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Episodes ::  #503 "Adverse Events"

Broadcast:
September 30, 2008
503 Adverse Effects
House (Hugh Laurie), Foreman (Omar Epps) and Kutner (Kal Penn) try to diagnose an artist who is taking multiple experimental drugs in the HOUSE episode "Adverse Events" airing Tuesday, Sept. 30 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
2008 FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY
Credit: Adam Taylor/NBC/FOX
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Written by
Carol Green & Dustin Paddock
Directed by
Andrew Bernstein
Music
  • In the beginning: "First Brain" by Kaki King
  • Song played by House and Lucas at the end: "Drown In My Own Tears" (this is an old Ray Charles piece)
Timeline
The artist was said to paint weirdly in September (one of the alternate months but could have been for the most recent episode, which brought him to the hospital) so this episode must be set in or after September 2008 (the paintings had 2008 dates on them).
Patient of the Week:
Brandon, an artist, who paints what he thinks is a realistic portrait but it turns out to be terribly distorted. He is admitted with visual agnosia but the ER cannot figure out a cause so they send him to the House team.
How House gets involved:
The team start the process and bring House with them although House has other things on his mind.
The privacy invasion / ethical breach
Taub and Kutner investigate the artist's apartment and House investigates his team and makes everything he's learned public to the other members of the team.
Preliminary diagnoses
Drugs or exposure to toxins or a stroke, brain tumor. Then they find out that Brandon is in three clinical trials for new drugs. The team makes sure all the drugs are out of his system but that makes things worse.
The final diagnosis
They find out that Brandon was in a previous trial for an experimental antacid this allowed a "hair ball" type thing (a bezoar) to form in his stomach and that has been trapping pills and releasing them every other month (something Taub discovers from checking out the patient's unsold paintings.
Clinic Patient
None
Additional Information
  • Taub's wife has been putting aside money to buy him a car and at the end of the episode it looks like he is going to tell her about his infidelity.
  • Kutner's name is in the Guiness book for crawling 20 miles.
  • Thirteen is paying 12% on a car loan.
  • House's Alam Mater is 150 miles away.

503 Adverse Effects
House (Hugh Laurie) continues to employ private investigator Lucas (guest star Michael Weston) to investigate Wilson and the team in the HOUSE episode "Adverse Events" airing Tuesday, Sept. 30 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
2008 FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY
Credit: Michael Yarish/FOX
Additional Info on "Adverse Events":
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; Peter Jacobson as Dr. Chris Taub; Kal Penn as Dr. Lawrence Kutner; Olivia Wilde as Thirteen

Guest Cast: Michael Weston as Lucas Douglas; Breckin Meyer as Brandon; Jennifer Crystal Foley as Rachel Taub; Marika Dominczyk as Heather; Sarah Knowlton as Susan; Drew Powell as Anthony

Quotations, Quotes, Dialogue, Scenes:

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    Cuddy walks up to House and Lucas and asks, "This him?"
    Lucas says, "Yes" and House says, "No." Then House tells Lucas, "She means are you the Private Investigator who's bills I'm trying to slip through as medical expenses."
    "Oh, Hi. I'm Lucas Douglas, P. I."
    Cuddy ignores Lucas and tells House, "This hospital is not putting a private investigator on retainer. Nor is it going to pay any more phony repairs on vending machines, cryostats or elevators."
    House defends his attempts. "Information saves lives, saving lives, saves money."
    Cuddy comes back with, "No, saving lives cost money, which is why I'm trying to make sure there's still some left. You want your own personal P.I., you're going to have to pay for him yourself." She then turns to Lucas, "Sorry."
    "No, I understand." As Cuddy walks away, Lucas says, "Hey, I like the shoes by the way."
    Cuddy isn't sure how to respond and her "Thank you" is rather tentative as she leaves.
    House tells Lucas, "You don't like her shoes, you like her legs."
    "It sounds less creepy if you say shoes."
    "Less creepy, more gay."
    "That's my firm's motto."
  • House and Lucas argue about why House needs information on his team. "Miserable people save more lives. If your life has meaning, your job doesn't have to have meaning. Screw-ups are more palatable if you have someone's arms to go cry in."
    "Yeah, that makes sense."
    "Usually, I have more of a fight on that one."
    "So, why are you making Taub miserable?
    "I just said."
    "He left his last job to save his marriage. If his marriage falls apart, you think he will be working harder for you? Or you think he won't be working for you at all?"
  • When Cuddy discovers Lucas going through her desk, he asks her out and tells her he is doing research. "I think its a good idea to get to know a little bit more about a woman before you ask her out. Show that you care about more than just what she looks like."
    "As romatic as you make that sound, I'm pretty sure that what you're doing is not so much caring as creepy.
    "That's not fair."
    "You were scrounging through my desk."
    "What the hell am I going to find out? You went to Michigan. You like your sandwiches a little light on mayo. You stay in touch with your mother. You rented The English Patient. And you gave money to Amnesty International. There's not one thing I can find out in here you wouldn't tell a coworker in an elevator. I'm not a creep, I just thought you seemed interesting."
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