House

Season 3 Episode 14

Insensitive

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 13, 2007 on FOX
8.9
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It's Valentine's Day, and Cuddy has a blind date. Meanwhile, House leaves ER duty to take the case of a child patient named Hannah.

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  • Morally repugnant.

    1.0
    I love this show but I simply hated this episode. I know we're supposed to think House is a jerk but he was truly evil this time.



    He performed invasive tests on a teenager without her consent. And he did so just so he could find a cure for his own pain. His actions where not only illegal, they were immoral. I don't know if they exaggerate this aspect of the show but seeing minors being abused by doctors isn't my idea of entertainment.



    Don't do plot lines with unwilling minors as the patient of the week, House writing staff, it's just too disturbing.moreless
  • A very unhappy Valentine's Day to all.

    9.3
    Only Gregory House can waltz into ER, find a patient being treated after a car accident and instantly figuring out she had the disorder where she feels no pain. Her mother was in surgery to treat her injuries. Who knows why House pursued trying to figure out why the daughter needed to be treated since she already had a diagnosis. It is lucky that House did not kill her with his treatment. Lo and behold, at the end, something very gross was wrong with the teen and House saved her life.



    How can this show get any weirder? Oh, let's mess up Cuddy's social life. Throw in all the assistants ending up in a very sad space for Valentine's Day. Mix throughly and you have a bunch of miserable doctors.moreless
  • Happy Valentine's Day...

    9.5
    It's Valentine's Day in Princeton Plainsboro but none of the employees seem to care. Foreman dumps his girlfriend, Chase and Cameron start an affair based on Cameron's thought that she's most unlikely to fall in love with Chase and House... is House. Cuddy on the other hand has a date which drives House crazy and he keeps coming to her house to disturb her. But he has to deal with a patient, too, who can't feel pain but is dying slowly. House tries to save her, but he's not only interested in her well-being because he's like to know why she doesn't feel pain. Maybe he could use that knowledge for him.



    This episode is once again a good example of this genius show. You can see that House does many things to heal his pain even if it's risking someone else's life. I liked the Cuddy-House interaction in this episode and the whole scene in front of Cuddy's House was moving and funny. I also liked that the episode showed how doctors have to sacrifice their private lives for their jobs - if they even have one. Finally, this episode marks the beginning of the Cameron-Chase story-line which I find very interesting and at times funny.



    All in all: Great installment and a very unromantic Valentine's Day.moreless
  • I wanna be insensitive!

    9.0
    This episode was a real eye opener, I never knew there was such a thing as insensitive, that Hannah girl treated it as if it were a curse, feeling no pain would be amazing, the end was the revealing & unexpected part. "So maybe we should have sex" Cameron saying that to Chase. Woah! And Hannah jumping off that balcony, and getting up like nothing, it was as if she had super powers. Another thing that I liked about this episode is Cuddy going on a dating website to find a guy & obviously the guy is jealous of House,a setting stone in Huddy. A great episode.moreless
  • The level of the episodes is set higer and higer

    10
    One of those episodes that defenetly caught my attention - good story, great acting, also characther development, something new and striking, lot of exitement.



    I defenetly loved the patience choice in her - House got someone who was able to stand against him - worthy opponent. Who would have thought that it would be teenage girl?



    I must the patience in this episode is maybe the greatest plus - she is so different, she is so hard for them to handle. How would be life without feeling pain? Could we imagine even it? It was so enjoyable to see how House just comes in and gives the diagnose. He is too marvellous :)



    Anyway - great episode with lot of adventure and quite interesting endingmoreless
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

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • While House is taking the tapeworm out of Hannah's body, the camera close-up allows us to see that the worm was in House's other hand and he's only switching it. He is just pulling it out of his own hand and not from Hannah's body.

    • The record for world's longest tapeworm is actually set at 37 feet by Sally Mae Wallace of Great Grits, Mississippi on Sep 5, 1991.

    • One of the surgeons takes a camera phone out of her pocket. There's no way someone could walk into an operating room with one of those in their pocket, they are teeming with bacteria.

    • Trivia This is the first time we learn of at least one of Cuddy's specialties: endocrinology.

    • Whenever the tapeworm is shown close-up, it is covered in blood. But when the camera is far away, it is much cleaner.

    • The amount of snow on Chase's hat, in the final dialogue scene, changes between shots.

    • Trivia: Diphyllobothrium latum is the longest tapeworm in the human body, averaging 10 meters in length. It is caused by eating undercooked fish. Between 50-100% of Vitamin B-12 can be absorbed by the tapeworm, causing malnutrition.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Dr. Cameron: Hannah, you're having a paranoid delusion.
      Hannah: I don't believe you.
      Dr. Chase: Did you think she would?

    • Dr. Foreman: Commitment is only commitment because it has no expiration date. You stand next to someone and watch them floss for thirty years like my parents had, then ask for sacrifices. That's how you know the real thing.

    • Hannah: I can't cry.
      House: Neither can I.

    • Dr. Chase: Happy Valentine's Day.
      Dr. Cameron: A holiday that only applies to people who are already paired up. For everyone else it's Wednesday.
      Dr. Chase: Wow. Thank you for that dash of cold water.

    • Hannah: I'm fine.
      Cynthia: You don't know that. You fell. Awkwardly.
      Hannah: No, I didn't.
      Cynthia: You don't know how to fall.
      Hannah: I'm sixteen. I've been falling a lot. I think I'm getting the hang of it.

    • Don Herrick: So, what does a dean of medicine do?
      Dr. Cuddy: Oh, can we please not talk about that. I will talk about anything else, but I'm just trying to get away from work.
      Don Herrick: Metaphorically. Because, geographically the coffee place around the corner from the hospital probably isn't the furthest you could get.

    • House: You two must have met online. Either that or you've got a friend who secretly hates you.
      Don Herrick: Uh, Don Herrick. Yeah, we connected through singleballroomdancelovers.com.
      House: Why would he volunteer that information?
      Don Herrick: Why would I hide it?
      House: (to Cuddy) You didn't tell him that anything he said will be held against you?

    • Dr. Foreman: People who avoid commitment are people who know what a big thing it is.

    • Dr. Cuddy: You heard the conversation. I'm not interested in him.
      Don Herrick: I don't blame you.
      Dr. Cuddy: I only said those things so that he wouldn't come back.
      Don Herrick: I don't really care about my job. I do it well, I provide service, but my goal was always to make enough money to do the things that I really like--music, travel.
      Dr. Cuddy: I like those things too.
      Don Herrick: You like them but they're not really important to you. I don't know whether its House, your job, or if you just thrive on conflict. But you should hear yourself when you're talking to him. Nothing else in the world's going on. You're focused, confident, compelling. Don't, don't take this the wrong way but I like to go out with that woman.

    • Dr. Cameron: So I'm thinking we should have sex.
      Dr. Chase: That makes sense.
      Dr. Cameron: Despite the wisdom of pop songs there's no point in putting our lives on hold until love comes along. We're both healthy and busy people, and we work together so it's convenient.
      Dr. Chase: Like microwave pizza?
      Dr. Cameron: And of all the people I work with you're the one I'm least likely to fall in love with.
      Dr. Chase: Like microwave pizza.
      Dr. Cameron: The point here is to make things simpler, not more complicated. Some day there'll be a time to get serious about someone. Meanwhile, we've already had sex once and didn't get weird about it, so…
      Dr. Chase: I get it, I get it. So, what if I'm offended by your judgment?
      Dr. Cameron: Then you're not the man I'm looking for.

    • House: Most people light fires for themselves, but then they don't deny it. He's here.
      Dr. Cuddy: CPK isn't high enough. Potassium is what you'd expect same as the bronchodilators.
      House: Oh my god. You're not wearing a bra!
      Dr. Cuddy: It's not thyroid storm.
      House: You just met him!
      Dr. Cuddy: I like him. And I like sex. Do I need to stitch a letter onto my tops?
      House: No. But it might be worth taking out an ad on the local papers.
      Dr. Cuddy: Do you like me, House?

    • Hannah: After everything I do, I self-check. Mouth, tongue, gums for cuts, count teeth, check temperature, fingers toes and joints for swelling, skin for bruises.
      House: I got shot.

    • House: Hi again. And I'm sure I could say this without being condescending, but then you'd get the false impression that I respect you, so... you're a kid, you're scared, you're stalling, grow up.

    • House: Reason number one. She knew what it was without us telling her. Two, she's still wet from the snow. She's not shivering, that's odd. Unless you can't sweat or feel hot and cold.
      Hannah: The ambulance was warm. I want to see my mother.
      House: Three, scarring around the lips and tongue. When she was a baby she chewed on herself without feeling it.
      Hannah: I fell through a window when I was a kid.
      House: Four, when you cleaned the wounds she flexed into the cleaner instead of away from it. It's hard to fake pain when you've never felt it. Takes an imaginative leap, Ms. Morganthal. That's one of them Jew names... Ashkenazis are a higher risk group.

    • House: Foreman, your girlfriend wants to know if you're available for Valentine's. Act surprised. (looks around) What are you doing down here?
      Foreman: The snowstorm. ER's short staffed. We're all supposed to be here--you're supposed to be here. You're an ass. Act surprised.

    • House: I was curious. Since I'm not a cat, that's not dangerous.
      Dr. Wilson: I don't think that metaphor was actually designed to warn cats.

    • House: (to Cuddy) You could have left the scarf at home and just told him that you'd be wearing a look of desperation.

    • Dr. Chase: CIPA means she's insensitive to pain. She still has scattered nerve fibers that could conduct pain but the signals don't make it to the brain. What if we give her more pain signals. A lot more pain signals, maybe some of them will make it through.
      Dr. Cameron: You wanna torture her?
      Dr. Chase: No. (pause) Yes. We do this to anybody else, it's torture. Doing it to her, is no different than pricking a finger.

    • Nurse Wendy: I've planned a surprise getaway.
      House: Get away.
      Nurse Wendy: Ummm hmm.
      House: Get away.
      (Wendy stares)
      House: Get. Away.

    • Dr. Cameron: You weren't shot because of leg pain, you were shot because you're a jerk.
      House: Some think the two are connected.

    • Dr. Foreman: Maybe Cuddy will say no.
      Dr. Chase: Cuddy never says no.
      Dr. Cameron: That's not true.
      Dr. Chase: Nobody ever says no. We don't say no.
      Dr. Foreman: You don't say no.
      Dr. Chase: He'll come back, he'll browbeat us, he'll give us seven reasons, and eventually we'll fold. We all will, not just me.

    • Dr. Wilson: I am so tired of this. Did you know that the new nurse from Cardiology is sleeping with that weird lawyer from the board?
      House: That guy with eleven fingers?
      Dr. Wilson: He has eleven fingers?
      House: How do you not notice that?
      Dr. Wilson: The nurse used to be a man.
      House: She's not any more?
      Dr. Wilson: But we can't talk about that.
      House: I thought we were.
      Dr. Wilson: We were supposed to talk about that. I came here to talk about that. But on the way up I ran into Cameron. You've got a CIPA patient.
      House: Tranny nurse is more interesting.
      Dr. Wilson: Oh it's way more interesting but instead I've got to be your damned conscience. I'm tired of being your conscience. I don't enjoy being your conscience.

    • Dr. Foreman: We need you!
      House: What did the nerve biopsy show?
      Dr. Foreman: Never did it.
      House: Well then do it.
      Dr. Foreman: Can't.
      House: Why?
      Dr. Foreman: She's going to jump off the lobby balcony.
      House: You think I can catch her?

    • Dr. Cuddy: There are only two reasons anyone would want to screw with me tonight. Either they're an altruistic, decent person who's worried about my well-being. Or… they want me for themself.
      House: You left out the third option. Evil bastard who just wants to mess with other people's happiness.

    • Dr. Foreman: You're cranky.
      Dr. House: I'm in pain. Come on, let's go break her arm.

    • Hannah: Boys can't hold me for too long because I can overheat.
      House: Girls can't hold me for too long because I only pay for an hour.

    • Dr. Wilson: (to House) Is it possible for you to just watch me eat, or do you get some primeval thrill from beating the other hunters to the food?

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Cuddy: I like him and I like sex. Do I need to stitch a letter onto my top?
      This is a reference to the book The Scarlet Letter where Hester Prynne was forced to wear a red letter "A" on her dress for committing adultery.

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