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Allison Cameron, M.D., is a fictional atheist character from the Fox medical drama House, portrayed by American actress Jennifer Morrison. An immunologist, Cameron was a member of Dr. Gregory House's team of handpicked specialists at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital's Department of Diagnostic Medicine.

Fictional character biography

Prior to working at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, Cameron was a medical intern at the Mayo Clinic and was one of the top students in her class in medical school.[1] She hails from the Midwestern United States and has a sibling, an unnamed older brother.[2][3] Cameron worked for House under a medical fellowship alongside Dr. Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer) and Dr. Eric Foreman (Omar Epps) for three years.[4]

At the age of 21, Cameron fell in love with a man, knowing that he had been diagnosed with terminal thyroid cancer.[5][6] They got married, and six months later her husband died because the cancer had metastasized to his brain.[6]

In House's first season, it is shown that Cameron has a crush on House.[7] She resigns in "Role Model", after Edward Vogler forced House to fire one of his team members.[8] When she is asked to return, Cameron only agrees if House will go out on a date with her.[9] The two go on a date in "Love Hurts." Afterward, when they are asked if they will do it again, House replies "I don't think so", while Cameron says she does not know.[10] After seeing House's behaviour when he and his ex-girlfriend Stacy (Sela Ward) reunite, Cameron tells House, "I thought you were too screwed up to love anyone. I was wrong. You just couldn't love me. It’s okay. I’m happy for you."[11]

Cameron begins a "friends with benefits" relationship with Chase in season 3 at the end of the episode "Insensitive".[12] However, she ended their relationship when Chase informed her that he wanted to take their relationship to the next level. Despite Cameron's refusal to reconcile, Chase starts to ask her out every Tuesday.[13][14] When she becomes the lone fellow of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine after Chase and Foreman were fired and resigned from their posts, respectively, in the third season finale, Cameron resigns too.[4] Afterward, she goes to Chase's house on a Monday, telling him, "I just didn't feel like waiting".[4]

In season four it is shown that Cameron has become a senior attending physician in the emergency room.[15] Chase and Foreman both notice that, despite having resigned from House's team, she is "remarkably involved with his team".[16] Cameron later confides in Foreman that what she misses about her old job is "people doing whatever it takes to get the job done", although she has stated on multiple occasions that she does not want her old job back.[16] Cameron's relationship with Chase moves forward during the fifth season; in the episode "Saviors", after having a little argument with Chase about their canceled vacation, the two get engaged.[17] In "Both Sides Now", the season 5 finale, the two get married.[18]


"You live under the delusion that you can fix everything that isn't perfect. That’s why you married a man who was dying of cancer. You don't love, you need. And now that your husband is dead, you're looking for your new charity case. That's why you're going out with me. I'm twice your age, I'm not great looking, I'm not charming, I'm not even nice. What I am is what you need. I'm damaged."
—— House to Cameron on their date in "Love Hurts".

Cameron was once the only woman on House's diagnostic team.[19] She is known for her honesty, sincerity, idealism and strong ethical center.[20] She is an atheist, but expresses a feeling of respect for people with religious beliefs, unlike House, who openly and mercilessly taunts religious people.[21][22][23] Joyce Millman of The New York Times has stated she plays "Jane Eyre to House's Edward Rochester."[19] Millman stated that House's description of Cameron in "Love Hurts" (see box on the right) "cut to the core of Cameron's motivation and personality".[19] Morrison has said that Cameron hates herself for being in love with House, "but she can't help but find him desirable".[24] Cameron objects to House's reliance on deceiving their patients and has gone head-to-head with him several times on the issue.[25][26] She has also been reluctant to deliver bad news to patients or their families.[27]

Cameron's interest in House supposedly subsided as she began a relationship with Chase, although it resurfaces occasionally with flirtations and Freudian slips; in the season 4 episode "Ugly", Cameron lets slip to a documentary team that she loves House. In "No More Mr. Nice Guy", when House is believed to have neurosyphillis, Chase asks her directly in front of Foreman and the other fellows if she has slept with House, to which she ambiguously replies "It's none of your business". Chase thinks she did; however, later, when they are in private, she says she did not. In season 4, Cameron also dyes her hair blonde. Early in season 4, House, who was told by Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) and Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) that Cameron and Chase moved to Arizona, finds her in the ER after finally discovering that they were still working at the PPTH. House tells her that she was an "idiot". When Cameron asks if it was either the hair or where she was working, he said both, stating that her hair made her look like a hooker and that he liked it.

In the season 5 episode "Big Baby", Cameron temporarily moves up to Acting Dean of Medicine and Hospital Administrator, after Cuddy decides to spend more time being a mother. However, she soon quits, stating that she can never say no to House after studying under him for three years.


Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune reported that many fans were disappointed the character received less airtime in season 4.[28] David Shore and Producer Katie Jacobs have stated that Chase and Cameron would be getting sufficient screentime and storylines soon throughout the series when many of the show's fans complained and took action.[29]

Written out of the show

In the episode, "Teamwork", she and Dr. Chase were supposed to leave House's team and the hospital because of Dibala's death and to save their relationship. When Foreman convinces Chase to remain on the team for the remainder of the case by telling him "he owes him one", he and Cameron agree to finish the case. The episode progresses to a point where Chase meets House at his front door and tells him he wants to remain on the team. Chase wondered throughout the episode why Cameron forgave him: House deduces, and Cameron confirms, that her anger was directed towards House as the source of the atmosphere leading to Dibala's murder. Towards the end, she confronts House by saying he ruined Chase's life making him "unable to see right or wrong and not to see the sanctity of human life". Cameron admits her former love for Dr. House – which has disappeared as a result of recent events, along with her love for Chase (as he was when she first met him). She puts her hand out to shake House's hand and he does not accept – much like in the Season 1 – and she kisses him on the cheek, signaling that she is leaving the diagnostic team. The episode ends with Cameron parting with Chase and leaving their apartment in tears.

Fox Broadcasting announced in September 2009 that Cameron would be written out of the series in the middle of Season 6.[30] This was a decision on the part of the writers and producers, and not Morrison's.

Before her final episode aired on November 16, 2009, Morrison commented on the announcement of her departure, stating that it was not definite. "I don't think anyone really knows...they're always just a couple of episodes ahead, and [executive producer] David Shore has always been very true to the writing of the characters and what he believes them to be." Morrison says that Shore is currently trying to figure out the truth of where Cameron's supposed to be right now, and "if she fits into the hospital...and as far as I know, they don't know. So that's what I know," Morrison said at the Star Trek DVD/Blu-ray premiere party.[31]


  1. "Pilot". Writ: Shore, David. House. Fox. 2004-11-16. No. 1, season 1.
  2. "Que Sera Sera". Moran, Thomas L.. House. 2006-11-07. No. 6, season 3.
  3. "Fetal Position". Lerner, Garrett; Friend, Russel. House. 2007-04-03. No. 17, season 3.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Human Error". House. 2007-05-29. No. 24, season 3.
  5. "Acceptance". Writ: Friend, Russel; Lerner, Garett. House. 2005-09-13. No. 1, season 2.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Fidelity". Writ: Moran, Thomas L.. House. 2004-12-28. No. 7, season 1.
  7. Ryan, Maureen (2005-03-15). "Hot Docs". Chicago Tribune (Chicago): p. 16. 
  8. "Role Model". Writ: Witten, Matt. House. Fox. 2005-04-05. No. 19, season 1.
  9. "Kids". Writ: Kaplow, Lawrence; Moran, Thomas L.. House. Fox. 2005-03-03. No. 19, season 1.
  10. "Love Hurts". Writ: Cooper, Sara B.. House. Fox. 2005-03-10. No. 20, season 1.
  11. "Honeymoon". Writ: Kaplow, Lawrence; Mankiewicz, John. House. 2005-05-24. No. 22, season 1.
  12. "Insensitive". House. 2007-02-13. No. 14, season 3.
  13. "House Training". Writ: Egan, Doris. House. 2007-04-24. No. 20, season 3.
  14. "Family". Writ: Friedman, Liz. House. 2007-05-01. No. 21, season 3.
  15. "House—Show Information". Fox Broadcasting Company. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Whatever It Takes". House. 2007-11-13. No. 6, season 4.
  17. "Saviors". Writers: Attie, Eli; Moran, Thomas L. Director: Penn, Matthew. House. Fox. April 13, 2009. No. 21, season 5.
  18. Mittovich, Matt (May 11, 2009). "House Episode Recap: "Both Sides Now"". TV Guide. Retrieved June 12, 2009. 
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Millman, Joyce (2006-03-26). "She Has a Thing for Older Doctors. Especially Jerks.". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  20. Deegan, Carol (2006-04-19). "'House' Reminds Viewers, 'Everyone Lies'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  21. "Damned If You Do". House. 2004-12-14. No. 5, season 1.
  22. "Role Model". House. 2004-04-12. No. 17, season 1.
  23. "Sports Medicine". House. 2005-02-22. No. 12, season 1.
  24. Ellis, Scott (2006-03-20). "Confusion times three". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  25. "Sleeping Dogs Lie". House. 2006-04-18. No. 18, season 2.
  26. "Informed Consent". House. 2006-01-19. No. 3, season 3.
  27. "Maternity". House. 2007-12-07. No. 4, season 1.
  28. 'House' creator speaks: Cameron and Chase fans may not want to hear it, Maureen Ryan, April 18 2008
  29. House' Bosses on Chameron fix, Michael Aussielo, January 2009
  30. Why the Change with Cameron?, House is Right, Sept, 2009
  31. [1], E Online, Nov, 2009

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