Season 2 Episode 3

Humpty Dumpty

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 27, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

An asthmatic man suddenly becomes unconscious and falls off of Dr. Cuddy's roof while working on her house.

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  • Could of been better.

    This episode could of been better cause it didn't seem to have much development, though the plot was pretty interesting, still could of been better, my favorite scene is when the guy's little brother calls Cuddy a b***, that was hysterical. I also like how he fell off Cuddy's roof, another unintentionally funny moment. I thought Cuddy was going to be the patient first hand, and Cuddy whines through the whole thing about guilt. Then they have to cut his hand off, ouch! I like how House & the gang break in to Cuddy's house, another funny moment. He gets better of course, an okay episode.moreless
  • Cuddy development...

    This was the first episode of House that has actually focussed upon Cuddy. The dynamics between House and Cuddy were brilliant, and their relationship is almost on par with House and Wilsons.

    The focus of Cuddy's background and care both compares and contrasts her character's with House- both have narcistic qualities, yet both are opposite in expressing them- Cuddy feels responsible for everything, whilst House feels like he should know everything.

    I thought Stacy added a much needed element to this episode- Wilson analyses House, whilst Stacy does the same to Cuddy- it gives the audience a could focus point, and is an ingenious piece of writing, not just focussing on Stacy being House's ex, but as her own character who has friendships with other cast members.

    I thought the whole scene where Foreman, Chase and Cameron were debating if House and Cuddy had a prior relationship was also a joy to watch.

    The clinic scene wasn't quite as funny this week, but also brought another, welcome clash between House and Foreman. Overall this was a great episode, simply because it gave Cuddy her first episode in the whole series of House, and showed off Lisa Ecclesteins acting skills. Another great installment.moreless
  • "Are you acting intentionally dense?" "Huh?"

    When Cuddy's handyman Alfredo falls of her roof and developes an aggressive infection on his hand, she feels very guilty and tries - for the first time in ten years - to work as a "real" doctor (as House puts it). Instantly House questions her diagnosis because she's affected with guilt. Alfredo is getting worse and worse and eventually they have to cut off his hand leaving Cuddy riddled with guilt.

    I really liked this episode because in my opinion it marks the beginning of a possible relationship between House and Cuddy and we get to know more about Cuddy, her background, her past with House and her feelings. I think there are many moments in this episode where you realize that House and Cuddy might not only have a professional relationship but may have had something going on in the past. I also liked the case because the solution of the riddle was again very abstract and completely unexpected.

    All in all: Good episode with interesting and fascinating developments between Cuddy and House.moreless
  • There was a lot going on in this episode. Overall, right up on par with the others.

    This episode could had so much going on, I can't even fathom where to begin. Once again, the writers of House have decided to 'exploit' the stereotypic emotionality of the female doctors on the show, as Cuddy's poor, immigrant house worker (Alfredo) falls off her roof. We learn tidbits about her and House's past at Michigan, when House was a "legend." The Cuddy-Stacy-Cameron-House love rectangle is in full swing, as all they pry into each others pasts concerning their relationships with House. Stacy even discusses it with Wilson behind Cuddy's back, and Wilson hardly budges with an adequate answer. Complications arise because of Cuddy's flawed paths of treatment, and Stacy advises Cuddy to stay out of the diagnosis -- which angers the immigrant family. House ends up finding a better explanation for the man's symptoms in a humorous scene while sleuthing Cuddy's home after he sends Cuddy and Cameron to Alfredo's house to investigate. The medicine involved in this episode was very interesting and kept me on my toes watching it.

    There was an interesting side-story of an older black man in the clinic who gets Foreman as his doctor. The patient is experiencing high blood pressure and Foreman prescribes a drug that is used for hypertension in the African American population. The black man sees this as racist and refuses to take it. He comes back to the clinic and becomes angry at House for the same thing, then House prescribes the same medication again and tells him it's what the Republicans would get. These drugs do exist, and the results are hard to argue. They work better in the African American population. There are slight genetic differences beyond skin color among ethnicities in the world, and these drugs work to 'exploit' that for the better of the African American population. Many African Americans are hesitant to believe in some medicine or trials because of a terribly unforgivable history of illegal testing in that population in the early part of last century and beyond.

    Interestingly, Foreman approaches Dr. House intending on yelling at him for prescribing the "white" medication to him, and upon finding out that he prescribed the "black" medication and told the man it was the white med, Foreman because even more angry at House. I found this to be believable but irrational, because there was no way that House could have gotten out of that situation without being yelled at. But he can take it, no?moreless
  • Review

    I think this is one of the best episodes of House to date, with Cuddy being involved a lot more in this episode then she has in episodes past. I think that the Cuddy-House on screen connection is one of the strongest relationships on House. If there is anyone that stands a remote chance to stand up to House, its Cuddy. He gets the better of her in a lot of points in this episode though, reinforcing the reason why she hired such a jerk to work in her hospital. I thought this episode was one of the funniest episodes as well, one of my favorite scenes was when the guys decided to break into Cuddys house. All in all I tought this was an absolutly fantastic episode.moreless
Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Trivia: The operation to relieve Alfredo's right side paralysis (due to subarachnoid hemmorhage) was performed on the left side of his head. This is anatomically correct: the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body, and vice versa.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Stacy: (about House) Why is he so curious about Cuddy?
      Dr. Wilson: Why are you so curious about his curiosity?
      Stacy: Why are you so curious about me be...
      Dr. Wilson: Because you dumped him and you're married and they are neither of those things.
      Stacy: I'm just curious. Nothing wrong with that.
      Dr. Wilson: No. Nothing wrong with that.

    • Dr. Foreman: You did exactly what white people do. You figure we don't need to know the truth, or can't understand it. So you just lie to us.
      House: Just a white lie.
      Dr. Foreman: Good one, 'massa.

    • House: Hello.
      Dr. Cuddy: What do you want, House?
      House: If you're wallowing in self-loathing, I've got something that might help. We're getting sued!

    • Dr. Cuddy: Maybe we were right to begin with: his problems are all caused by DIC precipitated by falling off of my roof.
      Dr. Chase: DIC wouldn't cause a fever this high.
      House: See? My lapdog agrees with me.

    • House: Pinkies are supposed to be pink, right? I mean, they're not called "gray-ies."
      Dr. Cuddy: But the organ failure is going to kill him!
      House: But the pinkie is weirder

    • Dr. Cuddy: It's pneumonia. He wanted to go home. I thought he was lying. I sent him back up there.
      House: Well why didn't you just take out a gun and shoot him?

    • House: You're not happy unless things are just right. Which means two things. You're a good boss. And you'll never be happy.

    • Dr. Cuddy: You figure a perverted sense of guilt makes me a good boss?
      House: Now would the world be a better place if people never felt guilty? Makes sex better. (points to Stacy with his cane) Should have seen her in the last months of our relationship. Lot of guilt. Lot of screaming.

    • Dr. Cuddy: All this from falling off my roof…
      House: Yeah, if only he'd fallen on his head. Then he wouldn't have any of these symptoms.

    • Dr. Chase: How did you know about that key?
      House: Someone as insecure as Cuddy has to have 20 keys in a 15-foot radius.

    • Dr. Cuddy: He lose that hand, he loses his job. All of his jobs. He's not like us.
      House: He can't work as a cripple?
      Dr. Cuddy: He loses his home, his kid brother drops out…
      House: American dream destroyed. Very sad, very emotional. Not one medical fact in the whole pathetic tale. You've lost perspective, Cuddy. You've stopped looking at this as a doctor. You're acting like someone who shoved somebody off their roof. You want to make things right? Too bad. Nothing's ever right.

    • Robert: Look. My heart's red, your heart's red. And it don't make no sense to give us different drugs.
      House: You know, I have found a difference. Admittedly, it's a limited sample, but it's my experience in the last ninety seconds that all black people are morons. Sorry, African-Americans.
      Robert: I'll see another doctor.
      House: Fine. Fine. I'll give you the same medicine we give Republicans.

    • Robert: I'm not buying into no racist drug, okay?
      House: It's racist because it helps black people more than white people? Well, on behalf of my peeps, let me say, thanks for dying on principle for us.

    • House: (to Cuddy) If I tried a scheme like this, you'd get that nasty wrinkly face and screech like a hyena. Very sexy, I admit.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Why didn't you say you speak Spanish?
      House: Because she'd want to talk to me.

    • House: (about Cuddy) I'm happy to report we're so in sync we're wearing each others underwear.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Are you being intentionally dense?
      House: Huh?

    • House: Oh my God. She's got pictures of you in here. Just you and…it's like some kind of weird shrine.
      Dr. Chase: You're kidding.
      House: Yeah.

    • Dr. Foreman: I'm not breaking into my boss' house.
      House: I'm your boss.
      Dr. Chase: She's scarier then you are.
      House: She's a woman.

    • Dr. Foreman: You really want to screw Whitey? Be one of the few black men to live long enough to collect social security. Take the medicine.

    • House: You see the world as it is, and you see the world as it could be. What you don't see is what everybody else sees. The giant gaping chasm in between.
      Dr. Cuddy: House, I'm not naive. I realize...
      House: If you did, you wouldn't have hired me.

    • House: This isn't about race. Unless "annoying" is a race.

    • (asking if House has slept with Dr. Cuddy)
      Dr. Chase: You two are just too nasty to each other not to have been...nasty.
      House: Hey, I can be a jerk to people I haven't slept with. I am that good.

    • (about Cuddy's bed)
      House: This is where it all happens!

    • Dr. Cuddy: Thank you very much. This guy's been working for me for a long time...
      House: Do I get bonus points if I act like I care?

  • NOTES (4)


    • House: Take the Scooby Gang and spread out.
      This is an allusion to the children's cartoon, Scooby-Doo, where a group of young adults investigate mysteries, and solve puzzles.

    • House: Snap, Crackle, and Pop. You got some Rice Krispy in there.
      Rice Krispies is a cereal that make a popping sound when you pour milk over them.

    • Title
      The title refers to the nursery rhyme:
      Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall; Humpty Dumpty had a great fall; And all the king's horses; And all the king's men; Couldn't put Humpty together again
      The episode's patient becomes ill after falling from a roof; presumably, House and his team are the king's men, but they do succeed in "putting Humpty together again". Mostly.

    • House: Friday's child heads to the kidneys.
      Referencing the old children's poem: Monday's child is fair of face, Tuesday's child is full of grace, Wednesday's child is full of woe, Thursday's child has far to go, Friday's child is loving and giving, Saturday's child works for its living, And a child that's born on the Sabbath day, Is fair and wise and good and gay.

    • Patient: I didn't fill that Oreo's prescription.
      "Oreo" is a derogatory term for African-Americans who are supposedly black on the outside and white on the inside.