House, M.D./One Day, One Room
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One Day, One Room is the twelfth episode of the third season of House, M.D., and the fifty-eighth episode overall.
Starring: Hugh Laurie (Dr. Gregory House), Lisa Edelstein (Dr. Lisa Cuddy), Omar Epps (Dr. Eric Foreman), Robert Sean Leonard (Dr. James Wilson), Jennifer Morrison (Dr. Allison Cameron), Jesse Spencer (Dr. Robert Chase)
Co-Starring: Marco Pelaez (Pharmacist), Nick Slatkin (Hiccupping Patient), Michelle Gardner (Dr. Stone), Randy Evans (Patient #1), Bryna Weiss (Patient #3), Roger Ainslie (Nose Patient), Kristen Glass (Beautiful Woman), Sean Christopher Davis (Father), George Williams (Doctor), Michael Rivkin (Patient #4), Jason Galloway (Patient #5), Hope Shapiro (Patient #6), Ray Chavez (Sick Patient), Todd Sandler (Ear Patient), Drew Matthews (Kid), Bobbin Bergstrom (Nurse)
Cuddy gives House extra mandatory clinic duty as a repayment for her perjury on his behalf in the previous episode. He is forced to examine three patients who fear that they may have sexually transmitted diseases. He goes out to the waiting room where one of the waiting patients suddenly jumps up and starts running around the room clutching his ear. House convinces Cuddy to let him take the case rather than working clinic. His team comes up with some tests to run, but he tells them that the man has a cockroach stuck in his ear, and that it'd simply bite him. He only took on the case to avoid clinic duty. Cameron tells Cuddy, who forces House to continue his clinic duty. Cuddy agrees to pay him $10 for each patient he successfully diagnoses without physically touching them, as long as he pays her $10 for each one he has to touch. However, his plan to win the game appears to be ruined when he has to diagnose an attractive-looking female patient.
One of the original three clinic patients is psychologically unstable Eve, who is diagnosed with chlamydia. She breaks into sobs and House explains that it is a curable disease, when she suddenly shouts "Don't touch me!". House realizes that she is a rape victim. Eve insists that House treat her and Cuddy forces him to spend time with her. It is found that Eve is pregnant and House now insists on confiding with her, in an effort to get her to talk about the rape. Ultimately they both break down and talk honestly with each other, and House reveals some startling details about his relationship with his father, who abused him as a child. Meanwhile, Cameron deals with a terminal cancer homeless patient who wants to die in suffering simply so that people will remember him.
We see development happening on the part of Dr. House as a character. House reveals that he was abused by his father, which helps to explain his difficult personality. We also learn something about his family. Allegedly, his grandmother was Dutch and he called her 'oma', which is Dutch for 'grandmother'.
- House mentions Dawson's Creek to the three clinic patients suspected of STDs. Jennifer Morrison, who plays Dr. Cameron, appeared in two episodes of Dawson's Creek as Melanie Shae Thompson.
Behind the Scenes
Allusions and References
- Patient: (finding pulse) Got it.
- House: Start counting. (brief pause) How many?
- Patient: Twenty-six.
- House: (disbelief, mingling with contempt and frustration) Okay... Either you suck at math, or you're gonna die in 2 seconds.
- Patient: (panicked look)
- House: (expectant, then dismissive) You suck at math.