Season 7 Episode 2


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 27, 2010 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

A family copes with a sick daughter and a dying son, and the team must diagnose the daughter before it's too late. Meanwhile, House deals with an elderly father and son, and tries to deal with the challenges of a workplace romance.

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  • 702

    I do not want to declare House dead yet, but it definitely has flatlined. The show started to fall apart last season and it has just been unbearable completely this year. It is not just the House and Cuddy relationship, although shoving that down our throats is anything but a positive. The show is just not creating the compelling drama it used to, I mean look at the cold opening tonight: a female roller blader pushing a kid in a wheel chair around. Really?

    House needs to step up their game. Hopefully this "controversial" episode that they keep teasing us with for next week does that because this certainly did not.moreless
  • Med mystery not bad, the rest of it not good.

    This episode had a pretty good heart-wrenching med story, especially good acting by the dad character, but the rest of it was pretty bad. House/Cuddy interactions, Taub's juvenile preoccupation with it, Wilson saying "this is huge" with all the enthusiasm of a coma patient, the ass and crotch grabbing...weak.

    House used to be a great show in its early years when House was an irascible yet hilarious genius. Then it started sucking when he became just a huge jerk to anyone and everyone. It got a little better with Andre Braugher, but then it got horrible with the Alvie/Alfy(?) hug, then the unwatchable Huddy romance. The season opener was like watching Grey's Anatomy. Bleah!moreless
  • Parents do not have the right of life and death over their children. I'm rating this episode a 1 because of the moral stupidity of the final conflict

    The parents didn't even consult their son during their anguished discussion about the fate oftheirchild's lung. "He Hugo, me and your mom have decided that half your lungs belong to your sister. Now you be a good boy and hop up on the operating table" Stupid!

    House should have just gone to the son and no one else with the idea of the siblingtransplant. That would be a decision only the organ owner couldmorallymake. Hugo looked like a character who had been dealing with death for some time. He was perfectly able to make the decision, as it was shown at the end.

    Children are more capable of making decision that effect them then we give them credit for. How do parents think their children are going to grow into responsible adults if we don't treat them a functioning human beings.

    I like the series and greatly respect the writers but they must have been chugging stupid pills for this episode.moreless
  • The secret is out!

    A very nice episode, definitely better than the previous one. I like the scene where Cuddy grabs/catches (it's not shown, therefore I have to guess) House's groin. Wilson's flabbergasted. I love the scene the most! As for the medical mystery, it's good, but not great. The ending is definitely touching, I actually felt sad for them. House and Cuddy try to connect, but then realise they don't have an honest conversation until the end. I like it when Cuddy says they need to continue their brutal conversations, because this show can't survive without any brutal conversations or bickering between the both of them. And weirdly, House doesn't seem to care when Thirteen goes. It's very unusual of him. He probes into their personal lives many times and this time he ignores Thirteen's? Very unusual. Overall this is a great episode.moreless
  • House&Cuddy can make it work?

    As season 6 ends, and 7 begins, main focus is on House and Cuddy, and their doomed relationship...or so it seems. I found the resident-mediator Dr.Wilson, very on the spot, House can´t play with Cuddy like before, and some middle ground has to be set. So i guess they being together is a plus for the series, but how can House´s "dark passenger" be satisfied, if he wants to please Cuddy? That show would be..well... boring! What about a new selection of helping experts? Forman and Chase are very old news, and Taub is getting there, plus it´s a very macho diagnostics team :(

    And just for the record, House can be with Cuddy, but don´t make him a saint, that is not on is character.

    So great episode, but watch were you step from now on ;)moreless
Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Peter Jacobson

Peter Jacobson

Dr. Christopher Taub

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Wilson is in the opening differential, but there's no reason for him to be there. He rarely sits on differentials, and only when cancer might be involved, or under other extraordinary circumstances. Here he doesn't even stay long enough to discuss the case.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Dr. Wilson: (after House says he's seeing Cuddy) I'm gonna check my office for whoopie cushions.
      House: It's not a prank.
      Dr. Wilson: And this is not me walking out of the door.

    • House: I'm seeing Cuddy! Generally without her clothes on.

    • House: So... Junior Miss Everything. Skateboarder, basketballer, science clubber, seal clubber... I'm actually guessing with that last one.

    • Taub: And what's with the death's head cane?
      House: They didn't have a death's ass cane in my size.

    • Dr. Cuddy: It's time for our meeting in Human Resources.
      House: Hmmm. Human Resources. Now why would I need to go to Human Resources?
      Dr. Wilson: House, you've been to Human Resources 74 times in the last six weeks.
      House: Never after doing this. (tries to kiss Cuddy, she stops him)
      Dr. Wilson: Well, I'm convinced.
      House: Come on. One peck. Just enough to arouse him just a little.
      Dr. Wilson: I--hey, I'm not even...
      House: I didn't mean you.

    • Dr. Wilson: I've been more passionate with my great aunt.
      House: Mabel? Up high.

    • Taub: House, I was expecting your relationship with Cuddy to complicate our work long-term. I am now concerned it might be affecting us short-term. All due respect.
      House: None taken.

    • (Wilson smirks after learning House and Cuddy had sex)
      House: Yeah, I had that same facial expression for the first 48 hours. I had another one, too, but only for 15 seconds at a time.

    • Dr. Wilson: House, everything's changed. You're sleeping together. You want something from her besides a sign-off on scaring a patient to death.
      House: You talked to Taub.
      Dr. Wilson: He's worried about you.
      House: He's a jerk.
      Dr. Wilson: I'm worried too.
      House: Do I need to say it?

    • House: Yeah. I have to avoid this problem. If I can restrict our interactions to places where neither of us are wearing pants.
      Dr. Wilson: Yeah, that's not avoiding the problem, it's avoiding the issue.
      House: Since avoidance is my plan for dealing with the issue, technically, that's not avoiding it. Thanks.
      Dr. Wilson: No problem.

    • Taub: You want me to get Cuddy's approval?
      House: I've got be somewhere important.
      Taub: Sitting at your desk?
      House: I'm running late.

    • Dr. Cuddy: I sit around on my bureaucratic ass??!
      Taub: I was relaying your words.
      House: I said well-formed. I said well-formed!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music: AM/FM (!!! Chk Chik Chick)

    • Olivia Wilde is credited but doesn't appear.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: September 27, 2010 on Global
      UK: October 10, 2010 on Sky1
      Bulgaria: October 1, 2010 on Nova TV
      Germany: April 12, 2011 on RTL
      The Netherlands: July 28, 2011 on SBS 6
      Sweden: September 6, 2011 on TV4
      Czech Republic: September 12, 2011 on TV Nova
      Poland: September 15, 2011 on TVP2
      Slovakia: March 8, 2012 on STV1
      Finland: February 18, 2013 on MTV3


    • House: You ever see Wild Kingdom?
      Referencing Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, hosted by zoologist Marlin Perkins. Perkins narrated while his assistant, Jim Fowler, would take on a variety of wild animals. The show premiered in 1963 on NBC, ran for eight years, and went into syndication with new episodes produced sporadically. Mutual of Omaha sponsored a new version of the show in 2002 on Animal Planet, this time narrated by Alec Baldwin.