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The Lighter Side of House

Monday, August 13, 2007

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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