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Third Season Episodes ::  #308 "Whack-a-Mole"

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House (Hugh Laurie) will do whatever it takes to have continued access to his pain medicine in the HOUSE episode "Whac-A-Mole" airing Tuesday, Nov. 21
(9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Trae Patton/NBC Universal/FOX
November 21, 2006
Written by
Pamela Davis
Directed by
Daniel Sackheim
The patient of the week
Jack, an 18 year old orphan taking care of his younger sister and brother, has a heart attack.
The mis-diagnoses
The patient turns out to have Hepatitis A. They cure that and other infections pop up. During one test Foreman breaks one of the kid's ribs. "We knock down one infection and three more pop up. I think this game is rigged." Finally, Cuddy says something that makes House realize the underlying cause must be genetic. "Continuing emotional trauma triggers a genetic illness. The question is which one."
The privacy invasion / ethical breach
House tries to intimidate Chase and Cameron into writing him prescriptions. He also asks Foreman to do so. And he gives the patient new infections in order to get a diagnosis.
The final diagnosis
Chronic Granulomatous Disease. A bone marrow transplant from his younger brother would cure him but he refuses to consent to it.
The clinic patient(s)
New training technique
House writes a note and seals it in an envelope and tells his team they get each get a test to see what they come up with.
Unusual detail
House's right shoulder starts to hurt and he actually goes to a physical therapist who demands that he use his cane on the proper side and puts his right arm in a sling and gives him a cane with training 'wheels'.

Foreman (Omar Epps) treats a young man (Patrick Fugit)
who has suffered a heart attack in the HOUSE
episode "Whac-A-Mole" airing Tuesday, Nov. 21
(9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Also pictured:
Tanner Blaze. 2006 Fox Broadcasting Co.
Credit: Trae Patton/NBC Universal/FOX
Additional information on this episode: Cast: Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House; Lisa Edelstein as Dr. Lisa Cuddy; Omar Epps as Dr. Eric Foreman; Robert Sean Leonard as Dr. James Wilson; Jennifer Morrison as Dr. Allison Cameron; Jesse Spencer as Dr. Robert Chase.

Guest Cast: Patrick Fugit as Jack Walters; David Morse as Michael Tritter; Cassi Thomson as Kama Walters; Tanner Blaze as Will Walters; Dustin Seavey as Rodent; Alan Rosenberg as Bruce Steinerman; Mandy June Turpin as Beth; Deborah Lacey as Lorraine; Marco Pelaez as Pharmacist; Dorothea Harahan as EMT; Cassius Willis as Officer; Patrick Birkett as Old Man; Bobbin Bergstrom as Nurse

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    Wilson to his lawyer, "Tritter towed my car. He's frozen my assets. He's on a crusade."
    "You're a person of interest in a narcotics investigation. You're linked to their suspect and his activities. I'm not Pablo Estcobar's evil henchman cruising into Miami in a cigarette boat. I'm a physician who prescribed Vicodin to a pain patient."
    "This police report you faxed me says they found 600 pills in his apartment. You prescribed those?"
    "He's in chronic pain. This is obviously an abuse of power."
    "Is that a yes or no?"
    "Patients build up a tolerance over the years."
    "Perfect motive for him to forge those scrips. I still don't have an answer."
    "What, are we like role playing?"
    "Yeah and you suck at it which is really unfortunate because you are pretending to be you...."
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    "Michael told me you could help me get my car back."
    "Yeah, Divorce lawyers usually know the ins and outs of drug enforcement. You want your car back, you're going to have to give the cops what they want."
    "Thanks. Usually people feel helpless in these situations."
    "Dr. House is probably going to jail. You keep on lying for him, you'll go right along with him."
  • At the hospital Cuddy asks Wilson, "Where's your car?
    "It's a hostage. Tritter wants me to testify against House."
    "You're not going to."
    "Is that a question or an order."
    "Any sort of conviction will cost House his license."
    "Which will cost this hospital. Relax. I'm not going to mess with your precious resource. I told my lawyer to tell Tritter to go to hell." Then he yells out for the Pharmacist. "Marco, what are all my prescriptions being bounced back."
    "Sorry, Dr. Wilson. I was trying to call you. Where's your phone?"
    "In my car. My patients on the other hand are here and needed their medications."
    "I'm sorry, I can't. Your DEA number's been suspended."
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    House gets Chase alone to tell him, "I need a refill."
    "Detective Tritter knows about the scripts I wrote before."
    "Exactly. If you stop now, it'll look suspicious."
    "Does anyone fall for that argument?"
    "Write the script."
    "One prescription isn't gonna make you—"
    "We both know its not going to be just one. I'd rather lose my job than lose my license."
  • House asks Foreman, "Can you score me some Vicodin."
  • When he goes to Cameron, she knows what he wants. "I'm not writing you a script for Vicodin."
    "I've only got two pills left."
    "Cut them in half. Then you'll have four."
    "You're prescribing for Wilson, Wilson prescribes for me. Write up the script."
    "You know you have a problem.
    "Yeah. It's got a badge and everything."
    "You're taking too much—"
    "Fine. You're right. What's the correct amount? Write up a script for the correct amount."
    "No answer. That's because we're having the wrong debate. This has got nothing to do with my problem and everything to do with your problem. You're afraid that if you write me a prescription, you're going to wind up like Wilson."
    "Of course, I am."
    "Tritter wants to win by giving pain. Do you really want to be a part of that? As a doctor, how do you do that?"
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    Cameron hesitates. Then she notices something she has. "Here. This'll tide you over. If it can take the edge off my PMS, it should do wonders for you."
  • After he uses the last pill, House turns to Cuddy. "Okay, fine. I'll father your child. First you gotta write me a Vicodin prescription. Just so I can get through the foreplay."
    "How many days you have left?"
    "Ah, I could probably get through — maybe — the next minute or so."
    "And you're coming to me means your lackeys actually stood up to you — I'm impressed."
    "Yes, their cowardice is inspiring."
    "Well, you should be thanking them. If they caved it would give the cops evidence that you intimidated underlings to feed your addiction."
    "Oh, I hate writing thank you notes. Would it be weird if I asked Cameron to write them?" Cuddy pulls out her prescription pad. "You're hooking me up?"
    "Unfortunately, if I cut you off, it would give the cops evidence that you don't really need to pain medication."
    "I knew that cleavage was a smoke screen. You're a genius."

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