Season 3 Episode 1


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 05, 2006 on FOX
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After recovering from his gunshot wounds, House works feverishly on two cases at the same time: a paralyzed man who drove his wheelchair into a swimming pool and a woman who became paralyzed after a yoga session.

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  • This episode exhibited the problem of so many season premieres -- it tried to do way too much, and left the watchers feeling a bit dizzy. It was not up to House's typical standards -- however, it's still better than anything else on television.moreless

    This episode exhibited the problem of so many season premieres -- it tried to do way too much, and left the watchers feeling a bit dizzy. It was not up to House's typical standards -- however, it's still better than pretty much anything else on television. I also somehow couldn't buy House running eight miles to work two months after he was shot -- leave it to him to show off like that, but it was a bit too much. Worst of all was Wilson's manipulation, not revealing the truth about his cure. That seemed even too low for Wilson. Luckily he redeemed himself at the very end of the second episode, but until then, I was quite disappointed with that whole situation.moreless
  • Starting to get a bit old...

    Before I start: Yes, I am a House fan and yes, I am still going to watch every episode of Series 3.

    However, is anybody else just starting to get, well, just a little tired of the structure of each and every episode?

    It is great to see Hoouse walking - and it allows for a whole new angle of one-liners and jokes, that Mr Laurie delivers very well... but the one thing I will say is... COME ON, PLEASE! I MEAN REALLY?

    In this episode, House successfully diagnoses a "terminal" brain cancer patient as, well, someone who doesn't have cancer. Now that's *fair enough*... but the bit that really gets me, is he has been "terminal" for EIGHT YEARS.

    EIGHT long years of intense medical scrutiny by, quote, "the best doctors" - and at no single point did any of them, in those eight long years, find what House was able to find in only eight minutes. The man in question is wheelcahir bound - and hasn't walked for the whole eight years.

    House's proposed solution actually ends up in making the wheelchair bound man instantly walk.

    Yes, there may be *some* medical reasons behind why House was able to diagnose it and the hundreds of other people were not - but come on, we've had this same structure in a previous 46 episodes.

    It's getting just a lil' boring now.

    Anyway - with that said, I am a fan of Hugh Laurie. Here in England we have had Fry and Laurie on our screens for years and years - and they have always delivered more high-brow comedy to the screen. This is why I like House - Hugh Laurie does the same in this show.

    I guess I'll tune into epidodes 48+ the same as I always do... but I'll make sure I have a cup of tea to hand, in case I fall asleep with the predictable structure... again.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show house is the season 3 premere and house is just coming back to work after getting shot and he has to deal with two cases a man that is in a wheel chair who drove himself into the pool at first house thinks he wanted to kill himself but then later he realizes he was wrong and the thinks the yoga girl is faking it and then changes is mind and the guy is a real puzzel who house wants to solve and has the whole team working on it and then house comes up with the anwser for it and kuddie does not want t to do it because she thinks he is wrong and turns out he was right but then dont tell himmoreless
  • House Jogging!

    This episode is a very good season opener, after 2 seasons of same diagnostics, same tests, same unique diseases that only House can treat and the occasional sarcastic witty repartee's by House, and his usual depressed state, gets old. You get bored kinda while still enjoying House you want more. This episode came like a breath of fresh air. A different side of House, proves that lack of pain CAN make anyone feel better which is quite obvious. Fortunately this episode is so boldly written, so smart and clean that eventually you already miss the "crippled" House, which is a good thing. Great episode, can't be missed.!moreless
  • A solid Season opener...

    After the cliffhanger last Season, we get to see House without his cain and walking, running and (hilariously) skateboarding.

    I thought this was an interesting development from last Season's finale, as we see House battle what meaning is as a result of the halluncination he had. His discussions with Wilson were brilliant and very philisophical, and yet House struggles to find meaning in his profession, and still prefers the puzzle. The crash he suffered when he believes there are no puzzles to solve was a brilliant piece of acting, and I doubt that we have see him in a more sympathetic light.

    I thought it was a little mean of Wilson to forbid Cuddy to tell House he actually solved the case, but I see why he did it. It also allows the writers something to build on, with the threat of House's leg pain coming back, and forging Wilson's signature for Vicodin.

    I thought the cases itself wasn't the best, but it was moving see the man walk again. The team were good, although we only get to see a glimpse of their development- Cameron is standing up to House more, whilst Chase is still the same, whilst Foreman reveals that he wants to learn from House, which is something he hides in his desperation not to be like him.

    Overall, a great beginning to this Season.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Although House is pain-free and able to walk without the assistance of his cane, he should still be walking with a limp due to his lack of thigh muscle.

    • The prescription that House writes for himself at the end of the episode is for a nonexistent medicine. House writes for "Vicodin ES 5/500," which is actually two different strengths of the same med. Standard-strength Vicodin is "5/500" (5 milligrams hydrocodone, 500 milligrams acetaminophen), and Vicodin E(xtra) S(trength) is 7.5/750. A doctor would write for either "Vicodin 5/500" OR "Vicodin ES," not the combination of the two. Also, given the progression of House's dependence and level of pain, it is not unlikely that he would have moved on to an even stronger strength Vicodin (like double-strength "Norco") or oxycodone.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Dr. Wilson: You're giving false hope to a family that's been wrecked; don't torture them. Let it go, tell the wife it was only a grunt, tell her to go home.
      House: I can't let her down like that. Pumped her up with too much false hope.

    • Dr. Chase: I've had to relieve the pressure three times in the last two hours. So either we figure out what's causing blood to build up around her heart, or I follow her around with a needle for the rest of her life.

    • House: (to Cuddy) For the first time in years I've got no opiates in my body, now you question my judgment.

    • Dr. Cuddy: You want to trade? (in an Amish accent) We're not swappin' a couple a' goats for your help puttin' up a barn.

    • Dr. Cameron: You're lucky he didn't die.
      House: I'm lucky? He's the one who didn't die.

    • Dr. Wilson: The fifth level of happiness involves creation. Changing lives.
      House: Sixth level is heroin. Seventh level is you going away.

    • Dr. Cuddy: You've been back at work 24 hours and you're already playing hide-and-seek in a woman's spine!
      House: Who won the pool?

    • Dr. Cameron: We should give her a local (anaesthetic).
      House: That would defeat the point of me being nasty.

    • Dr. Foreman: 2002; patient had dry eyes...
      Dr. Chase: Dry eyes plus a grunt. It all makes sense.
      Dr. Foreman: Could be a neurological issue.
      Dr. Cameron: I get hay fever I put drops in my eyes. I don't go to a neurologist.
      Dr. Foreman: Dry eyes could indicate an autonomic dysfunction. It goes on the board.
      Dr. Chase: What about coughing? Or boogers? Should we include boogers?

    • House: (to Cuddy) You're smiling. That's a bad sign.

    • House: Inject him with cortisol. The guy'll have sex with his wife again! He'll hug his kid again! Hopefully that's the combination he was using… be a shame if I'd cured a pedophile.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Twenty-four times a year you come storming into my office spouting that you can help someone. Except you never say those words. You say something like, "His pancreas is going to explode because his brain is on fire!"

    • Dr. Cameron: You did something for which she is grateful, and you're… embarrassed?
      House: For you. She saw you coming up and thought you were a 14-year old boy. I set her straight.

    • House: I don't remember you being this bitchy.
      Dr. Wilson: The Vicodin dulled it. In the sober light of day I'm a buzz-kill.

    • Dr. Wilson: (House) got lucky, that's all that happened. Telling him 'no' was a good thing, because next time he won't get lucky, he'll kill someone. Just because he was right, doesn't mean he wasn't wrong.
      Dr. Cuddy: I see him every day, I can't just…
      Dr. Wilson: Everybody lies.

    • Arlene: I'm taking care of him for the same reason you helped us!
      House: Some guy shot you and you hallucinated?

    • House: Would you like to get a drink?
      Dr. Cameron: Are you… are you serious or are you just trying to change the subject?
      House: No I'm serious. I drink, you drink, we can do it at the same time, at the same table. Do you eat? We could do that too. Hey, if the answer's "No" that's cool, but...
      Dr. Cameron: No it's just... you're just coming off surgery and you're not yourself yet and I work for you and even though last year's... agh. You're smiling. I'm saying no and you're smiling.
      House: Well don't take it personally, it's just cause you're full of crap. You have no interest in going out with me. Maybe you did when I couldn't walk, when I was a sick puppy that you could nurture back to health. Now that I'm healthy there's nothing in it for you.
      Dr. Cameron: You are not healthy. Cuddy wants to see you.

    • Dr. Cameron: The leg looks fine. Totally pain-free?
      House: When did this turn into "What did you do over your summer vacation?"
      Dr. Foreman: It's a little weird to discuss the case while you're staring at your blood on the floor.
      Dr. Cameron: I asked Cuddy to replace the carpet.
      House: I like the carpet. What'd you do over the summer.
      Dr. Cameron: I…
      House: Redo the tests.

    • Dr. Cuddy: You ran here?
      House: It's just eight miles.
      Dr. Cuddy: Why did you...?
      House: Why does a dog lick it's workplace-acceptable euphemism for testicles?
      Dr. Wilson: Because he can.

    • (House successfully jumps a skateboard off a bench)
      House: Oh, I stuck that primo! How rad am I?!?

    • House: Relax. I'm not going to burn you again. (pulls out a big needle) I'm going to stab you!

  • NOTES (7)

    • This episode was nominated for a ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Episodic TV Series.

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: June 21, 2007 on SBS 6
      The Czech Republic: November 12, 2007 on TV Nova
      Belgium: December 6, 2007 on KanaalTwee
      Estonia: January 4, 2008 on TV3
      Sweden: February 5, 2008 on TV4
      Norway: Thursday, July 17, 2008 on NRK1
      Finland: August 7, 2008 on MTV3

    • Music:Desire by Ryan Adams, So What by Miles Davis, You Can't Always Get What You Want by Rolling Stones

    • In-Joke: "Twenty-four times a year you come storming into my office spouting that you can help someone." There were 24 episodes of House in Season 2.

    • The exterior scenes of the university campus were filmed on the campus at UCLA. House is seen running up the Janss steps from the Wilson Quad, and the team is seen sitting on Dickson Terrace, between Royce Hall and the Powell Library. However, the fountain in which House cools himself is a prop.

    • The song playing at the end of the episode is "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by the Rolling Stones, which also appeared in "Pilot" and "Honeymoon" in season 1.

    • The song playing when House is running to work is "Feel Good Inc." by the Gorillaz.


    • Dr. Wilson: The fifth level of happiness involves creation. Changing lives.
      Wilson and House expand "The Four Levels of Happiness" from Christian and Greek philosophy: immediate, egocentric, selfless & transcendental. House hardly goes beyond the first (drugs) or the second (pride).