Season 7 Episode 3


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 04, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

House and his team must treat both the physical and psychological ailments of a popular children's author when she collapses just moments before attempting suicide. When the diagnosis proves difficult, House becomes motivated as he believes the answer to her problems lie within her latest novel, which he happens to be a fan of. Meanwhile, House and Cuddy go on a double date with Sam and Wilson.moreless

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  • 703

    Okay, so tonight's episode of House was not a total catastrophe, and do you know why? Yep, you guessed it, because they actually had an interesting medical mystery here with the popular writer of a Twilight-esque series getting into Princeton. The actress portraying that role was poorly cast, if I do say so myself, but House's interactions with her were out of character, and definitely humorous.

    House was solid tonight, but it is still very far from great. With Olivia Wilde temporarily out and Jennifer Morrison gone, the show needs another female character to clash with Gregory. Right now the show is missing that intergender drama.moreless
  • House and his fave writer

    Well, so far I loved all the episodes.. but this one has something more than the first 2, you know, I really cannot quite picture what it is.. but there is!

    Loved House trying to find out the last book! I also enjoyed Cuddy/House's moments and the writers must be very satified because they hadn't an easy job handling the whole situation but they are actually doing great.. they still give us the old Cuddy and House tension!

    And the funniest part: GO KART!!!! Come on.. how funny was that part?

    I also liked the glimpse of kindness that House showed at the end, that glimpse of kindness that somethimes find its way out.. great episode 10/10.moreless
  • When I thought House series is about to die they do something to put doubts on that

    I haven't really enjoyed the show since after Season 4 , don't get me wrong from time to time S5 and 6 put a decent episode but as a constant no and I was sure this show was on its way to dying especially with the opening season premiere episode which was pretty bad... but afterward last week and this week's episode cast my doubts... I had my concerns about the Huddy concept but after watching this episode this actually make an interesting subplot..

    I also am enjoying the struggle House is having with trying to be a decent person.

    Anyway the series is still holding my interest and hope it continues to do somoreless
  • 703

    A really great episode of House this week, finally this show is getting back to greatness. I was really intrigued by the patient and her story and the diagnosis kept me on the edge of my seat. I was genuinely interested and there was not a dull moment.

    Sure the go carts scene was absolutely ridiculous but it was entertaining, and it really made this episode stand out from the first three episodes. The absence of Thirteen isn't helping or worsening this show, it's neutral and I think the guys are pretty good at supporting this show by themselves and this episode proved that.

    A great episode with an intriguing plot line and an interesting "Huddy" plot. Great episode.moreless
  • I've actually been pleasantly surprised at how the writers have handled the House/Cuddy relationship since the horrible season premiere.

    They've really been able to write realistic storylines for the two characters without hamming it up that fit in with their normal tendencies. House over-analyzing everything, Wilson trying to help but is ultimately helpless, and Cuddy trying to make things work. The Go-Cart scene was funny and not out of line for any of the 4 characters involved. I was afraid this season would be about 'House learning to change a diaper' or 'House babysitting' but it's been anything but that so far.

    Also, it seems like the writers have gotten back to a stronger focus on the case. This is the second week in a row that we've had a very intriguing case that worked well with the backstory. There were hilarious moments, as always, but it was about character development for House. I'm glad this is a show where we've seen his character change (especially the last 2 seasons) as opposed to other shows that stay in a rut with nothing ever happening. Maybe it's not always in the way 'fans' want it to, but at least SOMETHING is happening and there IS growth. Things look to get interesting next week with 13's replacement on the way. Can't wait!moreless
John Bain

John Bain

Jack Cannon

Guest Star

Amy Irving

Amy Irving

Alice Tanner

Guest Star

Rosalie Vega

Rosalie Vega

Nurse Yvette

Guest Star

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Cynthia Watros

Cynthia Watros

Sam Carr

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • House: (examining stuffed animals) Which of these says "I want to sleep with you" more? Penguin or beaver? Beaver. Beaver. Beaver. You're right. It's too high school.

    • Dr. Foreman: So we're taking this case 'cause you're a fan?
      House: No, that would be crazy and unprofessional. We're taking this case 'cause I said so.

    • Dr. Cuddy: What's behind your back?
      House: Peace penguin.
      Dr. Cuddy: What room should I return it to?
      House: 243. I need some help with Alice Tanner. She wants a vagina.
      Dr. Cuddy: I'm pretty attached to mine. I told you to hire a temporary replacement for Thirteen two weeks ago.
      House: I've been busy.
      Dr. Cuddy: Doing what?
      House: You.

    • Dr. Wilson: (about Cuddy) Huh. This is actually good, House. She's committing crimes. What does that tell you?
      House: I'm a horrible influence.
      Dr. Wilson: True. A horrible influence she's reaching out to. She's looking for ways to connect. Sure, they're self-destructive, juvenile, and insane, but so are you.

    • Alice: Why do you care about me? You think you know me because you read my books?
      House: No. I know pain. You think you can handle it and one day you can't. And when that happens, you either find reason to go on, or you don't.

    • Sam: I drove across town to treat a ribbon?
      House: That's why I prefer lying. It makes things easier.

    • Dr. Cuddy: You used a $3 million piece of hospital equipment so you could read a novel?
      House: Cool, right?
      Dr. Cuddy: Well, as your girlfriend, I'm impressed. As your boss, you're a jackass. Don't do it again.
      House: As your boyfriend, I thank you. As your employee, I resent you because I need this for my case.
      Dr. Cuddy: As your boss, you just got six more clinic hours next week.

    • Go-Cart Attendant: Are we ready, racers? On your marks, get set... and go away.

    • Dr. Cuddy: What is her problem?
      House: She hates Jews!
      Dr. Cuddy: Never... again.

    • Dr. Cuddy: I'm not gonna dump you because we like different food or books or music. On the other hand, I might dump you if you don't talk to me when you have a problem with our relationship.
      House: I know you believe that now, but the fact is...
      Dr. Cuddy: Who cares about common? Common is boring. I like being with you. You make me better. Hopefully, I make you better. What we have is... uncommon and I've never been happier.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Olivia Wilde is credited but doesn't appear.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: October 4, 2010 on Global
      Bulgaria: October 8, 2010 on Nova TV
      UK: October 17, 2010 on Sky1
      Australia: October 20, 2010 on Channel Ten
      Germany: April 19, 2011 on RTL
      The Netherlands: August 4, 2011 on SBS 6
      Sweden: September 13, 2011 on TV4
      Czech Republic: September 19, 2011 on TV Nova
      Poland: September 22, 2011 on TVP2
      Slovakia: March 15, 2012 on STV1
      Finland: February 25, 2013 on MTV3


    • House: Now don't you say that, you dirty birdie.
      Referencing Stephen King's novel Misery (1987). The expression is used as an expletive by the antagonist, Annie Wilkes, a former nurse who captures the author of her favorite romance novel character. When she learns that he plans to kill the character off, much as Alice does here, Annie forces the author to write a new novel with the character.