- Cuddy: "You used the rectal thermometer on him! You insulted him instead of apologizing! You flaunted your drug use in his face, and you refused to accept a deal…"
- House: "I accepted the deal."
- Cuddy: "Not until after you stole a dead guy’s pills."
- — Words and Deeds
Words and Deeds is a third season episode of House which first aired on January 9, 2007. House and Tritter head for a showdown in court, and House takes a desperate stab at rehab to avoid jail. Meanwhile, the rest of the team tries to treat a firefighter who has the symptoms of an old woman. They start to notice bad things always happen when his female partner is around.
This is also the last episode of the "Tritter arc".
House comes back to see the team, who are making comments on his court case. Cameron confronts House about paying attention to the case. House thinks it might be an infection related to the skin grafts. He orders blood cultures and a course of broad spectrum antibiotics.
Cameron takes the patient's blood. The patient notes that everything looks blue. The team starts discussing the new symptom. House thinks it might be male menopause, despite the fact he's only 28. The blue vision is from Viagra. He orders a hormone panel.
Hormone tests show a lack of testosterone. They put him on supplements as his partner comes to visit. Although he improves, he starts having abdominal pain. He tries to remove some of his tubes, and attacks Cameron when she tries to stop him. Foreman and the patient’s partner manage to subdue him.
House goes to see Tritter. House apologizes and blames his behavior on his pain. Tritter thanks House, but doesn't think he is sincere. He tells him he will see House at the hearing.
Cuddy and Wilson are incredulous that House entered rehab voluntarily.
Meanwhile, the team's tests are negative. They discuss new possibilities. Cameron says they have to go back to House, but the team decides to leave him alone.
House is in group therapy (being called "Greg"). He admits he can't surrender his will to a higher power. He also admits he can't kick Vicodin on his own.
The team keeps eliminating diagnoses. Chase realizes that the patient may be hiding pain from his skin grafts to keep his job. However, the patient then has a heart attack. His partner is there and is already tracking his vital signs. They manage to revive him and get him stable. Chase was right—he was hiding chest pain, which may have caused his aggression. Cameron leaves to see House. She finds him vomiting in the toilet. House makes Cameron realize that his firefighting partner, Amy, was with him during every attack. They bring her into the patient's room again and the patient has another attack.
They talk to Amy about what might be causing the patient's attacks. They learn why the patient had skin grafts—he was burned when he tried to save Amy when she was split off from the rest of her group.
Wilson goes to visit House. Wilson is optimistic, but House isn't. Wilson tells House he has only been there for two days. Wilson calls House a coward for finding fault in others without looking at himself. House tells Wilson to leave.
The team is unable to find a reason Amy is causing the attacks. Cameron asks the patient if he is in love with her, because she has noticed how he acts around her. He admits he is, but that he hasn't told her how he feels because she is engaged to his brother.
Cameron thinks it's broken heart syndrome. They can't figure out what treatment will work for him. Foreman cynically suggests that they wipe out his memories of Amy, but House agrees with that course of action and he goes to Cuddy with the suggestion. She agrees. House wonders if it the reason she did not question the idea is because Cuddy feels sorry for him. She says it's because he's acting rationally for the first time in a long time.
They talk to the patient about the treatment. He agrees to it because he knows Amy doesn't love him.
Tritter comes to visit House in rehab, but he's not moved by House's voluntary admission to the ward. House gets angry with him. Tritter says he doesn't give addicts another chance, and even House's actions are a lie.
The team performs electroshock therapy on the patient. He remembers his name after the treatment, but little else. They let his brother and Amy into the room. He doesn't react negatively, but he doesn't recognize them.
The patient is getting better, despite his memory loss. His only side effect is that his voice has gotten higher. Wilson comes to see House again and brings him a new tie for court. House apologizes to Wilson because he knows that Wilson was trying to do what he thought was best.
However, Cameron finds out that Amy and the patient's brother aren't involved romantically. The patient’s memory of it wasn't real.
The hearing proceeds, and Tritter gives testimony about House taking another patient's drugs. The team calls House in court saying that the patient’s memories were false. House ignores the judge's instructions to give up his cell phone and makes a smarmy comment to the judge. He then leaves the courthouse and the judge finds him in contempt.
House thinks the patient's high voice is also caused by female hormones. He thinks the patient has a blood flow problem. They find a spinal meningioma that is blocking blood flow to the brain and causing the false memories. They schedule him for surgery. House then excuses himself so he can go to jail.
House comes back to find Cuddy on the stand. She tells the court that she had the pharmacist substitute placebos for the oxycodone because she was afraid that House would be in a particularly vulnerable state. She has an inventory report to back it up. Tritter accuses her of perjury, but she says she only held back the inventory report because she didn't expect the matter to go this far. Based on Cuddy's testimony, the judge chastizes House but dismisses the charges, partly on the basis that House must have done something bad to Tritter. She tells Tritter to get over it, instructs the bailiff to incarcerate House overnight for leaving the courtroom, and orders House to return to rehab upon release from jail. Tritter decides to bury the hatchet, wishes House good luck and tells him he hopes he is wrong about him.
Cameron tells the patient he will be okay as there are people who care about him.
Cuddy and Wilson go to visit House in jail. Cuddy, furious that she had to perjure herself, tells him that she will be working him harder. Wilson gives him his withdrawal medication, which he figures out are really Vicodin, supplied by the hospital orderly, whom House had bribed. House tells Wilson that nothing has changed, but Wilson thinks the apology was real.
Zebra Factor 2/10
Meningiomas are fairly common. Most of them are benign.
Trivia & Cultural References
- Voldemort is the chief antagonist in the Harry Potter books.
- A chatterbox is an origami paper toy used to tell fortunes.
- André the Giant was a French wrestler and actor, who notably played the role of Fezzik in The Princess Bride, and who had a condition known as gigantism.
- House pleads Not Guilty in the court case.
- Cuddy fakes evidence to prevent House from going to jail for longer than a day.
- House reveals to Wilson that he faked rehab.
- Hugh Laurie as Gregory House
- Lisa Edelstein as Lisa Cuddy
- Omar Epps as Eric Foreman
- Robert Sean Leonard as James Wilson
- Jennifer Morrison as Allison Cameron
- Jesse Spencer as Robert Chase
- David Morse as Michael Tritter
- Tory Kittles as Derek Hoyt
- Helen Carey as Judge Helen Davis
- Vyto Ruginis as ADA Velez
- Jason George as Brock Hoyt
- Brian Leckner as Ivan
- Donald Sage Mackay as Neil
- Meagan Good as Amy
- Kadeem Hardison as Howard Gemeiner
- Martin Mullen as Ennis
- Terryn Westbrook as Sara
- Hira Ambrosino as Dr. Chen
- Aulani Rhea as Nurse
- Bobbin Bergstrom as Nurse
- Zach Lewis as Firefighter
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Words and Deeds
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