House M.D.: Season 3, Episode 2

Cane and Able (12 Sep. 2006)

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House is affected by the fact that he thinks he didn't solve the last case while a young boy, who believes aliens tortured him, is brought in.



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Clancy, a 7 year old boy, who believes he is being tortured by aliens comes to the hospital because of rectal bleeding. When House, who thinks he did not solve his last case and it's affecting him physically, finds a metal object in his neck where Clancy claims a chip has been planted and when a cell with different DNA is found, the team has to give his alien theory more credit. But House's humiliation from his last case and worsening leg pain cause him to back out, forcing Cuddy, who lied to House about curing his last patient, to rethink her decision to withhold the information. Written by SoWeirdo65

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Worst House episode ever
29 December 2007 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I really love watching House. It's usually clever, subtle, intriguing, informative and goddamn funny. But this episode is just stupid. A kid who has alien abduction fantasies turns out to have absorbed his twin brother during their intrauterine state and some of the brother's cells are now growing in the kid's brain giving him the fantasies. So far so good. But the treatment is that the doctors scare him and so trigger the hallucinations while Foreman sees the twin brother's cells lighting up on a screen and kills them cell by cell. That is just utter crap. How can he reach every cell? How do they make sure to hit the right cells? What if they grow back? Is this a standard procedure?

This is just pure fiction. Of course, most of the medicine is exaggerated in other episodes but it always bases on a realistic ground and that is what makes House MD. This episode however breaks with the high standard of all the others, it just doesn't fit in. It's more like X Files or some other of these crappy "mystery" series around today.

The only thing I liked about it was that the parents of the kid were so annoying and unloving - really bad parents. That's what I like about House: Many of the characters have huge flaws just like in real live. Especially parents in American TV/movies are usually shown as some pure entities who might have mistakes but always mean good and therefore - at least at the end - are to be worshiped. These parents however were real ugly and cold hearted. This is the only thing that made this episode watchable (besides of the story about House and his leg and Wilson lying to him).

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