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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.
Thanks to for the transcripts.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Flight into House

This will be my first post all on one episode. It's one of my favourites from season 3: Ep3-18: Airborne. A middle-aged lady gets sick while engaged in... something. And House is getting on a plane. In a wheelchair. But still abrasive, so don't worry, he isn't going soft. There's $500 in House-isms right there. For some reason, House's team just doesn't give as many opportunities for laughs without House there. Apart from Cameron and Chase sniggering about their sexual activities - and Foreman's exasperation. Good old Wilson.. feeling sorry for House? Whatever next?

How does Cuddy tolerate House... sends her back to economy class, then sends her upto First Class to a sick passenger. And a possible infectious disease. Seems like a bad time to be arguing with Cuddy. Not to mention the look around the chair. Ha!
House: "I need help."
Cuddy: "Who doesn't!"
The passengers are great stand-ins for the team... although not so helpful on the medical side. The kid taking the place of Chase is excellent - "Crikey, mate", just agree with House.

The Helluuooo on the phone is classic House. Preface bad news with a joke. This whole scene is great, so I'm just gunna post the transcript and comment:
Kid: What's "extension pastoring"?
House: It's when you're molested by a priest's cousin. (Ha, witty and dirty. Devil's dictionary anyone?)
Cuddy: Do we really need these three?
HOUSE: Worried they'll make you look bad? Could be symptomatic of head trauma, cerebral infarction or intercranial haemorrhage. Thoughts? (He needs help.. yes, but of a different sort.)
House: Clog or leak? (Probably talking about blood, but what do I know about medicine?)
Man: Errr... you're talking of toilet? (That'd be my guess)
Cuddy: House, is this actually helpful?
House: Not so far. (Surprisingly. Although the kid has his insights)
Cuddy: We're flying out of Singapore. If he has a credit card and a condom, he can get anything he wants.
Woman: Eww.
House: Condoms. (The look on his face! It's part glee, part epiphany and part wonder)
Cuddy: You think he's a mule.
House: I think he's a jackass. We're gonna have to operate.(Ah, that wit. Yes, operate on a plane, make the story more unbelievable. Why do jackasses get such a bad reputation?)
Kid: Cool.
The parallel operations (that don't happen) and then Lumbar Punctures are quite indicative that the standard story structure is still present. Even on a plane, they can be wrong multiple times, yet still get to the answer and save the patient. And House does it by himself. House's team and Wilson have similar troubles on the ground.

House asks the flight attendant if she's handicap accessible at the end, with a smile at Cuddy. Even grumpy old House can flirt with the ladies, if rather crudely.

This post's question: 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.

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Friday, August 17, 2007

What, no applause?

It's one of the more amusing of House's past times. He likes to do something while thinking... he'll walk around in circles (possibly with Wilson in tail), watch TV, play his handheld games (where did it go in the later seasons)?

Or he'll juggle.

The perfect opportunity for Chase to suck up, like in Ep2-15: Clueless. House is juggling three random objects.... and catches one behind his back. Chase goes to clap, but relises Cameron and Foreman aren't. Ha, it was worth a clap. Even one from Chase. House/Hugh Lourie can juggle! That's always worth a clap.
Speaking of juggling... who says House is all jokes and drama. There's science in the drama... somewhere.
HOUSE: If it wasn't for Socrates, that raving untreated schizophrenic, we wouldn't have the Socratic method - the best way of teaching everything, apart from juggling chainsaws.

Without Isaac Newton, we'd be floating on the ceiling.

WILSON: Dodging chainsaws, no doubt.
Gotta love it. Let's see House juggle chainsaws. Or maybe not. He can just talk about it in Ep1-6: The Socratic Method. How about just answer the phone while juggling... with one hand. House can be a bit harsh. In Ep2-3: Humpty Dumpty, he juggles one handed. It's apparently also possible to yo-yo one handed. Not the most useful ways to earn a living with one hand.

If I've missed any juggling, just leave a comment.

And the answer to Aug 13 Question:
Which episode is the reflection of House's face that's used in the credits at the start of each episode shown? And what does he say?

It's in Ep1-1, the pilot. House is looking at an image and says: "the small green thing in the middle of the bigger blue thing is an island." Nice medical description.

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Monday, August 13, 2007

von Lieberman

This guy's name is Weber, not von Lieberman
I call him Weber von Lieberman. Way eviler.
Just had to make a quick post about Ep2-12: Dustractions. The lecture bit is great! Well, not for von Lieberman.... Weber. It's fun for Wilson.
You going to wait til he bends over then make a fart sound?
Heh... House cheated off Weber. He got the answer wrong. Wilson can't seem to decide whether he should just let House charge on and enjoy it himself, or keep trying to stop the inevitable.

His comments are great fun. Hmmm.. yes, bowling's more fun than stalking. But House is better at stalking. Doesn't have to use his leg. Although a plasma TV does sound good. But if House doesn't want it, I'll have it. He can buy it. Wilson's face when House speaks Hindi is classic. Either he can learn languages in a day, or he's obsessed with obsessive stalking.

House does make some good points about who 'hails it a breakthrough'. The lunatic does indeed need a new hobby. It turns out to be self-induced migraines. Which Wilson exploits to full potential, by dropping cutlery in the sink. Ouch. The House-Wilson banter is a great thread through the episodes.
Dr Jekyll, I presume? They found a half-eaten sheep in the zoo, police want to ask you a few questions.
(A grateful nod to the people at TwiztTV for the transcripts)


Here's the Game

Welcome to Thanks for Playing, a blog about the funny side of house, and the various themes, in-jokes and scenes that make it memorable. I hope you find it entertaining!

First of all, why the name? Well, if you're a House junkie (is tv better or worse than Vicodin?), you'll know where it's from. If you're not... it's a phrase House likes to use when he's playing with patients, or jerking his team around. Usually accompanied by a smirk. And a groan from the victims.

The particular scene the inspiration comes from is in Ep2-18: Sleeping Dogs Lie. An Asian girl and her mum are in the clinic, the girl translating. She sets off on a spiel about her mum's problems... and House asks if her mum said "super depressed". He quickly diagnoses the woman - it's a URI. Upper Respiratory Infection. The girl walks right into the trap. And keeps on with the game.

House: "I also think she's got a problem with S-A-C."
Girl: "S-A-C?"
House: "Thanks for playing." (with a smirk) "Stupid American Child"

He's having fun, but teaching too. Direct, but not too mean. Nice scene. Goes with the tricks to get clinic visitors to get health insurance (Ep 2-08: The Mistake). They're not as jokey.

Next: why do I want to talk about this? Because I can't understand the medicine. If you want medicine, there are some other blogs on that deal with the medicine. I also recommend politedissent.

My main goal is to highlight and explore some really good scenes, themes and hilarious moments in House. I'd also like to know what other people think. Yep, I want comments!

And last, but not least, I like watching House. I'll assume you know the main character's names. If you aren't sure, there's a whole section of this site dedicated to the main players. I'd recommend starting there.

Lastly, thanks to housemd-guide editors for giving me a blog!


Oh, by the way. I'll ask a trivia question from time to time. Answer in the comments, if you like. Today's question: Which episode is the reflection of House's face that's used in the credits at the start of each episode shown? And what does he say?

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