House (season 3)

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House (season 3)
Season 3 DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Original network Fox
Original release September 5, 2006 (2006-09-05) – May 29, 2007 (2007-05-29)
Season chronology
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House's third season ran from September 5, 2006[1] to May 29, 2007.[1] Early in the season, House temporarily regains the use of his leg due to ketamine treatment after he was shot in the season two finale.[2] Later in the season, he leaves a stubborn patient in an exam room with a thermometer in his rectum.[3] Because House is unwilling to apologize, the patient, police detective Michael Tritter, starts an investigation around House's Vicodin addiction.[4]

David Morse joined the cast for seven episodes as Tritter.[5] He was cast for the role after having previously worked with House's creator David Shore on CBS' Hack.[6]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Guest cast[edit]

Kathleen Quinlan, Carter Jenkins, Sheryl Lee, Skyler Gisondo, Joel Grey, Braeden Lemasters, Raviv Ullman, Jurnee Smollett, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Pruitt Taylor Vince, John Larroquette, Patrick Fugit, Alan Rosenberg, Paula Cale, Meredith Eaton-Gilden, Tory Kittles, Meagan Good, Katheryn Winnick, Jake Richardson, Wendy Makkena, Mika Boorem, Dave Matthews, Kurtwood Smith, Marc Blucas, Anne Ramsay, Tyson Ritter, Jenny O'Hara, Meta Golding, Erich Anderson, Bailee Madison, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Jane Adams, Adina Porter, Lyndsy Fonseca, Piper Perabo, Nick Lane and Omar Avila.


Season three's most-viewed episode was "One Day, One Room", which was watched by almost 27.4 million viewers.[8] An average 19.4 million viewers watched season three of House, making it the seventh most-watched show of the 2006–2007 television season.[9]

Jennifer Morrison and Joel Grey submitted the episode "Informed Consent" for consideration of their work in the categories of "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" and "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series" respectively for the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards.[10] Neither was nominated.

John Larroquette submitted the episode "Son of Coma Guy" for consideration in the category of "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series" on his behalf for the 2007 Emmy Awards.[10] He did not receive the nomination.

Lisa Edelstein and David Morse each submitted this episode for consideration on their behalf in the categories of "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" and "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series" for the 2007 Emmy Awards.[10] Morse did receive the nomination; Edelstein did not.

The episode "Half-Wit" was submitted for consideration in the categories of "Outstanding Drama Series", "Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series" and "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" on Hugh Laurie's behalf for the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards.[11] This resulted in nominations in the categories of Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.[12]

Omar Epps submitted the episode "House Training" for consideration in the category of "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" on his behalf for the 2007 Emmy Awards.[10] He did not receive the nomination.


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
47 1 "Meaning" Deran Sarafian Story by: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, Lawrence Kaplow & David Shore
Teleplay by: Lawrence Kaplow & David Shore
September 5, 2006 (2006-09-05) 19.55[15]

House has recovered from his gunshot wounds and is back at work, taking on two cases simultaneously: Richard (Edward Edwards),[13] paralyzed after brain cancer surgery eight years ago, who drove himself on his motorized wheelchair headfirst into a swimming pool, and Caren (Clare Kramer),[14] a young woman paralyzed from the neck down after a yoga session. As House begins to diagnose and treat them, the team notices a distinct change in his attitude toward his patients.

Final diagnosis: Addison's disease caused by hypothalamic dysregulation from brain surgery (Richard) and Scurvy (Caren)
48 2 "Cane and Able" Daniel Sackheim Story by: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, Lawrence Kaplow & David Shore
Teleplay by: Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner
September 12, 2006 (2006-09-12) 15.74[17]

Seven-year-old Clancy (Skyler Gisondo)[16] is admitted to the hospital with rectal bleeding, claiming alien abduction. The team runs tests, but when they get different results from the same tests, in addition to finding a metal object in his neck, they are forced to give Clancy's testimony a little more credence. Amidst this, Cuddy and Wilson decide not to tell House the truth about his last case, thinking he will learn some humility, while Cameron is outraged at their actions. When a frustrated House gives up on the boy, Cuddy is forced to re-think her decision to hold back the truth.

Final diagnosis: Chimerism
49 3 "Informed Consent" Laura Innes David Foster September 19, 2006 (2006-09-19) 13.67[18]

House's new patient is Ezra Powell (Joel Grey), a renowned medical research pioneer who collapses in his lab. House puts Ezra through diagnostic rigors, but the team is unable to come up with a conclusive diagnosis and Ezra's health continues to deteriorate. Ezra ultimately demands the team help him end his life, but each member has divergent opinions on the morality of helping Ezra die, especially since the possibility of a cure is still in question. Meanwhile, the teenage daughter (Leighton Meester) of a clinic patient has developed a disturbing crush on House.

Final diagnosis: Congestive heart failure secondary to senile cardiac amyloidosis
50 4 "Lines in the Sand" Newton Thomas Sigel David Hoselton September 26, 2006 (2006-09-26) 14.52[20]

House takes the case of Adam (Braeden Lemasters),[19] a 10-year-old severely autistic boy, who screams loudly for no apparent reason. Cuddy makes a minor change to House's office and he refuses to use it until it is returned to its original state; thus, he finds himself wandering the hospital in need of a temporary office. Meanwhile, the teenage clinic patient (Leighton Meester) still has a crush on House and is becoming a nuisance.

Final diagnosis: Baylisascaris (Adam) and Coccidioidomycosis (Ali)
51 5 "Fools for Love" David Platt Peter Blake October 31, 2006 (2006-10-31) 14.18[23]

House takes the case of a young woman (Jurnee Smollett)[21] who is rushed to the hospital with problems breathing and severe stomach pain, after she and her husband (Raviv Ullman)[22] are robbed. But when her husband collapses, the team believes the couple's illnesses are related. Meanwhile, clinic patient Michael Tritter causes problems for House.

Final diagnosis: Hereditary angioedema
52 6 "Que Será Será" Deran Sarafian Thomas L. Moran November 7, 2006 (2006-11-07) 16.11[25]

A morbidly obese man (Pruitt Taylor Vince)[24] is found in a coma after a fire accident and is admitted to Princeton-Plainsboro. Upon waking up, he demands to be discharged, refusing to be tested for any disease possibly caused by his weight.

Final diagnosis: Small cell lung carcinoma
53 7 "Son of Coma Guy" Dan Attias Doris Egan November 14, 2006 (2006-11-14) 14.60[28]

House decides to awaken a comatose patient (John Larroquette)[26] so he can question the man regarding the family history of his son (Zeb Newman),[27] who may have a genetic condition, and the father is the only living relative. Meanwhile, Wilson confronts House about the stolen prescription as Tritter approaches Cameron, Chase, and Foreman in an attempt to divide the team and reveal their loyalties.

Final diagnosis: MERRF syndrome
54 8 "Whac-A-Mole" Daniel Sackheim Pamela Davis November 21, 2006 (2006-11-21) 15.20[30]

House's newest patient is 18-year-old Jack (Patrick Fugit),[29] brought to the hospital after experiencing a heart attack and massive vomiting. Jack has been the sole parent to his younger brother and sister since their parents died. After a brief review of his file, House thinks he has got the diagnosis, seals it in an envelope and turns the process into a game, challenging Cameron, Foreman and Chase to figure it out on their own. Meanwhile, in an attempt to extract a confession, Tritter makes it impossible for Wilson to practice medicine, driving a wedge between the two friends.

Final diagnosis: Chronic granulomatous disease
55 9 "Finding Judas" Deran Sarafian Sara Hess November 28, 2006 (2006-11-28) 17.30[32]

House and the team take on the case of Alice (Alyssa Shafer),[31] a young girl with pancreatitis. Since her divorced parents cannot agree on how to proceed with her treatment and will not let House bully them into making a decision, House's only option is to take them to court and let a judge rule on the matter. Meanwhile, House's reduced access to Vicodin is beginning to take its toll and he asks Cuddy for more, but instead of writing a prescription, she strictly rations his pills.

Final diagnosis: Erythropoietic protoporphyria
56 10 "Merry Little Christmas" Tony To Liz Friedman December 12, 2006 (2006-12-12) 11.77[34]

It is Christmas at Princeton-Plainsboro and Wilson has a present for House: he and Detective Tritter have struck a deal and House has three days to accept it. Cuddy receives a patient (Kacie Borrowman)[33] afflicted with dwarfism, who has a variety of symptoms and is recovering from a recently collapsed lung. Cuddy is eventually forced to make a difficult and potentially life-threatening choice between her patient and House's well-being.

Final diagnosis: Langerhans cell histiocytosis
57 11 "Words and Deeds" Daniel Sackheim Leonard Dick January 9, 2007 (2007-01-09) 17.78[36]

House is forced to respond in court to the criminal charges against him regarding illegal possession of narcotics, and the judge sets a date for a preliminary hearing. Cuddy insists that House apologize to Tritter; meanwhile, the most recent case at the hospital is a firefighter (Tory Kittles)[35] suffering from disorientation and fluctuating body temperatures. Because of misinterpreted information, the firefighter is eventually forced to make a decision to undergo a radical brain treatment which will have a serious effect on his life.

Final diagnosis: Spinal meningioma
58 12 "One Day, One Room" Juan J. Campanella David Shore January 30, 2007 (2007-01-30) 27.34[38]

House beats the drug charges and is back at the hospital after a short stint in rehab. Tired of House's disdain for patients, Cuddy turns his clinic duty into a game, with the stakes raised to a level that speaks to House: challenge. When he encounters Eve (Katheryn Winnick),[37] who is tested positive for an STD and admits she has very recently been raped, she refuses to be treated by anyone but House. Meanwhile, Cameron encounters a homeless man (Geoffrey Lewis) who is very different from how he originally seems.

Final diagnosis: Chlamydia and pregnancy due to rape
59 13 "Needle in a Haystack" Peter O'Fallon David Foster February 6, 2007 (2007-02-06) 24.88[40]

16-year-old Stevie Lipa (Jake Richardson)[39] is admitted to Princeton-Plainsboro with a serious respiratory condition and internal bleeding. He is assigned to House, but he is busy fulfilling a dare given to him by Cuddy. When it's revealed that Stevie is a Romani and the team encounters troubles with his parents, Foreman is forced to ask Stevie to lie directly to his parents, risking his medical license.

Final diagnosis: Undigested toothpick
60 14 "Insensitive" Deran Sarafian Matthew V. Lewis February 13, 2007 (2007-02-13) 25.99[41]

A girl (Mika Boorem) with CIPA, a rare condition in which the sufferer cannot feel pain, gets in a car accident. Once her testing is done, she begins developing high fevers with multiple seizures and is rapidly deteriorating.

Final diagnosis: Fish tapeworm causing Vitamin B12 deficiency
61 15 "Half-Wit" Katie Jacobs Lawrence Kaplow March 6, 2007 (2007-03-06) 24.40[42]

A brain-damaged musical savant (Dave Matthews) has seizures despite being on anti-seizure medications. When everyone learns that House has entered himself for brain cancer treatment, they attempt to comfort him, but House simply turns them away.

Final diagnosis: Takayasu's arteritis
62 16 "Top Secret" Deran Sarafian Thomas L. Moran March 27, 2007 (2007-03-27) 20.80[44]

House treats a U.S. Marine (Marc Blucas)[43] returning from Iraq, who has symptoms consistent with Gulf War Syndrome. However, after House has a dream about the Marine despite having never met him before, the case becomes more complicated, alongside a physical problem that House has to overcome.

Final diagnosis: Osler–Weber–Rendu disease
63 17 "Fetal Position" Matt Shakman Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner April 3, 2007 (2007-04-03) 20.35[46]

A famous, pregnant photographer, Emma Sloan (Anne Ramsay),[45] is brought to the hospital after suffering a stroke in the middle of a photo shoot. Although Emma's condition initially stabilizes, her health takes a turn for the worse when her kidneys fail and Emma, who had miscarriages in the past and feels this is her last opportunity to have a child is more concerned about her baby's well-being than her own. Meanwhile, the secret relationship between Cameron and Chase is exposed to Foreman and Cuddy, and House makes extravagant plans to take a much-needed vacation.

Final diagnosis: Maternal mirror syndrome (Emma) and Congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation (Emma's baby)
64 18 "Airborne" Elodie Keene David Hoselton April 10, 2007 (2007-04-10) 21.57[48]

House and Cuddy face a widespread outbreak on their plane back from a symposium in Singapore, while Wilson and the rest of the team treat a 58-year old woman (Jenny O'Hara)[47] with constant seizures who is hiding secrets about her lifestyle.

Final diagnosis: Decompression sickness (Peng), Methyl bromide poisoning (Fran) and Conversion disorder (aka Mass hysteria) (Other passengers)
65 19 "Act Your Age" Daniel Sackheim Sara Hess April 17, 2007 (2007-04-17) 22.41[50]

A six-year-old girl (Bailee Madison)[49] suffers ailments expected in much older patients. Tensions mount between Chase and Cameron, leading House to intentionally assign them to the same tasks, including investigating the young girl's home, where they find something possibly incriminating on the girl's father. Another clue presents itself in the girl's 8-year-old brother's sexual precocity.

Final diagnosis: Precocious puberty due to externally applied testosterone
66 20 "House Training" Paul McCrane Doris Egan April 24, 2007 (2007-04-24) 20.81[52]

A scam artist (Monique Gabriela Curnen)[51] loses her ability to make decisions. While House and the team struggle to find the underlying cause, the case becomes personal for Foreman.

Final diagnosis: Staphylococcus aureus infection
67 21 "Family" David Straiton Liz Friedman May 1, 2007 (2007-05-01) 21.13[55]

A 14-year-old leukemia patient's (Jascha Washington)[53] only hope of survival is a bone marrow transplant from his younger brother (Dabier),[54] but when he gets sick, the team must race against time to save both siblings. Meanwhile, Foreman must deal with the consequences of the previous case.

Final diagnosis: Histoplasmosis
68 22 "Resignation" Martha Mitchell Pamela Davis May 8, 2007 (2007-05-08) 21.36[57]

Speculation over Foreman's resignation continues, while a young girl named Addie (Lyndsy Fonseca)[56] is admitted after bleeding from the mouth during martial arts practice and House and Wilson are secretly concerned about each other.

Final diagnosis: Bacterial infection due to suicide attempt (Addie)
69 23 "The Jerk" Daniel Sackheim Leonard Dick May 15, 2007 (2007-05-15) 21.19[59]

House meets his match in the form of Nate (Nick Lane),[58] an obnoxious 16-year-old chess prodigy with intense head pain and behavioral issues, who manages to annoy and offend every member of the team during his course of treatment. Meanwhile, Foreman's frustration with House reaches a new level when he believes House sabotages his job interview with another hospital.

Final diagnosis: Haemochromatosis
70 24 "Human Error" Katie Jacobs Thomas L. Moran & Lawrence Kaplow May 29, 2007 (2007-05-29) 17.23[61]

House and the team take on the case of a young woman (Mercedes Renard)[60] who, along with her husband, is rescued at sea en route from Cuba in a desperate attempt to personally see House and get a diagnosis for her illness. During her stay in the hospital, she develops a new symptom: her heart stops – but she miraculously keeps talking. Foreman prepares for his last day at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital.

Final diagnosis: Congenital heart defect (infected third coronary artery ostium)

DVD releases[edit]

Set details Special features
Country North America United Kingdom Australia
  • Bonus Featurettes:
    • House Soundtrack Session with Band from TV
    • Anatomy of an Episode: The Jerk
    • Blood, Needles and Body Parts: The House Prop Department
    • Open House: The Production Office
    • Blooper Reel
  • Episode Commentary
    • "Half-Wit" from the show's Creative Team
# episodes 24
Aspect ratio 1.78:1
Running time 1050 minutes 1008 minutes 1014 minutes
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English, Spanish N/A none
# of discs 5 6
Region 1 (NTSC) 2 (PAL) 2, 4 (PAL)
Rating NOT RATED 15 M
Release dates August 21, 2007 (2007-08-21)[62] November 19, 2007 (2007-11-19)[63] September 2007 (2007-09)[64]


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Further reading
  • Holtz, Andrew (October 3, 2006). The Medical Science of House, M.D. Berkley Books. ISBN 978-0-425-21230-1. 
  • Jacoby, Henry (December 3, 2008). House and Philosophy: Everybody Lies. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0-470-31660-8. 
  • Wilson, Leah (November 1, 2007). House Unauthorized: Vasculitis, Clinic Duty, and Bad Bedside Manner. Benbella Books. ISBN 1-933771-23-2. 
  • Benson, Kristina (August 21, 2008). House MD: House MD Season Two Unofficial Guide: The Unofficial Guide to House MD Season 2. Equity Press. ISBN 1-60332-065-2. 

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