Season 3 Episode 12

One Day, One Room

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 30, 2007 on FOX
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While House is forced to work full-time in the clinic and deal with a rape victim who insists on confiding with him, Cameron deals with a terminal cancer patient trying to take advantage of her state of mind.

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  • In this episode House has to deal with Cuddy because she wants him to be in the clinic. He will have to take care of a girl who has been raped and he faces several philosophical problems.moreless

    I really loved this episode. Right now is one of my favorite ones. We get to know House a little bit more, seeing him doing what he doesn't like to do : face his own problems and his own life and past. The conversations with the raped girl are very interesting and House finally opens himself to someone. Cameron's problem with the guy who thinks that should die alone and in pain are difficult. And to watch him die like that is not for everyone.

    I hope other episodes are like this one, also because I love when House is in the clinic, some parts are funny because he hates to be there. And some of the people who appear there sometimes have problems that are nice to see him solve.moreless
  • Really liked it

    This is my first House episode review, and I chose this since it's a quite different episode from the series standards.

    In fact, there's no "extreme" medicine, we see only two main characters in action (House and Cameron) and, most important of all, we see House talking to a patient, a girl who's been raped and asks him to have a chat with her.

    It's discovered something about House's relationship with his father, who beat and tortured him, and this is made by showing House dealing with a critical situation (the rape) with his usual sarcasm, and I think it's brilliant and original, since House didn't talk about himself during the "rehab" like I expected.

    I think that this season is doing a great job in developing characters, and this was a huge step forward concerning House's personality.moreless
  • a recap more than a review, mostly chaaracter development in this episode, trying to get a better picture of houses' human side...enjoy

    Cuddy orders House to two days of nothing but clinic duty. He starts by assembling the many who think they might have an STD. Then he ambles out to the waiting room to see how many patients are left. Suddenly, a man clutches his ear and runs around, screaming in agony. House trips the man with his cane, holds him down and administers a paralytic agent. The man becomes frozen, but at least he's no longer making noise. Unfortunately, they need to intubate because the paralytic has stopped the man's breathing.

    House gathers his team to discuss the man's case. House asks what right ear pain, psychotic behavior and dizziness might indicate. Foreman throws out an acoustic neuroma that started to hemorrhage, so House asks for an MRI. Chase mentions that the man could have been psychotic first and mutilated himself. House likes that idea too, and he asks for a full psych work up. He then tells the doctors to pour some alcohol into the man's ear and pull out the cockroach. House knew this was the cause all along. He only wanted a big case to get him out of clinic duty.

    Cameron, making the rounds on clinic duty, sees an old, disheveled man who's most likely homeless. He hands her a note and says that the other hospital gave it to him but he cannot read. The note says that the man has a six centimeter cancerous mass in his right lung which is inoperable. The man asks if he can sleep in the hospital because it's cold outside. Cameron finds Cuddy and spills the truth about House and the cockroach patient. Cuddy angrily tracks House down and makes it clear, once again, that either he does clinic duty or she will confess about the evidence against him. He owes her.

    House returns to clinic duty and announces to the waiting room that he'll give $50 to anybody who leaves without being seen. Cuddy pulls him back into her office, desperate for a solution. She offers House $10 for every patient he can diagnose without touching. However, he will have to pay her $10 for every patient he does have to touch. So House starts plowing through patients without touching any of them. The test results come back from the earlier STD patients, and the first two are clean. The third is a 20-something blonde female named Eve who tests positive. Eve breaks down in tears at the news even though House reassures her that Chlamydia isn't all that bad. House tries to hand her some pills, but Eve yells at him to not touch her. House goes to tell Cuddy to get a new doctor for this patient. Eve has been raped.

    Cuddy explains to Eve that the hospital will assign another doctor, but Eve insists on House. House says that he isn't interested in treating her because there is nothing to treat. She is perfectly healthy. Eve doesn't care, and only wants to talk to him. House comments that she just wants to reclaim power after being raped. Eve screams at him to leave.

    Eve crashes in the clinic. Cuddy and another doctor attend to her, but she is unconscious and foaming at the mouth because of a pill overdose. The doctor tells House that she had talked to Eve for over an hour but the girl said nothing. When the doctor turned her back, Eve grabbed the pill bottle.

    House waits for Eve to awake and he asks her what she wants. She only wants to talk to him - about anything. House goes to his team for advice, and they suggest he give the girl his conversation. Cameron angrily says that there is no way that Eve can pretend the rape did not occur. She needs to process it. House returns to Eve and explains to her that she can't blame herself for this. Eve says that she knows that already, but she still wants to talk about nothing.

    Cameron's homeless patient is hooked up to a battery of machines and IVs. He pleads with her to stop the treatment because he doesn't want it and doesn't think he deserves it. Although she disagrees, Cameron unhooks the equipment. She visits him later and questions why he wants to suffer. The man asks her why her husband had to suffer. Cameron demands he tell her how he knows about her husband. The man admits that the nurse told him. House and Eve discuss where they went to college. House still gets no answer on why Eve trusts him. She inquires whether anything terrible has ever happened to him. He hesitates, so Eve flips his own logic back on him. Not knowing what to do, House leaves to go seek counsel. Wilson thinks he should just tell Eve the truth. Cameron advises House to say his life has been wonderful so that the girl has some hope. Foreman suggests he just admit that his life has sucked so that she will see that she too can rebound. Chase notes that there is no wrong answer.

    House returns to Eve's bedside and starts into his life story. He says that he was abused by his grandmother. His parents traveled and often left him with her. She was a strict disciplinarian. House never misbehaved when she was around because he was too afraid of being forced to sleep in the yard or of being made to take a bath in ice. He never told his parents. Eve asks if any of his story is true, and House assures her that it all is. She again asks if it is true. House replies that it is the truth for somebody.

    Cuddy lets House know that Eve is pregnant. He breaks the news to the girl, then offers her the chance to terminate it. Eve isn't interested because she considers abortion to be murder. House asks her if she wants to take a walk outside to get some air. Meanwhile, Cameron's homeless patient is still suffering. She tries to force pain medication on him, but he resists. The man says that if he dies suffering, then Cameron will always remember him. Nobody else will remember him. Cameron leaves the syringe next to his bed and sits down across the room. The man later struggles for breath and dies.

    House and Eve sit in a park watching people jog by. They continue their philosophical discussion. Eve argues that eternity is what we live for, and House believes that our time on Earth is all we have. Eve refuses to believe that because then there are no ultimate consequences. She needs the comfort of knowing that this all means something. Eve wonders if her attacker feels remorse for his actions. House asks why that matters. He then inquires why she trusts him. Eve explains that there's something about him, as if he is hurt too. House confesses that his story was true. Yet it wasn't his grandmother but his father who abused him. Eve begins to acknowledge what happened to her to House.

    Back at the hospital, House informs Cuddy that Eve terminated her pregnancy and has been discharged from the hospital.moreless
  • ummmm. can you say most boring episode EVER.

    ummmm. can you say most boring episode EVER. I decided to clean my room while watching because i was so bored. why would they make a show like this? did they just run out of ideas? and house is not exactly the best place for a political platform! Thank god i tivo'd it because i just kept fast forwarding it HOPING/ PRAYING that there would be some plot twist/ medical mystery...... thats what the show IS about right? producers... PLEASE dont ever make a show like this! i love it otherwise, and i get excited, but comon..... this was painful!moreless
  • the worst episode ever

    i dont think u can get worst than that & its soooooooooooooooooooooo boring really if u didnt c it dont even waste ur time watching this boring episode its not worth it

    they just talk sh#@ the hall episode ..........................

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    now its 100 words ;)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)

    • In the scene where House goes to Wilson to find out how he should answer the girl's question the shots of Hugh Laurie with the window in the background have the front of the cane handle pointed towards him while the ones with Wilson in the background have the back of the cane under his chin.

    • In the last scene of the episode when House and Wilson are playing foosball and they cut to the closeup of House his scar from his bullet wound is missing.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Dr. Foreman: If she wants to talk about the weather, talk about the weather. She wants normalcy, she wants to feel like the world didn't end.
      House: Right, I'll tell her everything went on without her: Babies were born, people got married, thousands of people will remember the day she got raped as the happiest day of their lives.

    • Dr. Chase: There's no wrong answer. Because there's no right answer.
      House: Wrong. We just don't know what the right answer is.

    • Dr. Cuddy: You are going back to the clinic. Or jail.
      House: You perjured yourself to keep me out of jail. How're you...?
      Dr. Cuddy: I only did that because I thought you were getting clean.
      House: So it's do clinic duty or go to jail.
      Dr. Cuddy: Yes.
      House: Then it'll be finish your paperwork or go to jail. Help with fundraising or go to jail. Do your job or go to jail. I think I'd rather go to jail.

    • House: You want me because I don't want you.
      Eve: I'm raping you?
      House: In a more non-invasive, annoying...
      Eve: Get out!

    • House: Haven't you ever seen an Afterschool Special? Dawson's Creek?

    • Patient: I have an STD?
      House: No, but you will. Every person who comes in here has one thing in common: having SWS, "Sex While Stupid."

    • House: If we were to care about every person suffering on the planet, life would shut down.

    • House: We are selfish-based animals crawling across the earth, but 'cause we've got brains, if we try really hard, we can usually aspire to something that is less than pure evil.

    • House: Are you going to base your whole life on who you're stuck in a room with?
      Eve: I'm gonna base this moment on who I am stuck in a room with! It's what life is, it's a series of rooms, and who we get stuck in those rooms with, adds up to what our lives are.

    • House: The fact that I was in the wrong place in the wrong time, should be trumped by the fact that I'm useless at this.
      Dr. Cameron: No, you're not.
      Dr. Chase: (to Cameron) You romantically wanting to believe that, is never gonna make it true.

    • Doctor: He swallowed a magnet. We gotta cut it out.
      House: (to the kid) How old are you?
      Kid: Eight.
      House: And he swallowed something stuck to a fridge. Darwin says let him die.

    • House: If we talk about nothing, nothing will change.
      Eve: It might.
      House: How?
      Eve: Time. Time changes everything.
      House: That's what people say, it's not true! Doing things changes things; not doing things... leaves things exactly as they were.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Is that Vicodin?
      House: Breathmint--thought you were going to kiss me.

    • House: Perjurer.
      Dr. Cuddy: Felon.

    • Dr. Wilson: She's looking to connect with you, and that's what's scaring the hell out of you. Tell her the truth.
      House: There is no truth.
      Dr. Wilson: Are we role-playing? Am I you? I don't wanna be you!

    • House: (after looking up the patient's nose) It's beautiful! If my lawn were half as well maintained as that, pigeons wouldn't have the nerve to poop on in.
      Patient: Good grooming is important.
      House: Is that a shot?
      Patient: People do judge you on your appearance. When you entered, I noted your shirt hadn't been pressed, you hadn't shaved in quite some time, I extrapolated you were a person for whom detail was not a major concern. I was worried you might apply that same standard in your work.
      House: Do you use toe-nail clippers up there?
      Patient: They're longer, so they allow me to better reach the upper hairs.
      House: I'm wearing a rumpled shirt, and forgot to brush my hair this week. You've got athlete's foot in your nose. … I'm ready to be judged.

    • Dr. Cuddy: She's gonna be okay.
      House: Yeah, it's that simple.
      Dr. Cuddy: She's talking about what happened. That's huge. You did good.
      House: Everyone will tell you: That's what we gotta make her do. We gotta help her, right? Except we can't. Stead we drag out her story, and tell each other that'll help her heal. We feel real good about our selves. Maybe all we've done is make a girl cry.
      Dr. Wilson: Then why did you...
      House: Because, I don't know.
      Dr. Wilson: You gonna follow up with her?
      House: One day, one room.

    • House: Who's here for a runny nose? (a couple of people raise hands) It's a cold! It will get better. Go home!

    • Pharmacologist: Should I get a sedative?
      House: No, I'm good, thanks.

    • House: I'm evil.
      Eve: Evil people don't say they're evil.
      House: That sounds like an easy loophole.

    • (as a patient takes his pulse)
      House: How many beats?
      Patient: 26.
      House: (astonished) Either you suck at math, or you're about to die in two seconds! (waits a few seconds) You suck at math!

  • NOTES (4)

    • When House is paying off patients to leave the clinic, he catches an elderly man with a nice hat who has coughed up blood on his handkerchief. It is monogrammed D.S. - David Shore wrote the episode.

    • Music: Grey Room (Damien Rice), Listen Here (Eddie Harris)

    • With a scheduled first airing of this episode on January 23, 2007, (the date was pushed back one week for the US Presidential State of the Union) the American Red Cross mailed out promotional fliers for the show with a picture of the cast and the flier stating, "An urgent House (in the show's font with the square on the H) call for blood donations." It then states, "Be sure to watch the January 23rd episode of HOUSE on FOX."

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: August 30, 2007 on SBS6
      Greece: December 8, 2007 on Star Channel
      The Czech Republic: February 11, 2008 on TV Nova
      Belgium: February 21, 2008 on KanaalTwee
      Sweden: April 22, 2008 on TV4


    • House: Haven't you ever seen an Afterschool Special? Dawson's Creek?
      Afterschool Specials were programs that aired in the late afternoon throughout the 1980s and were geared at children around the pre-teen age. They intended to teach the children moral lessons and covered topics such as drugs, alcohol, and sex. Dawson's Creek was a prime time drama that aired from 1998-2003. It centered around the trials and tribulations of a group of teenagers as they struggled with love, school, and friendship.