House : Cast and Characters

House’s first three seasons had six major roles getting star billing, all these roles were doctors, working at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital in New Jersey. Laurie starred as the curmudgeonly title character Dr. Gregory House. Leonard appeared as Dr. James Wilson House’s only friend and the head of the department of Oncology. Lisa Edelstein portrayed Dr. Lisa Cuddy, House’s boss, who is also the Hospital’s Chief Administrator and Dean of Medicine. House’s team of diagnosticians consisted of Dr. Eric Foreman, a neurologist, Dr. Robert Chase, a intensive care specialist, and Dr. Allison Cameron, an Immunologist and internal medicine specialist.

Through the show’s run, every season of House has a recurring guest star, who appears in a multi-episode story arc. In the first season, Chi McBride appeared in five episodes as Edward Vogler, the billionaire owner of a pharmaceutical company who made a $100 million donation to the PPTH. Shore explained that Vogler was an attempt to give Dr. House a villain, but as the episodes aired, he realized that the "boss-as-villain idea [did not] really work for the show". In the final two episodes of the first season, and seven second season episodes, Sela Ward appeared as Stacy Warners, House’s former girlfriend. She wanted House to treat her husband Mark Warners (Currie Graham), who House diagnosed with porphyria in "Honeymoon". Stacy and House started to grow closer to eachother, but in "Need to Know", House tells Stacy to go back to Mark, which devastates her David Morse had a recurring part on the show’s third season as Detective Michael Tritter, a police detective, who tries to get House to apologize for leaving him in an examination room with a thermometer in his rectum. When House refuses to do so, Tritter forces him to go to rehab and sues him. When the case ultimately comes to court, House is sentenced with spending one night in jail and finishing his rehabilitation.

In the third season episode "Family", Foreman announces his resignation, telling House, "I don’t want to turn into you " Soon after, in the season three finale, "Human Error", House fires Chase saying that he has either learned everything he can, or he has not learned anything at all. Cameron subsequently resigns, having developed a soft spot for Chase. This leaves House without a team for the season four premiere.

With orders from Cuddy to hire a new team, House considers forty new doctors for the Department of Diagnostic Medicine, assigning them all numbers from one to forty. Early episodes of season four focussed on cases that House used to narrow the forty applicants down to three new employees. House made a reality TV-style game out of it using diagnostic cases as contests.[96] He eventually eliminated thirty-seven of them, hiring Chris Taub (Peter Jacobson), Lawrence Kutner (Kal Penn), and Remy "Thirteen" Hadley (Olivia Wilde) as his new team members. Dr. Foreman rejoined the team after getting fired from a new job at a different hospital. Former team members Dr. Chase and Dr. Cameron still appear regularly on the show, only in in different positions at the PPTH. While Penn, Jacobson and Wilde were hired permanently, they did not receive star billing. They are given an "Also Starring" credit, as their names appear after the opening sequence.

Although the contestants for a position on House’s medical team were the main recurring character of the fourth season, Amber Volakis, one of the contestants remained recurring to the end of the season, having started a relationship with Wilson. Although her character died in the season finale "Wilson’s Heart", Michael Ausiello has reported that her character may appear as a hallucination during a later season. Michael Weston was the main recurring actor of season five, appearing in three episodes as private investigator Lucas Douglas. House initially hired Douglas to spy on Wilson, but he later pays him to dig up information on his team members and on Cuddy. In 2009, E! reported that one of the show’s main characters would die during season five. This was confirmed by Laurie, in a 2009 interview with Parade. In the episode "Simple Explanation" Kutner was found dead in his apartment due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. As he left no note, House suspected foul play, though it was otherwise generally accepted by the other characters that his death was a suicide. Penn later explained that he asked the writers to write him off the show, because he was given the opportunity to work in the White House Office of Public Liaison.


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