House M.D.: Season 3, Episode 17

Fetal Position (3 Apr. 2007)

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When a pregnant woman has a stroke, the team is at a loss after all tests reveal nothing, but when her organs start shutting down Cuddy takes over the case.



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Episode cast overview:
Tyson Ritter
Fetal Surgeon


When a pregnant woman has a stroke, the team is at a loss after all tests reveal nothing, but when her organs start shutting down Cuddy takes over the case.

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The operation that House performs on the mother and fetus in this episode is closely based on a Michael Clancy photograph called "Fetal Hand Grasp", which documents a 1999 operation on a 21 week old fetus with spinal bifida. During that operation, Clancy photographed what he describes as the child reaching out of the incised uterus and grasping the surgeon's finger. See more »


The SLR-Camera used by the photographer makes winding sounds of an analog camera, although it is obviously a digital SLR - which doesn't wind. See more »


Dr. Cameron: Anybody going to stop her?
Dr. Robert Chase: Stopping the madness is *her* job.
Dr. Eric Foreman: Somebody's gotta be Cuddy's Cuddy.
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References The Killing Fields (1984) See more »


Are You Alright?
Written and Performed by Lucinda Williams
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21 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am fine with profile stuff...but this episode is not true to any characters, there is no risk, it is all roses. Upto this point (from Season 1 to 3) this is nearly the most cliché' and least well written...with the exclusion of the poor way they did the evil cop...oh and every time House mentions things being "evil" when he does not believe in "evil". I don't want to have to throw spoilers in, so let me just say this, if you are pro-life, but also pro-story arc you will not like this episode, if you are pro-life and hope for House to find pro-life, you will like this episode, if you are pro-choice you will hate this episode. It is a bit of the old shark jumping moment (not in the term of the series, but in the term of the episode...since you can do a single shark jump episode).

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