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House Episode: "Fetal Position"

Season 3, Episode 17
Episode Synopsis: A pregnant 42-year-old celebrity photographer (Anne Ramsay) suffers a stroke while shooting a rock star (All-American Rejects' Tyson Ritter), and soon her kidneys and liver begin to fail as well. House suspects the fetus is the culprit, but the mother won't hear of an abortion and Cuddy backs her unequivocally. Meanwhile, House decides he wants to take a vacation; and Cuddy has a word with Cameron about her relationship with Chase.
Original Air Date: Apr 3, 2007
Guest Cast Bobbin Bergstrom: Nurse Anne Ramsay: Emma Sloan Jeff Sugarman: Fetal Surgeon Tyson Ritter: Himself
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Season 3, Episode 17
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Length: 44:11
Aired: 4/3/2007
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April 3, 2007: Fetal Position Season 3, Episode 17

It is often the scenario on House that there is no middle ground for doctors between complete objectivity and total emotionalism, though in real life I think such a place exists. When celebrity photographer Emma Sloan ( Anne Ramsay), self-diagnoses a stroke and ends up in Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital under House's care, you immediately notice a spark between doctor and patient and just as quickly House finds himself struggling to stay unmoved by his patient and her unborn child. Emma, 42 years old, is single, pregnant and suffering from Mirror syndrome. She would rather risk death than terminate the long-sought-after pregnancy that endangers her life. House falls back on reason, insisting that Emma abort "it" and that Cuddy support his stance on the fetus' fate, but Cuddy, seeing herself in Emma, leaps squarely into the other camp and throws herself headlong into the quest to save the baby and the mother's life. We end up with one doctor trying desperately not to care and the other caring too much. Amidst the turmoil, Emma snaps shots of her doctors to keep a visual memory book of her journey and catches on film revelatory moments that say more about her medical team than any of them would willingly divulge. What we see in these pictures are people caring more than they probably should - people who are going to be hurt. We know this by the way Chase holds onto Cameron's portrait and by the way House snatches his 8-by-10 off the X-ray wall where Cameron stands mesmerized. House's subtle flirtation with Emma is tempered by Cameron's obsession over his nonreaction to catching her and Chase in flagrante delicto. While Chase calls Cameron on wanting to be caught, House is busy planning a vacation - perhaps to the Galapagos Islands to visit his uncle the giant sea turtle, or maybe to Argentina where he can hitch a ride to Mount Aconcagua's peak on the back of a local Indians. Talk about trying to distance oneself. But distance has its place in a hospital setting. Cuddy warns Cameron off workplace romances. When she reminds Cameron that Chase is not the one who will get hurt, we realize that Chase has been keeping his eyes open throughout his affair with Cameron. However, clearly seeing a situation is not a certain safeguard against emotional attachment. In the episode's most touching moment House cuts into Emma's uterus and a tiny hand reaches out and clasps his finger, stopping him cold. He can no longer deny the personhood of the fetus. Objectivity has disappeared and House momentarily loses his perspective as a doctor, forcing Cuddy to step up. In the end, Cuddy's emotional response to this case pushes her to House-like diagnostic lengths and she is able to save both mother and child, proving that there's space for both emotion and science on the whiteboard. The good stuff from a pretty amazing episode: - House to Foreman about Cameron: "Be patient, she's going through all of us. She'll get that jungle fever eventually." - Chase smiling at Cameron's picture. - House in the hyperbaric chamber. - Wilson being "Cuddy's Cuddy." - The great special effects throughout the episode. - Lisa Edelstein's compelling performance. - The framed photos of the doctors on Emma's wall. - House alone at home with the Travel Channel on in the background, rubbing his fingers and remembering the touch of Emma's baby. show less
It is often the scenario on House that there is no middle ground for doctors between complete objectivity and total emotionalism, though in real life I think such a place exists. When celebrity photographer Emma Sloan (Anne Ramsay), self-diagnoses a stroke and ends up in Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital under House's care, you immediately notice a spark between doctor and patient and just as quickly House finds himself struggling to stay unmoved by his patient and her unborn child.Emma, 42 years old, is single, pregnant and suffering from Mirror syndrome. She would rather risk death than terminate the long-sought-after pregnancy that endangers her life. House falls back on reason, insisting that Emma abort "it" and that Cuddy support his stance on the fetus' fate, but Cuddy, seeing herself in Emma, leaps squarely into the other camp and throws herself headlong into the quest to save the baby and the mother's life. We end up with one doctor trying desperately not to care and th... 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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