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House: Needle in a Haystack

16-year-old Stevie Lipa is admitted to Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital with a serious respiratory condition and internal bleeding. Oddities of his case land him under House and the team's care, but at the moment, House is irritated to learn that new hospital researcher Dr. Julie Whitmer has been assigned his handicapped parking spot by the hospital entrance. Since she's in a motorized wheelchair (and he has to walk), he asks her to give up the parking spot, but she refuses. House, determined to get a parking spot closer to the hospital entrance, appeals to Cuddy, who dares him to prove how much he wants the spot by spending one week in a wheelchair, a bet House takes on. As the team tries to get personal history information from Stevie, they can't seem to get a straight answer out of him, and it's revealed he's from a family of gypsies. Stevie's parents arrive with homeopathic remedies; they won't consent to House and the team's suggested course of action, and refuse all modern medical treatment. As Stevie's body continues to bleed internally, Foreman makes the risky decision to sidestep Stevie's parents and appeals directly to the teenage patient, putting his medical license on the line while asking Stevie to lie to his parents.

Source: FOX

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x13
Production Number: HOU-312
Airdate: Tuesday February 06th, 2007

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Jun 14, 2007
Italy Oct 03, 2007
DE (RTL) Nov 27, 2007
NL (SBS 6) Jun 04, 2009

  • Currently 8.7/10
8.7/10 (7 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Ron Perkins
As Dr. Simpson
Wendy Makkena
As Dr. Julie Whitner

Co-Guest Stars
Hira Ambrosino
As Anesthesiologist
Bobbin Bergstrom
As Nurse
Antonio D. Charity
As Police Officer
Joni Barth
As Patron #1
Maxine Hayden
As Patron #2
Main Cast
Hugh Laurie
As Dr. Gregory House
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Zero 7In the Waiting Line 

Episode Quotes
House: You guys are still thinking like doctors. You should be thinking like plumbers. Come on, let me see some butt crack.

Foreman: We plug one hole and end up poking another.
House: We talking about the patient or how to get a raise from Cuddy?

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Shore
Main Title ThemeMassive Attack
Warning: House season 3 episode 13 guide may contain spoilers
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