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

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  • House vs Tritter- Round 3

    A great return to form. House wakes up a coma patient in order to get family history, and it was a great guest appearence by John Larroquette. I thought the interactions between him and House were fanatastic, and the writers did an excellent job in revealing some of House's complexities, learning for the first time why he wanted to become a doctor.

    Tritter, meanwhile, is attempting to divide the team, and it seems not to be working. Cameron, Chase and Foreman all told House what was going on, and it seems House is safe until the end of the episode, when Tritter holds Wilson's accounts in a bid to get him to grass on him.

    Wilson and House's friendship is extraordinary, but it seems to be tested- the writers tease us with an optimistic ending, until Wilson's accounts are frozen, landing House in an even bigger dilemna.

    The Season seems to be a lot darker- Seven episodes has seen the return of House's leg pain, two patients unable to be helped, a couple split up after revelations they were related, and now a suicide- all whilst running House having a formidable enemy.

    Nevertheless, the episode is fantastic, and the Season is dramatically and brilliantly written.moreless
  • Vegetative State guy.

    This episode was pretty sad & makes it painful to watch, what do you do when you only have one day to live? Well this guy buys a sandwich & saves his sons life. Besides that riveting plot, Wilson confronts House about the forged signature, which opens up so many episodes about the cop. House will do anything for drugs it seems. Tritter is getting really annoying, I hope he leaves soon. Cameron, Chase & Foreman get confronted by Tritter, and now are they going to rat out House or are they going to risk their medical license, that's what made this episode good. A great episode.moreless
  • a fun, adventurous episode

    Even though the Tritter storyline didn't pan out effectively, there were a few good episodes where he played a part. This was one of them. In this episode, House notices the son of a coma guy he's been overseeing, almost a nod back to an episode where he was eating a sandwich from a coma guy, has similiar symptoms as his father. Once the boy falls sick, House decides to wake up the dad to figure out the disease and soon takes along him and an experated Wilson, who's discovered that House has forged his name on House's medical prescriptions, on a wild adventure. It was a nice change of pace from the weeks before and Tritter is relegated for now to being more of a background threat. It was nice to see House and Wilson, along with coma guy, to get out of the hospital for once and just interact with the outside world. It was fun to have House telling Coma Guy what he missed out on the last ten years. A big surprise in this episode is that it actual goes into more detail on House's character. What's more, House and Wilson's friendship is being strained to the ultimate test. House and Wilson always have a love-hate, complicated and conflicting friendship. The Tritter storyline, although not effective in itself, did help bring out the rough aspects of House and Wilson's relationship. It was shocking when House actually opened up to Wilson about their friendship and told him, essentially, he does need him and he values Wilson's friendship very much when normally, House often acts like Wilson's friendship is a liability. The storyline with the coma father and his son was touching and very sad and it played off with a spectacular ending. This was a nice change-of-pace episode that played off nicely and was one of the very best of Season Three.moreless
  • Vegetative state guy, his dying son, L-Dopa and a very difficult decision.

    House is one of those series that, whilst each episode follows a specific path (finding the right diagnosis, getting it wrong, getting it right etc.), never fails to intrigue. This is thanks in great part to some terrific acting and some fine writing.

    This takes another turn yet again (and SPOILERS do follow here)

    House is taking time out for lunch and TV, this time in 'vegetative state' guy's room. The son enters and House immediately realises that he has a problem. In order to work out what's wrong with the son, he 'wakes up' the guy in the vegetative state, a la 'Awakenings', using L-Dopa. All good so far.

    Then things take a dark turn. The son is getting worse, the father wants to go to Atlantic City, and the end of this episode sees the son needing a heart and the father willing to donate his, despite the fact that he's actually healthy. So a plot is hatched, which takes House into a completely different place to me.

    And it is about unconditional love, which I believe does exist. It doesn't mean unquestioning; Wilson somehow gets mistreated by House left, right and centre, but still comes up with the goods for him. And the father makes the ultimate sacrifice for a son he doesn't see throughout the episode and hasn't been able to see during the last 10 years.

    It's interesting, because as annoying, caustic and downright unfriendly as House can be, no matter how sarcastic or even hurtful, people still go to bat for him. Obviously this is largely due to the fact that he's brilliant at what he does. I'm very glad that they haven't given House a 'soft' side, even though there's a hint every now and then. It makes for a very interesting character and very compulsive viewing.

    Plus, whilst I'm no doctor, I feel like I know a lot more about a lot of diseases I never even knew existed, which is both fascinating and terrifying!moreless
  • Review

    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. Another episode that kind of goes away form the standard routine and gives the show a new look. I really like the direction that the show is taking with this mini-story arch with the cop on houses case. I do wonder when it will end and how it will end. Right now everything seems to be stacking up against House. Wilson and the rest of the team are being pushes to the brink of giving House up. Obviously I am all ready on Season Four and am just going back to watch the portion of season three that I have missed. Im very interested to see how all of this plays out in the long run. I thought the case in this one was once again a little meh. The case seems to be getting less and less important as time goes on with this show. Its more about the characters and there relationships now it seems. Overall, solid episode with House and the Coma Guy having a great connection but I just couldnt get that involved with the actual case back at the hospital.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

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).