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Season Five Summary

I regret that without transcripts I don't feel I can come up with an accurate tally of points, so I'm going to just count actual diagnoses.

In season five the team consisted of House, Foreman, Kutner, Taub and Thirteen. Kutner left the show after episode 19. Chase and Cameron participated occasionally.

There were 24 episodes, and a total of 28 patients. Three of these patients died and 25 were saved, giving House's patients a survival rate of 89%. There were two patients in Not Cancer, Joy, Emancipation, and Simple Explanation. One patient died in Not Cancer and one in Simple Explanation because their illnesses were not diagnosed in time, as did the patient in Joy to the World. One of the patients in Emancipation was treated and diagnosed by Foreman alone, with assistance from Chase and Cameron.

Cuddy diagnosed the doomed patient in Joy to the World, and Wilson was given co-credit for the diagnosis in Birthmarks. The patient in the season finale Both Sides Now was diagnosed by his own girlfriend. Cameron had two diagnoses of her own, one in Last Resort and one in Simple Explanation, which is very good considering she's no longer on House's team!

Thirteen lead the Housepets with three diagnoses (in Emancipation, Joy to the World and Painless). Foreman had two diagnoses, in Emancipation and The Softer Side. Kutner had the epiphany moment in his final episode Locked In and Taub had the diagnosis in House Divided (if I'm remembering the episode correctly).

House outdiagnosed them all with 23 diagnoses (remember that many episodes have more than one diagnosis). I haven't done an analysis but I believe he's getting the diagnosis much more often than he did in seasons 1 or 2. I doubt this is deliberate on behalf of the writers.

In five seasons, House and his team(s) have diagnosed 124 patients. Of those, 107 were saved. That's an overall survival rate of 86%.

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Season Four Summary

Thanks to the writers' strike there were only 16 episodes this season, half of which were dedicated to House's Survivor game. The second half of the season featured House's final motley team of three new Housepets, Hadley (Thirteen) the internist, the Kutner the rehabilitative and sports medicine specialist, and Taub the plastic surgeon. Foreman the neurologist rejoined the team as well and Chase and Cameron remained on the sidelines in Surgery and Emergency Medicine respectively, contributing only rarely.
House was away treating his own patient in Whatever It Takes, and Foreman diagnosed a patient in another hospital in 97 Seconds. These two cases were not covered here, and except for them there was one patient per episode.

Patients treated: 16
Lives saved: 14
The patient in Wilson's Heart died because her body was too damaged to survive, and the patient in 97 Seconds died because competition between the fellowship contestants interfered with his care.

House: 16 diagnoses + 33 credits - 1 error = 48 total
Kutner: 4 diagnoses + 10 credites - 1 error = 13 total
Thirteen: 2 diagnoses + 11 credits - 1 error = 12 total
Foreman: 1 diagnosis + 11 credits - 1 error = 11 total
Taub: 3 diagnoses + 6 credits = 9 total
Chase: 2 diagnoses + 3 credits = 5 total
Cameron: 2 credits - 1 error = 1 total

My conclusions: After four seasons, 96 patients have been treated by House and his pets and 82 lives were saved by them.
The new team started off better than the originals did, because they had to. After the first season they're all pretty equal to each other. Taub has less overall points, but he also gets less focus than the other characters.

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Season Three Summary

There were 24 episodes in season three, many with more than one patient. One Day, One Room was excluded to leave 23. House was not present for Airborne, and Chase was absent for most of Human Error.

Patients treated: 29
Lives saved: 26
There were two patients each in Meaning, Fools For Love, Half-Wit counting the patient whose records House stole, Fetal Position, Act Your Age, and Family.
In Informed Consent and Que Sera Sera the patients died because their illnesses were incurable, and in House Training the team killed the patient by misdiagnosing her.

House: 25 diagnoses + 58 credits - 5 errors = 78 total
Chase: 6 diagnoses + 28 credits - 3 errors = 31 total
Cameron: 3 diagnoses + 20 credits - 0 errors = 23 total
Foreman: 3 diagnoses + 24 credits - 4 errors = 23 total

My conclusions: Over three seasons the Department of Diagnostic Medicine treated 80 patients and saved the lives of 68 of them.
Everyone had more credits in the third season, which I think has more to do with me than with the show. Even taking that into account, all of the Housepets improved this season. Chase grew the most this season, developing his observational skills and making the same intuitive leaps that House does to come up with diagnoses. Both Cameron and Foreman contributed more to the diagnostic process, but Foreman's error rate increased. As in season two, Cameron and Foreman appear to be equal in their performance with Chase proving to be the best diagnostician of the three. It's not a large lead, but it is definitely there.

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Season Two Summary

There were 23 episodes in season two when the final episode, No Reason, is excluded. The breakdown for the season is:

Patients treated: 25
Lives saved: 19
Sex Kills counted as two patients because the team diagnosed a dead woman to save their actual patient. Euphoria and Forever also counted as two patients each, even though I didn't include the baby's treatment in my analysis of Forever.
The deaths occurred in Daddy's Boy, The Mistake, Euphoria, and Forever. For Daddy's Boy, The Mistake and Forever the patients were diagnosed but could not be cured. The cop in Euphoria died before he was diagnosed.

House: 39 diagnoses + 32 credits - 4 errors = 67 total
Chase: 3 diagnoses + 14 credits - 1 error = 16 total
Cameron: 4 diagnoses + 8 credits - 1 error = 11 total
Foreman: 2 diagnoses + 10 credits - 2 errors = 10 total

My conclusions: Chase and Cameron improved this season over last, while Foreman did not. Again Chase shows that he contributes more to others' diagnoses than by coming up with his own. I would argue that Cameron and Foreman are equal overall, but it's possible that Chase outperformed them.

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Season One Summary

In the first season there were 22 episodes, two of which Cameron was absent for. We saw the team handle 21 cases, 23 if you include Three Stories (which I am here). Here's what the team had to show for it:

Patients treated: 27
Lives saved: 24
Maternity had four patients, Poison two patients and Three Stories two patients as well.
The deaths occurred in Maternity, Histories and Babies and Bathwater; in the latter two cases the team diagnosed the patients before they died but the illness was incurable.

House: 30 diagnoses + 28 credits - 1 error = 57 total
Chase: 2 diagnoses + 11 credits - 2 errors = 11 total
Cameron: 4 diagnoses + 5 credits - 1 error = 8 total
Foreman: 3 diagnoses + 8 credits - 2 errors = 9 total

My conclusions: They're pretty equal overall. Chase delivered less final diagnoses but contributed more towards other people's diagnoses, a pattern that you'll see continue as I go into season two. He's a background character. Foreman, despite being lauded as the smartest, isn't significantly better than the others. Cameron has less total points but again, you'll see her improve in season two as well.

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