House M.D.: Season 2, Episode 3

Humpty Dumpty (27 Sep. 2005)

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Cuddy joins the team after her handyman falls off of her roof and begins to develop bizarre symptoms. Clinic Cases: African American man who objects to "minority meds."


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Cuddy pushes her asthmatic handyman Alfredo to continue working. He falls and badly wounds his hand. Alas the infection spreads and causes necrosis while House and she bicker over the possible causes and risky treatments, which keep making it worse. Even two house searches don't clarify matters. Alfredo must keep several poor jobs to put his kid brother, Manny, through school, which has a surprising relevance. Written by KGF Vissers

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Dr. Lisa Cuddy: All this from falling off my roof...
Dr. Gregory House: Yeah, if only he'd fallen on his head, then he wouldn't have any of these symptoms.
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References Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) See more »


Written and Performed by Damien Rice
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weak and out of character
9 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

All of the House MD writing is above par. When it is weak and off-track and off-character it is still engaging. This episode seemed to concentrate on the philosophy of "if the Doc is too emotionally engaged, they can't be objective in their treatment."...which is fine. But this is a fall-back position for over half of the House episodes. It seems to be beaten to death. This ep offered nothing new in the discussion and was just a vehicle for sparring between Cuddy and House. And the sub-plot of the black patient that was charging racism in the medicine that Foreman prescribed - ultimately calling Foreman an Oreo, and that white people had been lying to him for years - then House prescribing him the same medicine but telling the patient that it was the 'white' version just to get him to take it -- ridiculous beyond belief. Foreman then lands with both feet on House saying that he did lie and it was white people, blah, blah, blah. House lies to everyone to get what he wants done. There was no difference here. The writers wrote this up as though it made some sort of point. The only point they made is that they have not paid attention to their own show.

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