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Third Season Episodes ::  #304 "Lines in the Sand"

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House (Hugh Laurie) decides to move his office to the clinic
in the HOUSE episode "Lines in the Sand" airing Tuesday,
Sept. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Also pictured:
Jennifer Morrison and Stephanie Venditto (C).
Credit: Michael Yarish/FOX.
September 26, 2006
Written by
David Hoselton
Directed by
Newton Thomas Sigel
The patient of the week
Adam, a severely autistic 10-yr-old.
The mis-diagnoses
The tests for various things were difficult with this patient. Every test requires more patience than normal and Foreman doesn't have enough patience. Foreman even turns to Wilson to do one of the tests for cancer. Foreman finds Jimson Weed in the family's yard.
The privacy invasion / ethical breach
In addition to having the team search the family's home and yard, House forces Wilson to convince Cuddy to get his carpet back.
The final diagnosis
Raccoon roundworms from the family's backyard sandbox
The clinic patient(s)
House is still dealing with Ali, the infatuated teenager.

Lines in the Sand
Dr. Foreman (Omar Epps) and Dr. Chase (Jesse Spencer) are forced out of their office when House (Hugh Laurie) decides to move the office to the clinic in the HOUSE episode "Lines in the Sand" airing Tuesday, Sept. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Michael Yarish/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: Braeden Lemasters as Adam; Geoffrey Blake as Dominic; Heather Kafka as Sarah; Leighton Meester as Ali; Stephanie Venditto as Nurse Brenda; Kat Sawyer as Laura Smith; Johnny Crear as Thomas Williams; Ron Perkins as Dr. Simpson; Bobbin Bergstrom as Nurse
Ben HarperSong after the boy gives House his favorite possession was "Waiting on an Angel" by Ben Harper, which is available on his album "Welcome to the Cruel World".
Also available from Amazon UK in Region 2
Quotes, Quotations, Scenes, Dialogue
  • "Since when do we start believing parents? Or anyone?" asks Chase.
  • Foreman objects to the test House has asked forz' "ER checked his throat, no obstructions, nothing! Which means the only symptom was a scream, which is diagnostic of nothing.... I had a date last night, she screamed. Should we spend a 100,000 dollars testing her?"
    House: "Of course not, this isn't a veterinary hospital. Zing!"
  • House to Cuddy after discovering that the carpet in his office has been replaced: I want my old carpet back."
    Cuddy objects, "It was stained, with blood."
    "Yeah, my blood. Which makes the carpet part of me, I want it back. I want to be buried with it."
    "You think you can get me to do anything you want regardless of how stupid it is?"
    "It's my office; it's where I work, where I think, where I save lives, allowing you to brag to rich people so they'll give you more money to spend on MRIs and low-cut tops. I want it back the way it was."
    "It's identical to the old carpet, except without the hazardous biological waste."
    "I shall not return to my office until every patented durable microfibre has been restored to its rightful place."
    "Inspiring. If you don't want to work in your office, work in the clinic. You don't want to work in the clinic, go home and don't get paid."
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    House keeps after Cuddy even when she tries to talk to him about other things: "Carpet?"
    "Nothing to talk about."
    Cuddy talks to him about Ali, the 17 year old who has become enamored of House, "Your girlfriend called the clinic 15 times looking for you today."
    "Huh. A lot to discuss, china patterns—"
    "House, she's a stalker."
    "Right, couldn't be that she finds me interesting and attractive. Has to be that she's insane."
    "She's called you 15 times; your mother's not that interested in you.
    "Well maybe I'd be better adjusted if she was."
    "I'm notifying security."
    "Is this about the carpet? Do you think I'll back off if you block all my fun?"
    "You better not be having fun!"
    "I'm having fun. I'm not having sex."
    "She's dangerous!"
    "She's not dangerous."
    "She's pretty."
    "She's pretty."
    "Men are stupid."
    "I'm with you so far."
    "I'm notifying security."
    "Oh, give her a break, she's not dangerous, she's... insightful."
  • Ali, the infatuated teenager: "I wanted to see you."
    House responds, "Yeah, I got that. So did everyone else, they think you're a stalker."
    "One could argue those people might be jealous of your attention."
    "Yes I actually made that argument...."
    "In Iceland the age of consent is 14."
    "I'm surprised that tourism isn't a bigger industry up there."
    "So today I'm jailbait but in 22 weeks anybody can do anything to me. Will I be so different in 22 weeks?"
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    "Twenty-two weeks is enough for an embryo to grow arms and legs."
    "It's just a line; an arbitrary line drawn by a bunch of sad old men in robes."
    "Yeah, who cares what judges think."
    "Didn't think of you as a guy who followed rules just because they were rules."
    "You are over 10 years younger than me." Realizing that no one would believe he was anywhere near 27, House says, "I said over."
    Cuddy joins the two, and House tells her, "Doctor Cuddy, do you happen to know the way to the Icelandic consulate? This young woman, a stranger to me, was just asking directions."
    Cuddy forces Ali to leave after which she tells House, "House, this isn't a game."
    "If I leave her alone can I have my carpet back?"
    "If I forget about my carpet can I have her?"
  • Cuddy insists that House talk to Ali and so he meets her in Cuddy's office: "Listen to me; do you have any idea what you'd have to look forward to if you stayed with me? Nine chances out of ten we'd both wind up in a jail."
    Ali isn't buying it, "You're only saying that to make me go.
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    "I'm saying it 'coz it's true. Inside of us, we both know that you belong with Victor." Ali has obviously never seen Casablanca. "Is there a Victor in your class? Well if you're not with someone your age, you'll regret it; maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life."
    Ali starts to cry, "What about us?"
    "We'll always have Fresno." House refers to the calendar she sent him and the trip where her father and her seem to have caught their colds. "I'm no good at being noble but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of two little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you'll understand that. Now, now, here's looking at you—" When House looks into her eyes and sees her tears, he has a revelation. "Damn. Was there an earthquake when you were in Fresno?"
    Ali is confused, "What?"
    "I ask all my girlfriends that."
    "...Yeah a little one."
    "What? What is it?"
    "It's not love, you have spore in your brain; Coccidioides immitis. California's full of them, they get an earthquake they get released into the air, you breathe it in you get a cold, turns into sinus congestion, aches, weakness, milky tears and sometimes loss of inhibition and judgment. Damn!" House turns and writes her a prescription.
    "So loving you, wanting to have sex with you is all just the spores talking?"
    "You'll probably live." House leaves her, forcefully saying, "Damn!"
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    Wilson talks to Cuddy to try and resolve the problem with the carpet, "I'm going to read you something. 'Asperger's syndrome is a mild and rare form of autism. It is typically characterized by difficulty establishing friendships and playing with peers, trouble accepting conventional social rules, and they dislike any change in setting or routine'... or broadloom. Doesn't say that last part but you get my point.
    Cuddy isn't buying it, "House doesn't have Asperger's, diagnosis is much simpler; he's a jerk."
    "Why do you think he took this case? Because he believes these parents? Because he wants to help a young boy? He sees himself in this kid and he's trying to help himself. He doesn't want this, he needs it."
    Later Wilson tells House, "You're not autistic; you don't even have Asperger's. You wish you did, it would exempt you from the rules, give you freedom, absolve you of responsibility, let you date 17-yr-olds. But most important it would mean that you're not just a jerk."
    House wants Wilson to shut up, "At what point does a person endlessly lecturing someone make him a jerk?"
About the diagnoses:
"jhawksgirl" posted on the televisionwithoutpity House forum, "The disease is called Valley Fever. Although, it's not normally stirred up by earthquakes. It's usually stirred up by wind. It's something that central Valley residents worry about (quite frequently)." posting these links:

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