Season 7 Episode 15


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 07, 2011 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Cuddy faces sobering news that forces her to reevaluate her priorities, while a series of dreams show glimpses into her relationship with House and her life overall. Meanwhile, while House is preoccupied with Cuddy, the team treats a troubled teen whose worsening symptoms and body scars indicate that he may have more than just a physical illness.moreless

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    It had great sound mixing.
  • Does she really want to break up? Please give us a break!

    I actually enjoyed the musical, the western and the horror movie etc, but these don't make a good episode.

    The episode centers on how immature House is, this is probably the very first time he has to face a serious problem where not only he isn't involved directly but he can't do anything to solve it.

    And what does he do? He avoid it once he knows how seious that is until he goes back to Vicodin in order to eventually face it.

    Ok, we now know that Cuddy realizes that he could not be reliable but, come on, she is a single 40yr old mum, in real life is she really going to dump him that quickly??

    When they first got togheter I thought that was the end of the show, I was very wrong because I found their relationship funny enough to live with the rest of the show. I don't really want to see a dark side of House again!moreless
  • I just didn't enjoy the episode. I had several instances of this is just to silly and this could be a jump the shark moment.

    I think the writers and actors had fun doing this episode because it was so unusual. I know the writers like to shock the audience at least a couple times a season but this one was not received as well by me as other ones have been. It will probably go down as one of my least favorite episodes because they just reached to far and I was wondering and hoping it would end before they had more time to reach. I have little doubt they will be back on track for next week's episode. At least they did move the story line.moreless
  • what a complex episode!

    There is enough material in this episode to make next five episodes! I sincerely hope they will make something good out of all this. But most of all, I would like that last few minutes were another (bad) dream.

    That scene with House on the floor of his bathroom, so familiar, only last time he managed NOT to take the pills. Cuddy was there last time to save him from doing the worst possible thing for him.

    And where is she now, when he needs her the most? Well, to be honest, she's got the point and in a way, she is right - he is a selfish child and always will be. But, what was she expecting - that she can change 50 something old man? Well, I am well aware that I cannot change my bf and he is 29 :).

    This ep was really, really, complex...with dream/dancing/singing sequences or intense feelings, or (sub)conscience - I am not even going to try and find meaning of all that. I will wait for next week episode and than have an opinion about ongoing events. If it turns out to be about House's renewed vicodine addiction, well, I will be disappointed. Oh, one more thing, in one of the previous seasons, when Amber dies, and House touched the bottom, I had some sick feeling in the stomach while watching those episodes and seeing House destroying himself and people around him over and over again. I had similar feeling last few minutes of this episode, hope that wasn't some negative premonition, regarding future episodes.

    P.S. Taub did the right thing!

    P.S.S. Haouse's weapon-cane was hilarious, seemed like Robert Rodriguez directed those zombie scenes :)moreless
  • Nice start but an ending that was very poorly thought out.

    Okay, the show centers on the Cuddy House relationship and how it will survive a medical scare close to home. Nothing earth shattering about that type of show, we could have almost expected it to happen sooner or later... and along the way we see some dream sequences that range from cool send ups to movies and sitcoms to some really bad ideas (House singing broadway tunes is over the top).

    But where we really have a problem is the shows ending... A Cuddy break-up because House used drugs again? I'm sorry but that was simply lame and a poorly thought out gimmick to allow him to spiral on the next episode. Cuddy knew he was a junkie and would likely relapse in the future, it would be nearly unheard of for an addict to not slip up and yet him taking a pill because he was worried about her dying is the reason to break up ? Sorry but that just make me want to quit watching... I ignored the fact that Cuddy has a dream sequence when she is put under for a procedure (news flash, when you get put under for procedures you don't dream been there and had it done and you don't dream at all).moreless
Paula Marshall

Paula Marshall


Guest Star

Brett DelBuono

Brett DelBuono


Guest Star

Lesley Fera

Lesley Fera


Guest Star

Liz Benoit

Liz Benoit

Nurse Anne

Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Amber Tamblyn

Amber Tamblyn

Martha Masters

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Dr. Cuddy: Did you actually wake up early and hide under the bed just to scare the crap outta me?
      House: Set an alarm and everything.
      Dr. Cuddy: It's like dating a ten-year-old.
      House: God, I hope not.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Get them outta here. My urethra is not for public entertainment.
      House: But it is a good-time adjacent.

    • Dr. Cuddy: You're right. Odds are this is nothing.
      House: Meet me in the cafeteria in ten. There'll be a corn dog with your name on it. I mean an actual corn dog. They fixed the deep fryer.

    • (doing an ultrasound)
      Dr. Wilson: You have nice skin.
      Dr. Cuddy: Thank you. Shut up!
      Dr. Wilson: Sorry. Just thought it would be rude not to comment.
      Dr. Cuddy: Just treat me like any other patient.
      Dr. Wilson: Are you sucking in your stomach?
      Dr. Cuddy: No. Hurry up before I pass out.

    • Julia: And House is cool with this? I mean, you guys...
      Dr. Cuddy: We've only been together a few months.
      Julia: Hmm. Seems like a lot longer. Probably because you've been talking about him for ten years. And by talking, I mean ranting about wanting to smash his teeth in with a stapler for being such a jerk.
      Dr. Cuddy: People change.

    • Taub: While he's doing that, can I at least search his house for drugs?
      House: Have I ever said no to that question?

    • Dr. Chase: Do you want me to quote from First Corinthians? 'Cause I can do that.
      Dr. Cuddy: As a Jew, I'm gonna have to decline that offer.
      Dr. Chase: Don't know what you're missing. St. Paul was really on his game.

    • Dr. Foreman: What is it with you and this kid?
      Taub: He's doggy-paddling in a sea of misery.
      Dr. Foreman: How far did you have to reach back for that memory? Last night? Sometimes I hear you in the living room watching TV at 3 a.m.
      Taub: That's when classic Doctor Who comes on the BBC.
      Dr. Foreman: Yeah, if only they had some device that allowed you to record them and watch them it another time.

    • Dr. Chase: Why is it anyone's problem? I violently executed my tenth-grade geometry teacher about five different ways in my mind.
      Masters: I didn't want to kill anybody. I just wanted to torture them slowly in my basement, preferably with acid. You guys ever think about what you might do to House?
      Taub: Maybe it's no big deal.
      Dr. Chase: Unless it is. Someone shot House.

    • Dr. Wilson: I was going to send Chase to tell you what the obvious right thing to do is here is, but then I realized that if you were too stupid to know how stupid that was, you might miss the irony.

    • Masters: What are you gonna do?
      Taub: What do you think I should do?
      Masters: So you can do the opposite? There are kids all over the country doing dumb, potentially violent things, but the percentage of them who would actually kill anybody is minuscule.
      Taub: So I shouldn't do anything?
      Masters: Mm... while the odds are low, the fallout could be huge. Tens or even hundreds of lives.
      Taub: So I should call the cops.
      Masters: Of course, over-identification with the subject could skew the calculation towards being over-protective. Or, alternatively...
      Taub: You suck at this.
      Masters: Hate the statistics, not the statistician.

    • House: All dream symbols mean you're stressed at work. Or castration anxiety.

    • House: If you don't make it, I won't sleep with anyone for at least a month.
      Dr. Cuddy: Make it two.
      House: Bitch!

    • Dr. Cuddy: You don't take Vicodin because you're scared. You take it so you won't feel pain. Everything you've ever done is to avoid pain. Drugs, sarcasm... keeping everybody at arm's length so no one can hurt you.
      House: As opposed to everyone else in the world who goes looking for pain like it's buried treasure?
      Dr. Cuddy: Pain happens when you care. Y-you can't love someone without making yourself open to their problems, their fears. And you're not willing to do that.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One-Hour).

    • Music: Get Happy (written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, choreographed by Mia Michaels, arranged by Jon Ehrlich, produced by Jon Ehrlich and Jason Derlatka, music by Steve Kaplan)

    • The scenes of the Mexican army surrounding the church are footage taken from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).

    • The episode starts cold with only a brief House M.D. blurb, and then the star credits over the action.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: March 7, 2011 on Global
      UK: March 24, 2011 on Sky1
      Germany: October 18, 2011 on RTL
      Czech Republic: December 12, 2011 on TV Nova
      Sweden: December 13, 2011 on TV4/TV4 HD
      Poland: December 15, 2011 on TVP2
      Slovakia: June 14, 2012 on STV1
      Finland: May 27, 2013 on MTV3


    • Ryan's video:
      Referencing Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the Columbine high school shooters. The pair made their own videos showing their thoughts and shooting practice. They used pimp bombs and Harris wore a T-shirt stating "natural selection" on the day of the shooting.

    • Taub: That's when classic Doctor Who comes on the BBC.
      Referencing the long-running British TV series about a mysterious traveler in time and space, who with the aid of his typically human companions fights evil aliens. After a hiatus, the series was revived in 2005 as "new" Doctor Who.