Season 2 Episode 11

Need to Know

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 07, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

While House's staff tries to diagnose a woman whose uncontrollable muscle flailing caused her to crash her car, House and Stacy try to resolve their relationship issues once and for all. Cameron refuses to take her HIV test, wary of the results.

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  • The House and Stacy drama comes to a conclusion

    So House loses the love of his life again.

    I thought this episode was fantastic. The patient storyline was good, and a very clever idea of a woman seemingly trying to get pregnant but also trying to prevent it, resulting in her being sick just to stop her telling her husband the truth.

    Cameron's storyline was minute, but gave a fairly interesting sub-subplot, but House and Stacy stole the show. It was interesting to see House analyse himself, and Wilson criticising him at the end, leaving us wondering if House left Stacy just because he didn't want to change or if he actually felt that she would be better off without him.

    I think it was the latter, simply because of his reaction when Mark tried to climb the stairs. It proved to him that Mark was more deserving of Stacy. I don't believe House wants to be miserable, I just think he struggles not to be.

    Overall, I thought this was a great conclusion to an interesting story arc, full of great one liners, tension and drama.moreless
  • Cameron gets her HIV results.

    This episode was funny & sad in the same way. Well one memorable moment is in which, House says I love you to Cameron just so she can open her mouth so he can get the test results for the HIV. I love how Wilson gets all mad at the end & gives him this whole speech. That must of hurt. Stacy sleeps with House, Mark comes to avenge House, mostly out of relationship problems. But the patient also had something to do with infidelity, I like the spasms in the beginning, that as pretty funny. House was such a jerk when he rejects Stacy, after all of that crap. That was really shallow, an end of an episode arc when Stacy leaves. And Cameron is HIV free! A painful to watch episode.moreless
  • House finally gains some closure in his relationship with Stacy, the love of his life.

    As the team treats a woman who has uncontrolled flailing, it becomes quickly clear that House and Stacy's near-encounter in Baltimore meant something different to each of them. House has opened himself up again to a woman he has loved for ten years; Stacy is seeking respite from her difficult marriage. Wilson fears that House will be disappointed and crash; Stacy, not believing that House is that emotionally fragile, asks Cuddy (who would not know, and laughs it off as ridiculous). But when Stacy ambivalently decide to be with House, after months of pursuit, House hesitates and tells her that it can't work. It is after he tells her that "he can't go there" again, can't put himself through the hurt a second time, that Stacy understands what House must've gone through after she left him.

    Hugh Laurie does a magnificent job of conveying House's fear, and his regret about his ultimate decision. Sitting on the roof at the end of the episode, House's brooding is interrupted by Wilson, who derides him for his selfishness and unwillingness to be happy. "You want to be miserable," he tells House, before stalking off. I think Wilson is wrong.

    There is a wonderful scene with the patient's daughter, who interrupts House's ruminations about Stacy. "Is that why you're so sad?" she asks House regarding his leg. "I'm not sad; I'm complicated. Chicks dig that." And yes. We do. Favorite moment: Again, I have two: House's first scene with Stacy, telling her, "I don't want you to go." Never has House been more emotionally raw and vulnerable. Second is the devastating moment of recognition when House realizes that he and Stacy are not on the same page: he's hearing a life commitment; she's looking for a fling. It's another terribly raw moment for House in an episode filled with them.moreless
  • So many times the single mother remarries and the husband wants another child, to have one of his own.

    However, sometimes this causes the first child, the stepdaughter or stepson, to be forgotten or singled out.

    I was happy when House asked Stacy to stay with him, to be with him. Then it turned into, OH MY GODDESS! I can not believe that House and Stacy were sleeping together. This completely blew my mind, I could not believe it.

    I could understand that Stacy was hesitant to tell Mark about the affair. Then Mark comes in wanting advise from House about how to keep Stacy. That was tough on House, I know. I also grew sad when he told Stacy to go home to Mark after she told House she wanted to be with him.

    Men need to let women do what makes women happy. To many times, I hear men complain or tell women to or not to do this or that.moreless
  • Review

    I hope that this is finnaly the end between the drama of House and Stacy. There were way to many random shifts in high and lows and this episode confirmed that. Just when we think House is going to change and be happy for once, he tells Stacy not to do exactly what she was going to do. She picked House and then he turned her down. It was like the whole thing was just some kind of sick game that House needed to win before he told her off. I thought the actress that played Stacy was fantastic, but I did not like the writing that the writers came up with for there interactions. There was too much randomness and she always took away the funny scenes that I miss from the clinic in season 1. Season 1 was comical, Season 2 is more dramatical. Hopefully with her out of the equation there will be one less storyline to follow and we can add more humor to the series. The episode was okay, the case involved was okay, House+Stacys interaction was okay.moreless
Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Holly Daniels

Holly Daniels


Guest Star

Currie Graham

Currie Graham

Mark Warner

Guest Star

Elle Fanning

Elle Fanning

Stella Dalton

Guest Star

Sela Ward

Sela Ward

Stacy Warner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Early on, when reviewing the patient details, House notes that someone used up the last of the animal crackers and set the empty box right back on the counter, then complains to all that "if you use them all up, throw the box away" with the box in his hand. There is a sound that might be intended as the box getting thrown away (although no such act is shown). In the next scene, the box is right back where it originally was.

    • In season one Mark told House that Stacy never wears any jewelry other than the cross her mom gave her. However, in this episode she is wearing earrings.

    • Trivia: When Foreman is going through a pile of DVDs at Margo's house, one of them show the cover of Winning London, an Olsen Twins movie which Jesse Spencer (Dr. Chase) co-starred in.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • (answering phone)
      House: This better be important.
      Dr. Cameron: You've gotta come back in.
      House: No I don't.
      Dr. Cameron: Margo's stable but...
      House: Oh my God! I'll be right there!

    • House: We're done. Get rid of her.
      Dr. Foreman: We're not done. We have to confirm the diagnosis before we send her home to die of something else.
      House: Oh yes, the power tastes so sweet. You just can't resist, you're like a diabetic at the ice cream counter, you want to say no, but you need that chocolately goodness.
      Dr. Foreman: Well, I'm still signing the charts. So until tomorrow you're not allowed to kill anyone.
      House: Wuss!

    • House: She's not going to leave Mark in the middle of his rehab. Too much guilt.
      Dr. Wilson: She left you.
      House: Harsh 'tude, dude.

    • House: Peeing on a stick is only 99% accurate. Get a real pregnancy test. You know, the one with the blood and the hormones and the rabbit. (Foreman looks put off) Oh, I'm sorry. It's still your limo. What do you say, Miss Daisy?
      Dr. Foreman: Whatever you want.
      House: Lame duck's done quacking.
      Dr. Foreman: You quack, people shoot at you. Cuddy just put me here to make you miserable. Another two days, you can go back to making yourself miserable.

    • (finding Ritalin)
      House: Cocaine with a PG rating.

    • House: Ultrasound her uterus this time. See if there's something growing in there that doesn't look adorable in a onesie.

    • Dr. Cuddy: (seeing House come in) He's actually on time.
      Dr. Wilson: He's six minutes early.
      Dr. Cuddy: Something's happened.
      Dr. Wilson: I'm on it.

    • House: Wow. It's a big jump from "Infidelity is morally wrong" to "Do her."

    • House: What does the flailing look like?
      Dr. Chase: Her arms spasm uncontrollably and there's a mild facial twitch.
      House: Demonstration?
      Dr. Foreman: (impatiently) You wanna know what it looks like, go see the patient.
      House: Ooo, snarky. Was he like this the whole time I was gone?

    • House: (to the whiteboard) We give you so much, and you give us so little.

    • Dr. Cuddy: (about Stacy) Here's what I think she's gonna say: "Oh I love Greg, but if you go against a patient's wishes, you're calling her a liar. And if something goes wrong, I end up in court having to defend the big, mean doctor, albeit with dreamy eyes, who wouldn't believe the nice suburban mom. And even though his cane makes me melt, do the damn surgery."

    • House: Foreman, need your help here. You want to pull a bank job, would you go it alone? You gonna rob a house, sure, it's a one- or two-man crew. A bank...a lookout, getaway driver...
      Dr. Foreman: I'm not saying anything till this metaphor plays itself out.

    • House: Cameron... I love you. (swabs her open mouth) Get your test results tomorrow.

    • House: Who finished the animal crackers? If you finish something, don't just put back the empty box, throw it out!

    • Dr. Wilson: What the hell happened in Baltimore?
      House: Sorry, chief--I never kiss and tell.
      Dr. Wilson: I think you just did.

    • Dr. Wilson: This isn't just going to go away.
      House: No, but maybe you will.

    • Dr. Foreman: Hyper-vigilance, sudden irritability.
      House: Symptomatic of…lunch with Cuddy?

    • House: (knocking on Wilson's door) I know you're in there. I can hear you caring.

    • House: (to Foreman) Your four weeks just expired. Your reign of terror is over – mine has just begun. Now go stick a needle up her hoo-hoo and find that cancer.
      Dr. Chase: "Hoo-hoo"?
      Dr. Foreman: He went to Hopkins.

    • Stella: What's wrong with your foot?
      House: War wound.
      Stella: Does it hurt?
      House: Every day.
      Stella: Is that why you're so sad?
      House: Oh aren't you adorable. I'm not sad, I'm complicated - chicks dig that. One day you'll understand.

    • Stacy: What was Greg like after I left?
      Dr. Cuddy: Uhh, an egomaniacal narcissistic pain in the ass. Same as before you left.

    • Dr. Cameron: You won't read your mail, but you'll open mine.
      House: It was confidential. I wanted to know.
      Dr. Cameron: The most important letter of my life, and you're still an ass.
      House: Comforting, isn't it?

    • Dr. Foreman: It's the perfect marriage – there's nothing to fight about if you never talk about anything.

    • Dr. Wilson: Being miserable doesn't make you better than anyone else, House. It just makes you miserable.

    • House: You're gonna want to paralyze her. Run tests on a flailer and somebody's gonna lose an eye.

    • Dr. Wilson: Great, breaking up a marriage - fertile ground for high comedy.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Dr. Cameron: Momma's little helper.
      "Mother's Little Helper" is a song by the Rolling Stones (released in 1966) dealing with the issue of mothers taking prescription drugs to be able to manage their day. It is about the hypocrisy of the "look the other way" attitude about such drug abuse in the upper and middle class, at a time when society looked very down on abuse of so-called "illegal drugs". The song is titled after the existing terminology, not the other way around.

    • House: (to Foreman) Oh, I'm sorry! It's still your limo. What do you say, Miss Daisy?
      Refers to Driving Miss Daisy (1989), the movie starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy. Freeman was hired by Tandy's son, Dan Aykroyd, to drive his elderly mother around Atlanta in the late 50s. It told the story of their 20-year friendship through the chauffeur's point of view. Directed by Bruce Beresford.

    • House: It explains the psychosis and the flailing, and the uncanny ability to bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and never, ever let Teddy forget that he's a man.
      House draws a comment about Margo's active life -- substituting 'Teddy' for 'him', and adding 'ever' -- from a series of ads for Enjoli perfume from the late 1970s. A gorgeous female executive could "do it all" with just a little help from the fragrance, or so it was claimed.