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Third Season Episodes ::  #320 "House Training"

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House Training
House (Hugh Laurie) and the team (Omar Epps, Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer) search for clues to help diagnose a patient in the HOUSE episode "House Training" airing Tuesday, April 24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Greg Gayne/FOX.
April 24, 2007
Written by
Doris Egan
Directed by
Paul McCrane
Music at the end:
Matthew Ryan's "Follow the Leader" on the album "From a Late Night High Rise"
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  • "trudyj" remarked on Television Without Pity's House Forum about Chase: "the comment that he'll remind her every Tuesday that he's still there reminded me of Lord Peter Wimsey proposing to Harriet on set dates, and warning her beforehand so she could ignore him."
  • "sherlock21b" followed up on this by saying, "I thought of the Lord Peter connection, too... I think, however, the Tuesday selection was just a cute reference to House's airdate."
  • Hockney didn't do Venezuelan pictures, House was testing whether Cuddy even knew who Hockney was, which would help him determine if she was interested in the art or in Wilson.
Sometime between April 20 and May 20: "The Hockney exhibit finished on April 20th. I thought it was May 20th." And it is a Tuesday (April 24, May 1, 8, 15).
The patient of the week:
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Twenty-eight year old female con-artist (who had a baby who died of SIDS sometime in the past) suddenly develops loss of will/inability to make decisions (abulia), collapses and ends up with House's team for them to find out why. Name wasn't used in the audio but was mentioned in the closed captioning and the credits as "Lupe".
The mis-diagnoses
At first Foreman thinks it is drugs and then arsenic poisoning from a crack pipe. The team settles on some kind of autoimmune disease. When the patient's liver fails, Foreman says, "without a transplant she'll be dead in 48 hours". Foreman decides it is a cancer, and insists they do whole body radiation without tests since she'd be dead before the tests came back.
The privacy invasion / ethical breach
Foreman and Chase search the patient's apartment. And House does not wait until Wilson gets consent for an autopsy.
The final diagnosis
After the patient dies, House discovers the patient had a simple infection which her body couldn't fight after the whole body radiation. So, she was dead in 24 hours from the treatment they gave her.
The clinic patient(s)
Other things going on
  • Foreman's parents are staying in a hotel near the hospital for his mother's 60th birthday. We see his father again and meet his mother for the first time. His father tells Foreman, "You haven't been home in eight years. She should see you while she still knows who you are."
  • Foreman gets so frustrated after telling the patient that she is dying that he punches the wall and breaks his finger.S

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House Training
Dr. Foreman (Omar Epps) and Dr. Chase (Jesse Spencer) feel the impact of a mistake made in diagnosing a patient in the HOUSE episode "House Training" airing Tuesday, April 24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Greg Gayne/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: Monique Gabriela Curnen as Lupe; Charles S. Dutton as Rodney Foreman; Beverly Todd as Alicia Foreman; Jane Adams as Bonnie
Quotes, Quotations, Dialogue:
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    House discusses the patient with his team, "Loss of free will. I like it. Maybe we can get Thomas Aquinas in for a consult." While the team tosses out ideas, House sees Wilson with the second ex-Mrs. Wilson (who is leaving) and goes to confront him about Cuddy. "She's not interested in a play qua play. She's interested in you."
    "No! I'm not getting sucked into the vortex of your insanity again. Don't pass me notes in class, don't tell me to ask her to the prom."
    "You cannot see her socially. You're leading her on."
    "I'll consider that after I take her to the Hockney exhibit.... It's not a date." When House looks at him without accepting this, Wilson continues, "She enjoyed the play. I enjoyed her enjoying the play. The woman works hard. It's nice to see her relax."
    "So all this enjoying is an act of charity?"
    "I'm keeping the receipts for tax purposes."
    House goes back to his team, "What's life without the ability to make stupid choices. She needs her free will."
  • House Training
    Dr. Foreman (Omar Epps) feels the impact of a mistake made in diagnosing a patient in the HOUSE episode "House Training" airing Tuesday, April 24 (9-10 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
    Credit: Greg Gayne/FOX.
  • House tells the second ex-Mrs. Wilson who is now a real estate agent, that he is looking for a condo and while she shows him a place, he asks her about Wilson and what it was like when they were dating. "...he said we could go out as friends. You know just go see plays, go to a museum.... He meant it. James Wilson, carefully calibrating his level of protectiveness for your individual needs."
    "Did you just compare Wilson to a tampon?"
    "No. It was very endearing. He really just wanted to be a friend.... It's like walking into a sticky trap. Once you're the focus of all that attention, its addictive.... It's the emotional stuff that really sucks you in. He's just so 'knight in shining armor,' you know. Always there to support you until one day he's not. But by then you're hooked." The conversation takes another turn and then she tells House, " with James: fantastic. Nobody works harder to give a woman what she wants."
  • Foreman goes to Wilson after learning that his decision has killed his patient and he now has to tell her: "Tell me how to do this. House says that people thank you after—"
    Wilson: "It's not typical."
    Foreman: "I already killed this woman. All I can do now is not make any more mistakes."
    Wilson: "First of all stop thinking you can minimize the hurt. A lot of people are afraid of the word 'dying.' If you pussy foot around it, she's not going to read your mind."
    Foreman: "Okay."
    Wilson: "No, its not. When you look in her face, you're going to feel the instinct to temporize. Crush it.... Then wait. Give her time to process the news. Let her know you'll be with her through all of it. Wait 'till she's done thinking, 'till she meets your eyes again. Then if you think it's appropriate, you can touch her. Maybe put your hand on her arm like this. Let her know she's still connected to another human being."
    Foreman: "You've got this down to a science."
    Wilson: "You're freaking out."
    Foreman: "I told you—"
    Wilson: "Give her what she needs. What she doesn't need is a doctor who's not there with her because he made the wrong call. You are freaking out. You should be freaking out."
    Foreman: "I won't let her see it."
    Wilson: "Let her see it."
  • Telling the patient doesn't go very well and later Foreman goes back to her and she tells him: "I never did much. No kid to leave behind. When I go the world's not gonna be any different. Kind of a relief for you, huh?"
    Foreman has no answer to this except to sit down next to her bed. Later he tells her: "You were right about me.... I uh — I had a problem with you. But you were wrong, too. I've made some bad decisions. Stole cars, robbed houses."
    Lupe: "Killed a woman."
    That stops Foreman for a moment but he goes on opening himself up to her: "But then I got another chance. I left home. Went to college. Entered a whole other world. But some part of me I can't get rid of always thinks if I'm not the smartest, if I'm not the first, everywhere I go, they'll figure out I'm not supposed to be here. They'll send me back."
    Lupe: "You know that's not going to happen. You're out."
    Foreman: "I'll never be out of there.... that was the last time I ever felt at home. I only put distance between you and me because I know there isn't any."
    Lupe: "You were right about me, too. That stuff about the system being against people like me. Yeah. I know it;s crap. I mean it's true but it's also crap. I just wasn't ready to try again. But I always thought I was young. I had time."
    Later as she strains to breathe, she asks him "Aren't you ever going to leave."
    Foreman: "No." He is holding her hand and she starts holding back.
  • Later Chase offers Foreman, "You want to go get drunk?"
    Foreman: "No, thanks. I've got paperwork."
    Chase: "Listen. I don't know— I don't know what I believe, but sometimes I need to think there's something out there paying attention. So, when I can't talk to anybody, I talk to God and pretend somebody is listening." He then accepts some of the responsibility. "We were all wrong, you know? Even House was wrong."
    Foreman: "I know." But one doesn't feel that has eased his guilt.
  • House gives Foreman advice: "Go home have a few drinks, go to sleep, get up tomorrow and do it all over only better. If you need absolution, go to a priest or give alms to the poor. Whatever ritual comforts you."
    Foreman: "I killed her."
    House: "Yeah, me, too."
    Foreman: "This wasn't, 'Oh, I should have thought of that idea sooner.' This wasn't messing up a dosage. We see a disease rushing down on someone like a train, we can't always get them out of the way. This wasn't that."
    House: "No. And you'll do it again. For a lot of doctors this would be a once in a lifetime mistake. But we're not a lot of doctors. We must've saved more patients than the guy down the street. But a few of the onces that he's save by doing what everyone else does, we will lose."
    Foreman: "So, you're giving me numbers."
    House: "'Cause they don't lie. I can't forgive you, Foreman because there's nothing to forgive."
  • Wilson later asks House, "What did you tell him."
    House: "That guilt is irrelevant."
See more Quotes on this page:
Cameron and Chase page: on the Tuesday "gentle reminders".
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