Season 3 Episode 16

Top Secret

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 27, 2007 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The ex-Marine that saved House's life, in a dream he had, is admitted in the hospital with symptoms resembling Gulf War Syndrome. While House is busy dealing with his own health issues, and Chase and Cameron are too busy with each other, the ex-Marine gets worse.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • It was very 'ship-ish', had good music, had too many bathroom scences, and the medical mystery wasn't all that interesting, but it was still House, so it is not that bad.moreless

    Well let's start out positive: the music was cool, I mean with K.C. & The Sunshine Band, and Wolfmother, you can't go wrong. And it is House, so no matter what it can't be that bad. It was pretty cool that House solved the mystery in his sleep though, which reminds me of a Diagnosis Murder book that I was reading.

    Well this episode for me was a bit too 'ship-ish'. It totally mentioned, like, every ship. Cuddy even told House that "that ship sailed", which was meant to have double meaning obviously. And Foreman talking about House would sleep with Wilson before Cameron would sleep with Chase and all that conversation, that was just unnecessary. And all the Cameron and Chase making out and stuff, House doesn't need to resort to all that. House is better than that (well at least I thought so). House can't become another Grey's Anatomy!

    And the medical mystery, well, that was kind of boring. It wasn't as good as most of the other House episodes. I mean It was still interesting but there wasn't all that much time focused on it. It was kind of cool that it had to do with something that was forgotten to be said in the medical history; even though, they took an intensive medical history.

    The whole episode being about pee, that was just... I don't even know what to say about that. That was completely very um... original. And all those bathroom scenes, come on that's not needed, one OK, but not four.

    Throughout the whole episode I was wondering, why did House have the dream with John Kelley, the very same day he decides to come to Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. Is House physic now? Or what? I just really didn’t get that. House is giving the fans what they want: all the ships. And if you give the fans everything they want, I mean yeah they will be happy but it will lose it's originality and it's suspense. Overall I really hope next week's episode is better.moreless
  • Very interesting.

    I thought the weird hallucinations were a bonus in this episode. House dreaming about the patient made for a different and unique storyline.

    However, whilst the potential was good, the patient himself seemed a little boring really. The medical procedures weren't quite as interesting this episode, although it was cool that House found the answer in his sleep.

    In fact, what saved the episode was the whole background stories. House not being able to pee (a possible side effect of Vicodin) and his determination to place a name to the patients face was intriguing, whilst his scenes with Wilson were brilliant as always. Meanwhile, Chase and Cameron play dangerously with fire. It was enjoyable at the end when House caught them at it- the evil smirk at the end was brilliant!

    As well as this, House seems to have developed his feelings for Cuddy a little more- there scenes together were fanatastic as always, especially when Cuddy more or less gets one up on him at the end!

    Overall, a great episode with lots of character development and witty scenes- shame the patient was quite boring this time around.moreless
  • House can't pee.

    This episode was really good, just when you think House might of run out of ideas, but no, it still going, an no House can't pee which hurts like hell and he has a dream about a man he has never met before or so he thinks, that was a big twist in the end when it turns out Cuddy & the patient used to date & that's how House knew him, Also what was revealing is that House & Cuddy used to date. "Get over me House" I love that ;line, and Chase & Cameron are caught red handed doing it, great ending sort of a cliffhanger. And House puts a catheter in himself so he could pee, love that dream in the end, great episode.moreless
  • Where do they come up with these story lines?

    The show was well done as usual. The patient may not have been dying, but did end up with a disorder that House neatly diagnoses by the end of the show.

    SPOILER ALERT: If you have not watched this episode and want to be surprised, do not read beyond this point.

    Chase and Cameron get down and dirty. In real life, they were engaged at the time.

    The side story: House can't pee! What a hoot that was!

    House remembered a guy who made out with Cuddy? I have to rethink the idea that he has a thing for her. Also, she does know that he checks out her ass. Hmmm.moreless
  • House has problems with side-effects of his Vicodine use.

    An ex-Navy is experiencing several symptoms and is suddenly paralysed. But while House's team try to safe his life, House also tries to find out why he dreamt about him shortly before he was admitted and he's got a whole load of other problems: Side-effects of his Vicodine-use come up and he is neither able to sleep nor to pee resulting in pain and a very cranky House. When the soldiers loses his ability to hear, things get even more complicated and House is getting worse and worse.

    This is a good episode of House, although the case of the ex-Navy wasn't that interesting. I liked this episode because of Hugh Laurie's excellent performance and of course the House's dealing with side-effects. It was painful to see House suffering but of course he's ready to do anything if he still can have his Vicodine. Another interesting sub-plot was the Cuddy-House one, where e got to know that they have slept together long ago. It's another step in their "relationship" and I enjoyed the chemistry between them.

    This episode is a good episode dealing with House's issues but the medical case wasn't that strong and interesting.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

Marc Blucas

Marc Blucas

John Kelley

Guest Star

Annie Quinn

Annie Quinn


Guest Star

Hira Ambrosino

Hira Ambrosino


Guest Star

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (23)

    • House: …find out every hospital and clinic he's ever visited, every city he's ever lived in and... whether he's ever been on TV.
      Dr. Cameron: TV?
      House: The problem could be neurological; everyone knows TV rots your brain.

    • House: Toss me your keys.
      Dr. Wilson: Why?
      House: Ever tried to ride a motorcycle with a distended bladder?

    • Dr. Cameron: Do you really care or are you just trying to waste hospital resources to get back at Cuddy for making you take the case?
      House: Of course I care, what a horrible thing to say.

    • House: I haven't peed in three days!
      Dr. Wilson: You'd be dead.
      House: I'm not counting intermittent drips.
      Wilson: You'd be in agony.
      House: I passed agony yesterday around four.

    • Dr. Cuddy: How is he?
      House: He's dead.
      Dr. Cuddy: Oh God.
      House: At least he will be in a few days.

    • John Kelley: Look, I don't care what you guys call it: Gulf War Syndrome, Iraq Fever, or just Crappy Sickness X. I just want someone to figure out what it is so you can cure it.

    • Dr. Foreman: Why'd you take this case?
      House: 'Cause a good scientist continually questions his own theories and assumptions.
      Dr. Cameron: Cuddy's making him.
      House: Now, I'm making you.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Get over me.
      House: Give me a break. You hired me...
      Dr. Cuddy: 'Cause you're a good doctor who couldn't get himself hired at a blood bank, so I got you cheap.

    • House: No wonder I couldn't place his face--you were practically swallowing it on the dance floor.
      Dr. Cuddy: I was not!
      House: Talk about the cool uncle; he donates the money, and the nephew gets the write-off. Of course by "write-off", I mean he gets to put your ankles-
      Dr. Cuddy: (poking him in the chest) This is exactly why I didn't mention our one date over two years ago!
      House: Because of my t-shirt?
      Dr. Cuddy: Because you are an obnoxious ass.

    • House: I've been thinking about you. You lied.
      Dr. Cuddy: I didn't lie, I simply chose not to share completely irrelevant facts.
      House: Like the fact that you lied.

    • Dr. Wilson: I'm guessing you're longing for either a renewed relationship with your dad or a new relationship with one of the Village People.
      House: He was in the Navy, not the Marines.
      Dr. Wilson: I thought your dad was in the Marines.
      House: The guy in the Village People.
      Dr. Wilson: Actually, he's only in the Navy when they sing "In the Navy."

    • House: And find out the truth about who he's been dating. No way a Marine goes a year without getting some blood on his bayonet.

    • House: He's not your patient.
      Dr. Wilson: He is now. Go home and go to sleep. Maybe you'll dream the cure to late-stage brain cancer.

    • House: I can play the harmonica with my nose, make a penny come out of a child's ear, or any other orifice for that matter, and given the right circumstances can bring two women to simultaneous ecstasy.
      Dr. Wilson: The right circumstances being their agreement to bill you on the same credit card.

    • Dr. Cameron: Were we walking you to the bathroom?
      House: I wish. Wilson was just in there: these guys know what I'm talking about.

    • Dr. Foreman: House'd do Wilson before you do Chase.
      Dr. Cameron: No. You would do House and Wilson before I do Chase. Now can we get back to work?
      Dr. Chase: She did me once.
      Dr. Foreman: She was stoned!

    • Dr. Cuddy: Did you just take two Vicodin?
      House: No, it's an anti-depressant. I was told to take two every time you walked into the room.

    • House: There is no medicine like happiness. Except maybe laughter. Or rubber tubes shoved up your urethra.
      Dr. Wilson: You cathed yourself?
      House: It wasn't so bad after the first nine, ten inches.

    • House: Don't make this about me, this is your humiliation.

    • Dr. Cuddy: That ship sailed long ago, House. Get over it.
      House: If you're still referring to your ass, I think "that supertanker sailed" would be a more precise metaphor.

    • Dr. Cuddy: You're supposed to be on clinic duty.
      House: Like I can sleep down there with all the crying and coughing.

    • House: John, John! We're going to figure out what's wrong with you. First we just need to know one thing. Have you ever appeared in any pornos?

    • House: I've got a full bladder, and I'm not afraid to use it.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: September 27, 2007 on SBS6 Greece: January 5, 2008 on Star Channel
      The Czech Republic: March 10, 2008 on TV Nova
      Germany: March 11, 2008 on RTL
      Sweden: October 14, 2008 on TV4
      Belgium: October 19, 2008 on 2BE

    • Music: "Get Down Tonight" by K.C. & The Sunshine Band, "Dimension" by Wolfmother, and "Superfly" by Curtis Mayfield.