Season 3 Episode 11

Words and Deeds

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 09, 2007 on FOX
out of 10
User Rating
800 votes

By Users

Episode Summary

House splits his time between treating a firefighter for uncontrollable shivering, giving Tritter a piece of his mind, and handling his trial for forging prescriptions.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • I hated this entire storyline. If a cop had done this to me, I would have had harassment charges filed. Tritter wouldn't have been able to be even a crossing guard after I was done with him. The total abuse of power turned me off.moreless

    I was a respiratory therapist. House is not the way a real hospital works. I can overlook the differences between drama and reality. I still find this show to be highly entertaining. It is one of my favorites.

    I am glad this storyline found its conclusion. While the medical drama was as compelling as always, I hated the battle between Tritter and House.

    My neighbor is a cop. He has no time to go after people he has personal vendettas against. There are simply too many real criminals to chase. Neither the cops nor the medical personnel I know have so much free time to waste. There is just too much work to do.moreless
  • House vs Tritter- The Final Round

    I thought this episode was much more light than the rest of the Season so far. House tries to avoid jail after slamming everyone of Tritters "doors" closed, and checks himself into rehab. It was a move that I didn't see coming, and was one last desperate attempt to free himself. The team meanwhile tries to diagnose a firefighter who keeps having heart attacks. The diagnosis of broken heart syndrome was something I'd never heard of before- it was pretty interesting how they came up with it.

    The case was quite interesting, although I am surprised that the man was willing to fry his brain to get rid of the memory of the girl he loved- it seemed believable when he said she was engaged to his brother, but when the twist was that was a lie, it makes it quite unbelievable- the depth people go to to hide their love and secrets!

    The case took a backburner to the trial of Dr House, and how he conflicted again with Tritter, questioning his own actions and words. I didn't see the twist in the trial coming, as Cuddy protects him by commiting perjury. It seems interesting that now she has complete power over him.

    What made the episode a ten for me, however, was the realisation that nothing had changed. House was still taking vicodin in rehab, and admits it to Wilson in the end- nothing has changed in his character, which mean Tritter ultimately lost. Also, Wilson and House's friendship is back on track, after House genuinely apologises to him, and they end the episode with them exchanging a typical House/Wilson scene.

    Overall, another great episode- perhaps not the greatest of all time, but certainly a decent finish to a story arc.moreless
  • House's Legal Problem

    I don't even know where to begin, so I'll try to keep it simple. First of all, one detective does not head up an entire investigation against a highly respected doctor. Even if he could, he couldn't harass that doctor's colleagues, such as freezing the bank accounts of his team. In addition, pretty much everything Tritter does is illegal in order to "get" House. For example, he would need a warrant to look at the pharmacy records. Speaking of warrants, this whole thing got blown out of proportion after the giant stash was discovered when they searched House's home, apparently with a warrant. I don't know about the whole United States, but there was no reason to search the home, thus no judge would grant a warrant. Something else that was ridiculous is no one would receive a 10 year prison sentence for forging prescriptions and picking up one that isn't for them. While these things are illegal, they are not huge crimes. Even more, House would get off much easier because he actually has a legitimate pain problem. This leads to me to the thing that bothers me THE MOST:

    Many people have to take pain medication their whole lives because of pain issues. When his pain was gone after the Ketamine induced coma, he didn't take the Vicodin, which clearly shows he didn't have a drug problem. House has a very serious and legitimate pain condition, so he never would have had a problem getting sufficient medication in the first place (especially being a doctor). Also, can't he just write his own prescriptions? While I have always found this show to be fantastic and have even been intrigued by House's recent legal plight, I found it ultimately very frustrating. In reality House would have no problem getting all the pain meds he needed, and the entire investigation by Tritter was not even close to being believable.moreless
  • Finally the Tritter arc is over.

    This episode, I really liked because it was the last episode of Tritter, what was he like in 7 episodes. Seriously he was starting to bug me, House goes to court & Cuddy bails him out, House doesn't deserve those kind of friends as the judge said. House going to rehab was amazing, can't wait to see what happens in the next episode it looks like House owes Cuddy big time. And House apologized to Wilson! And nothing has changed in the end, Good old House, That bailiff looked convincing though, slipping him drugs was unexpected. About the patient, I didn't know you can have an illness like this, they seemed to have erased his memory for nothing, what a shame. An amazing episode.moreless
  • House vs. Tritter - the finale

    It seems Tritter succeeded in bringing House not only into court but having him condemnded for drug use and theft. House realizes he has to do something or he will be going to jail, so he checks into rehab. Meanwhile a firefighter is having heart attacks so his brain needs to be "restarted" so he forgets the love of hid life who is causing the attacks. While House is detoxing and trying to find a way he doesn't have to go to jail, he is curing the patient.

    This episode is one of my favourite ones because once again the end is unpredictable and I also like the way House seems to be totally helpless and everyone (including Cuddy and Wilson) think they have to help him. In reality, he has had a plan all the time, maybe even if the judge would have condemnded him, who knows? Anyway, this episode marks the end of the Tritter arc which wasn't my favourite one, but you have to admit that there was someone who was equally smart as House (although Tritter was much more annoying), so in the end, it wasn't an all-bad arc.

    In the end, I liked this episode because of his end and an once again very clever House.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • House: You heard the lady, go plug him in. Am I really that pathetic?
      Dr. Cuddy: What are you talking about?
      House: If I'd pitched electroshock therapy as a cure for broken heart syndrome any other time, you'd have dug in and maybe tried another 100 useless things first. So either you are actually beginning to trust me ... or you just feel sorry for me.
      Dr. Cuddy: You presented a reasonable argument. You were clear-headed and non-impulsive about it. You never once used the word "moron." The rehab's working, House.

    • Dr. Cameron: House, I just heard that you apologized to Wilson.
      Dr. House: Detoxing. I didn't know what I was saying.

    • House: Does your voice always get that high and annoying when you're angry?
      Judge Davis: Do you want to go to jail?
      House: No thank you.

    • House: I told you never to call me when I'm on trial.

    • Dr. Cuddy: The guy's heart isn't working and you want to shock his brain?

    • Dr. Cuddy: House, sit down!
      House: Why? I'm bored.

    • Howard: You're going to go talk to (Tritter).
      House: I was just going to ask him where he gets his hair cut.

    • House: You called to see the design for my prison tats, they're still in R&D.

    • House: I'm sorry. You can hook me up to a damned polygraph.
      Tritter: I'm sure you'd pass. Thing is, I've never been interested in what you say. All I care about is what you do.

    • Dr. Wilson: You're a coward, House. You find fault in everybody because you're afraid to look at yourself.
      House: Thanks--I was running short on platitudes. You can leave now.

    • Dr. Wilson: Is this… an apology?
      House: Part of the program. If you don't like it, I can stop.
      Dr. Wilson: Not at all, it's just so… unfamiliar. Please, keep going.

    • House: Sorry, didn't mean to interrupt.
      Judge Davis: I hope you don't mind that we continued on without you.
      House: I said I was sorry. No need to be sarcastic.

    • Dr. Cuddy: I'm surprised to see you're not spooning your way through the walls.
      House: So, what do you say? How about a conjugal visit to celebrate?

    • Dr. Foreman: Where'd you get the scrip?
      House: Cuddy. You want to know what I gave her?

    • House: You could throw a dart at all the adjectives between "arrogant" and "unhinged" and I'm sure you'd hit one that describes me.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: August 23, 2007 on SBS6
      Italy: September 19, 2007 on Italia1 Greece: December 1st, 2007 on Star Channel
      Croatia: December 30, 2007 on HTV 2
      The Czech Republic: February 4, 2008 on TV Nova
      Belgium: February 14, 2008 on KanaalTwee
      Sweden: April 15, 2008 on TV4

    • Music: "Season of the Witch" by Donovan,"Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol,"Who Are You" by The Who


    • House: But my free will? I never leave home without it.
      This is a paraphrase of the popular "Don't Leave Home Without It" ad campaign used by American Express from 1975 to 1987.

    • House: But that Andre the Giant guy was powerful.
      Andre the Giant, born André René Roussimoff, suffered from pituitary gigantism and grew to a height of approximately 7'2". He signed with the World Wide Wrestling Federation and went on to star in various TV shows and movies such as The Princess Bride. He passed away in 1993.

    • House: When I lead the big patient revolution, Voldemort here is the first to go.
      House makes a reference to the popular book series written for young adults, Harry Potter. The books are written by author J.K. Rowling, and have also been made into movies by the Warner Brothers company. Lord Voldemort is the main antagonist throughout the series, who is constantly trying to kill Harry Potter.