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House Episode: "Needle in a Haystack"

Season 3, Episode 13
Episode Synopsis: A 16-year-old suffers respiratory arrest while making out with his girlfriend. The doctors can't figure out what's wrong and, making matters worse, his Gypsy parents instinctively distrust the doctors. Meanwhile, Cuddy gives House's handicapped parking space to a new hospital researcher (Wendy Makkena) who uses a wheelchair because, as Cuddy puts it, “the person who is worse off should get the better space.” House won't take this lying down, but he will take it sitting down---in a wheelchair.
Original Air Date: Feb 6, 2007
Guest Cast Ron Perkins: Dr. Simpson Jake Richardson: Stevie Rob Brownstein: Franklin Antonio D. Charity: Police Officer Tasha Taylor: Kate Arabella Field: Judy Jessy Schram: Leah Bobbin Bergstrom: Nurse Hira Ambrosino: Anesthesiologist Sandra Purpuro: Marina David Kelsey: Ron Wendy Makkena: Dr. Julie Whitner
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Season 3, Episode 13
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Length: 42:42
Aired: 2/6/2007
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February 6, 2007: Needle in a Haystack Season 3, Episode 13

The parade of young patients continues this week as Foreman leads the charge in treating a teenager whose Romany heritage impedes his medical treatment. Secretive and suspicious of the world, Stevie ( Jake Richardson) and his family refuse unproven treatment - their kind have been experimented on before - choosing instead their own homeopathic treatment for Stevie's ailment. Seeing a bit of himself in Stevie, Foreman takes a special interest in his scientifically inclined patient, even offering to get Stevie an interview for an internship. But culture and science clash. Stevie, with insight beyond his years, chooses family over promise. As he sees it, Chase, Foreman and Cameron are all successful doctors, but none of them wears a ring. Family: that's what it's all about. House wasn't around much for such touching sentiment. He was too busy angling for a better parking spot. You see, it seems that wheelchair trumps cane and the addition to the staff of Dr. Julie Whitner ( Wendy Makkena), a new researcher with her own blue and white parking permit, bumped House about 46 yards farther from the door. Not one to go quietly, House abandons his cane and rolls into a weeklong bet with Cuddy for the privilege of winning back his spot. The outcome is predictable yet deliciously expressed by Wilson: "Legal beats logic every time, just ask O.J." Foiled again, House's dramatic ploy for attention failed, though we were treated to an impressive display of wheelies and staircase management, which looked to me as if the actor performed his own stunts. So what about everybody else? Well, Cameron was thankfully underused this episode. I guess she only gets the spotlight when a patient dies. Chase provided some laughs when he aptly and amusingly sized up a cheating couple's affair of the heart while digging for clues in their home. And of course watching the whole gang sneaking around ICU to do more tests on their patient was fun. However, the best exchange of the night was the wordy greeting between Wilson and House. "If it isn't Dr. Ironside." "If it isn't Dr. I-had-no-friends-when-I-was-growing-up-so-all-I-did-was-watch-TV-by-myself-which-is-why-I-can-now-make-constant-pop-culture-references-which-no-one-understands-but-me." "That's my name, don't wear it out." Despite all the chuckle-worthy one-liners, the biggest joke of all was Stevie's diagnosis: an ingested toothpick. That little sliver of wood poked holes all through his insides. How one unknowingly swallows a toothpick is beyond me, but from Stevie's various complaints it's clearly not something I want to try. show less
The parade of young patients continues this week as Foreman leads the charge in treating a teenager whose Romany heritage impedes his medical treatment. Secretive and suspicious of the world, Stevie (Jake Richardson) and his family refuse unproven treatment — their kind have been experimented on before — choosing instead their own homeopathic treatment for Stevie's ailment. Seeing a bit of himself in Stevie, Foreman takes a special interest in his scientifically inclined patient, even offering to get Stevie an interview for an internship. But culture and science clash. Stevie, with insight beyond his years, chooses family over promise. As he sees it, Chase, Foreman and Cameron are all successful doctors, but none of them wears a ring. Family: that's what it's all about.House wasn't around much for such touching sentiment. He was too busy angling for a better parking spot. You see, it seems that wheelchair trumps cane and the addition to the staff of Dr. Julie Whitner (We... 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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