Season 3 Episode 21


Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 01, 2007 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Wilson prepares to transplant bone marrow from Matty to his brother Nick. But when Matty gets sick, the team must cure him as he's the only safe donor. Meanwhile Foreman deals with the consequences of his mistake and House has a battle of wills with his new pet Hector.moreless

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  • Loved this one

    I loved this episode, Wilson much more involved, and Foreman more human. I also loved the ending song, downloaded it too. Awesome acting by the family members. Very real feel. Great job. One of my all series favorites.
  • House and his team abuse a minor. Again!

    When Foreman suggested that the kid who was donating his bone marrow to his brother had a medical proxy representing his interests everyone acted like he was out of his mind. Even Cameron! Wasn't she supposed to be the righteous one?

    Their argument was that the kid wanted to help his brother. Yeah, but what if he hadn't? He had no say in the matter. His parents would have the ultimate say, he would not have a voice.

    But then even Foreman jumped on the "Children are nothing but bags of meat" bandwagon and basically strapped the kid and extracted his bone marrow without any anesthesia.

    I really hope hospitals in the real world aren't like this and doctors actually care about patients' rights.

    But at least at the end Foreman realized that House's attitude was depraved and certainly not something to look forward to and resigned.

    Don't get me wrong, I enjoy seeing House be, well, House, but I draw the line at child abuse.moreless
  • Brothers

    I thought this episode was another good yet dark one, with the team trying to cure one boy in time so he can save his brother.

    I thought the family of the patients this week were brilliant actors- especially the dad, who's emotion was clear and heartfelt. I also thought it was brilliant how the cast interacted with them.

    Foreman, meanwhile, tries to overcome his mistake last week, but is very timid and cautious- it looks like hes struggling to get over his mistake, until the end of the episode where he gets the kids marrow to save the brother.

    I think that scene disturbed me slightly- I know House is meant to be shocking, but it really made me shiver this time! Furthermore, I do miss the clinic scenes- House with Hector was hilarious, but I miss the scenes with clinic patients.

    The ending was brilliant, and gives a good looking finish to the Season- Foreman resigning came as a surprise.

    Overall, another great episode, but once again not to the high standards or the consistancy of the previous two seasons.moreless
  • Foreman resigns.

    A bright side on this episode was Hector, the 16 year old dog. After Hector chews House's cane off to bits, (my favorite part by the way) He gets a cane of flames, I love when he walks in to the room with Wilson & the song is playing. Great funny side of the episode. Meanwhile only drama is going down with the team, when two brothers battle for their life. And their parents have to make the decision of their lives, kill one save the other. They have a drain which they is the right diagnosis, but they were wrong, but once they come back to it,, they were right. Foreman also resigns cause he doesn't want to be like House. A bit stupid.moreless
  • Big Changes On The Way

    Foreman is still mourning the loss of this patient from House Training. House is living with Hector, Wilson's dog with ex wife #2. Oh, and there is a case.

    One of Wilson's patient is an African American teen with leukemia. His brother is going to be his bone marrow donor. The brother sneezes. There is a mad rush to treat the brother before the leukemia patient dies. He has less than 5 days, which is not enough time to do the normal blood tests. Minorities have less bone marrow donors in registries, so it is imperative that the brother be well enough to be the donor.

    Risks are taken. Mistakes are made (would this be a House episode if mistakes were not made?). The parents, who are in danger of losing both of their children, have their prayers answered. And a new cane too!

    There is a big surprise at the end of the show. It leads up to the finale that shakes everything up for House and his team.moreless
Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (28)

    • House: How old is Hector?
      Dr. Cameron: Our patient's name is Matty. His brother's Nick.
      Dr. Wilson: Hector's my dog. He's about seventeen.
      House: Seventeen? That's like... a hundred and nineteen in human years. Why's he still alive?

    • House: Ten thousand possible infections, at least 20 minutes per test, take you approximately eight years.
      Dr. Foreman: Actually, four months, assuming the last one I test is the right one. If it's the first, it'll take me approximately 20 minutes.
      Dr. Wilson: He's right, it's worth a shot.
      House: He's timid. Testing blindly is not gonna save this kid.
      Dr. Foreman: But standing around here will.

    • Dr. Foreman: I'm not like you. A patient died because you were distracted over the death of your dad. I made a calculated decision. You acted like a human being. I acted like.. (pause) House.

    • Dr. Wilson: How many hours a day do you have to spend with someone before they're basically family?
      House: Good point. But first, I gotta tell Cameron and Chase that they're violating God's will.

    • Dr. Wilson: How, exactly, does a dog unscrew a bottle of pills?
      House: Is that a riddle?

    • Dr. Wilson: We're done with Nick?
      House: God is done with Nick.

    • Dr. Foreman: You'll save more people than I will. But I'll settle for killing less. Consider this my two weeks' notice.

    • Dr. Wilson: I did exactly what Cuddy told us not to do.
      House: No, you didn't. You did exactly what she told me not to do. You're completely in the clear.

    • Dr. Foreman: I want to recheck the national marrow registry for an alternate donor.
      House: In case we're wrong?
      Dr. Foreman: It's been known to happen.

    • Dr. Foreman: I don't wanna turn into you.
      House: You're not. You've been like me since you were eight years old.

    • House: Adults don't need adult conversations. Just like I don't need this conversation.

    • House: (to Wilson) That was awesome! I gotta start pretending to care.

    • Dr. Cameron: (about House's new cane) Flames?
      House: Makes it look like I'm going faster.

    • House: Hey, you're not going to believe it. Wilson killed a kid just like you.
      Dr. Wilson: He's not dead.
      House: Five days are gonna fly by.

    • Dr. Wilson: I treat patients for months, maybe years, not weeks like you.
      House: I'm taller.

    • Dr. Foreman: He has acute scrotum.
      House: Adorable. Please, I thought you were dignified. Come on, how am I not supposed to make that joke.

    • House: You're not protecting your choices; you're soothing your conscience.
      Dr. Wilson: By that logic a sociopath would make the best patient advocate in the world.
      House: Am I blushing?

    • House: What is the point in being able to control people if you won't actually do it? It's like training a dog and then letting him go on your rug.

    • House: You want to catch a movie?
      Dr. Wilson: It's one in the morning.
      House: I know a place. Although I wouldn't recommend wearing those shoes.

    • House: I'm sorry.
      Dr. Wilson: Okay.
      (long pause)
      House: You're pathetic. I didn't actually mean that.
      Dr. Wilson: Yes you did.
      House: No I didn't. To infinity.
      Dr. Wilson: Yes you did. You're pathetic.

    • House: You're a sneaky bastard. Any ideas how we get around this?
      Dr. Chase: Court order.
      House: That's hardly sneaky.

    • House: Wow, he sure is hurting.
      Scott: Nurses said he maxed out on his pain meds.
      House: If I had a nickel for every time I've heard that.

    • House: Pride and shame only apply to people we have a vested interest in, not employees.

    • Dr. Foreman: (to House) I hate that in order to be like you as a doctor, I have to be like you as a human being.

    • Salesman: Genuine bull penis stretched over a metal rod.
      House: Penis canes are murder.

    • House: (to Wilson) If that kid dies, it's because Foreman is wrong and you're a coward.

    • Dr. Cameron: Are you okay?
      House: I just tripped over Wilson's self-righteousness.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Do you have anything to add to this debate?
      House: Wilson's right, Foreman's wrong, and your shirt is way too revealing for the office.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: November 1, 2007 on SBS6
      Greece: February 9, 2008 on Star Channel
      The Czech Republic: April 28, 2008 on TV Nova
      Germany: April 15, 2008 on RTL
      Sweden: November 18, 2008 on TV4

    • Music: "Highway to Hell" (AC/DC), "Ain't No Reason" (Brett Dennen)


    • House: ... and suddenly we're looking at a needle that a camel could pass through the eye of.
      This is a biblical reference to the quote: "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God". Although the word camel was originally mistranslated from the correct word "rope" which makes a little more sense.

    • House: It's a little too "Marilyn Manson in the retirement home".
      House is referring to a musician and artist known for his outrageous stage persona and image as the lead singer of the band that bears the same name. In many of his music videos and concerts Marilyn Manson is seen with a cane that has a skull-formed handle.

    • Pipe
      House tries a meerschaum pipe like Sherlock Holmes when he is buying his new cane.