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2004, TV Show

House Episode: "Lines in the Sand"

Season 3, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: A 10-year-old autistic boy clutches his chest and screams in pain, but test after test proves negative. Meanwhile, House disrupts hospital routine because Cuddy won't replace the carpeting installed in his office following the shooting. He wants the old bloody carpeting back. And Ali (Leighton Meester), the 17-year-old with a crush on House, is back in the clinic. She's suffering, she says, from a "rhino thing" and wants House to listen to her heart and lungs. So she takes off her shirt.
Original Air Date: Sep 26, 2006
Guest Cast Braeden Lemasters: Adam Kat Sawyer: Laura Smith Heather Kafka: Sarah Stephanie Venditto: Nurse Brenda Previn Ron Perkins: Dr. Simpson Geoffrey Blake: Dominic Bobbin Bergstrom: Nurse Leighton Meester: Ali Johnson
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Season 3, Episode 4
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Length: 44:00
Aired: 9/26/2006
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September 26, 2006: Lines in the Sand Season 3, Episode 4

This week House tried to discover the source of a severely autistic boy's distress while protesting the replacement carpet in his office and dodging the advances of an underage crush. The autism story line had potential and presented an opportunity to shine some light on an often-misunderstood condition. Unfortunately, it stalled discussing the disappointment of having an "abnormal" child and let House disparage parents who change their lives to care for him. House was at the most childish I've seen him in a while. He spent the episode whining about his new carpet, preferring instead his old bloodstained one. In protest, he refused to work in his office, which led to mildly amusing brainstorming sessions in the clinic, Wilson's and Cuddy's offices, the chapel and a conference room, which gave us the much teased "You can't stop our love!" moment. It worked better in the promo than in the actual show. Overall, the team was unenthusiastic about the case, approaching it with a close-minded predetermined diagnosis that Adam was screaming not from pain but merely as a result of his autistic state. Again, they showed their limited ability to think outside the box ? or in this case, the sandbox. The boy's problems stemmed from ingesting wormy sand. Weaving in and out of the team's diagnostic efforts was the pointless fatal attraction begun in the last episode. House's underage crush, Ali ( Leighton Meester), returned to the clinic with a "rhino thing" and an overwhelming desire to bare her chest to a doctor more than twice her age. House may not have encouraged her advances, but he didn't necessarily discourage them, either. He left that dirty work to Cuddy, who all too happily obtained a restraining order. In the end, House tricked the girl into believing her love for him was a symptom of a spore released during an earthquake in California. A completely disappointing resolution to what could have been a promising story line. Despite these uneven happenings, there were shining moments in which House earned the credibility that he regularly brings into doubt with his over-the-top and often antisocial antics. Hidden beneath all that bluster is a man who is able to communicate with his patients. Last year, from a snowbound airport in Baltimore, he managed to clearly hear the meaning behind the words of a man who spontaneously spoke in gibberish. Here, by communicating with his patient on a monkey-see/monkey-do level, House managed to cut through the assumptions of what the boy could and could not do. Cuddy had a couple of shining moments herself, when both Wilson and House danced around the topic of getting it on with her. Interestingly enough, Cuddy called House's bluff but outright rejected Wilson's sarcastic offer to make out. Could be she's the true stalker of House's body, yet his wariness about having imperfect children may keep Cuddy chasing him for quite some time. With Fox airing the World Series, we'll have to wait several weeks to find out. Until then, what did you think of tonight's episode? show less
This week House tried to discover the source of a severely autistic boy's distress while protesting the replacement carpet in his office and dodging the advances of an underage crush. The autism story line had potential and presented an opportunity to shine some light on an often-misunderstood condition. Unfortunately, it stalled discussing the disappointment of having an "abnormal" child and let House disparage parents who change their lives to care for him. House was at the most childish I've seen him in a while. He spent the episode whining about his new carpet, preferring instead his old bloodstained one. In protest, he refused to work in his office, which led to mildly amusing brainstorming sessions in the clinic, Wilson's and Cuddy's offices, the chapel and a conference room, which gave us the much teased "You can't stop our love!" moment. It worked better in the promo than in the actual show.Overall, the team was unenthusiastic about the case, approaching it with a close-mind... read more

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Premiered: November 16, 2004, on FOX
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: He has little patience for patients, but misanthropic Gregory House is a brilliant diagnostician who probes life-and-death medical mysteries while 'CSI'-style graphics follow each disease's progression. 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer is one of the executive producers.

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