Season 3 Episode 7

Son of Coma Guy

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 14, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

House decides to awaken a comatose patient so he can question the man regarding the family history of his son, who may have a genetic condition and the father is the only living relative. Meanwhile, Wilson confronts House about the stolen prescription pad as Tritter approaches Cameron, Chase, and Foreman in an attempt to divide the team and reveal their loyalties.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

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

Holly Kaplan

Holly Kaplan


Guest Star

Jonathan Strait

Jonathan Strait

Fake House

Guest Star

Zeb Newman

Zeb Newman

Kyle Wasniak

Guest Star

David Morse

David Morse

Michael Tritter

Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (26)

    • House: (holding up a bottle of Vicodin) Only six left, by the way.
      Dr. Wilson: So sign my name. You don't need a doctor, you need a pen.

    • Dr. Cuddy: No! Did you really expect a different answer?
      House: We have arranged transplants before when a patient is near death.
      Dr. Cuddy: Except he isn't near death. He's saying "Kill me and cut out my heart". Are you out of your mind?
      House: Fine. I'll think of something else.
      Cuddy: I'm sorry.

    • House: Person with the money makes the rules. Or in this case, person, whose friend's the person with the money, makes the rules.

    • House: You have one day to live and you want a sandwich.
      Gabe: People on death row get a last meal.

    • Gabe: What is up with you two?
      House: Wilson lied to the bulls to keep me out of the big house.
      Dr. Wilson: Are you out of your mind?
      House: Who's he gonna tell? By tomorrow night, he's gonna be a mindless stalk of celery.

    • Kyle: My father must have said something. He couldn't just... he must have given some kind of message for me.
      House: (After a long pause) He said you were right. You did the right thing.
      Kyle: Right about what? What does that mean?
      House: How would I know? It's your dad.

    • House: When I was 14, my father was stationed in Japan. I went rock climbing with this kid from school. He fell, got injured and I had to bring him to the hospital. We came in through the wrong entrance, passed this guy in the hall. It was a janitor. My friend came down with an infection and the doctors didn't know what to do. So they brought in...the janitor. He was a doctor and a Buraku, one of Japan's untouchables. His ancestors had been slaughterers, gravediggers. This guy, he knew that he wasn't accepted by the staff, didn't even try. He didn't dress well, he didn't pretend to be one of them. The people that ran that place, they didn't think that he had anything they wanted. Except when they needed him. Because he was right. Which meant that nothing else mattered. They had to listen to him.

    • Gabe: (after a 10-year coma) God, I'm starving. I could really go for a steak.

    • House: There are reports out of South Africa about a pill that'd temporarily revive someone in a vegetative state. We've all seen Awakenings. It made me cry. I wanna cry.

    • Dr. Wilson: Why steal my pad?
      House: Oh my God! You're right, I'm an addict! Thanks for opening my eyes!
      Dr. Wilson: No, I mean why my pad. Foreman, Cameron, and Chase's pads are just as convenient. But their association with you is involuntary. They're employees. I associate with you through choice and any relationship that involves choice you have to see how far you can push before it breaks.
      House: This is easy! You ask the questions, answer them and make tasty snacks! (to Gabe) Lets' go try the casino!
      Dr. Wilson: And one day our friendship will break and that'll just prove your theory that relationships are conditional and you don't need human connection or deserve it or whatever is going on in that rat maze of your brain!

    • House: What happened on the night of the fire? Yeah, I'm sure it's a stressful, emotional question. Suck it up.

    • Dr. Wilson: What are you doing down here? I thought you usually had lunch with Coma Guy?
      House: This is Vegetative State Guy. He's better company.

    • Dr. Chase: Genetic tests take forever. You can't just keep testing for every inherited condition you think it might be.
      House: Well not me, I'll be leaving early. You guys can.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Put the syringe down.
      House: I can outdraw you, mysterious stranger.
      Dr. Cuddy: We don't experiment on helpless patients.
      House: Be reasonable. There's no way this is going to work.

    • House: How deep does that awareness go? Pick up scraps of conversations? Do you have the vague sense that the hospital administrator dresses like a trollop, or that the new Star Wars movie was a disappointment?

    • Dr. Wilson: Rumor in the cafeteria was Caustic Guy was waking up Coma Guy.
      House: Technically Vegetative State Guy was woken by… yeah, Caustic Guy.

    • House: We use recyclable clothes now. Wear them once, then eat them.

    • Dr. Wilson: This is like trying to control the weather, but I'd prefer it if you didn't eat in the car. I just had it detailed.
      Gabe: I drive.
      Dr. Wilson: Oh the hell he does!

    • House: Where else did you live? List everywhere including vacation, start with when your wife got pregnant.
      Gabe: We lived in Jersey. Then we moved to Jersey. From there… Jersey. What are you wanting to hear, about the little cottage in the Amazon with the mosquitoes and the lead paint on the wall?
      House: Yes.

    • Gabe: (to House) I like power. And now the only power I have left is the power to annoy you.

    • Dr. Cameron: He stole Wilson's prescription pad and forged his name.
      Dr. Foreman: Do you believe it?
      Dr. Cameron: Do you?
      Dr. Foreman: Well absolutely I do. I'm just checking how naïve you are.

    • Tritter: If you had my job you'd know… everybody lies.

    • House: If I'd known (Wilson) was going to be this annoying, I would have stolen Dr. Cameron's pad and Dr. Foreman's car. At least she appreciates my brooding melancholy. (answers phone) House's House of Whining! State your complaint!

    • House: Deep inside, Wilson believes if he cares enough, he'll never have to die.

    • Gabe: (in a coma for 10 years) Hey what's this? It says "ihp-od."

    • House: Everything is conditional. You just can't always anticipate the conditions.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: July 26, 2007 on SBS6
      Greece: November 3, 2007 on Star Channel
      The Czech Republic: January 7, 2008 on TV Nova
      Belgium: January 17, 2008 on KanaalTwee
      Sweden: March 18, 2008 on TV4
      Norway: Thursday, August 28, 2008 on NRK1

    • Music: "The Beatiful" by Blitz


    • Title:
      Alludes to the song Son of a Preacher Man, a single, released by Dusty Springerfield in 1968 and featured on the 1969 album, Dusty in Memphis. It has become a popular cover song.

    • House: Quid pro quo, Clarice.
      Quoting a line from The Silence of the Lambs (1991), spoken by Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), when they play a similar game of question-for-question.

    • House: I've got to get back to our sleeper before he goes looking for the Orgasmatron. Referencing the 1973 movie Sleeper starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, where Allen plays Miles Monroe, a modern-day man who goes into suspended animation and wakes up in a future where the means of achieving sexual pleasure is via a machine known as the Orgasmatron.

    • House: This guy's no Terry Schiavo.
      Referencing the famous case covered widely in the news of Florida resident Terry Schiavo who was diagnosed as being in a vegetative state in 1990. An extensive legal and political case broke out over whether her husband had the right to order the removal of her feeding tube.

    • TV Program
      The program House is watching at the beginning is Blind Date, a syndicated dating show that sets up couples to go on... well, blind dates.

    • House: Have you seen Awakenings??
      Here House is referring to a Penny Marshall's film based on Dr. Oliver Sacks' book. It was aired in 1990, starred by Robin Williams and Robert De Niro; The film was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role (De Niro), Best Writing, Screenplay Material from Another Medium and Best Picture. In this film Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Williams) manage to wake up temporarily coma patients with L-Dopa, among them Leonard Lowe (De Niro).