House gives Cuddy a valuable medical tome written by one of her M.D. ancestors as a housewarming gift for her and Lucas; House is surprised by her response. A large crane operator doing work in Trenton loses control, colliding into a building and parking garage. The team joins firefighters, law enforcement, physicians, EMTs and rescue personnel to scour the wreckage for survivors. House hears noises coming from the parking garage but he cannot convince firefighters to make more than a cursory investigation. House stubbornly crawls into the wreckage to investigate the noises; a hand grabs his cane, "Carrie" style. He finds a woman in her mid-30s alive, but trapped with a leg pinned under the wreckage. She does not want to be rescued if it means amputation; because of his leg, House both understands and advocates for her. But, as time passes, priorities change; and House is forced to re-evaluate his beliefs.
Did You Know?
The events of this episode closely resemble the story of Daina Bradley, a victim of the Oklahoma City Bombing whose leg was trapped in the rubble and had to be amputated at the scene so that she could be removed from the rubble. See more
Foreman diagnoses the crane operator as having a "fracture of the right humerus", but splints his left arm instead. See more
Dr. James Wilson
You having fun down there?
Dr. Gregory House
Lots. Every time Cuddy leans over to a patient, it's another opportunity for a down blouse nipple slip.