On a class field trip, a teacher discovers that her six-year-old student, Ian, is bleeding profusely. Dr. House thinks Ian has the same unknown disease that killed an elderly patient of his years ago.

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When six year-old Ian Alston is brought in with sudden bloody diarrhea, only House guesses a fatal syndrome. He steals the patient from Cuddy, ordering Wilson to keep her occupied at the benefit gala poker tournament. Cruelly chases Chase's date there to help solve this case. A case similar to a fatal one twelve years earlier (involving elderly Esther). The symptoms follow her pattern to a point, which is explained by the age difference, then converge again despite more ideas and tests. Cuddy finds out from the frightened parents and shuts House's team down, but he continues with biopsy tissue and a surprise move. Written by KGF Vissers

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11 April 2006 (USA)  »

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At the start of the episode, the teacher tells her class that deoxygenated blood returning to the heart is a "deep purple". This is in fact a myth; deoxygenated blood appears a darker red. Your veins only appear to flow with purple blood because of how your skin absorbs and reflects light. See more »

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When House begins the heart biopsy, the room blinds are open and Ian's parents can be seen peering into the isolation room. In fact, Chase offers to close the blinds but House says, "No, let them watch. I do my best work on the big stage." When Ian goes into cardiac arrest we can see that the blinds are now closed; however, the parents can be seen behind the blinds. Next we see the hospital staff respond to the code blue. As the staff run towards the patient's room, Ian's parents appear across the hall and are now stepping towards their son's room in response to the commotion. See more »

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Dr. Gregory House: [approaching Chase, who is chatting up a girl] Hey, how's that anal fissure? Did it heal yet, or is it still draining?
[noticing girl]
Dr. Gregory House: Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't realize you'd come back for seconds. I figured that after that girl on the stairwell you'd be done for the night.
Dr. Robert Chase: He's joking.
Dr. Gregory House: No Adam's apple, small hands. No surprises this time!
Nicole Ballard: I'll, uh, see you later.
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Hymn to Freedom
by Oscar Peterson
Performed by Hugh Laurie
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A House Obsessed
10 September 2006 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

When a young boy comes down with a mystery ailment that proved fatal in an elderly female patient 12 years before, House becomes a man obsessed in finding a solution before time runs out. To say he goes to extremes in this episode is no exaggeration. He risks losing everything, including his career and that of his staff, to find the solution. This is one of those Very Sick Kid episodes, which can prove very disturbing to the sensitive among you. It is not unlike the Very Sick Baby episodes, which don't always come out the way we'd like -- and this is a good thing, as life works that way sometimes. I know. I worked in a city hospital as a student. At this point in the second season, I have noticed that HOUSE has begun using increasingly graphic segments featuring more frequent invasive procedures such as lumbar punctures and close-up surgeries. It has gone way past ER in this respect, but it also has turned out to be better than ER. And I loved ER, at least the first five seasons. HOUSE meanwhile has been renewed with good reason for a third season, and as of this writing, the third season has kicked off.


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