Nov. 16, 2004
60 min.
FOX TV Network

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Dr. Gregory House is a brilliant world-renowned chief of Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital's diagnostic department who leads his team into challenges of solving medical puzzles in order to save lives. But apart from being medical genius, House an anti-social, arrogant, controversial, cynic, irreverent and narcissistic pain killer addict who trusts no one, least of all - his patients.

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Dr. Robert Chase was the diagnostic team's cardiologist and intensive care specialist during the first three seasons. He has been on the diagnostic team with House longer than either of other two members at the time. He returns in the fourth season as a member of Princeton-Plainsboro's surgical staff. In the sixth season, he returns to the diagnostic team, first working for Eric Foreman, then for House when House returns to head the team after his medical license is reinstated.

Chase is regarded by most characters as someone who will do anything to protect his job. This is mostly due to an incident in season one when Chase, fearing for his job because House had yelled at him, told Edward Vogler of House's illegal actions.

However, as the show progresses, Chase begins to show his real loyalty and respect for House. Having been on the team longer than anyone else, Chase obviously cares for House, as shown by the hug in the Season Three episode "Half-Wit". Later, when Michael Tritter is looking for information about House, Chase refuses to work with him, although Tritter tries to make it appear that he does in order to create conflict and distrust within the Diagnostics Department. Tritter's manipulation works and his relationships with Cameron, Foreman and especially House are further strained. However, after being punched by a detoxing House for getting the correct diagnosis in "Finding Judas" Chase begins to develop a more assertive personality and even disagrees with House on several occasions, eventually leading to him getting fired at the end of the third season. His affection for House is also exemplified in the fifth season episode "The Social Contract," when he helps House give a patient potentially fatal surgery simply because House empathizes strongly with the patient's situation.

As an intensive care specialist, Chase performs most of the invasive medical procedures, as well as observing and helping with the team's patients' surgeries when he worked for House. After his departure from the team, Chase becomes a surgeon in the hospital, a move that House says is only "one step down" from his previous position.

Chase has been shown to be an intensely secretive person. Most of information regarding his background comes from his interactions with patients, although House manages to learn some of his personal history.

He has a strong dislike for substance abusers, and, early in the series, was quick to blame symptoms on drug or alcohol abuse. This is likely due to his experiences with his mother, who drank herself to death after his father left her.

Chase has, at times, shown a shrewd capability of deducing people's motives, rather similar to House. He correctly deduced that Foreman was ashamed of the reason for his resignation, and then correctly deduced that House was also. He also figured out that House was the one who canceled Foreman's job interview in "The Jerk", for no reason other than to get the staff to mistrust and suspect each other.

He has learned a great deal about diagnostic medicine from House, proven in "The Right Stuff" when he correctly deduces the patient's affliction to be Von Hippel-Lindau Disease. He was the first diagnostic medicine fellow to correctly make the final diagnosis in "Finding Judas" and he diagnosed the patient of the week in the episode "Airborne." Chase has punched and been punched by House.


In the episode "Cursed," House speculates that Chase's father's accent is "Czech with about 30 years Aussie", which the father confirms (Jesse Spencer is Australian himself). Chase has also had a rough relationship with his late father, Rowan, a famous doctor in his own right. Chase talks to House about trying to mend the gap with his father many times, but finding his father simply didn't care. It is also in this episode that House describes Chase as a "26-year-old male," although this may have been an exaggeration given the usual age of specialist doctors. In this same episode, while talking to his father, Chase reveals that he was fifteen when his father left, and House later states that "it's been fifteen years since the separation, ten since his mother died", which would put him at thirty or near to. In the episode "Control", Chase is told by House to do an angiogram of a CEO's leg but House later finds out Chase accidentally screwed up the angio and because of which almost gets Chase fired. Chase later responds "I can't believe I did that" Autopsy", he confirms his age as thirty, although he may have been exaggerating due to the circumstances of a nine year old female cancer patient requesting a kiss from him.

Rowan Chase is revealed to have left the family when Robert was a teenager, which gave his son no other option but to care alone for his alcoholic mother until her death at least five years later, which was approximately ten years before "Damned If You Do". It is implied that his mother died of an alcohol-related illness and that she went into psychosis before Chase ever had a chance to say goodbye to her. In "Cursed," Rowan visits the hospital claiming he is in town for a conference, but close observation of his behavior allows House to deduce that he is not attending said conference and in reality, Rowan is dying from terminal lung cancer. Rowan was at the hospital to visit Dr. James Wilson, head of Oncology at Princeton-Plainsboro. Initially, Robert is intensely frustrated with his father's presence, but offers to buy his father a drink at the end of the episode. Rowan declines because he says he does not have time before he leaves again, and leaves without ever revealing to Robert his condition. In the Season Two episode "The Mistake," viewers learn that Chase's father died about two months after the visit in "Cursed." Later in the episode "Forever, House deduces that Chase's father cut him off his will before dying, leaving him no money at all. Chase confirms this in "Finding Judas."

In "Damned If You Do", Chase reveals to a patient that he attended a seminary, quoting 1 Peter 1:7. This aspect of his life was shown again in "Forever"," when he said a prayer for the soul of a baby who died under his care. It has also been revealed that he was dating a banker who, as it turned out, liked to be burned.

Chase's attraction to Cameron has been featured early in the series when he asks her on a date, only to be rejected. In the season two episode "Hunting," Chase has a one-night stand with Cameron while she is high on methamphetamines.

Cameron begins a "friends with benefits" relationship with Chase in season 3 during "Top Secret." Chase begins to fall for Cameron, but she does not return his feelings. A moment in "Fetal Position" clarifies Chase's feelings for Cameron when she remarks that she had "never seen him glow" like he does in a picture taken while (unknown to Cameron) gazing at a picture of her, although he plays the moment down. However, when he informs her that he wants to take their relationship forward in "Airborne", she ends it. Despite Cameron's refusal to reconcile, Chase asks her out every Tuesday, saying "It's Tuesday...I like you."

At the end of Season 3, Chase is promptly fired by House following an outburst, but the official reason is that he has been around the longest and has learned all he can from House. Later, Cameron realizes her feelings for Chase and the two begin a relationship. Chase then picks up a job in the surgical team at Princeton-Plainsboro at the start of Season 4, occasionally aiding House with cases and advising Foreman on personal and professional issues. In Season 5's "Saviors," Chase proposes marriage to Cameron, who accepts. In "House Divided," it is revealed that Chase is allergic to strawberries, after going into anaphylactic shock while taking a body shot from a stripper wearing strawberry body butter during his bachelor party. Luckily, a resident at the party had an epi-pen, and administered it to him quickly. Chase and Cameron get married in the season 5 finale, "Both Sides Now". In season six Chase and Cameron return to the Department of Diagnostics under Foreman. Chase murders a patient (a brutal visiting African dictator) in the Episode "The Tyrant". Chase fakes a blood test so the patient will be misdiagnosed and given treatment that will be guaranteed to kill him given his actual condition. Foreman finds out and confronts Chase. Chase tells him he just saved thousands of lives as the patient was planning an ethnic cleansing and now there is a chance at peace, but if the world knows that he was murdered it will turn him into a martyr and things will get worse. He then tells Foreman that if he's going to be getting a visit from the police to warn him first so he can explain to his wife. Foreman warns him that someone can't take another person's life without expecting consequences. Foreman is later seen burning the incriminating evidence against Chase, and Chase is seen with Cameron obviously feeling guilty. House eventually discovers the murder, and his prodding along with Chase's conscience get Chase to confess the fact to Cameron. At first, Cameron tries to cope with the fact, but she decides to leave Chase soon after.

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07x19 - Last Temptation
Season 7, Episode 19
08x01 - Twenty Vicodin
Season 8, Episode 01
07x03 - Unwritten
Season 7, Episode 03
06x19 - The Choice
Season 6, Episode 19
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