Season 7 Episode 13

Two Stories

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 21, 2011 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After House traumatizes a fifth-grade class with explicit medical stories during Career Day, he's sent to the principal's office and two students offer him relationship advice.

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  • Finally a flashback from season one greatness

    It's just a step in the right direction an episode where the focus shifts from the patient but not to a horribly annoying employee like Taub or a weired gal like 13 it's actually refreshing to see this episode i even rank it the 15th greatest episode of house (most of which are from S1-2-3 with the exception of season 4 finally... It's just a step in the right direction an episode where the focus shifts from the patient but not to a horribly annoying employee like Taub or a weired gal like 13 it's actually refreshing to see this episode i even rank it the 15th greatest episode of house (most of which are from S1-2-3 with the exception of season 4 finally... It's just a step in the right direction an episode where the focus shifts from the patient but not to a horribly annoying employee like Taub or a weired gal like 13 it's actually refreshing to see this episode i even rank it the 15th greatest episode of house (most of which are from S1-2-3 with the exception of season 4 finally...moreless
  • 713

    A great episode of House that definitely had a great start, but by the end, it felt like an unsatisfying sequel. The interactions were great, House's depiction of the team was amazingly hilarious, and the child actors were all fantastic.

    I definitely expected more from the end of the episode considering at the end of "Three Stories" we got a huge payoff. Nevertheless, this was still a well done episode. I don't know how I feel about the writers remaking a good thing, but I digress.

    I really could care less about House & Cuddy's problems, maybe that's why I was having trouble empathizing with their situation. Great episode of House, but you can't help but feel disappointed considering how epic "Three Stories" was.moreless
  • House and Preschool

    House sits with two kids sent to the principal's office for kissing behind the school and tells them the story of his relationship strife with Cuddy as well as his new patient. All through it are pop culture references which I loved, as well as how the doctors on his team behave according to him. Taub mentioning to the Nurse "do you wanna have an affair?" was particularly enjoyable. But what made the episode draw most was the means that he used to make Cuddy happy and prove that he does truly care about her. As always Cuddy's daughter Rachel is adorable as mittens and the seemingly unrelated stories meshing together to form this is quite entertaining. While not as characteristically insightful as most House offerings like this that normally take place near the end of the season, this is more of a midseason thrill but no complaints it was a solid enough offering leaving me want to watch more.moreless
  • House learns to grow up from some students.

    This episode was funny from start to end, just a shame we didn't see that much of any other characters apart from him and Cuddy.

    House recalling his story at Careers Day as Dr Hourani was hilarious. All the students' responses were believable as were House's. The banter between the one student and House was funny to watch and it seems House meets his match with their childish and somewhat socially-inept minds, whom are very similar to House in that way.

    Then he recalls the patient who was bought in. Seeing one character's opinions of his fellow characters is always funny to watch, eg. Supernatural 'Tall Tales'. And the addressing of the new nurse from Taub and Chase shows how funny, albeit crude, these episodes are allowed to be.

    Laurie had plenty in this script to play with, the gun scene, screaming at children, retorting childishly to them and just plainly insulting them. And he executes it so well in a way only he can. "That's what she said": Had to laugh out loud at that bit. All the film references were brilliant and his little man-fight was hilarious.

    The girl was very clever and well-cast, as were all the kids. Personally I enjoy the Huddy storyline so am upset it's starting to see cracks. I found the ending cute, and the genuine 'Well done' off House was perfect, just too much cheesiness with the revealing of the toothbrush unfortunately.

    All in all, a good solid episode. Saw some genius from Laurie and the writers produced a good script. Looking forward to next week!moreless
  • Funny, but where's the medicine?

    House used to be a medical procedural show, where a misanthropic doctor would solve perplexing medical cases. Nowadays, however, House seems more interested in having sex with his boss/girlfriend, Dr. Cuddy. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for character development, but House has seriously gone off the rails. 'Two Stories' was very humorous, and that definitely was a pleasant surprise, given the fact that the last couple of episodes were a little more dark. It was definitely good to see glimpses of the old, humorous House that we all know and love, and I was entertained for the most part throughout this entire episode. The Huddy relationship has never really been my most favorite story line of the series, but I do understand why the writers would decide to explore it. Hopefully, they'll decide to end the relationship, however, as House doesn't strike me as the kind of person who would be happy in a long-term relationship. He does say that he needs Cuddy (something he probably would never have admitted in the past), but I think House as a show is very dark and depressing, so seeing Cuddy and House happy longterm doesn't fit in with the show. This is, after all, HOUSE MD...and not CUDDY MD or HUDDY MD.

    House remains my favorite show on television, and Two Stories was definitely one of the season's better episodes. I do miss the medicine, however, and I'm still holding out hope that the show will find its way back to the medicine.

    Two Stories was good, but not as good as Three Stories. 'Cause Three Stories had humor, exceptional writing, and most importantly, intriguing medicine.moreless
Erika Alexander

Erika Alexander

Mrs. Fields

Guest Star

Maurice Godin

Maurice Godin

Dr. Hourani

Guest Star

Haley Pullos

Haley Pullos


Guest Star

Rylie Colbert

Rylie Colbert

Rachel Cuddy

Recurring Role

Kayla Colbert

Kayla Colbert

Rachel Cuddy

Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • House's drivers license shows his address to be on Baker Street, the same as Sherlock Holmes. This is the first time that the street address has been confirmed, although 221B was revealed in prior episodes.

    • House's drivers license reveals his birthday to be May 15, 1959. However, the medical bracelet House was wearing as a patient in "No Reason" showed his birthday to be June 11, 1959; the same as Hugh Laurie's actual birthday.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Dr. Cuddy: You do whatever you want, always.
      House: I said I was sorry. I was--I was still half asleep. I wasn't paying attention.
      Dr. Cuddy: And you're always right. And I don't mean you always think you're right. But y--you are actually always right, because that's all that matters.
      House: That doesn't even make sense. What, you want me to be wrong?
      Dr. Cuddy: I want you to care about more than just what you want, what you think. You need me, House. And you may even love me. But you don't care about me. And I deserve someone who does.

    • House: Who password-protects a computer they keep in a locked desk in a locked office?
      Masters: Someone who works with someone who thinks it's okay to break into other people's homes?

    • House: How often do you use your vibrator?
      Carmen: Excuse me?!
      House: Your battery-operated Brad Pitt.

    • House: They're all morons and everybody lies.
      Gabe: Wait, if everybody lies, then that means you're lying right now.
      House: I didn't say everybody always lies... Aristotle.

    • Colleen: I clearly didn't lead him along or anything like that, which proves that I'm not a tease. So why is your girlfriend mad at you?
      House: I'm getting a kind of bossy vibe. I take it you're into that?
      Colleen: Don't answer. Your turn.

    • Sophie: Isn't that like sexual harassment?
      House: Not if you're good-looking.

    • House: First she got mad, then I stole her computer to fix things. And then we got the case.
      Mrs. Corwin: Wait, so you tried to fix your relationship by stealing her computer?
      House: Well, when you say it like that... yes.

    • House: If porn was bad, why would there be so many nuns in it?

  • NOTES (3)

    • Starting from the "Larger Than Life" episode, in the credits, Peter Jacobson's name is swapped with Jesse Spencer's. Now it's swapped again to the place it was at the beginning of the season.

    • Olivia Wilde is credited but does not appear.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: February 21, 2011 on Global
      Australia: March 7, 2011 on Channel Ten
      UK: March 10, 2011 on Sky1
      Germany: October 4, 2011 on RTL
      Czech Republic: November 28, 2011 on TV Nova
      Sweden: November 29, 2011 on TV4
      Poland: December 1, 2011 on TVP2
      Slovakia: May 31, 2012 on STV1
      Finland: May 13, 2013 on MTV3


    • Timmy: Plus, I've seen Pulp Fiction--the movie you're totally ripping off.
      Referencing the movie, with the entire room in the first scene with House and Foreman is positioned just like the room in the first scene of Pulp Fiction - the positions of the kids, the burger, Foreman looking in the kitchen, and House standing in front of the door, including the camera angles.

    • House: Because you can't handle the truth!
      Referencing the famous quote spoken by Jack Nicholson from the film A Few Good Men (1992), starring Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, and Jack Nicholson. Cruise plays the role of Lt. Daniel Kaffee as he tries to defend two Marines for the murder of a fellow marine. It culminates with Kaffee confronting his defendants' Commanding Officer, Colonel Nathan Jessop (Nicholson) to admit that he ordered the men to perform a "code red" (extrajudicial punishment) which led to the marine's death.

    • House: That's what she said!
      Referencing The Office, where the expression has become the catchphrase of Michael Scott (Steve Carrell). It's an abbreviated version of a similar British phrase, "said the actress to the bishop," and used when referring to a sexual entendre.

    • Timothy: Ghostbusters.
      Referencing Ghostbusters, the 1984 Ivan Reitman sci-fi comedy movie about four ghost hunters/exterminators in New York City. It had a sequel in 1989 and two succeeding animated TV series versions.

    • Timothy: That's from Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.
      Referencing the 1974 movie starring Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges respectively in the title roles. The two men are bank robbers, and Thunderbolt uses a 20mm cannon in his robberies to break open safes and armored cars.

    • Timothy: The Thomas Crown Affair. The Steve McQueen version.
      Referencing the 1968 movie starring McQueen as a millionaire businessman who engineers a complicated bank robbery to relieve his boredom. He becomes involved with an insurance investigator who is romantically drawn to him while trying to connect him to the robbery. The movie was remade in 1999.

    • House: We watched Cinderfella on DVD.
      Referencing the 1960 movie starring Jerry Lewis, which reverses the gender of the characters in the traditional fairy tale, Cinderella. Lewis plays the title character, who ends up with Princess Charmine.

    • House: It would have worked, too, if it weren't for those meddling kids.
      Referencing the various Scooby Doo animated television series, starting with Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969). Typically, the villain at the end announces something along the lines of, "And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for those meddling kids!"