Whack-a-Mole
Episode 8 of 24 within Season Three. Item 55 of 179 overall.
Production number HOU-308.
Pamela Davis - Writer
Daniel Sackheim - Director
7.58
24 votes

Houses newest patient is 18-year-old Jack, brought to the hospital after experiencing a heart attack and massive vomiting. Barely an adult himself, Jack has been the parent to his younger brother and sister since their parents died. After a brief perusal of Jacks file, House thinks hes 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. When Jack is given an option that would lead to a possible reprieve from his worsening illness, hes faced with a decision that could break up his little family forever.

Meanwhile, in an attempt to extract a confession, Tritter makes it almost impossible for Wilson to practice medicine, driving a friendship-ruining wedge between House and Wilson.

original airdate--November 21,2006   rating--15.20 million

songs--Theme song--"Teardrop" by Massive Attack

 

Final Diagnosis--Chronic granulomatous disease

Trivia: Consistent with House's parallels with Sherlock Holmes, when he challenges his team to solve the puzzle of the diagnosis, he writes it on a piece of paper, puts it in an envelope and on the envelope writes "The game is a itchy foot." This is a play on words of Holmes' popular phrase, "The game is afoot."

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056 Finding Judas

regional titles

Dutch
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English
Whack-a-Mole
French
Jeux d'enfants
German
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Irish
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Italian
Effetto domino
Spanish
Mole