Season 2 Episode 3

Humpty Dumpty

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

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  • 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?
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