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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Tyson Ritter
Fetal Surgeon
Bobbin Bergstrom ...


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 spina 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 »


Dr. Lisa Cuddy: I have a whole new appreciation for what you do. How hard it is to believe when everyone around you is telling you that you're wrong.
Dr. Gregory House: It helps to know they're idiots.
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References Vertigo (1958) See more »


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Written and Performed by Lucinda Williams
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Never Give Up but sometimes be rational and logical
10 September 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This episode was much much better than the "one day one gloom" or some of the tritter episodes earlier. It was welcome change. Sure, it was no way flawless but definitely watchable and the conversation not irrelevant. Like other reviewers pointed out "that" moment with House was really touching. It is not going to change him or made him do anything different but it definitely made him "think" for a while even after that happened. Sure the writers thought to make Cuddy the Hero and House has gotten one wrong. But you cant really say it that way. House understood Cuddy and he backed off which is strange for a man who usually gets his way. Well, this episode belong to women. Cuddy is happy, Cameron fighting with her feelings and doesn't seem to realize one bit what Chase thinks of her. She says everything except that "one" thing looking at that photo. All in all no matter how debatable this episode was I still think it is worth a watch and I felt good. I love "House" TV series and this is one of the good episodes. All that starts well, ends well.

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