Season 6 Episode 3

Epic Fail

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 28, 2009 on FOX
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House returns to Princeton Plainsboro, announcing he will make big changes in his life. Meanwhile, House's team can't diagnose a new patient who's obsessed with posting each and every one of his symptoms over the Internet.

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  • House M.D.: “Epic Fail” - good but not great.

    House M.D.: “Epic Fail”

    Dr. Foreman: No House, the job’s still the same.

    Thirteen: Even though there’s something missing…

    Taub: I’m short, he’s black, you’re gay-ish.

    Thirteen: (nods) That’s it.

    House M.D.: “Epic Fail” - good but not great. House makes changes in his life… This is a new side of House… but he is still House. Despite the statement from Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital, Greg didn’t stop to go to counseling with a psychologist. In turn, Nolan advised to leave practice medicine. He thinks that House needs a hobby. And… House with Wilson decided to enroll in culinary courses. Here Greg reaches unbelievable success, however, the pain in his leg returns. And House decided to…

    At this time his team deal with a patient (really inteteresting character, game developer, by the way) that posts all his symptoms on the net. As a result, Forman (new head of the Department of Diagnostic) having huge problems with patient. In addition, his relations with Thirteen also go under the ledge. The ending is extremely interesting, but… Spoilers - the evil. Therefore remains only to add, that episode’s name really justifies itself. “I guess we’re going to find out,” House says.

    Мy rating - 4.6/5

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  • Epic Fail

    A very eventful episode of House that was a great follow up to the cinematic season premiere. We got a very intriguing cold opening that has never really been done or seen before, we really saw how great the cast was here in many instances, and finally, we got a nice twist at the very end that made us wonder what came next.

    I loved the medical mystery this week, definitely one of the best. Thirteen going behind Foreman's back to look online just as Foreman had his epiphany was great, it was even more awesome when we find out that House was the one who solved the case in the end.

    Coming in to this episode, I really didn't think I would like Foreman being the boss, but we got some great dynamics here, and now that the entire team has disappeared during House's absence, who knows what will happen next? The Cuddy & Wilson dynamic was also noteworthy. Overall, underrated episode of House, just a great episode.moreless
  • The series premiere of Foreman.

    Let us call this episode what it really is: an episode of Foreman, a new medical drama that will air on Monday nights in the timeslot previously occupied by House. Foreman is a spin-off of House maintaining the original cast, but limiting their screen time (except for Foreman of course) and making Thirteen the second lead. Annoying rant now over, but seriously this is not House. Gregory House is relegated to being the goofy neighbor (or roommate in this case) while Eric Foreman is the star. While I will admit that Thirteen and Foreman are not the worst couple on TV right now, having them at the forefront while Chase and Cameron are on screen for about 50 seconds combined is absurd.

    The episode was still pretty strong, but it is clear that House is evolving and I do not like the direction it is headed in.moreless
  • House the Cook

    In this episode of House, the following happens. We open this episode with House announcing that he is quitting. And so instead of spending his days working as a doctor, he is spending them cooking. And apparently he is a very good cook. The team work together on a case, but soon, without House, the team starts to fall apart. Taub tells Foreman (who is now in charge of the team) that he quits.

    And to make matters worse, at the end of the episode we see Foreman firing 13. The patient in this episode posts his symptoms on line to try and get a diagnosis, since the team isn't coming up with anything. At the end, they manage to solve the case, but we also learn that someone else got it right online and so they have won the "reward" money, which is $25,000. At the very end of the episode we learn that, that person is in fact House. Cuddy and Wilson believe that House is back on pills, so he gives them a urine test. But as he sits with his therapist at the end of the episode, we learn that he nearly slipped, but when he found the case on line, solving it stopped him.moreless
  • Back to the hopsital

    After the brilliant Season opening, it was expected this episode wouldn't be in the same standard. Nevertheless, it was a strong episode.

    The Foreman and Thirteen drama actually seemed, for once, nicely written! The dilemnas facing the couple was tied in with the medical case and Foreman becoming boss- it had a Season One feel to it, which is a good thing.

    I didn't expect House to leave the hospital, but I knew he would be back by the end of the episode! I am very glad he didn't slip- it would have rendered the previous episode pointless! I liked his scenes with Dr Nolan- I hope they keep him around, to be honest. Living with Wilson was also very entertaining- it felt like Season 2 all over again! House also learning to cook was very funny, and his scene with Thirteen was actually brilliant- did the writers finally decide to install a personality into her?? She had one in Season 4, and completely lacked one last Season!

    The patient was actually interesting, especially as he provided conflict, and posted his symptoms on the internet. It was a little predictable House would post the answer in, but it gave him a way back into the hospital.

    Foreman firing his girlfriend was unexpectant as I didn't read the spoilers- maybe the writers are planning to split Foreteen and take them their seperate ways now! Which I am sure many of you will be pleased to hear!

    And, with Taub quitting, the old team will be back! Yay!

    Overall, a good, solid episode- after the most phenomenal opener, House is back to its formula, and looking solid. Good stuff.moreless
Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allision Cameron

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Freda Foh Shen

Freda Foh Shen


Guest Star

Barry Pearl

Barry Pearl

Dr. Paulson

Guest Star

Wai Mui

Wai Mui


Guest Star

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde


Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Andre Braugher

Andre Braugher

Dr. Darryl Nolan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • House: You're early.
      Thirteen: For what?
      House: I knew you'd show up here complaining about Foreman.

    • Dr. Foreman: No House, the job's still the same.
      Thirteen: Even though there's something missing...
      Taub: I'm short, he's black, you're gay-ish.
      Thirteen: (nods) That's it.

    • House: I quit.
      Dr. Foreman: You can't quit.
      House: I think you're confusing me with Jake Gyllenhaal.

    • House: I'm sorry. I know this will affect both of you.. and Thirteen... and the one with the nose.

    • Dr. Cuddy: But House was a genius.
      Dr. Foreman: House was an egotistical pill-popping lawsuit magnet... and a genius.

    • Dr. Cameron: You know how House feels about people touching his ball.
      Dr. Foreman: No. Chase refuses to tell me.
      Dr. Cameron: Right. My husband's gay. Witty.

    • House: You already made me get a roommate. Wilson's got one bedroom. We can't get any more connected without unzipping.

    • Instructor: In a lot of ways, cooking is like music. Different elements combine to make a symphony.
      House: Difference is that Beethoven's 5th isn't going to be poop tomorrow.
      Dr. Wilson: What was my one condition for allowing you to tag along?
      House: Try not to be a jerk. I'm trying. I'm just failing.
      Dr. Wilson: Roll your meatballs and keep an open mind. (House smirks) How hard are you trying not to make a ball joke right now.
      House: They're smoking. Your balls.
      Dr. Wilson: Oh! Ow. No, no. They're browning way too fast.
      House: Blue is the color you've got to watch out for.
      Dr. Wilson: Enough. My god, they're... they're still raw inside. By the time they're cooked through, the outside will be burned.
      House: I think there's a medicated powder for that.

    • Dr. Wilson: Did you even go to bed last night?
      House: Bed is for sissies, unless you're having sex. In which case.. no, bed is still for sissies.

    • Thirteen: This might be the best thing I've ever eaten. (House smirks) And, yes, I'm including what you're thinking of now.

    • Dr. Wilson: You said it was keeping your mind off the pain.
      House: That was before I discovered the Biggest Loser marathon on cable. I like to pretend they can see me eating.

    • Dr. Foreman: I brought you a doughnut. The florist was closed.
      Thirteen: I'll get a vase and put it in water.

    • House: (to Cuddy) Et tu, bootay?

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      Germany: April 20, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: May 19, 2010 on TV Nova
      Israel: June 16, 2010 on HOT3
      Slovakia: September 14, 2010 on STV1
      Poland: September 16, 2010 on TVP2
      Sweden: November 16, 2010 on TV4

    • Music: You Always Hurt The One You Love (Ringo Starr)


    • Vince: I think it's mercury poisoning. I eat a ton of sushi.
      Thirteen: And you're currently getting mixed reviews in Speed the Plow on Broadway?
      Thirteen is referring to a dispute that ended in arbitration between Jeremy Piven and the producers of the 2008 revival of the David Mamet play when he unexpectedly quit the play citing mercury poisoning from eating too much sushi.

    • Taub: Marcus Welby is wrong.
      Referencing the long-running TV series Marcus Welby, M.D. ((1969-1976), starring Robert Young as an easy-going family physician who could easily be described as Gregory House's complete and total opposite.