Season 3 Episode 5

Fools for Love

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 31, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

House takes the case of a young woman who has been rushed to the hospital with problems breathing and severe stomach pain after she and her husband were robbed. After her husband collapses, the team believes the couple's illnesses are related. Meanwhile, Michael Tritter, a clinic patient, causes problems for House that could have serious ramifications.moreless

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  • The medical mystery was fine, but the policeman side-story was ABSURD. Imagine a cop suing a doctor, then later "accidentally following and arresting him". He would be thrown off the force for abuse of power. Stoooopid.moreless

    And the policeman story gets even more absurd in the next episode... He arranges a search warrant EVEN though he was SUING Dr House! What stoopid, Hollywood "Writers" Guild idiots! They try to shove the most ridiculous things at us!

    (Tarantino said he is not in the Director's Guild because they are Amateurs!)

    The medical story was very good, although I guessed the result when we heard they grew up next door to each other. (Ref the superb movie: Fool for Love)

    ( Personally, I do not like "personal soap" in my Mystery series, whether they be Crime mysteries or Medical mysteries or otherwise. The "Soap" aspects ALWAYS detract from the series. Ref: Law & Order: Criminal Intent )

    However, in this episode and the next (Obese guy), you can just fast-forward your TiVo or DVR to skip the policeman stuff, and not miss any of the mystery.moreless
  • A nosey House, a bitter Tritter, and a forbidden love....

    Nothing tickles Dr. Gregory House quite like an interesting medical case, but what could possibly tickle him more? "Fools For Love" has the answer: Wilson's love life. House almost cannot focus on the case at hand - that sees a black woman with an odd illness and her white husband who starts getting similarly sick - because of his nosey procedure in figuring out if Wilson is lying about not being in a relationship with a nurse named Wendy. If that was not enough to distract House from the unhappy sick couple in his care, a man named Tritter comes into the picture and makes House miserable.

    "Fools For Love" is a well written, well acted, funny, shocking, and touching episode of House M.D. The case is one of the very best ever featured in the show and seeing House and Wilson go at it is always funny, and it is especially funny in this episode. You also have themes of love and decency that throw hands with House's rudeness and cynicism - you can't go wrong with "Fools For Love."

    House M.D. rarely gets better than this.moreless
  • House vs Tritter- Round 1.

    House meets his most formidable enemy in this episode- and he makes Vogler look like House's number one fan. Tritter is a great prospect of a character, and the writers cleverly showed a clinic patient getting back at House. The rectal-therometer was classic House, but with House getting arrested at the end of the episode, it seems he may have bitten off more than he can chew this time.

    The case itself was also very entertaining, with the young couple in love having a quite Shakespearian tone to it. Foremans reactions to the couple was quite entertaining ,especially as he clashed with the male. The twist at the end was horrifying, and quite sad for the couple.

    The one liners and dramatic turns are really working at the moment, as the Season has been a lot darker than the last- even the lighting is much darker! Nevertheless, the humour still hits the right spots- House losing a bet was a first, but a very funny first.

    Overall, the Season has hit its first story arc, and is beginning to hit a stride comparable with the last Season.moreless
  • Two person falls sick.

    Husband and wife are robbed, and then they fall sick. Then later on, we learn that the husband comes from a trouble background. The two of them continue to fall ill, and ill, and ill. While a patient in a clinic gives House more trouble, more trouble and more trouble. I hate that guy from the clinic, I never like a person like him. He said House should not be rude, but yet he is rude. And the couple is still sick, until House finds out they are actually half-brother and sister. Feel sorry for them, they are in love for more than 10 years...

    Final Diagnosis: Hereditary angiodemamoreless
  • Incest.

    This episode was pretty gross for me, House tricks us again, it really wasn't the robbers who were sick it was the guy's wife. But you know what was gross about this episode is when they find out they are related, and that's why they have the symptoms, which could turn your world upside down, I know it would for me, I love that police officer, giving House a taste of his own medicine, that guy takes crap from no one, he even tripped him, he tripped a cripple! While Cuddy still denies her pregnancy. A great shocking painful to watch episode. Just great!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

Jurnee Smollett

Jurnee Smollett


Guest Star

Kimberly Quinn

Kimberly Quinn

Nurse Wendy

Guest Star

Brett Wagner

Brett Wagner


Guest Star

David Morse

David Morse

Michael Tritter

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Trivia: This episode marks the first time that House has ever lost a bet.

    • At the end of the episode, the police officer pulls House over, and tells him his pupils are dilated. The officer alludes to this as being an indication of being under the influence. Throughout the show, Dr. House has used opiate medications for pain, namely Vicodin. Vicodin does not dilate the pupils. Opiate medications, in general, constrict the pupils. Dilated pupils would be indicative of other drug misuse, such as benzodiazapenes, but not Vicodin or any other painkiller. Also, it's night so House's pupils would be dilated regardless.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Dr. Foreman: My exes have usually been black, so what? Its not a racial thing, its cultural. I have more in common with them, like, I assume you only date emotionally-stunted bigots.

    • House: No empty coffee cups. Off the caffeine. Good for baby.
      Dr. Cuddy: Cups are in the other waste basket, baby is in your mind.

    • Tritter: You don't introduce yourself?
      House: Sorry, I thought you were waiting two hours... didn't know you wanted to chat. Hi, I'm Greg! How 'bout that local sports team?

    • House: Give her the same food she ate at the diner and stick her on the treadmill.
      Dr. Foreman: Better yet, put a gun to her head; threaten to rape her.

    • House: Who's he talking to?
      Dr. Cameron: What?
      House: It's got an ass. Technically that makes it a "who."

    • House: If he's not hitting that, then why is she here?
      Dr. Cameron: Because I'm hitting that, and it's totally hot.
      (everyone stares)

    • House: How many more failed relationships are we both going to have to deal with before you learn to love yourself? And I mean that in a literal way.
      Dr. Wilson: It's amazing how you can not only know it's a relationship, but that it's a bad relationship, based on nothing but… nothing.

    • House: You're lying to me. That's interesting.
      Dr. Wilson: Well, as long as it's interesting.

    • Tritter: You're rude.
      House: Wow… you're like a detective or something.

    • Tritter: So you treat everyone around like they're idiots. And you get away with it. Because of your cane.
      House: Please stop. It's hard to write through the haze of bitter tears.

    • Tritter: Last nurse you made fun of, probably slipped some crap into your coffee.
      House: Uhhh, I asked for decrapinated coffee.

    • House: Told you it wouldn't work.
      Dr. Foreman: It worked on the wrong patient.
      House: We could spend all day arguing right or wrong. Give me the hundred bucks.
      Dr. Foreman: We didn't bet.
      House: We could spend all day arguing whether we bet or not. Give me the hundred bucks.

    • Dr. Chase: Great, I haven't committed any felonies yet today.
      House: Relax, you know they're going to blame… (nods to Foreman)

    • House: Infectious or environmental. All we have to do is check out parasites, viruses, bacteria, fungi, prions, toxins, radiation, chemicals, or it's internet porn-related. I'll check the internet, you cover the rest of the stuff.

    • House: There's a reason that we don't let kids vote, or drink, or work in salt mine. They're idiots! Twenty-year-olds fall in and out of love more often than they change their oil filters. Which they should do more often.

    • House: Have any of your shorties ever been whiteys?
      Dr. Foreman: I'm not sure I understand your ghetto slang, Dr. House. How many black women have you dated, by the way?
      House: I don't care about color, as long as they can help me breed a superior race.

    • Dr. Cuddy: You need to apologize to this guy.
      House: I'm a man of principle. I don't care how much time and money it costs you to defend me.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Pay attention to me!
      House: Sorry, that would make it harder to ignore you. Can't ignore that rapidly-expanding first-trimester ass, though.
      Dr. Cuddy: Sometimes an ass is just an ass

    • Dr. Wilson: Oh. Oh! You stole Wendy's personnel file?
      House: In a way, aren't we all guilty of bribing the janitor to take her file and give it to me. Yes, I take my share of the blame, but isn't society…?

    • Dr. Wilson: Your real fear is me having a good relationship.
      House: Yes, it keeps me up at night. That and the Loch Ness Monster, global warming, evolution, other fictional concepts.

    • Dr. Chase: The brain stem? Brain damage is not only possible, it's likely.
      House: Good point. Let's biopsy something safer… like her shoes.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Something goes wrong, he'll sue us for not disclosing the risks.
      House: Then have Wilson talk to the husband. Wilson kills people left and right, no one ever sues him.
      Dr. Cuddy: Fine, but only if you apologize to the clinic guy.
      House: Nah. Probably better to just let that couple die.
      Dr. Cuddy: I don't care if you mean it… just do it

    • House: Great job. Why don't you just shoot them in the head.
      Dr. Wilson: Hold on, that gives me an idea. You know what could save this couple: lots of misdirected sarcasm.

    • House: Shoot him up with one of these puppies instead.
      Dr. Cameron: No!
      House: You do understand, it's not really a puppy.

    • Dr. Chase: Give it up. Foreman and Cameron are too ethical. And I'm too scared of getting sued.

    • Dr. Cameron: He knew we'd stop him. He stuck both of them in his pocket.
      Dr. Chase: That's actually pretty clever.

    • Tritter: I don't want to sue you.
      House: Good.
      Tritter: I want to beat the crap out of you.
      House: Less good.

    • Dr. Foreman: The cause, the brother-sister thing…
      House: Good plan. You just gotta keep 'em away from doctors, the internet, and anyone who's not a total moron.

    • House: You can't bet when you know the answer beforehand.
      Dr. Foreman: We could spend all day arguing whether you can bet when you know the answer beforehand. Give me the two hundred bucks.

    • House: Aw, c'mon. This isn't because I was speeding. This is because I'm Latino.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: July 17, 2007 on SBS6 Greece: October 20, 2007 on Star
      The Czech Republic: December 10, 2007 on TV Nova
      Belgium: January 3, 2008 on KanaalTwee
      Sweden: March 4, 2008 on TV4
      Norway: Thursday, August 14, 2008 on NRK1

    • Music: Walter Reed (Michael Penn)


    • Holdup Man: ...Time to make the doughnuts...
      This line is from a popular old Dunkin' Donuts commercial, in which a tired employee is getting up at 2 a.m. in the morning to go into work, muttering the line to himself groggily.

    • Title
      The title itself is more than a passing allusion to a Sam Shepard play called Fool for Love. Other similarities to the play: the main characters, May and Eddie, are half-siblings who were incestously involved when they were younger prior to finding out about their familial connection and the parent of one of them (May's mother in the play as opposed to Jeremy's father in the House episode) committed suicide after failing to keep the young lovers from getting together.