Heartwarming / House

  • Rebecca's students visiting her at the end of the pilot.
  • The end of Damned If You Do has House and Wilson eating chinese food at House's apartment and the two of them being genuinely happy and laughing.
  • Cuddy holding House's hand when he's in a hospital bed for the umpteenth time, after risking his life to save Amber, in Wilson's Heart.
  • Any scene where House shows how much he really cares about Wilson.
  • When Chase correctly guesses why Cameron doesn't want to get rid of her husband's sperm and she breaks down crying.
  • In "Wilson" where one of Wilson's patients needs a liver transplant and there are no donors, James donates a piece of his own liver to save him.
  • Also, in Unwritten, with a patient who blames herself for her son's death, House saying "your son was very lucky to have you as a mother" after preventing her from killing herself and lying to her, saying she wasn't responsible for his death. Aww...
  • The entire final scene of "Help Me"—whether you're a "Huddy" shipper or not, her tender declaration of love and House's emotional response are pretty damn heartwarming. May also be a Tear Jerker moment for some saps.
  • Cuddy's daughter, Rachel, crawling into House's lap for the first time.
  • "One Day, One Room." Despite her case being medically mundane, House spends the whole episode consoling and chatting with a rape victim, to the point that she's willing to discuss what happened. Initially, House didn't want to treat her, but not because her case was mundane — because he says he's "not good at this kind of thing," the implication being he doesn't want to make matters worse for her. The girl still insists on being treated by him, because she trusts him — a man she met once, but showed her genuine empathy. (Yes, we're talking about the same House.)
  • At the end of "Recession," House walks in the rain, drunk, to Cuddy's house in the middle of the night, launching into a tirade about how being with her and being happy makes him a crappy doctor. This leads the viewers - and Cuddy - to believe that he's come to end their relationship. He then says that as long as they're together, more patients are going to die on his watch... and that it is "totally worth it."
    • YMMV on that one though since there's a bit of Fridge Horror to that.
  • "You may not want to be in charge... but you are. And you always will be."
  • The entire season 4 episode "Frozen" is one big Pet the Dog machine for House, from actually being concerned about whether the Patient of the Week is alright or not (as in more than just his usual detactched way of looking at these matters) to him eventually guiding the mechanic through the procedure to save her life. After which she thanks him for saving her, but House simply tells her to be grateful to the man who actually did the deed itself—and is revealed to be in love with her.
  • The season 3 episode 'Lines in the Sand' has a severely autistic boy as a patient. His parents are a wreck the entire time because they are starting to lose patience in him but they want him to get better so much but there's so many communication problems. And then at the end he gives his PSP - his most cherished possession - to House as a thank you and House just looks stunned that someone was nice to him. As someone with an autistic brother those three sentences were so hard to type.
    • The boy looked up at House before giving him his PSP. The boy never made eye contact with anyone before. Buckets of tears were shed.
  • "I'll kill you... ...Seriously I'll do it right now, I've got a baseball bat in the back seat." Yes, House managed to turn that line into a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming
  • In the fourth-season finale, "Wilson's Heart," when House's team realizes Amber (formerly their rival for a spot on House's team, more recently Wilson's girlfriend) is dying and nothing can be done for her:
    Thirteen: We should say goodbye.
    Taub: She didn't even like us.
    Kutner: We liked her.
    Taub: Did we?
    Foreman: We do now.
    • The scene where Wilson is trying to process the aforementioned information and Cuddy comes in to tell him that they can wake Amber up so that they can say good-bye to each other. This finally causes Wilson to break down in tears (the first time we see him cry in the show), prompting Cuddy to take him in her arms.
    Cuddy: We can wean her off anesthesia, wake her up, give you a chance to...
    Wilson: Don't be cruel. Don't.
    Cuddy: Wake Amber up. See her again. Tell her what she means to you.
    Wilson: Wake her up to tell her that she's...(shoves his palms into his face in agony)
    • The ending of "Birthmarks," portraying just what kind of bond House and Wilson have — unbreakable, beautiful, powerful, true philia.
      House: If you're coming back because you're attracted to the shine of my neediness...I'd be okay with that.
    • The episode "Joy To The World" contained so much heartbreak and misery and seemed to confirm that Humans Are Bastards. But then the episode makes up for it with two double-scoops of Heartwarming Moment . First Cuddy finally gets the baby she always wanted, and Eric Foreman and Thirteen passionately kiss during the holiday party. Forget all the shippers who were rooting for it to happen; when you consider all that both characters have been through you're overwhelmed to see them find a bit of romance and happiness with each other.
    • "Honeymoon". House finally hugs somebody. (Granted, he was in a hug before in "Sports Medicine," but that was only because the wife of the Patient of the Week started crying on him.)
    • "Half-Wit" was a brand of heartwarming that only a show like House can have, because it showed that even the biggest jerkasses can have people who care about them. Everyone in House's circle complains about his attitude regularly, but when they think he has brain cancer and only a year to live, things change.
      • It also probably set a record for Most Subversions of Crowning Moment of Heartwarming in a single episode of anything. Cameron's kiss was also to get a blood sample so they could check if House actually had cancer, Chase's hug could double as a Crowning Moment of Funny ("I'm sorry you're dying. I'm going to hug you."), and the House/Cuddy hug ("I'm here if you need me." "...I need you.") was partially an excuse to grab Cuddy's ass. The big one came at the end when the team has checked House's blood and found that he's perfectly fine and all go to his apartment together to tell him the news, looking very happy. Then House reveals that he'd been faking cancer the whole time to get into a clinical trial for a drug that would directly stimulate the pleasure center of his brain.
    • "Under My Skin" was just a brilliant masterpiece, even if the medicine was lacking.
    "You want to kiss me, don't you?" "I always want to kiss you."
    • House and Wilson at the end of "The Social Contract."
    • This exchange at the end of the season 6 premiere, when House is being discharged from Mayfield, and they're having his Re-Birthday party:
    Alvie: (runs up with the intentions of throwing his arms around House)
    House: Back off. People already think we're gay.
    Alvie: (steps away, looking disappointed)
    House: (smiles and tugs Alvie closer and hugs him tightly)
  • Any time House is nice to a patient.
    • In "Control", where House lies to the transplant committee to get a bulimic woman onto the list.
      Carly: Why did you fight for me? You risked so much, and you hardly know me.
      House: You're my patient. Don't screw it up.
    • This is just one of several times over the course of a series when House lies for the sake of a patient (as opposed to lying for the sake of solving the puzzle). One of the show's basic premises is that the things people are willing to lie about are the things that matter most to them.
  • The fourth season finale also included Cuddy staying by House's bedside, and she's seen sleeping there, holding his hand.
  • In the Season 6 episode Wilson, we get to see House confessing outright how much he needs Wilson, saying, "...if you die, I'm alone"; showing up at Wilson's surgery (in dramatic slow motion, no less) just as the anesthesia tugs Wilson under, and continually sitting by his convalescent bedside after the transplant.
  • Season finale: House actually cared about an uninteresting patient thus demonstrating to Cuddy that he has changed and he wants to fix his life, leading to the crazy kids finally getting together.
  • In "Lucky Thirteen", two identical moments stand out, one with Wilson, one with Cuddy: House says, "If you're happy, I'm..." and leaves the room abruptly.
  • In "After Hours", the entire last few minutes of the episode, where Wilson is there when House wakes up from surgery. Goes Up to Eleven when he helps carry him. As he always does.
    • The last few minutes of "After Hours" is a CMOH for everybody else as well. Chase and Thirteen both find somebody they can talk to about their burdens who wouldn't judge them. Taub takes responsibility for his actions and lifestyle. The team at the table can qualify as a CMOH on it's own, as the normally nosy and judgmental team refrains from poking or prodding into each other's adventures of the night and instead just get to examining cases.
  • "Carrot or Stick" deals with a drill sergeant at a juvenile offender camp who falls sick, initially suspected to be poisoning at the hands of one of the campers. The prime suspect is a boy whom the patient seems to drive particularly hard, who we later learn is an orphan and was placed in the camp for a minor offense. The boy falls ill with the same disease, clearing him from suspicion. It's a hereditary disease; the drill sergeant is in fact the boy's Disappeared Dad, who decided to take an interest in his son's life after his ex-wife died, but didn't want his son to know the truth. All of that apparent "excessive" pushing becomes perfectly normal fatherly concern.
  • "The C Word", the whole thing. From the POTW being a young girl with a rare mutation, that has constantly fighting parents (one of whom is her doctor as well), and House taking care of Wilson. Every single moment, action, look, line.
    • Especially the end, when Wilson finds a silly montage House made, with photos of them and girls having a crazy party (while Wilson was uncounscious) and Wilson laughing. You realize this is the first episode where from start to end, House has been a true friend: he made Wilson feel better.
  • In "Joy to the World", House gets a clinic patient who has become pregnant, but insists that she's a virgin. At first, House, being House, simply assumes the patient is being unfaithful to her fiancee. Eventually, however, he discovers something shocking about her: she was telling the truth. The child only had maternal DNA, none from the father. The patient had the first recorded instance of human parthenogenesis: a virgin birth! It's a Christmas miracle! Subverted, since House faked the results to win a bet with Wilson.
  • In "Everybody Dies", House cooks up an elaborate scheme to fake his own death so he can be with Wilson during his last months to live, even though it means he can never practice medicine again. The series ends with both friends riding motorcycles off into the sunset.
  • Doubling as a Crowning Moment of Funny: After House discovers Wilson has cancer and has been driven to becoming a Death Seeker, House agrees to stay with him at his apartment while Wilson gives himself such a massive dose of chemotherapy that it could kill him, even though House disapproves of his self-destructive behavior. At the end of the episode, when Wilson returns to his office, he finds that House had made a slideshow on his laptop with funny pictures of him while he was unconscious during his DIY chemo, wearing various goofy hats while House and a couple swimsuit models pose in many of the pictures. Wilson could do nothing but laugh at the slideshow.
  • In "Charity Case", House fires Thirteen so that she can be happy in Greece with her girlfriend in her final years.
  • House actually being rather kind to a patient (a patient with a crush on him, no less) in Poison.
  • Park playing "I Got You Babe" with another doctor at the end of "We Need the Eggs".
  • A subtle one in "Autopsy." When they're doing the incredibly risky operation on the POTW, Foreman is the only one to see the life-threatening clot, before it disappears again. House initially questions it, but quickly accepts it. Eventually, you realize that if anyone else had said it, House would never have believed him. THAT is how much House trusts Foreman.
  • When Thirteen comes out of prison, House is waiting for her - with the Martini he once saw her drink.
  • In "Fidelity," when Cameron tells House about her first husband with metastasized thyroid cancer while crying in the lab.
    Cameron: Iím re-calibrating the centrifuge.
    House: Turn around. Itís a very sad thing, an un-calibrated centrifuge. It makes me cry too.
    Cameron: Iím not crying.
    House: Okay.
    You canít be that good a person and well adjusted.
    Cameron: Why?
    House: Because you wind up crying over centrifuges.
    Cameron: Or hating people.
  • Sorta subtle, but in the season two episode "Distractions," House decides to prove that an old rivals new migraine medicine doesn't work by testing it on himself. First he injects himself with medicine to induce a severe migraine, then injects himself with the new 'cure.' He's right, it doesn't work. He tries to play it off smugly as usual, until the migraine hits him full force. The heartwarming part? His team doesn't insult him. They don't belittle or react snidely. Foreman gives him a sedative to help him sleep through the pain, and when House soldiers into the next room to discuss their current patient, Chase and Cameron leap up to kill the lights and pull the blinds, so as not to aggravate his migraine. As much as he annoys and frustrates them, they do care about House, at least on some level.
    • Of course this leads to Mood Whiplash and a bit of CMOF later on when Wilson intentionally makes it more painful with lights and loud noises.
  • "Fetal Position" gives a massive one to House: after an entire episode of insisting upon terminating a pregnancy because he believes it's killing the mother (including referring to the baby as only a fetus), Cuddy finally convinces him to perform an incredibly risky procedure on the fetus itself. In the beginning of the surgery, House drains the uterus of amniotic fluid... And then a tiny hand slowly reaches out and grasps his finger. And from the look on his face, Dr. House's heart grew three sizes that day.
    Patient: Thank you.
    House: Don't thank me. I wanted to kill him.
  • "Euphoria", especially the second part, is ripe with these moments (strewn in in-between all the tearjerking and Adult Fear and whatnot).
    • You have Foreman calling his dad and his dad flying in to see him, and all their interactions. Seeing Foreman breaking down crying when talking to his father about the very real possibiity that he might be dead before the day is through is rather gut-wrenching but it also gives some real nice insight to their relationship, and they show a lot of love for one another through discreet means. Though most heartwarning is probably Mr. Foreman telling his son "I don't want to have to miss you".
    • Cameron's concern for Foreman despite what he did to her earlier in the episode, and Foreman asking her to be his medical proxy. Her tears at his bedside, both out of fear and sadness and out of joy, shows how much she does value him, despite their arguments over the episodes leading up to "Euphoria".
    • On a minor scale, Chase showing a colder attitude towards Foreman fits into this as well, since it's derived from Foreman having intentionally exposed Cameron. Chase cares enough about Cameron that he can't instantly forgive Foreman for putting her at risk, despite Foreman being in mortal danger.
    • Most of all the double episode provides a lot of these moments from House, as it becomes clear how much his team means to him. He goes to great lengths trying to save Foreman's life and protect Chase and Cameron from being exposed and his handling of the case is clearly impacted by his own emotional investment. Oddly, the most heartwarming part of it is House choosing to try and expose Steve McQueen (his pet rat, previously one of the few beings he's been shown to care about) so that he can kill him and do an autopsy to find what is killing Foreman. It doesn't work, Steve doesn't get sick, but the sacrifice still stands.