrence Kaplow & David Shore
Teleplay by : David Shore
May 23, 2006 (2006-05-23)25.47[48]

When House and his team are working on the diagnosis of a man with a swollen tongue, the husband of a former patient walks into House's office and shoots him in the stomach. House continues to treat his patient from his ICU bed although the shooter (Elias Koteas), who was shot by hospital security and handcuffed to his bed, has become his roommate. When the after effects of the shooting begin to impact House, he starts to question his own ability to diagnose properly. As his patient's body deteriorates, House struggles through self-doubt and must trust his team to find a way to solve the case as well as trying to divide reality from fiction.

Final diagnosis: No diagnosis (hallucination by House)

DVD releases[edit]

Set details Special features
Country North America United Kingdom Australia
  • Bonus Featurettes:
    • "An Evening With House"
    • Blooper Reel
    • Alternate Takes
    • "It Could Be Lupus"
    • Producer Commentary
# episodes 24
Aspect ratio 1.78:1
Running time 1044 minutes 1008 minutes 1037 minutes
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English, Spanish N/A none
# of discs 6
Region 1 (NTSC) 2 (PAL) 4 (PAL)
Rating NOT RATED 15 M
Release date August 22, 2006 (2006-08-22)[49] October 23, 2006 (2006-10-23)[50] October 25, 2006 (2006-10-25)[51]


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