House

Season 2 Episode 16

Safe

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 04, 2006 on FOX
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Melinda, a troubled teenage girl who is immuno-compromised as a result of the medications she must take after a heart transplant, has a severe allergic reaction and goes into shock when her boyfriend visits her. Meanwhile, House and Wilson continue to work out the problems in their new living arrangement.moreless

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  • Jumps the shark. (spoilers)

    3.7
    Hello? The show is called House not Foreman. Foreman is hired help, and House is apparently just a consultant now? Pathetic turn for what used to be a great show. Ah well it was still fun to see house come to the rescue despite the writers atempts to make House VS everybody anything but bad soap (except Wilson, who rules) ah well.
  • Great patient storyline.

    8.4
    Finally it seems like they're beginning to come up with something other than cancer. Most of this season seems like the patient has turned out to have cancer. This episode had a new twist, which was quite unexpected and turned out really well.



    The case as a whole was pretty interesting, and the characters worked rather well. I liked the subplot with the mother being overprotective, although I could have lived without the cheesy "you're going to school on Monday" ending. It seemed as if they put a bit more effort to creating the puzzle this week, and it paid off, though the main reason why the storyline worked so well was that the guest characters were well written and well acted, making you sympathise with them. I guess the only thing that irked me a bit was how they just seemed to have drawn a red line with a tiny marker to pose as a surgical scar on the girl. It looked completely unrealistic and weird, given that she didn't have any scars from stitches, which means the scar would be much wider. Normally these things don't bother me, but in this case it really stood out as ridiculous.



    Now here's something I've never really understood with this show... Why on earth is Wilson friends with House? And furthermore, why does Wilson regard House as his best friend? It feels like there's a lot going on between them that we never get to see, but at this point it's getting a bit over the top, since no reasonable human being would be friends with someone like House when he acts like he's been doing the past couple of episodes. He's not the least bit supportive or sympathetic, he's only being a jerk. I would really like to get some more insight on the inner workings of their friendship, and see a few more glimpses of House acting like a friend. I think I remember two such moments in season one, and so far none from this season. In the first season there was the thing with Vogler, where towards the end House seemed to be willing to step up and act as a friend towards Wilson, although not too willingly. And then there was a scene in the pilot where the patient said something about how you show people you care by what you do, not what you say, and House had taken on the patient only because he thought she was Wilson's cousin. Aside from those two bits, it seems like the House/Wilson friendship mainly consists of House doing everything he can to insult and annoy Wilson. I would like to see an episode where he needs to rely on Wilson more, and get a better glimpse of their relationship. There must be some reason Wilson considers him a friend.



    As a side note, can you imagine House as a best man when Wilson got married? Somehow, I'm having trouble...



    One character who is sinking fast is Cameron. This episode she was annoying, being testy and arrogant towards everyone and everything. She's my least favourite of House's "ducklings", but in many episodes I quite like her. This wasn't one of them. They seem to have a hard time finding a middle ground between Cameron being too soft and Cameron being too arrogant. Or maybe there's some revelation to come, regarding Cameron?moreless
  • House & Wilson at their finest :)

    10
    Once again, ANOTHER top notch House episode! I saw half of this ep on the TV years ago, so it was good finally watching it. Worth the wait ;) this episode was, ive said many times before, sexytime! Great medical case first of all! Teen girl getting sick in an environment cleaner than a hospital, left me wanting to know more :).



    And what about House and Wilson! Hellz yeah, they are awesome in this episode. Highlight from House, was him pulling the tick outta the girl...elevator door opens, she's legs wide open with House probing and *drumroll* Cuddy, Wilson and the babes family all looking inside. Foreman had the LOLest expression on his face like "ahhhh sh1t, we're boned!" And what about Wilson, lashing out finally! Tinkering with House's cane! Genious! Oh, even I admit, it was about time Gregory got his just deserts ;)



    All in all, another one of my favourites, but seriously, right up there in Top 5. 10/10 all the way baby! :)moreless
  • Simply perfect...

    10
    This was yet another series classic, and I cannot fault the writing all the perfomances. The case surrounding Melinda was brilliant, and one of the most heartfelt yet dramatic of storylines. I liked House's interactions with the boyfriend at the beginning, and how Cameron taunted Chase ("Too bad its not you giving the sample- we'd be done by now").



    I thought the patient storyline was very well acted by the whole family- they all played their roles well, and brought out different reactions from the cast (well...Foreman and Cameron, Chase didn't really seem to care!). The ending where House and Foreman were stuck in a lift was quite thrilling for something so simple.



    The interactions between House and Wilson were brilliant throughout- I loved the pranks they played as House put Wilson through "therapy". I laugh out loud each time I see House's cane collapse!



    Overall, nothing short of fantastic writing- this Season is probably one of the best Seasons of television (of its type) that has ever been written. Brilliant.moreless
  • Michelle Traghtenberg guest stars!

    8.0
    Anyways sorry if I spelled that wrong, but Michelle Traghtenberg guest stars! This plot line started out very slow in the beginning, like any other patient. What was interesting was the mother, she was a freak! I like how she wants to get out through the whole thing & at the end, the mom finally allows her to go back to school. But anyways the slow to fast part is when House had his epiphany. The girl has a tick! Wow, he stops the elevator to get the tick out which danger the girl's safety, also when House was having all those flashbacks about that night. Amazing! The subplot, funny plot was well funny! Wilson & House pull pranks on each other. Great episode!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

Michelle Trachtenberg

Michelle Trachtenberg

Melinda Bardach

Guest Star

Mel Harris

Mel Harris

Barbara Bardach

Guest Star

Lance Guest

Lance Guest

Lewis Bardach

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Melinda goes into Anaphlactic shock it is almost instant. However, anaphilaxis takes time to hit the individual full force. Melinda would be able to feel it coming before her throat closed to the point of being unable to speak.

    • During the part when House makes Wilson sit outside the apartment for hours, as the evening goes on you see that House's apartment door is suddenly open ajar. As night begins to settle, the door is still ajar as House opens it.

    • Trivia: The beer that House grabs from the fridge has a flip-top, which indicates that House's beverage of choice is apparently Grolsch lager.

    • In this episode House's street address is 221 but in the episode "Hunting" it is shown as 221B.

    • It's a cute bit when Wilson files part way through House's cane, and it would work under normal circumstances. But a few minutes earlier House and Foreman were wrestling over it, and House was putting his full weight on it to pin Foreman to a wall and Foreman was pushing back. The cane certainly would have broken from that kind of pressure if it was filed like Wilson describes.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • House: Are you the boyfriend? I need to borrow you.
      Barbara: What's going on?
      House: Don't worry. I'll return him in roughly the same condition.

    • Dr. Chase: No alarm on this window.
      Dr. Cameron: It's a 20 feet drop.
      Dr. Chase: You can get to the tree from here. There's some bark scraped off.
      Dr. Cameron: Sure, heart transplant girl swung down the tree on a vine. Maybe she was hooking up with Tarzan and Cheetah down by the elephant graveyard.
      Dr. Chase: Or, Jane stayed in the treehouse, Tarzan came up.

    • Dan: What, do you think there was still some (penicillin) on my lips? I brushed my teeth.
      House: Think lower and more fun.

    • Dan: Do you have to tell her (her seizure) was my fault?
      House: No. Great part of being a grownup, you never have to do anything.

    • House: Lying to your parents is usually the right thing to do, but there is the impending death exception.

    • House: You wake up in the morning, your paint's peeling, your curtains are gone, and the water's boiling. Which problem do you deal with first?
      Dr. Foreman: House...
      House: None of them, the building's on fire!

    • Dr. Chase: We're going to need a semen sample. You can use the bathroom over there.
      Dan: Right...uh...how do I...
      Dr. Cameron: Aim and shoot.
      (Dan walks off)
      Dr. Chase: No thinking about Dr Cameron--we'll know.

    • Dr. Chase: Melinda's dying.
      House: We're all dying. How fast?

    • House: Get an L.P. And do PCRs for the viruses. And get an E.M.G. to check for Guillain-Barré. Foreman's right, we gotta find out why she's paralyzed. (team stare at House) But not before staring at me dumbly for a few seconds...

    • (House stops Foreman from writing on the whiteboard)
      House: Sorry, there's a reason they call it the whiteboard. It's not my rule.

    • Dr. Foreman: We explained the anaphylaxis...
      House: What do you mean we? I did!
      At least I thought I did. Maybe I didn't. Still it was all me!

    • Dr. Foreman: I say we assume House was right about the anaphylaxis...
      House: It is tempting.

    • Dan: But, you know, they've tested Mellinda, they said she wasn't allergic to my stuff.
      House: Yeah, four days later. By that time the penicillin was crusting up a sock in the bottom of your hamper.

    • Dr. Cameron: (to Chase) Too bad it's not you giving the (sperm) sample. We'd be done by now.

    • Dan: (about a coma patient) Is he Okay?
      House: He's just tired from being in a coma so long.

    • House: What did he do to protect her? Brillo Pad his privates?
      Cameron: I assume he washed, and he...
      House: Oh, good work! Assumptions are so much faster than actual questions!

    • House: Everything sucks. Might as well find something to smile about.

    • Dr. Wilson: You erased my messages?
      House: Yep. Decided I wanted you to stay. Told you that, didn't I?
      Dr. Wilson: You're miserable and you're lonely and you're gonna trap me here to keep me every bit as miserable and lonely too.
      House: Yeah. You're happy, happy, happy.

    • Dr. Wilson: You said you'd hang the stethoscope if you were having sex.
      House: I didn't say it had to be with another person.

    • Dr. Foreman: (to Cameron) So I hear you don't want teenagers having sex. Teen suicide rate isn't high enough for you already?

    • Dr. Wilson: Oh, no wonder you were in the mood - this month's New Jersey Journal of Cardiology.
      House: Have you seen the centerfold? There's no way those valves are real!

    • House: What are you doing?!
      Dr. Wilson: What? You asked me...
      House: You knew that I was interested - that gives you a valuable bargaining chip. You'd have me doing dishes for a week!

    • House: Only way to confirm this, inject the rat with her blood and wait for it to get all botulistic on your ass. In the meantime, I'm going downstairs to browbeat a scared, dying teenage girl until she breaks down like...a scared, dying teenage girl.

    • Dr. Wilson: Cuddy called.
      House: I know. I saw the caller ID.
      Dr. Wilson: Young girl, anaphylactic shock.
      House: You answered?
      Dr. Wilson: Turns out, that's what stops the ringing.

    • House: Six months without putting out – Dr. Cuddy doesn't need to wear thong panties. It's not our call.
      Dr. Cuddy: I was wondering when you'd get around to my panties.

    • Dr. Cuddy: These are your big ideas – somebody's lying?
      House: Hasn't let me down yet.

    • Dr. Cameron: You had unsafe sex? The whole "unsafe" thing didn't tell you something?

    • Dr. Cameron: Love is an emotion certain people experience. Similar to happiness. You know, maybe I should give a more relatable example.
      House: Ohhh…snap!

    • (talking about sperm and penicillin)
      Dan: I mean, it can go through your stuff?
      House: Totally, dude. There's this administrator here, whenever she gets sick, she just gives me the prescription.

    • House: What's the good news, what's the bad news?
      Dr. Chase: Congestive heart failure.
      House: Is which?
      Dr. Chase: Good news.
      House: Why?
      Dr. Chase: I don't know. Just... sounded like you.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: April 26, 2007 on SBS 6
      The Czech Republic: September 10, 2007 on TV Nova
      Belgium: September 27, 2007 on KanaalTwee

    • Music: Orange Sky by Alexi Murdoch and Pain in My Heart by Otis Redding.

    • At the end, when Wilson is watching TV, you hear Jimmy Stewart ask "what is that doo-hickey?" and the response is "A brassiere." That's from the Hitchcock film Vertigo (1958). Wilson also has a Vertigo poster in his office.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Wilson: Because you're William Tell, you can pick an apple off someone's head.
      William Tell was a legendary hero of disputed historical authenticity who is said to have lived in the Canton of Uri in Switzerland in the early 14th century. Tell had been promised freedom if he shot the apple. On November 18, 1307, Tell split the fruit with a single bolt from his crossbow, without mishap.

    • House: Heart Transplant. Immune system's in the toilet. Mommy builds her little angel a John Travolta quality bubble.
      Referring to a TV movie from the late 70s, The Boy In The Plastic Bubble, where Travolta played a boy born with a severely compromised immune system. The character was forced to wear a large plastic bubble-like chamber around himself so he could remain in a sterile environment at all times.

    • House: It's like an Agatha Christie mystery.
      Agatha Christie is a famous 20th century writer of murder mysteries, and created such characters as Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot.

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