History Series / House

17th Apr '16 11:17:20 AM furubafan
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In the end, House's patients' lives are his top priority, despite his very rough personality.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In the end, House's patients' lives are his top priority, despite his very rough personality. He also clearly places great value in his friendship with Wilson.


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** In the S4 finale House [[spoiler:risks his life by undergoing deep-brain stimulation at Wilson't request. ("You want me to risk my life in order to save Amber's?") This is on the off chance that he can remember anything from the night of the bus accident that might help them diagnose her. He remembers, but the diagnosis is fatal. On the other hand it *does* send him into a violent seizure while still undergoing brain surgery. All this from a man who claims that he doesn't care about anyone.]]
16th Apr '16 11:39:19 PM ChrisDen
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Of particular note is the commitment of writers to the DrJerk concept, as any real doctor who behaved this way would be immediately fired, jailed, institutionalised, beaten half to death, [[PersonaNonGrata run out of town]] by villagers with TorchesAndPitchforks, or any combination thereof (and several of these things ''do happen'' to House as a result of his conduct). Among his professional behavior he has used the corpses in the morgue for personal experiments (or is hiding to avoid responsibility), broken a patient's fingers as a means of torture, helped a patient commit suicide, got an ailing patient drunk, verbally berates patients for their stupidity and/or lies and makes a habit of breaking into patients' houses. His personal life behavior isn't much better, as he has forged medical records for himself, slipped his best friend speed, stolen drugs from living and dead men alike and generally enjoys pranks and [[ItAmusedMe manipulation for fun]]. Although in most cases he has genuine medical reasons for doing what he does, he is generally known as a shameless manipulator and it is always left to interpretation how big of a jerkass he is. It's very rare to see him PetTheDog, though he sometimes fakes such behavior for his own selfish ends.

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Of particular note is the commitment of writers to the DrJerk concept, as any real doctor who behaved this way would be immediately fired, jailed, institutionalised, institutionalized, beaten half to death, [[PersonaNonGrata run out of town]] by villagers with TorchesAndPitchforks, or any combination thereof (and several of these things ''do happen'' to House as a result of his conduct). Among his professional behavior he has used the corpses in the morgue for personal experiments (or is hiding to avoid responsibility), broken a patient's fingers as a means of torture, helped a patient commit suicide, got an ailing patient drunk, verbally berates patients for their stupidity and/or lies and makes a habit of breaking into patients' houses. His personal life behavior isn't much better, as he has forged medical records for himself, slipped his best friend speed, stolen drugs from living and dead men alike and generally enjoys pranks and [[ItAmusedMe manipulation for fun]]. Although in most cases he has genuine medical reasons for doing what he does, he is generally known as a shameless manipulator and it is always left to interpretation how big of a jerkass he is. It's very rare to see him PetTheDog, though he sometimes fakes such behavior for his own selfish ends.



* ButNotTooBi: Thirteen sleeps with women, has relationships with men, appearing to be Hetero-romantic.

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* ButNotTooBi: Thirteen sleeps with women, has relationships with men, appearing to be Hetero-romantic.hetero-romantic.



** Interestingly, in the two episodes from Season 6 where the POV is switched from House ("Wilson" and "9 to 5"), the nurses (or at least the ones serving as personal assistants to Wilson and Cuddy, respectively) have a bigger role, so it seems that this trope applies more to House's team than to the hospital as a whole. The trope is played however painfully straight with Chase, who, despite being an intensive care specialist, once he got magically transformed into a surgeon is able to handle any surgery under the sun.

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** Interestingly, in the two episodes from Season 6 where the POV is switched from House ("Wilson" and "9 "5 to 5"), 9"), the nurses (or at least the ones serving as personal assistants to Wilson and Cuddy, respectively) have a bigger role, so it seems that this trope applies more to House's team than to the hospital as a whole. The trope is played however painfully straight with Chase, who, despite being an intensive care specialist, once he got magically transformed into a surgeon is able to handle any surgery under the sun.



** Season 5 episode "Saviours" looks like it's going to end with shots of [[spoiler:Cameron and Chase announcing to everyone that they're engaged, complete with a slow-motion hugging and smiling scene. House even looks like he'll end the episode playing merrily away at his piano. Then the music stops, as we realise that House is starting to hallucinate.]]

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** Season 5 episode "Saviours" looks like it's going to end with shots of [[spoiler:Cameron and Chase announcing to everyone that they're engaged, complete with a slow-motion hugging and smiling scene. House even looks like he'll end the episode playing merrily away at his piano. Then the music stops, as we realise realize that House is starting to hallucinate.]]



** Averted in many other episodes, patients with transplants or various glands removals or so on are very frequently told they'll have to take medicines for the rest of their lives, be immuno-compromised, or so on.

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** Averted in many other episodes, patients with transplants or various glands removals or so on are very frequently told they'll have to take medicines for the rest of their lives, be immuno-compromised, immunocompromised, or so on.



* OldShame: In-universe. Wilson acted in his roomate's college film, which turned out to be a porno (not the actual sex scenes though). House finds out and has GIANT POSTERS hung up in the hospital lobby, and soon everyone is quoting the film's horrible, horrible lines ad nauseam.

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* OldShame: In-universe. Wilson acted in his roomate's roommate's college film, which turned out to be a porno (not the actual sex scenes though). House finds out and has GIANT POSTERS hung up in the hospital lobby, and soon everyone is quoting the film's horrible, horrible lines ad nauseam.



** Chase was fired by House at the end of Season 3, and commuted as a surgeon at the hospital. After House had gone into rehab, he was roped back to work for Foreman (and later House, who had taken an advisory role until his medical licence returned.) By the time House had got his licence back, and his marriage with Cameron broke down, he jumped off the commuting bus and back into the team.

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** Chase was fired by House at the end of Season 3, and commuted as a surgeon at the hospital. After House had gone into rehab, he was roped back to work for Foreman (and later House, who had taken an advisory role until his medical licence license returned.) By the time House had got his licence license back, and his marriage with Cameron broke down, he jumped off the commuting bus and back into the team.



* UnusualEuphemism: In the episode "Euphoria Part 2", House whips up a veritable storm (including pop cultural references) of these to explain to a worried mother that her child does in fact not have epilepsia.

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* UnusualEuphemism: In the episode "Euphoria Part 2", House whips up a veritable storm (including pop cultural references) of these to explain to a worried mother that her child does in fact not have epilepsia.epilepsy.



** In the Season 7 finale, Cuddy's sister pressures her into going on a date with a banker she knows, which ends up indirectly affecting everything that happens for the rest of the series. Mainly in that [[spoiler:it causes House to go crazy when he finds out and smash his car into her living room, which gets him jailed for the better part of a year, and causes Cuddy to quit and leave the state, in turn causing Foreman to take over her position. The disbanding of House's team also causes Thirteen to give up being a practising doctor. Then, at the end of the final season a prank gone awry leads to House's parole being revoked, which in turn causes him to fake his death]].

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** In the Season 7 finale, Cuddy's sister pressures her into going on a date with a banker she knows, which ends up indirectly affecting everything that happens for the rest of the series. Mainly in that [[spoiler:it causes House to go crazy when he finds out and smash his car into her living room, which gets him jailed for the better part of a year, and causes Cuddy to quit and leave the state, in turn causing Foreman to take over her position. The disbanding of House's team also causes Thirteen to give up being a practising practicing doctor. Then, at the end of the final season a prank gone awry leads to House's parole being revoked, which in turn causes him to fake his death]].



* WouldntHitAGirl: Not spoken outright, but in "After Hours" Chase goes to considerable lengths to warn Thirteen that he's going to move her out of the way when she refuses to allow him to take her stab victim, parolee friend to the hospital (even though she'll die if he doesn't). When she still refuses, he moves her out of the way without hurting her, prompting her to attack him. After several very weak looking punches and one that looked like it might have hurt, Chase easily overpowers her (with a distinct look of OhCrap on her face as he does) and she ends up on the floor. Later in the episode, she's putting ice on her neck and he apologises for having hurt her - even though she nearly killed her friend and assaulted him in the process.

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* WouldntHitAGirl: Not spoken outright, but in "After Hours" Chase goes to considerable lengths to warn Thirteen that he's going to move her out of the way when she refuses to allow him to take her stab victim, parolee friend to the hospital (even though she'll die if he doesn't). When she still refuses, he moves her out of the way without hurting her, prompting her to attack him. After several very weak looking punches and one that looked like it might have hurt, Chase easily overpowers her (with a distinct look of OhCrap on her face as he does) and she ends up on the floor. Later in the episode, she's putting ice on her neck and he apologises apologizes for having hurt her - even though she nearly killed her friend and assaulted him in the process.
7th Apr '16 7:41:17 AM GlassRain
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* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The show has two foreign themes: European and Singaporean, although all three can be heard can be heard at various times on TV syndication and on Netflix within the United States, seemingly at random. Even individual episodes will not consistently use the same theme. This is likely due to licensing issues with the original song: Music/MassiveAttack's ''Teardrop'' from ''Music/{{Mezzanine}}''. Listen to the three songs [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5i5ERDE_2E here.]]

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* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The show has two foreign themes: European and Singaporean, although all three can be heard can be heard at various times on TV syndication and on Netflix within the United States, seemingly at random. Even individual episodes will not consistently use the same theme. This is likely due to licensing issues with the original song: Music/MassiveAttack's ''Teardrop'' from ''Music/{{Mezzanine}}''. Listen to the three songs You can [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5i5ERDE_2E listen to all three songs here.]]



** Vicodin is prescribed more than 100 million times each year in the US to treat moderate pain (like arthritis) and to treat coughs. Even in long-term users, Vicodin withdrawal is usually characterized by symptoms no worse than lack of appetite, mild nausea, irritability, anxiety, and restlessness. The withdrawal symptoms House usually displays (vomiting, insomnia, sweats and chills, depression, mood swings) are what would typically characterize frequent diacetylmorphine (heroin) abuse. Vicodin is also not known to cause [[spoiler: disassociative disorder (conditions that involve disruptions or breakdowns of memory, awareness, identity and/or perception)]]. That being said, the plotline of season 3 suggests that House is taking a fair amount more than a typical patient.

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** Vicodin is prescribed more than 100 million times each year in the US to treat moderate pain (like arthritis) and to treat coughs. Even in long-term users, Vicodin withdrawal is usually characterized by symptoms no worse than lack of appetite, mild nausea, irritability, anxiety, and restlessness. The withdrawal symptoms House usually displays (vomiting, insomnia, sweats and chills, depression, mood swings) are what would typically characterize frequent diacetylmorphine (heroin) abuse. Vicodin is also not known to cause [[spoiler: disassociative dissociative disorder (conditions that involve disruptions or breakdowns of memory, awareness, identity and/or perception)]]. That being said, the plotline of season 3 suggests that House is taking a fair amount more than a typical patient.



** In "The C-Word", [[spoiler:Wilson hallucinates one of his former patients, an 8-year-old who succumbed to thyroid cancer. The kid asks [[ArmorPiercingQuestion why he died if he did nothing wrong]]]]

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** In "The C-Word", [[spoiler:Wilson hallucinates one of his former patients, an 8-year-old who succumbed to thyroid cancer. The kid asks [[ArmorPiercingQuestion why he died if he did nothing wrong]]]]wrong]].]]



*** It's revealed Cameron [[spoiler:married a dying man when she was in her twenties and then fell for his best friend .]]

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*** It's revealed Cameron [[spoiler:married a dying man when she was in her twenties and then fell for his best friend .]]friend]].



* FatalFlaw: Dr. House has an injured leg and is addicted to painkillers, though most characters agree that he was just as much of a miserable jerk before he suffered the injury and developed the addiction. However, unlike in most TV series, there are never any flashbacks to House's life preseries, so we never know if this is true or not.

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* FatalFlaw: Dr. House has an injured leg and is addicted to painkillers, though most characters agree that he was just as much of a miserable jerk before he suffered the injury and developed the addiction. However, unlike in most TV series, there are never any flashbacks to House's life preseries, pre-series, so we never know if this is true or not.



** Chase's official specialities are in cardiology and intensive care. And then he ended up as the Head of Surgery for awhile.

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** Chase's official specialities specialties are in cardiology and intensive care. And then he ended up as the Head of Surgery for awhile.



** There are ''plenty'' of jokes about Thireteen's bisexuality, though they are usually used to further characterize House (and sometimes Foreman) as a {{Jerkass}}.

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** There are ''plenty'' of jokes about Thireteen's Thirteen's bisexuality, though they are usually used to further characterize House (and sometimes Foreman) as a {{Jerkass}}.
1st Apr '16 2:45:39 PM Michal
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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Several episodes' plots, per WordOfGod. One in particular, "Lines in the Sand", seems to be inspired by [[http://web.archive.org/web/20070505200852/http://www.workopolis.com/servlet/Content/qprinter/20051008/ROUNDWORM08 this story]].

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Several episodes' plots, per WordOfGod. One in particular, "Lines in the Sand", seems to be inspired by [[http://web.archive.org/web/20070505200852/http://www.workopolis.com/servlet/Content/qprinter/20051008/ROUNDWORM08 [[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2807255/ this story]].
29th Mar '16 8:39:31 AM hullflyer
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** His wrong assumptions, however, are justified considering that many diseases and/or disorders sometimes have the same symptoms. You can see this especially in episodes where the PatientoftheWeek has a disease/disorder that is considered rare.

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** His wrong assumptions, however, are justified considering that many diseases and/or disorders sometimes have the same symptoms. You can see this especially in episodes where the PatientoftheWeek PatientOfTheWeek has a disease/disorder that is considered rare.
29th Mar '16 8:25:48 AM hullflyer
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** In the eighth season, the show gives Chase a number of similarities to House. He's lonely and unhappy, at one point he ens up temporarily paralyzed below the waist, giving him a limp, and even showcase the fact that he's pretty brilliant when not overshadowed by House... this is all to foreshadow [[spoiler:Chase eventually replacing House as head of diagnostics]]. Fortunately, they don't derail him and make him a clone; it was all part of natural development.

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** In the eighth season, the show gives Chase a number of similarities to House. He's lonely and unhappy, at one point he ens ends up temporarily paralyzed below the waist, giving him a limp, and even showcase the fact that he's pretty brilliant when not overshadowed by House... this is all to foreshadow [[spoiler:Chase eventually replacing House as head of diagnostics]]. Fortunately, they don't derail him and make him a clone; it was all part of natural development.
29th Mar '16 8:15:23 AM hullflyer
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** Foreman gets one when not only the patient he couldn't help but see as himself having made wrong choices dies, but tries to ask his mom for help and she's forgotten who he is (but offers comfort anyway).F

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** Foreman gets one when not only the patient he couldn't help but see as himself having made wrong choices dies, but tries to ask his mom for help and she's forgotten who he is (but offers comfort anyway).F
29th Mar '16 7:14:12 AM hullflyer
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** However, in Real Life, the number one predictor of medical lawsuits is bedside manner, by far. To the extent that researchers can accurately predict lawsuits by listening to mere SECONDS of a doctor talking to a patient. How that would effect House is pretty obvious...

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** However, in Real Life, the number one predictor of medical lawsuits is bedside manner, by far. To the extent that researchers can accurately predict lawsuits by listening to mere SECONDS of a doctor talking to a patient. How that would effect affect House is pretty obvious...
15th Mar '16 9:07:03 PM TheBleedingVicar
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* UnfortunateName: Remy Beauregard Hadley. You can see why she prefers to be known as Thirteen. [[spoiler:that may not be her actual middle name, though, as it was read off a fake payslip by Taub, who was involved in making it]]
15th Mar '16 2:20:32 PM Morgenthaler
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* CharacterExaggeration: Played for laughs in "Two Stories". House relays the events of the past days with all his colleagues at one point being portrayed as gross exaggerations of their primary traits. While they all ignore the patient who is coughing up his lungs in front of them, Foreman is a dick who refuses to consider everyone else's opinion but his own, Masters is a morally self-righteous shrill, Taub immediately proposes an extramarital affair to a pretty nurse he sees while Chase suggests a threesome to her.

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* CharacterExaggeration: Played for laughs in "Two Stories". House relays the events of the past days with all his colleagues at one point being portrayed as gross exaggerations of their primary traits. While they all ignore the patient who is coughing up his lungs in front of them, Foreman is a dick who refuses to consider everyone else's anyone's opinion but his own, Masters is a morally self-righteous shrill, Taub immediately proposes an extramarital affair to a pretty nurse he sees while Chase suggests a threesome to her.
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