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House: Meaning

House is back to work after his gunshot wounds and insists on dealing with two cases which involve paralysis. However, his life-threatening wounds have left House with a new outlook on life that leave his co-workers suspicious of his motives.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x1
Production Number: HOU-301
Airdate: Tuesday September 05th, 2006

Alternate Airdates:

Italy Jan 19, 2007
UK (sky 1) Mar 22, 2007
DE (RTL) Sep 04, 2007
NL (SBS 6) Jan 20, 2009


Guest Stars
Bobbin BergstromBobbin Bergstrom
As Nurse
Eamon HuntEamon Hunt
As Surgeon
Edward EdwardsEdward Edwards
As Richard
Clare KramerClare Kramer
As Caren
Terry RhoadsTerry Rhoads
As Artie
Main Cast
Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
As Dr. Gregory House
Episode Notes
Dr. House went on an eight week recovery . . . the longest one can take for having been shot in the neck and abdomen and being medically induced into a coma. However, it was mentioned he was supposed to have come back after only six weeks . . .

According to Dr. Cameron, they never found the shooter who attempted to kill Dr. House.

Secondary Addison's Disease
At some point, presumably during his earlier brain surgery, the patient here suffered damage to his pituitary gland or surrounding structures. Among other responsibilities, the pituitary gland produces adrenocorticotrophic hormone, or ACTH. As the name implies, this hormone stimulates receptors in the adrenal cortex (outer layer), causing cells there to produce cortisol. Cortisol is essential in the stress response and in many other normal metabolic functions, especially sugar level control. Insufficent cortisol produces a rather long list of symptoms including muscle weakness and gradually worsening fatigue. It is likely that in this case surgeons assumed the cause of symptoms was damage to the motor cortex, motor thalamus, or other structures of movement, and therefore did not look for Addison's disease.

The song You Can't Always Get What You Want also played in the first episode of the first season, the pilot.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
GorillazFeel Good Inc. 
Maurice BrownA Call for All Angels 
Miles DavisSo What 
The Rolling StonesYou Can't Always Get What You Want 
Ryan Adams (1)Desire 

Episode Quotes
Lisa: How can I? I work with him everyday --
James: Everybody lies.

Episode References
The scene where Wilson claiming that House's leg hurts because of running is similar to House's quip back in Occam's Razor: "Her leg hurts after running six miles. I don't know, it could be anything!"

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Shore
Main Title ThemeMassive Attack
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