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Thursday, August 30, 2007

The fisticuffs of House

A slightly not-so-funny post about the various biffs House gets into. As much as he's into saving people (or solving the puzzle), he gets into a few tussles along the way. He even got shot in Ep2-24: No Reason by a mystery man who then invaded his hallucinations.

Friends and family of House's patients seem to hit House more often than you might expect.. or not as often, depending what you think of House. He was floored from a punch in the face in Ep1-11: Detox, when the father of his patient came charging at him. House had barged into the liver transplant surgery, after conducting a biopsy on a cat. Ep2-07: Hunting saw House aggravate another father, by insulting his wife, until he punched House. Then House whacked him in the stomach with his cane. A new meaning to "take one for the team"? Or House taking the Rubik complex to extremes?

House also gets threats, like in Ep1-13: Cursed, when a third father threats to punch after House grabs his arm and twists it... proving that the father lied, and the patient has Leprosy.

It's not all punches, though. Ep2-14: Sex Kills shows just why House should think about the patients more. They might sneak up on him, and knee him in the groin. Hard.
Well, House did jerk the poor guy around about his wife's condition.

These scenes do add a bit of variation on the action - rather than racing around with medical equipment all the time. But it is a hospital.

House can dish it out as much as he takes it. He worked up to the punches slowly - his first incident was in the clinic in Ep1-06: The Socratic Method, where he gets the patient to continually slap himself in the face. What more can be said?

Ep2-07: Hunting was quite eventful, as the patient also managed to be attacked by House's cane. They were in a tug-of-war over the cane, and House let go. The patient hit a nearby car, and collapsed.

House went crazy at Wilson during his hallucination in Ep2-24: No Reason, and punched him when he got fed up at Wilson trying to convince him running was better than thinking.

Chase has also been on the wrong side of one of House's punches. Just for getting in the way. House wouldn't listen to Chase in Ep3-09: Finding Judas, and it took a right hook for House to listen. Chase did push him quite a few times, but House shouldn't take his Tritter predicament out on Chase.

Somehow the 'Coma Guy' in Ep3-07: Son of a Coma Guy managed to convince House to help him commit suicide, so his son could have his heart. There is some heart in there somewhere. Wilson helped with the lighter side by trying to talk up a married woman in the casino. For an alibi...

On that note, the answer to the question from last post: What story does House give for becoming a doctor? He gets his inspiration from a character much like himself, except willing to do other work while waiting for a case. Here's House's explanation from Ep3-07:
When I was fourteen, my father was stationed in Japan. I went rock-climbing with this kid from school. He fell, got injured and I had to bring him to the hospital. We came in through the wrong entrance, passed this guy in the hall. It was a janitor. Friend came down with an infection and doctors didn't know what to do. So they brought in... the janitor. He was a doctor, and a buraku: one of Japan's untouchables. His ancestors had been slaughterers, gravediggers. And this guy knew that he wasn't accepted by the staff, didn't even try. Didn't dress well, he didn't pretend to be one of them. The people around that place, they didn't think that he had anything they wanted. Except when they needed him. Because he was right. Which meant that nothing else mattered, they had to listen to him.
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