Follow TV Tropes

Following

Heartwarming / House

Go To

As a Moments subpage, all spoilers are unmarked as per policy. You Have Been Warned.

     Season 1 
  • In the pilot, Wilson and Rebecca are talking about House.
    Rebecca: He's your friend, huh?
    Wilson: Yeah.
    Rebecca: Does he care about you?
    Wilson: I think so.
    Rebecca: You don't know?
    Wilson: As Dr. House likes to say, everybody lies
    Rebecca: It's not what people say. It's what they do.
    Wilson: ...Yeah, he cares about me.
    • Extra heartwarming considering "Wilson's Heart" where House risks his brain to save Amber, and the finale, where he fakes his death to be with Wilson until he dies.
    • Rebecca's students visiting her at the end.
  • 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.
  • In "Fidelity," when Cameron tells House about her first husband with metastasized thyroid cancer while crying in the lab.
    Cameron: I’m re-calibrating the centrifuge.
    House: Turn around. It’s a very sad thing, an un-calibrated centrifuge. It makes me cry too.
    Cameron: I’m not crying.
    House: Okay.
    [later]
    You can’t be that good a person and well adjusted.
    Cameron: Why?
    House: Because you wind up crying over centrifuges.
    Cameron: Or hating people.
  • House actually being rather kind to a patient (a patient with a crush on him, no less) in Poison.
  • 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 auditorium slowly filling up to capacity as House gives his lecture/tells the story about his leg in "Three Stories". Plus one of the most hopeful lines for an asshole Hollywood Atheist: "it gives me more comfort to think that this [life] isn't merely a test".
  • "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.)

     Season 2 
  • 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.
  • In "Need To Know", even if it does go to shit for them a few minutes later, House showing off his cute romantic side by giving Stacy a prescription for her "heart condition".
  • Sorta subtle, but in the season two episode "Distractions," House decides to prove that an old rival's 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.
  • "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 heartwarming 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.
Advertisement:

     Season 3 
  • At the end of "Informed Consent", Cuddy comes to see House and tells him his patient, who wanted to be euthanized, died suddenly. She assumes House is responsible, but chooses to maintain plausible deniability rather than press him. House goes to the chapel, where he finds Cameron in tears. He puts his hand on her shoulder for a minute, then simply says, "I'm proud of you."
  • "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. 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.
    • 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.
  • "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.
  • "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 Heartwarming Moment 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 Funny Moment ("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.
  • At the end of "Fetal Position", House is adamant that they should terminate Emma's pregnancy, but she refuses, so they try operating in utero. The baby reaches out and grasps House's finger, and you can tell he's affected.
    • At the end, Emma's hanging pictures of the team minus House. Then she picks up her baby, and if you read her lips, she calls him "Greg".

     Season 4 
  • In "The Right Stuff", House lies to protect Greta's secret, not wanting to kill her dream of being an astronaut.
  • "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.
  • 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".
    • 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 goodbye 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 staying by House's bedside, and she's seen sleeping there, holding his hand.

     Season 5 
  • 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.
    • Then Wilson gives the real reason he's coming back; he had fun. Their weird relationship is often characterized as All Take and No Give, but he does get something out of his friendship with House besides someone whose need he can fill.
  • The father and daughter in "Joy" being cured of the disease that was halting dopamine production in their brains, preventing them from feeling happy. Their shift from expressionless faces in a bland, muted apartment to smiling and laughing with relief in a vibrant world just lifts the spirit.
  • In "Emancipation", the mother of the little boy Foreman treated hugging him in gratitude.
    • Said little boy turned out to have iron poisoning due to his big brother giving him too many vitamins. The big brother said, "He's gonna hate me," but as the family walks away, his brother takes his hand.
  • 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.
  • House and Wilson at the end of "The Social Contract."
  • "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."

     Season 6 
  • This exchange at the end of "Broken", when House is being discharged from Mayfield, and they're having his re-birthday party:
    Alvie: [runs up with the intention 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]
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • The entire final scene of "Help Me". Cuddy's tender declaration of love and House's emotional response are pretty damn heartwarming. May also be a Tear Jerker moment for some saps.

     Season 7 
  • 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.
  • "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 who 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.
  • 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 are 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 its 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.
Advertisement:

     Season 8 
  • In "Charity Case", House fires Thirteen so that she can be happy in Greece with her girlfriend in her final years.
  • Park playing "I Got You Babe" with another doctor at the end of "We Need the Eggs".
  • "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 unconscious) 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.
    • Also the fact that he let Wilson have (most?) of the Vicodin, lying that he had plenty and going without, even if it meant his leg feeling worse. Also nice that after thirteen years and a lot of psychoanalyzing, Wilson realizes just how bad House's pain really is.
  • 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.

     Unsorted 
  • When Chase correctly guesses why Cameron doesn't want to get rid of her husband's sperm and she breaks down crying.
  • Cuddy's daughter, Rachel, crawling into House's lap for the first time.
  • "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
  • When Thirteen comes out of prison, House is waiting for her - with the martini he once saw her drink.
Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report