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 ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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26 September 2006 (USA)  »

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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 »


[House bursts into Cuddy's office while she's on the phone]
Dr. Gregory House: I want my old carpet back.
Dr. Lisa Cuddy: [into the phone] Uh, we're gonna have to do this later.
[glares at House]
Dr. Lisa Cuddy: A kid in the clinic had an accident.
Dr. Lisa Cuddy: [hangs up] Generally when people are on the phone...
Dr. Gregory House: I want my old carpet back.
Dr. Lisa Cuddy: It was stained with blood.
Dr. Gregory House: Yeah, my blood, which makes the carpet part of me. I want it back. I want to be burried with it.
Dr. Lisa Cuddy: You think you can get me to do anything you want, regardless of how stupid it is?
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29 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was truly a grand episode of House. The autistic child was perfectly portrayed. The teenage girl he encounters during his clinic hours also adds some humor to the episode. None of the main characters have been left out in this either: Wilson, Cuddy, Cameron, and Foreman all are involved throughout the episode. The autism really helps the seriousness of the episode, but also gives some humor, such as when Foreman asks Wilson to check the autistic child for cancer. The child's PSP hand-held, shown throughout the episode helps to build up the ending. The ending also happens to be one of the really great ones of the series, the moment the child gives House the PSP is a truly moving moment. Another great episode in a great season, I don't see how people can vote so low.

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