Season 5 Episode 3

Adverse Events

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A painter's undiagnosed illness affects his work, and House and his team must look at the man's paintings to determine what's wrong with him.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Taub gets credit

    I watched this twice and its amazing we got this far before Taub actually solves a case. So far its been 13 or Kutner who gets most of the new cases but this time Taub actually shines.
  • Plot seems illogical.

    The plot puzzles me because if the painter's brain sees the woman as distorted, then his painting would have to look like the woman in order for his brain to see the same distorted image when viewing the painting. And no one viewing the painting would have any idea what's going on in the artist's head. And he wouldn't get punched on the nose and end up in Dr. House's care. And then we'd have no story for this episode. I recall that el Greco's skinny portraits were attributed to some sort of mental aberration like this, also. But I think el Greco deliberately painted people skinny, just as Alberto Giacometti sculpted skinny figures.moreless
  • 503

    This episode was just really great and I like how this season isn't a roller coaster ride with a bunch of fillers. The plot actually develops gradually. I was loving the Lucas/Cuddy interaction. Cuddy reveals to of liked Lucas in the end. House being on the cheerleading team was hysterical. The case was so interesting to me in my opinion. Seriously, what is wrong with this guy? So we've definitely got some classic House here. Turns out it was the drug trials the whole time. Taub revealing to his wife that he cheated on her after she bought him a car! Wow. Lucas digging stuff up from the team was interesting too. Great episode. (but it sort of left the Lucas & Cuddy relationship in the air after this episode)moreless
  • Excellent episode

    I know I won't be popular for saying this, but I find Lucas really entertaining! I wish they kept him longer- I like the bond he has with House, and especially the competive element as he seems interested in Cuddy!

    The plot itself was a good one- the failed painter and the idea what love is. The format is pretty much the same as earlier episodes- there is a good patient plotline with one of the members of the team realising something about their own lives- in this case, Taub ponders over his mariage, seemingly admitting his affair at the end. It was interesting how House seemingly began to care about him after originally screwing with him.

    On the downside- there was little interactions with the old cast members- I do miss them from time to time, and this was the first episode, ever, without Wilson! I was hoping they would continue with a theme but he seemed written out in this one!

    Overall a good, solid, filler episode- keeping a strong start to Season 5.moreless
  • Another good one

    In this episode of House, the following happens. The team work on the case of a struggling artist, whose art seems to suggest that he has a brain tumour, although this turns out not to be the case. Tests are run, and no tumour is found. House soon learns from the painter, that he is currently on 3 drug trails. This they believe is causing his problems. Throughout the episode we see that the P.I. from the previous episode, is still working with House. We see that the P.I. has a crush on Cuddy and even gives her a bunch of roses. The artist attacks 13 and so she punches him in order to defend herself. The team soon learn that he has something similar to a hairball in his lower abdomen, due to the medical trials he was on. They perform an operation and the ball is removed.moreless
Marika Dominczyk

Marika Dominczyk


Guest Star

Sarah Knowlton

Sarah Knowlton


Guest Star

Drew Powell

Drew Powell


Guest Star

Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Dr. Lawrence Kutner

Recurring Role

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde


Recurring Role

Michael Weston

Michael Weston

Lucas Douglas

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • House: People should not be testing drugs because they are desperate. But, people won't test drugs unless they are desperate. We need drugs to save children and puppies ergo we need desperate people ergo welfare kills sick children.

    • Taub: Not if something else changed.
      House: Like?
      Taub: His heart. He could have recently gotten a intermittent arrhythmia
      House: I know "heart" and "head" start with the same three letters, but you gotta read all the way to the end.

    • Lucas: Hey, I like the shoes, by the way.
      Dr. Cuddy: Thank… you.
      House: You don't like her shoes. You like her legs.
      Lucas: It sound less creepy if you say shoes.
      House: Less creepy, more gay.
      Lucas: That's my firm's motto.

    • Thirteen: Did you run a credit check on me?
      House: That would be illegal. Interestingly enough, paying somebody to run it for me, though…

    • Taub: You've discovered that one of us has been hiding the ability to stretch or shrink themselves?
      House: No. I would never out someone's superpowers.

    • Kutner: Wait, your wife's doing the doorman in your bed, and they're sweating all over the sheets that you paid for, and you...
      Taub: My wife's not doing the doorman.
      Kutner: How do you know?
      Taub: We don't have a doorman.

    • Thirteen: Drugs? How many trials are you on?
      Brandon: Three.
      House: Admirable. Not many idiots have that much ambition.

    • Brandon: You going to tell Heather?
      House: Couldn't, even if I cared enough to want to.

    • House: You want my advice?
      Taub: Of course not.
      House: Good, 'cause I have no idea what you should do.

    • Lucas: I like her, I don't wanna do her.
      House: Then what's the point of liking her?

    • House: (to Taub) Your marriage is like a broken toaster. Bread keeps popping up, you keep calling it toast. Which is weird, because you put your bread in a lot of toasters, and apparently you don't see any difference. It's kind of fascinating.

    • House: You know, people hate people who have theories about people.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 8, 2008 on TEN
      Portugal: November 24, 2008 on Fox
      Latin America: November 27, 2008 on Universal Channel
      The Netherlands: January 22, 2009 on SBS 6
      Germany: March 17, 2009 on RTL
      Denmark: April 11, 2009 on Kanal 4
      Poland: September 9, 2009 on TVP2
      Czech Republic: September 21, 2009 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: September 23, 2009 on STV1
      Sweden: October 13, 2009 on TV4

    • Music: Drown in My Own Tears (Ray Charles)

    • Jennifer Morrison and Robert Sean Leonard are credited but don't appear.


    • House: I take it none of you saw Trainspotting?
      Referencing the 1996 movie starring Ewan McGregor as Renton, an Edinburgh youth who tries to break his heroin habit.

    • House: This is like the Mod Squad: nothing can stop them.
      Referencing the 1968 TV series starring Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, and Peggy Lipton as three kids in trouble with the law, who get recruited by Captain Greer (Tige Andrews) to infiltrate the counter-culture and use their knowledge and appearance to get into groups that regular officers couldn't. Omar Epps (Foreman) played Linc in the feature film based off of the series.