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The Lighter Side of House

Monday, October 1, 2007

House's Handheld Games

House likes to entertain himself. Juggling, with his cane,
and video games. Here are some of the occasions he uses video games.
  • Ep1-03: Occam's Razor
    House is trying to annoy Cuddy by calling her to the Clinic for every patient. He plays his hand-held video game to pass the time, and occasionally gives it to the patients.

  • Ep1-13: Cursed
    House is passing time playing his hand-held video game. The patient's father walks towards the door, so house gets up and walks over to it, and locks it.

  • Ep1-14: Control
    House is sitting with patient's secretary. Passes his hand-held video game to her.

  • Ep1-15: Mob Rules
    House checks eyes, pokes toes, and uses his hand-held video game to play sounds next to patients ear.

  • Ep1-16: Heavy
    Cameron: Then why aren't you watching TV? Or playing your damn Game Boy, or whatever else you have fun doing by yourself? Maybe I should just quit. Make it easy for everyone.
  • Ep1-17: Role Model
    House interrupts foreman and patient with "Ohhhwww", while playing hand-held video game.
    House: It helps me concentrate.
  • Ep1-18: Babies and Bathwater
    Vogler: The board's meeting again this evening. Why don't you settle down? Play some Game Boy. Why don't you watch your soap? I hear they're firing the handsome doctor today, boy, that should be a good one.
  • Ep2-05: Daddy's Boy
    House is in his chair, with leg on stool. Playing racing game on hand-held, he hits a wall and stops playing.

  • Ep3-04: Lines in the Sand
    House plays his patient's (Adam) hand-held video game, and uses it to show "game over", to emphasise a point

  • Ep3-09: Finding Judas
    House is lounging back, playing his hand-held video game. Wilson comes in, angrily. House looks like he wants to sty on the couch playing the game, but has a conversation with Wilson instead. Anything to take his mind off his leg. He makes a joke about needing a book to read, when he's got his hand-held video game. In other words, Wilson will be talking for a while, and it'll be boring.

  • Ep3-12: One Day, One Room
    House is sitting next to the patient, playing what looks like a racing game
    on his hand-held video game.
Game boys are good for other people too:
  • Ep3-04: Lines in the Sand
    Severely autistic patient Adam - eats, sleeps, plays his hand-held video game

  • Ep3-19: Act Your Age
    Jasper, whose sister Lucy has a load of symptoms that don't match her age, is playing a hand-held video game while Chase does a test on her sister.

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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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