Season 1 Episode 19


Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 03, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

During an meningitis outbreak which overwhelms the clinic, House is drawn to a single patient: a 12-year-old whose symptoms don't quite match everyone else's. House, Foreman, and Chase must devise ingenious ways and locations to treat the girl's delicate condition in the middle of the chaos, and make an unexpected discovery. Meanwhile, House asks Cameron to come back to her job but she has one requirement that he might not be able to meet.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show house there is a outbreak in the hosptial and people are really getting sick and house and the team are drawn to this kid who is 12 and his sitoms are not the same as everyone eles and they must figure out why and they come across some real serious reasons and house is tring to get her tom come back to her job afte quitting and she has one and only request that he goes on a date with her but she does not know if she can do that this was a good epmoreless
  • Silly 12 year olds and they're silly diving and silly meningitis and silly, silly pregnancies.

    This is an average episode of House. That being said, it is also a very good hour of television. I guess that tells you what you need to know about House.

    There was a nice little twist at the end (not the very end, a nice twist there would have been if House beat Cameron silly with his cane, then told her to get out of town or else instead of agreeing to go on a date with her, Oh look a run on sentence!) To be honest, I was betting that the diving coach was like, molesting the kid or something. I mean, c'mon, we're how many episodes in and there hasn't been any child abuse. This is FOX for crying out loud! ...And I'm complaining for lack of child abuse, ummm, righto, ignore that.

    See, now one of the things I don't get about this show is that in this episode when House is interviewing replacements and in "three stories" in the lecture hall, the writers have demonstrated their ability to create some rather interesting possible future House-lackeys. And yet still, they insist on keeping Cameron around. It puzzles the will.moreless
  • There's a meningitis outbreak, a strangely affected 12 year old out-of-town diver, and a sucession of potential replacements for Cameron.

    It was an episode like any other from this quirky, character-driven medical procedural.

    Then the end came and I clutched my pearls like an old woman. The oh-so-modern-yet-emotional Dr. Cameron refused to come back to the hospital unless her boss went on a dinner date with her!? Am I the only one who thinks that's just not right? I don't want to hear a whiff of sexual harassment tossed House's way; if anything it was Cameron who harassed House, especially in the last three episodes of the season.

    The young lady who played the main patient this episode was engaging and sweet. Very easy to root for.

    I hate when Cuddy chews out House, but I hate it more when she's right. Glad she's there to keep House "in his place."

    Anyhow, the majority of the episode is good enough, in spite of the caution against finding out that the 12 year old insists that sex at her age was her idea and taking responsibility for her consequences. I echo House in that felon is the more accurate term for the jackhole that took advantage- something that isn't even hinted at during the episode, keeping the story about the patient, in the end.

    An episode that is recommended.moreless
  • An episode that makes you want to see more - character revealing and touching in every way.

    An episode with an unexpected diagnosis that made me tingle. Not just because it's such a prime example of kids growing up too quickly, but it was an episode about the characters. Already we know House isn't a people person, but the way he handled the situation with the little girl made me fall in love with him even more. Though I would have liked to see a little more interaction between him and the little girl character - build up the caring doctor/ fatherly figure relationship, it's still that connection and his reaction that makes me want to rewind the tape.

    I was torn by the scene between House and the parents, you could tell he wanted to explain to them, as it would help the girl and give her support, yet he held back, and it hurt him, making him all the more real and approachable. And when everything came together, his reaction, though quiet, was significant - touching. Again actions speak louder than words.

    This episode was one where House had to face his emotions. Getting attached to the little girl, as well as having to admit to Cameron he wants her to come back. He's getting closer to people, how long this will last we don't know, but I like the character growth and I think is what gave this episode it's standout quality.

    Highly recommended!!moreless
  • Anothre great episode, but a couple of niggles...

    Yes, another great episode of House, incredibly watchable. Story was god, and yes, I suspected there might have been some child sexual abuse going on - kinda glad there wasn't...

    However, there were a few things that niggled a little. To start, I think House interviewing potential fellows had a lot more comic potential - there was so much more they could have done with this. Would have liked to have seen a few more minutes devoted to this subplot.

    Second, although I really liked the relationship House seemed to build with the 12-year old and the way he handled her, I found the language he used at the end "if you can bleed out of your vagina..." a little crude - yes, I know that's House, but still... she's 12!!!

    Third, as much as I loved the fact that Cameron has blackmailed House into a date... it is mos definitely sexual harrassment, and seems a little wierd that House would agree to it (although, as he pointed out "wierd works for me"). True, my husband pointed out that technically it ma not be sexual harrassment because she was techically not his employee when she asked for the date (although it was a condition of employment...), and House is very much in the power position here, yet it still didn't seem right - and frankly a little bit juvenile (who the hell blackmails people into dates at her age?!)

    I'm in Australia and haven't seen the next episode yet, but I know the date doesn't end well. Kind of what you'd expect given that she had to force him into it. Come on Cameron - surely you're not that stupid? What did you expect?

    Also, House's comments to Cuddy about her "funbags" surely could go down as sexual harrassment - although I suspect he knows he can get away with this with her. (Again, makes you wonder what really has happened between these two in the past).

    Nevertheless, still a great episode, and will keep me coming back for more.moreless
Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • A stunt double is obviously used in the shot where the girl diver is underwater: not only is her face different, but her hair is loose and much shorter.

    • Trivia: This episode introduces House's new cane, called a "Derby Walnut."

    • For some reason, during the ultra-sound scan of the brain they super-impose the sound of a fetal heartbeat.

    • Toward the end of the episode, House is sitting alone in the meeting room, and we see what's written on the whiteboard, including the phrase "intercranial bleeding". "Inter" means between, so this would mean bleeding between two crania. The correct term would be "intracranial bleeding", or bleeding within the cranium.

  • QUOTES (32)

    • (House walks in, sees a lot of patients)
      Dr. Cuddy: Dr. House! Need you here.
      House: Sorry, lots of sick people--might catch something.

    • House: (To Cuddy) If it turns out she has Meningitis, you're right, you win. But if we go back downstairs and she dies, pfft... your face will be so red!

    • Dr. Spain: Wow. I thought you'd be the last person to have a problem with nonconformity.
      House: Nonconformity, right. I can't remember the last time I saw a twenty-something kid with a tattoo of an Asian letter on his wrist. You are one wicked free thinker. You want to be a rebel? Stop being cool. Wear a pocket protector like he does and get a haircut. Like the Asian kids who don't leave the library for 20 hours stretches, they're the ones who don't care what you think. Sayonara.
      Dr. Wilson: So should I go through all the resumes looking for Asian names?
      House: Actually, the Asian kids are probably just responding to parental pressure, but my point is still valid.

    • Dr. Spain: You into music?
      House: Totally. What kind of music do you play?
      Dr. Spain: Um, mostly blues, you know. James Cotton, some original stuff.
      House: Oh, dude. You are so hired.
      Dr. Spain: Really?
      House: Not a chance.

    • House: You actually speak four languages, or you just banking on never being interviewed by anyone who does?
      Dr. Gilmar: It's true. And I can swear in two more.

    • House: (toilet flushes) Hey! You know what a hemorrhoid is?
      Kid: No.
      House: Well, Google it. And try some Raisin Bran instead of the donuts.

    • Dr. Foreman: Who would poison a twelve-year-old?
      House: Well, let's see now, there's the eighteen-year-old has-been that she beat out to make Nationals, the has-been's parents, jealous siblings, sociopathic swim fan, and then there's just your plain old garden variety whack job.

    • House: Good lord, are you having a bowel movement or a baby?

    • Dr. Wilson: You should just fire Chase.
      House: What, and miss out on all this fun?
      Dr. Wilson: So you're going to torture him for a while and then fire him? That's cold.
      House: You don't think he has it coming?
      Dr. Wilson: Hey, I said fire him.
      House: That's cold. All he did was save his job.

    • Dr. Foreman: This novocaine will numb you for the lumbar puncture. Sorry this has to be so public, Mary.
      Mary: Normally I'm in a bathing suit with five thousand people staring at my butt. I can block this out.

    • House: Take these, go home, talk to your daughter.
      Female Patient: What?
      House: Your pants, your blouse, your scarf are all freshly dry cleaned. Everything except your jacket, it's got a smudge on it. Probably two days old. Which means you didn't know the jacket had been worn. So either your husband is a crossdresser or your daughter has been borrowing your clothes without telling you. Probably wants to look older to get into bars.
      Female Patient: I don't have a daughter.
      House: Next!

    • House: (reading thermometer) 102. You win a trip to the second floor. Next!

    • House: Pregnancy causes all kinds of chemical and biological changes in a woman's body. Or a girl's body, as the case may be. In extremely rare cases, everything goes haywire. It's called TTP. Blood starts clotting like crazy, clogs the vessels in your brain and kidneys. Red blood cells end up getting shredded as they squeeze past the clot like a fat guy in a crowded bar. I'm sure you know what that's like. You're only 12, but you're all grown up, right? Travel on your own, hang out in hotel rooms getting room service with your teammates, maybe someone sneaks in a couple of beers, you start playing spin the bottle…next thing you know you're waking up in nothing but your socks.

    • House: If you're old enough to bleed out of your vagina, obviously you're old enough to handle a simple thing like an abortion without Mommy and Daddy's help.

    • Dr. Chase: It could be bone cancer.
      House: You up to the B's... Congratulations.

    • Third Applicant: I called to confirm the interview this morning.
      House: Do you figure if you keep arguing, I'm going to cave, admit it's all a lie, and hire you?

    • Mrs. Carroll: What does TTP stand for?
      House: Some really big words that you've never heard before, and when we're done, you'll never hear again.

    • House: We're missing something.
      Dr. Chase: What?
      House: If I knew that, it wouldn't be missing.

    • House: You Jewish?
      Dr. Gilmar: Yeah.
      House: Is it true what they say about Jewish foreplay?
      Dr. Gilmar: Two hours of begging?
      House: I heard four.
      Dr. Gilmar: Well actually I'm only half-Jewish.

    • Dr. Cuddy: You – in the lobby – now.
      House: I hurt my leg – I have a note.

    • Dr. Chase: When I was in med school I had this old professor . . .
      House: Who touched you in the naughty place?

    • Dr. Cuddy: What are you doing?
      House: (holding a folder in front of her chest) Trying to think of anything except the produce department at Whole Foods.
      Dr. Cuddy: I am working - it got hot. Stop acting like a 13-year old.
      House: Sorry – you just don't usually see breasts like that on deans of medicine.
      Dr. Cuddy: Oh, women can't be heads of hospitals? Or just ugly ones?
      House: No, they can be babes. You just don't usually see their fun-bags.

    • House: Cameron is so not perfect.
      Dr. Wilson: Well, nobody's perfect.
      House: Mother Teresa?
      Dr. Wilson: Dead.
      House: Angeline Jolie?
      Dr. Wilson: No medical degree.
      House: Now who's being picky?

    • House: Sorry I'm late - I was taking a dump.
      Dr. Petra Gilmar: I guess I'm better off interviewing right after than right before.

    • Dr. Wilson: (The shoes) were Prada - means she has good taste.
      House: They were not Prada. You wouldn't know Prada if one stepped on your scrotum.

    • Dr. Wilson: That's our Hitler!

    • Dr. Wilson: My advice is much more subtle – stop being an ass. You always find some tiny little flaw to push people away.
      House: Now it's people? I thought we were talking about fellowship applicants.
      Dr. Wilson: You have a history of this.
      House: Well, when I do decide to push you away, I hope's there's a small person kneeling behind you, so you fall down and hurt your head.

    • Dr. Cuddy: You just don't want to deal with the epidemic.
      House: That's right. I'm subjecting a 12-year old to a battery of dangerous and invasive tests to avoid being bored. (everyone stares) Okay, maybe I would do that, but I'm not.

    • House: I saw the light on.
      Dr. Cameron: It's daytime.
      House: Yeah, it's a figure of speech. Always so literal.

    • House: Vogler is dead.
      Dr. Cameron: What? What happened?
      House: Again with the literal translation. Vogler the idea. Mr. Destructo. Mr. Money Bags. Bow down before me. He's gone from the hospital. Things can go back to the way they were.
      Dr. Cameron: The way they were was kinda weird.
      House: Ehh – weird works for me.

    • House: (viewing intestinal pictures) I think I've seen this one. The ending is kinda dark.

    • House: Do what the guy who didn't specialize in neurology said.
      Dr. Chase: It was my idea!
      House: Eh-eh-eh.

  • NOTES (0)


    • House: Those pills that you've been handing out so efficiently won't do Miss Lougainis any good....
      He is referring to Greg Lougainis, the 4 time Olympic gold medal winning diver.

    • House: Well, Google it.
      Refers to the online search engine, Google. At the time of this episode, it was the world's top search engine. It was so popular that the phrase "to Google" meant the same as "to search/find."

    • House: Well, let's see now, there's the eighteen-year-old has-been that she beat out to make Nationals, the has-been's parents, jealous siblings, sociopathic swimfan...
      Refers to the film Swimfan, that deals with a school athlete being stalked by an obsessed female fan.

    • Dr. Wilson: That's our Hitler!
      In the film and play "The Producers," Max Bialystock exclaims this line when he finds the perfect actor to play Hitler in the play "Springtime for Hitler." In the original film the actor is Lorenzo Saint DuBois, while in the play it is playwright Franz Liebkind.