Three Stories
Season 1, illustration 21
Airdate might 17, 2005
Production Number 121
Written by David Shore
Directed by Paris Barclay
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— Season One

Three Stories is the twenty-first episode of the first season that House, M.D..

On numerous fan websites and also forums, it has been voted together not simply a to mark of the very first season, but the highlight. Numerous go for this reason far regarding name it a highlight of that era in television. The praise is not minimal to pan of the show. The episode was a factor in the series winning a Peabody Award for 2005, and also it was awarded one Emmy for "Outstanding composing for a Drama Series." (As tv is a writer"s medium, this is considered the highest possible honor the Emmys have the right to bestow ~ above an illustration of a dramatic series.)

Starring: Hugh Laurie (Dr. Gregory House), Lisa Edelstein (Dr. Lisa Cuddy), Omar Epps (Dr. Eric Foreman), Robert Sean Leonard (Dr. James Wilson), Jennifer Morrison (Dr. Allison Cameron), Jesse Spencer (Dr. Robert Chase)

Special Guest Star: Sela Ward (Stacy Warner)

Guest Starring: Nicole Bilderback (Caring Student), Andrew Keegan (Rebellious Student), mock Zuckerman (Keen Student), Brent Briscoe (Farmer), Stephanie Venditto (Brenda), James Saxenmeyer (Late 30s Man)

and Carmen Electra (Herself)

Co-Starring: Andi Eystad (Volleyball Player), Ingrid Sanai Buron (Nurse #3), failure Bergstrom (Nurse #2), Susan Gallagher (Volleyball Player"s Mom)


1 Plot Overview2 Notes3 Arc Advancement4 Trivia

Plot Overview

Cuddy orders house to teach a diagnostics course while the professor is sick. Meanwhile, House"s ex Stacy Warner asks house to examine her husband, but House walk not want to help. Residence presents the course with three situations of leg pain: A Farmer solving a fence, a teenaged Volleyball Player and a golfer. One will certainly be near death within 2 hours, and also one will be expelled indigenous the hospital together a medicine addict. The Volleyball Player has actually a straightforward case, but Cameron gets too involved and orders painful tests. The golfer swipes narcotics and injects them right into his leg. Chase and Foreman find a rattlesnake as the Farmer"s problem, however he has an allergic reaction to the antidote. Tests show the Volleyball Player has actually a thyroid problem. Home realizes the newly captured snake has too much venom in it and also he order an antidote for a different snake. He subjects the drug addict come a pains test. The Volleyball Player i do not care hypersensitive to touch, the Farmer"s problem worsens, and also the addict has blood in his urine. The Farmer has no family, and his dying believed is for his dog, so residence realizes the dog little bit him. The medicine addict is experiencing muscle death, however the doctors carry out not record it, return the addict self does. The Volleyball Player has a tumor in her leg. Every three might require amputation. Foreman and Cameron establish the drug addict is House. In the past, home orders bypass surgery for his leg end Cuddy and also Stacy"s objections. ~ the surgery, residence suffers pain and also goes into cardiac arrest, wherein he watch the Farmer - that survives the amputation - and also the Volleyball Player - who keeps her leg. While that is in a coma, Stacy authorizes the removed of the muscle, back she to know he would object. Ago in the present, House"s course - which had actually started out just one-third full, however is currently overflowing with listeners, consisting of Foreman, Chase, Cameron, Wilson and Cuddy - is over. House calls Stacy and also accepts she husband together a patient.

Clinic Patients

Stacy Warner: Stacy first comes to house in the clinic to request that he research her husband, yet he refuses.Farmer: house tells the course that every three situation studies have come to the clinic. As a case study, the Farmer is as such included.Volleyball Player: due to the fact that she is another case study, she is additionally a clinic patient.Gregory House: as soon as it is revealed the Carmen Electra/the so late 30s man is House, it is therefore revealed he to be a clinic patient.


Cold Open

In a rare incident for the series, three continuous characters show up in the cold open: House, Cuddy and also Stacy.

medical Terms

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House tries come bow the end of to teach the class by saying he may have the clap. Cuddy claims she desires him either due to the fact that the human being hates him or since the course is ~ above diagnostic medicine. "Pick whichever reason feeds your narcissism better."House states Stacy"s husband"s charts are not indicative of vasculitis and also he is "poorly endowed," as his "pancreas is pathetic."House speak the class around 12% of foot pain is because of varicose veins caused by pregnancy.The Farmer tells residence he has no family history of osteogenesis imperfecta or multiple myeloma. The Caring college student recommends a CBC and also D-Dimer to look for blood problems. The Rebellious Student additionally recommends an MRI because that vascular problems, and he and the Caring college student argue end whether one MRI or a PET scan is an ext useful.Cameron tells the middle-aged man substituting because that the Volleyball Player he has actually tendinitis.Cameron finds no Parkinson"s in she thorough family background of the Volleyball Player.Cameron"s thoroughness with the Volleyball Player turns up a possible problem v her thyroid gland.House find a lack of reflexes in the golf-playing Carmen Electra"s patellar tendon. The Rebellious student hypothesizes a slipped disc. Once Carmen i do not care the screaming late 30s Man, the Rebellious student orders Demerol.Once chase has determined the responsible snake, Cameron treats the Farmer through CroFab antivenom. Once he has actually an allergic reaction, she orders epi.House tells the course that the Volleyball Player"s T4 was low on her biopsy, which that had previously implied to be unnecessary.Cameron treats the Volleyball Player with thyroxine.Foreman tells house the Farmer"s allergy reaction was controlled by epinephrine.To uncover out if that is yes, really sick, home inserts a "hard rubber tube" into the late 30s Man"s urethra.After the Volleyball Player becomes hypersensitive, follow hypothesizes adenoma on she parathyroid and also hyperthyroid.At the Caring Student"s request, House gradually tells the class he said his employee to examine the Volleyball Player"s PTH.House assignment his employee to carry out a tecnetium sestamibi ~ above the Volleyball Player. He alters the subject and jumps ahead three months to the Farmer. Cameron claims she has tried providing him the first antivenom to add steroids.House asks the class for a differential diagnosis on the so late 30s Man"s tea-colored urine. He states the "blood tests display elevated creatine kinase," or CK. After ~ Cameron expose the answer home is trying to find is muscle death, the Caring Student states that would release myoglobin.Cameron find an osteosarcoma ~ above the Volleyball Player"s femur on she MRI.Foreman speak the Farmer that their exam of his dog"s saliva turned up the strep bacteria responsible because that flesh-eating disease. Home tells the course the so late 30s Man"s muscle fatality was resulted in by one aneurysm that clotted that cause an infarction.Once the drug addict has been revealed together House, Cuddy speak him, "The necrotic tissue has to be removed."Trying to convince him to gain an amputation, Cuddy claims the dead muscles relax cytokines.As residence is in agonizing ache after his surgery, he begs for an ext morphine.House requests much more calcium gluconate since his QRS is widening. He warns if the does not gain it, the will go into tachycardia.Cuddy cautions Stacy that, also in remove House"s muscle, there is a danger of reperfusion injury.

vital Analysis

In a series which has actually been criticized together formulaic, 3 Stories flaunts that is defiance, not just of the formula the the series, yet of procedurals, medical dramas and also linear storytelling itself. Three Stories even rewrites the rule of nonlinear storytelling. House"s modern Lost made regular use the flashbacks, and the Seinfeld illustration 9x08 - The treason told that story v the scenes in reverse chronological order, three years before the movie Memento would end up being famous for the exact same gimmick. However in most stories which use flashback, the remind illuminates the current plot. In Lost, because that instance, the flashback - prior to the characters pertained to the island - illuminates an element of their story in the present - ~ above the island - and also thus transforms our knowledge of that story. The very same is true of the flashbacks in pair Peaks and The X-Files. Yet in three Stories" single-viewpoint narration, the truth of the flashback itself is disguised and then illuminated in the current story, changing our knowledge of the flashback. This in itself is no unusual. One of the most famed instances the this an equipment is executive producer Bryan Singer"s classic film The usual Suspects. However, in the film and also most other instances, the revelation that the truth around the recall is a twisted ending. Here, that is a twisted plot advancement which alters both every little thing we"ve been told about the story therefore far and the remainder of the story, of which over there is quite a bit. At other points, the flashbacks become indistinguishable from fantasies, and also characters from the present connect with the flashback/fantasy characters as despite they were physically present, or characters in flashbacks reaction to House"s narration as if he to be speaking that in your time. As residence himself states in a line which Einstein would approve, "Luckily, it"s been well-established that time is no a fixed construct." and also yet three Stories is never intentionally confusing no one opaque, together is so frequently the case in story which usage first-person narration in this manner.

If only because of these fourth-dimensional alterations, were three Stories a feature film, it would be the subject of movie crit students" graduate theses for years to come. However it is no a function film. It have the right to only it is in an episode of House, M.D. No other clinical drama has a main character with the quirks which make this episode possible. Much of its dramatic tension is the an outcome of it gift the very first episode in i beg your pardon House"s character history and the of other series characters is revealed in an ext than just innuendo and also off-handed references. Also, like plenty of episodes of shed - albeit far an ext subtly 보다 that series - 3 Stories raises as numerous questions together it answers. That is funny, touching, intelligent, emotionally charged, full of activity and dramatic - an example of this collection at that best.

Arc Advancement


House and Cuddy: v House"s flashbacks, we find out Cuddy to be someone important at the hospital - perhaps even the administrator. Return she herself did no treat him and thus did not overlook the trouble which resulted in his muscle death, she notified Stacy and also consented to her decision to eliminate the muscle, which is why house no much longer has full use the the leg. Although that is not declared conclusively, the method House speak of she in the flashbacks (e.g.: calling she "the doctor" rather of through name) suggests this may be the first time they have met.House and also Stacy: Stacy sees home for the first time in 5 years, reveals she is married and also presents home with her husband"s case. Also, v the flashbacks, we find out Stacy was House"s live-in girlfriend (although not his wife), and also she made the decision - knowing residence would object - to remove his leg muscle, saving his life yet causing his permanent limp.




The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and also References

"Girls gone Wild": as soon as Stacy asks residence how he has actually been, the says, "The last 5 years have been like... You ever see those "Girls unable to do Wild" videos?" "Girls unable to do Wild" is a popular collection of mail-order videos from Mantra to chat which attributes drunken young girls - most of them university students - baring their breasts, genitalia and also buttocks in renowned spring break destinations.

Memorable Moments

The keen Student, the Caring Student and also the Rebellious college student have gone into House"s story/fantasy/flashback, in which he is examining the Farmer, that chews a employee of wheat and wears a straw hat and overalls. Together the student argue end which tests to run on your patient, house says, "Bzzt! Sorry! thanks for playing. The patient"s dead. You killed him." The students view the imagine Farmer lied dead top top the table. House describes they must examine the ache leg. The students watch again, and now it is Carmen Electra chewing the wheat and also wearing the Farmer"s clothes, because, according to House, "If we"re gonna look in ~ a leg...." house asks Carmen to take off she pants and watches her longingly as she strips off her overalls. After ~ she sits earlier down, he lets his eye roll progressively down her leg until he look at a wound. The looks up and tells the class, "Puncture."House test the golfer Carmen Electra"s reflexes - through her pants off - and finds they room impaired. The 3 students appear in the fantasy, and also House asks Carmen exactly how badly her leg hurts. When her solution is unconvincing, the Caring student says, "It doesn"t seem real." She guesses Carmen is the drug addict. "Oh, for God"s sake," house says, "she"s below to play into my fantasy, not "cause she"s Meryl Streep. Fine!" Carmen is changed with a late 30s man who is screaming, "Do something!" House and also the students shot to ask wherein the pain is, however he is screaming too lot to answer. The Rebellious college student orders a drug painkiller, yet the Caring Student claims he may be allergic. House holds the syringe in his hands waiting for a decision. When the student debate, the late 30s male snatches the syringe out of House"s hand and also injects it right into his leg. "Apparently, he"s not allergic," house says.House speak the course how the Farmer did not respond come the antivenom, and also a long, ugly sore has actually opened ~ above his leg. He additionally says only three poisonous snake are generally found in new Jersey, and also only two of them have actually the form of venom for which the Farmer to be treated. The Caring student says, "So we give him the antivenom because that the other one?" house asks, "Is that a question?" The Keen student points the end that might kill the patient and suggests they find for the best snake, together the one which bit the farmer may be much less common. "No need," house says. "Odds are by the time you gain back, the autopsy outcomes will tell girlfriend what sort of line it was." The Caring college student says, "So us do offer him the antivenom for the other one?" residence says, "Again, was the a question? i asked what you would certainly do. It appears unfair because that you to ask me what you would certainly do." that asks the course how countless of them would certainly treat the Farmer through the other antivenom. Half of castle raise your hands. Once he asks how numerous would search for the best snake, the other half raise your hands. The Rebellious college student says, "I assume the one selection kills him, the other one conserves him." residence agrees. The Caring college student says, "So half of us killed him, and half of us conserved his life." Again, residence agrees. The Keen college student starts to object that they can not be blamed because that making the not correct call, however House interrupts him. "I"m sure this goes versus everything you"ve to be taught," he says, "but right and also wrong do exist. Just since you don"t recognize what the best answer is, maybe there"s also no means you can know what the right answer is, doesn"t make your answer appropriate or also okay. It"s much less complicated than that. It"s simply plain wrong."House has colored a huge tea-colored clues on a piece of paper. He claims the late 30s Man"s urine was this color and asks the course for a differential diagnosis. The Caring college student hypothesizes kidney stones resulting in blood in his urine, however House states that only accounts for the yellow and also red shade of his urine, no the brown. The brown is led to by kidney failure, so house asks what might reason that. She theory trauma or infection. Home asks what rather it can be. She pauses, and he shouts, "Come on! Come on!" She claims she does no know. "You"re useless," home says, "but at the very least you know it." house reveals the results of the late 30s Man"s blood tests, and also the Rebellious student repeats the Caring Student"s theory of trauma and also says the late 30s male should "take it easy for a couple of days." "You sure?" house asks. The Rebellious college student starts come explain, however House interrupts him come say, "You recognize what"s worse than useless? Useless and also oblivious." that asks the Keen student for a diagnosis. The Keen college student stammers out that it"s "hard to think when you"re in our face." residence shouts at him, "You think it"s gonna be easier when you gained a genuine patient really dying? What are you missing?" Cameron, who has actually just entered the auditorium, says, "Muscle death." house tells she it is not her case, yet she says, "Nothing wrong with a consult."Cuddy takes over together the doctor on the late 30s Man"s case and tells the she might need come amputate his leg. We cut back to the class, where house says one aneurysm in the so late 30s Man"s foot clotted and also caused the muscle death. By now, Foreman, Chase and Cameron have actually all joined the class. "My God," Foreman says to Cameron, "you"re right. It"s House." us cut ago to the scene with Cuddy, yet now the so late 30s Man has been changed by House.The night prior to each of their surgeries, we see how each that the 3 patients prepares because that his or her feasible amputation. The Volleyball Player"s household prays over her. The Farmer writes, "NOT THIS LEG" on his good leg in Magic Marker. Stacy write on House"s good leg, "NOT THIS LEG!" ~ above his negative leg, she writes, "NOT THIS leg EITHER."House checks his own read-outs and also orders more calcium gluconate indigenous Nurse #3 based on their numbers. She claims she will certainly ask the doctor. "Well, you much better make it fast," he says, ""cause I"m around to get in cardiac arrest." once she tho protests, he shouts, "Listen, it"s not a narcotic! I"m not trying to find a buzz. You got about 20 seconds." simply as he says that, that starts panting, and also his an equipment starts beeping. As he dies, he says, through mild surprise, "I to be wrong."At House"s request, Cuddy injects him through drugs to induce a coma therefore he can avoid the worst the his pain. Prior to House drifts off, he states to Stacy, "I"ll see you once I wake up up. We"ll walk golfing. Ns love you." "I love you, too," she says. "I"m sorry." no realizing she is apologizing because that something she has actually not done yet, residence says, "You have nothing to be sorry about." he drifts off into his coma. Stacy walks immediately over come Cuddy and also orders the House"s muscle be removed. "You"re saving his life," Cuddy says. "He won"t view it the way," Stacy says.When course is over, home - who had taken over the class because the constant professor was sick because that the umpteenth time in weeks - states to Cuddy, "I"m not doing this again." He choose up a hand-painted "World"s best Dad" mug he found in the desk and also tried come drink water from but spat the out. "And this guy is no the World"s greatest Dad," that says. "Not even ranked. Who the hell lets their youngsters play v lead-based paint? That"s why he"s constantly sick. Find him some plastic cups, and the class is every his again."


Stacy Warner: I know you"re not also busy. You avoid work like the plague. Unless it actually is the plague. I"m asking you a favor.House: I"m not as well busy. However I"m not sure I want him come live. It"s an excellent seeing friend again.House: Three males walk into a clinic. Your legs hurt. What"s wrong with them? (The keen Student"s hand shooting up.) I"m no gonna like you, am I?House: and C.), we"ve acquired Carmen Electra golfing.Carmen Electra: (Makes a mini-golf shot.) Yes!Keen Student: Whoa, whoa. Y-you treated the Baywatch chick?House: The Baywatch thespian. And no. I gotta disguise the identity of every of the patients, and I got exhausted of utilizing the middle-aged man. Carmen seemed like a satisfied alternative. Also, she"s apparently rather the golfer.Keen Student: Well, clearly we should care around all ours patients, no matter what age....House: Yeah, right. I observed the way you were looking in ~ Carmen. She"s mine. Remain away.Cameron: ns went ago three generations. No background of cancer, Parkinson"s or any type of other degenerative condition. However there"s this young at school, and he"s ~ above the boys" volleyball team, and they made out at a party, and now the won"t speak to her back, and this friend of hers at school claimed this boy didn"t choose her and also never did.House: You got all this from an examination of the knee?Cameron: ns think she"s depressed.Wilson: you think this is basic for her? The just reason she"d be almost everywhere near friend is if she to be desperate.House: So ns should aid her since she no me?Wilson: She doesn"t dislike you. She loves you. She just... Can"t... Was standing to... Be about you.House: top top average, drug addicts space stupid. (Pops a Vicodin.)House: exactly how do castle teach you just how to call someone that they"re dying? "S kinda like teaching architects exactly how to describe why their structure fell down. Perform you duty play and stuff?Keen Student: Yeah. One of us offers the negative news, and also one of us gets the negative news.House: What carry out you need to do to obtain an A in You"re dying 101? castle grade girlfriend on gentleness and also supportiveness? Is over there a scale for measuring compassion? This girlfriend of mine, i gotta offer him ten bucks every time someone says, "Thank you." Imagine that. This guy"s for this reason good, civilization thank that for informing "em that they"re dying. (Examines his drawing.) Eh, needs brown. Ns don"t gain thanked that often. (Cuts come him talking with the Farmer.) You"re dying.House: It"s a simple truth of the human condition that everyone lies. The only variable is around what. The an excellent thing about telling someone they"re dice is that it often tends to focus their priorities. You find out what matters to them, what they"re ready to die for, what they"re ready to lied for.House: it is in the nature of medication that you are gonna screw up. You room gonna kill someone. If you can"t manage that reality, pick an additional profession.House: patience made the appropriate choice. Phone call a surgeon the it"s it s okay to reduced a foot off, and he"s gonna spend the night sprucing up his good hacksaw.Stacy: God, you"re an idiot.House: ns think I"m much more of a jerk.House: Personally, I pick to believe that the white light people sometimes see, the visions this patient saw, they"re all just chemical reactions that take place while the mind shuts down.Foreman: You choose to believe that?House: Well, there"s no conclusive science. My selection has no handy relevance to my life. I pick the outcome ns find much more comforting.

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Cameron: You uncover it more comforting to think that this is it?House: I find it much more comforting to think that this... Isn"t just a test.