House M.D.: Season 3, Episode 4

Lines in the Sand (26 Sep. 2006)

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A ten-year-old boy begins screaming in pain, but nobody knows why, because he is autistic and cannot explain. House refuses to use his office because it has new carpet.


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Episode credited cast:
Sarah Kelvey
Stephanie Venditto ...
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Thomas Williams


House meets a young boy with Autism named Adam. Plagued with the inability to communicate verbally with the child, House must find other ways to communicate. House upsets a police officer, leading to a grudge on the part of the the officer, who later begins his crusade to get back at House. Lastly, House has a young 17 year old girl who is love with him following him around. Cuddy demands that he puts an end to it. Written by Alexander Edmunds

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The side plot involves House being seduced by a 17 year old stalker. Repeatedly through the episode it is mentioned that she is under aged. However, the age of consent in New Jersey is 16. The character herself indicates that the age of consent in Iceland is 14 to try and convince House that it would be OK to have sex with her, it's odd that she would know the age of consent in Iceland but not the state she lives in. See more »


Ali: Hey, Dr. House.
Dr. Gregory House: Hello, girl-whose-name-I-don't-remember-but-whose-dad-I-treated-so-I-don't-really-know-why-she's-here.
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It's a scream
9 October 2006 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

An autistic child begins screaming in pain, and House and his crew are off to the races. The kid gets worse and worse, and being autistic, cannot verbalize what ails him. House must take the kid in hand, literally, but will the kid's parents let him? It becomes apparent during the course of the episode that the boy's parents have coddled him, but coddling is not a word to be found in House's dictionary. A subplot has a creamy, dreamy, 17-year-old gal from a previous episode insisting that House have sex with her. She's pretty persistent, House is flattered but flustered, and Cuddy is furious. The result is some very funny dialogue and a laugh-out-loud situation involving the chest-baring gal, a stethoscope-wearing House and a shocked Foreman in an exam room. For film buffs, the end of the episode is more or less lifted from MERCURY RISING. It works. I cried. And I'm a guy!

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