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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Metaphor Galore

Ah, House and the metaphors (and similes). From Moby Dick to House having trouble thinking of a non-sexual metaphor. They're a very useful part of the show - without them, most people watching wouldn't understand what was going on. Especially me. And they're classic House humour. Not that they always make things clearer. Some of House's more obscure metaphors stump even his team and Wilson. And then one of them has to bite...

The metaphors usually refer to the show's patient, as the team try to figure out what's going on. House is usually the one confusing the team, but sometimes one of them rise to the challenge, like in Ep2-12: Distractions:
Cameron: His brain is like a waiter that's got too many...
House: Heyyy! I do the metaphors.
Only to be knocked back by House. But hey, he does them well! Like the murder scene metaphor in Ep2-19:House vs God. Simple, easy to understand, right? Well, as long as you know of the medical stuff he's referring to. But the metaphors are more interesting anyway. Some of his better ones:
Ep1-3: Occam's Razor
House: Hey! How you all doing? Interesting fact: every seven years it's a whole new you. Inspiring metaphor, huh?

Ep:1-10: Histories
Wilson: The something else is going to melt her brain.
House: Poach. Better metaphor.
Wilson tries to appeal to House through metaphors. Maybe it's catching. Comparing House to Moby Dick when he wouldn't stop chasing a disease in Ep2-17: All In was a classic (House wouldn't chase the whale, he'd convince it to be caught). Also great was the image of House as a cat in Ep3-14: Insensitive, when his curiosity about a Sepia patient gets the better of him. Is there a theme here? Obsessive and destructive...

Of course, the best parts are when House confuses not only everyone watching, but the team (and Wilson) too. That moment of silence, while they figure out who's gunna bite. Some apt House-isms.
Ep2-18: Sleeping Dogs Lie
House: Great battles kick up a lot of dirt. Obscure the battlefields so the generals can't see what's going on.
Wilson: ... So what are your orders, General House?

Ep1-17: Role Model
House: You know, when the Inuit go fishing, they don't look for fish.
Wilson: ... Why, Dr. House?
House: They look for the blue heron, because there's no way to see the fish. But if there's fish, there's gonna be birds fishing.
It's not always Wilson who has to take the bait, but he does tend to take one for the team.

There's so much more to show and tell about metaphors in House. But, this post is long enough. I'll visit the metaphors again.

As usual, thanks to for the transcripts.

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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)



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