Season 3 Episode 4

Lines in the Sand

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 26, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

When doctors are unable to diagnose why a severely autistic boy screams loudly for no apparent reason, House takes the case. As the boy's condition worsens, it becomes obvious that House relates to the boy because he has no social niceties.

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  • Perfect.

    This episode was absoultely brilliant. The actor who played the autistic child was so harrowing and so very realisitic. I thought the portrayal of a family in trouble was absolutely brilliant, and very moving.

    I also thought it was great character development from House- it was interesting his parallels with Aspergers, even though Wilson and House both know he doesn't have it. As Wilson says, "You wish you were (autistic)". House envy of the boy, and his interaction, were extraoridnary viewing. House, who rarely visits his patients, was brilliant in how he interacted with the boy, and the end scene when the boy gave House his gameboy and looked him in the eyes was one of the most powerful scenes in House.

    I thought the stalker episode was brilliantly handled, and hiliarious funny to watch- especially when House gave his "Casablanca" speech! Trying to get his carpet back was also entertaining, as it always is when he and Cuddy are at war.

    Overall, this is the best episode of the Season to date- a brilliant episode, so moving and extraordinary.moreless
  • An emotional and hilrious episode!

    My favoruite scene is the one where Wilson cant get Adam to stop moving and everyone is there trying to calm him down and then House comes in and Adam trusts him. That was pretty deep.

    I also love the scene where Cuddy and House are aruging about the stalker and when Cuddy walks away back to the room with all the people House yells, "You cant stop our love!" and smiles really big. Hugh Laurie never disappoints!

    The running gag with the carpet not only shows how funny House is but also how much he hates change. I dont know what else to say! GREAT episode!moreless
  • A house best....

    A severely autistic child, Adam, is brought to Dr. House and his team after a period of choosing to draw squiggly lines rather than respond to pictures, breaking out in screams of pain, and having odd choking spells. Meanwhile, Dr. House engages in an office battle of wits with Dr. Cuddy and confronts his jail-baiting stalker.

    "Lines In The Sand" does everything that makes House M.D. a brilliant show and it does it so good. The acting could not be better with Hugh Laurie going even above his already usually high standards, Leighton Meester stealing every scene as House's stalking temptress, and Braeden Lemasters giving a very shocking performance as Adam. Of course, the medical mystery case is also very interesting and has a very satisfying conclusion. The humor is also in abundance with House using every available place in the hospital but his own office for conducting meetings so Cuddy will bow to his will, House's back-and-forth with his booty-licious stalker, and just flat-out being House. But where there is humor there is also depth and drama with the motivations behind House's office battles and a terrific one-two emotional punch ending.moreless
  • She's back...

    Hey, the from GG returns, that's nuts! Well that girl is nuts & it turns out she was the one sick all along, I love her attitude though, she was funny through the whole episode. I loved when House found out she was sick. Hilarious! Another plot I liked, the carpet stain! That was amazing & Cuddy finally gave in & gave it to him, Cameron looked so in love with House in this episode. The sexual tension was everywhere! Now finally to the patient, a kid eats sand and gets worms, I liked when the little kid gave House his favorite game in the end, And I would not want to have tape worms in my system. A great episode.moreless
  • Some of the funniest, some of the worst scenes of the series

    OK, does anyone remember that I have a son with autism? The work being done with the son is not done with anyone with seizure disorders, severe retardation, self injurious behavior or the like.

    I am going to vomit if I ever hear the word SAVANT again. Suggesting that House has Asperger's was pretty insulting.

    As usual, the diagnosis came out of left field and was what no one would have suspected.

    On the other hand, the part with Ali having San Joaquin Valley Fever is one of the funniest ever. The part about needing the carpet back? That was pure anal retentive House at his best.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

Braeden Lemasters

Braeden Lemasters


Guest Star

Geoffrey Blake

Geoffrey Blake


Guest Star

Heather Kafka

Heather Kafka


Guest Star

Stephanie Venditto

Stephanie Venditto

Nurse Brenda

Recurring Role

Ron Perkins

Ron Perkins

Dr. Simpson

Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • House diagnoses Ali with coccidioidomycosis in Cuddy's office. However, whilst Coccidioides immitis would cause cold-like symptoms, it would not cause lack of inhibition like House suggests.

    • When they are strapping Adam to the scanner, the hands that strap his head belong to a woman, and have perfectly manicured fingernails. When the shot pans out, the person standing near Adam's head is a man.

    • When the kid is laying down about to be scanned, you can see his hair is perfectly arranged, after that his hair is all messy for no apparent reason.

    • The age of consent in New Jersey is 16, making the issue raised moot from a legal standpoint.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • House: You remove this kid's eye, he's only gonna be half as good at not making eye contact.

    • Dr. Cuddy: What are you doing here? I have this room booked from two to three.
      House: Oh, two East-Coast time. I thought you meant Pacific. Ah, which is stupid of me, I guess.

    • House: I want it back the way it was.
      Dr. Cuddy: It's identical to the old carpet, except without the hazardous, biological waste.
      House: I shall not return to my office until every patented, durable microfibre has been restored to its rightful place.

    • House: Hey! Don't touch his eye!
      Surgeon: This is an appendectomy.
      House: Like I said, don't touch his eye.

    • (discussing Ali)
      Dr. Cuddy: She has a mole on her right breast, just below the nipple.
      House: No she doesn't.
      Dr. Cuddy: You've seen her breasts?
      House: It was a medical exam. I was listening to her heart. It went "Greg-House, Greg-House, Greg-House."

    • House: I want my old carpet back.
      Dr. Cuddy: It was stained with blood.
      House: Yeah... my blood. Which makes the carpet part of me. I want it back. I wanna be buried with it.
      Dr. Cuddy: You think you can get me to do anything you want regardless of how stupid it is?

    • Dr. Cuddy: The girl will have sex with an invertebrate.
      House: Come on, you're not that bad.

    • Dr. Cuddy: (talking about Ali) Your girlfriend called the clinic 15 times looking for you today!
      House: Huh! A lot to discuss, china patterns...
      Dr. Cuddy: House, she is a stalker!
      House: Right! Couldn't be that she finds me interesting, attractive. Has to be that she's insane.
      Dr. Cuddy: She's called you 15 times! Your mother is not that interested in you!
      House: Well, maybe I'd be better adjusted if she was!

    • Dr. Wilson: You couldn't make Cuddy miserable, so you're gonna make me miserable, so I can make Cuddy miserable on your behalf?
      House: Yep!
      Dr. Wilson: What makes you think I can make her miserable?
      House: Because you're good at that stuff!
      Dr. Wilson: Oh, I'm nothing compared to you!

    • Dr. Wilson: You're not autistic. You don't even have Asperger's. You wish you did, it would exempt you from the rules. Give you freedom, absolve you of responsibility. Let you date 17-year olds. But most important it would mean you're not just a jerk.
      House: At what point does a person endlessly lecturing someone make him a jerk?

    • Dr. Cuddy: House doesn't have Asperger's. The diagnosis is much simpler. He's a jerk.
      Dr. Wilson: Why do you think he took this case? Because he believes these parents? Because he wants to help a young boy? He sees himself in this kid and he's trying to help himself. He doesn't want this, he needs it.

    • House: Is this about the carpet? You think I'll back off if you block all my fun?
      Dr. Cuddy: You better not be having fun!
      House: I'm having fun. I'm not having sex.

    • House: After that look, I'm feeling a little frisky. Looks like you're up.
      Dr. Cuddy: I'm ovulating. Let's go.
      House: The frisky, it went away.

    • House: If I leave (Ali) alone can I have my carpet back?
      Dr. Cuddy: No.
      House: If I forget my carpet can I have her?

    • (on the stairs)
      Dr. Cuddy: Are we stopping here so House doesn't find us?
      Dr. Wilson: Hm, unless you wanna make out.

    • House: (about Adam) Why would you feel sorry for someone who gets to opt out of the inane courteous formalities which are utterly meaningless, insincere, and therefore degrading. This kid doesn't have to pretend to be interested in your back pain, or your excretions, or your grandma's itchy place. Can you imagine how liberating it would be to live a life free of all the mind-numbing social niceties? I don't pity this kid. I envy him.

    • (discussing Ali)
      Dr. Cuddy: She's dangerous!
      House: She's not dangerous.
      Dr. Cuddy: She's pretty.
      House: She's pretty.
      Dr. Cuddy: Men are stupid.
      House: I'm with you so far.

    • House: Exactly when did New Jersey run out of horny 17-year old boys?

    • House: Go up his rear, and get a smear. Which reminds me, I kinda feel like a bagel.

    • House: You are over 10 years younger than me. (Ali smirks) I said over.

    • Dr. Foreman: I had a date last night and she screamed, should we spend a hundred thousand dollars testing her?
      House: Of course not, this isn't a veterinary hospital. Zing!

    • Dr. Cuddy: I have sad news for you: She doesn't love you.
      House: You're ugly when you're jealous.
      Dr. Cuddy: She showed up at my house last night--came on to me.
      House: She's more perfect than I thought.

    • House: Why can't you be more like the age-inappropriate girls who have a thing for me? Just accept me for me.

  • NOTES (4)


    • House: Devious. I saw it in a James Bond movie.
      James Bond, aka 007, is a fictional British spy created by writer Ian Fleming in 1952. James Bond is now best known from the EON Productions film series. As of late 2006, twenty-one films have been made.

    • House: So, think maybe Gray's Anatomy got it all wrong?
      House sarcastically alluded that Adam's liver cells were in the right place and that Henry Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body, one of the most reliable and comprehensive resources used by medical students and professionals, got the placement wrong.

    • Dr. Foreman: Our kid's been tripping on "Lucy in the Sky with Cubic Zirconium."
      Foreman is making a pun on the famous Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (1967), which purportedly was about the psychedelic drug LSD, also known as acid. "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" or just "Lucy" became slang for the drug.

    • House: Hello, my pretties…
      Echoing the cackling greeting/threat of the Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz (1939), with Margaret Hamilton in the role.

    • House: This is your backyard--you may know it as Mel's Diner.
      Referencing the movie Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), with Ellen Burstyn as Alice Hyatt, who ends up waitressing at a diner owned by...well, Mel Sharples (Vic Tayback). The movie was spun off into a TV series, Alice (1976-1985), with Vic Tayback continuing the role of Mel.

    • House: Attica! Attica!
      When House tries to convince Dr. Cuddy to get his carpet back, he uses the same rallying cry used by Al Pacino's character in Sidney Lumet's 1975 film Dog Day Afternoon.

    • House: We both know you belong with Victor.
      This line, along with most of House's subsequent speech, is loosely paraphrased from Casablanca (1942), starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergmann, and Paul Henreid. The main character (Rick), a cynical realist, tells the woman he loves/who loves him (Ilsa) that they can't be together -- that she belongs with her husband (Victor), a prominent member of the French Resistance.