House M.D.: Season 3, Episode 21

Family (1 May 2007)

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Wilson is preparing his 14-year-old patient, Nick, for a bone marrow transplant when the donor, Nick's younger brother Matty, suddenly starts sneezing. Since Nick's immune system has been ... See full summary »

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Wilson is preparing his 14-year-old patient, Nick, for a bone marrow transplant when the donor, Nick's younger brother Matty, suddenly starts sneezing. Since Nick's immune system has been destroyed by the chemotherapy for his cancer, he cannot risk a marrow donation from Matty while Matty is ill. House decides that the fastest way to find out what's wrong with Matty is to make him worse. As the boys get sicker and sicker, House and his team race to cure Matty before both brothers die. Meanwhile, House battles Hector (his newly adopted dog) for supremacy and Foreman can't stop thinking about last week's mistake. Written by elizabethbennet135

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Another Sherlock Holmes reference occurs at the start of the scene in the tobacco shoppe where he will purchase his new cane: House tries out a curved styled pipe which resembles a calabash pipe. The calabash pipe, magnifying glass, and deerstalker hat are accouterments that the famed detective uses in the cinema and theatrical versions of his adventures and which are used on occasion as stunt props in House M.D. See more »

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Everything the team says about GVHD (graft-versus-host disease) has nothing to do with reality. GVHD is the most common complication after transplantation and with 4 out of 6 match can't be as dangerous as the characters say. See more »

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Dr. Gregory House: You did good.
Dr. Eric Foreman: I did what you would have.
Dr. Gregory House: Well, maybe I'm biased, but...
Dr. Eric Foreman: I tortured the kid.
Dr. Gregory House: Because you knew it was right. You knew you were saving his brother.
Dr. Eric Foreman: I know. I don't like that I know. I hate that I can listen to a kid screaming in pain and not even question whether I'm doing the right thing. I hate that in order to be like you as a doctor, I have to be like you as a human being. I don't want to turn into you.
Dr. Gregory House: You're not. You've been like me since you were eight years old.
Dr. Eric Foreman: You'll save...
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They must make new season!
2 May 2007 | by (Yemen) – See all my reviews

In my opinion this one was really among the best this season though reminded me the 2nd season's second episode, which I also found very touching and emotional.

The plot is around curing a boy who is a marrow donor for his older brother with Leucaemia. Since the older boy's immune system was shut for the surgery House has only got a few days to find out what is wrong with the younger brother and make him well.

Leitmotif for this episode was Foreman's thoughts caused by killing a patient and his will to recover from that. It becomes obvious that he is no longer the man he used to be just an episode ago and that is what so special for me in this episode.

It not only had all the "House-like" tension swinging the viewer from one diagnosis to another, but also made me feel very sympathetic for parents, who get to make decisions for their children's life one after another, and so this is a place to say special bravo for actors playing the parents.


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