- He never had a real childhood, never grew up properly. Dealing with the nightmare that is America's health care system, he finally snapped.
- The pressures of being a genius and a particularly rough adulthood drive him mad, so he moves to a different part of the country and changes his name. This would also explain House's badly developed social skills. (He was always a jerk.)
- We already know that Doogie was a medical genius with emotional issues. House's childish behavior is just classic "Peter Pan syndrome" caused by all his time spent working. Just imagine Doogie after years of experience and education... It Gets Easier, leading to the jaded but absurdly brilliant House.
- Theory: Gregory House was a brilliant child who turned to a life of crime after being denied entrance to medical school. He chose a fake name to conceal his identity (who names their child E. Nigma?), dons a costume, and begins attempting to prove to the so-called "World's Greatest Detective" that he is smarter. House/Riddler hates the idea that anyone is right who is not him. He is also willing to put people's lives in danger to prove himself right.
How he knows about it is a whole nother question.
It also means that it's not House making everyone's lives worse, necessarily — this would happen anyway because of the Hellmouth. Cuddy and Wilson are unaware of there being a Hellmouth in Princeton, though.
And it means that Kutner was murdered — though, since House does not believe in the supernatural, he will never know what did it. Kutner was necessary for some demon rite...
- This raises an interesting problem with the episode Safe.
- They were having sex when the aneurysm occurred. He uses sexy Carmen Electra as "his" stand-in, he says she's a "pleasant alternative" and "quite the golfer". The first thing we see Carmen do is cheer as she penetrates an ascetic (with a golf ball) and when she is examined, she has her pants off for no good reason. Before he goes under, to Stacy, he says, "I'll see you when I wake up... we'll go golfing," which makes Stacy crack a wide but subtle smile (maybe it's the botox). Then House says "I love you," shocking the smile off her face and causing her to catch her breath. Stacy apologizes for what she's about to do to him, but House misunderstands, and tries to tell her that their activities did nothing to cause or worsen his condition.
In "Better Half", we see him reading manga.
- Yeah, it would, but the powers that be already cast Andre Braugher for that role. Just as long as he isn't related to Foreman — or worse, Vogler...
Wilson was in the room when House complained about the pity given to less functioning autistics like the Patient of the Week. Cuddy's doubt made him understand that the best way to show his understanding, was to pretend not to think House has it, thus sort of saying "I don't care/it doesn't change our friendship, or how impressed I am with you."
- Additionally, while the eye-contact and giving someone a present was surely great for the parents, it wouldn't count as a "10". Except, if you include House and his accomplishment..
- POTW: Perhaps it might help if I explain that I don't give a flying toss about Dr. House.
Thirteen (or even better, House himself): I beg your pardon?
* Will Marcus Mumford play Stephen's son whom they have to track down for a kidney?
- The scary thing is, this theory could be half right.
- It's the only logical explanation for why he isn't dead yet. He's been shown mixing Vicodin with alcohol in large quantities. That WILL kill you, either from resperatory arrest or liver failure. If he's only imagining it, though, he can do whatever he wants.
- Tolerance to opiates (and alcohol) builds up over time. House has been taking Vicodin (actually a rather weak opiate, as those things go) for years, and drinking for even longer, more than long enough for his body to grow accustomed to regular doses of both even mixed together. I personally know that an opioid-tolerant individual can survive regular alcohol binges. The real danger he's facing is that there is 100 times more acetaminophen (Tylenol) than hydrocodone (opiate) in a Vicoden pill. The Tylenol and the alcohol is more dangerous to his liver than any amount of opiates he'd ever consume. But that is a long term concern that would set in over months and years, not something that would happen because of one night of partying. It is a significant risk for him since he is regularly exceeding 3000 mg of Tylenol daily (only 4 Vicodin ES would do that). I'd have to assume he is being monitored for such damage, and if nothing else his co-workers would definitely notice the jaundice setting in around those bright blue eyes.
- Don't forget that he's working in a hospital that doesn't exist in real life.
- The dating is confirmed. Her true motives are unknown.
House rejected the original illusion because it was too perfect. When he slipped back into coma, the illusion eventually became Darker and Edgier so House would accept it - Darker and Edgier than the first two seasons...
This would also explain how House could survive so many near-death experiences with so little permanent damage.
- Looks like this is confirmed as of "Broken" (the season 6 premiere). But it's compulsive. He does it even when he knows it's against his best interest.
- Alternately, "the cafeteria is closed after 6" (and most other rules) are personal challenges. He's being tested as a medical technician for an anarchist colony (and nobody wants an unproven anarchist for their doctor).
- It is possible that House got the amnesia during some unfortunate incident involving Chase when Chase was still in seminary. House sacrificed the knowledge of his perfect knowledge to make Chase a (low-key) Cosmic Plaything.
- The amnesia got worse for a while in season 5 because the hidden omniscience tried to manifest as Amber.
- Possible timeline: Wilson was on one antidepressant during seasons 1 and 2. He tried to switch during season 3, but the drowsiness side-effect was so serious that House felt the need to spike his coffee with amphetamines. Wilson is now off anti-depressants, and is heading toward the same sort of mess his younger brother is already in. (If House had seen Danny Wilson with his own eyes, he'd prescribe them to James Wilson himself.)
- You sure it isn't just his relationship with Cutthroat Bitch?
- That would explain a lot, yes. But we still have to bridge the gap between Wilson's season 1 behavior and his season 3 behavior. (Wilson's behavior during the Tritter arc was considered by many to be out of character until the season four finale.)
- In a corollary, Chase and Cameron are currently running La Résistance in Princeton, which is why we haven't seen much of them lately. Cameron has taken enough recent missions inside PPTH that she may be on the verge of a FaceHeel Turn, if she isn't already a double agent (which would have some poetry in it).
- House has broken Chase's cover... but that was a Pyrrhic Victory...
- Or was it? Soon, House will be unopposed again. Unless you count Dr. Nolan.
- House has broken Chase's cover... but that was a Pyrrhic Victory...
- Lucas has taken over La Résistance. And he is using Left Behind as a primer.
- So he's what, one-quarter as evil as the real deal?
- No, he's one-quarter as powerful as the real deal. He cannot unite the world against good, but he may be able to unite New Jersey against it.
- New Jersey isn't already united against good?
- No, he's one-quarter as powerful as the real deal. He cannot unite the world against good, but he may be able to unite New Jersey against it.
- We have met the Demi-Antichrist, and his name is Dr. Nolan.
- Also why she wears such ridiculously impractical and unprofessional clothes. You can take the girl off the street corner and all that...
- She's the same call girl Sam Seaborne "accidentally" slept with in the very first episode of The West Wing.
- Wouldn't House be running in the universe for around 50 years then? House is set in the present day, while Dead Poets Society happens during the late '50s.
- No - Wilson isn't that old. What happened was, in this universe, the teacher played by Robin Williams made so great a mark on society that all the social and scientific revolutions happened ahead of schedule. House is set in that universe's 1970s-1980s. (It would explain Chase's fashion sense.)
- ^ And all this has officially become my canon.
Because he switched Thirteen from the placebo to the drug without telling anyone else who was running the study, he has drastically reduced the chance of the drug ever being shown to be safe and effective - presuming it is, in fact, safe and effective; this is effectively causing the genocide of people with Huntington's disease. If it isn't safe and effective, switching Thirteen increases the odds that it will be found to be safe and effective and also reduces Thirteen's long-term chance of survival. And it worked almost exactly as planned - the people running the study didn't even cancel the study, but just wiped Thirteen's disastrous "placebo" result from it. Even to the end, Foreman never told them who got a placebo so that Thirteen could get the real drug.
Naturally, Thirteen does not know about this. Foreman maintained the relationship to ensure she never has reason to find out - that, and she's attractive in a skinny-white-girl way.
There is a chance that Thirteen isn't the only patient Foreman switched - just the only one we know about. A lot of House has been running behind the scenes lately.
Note that Foreman distanced himself from Thirteen as soon as he got a plausible excuse.
- And now he has used his relationship with Thirteen as an excuse to fire her. Smooth move... and brilliant.
He might be unconsciously killing people around the globe when their times come. He might be a plague-bringer to the American Northeast. He might be on vacation with a temp filling his position.
He might not remember what he is at all - in fact, he probably doesn't, since he doesn't normally believe in souls.
Regardless, he prefers figuring out how people are going to die, or what's wrong with them, to waiting for them to kick the bucket or collecting the souls when the time comes.
He may or may not be related to Death. But this would certainly explain his distinctive, almost glowing, blue eyes and his cane. It would also explain why he kept the rat Steve McQueen, aka The Death of Rats.
- This may be backed up by the show if Amber isn't a hallucination.
- Or maybe he's a schizophrenic Grim Reaper. His doctor side has no knowledge of his Grim Reaper side; but his Grim Reaper side knows of his doctor side. This is why so many of his patients have extremely rare and hard to diagnose diseases. The Grim Reaper side is trying to do his job of actively killing people off; but, because he knows his doctor side is a great diagnostician, he must give them extremely complex diseases in the (mostly vain) hope that his doctor side cannot cure them.
- It would explain why he isn't dead- as the anthropomorphic personification of Death, he's immortal.
Point 2: Godot mentions he awoke when he smelled a doctor's coffee. What doctor regularly has coffee with patients that are in comas? House does!
And, like in Haruhis case, his coworkers know about his power and try to keep it a secret from him at all cost. This is why he keeps his job and why everyone is surprisingly tolerant of his attitude to medical ethics and his Jerkass acts: they know that if they fired him, punished him, or called him out on his actions as often as he deserves it, he would get annoyed, and his subconsciousness would destroy the world. This is also why, every time he was in the real trouble - see the Vogler arc or the Tritter arc - someone saved him in the end. This is why Wilson returned so soon in Season 5. And, last but not least, this is why medical mysteries happen every week in Houses universe; he subconsciously wishes various people to fall ill with rare/strange diseases so they can be admitted to his service. That way, he has riddles that keep him entertained.
- This would explain why the original "ducklings" all returned to PPTH - House willed them back.
- But if this is true, then soon everybody will see Amber Volakis again.
- As of the end of season five, the doomsday clock for the world of Haruhi-House is less than five minutes to midnight.
- How artificially induced was that brain tumor, anyway?
- Foreman thought it was caused by the anti-Huntington's drug. We may never know if that's true, or if Thirteen would have gotten it anyway.
- The creator just announced that Chase and Cameron will regain Character Focus at the end of season 5 in "a really cool way." "Cool" in the House-verse dictionary historically tends to involve dangerous, hard-to-diagnose illnesses or other things unpleasant to the direct recipients.
- Averted then (unless you count that close call with anaphylaxis), but not Jossed yet.
- Why not simply death? Chase is a Cosmic Plaything, and his death would end his role in any cosmic games. If there are Fates Worse Than Death, he has to go through at least one before he dies. Chase has, in the past, expressed the belief that there are times when euthanasia is acceptable; therefore, he must believe that there are fates worse than death.
- We're heading that direction. The last two cases have been finalized when House was away from Diagnostics.
Her real reason is one of these:
- This might also explain The Tag to "Saviors." Apparently, some form of "Chameron" is considered essential for smooth functioning of the hospital.
- If that last speculation is true, then PPTH is gonna have a blue Christmas.
He has been known to unintentionally kill or injure patients when he tries to work under emotional stress, and he had enough of that when Cameron was Acting Dean. Ordering the leave might have been the last thing Cameron did offscreen before she informed Cuddy that Cuddy needed to take her position back.
- It was no more than six weeks' leave. Unfortunately, the underlying issues aren't completely resolved.
- Or he's mentally slipped off the rails far enough that he's only thinking he's back at work. Insane!Chase is nicer than classic!Chase, and House also believes Chase is back at work, and so everyone is humoring them.
Chase did get fired a few months after that. The real reason was that he was still trying to pursue a relationship with Cameron. The mental effort he put into this distracted him from the differentials, which likely contributed to at least one disaster (Season 3 had several). House couldn't tell him to drop his relationship with Cameron because, technically, there wasn't one yet.
- Or she's just lying about her age.
- The info from season 4 supporting her being 38 comes from House. House has no reason to lie about her age then, since he's talking about how old she's getting (pushing forty). He knows her from college, and he was presumably there when she hired him. No, she's not lying about being 38 — or not entirely lying.
- I don't recall the specific episode; did they say he'd been running the diagnostics department at PPTH for that long, or just working in diagnostics? If it's the latter, the obvious explanation is that he was working somewhere else/for someone else before she hired him.
- It is noted that Cuddy graduated medical school at 25. This makes this (even more) unlikely, but not quite impossible.
- Discredited. Until recently, Cuddy seemed to think that Diagnostics = House, literally.
The season 1 episode "Cursed" includes three apparently incompossible facts about Chase:
- He is 26.
- His father divorced his mother when he was 15.
- His family has been broken for the last fifteen years/half his life. (Which, combined with point 2 alone, would suggest that he's 30.)
There are many ways to resolve this problem. A Fountain of Youth is one.
- There is probably a better explanation, or else the Fountain of Youth he used is starting to wear off violently.
- Example of a possible better explanation: Chase's father left when he was 11. His parents made the divorce official when he was 15.
Perhaps he would have been twenty-six if he hadn't time-traveled but needed four years' worth of short-range Time Travel to graduate in a reasonable time. This is not mutually exclusive with the Fountain of Youth, but mixing them will make things even more insanely complex.
If he tried to use a Time-Turner in seminary, it would help explain why he got the boot from there. He probably lost it before season 1 of House, though.
Now he threatens her with the blackmail material whenever she wants to fire him. It's part of the reason she seems so strained and worried at times - House doesn't seem the type to randomly reveal her secret, and he doesn't seem easily pissed off, but she's still worried that he'll decide to drop the bomb. It's part of the reason she lets him get away with so much. It's also how the hospital has so much money - instead of paying House directly, she's paying the blackmail into the hospital funds so House can have cable, MRI machines, whatever he wants. She may be doing blackmail of her own or working at an "escort agency" to help cover House's blackmail. She put some of the money into House's legal fund. House is trying to find out how much he can safely blackmail her into doing without her losing her job or otherwise being displaced (he overstretched himself when he set in motion whatever brought Vogler to the hospital.
- It is canon that House and Cuddy knew each other, casually and perhaps biblically, when they were both at medical school, when she was about eighteen and he was about twenty-eight. (His approach to ethics meant it took longer than normal for him to complete med school.) But we don't know whether that was a true relationship or just a friendship with benefit.
- He may have used the blackmail material without even realizing what he was doing. Thus, Cuddy almost put teeth into her threats to fire him.
- Considering her reaction to House's shouting from the balcony that he slept with her (he failed to say when), it's all but canon that they did do it at some point (which she presumed he was referring to).
- The relationship is confirmed in "Top Secret" and "Known Unknowns."
- Or he could join Lucas Douglas in that rumored spin-off of ''House''. Together, the two would fight crime!
- We might get to see that before Taub leaves PPTH. Lucas has been spun back in.
- Someday, when he's ready, Taub will find out who killed Kutner. And then take revenge.
- Or, Taub killed him out of Jealousy.
- His middle name is equally non-Jewish. His parents must've had a mixed marriage. Perhaps it was a shotgun wedding? Taub was born before the era of free love...
- The odds of this happening have gone up slightly. She left PPTH because of her feelings for House and his abuse of them; House left PPTH at the end of Season 5. It's possible that she fooled herself into thinking he wouldn't return.
- Oops — she was attached when the theory was written. We just didn't know it.
- Leaving at the end of Season 5, darn it!
- This theory has suddenly gotten a lot more complicated.
- Finally happened, more or less, but the details need finessing.
- He now has reason.
The various members of the cast are either people that he knew at some point or are amalgamations of certain traits. The various medical cases are a way for House's brain to avoid atrophying as well as a way to try to pull himself awake.
This also would explain the obsession with pain medication and his almost always being eventually right. The later seasons are examples of his mind either trying to shock or scare him awake or trying to help him deal with his underlying problems and flaws, such as his selfishness, the way he takes friends for granted, etc.
- He wasn't Screwed by the Network. He's choosing to go work in the White House and work to enhance causes he believes in, such as arts and the voices of ethnic minorities. If anything he's going Screw Destiny on the Networks. But his suicide is lame in a major way.
- The problem isn't that he left, or even (for viewers) why he left. It's how he left.
- Wait...House airs on FOX. Newscorp owns broadcast Fox and Fox News. Kal Penn leaves to join the Obama administration and... Goddammit, Fox.
- Because The Simpsons and Family Guy totally aren't allowed to express the writers' moonbat opinons.
- The Simpsons and Family Guy have Negative Continuity, run on Rule of Funny, and take Refuge in Audacity. FOX allows those shows their moonbat opinions because they look like moonbat shows. House is a semi-realistic Medical Drama with continuity averaging positive, and it had Very Special Episodes even before the incident being theorized about. FOX and Universal do care about the messages the show sends; else, we would not have a "House is not an addict" WMG.
Here's a provisional timeline:
1996 1990-1991: Wilson hangs up on his brother will doing his finals for his final year in med school. The brother promptly disappears. 1996-1997 1991: House attends a medical conference in Louisiana. Wilson, just starting his medical career, is there, distracted by his first set of divorce papers. Presumably his brother had been as disruptive to that marriage as House was to later ones. 1996-1997 1991 -1992: Wilson commutes from wherever he works (New Orleans or Atlanta) to Princeton, taking a weekend off every month or so. House is the only person he knows in Princeton, so he crashes on House and Stacy's couch. He becomes friends with Stacy during this time. (Hopefully it didn't go further than that.) He does not let House know the real reason he's visiting, but acts like he's only building the friendship that started at that conference. Eventually, that's more true than not. 1997 1992: House has his infarction. When he recovers, Cuddy hires him out of pity. House, taking advantage of Cuddy's then-sincere generosity, gets Wilson into PPTH on his heels.
- Note — dates have been changed in the timeline because Wilson gave a hard date for Year Zero in "Lockdown," and it is considerably earlier than what had been commonly assumed.
- The last two strikethroughs are simply wrong. (Sorry.) "Knightfall" and "The Choice" introduced a Series Continuity Error into the relative timeline — it would have had Wilson be married to Sam and Bonnie at the same time. Word of God made a patch, and possibly a retcon, to the general relative timeline. Results confirm the hard dates 1990-1991 for Wilson and Sam's marriage, but suggest that 1996 is the correct year for House having his infarction and becoming head of Diagnostics... None of this discredits the main theory, but it makes it both less likely and less necessary (five years is plenty of time for Wilson to relocate).
Because Kumar is planning on being a doctor following Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. Perhaps he ended up joining the Witness Protection Program or some such between then and his appearance on House. His adoptive parents are no such thing and are helping him maintain his cover; and he was murdered because his cover got blown.
We had twenty years prior to House to learn what an Australian accent sounds like. Chase's accent, while noticeable, is milder than those of, say, Crocodile Dundee or Steve Irwin. Clearly, he's toning it down deliberately to seem more refined or be more comprehensible. If he didn't, he might sound like pure "Outback" - or worse, Czech-Australian. (That last possibility isn't usually brought up but, since he is Czech-Australian and we've heard his dad speak, it's just possible.)
- Discredited. Lo and behold, very few Australian people sound like Crocodile Dundee or Steve Irwin. This Australian troper thinks Chase's accent pretty typical, especially if Chase comes from the city. (Where in Australia does Chase come from?)
- This Australian Troper would argue that in order to have obtained a Medical degree in Australia Chase would have likely attended a university in one of the major cities. Hence why he has a perfectly ordinary urban Australian accent rather than the rough rural Crocodile Dundee type accent so often shown on television.
- The actor was in Australian soap opera Neighbours for many years, and he's always spoken in that accent.
- We now know that this theory might be possible. Chase can drop his accent with minimal preparation, so he might be able to adjust it.
- Alternatively, that was one of Chase's half-relatives. This possibility is much more likely, since we didn't see any epi-pens floating around.
- The odds of this being Chase himself have gone up slightly now that we know that he can hide his accent thoroughly. Though if it was him, he should have remembered it before taking the speed-dating bet. Top Chef is just as popular in his 'verse as ours; he would be recognized, and it would affect how people treat him — consistently with how he did get treated in "Private Lives."
This is the third age-related anomaly on the show (surely Cuddy isn't 38!); but now there's a pattern. Stated age and life-experience are four years off for Chase and five years off for Kutner. Now, let's suppose Cuddy took four years off her own age when she said she was 38. That would mean she's really 42 - which is the age of her actress, and thus plausible...
Clearly, custom at PPTH is to ignore a doctor's years in pre-med when stating his or her age directly. Interestingly, House keeps this superstition (he's the one who said Chase was 26 in Season 1.) It would be interesting to see what age House claims to be, since he likely spent more than five years in pre-med. Possibly a lot more.
- Discredited because of "Lockdown".
- Finally! This explains a lot about Kutner. Further evidence may be taken from how he mourned Amber - in front of a TV eating Lucky Charms. Most doctors at PPTH are so messed up that the more callous someone acts about a death, the deeper it must have struck.
- Honestly, it looked like he was just this side of catatonic in that scene, a bit glassy-eyed and going through the motions. Could just be memory distorting it, though.
- Maybe he was having the visions of Amber before House was.
- Watching her go through House picking on her, living through the whole one-night-stand episode, and knowing about her brain tumor made it worse.
Or a half-elf - the human half would explain why he has Perma-Stubble and lacks pointy ears. His coworkers let him walk all over them because they know that they cant argue with elves. Vogler either didnt know that House is an elf or was a secret agent working for dwarves. Tritter simply didn't know House was an elf. ("Moriarty" didn't argue with House - he just shot him.)
- And his infarction was due to a wound received from a Nazgûl thousands of years ago.
- Alternatively, she wasn't legitimately attending Chase's bachelor party; House just agreed because of the chance that she would get drunk and make out with a stripper, possibly topless. (She did do some making out...)
- That alternative is what the powers that be were aiming for. However, that possibility didn't occur to House (he initially said "no") until after she suggested it, and she also suggested that she herself might strip in the same breath. So...
- And now she's gone to Thailand. She clearly wants to brush up on her skills.
- The entire Princeton underworld knows about her skills! Then again, she used to deal with it regularly, so they would.
- And she is now leaving PPTH to pursue this vocation full-time. Carpe noctem.
- What's more, the real Amber acted the way she did because she had the Coin originally. House accidentally picked it up during the bus accident. This is also why she didn't fight harder to live.
- Not so fast. Mash happened during the Korean War - the 1970s zone of the Korean War, but still, the Korean War. Even given how long Mash ran, Hawkeye is getting out no later than 1960 in normal time, and possibly much earlier. House is set in (near) modern times, and Dr. House is 48 going on 49. If Hawkeye became House via Fountain of Youth, he'd still have to relive much of his childhood, teenage years, college, and med school all over again... This in no way discredits the general theory. To be as jaded as House takes time.
And then, some time later, Foreman learns that Chase's bachelor party contains a strawberry-flavored stripper, either directly or via Thirteen. He was, canonically, the one who urged Chase to take one last drink off that stripper.
- Between "The Greater Good" and "Moving the Chains," this is looking like a match made in Purgatory.
Cameron stopped using her true last name after she entered medical school; it's bad enough to be overshadowed by a genius with the same last name when you are related to him, and she really was ambitious. She uses "Allison Cameron" on the hospital roster and her research papers (the ones that didn't get stolen). Since she was married before, and got all but disowned when she married her first husband, Chase hadn't needed to meet her family before the ceremony.
This is also why she accepts Chase calling her Cameron after they are engaged (both times).
This can explain away any out-of-character stuff that has ever popped up. There's been a good amount of it.
This also means that some characters may have been dead for a while without House knowing it - presumably they'll all be gone when he gets back from the asylum.
- The first confirmed instance of House hallucinating someone when he was awake and not on a more direct hallucinogen happened in the first episode of the fourth season. The absolute latest we can trust what he sees to be real is the main body of "Merry Little Christmas," before he loads up on stolen oxycodone. If Cuddy abandoning him could cause a psychotic break, how much worse from Wilson abandoning him when he had already OD'd? What comes after, even from his POV, isn't entirely wrong - we know he couldn't have gone to jail for very long - but it may not be entirely right, either.
- Alternatively, "Wilson turning his back on OD'd House" was the first hallucination. Wilson, a trained medical professional, leaving his best friend without even bothering to make sure that he will survive the night? Not likely. A doped-up House breaking and seeing his best friend and moral compass leave him in disgust? Very likely.
House isn't in every scene. We can presume that, for the most part, anything we see take place when he isn't in the immediate vicinity is real....
We may have to write off much of the first half of season 5. Scenes from Thirteen in season 5 before Foreman concludes that she cleaned up her act are also dubious. But she's probably reliable for the second half of the season. We will eventually have to take Thirteen's scenes with a grain of salt again, but that shouldn't happen before season 9.
This can reassure us, for instance, that most of the patients of the week exist, since we usually see them before they enter the system. It should also assure us that the core cast is, for the most part, alive.
- House does fit other elements of the Fisher King archetype.
This, naturally, is never going to be confirmed; but by its nature, it probably can't be Jossed.
She is haunting House because only he can give her whatever it is that will set her free from her current half-existence. She wants to make sure he doesn't find it.
This allows for her immateriality, the ability of House to feel her sometimes anyway, her Offscreen Teleportation, and her use of Hammerspace. It also explains how she knows things that a subconscious mind shouldn't know.
Strangely, many of those who buy into this theory believe she's a force for good. This despite that "assassination attempt."
- After House detoxed, Amber found a way to haunt Wilson. Wilson hasn't given much thought to what she is...
- Corollary to "Amber is a good ghost":
He's a bound djinn. He always does what anyone else asks of him when possible, no matter how hard, humiliating, or illegal it is, even if it's against his express desires or his own self-interest (which he tries to protect when he acts on his own). House has no way of knowing that Chase is compelled to be like that.
And he is positive about the existence of the supernatural; it takes one to know one.
She's been suggesting every false diagnosis she can think of to try to kill patients and to screw with House's head. She's been doing surprisingly well at that.
She read through the paperwork on the victims in the bus crash; after realising one resembled Amber, she visited the hospital where Amber was to see if it was Amber. Upon finding it was, she edited the paperwork so no one would realise Amber was there - she was hoping that Amber would die without anyone at PPTH knowing.
Throughout season five, she deliberately made herself the centre of the universe by doing everything she could to screw with everyone's heads, especially House's and Foreman's. Finally, she takes a more direct approach and kills Kutner to get to everyone. Then she tried to kill Chase by getting Foreman to get Chase to take a shot off Karamel.
Or Kutner suspected Thirteen, and she killed him to keep him quiet. She tried to kill Chase because Chase began to suspect her.
- She's still at it. First, she undermines Foreman when he's heading Diagnostics. Then, when she is forced to leave Diagnostics, she uses her relationship with Foreman to talk him into accepting a treatment suggested by Chase — which Chase intended to kill the patient with. This will eventually doom Chase, and so it's two birds with one stone.
- And now she's telling Chase that he and Cameron were meant to be — four months after Cameron left him. (He didn't fall for it.)
- It's getting worse. Now she has encouraged Wilson to start dating his first ex even though she believes that that relationship is (still) doomed.
- Mission accomplished, and so she goes. Fortunately for House, she left his boss alone....
- By this logic, all of the ducklings are moles because they all suggest wrong diagnoses off the tops of their heads. She's actually batting a pretty good average. She "underminds" Foreman by doing her job (serving as a sounding board for the boss), and "Epic Fail"'s A-plot was that Foreman's management style was pretty awful. And somebody needed to tell Chase that his relationship with Cameron wasn't completely devoid of emotion, which is what she did, not that they were "meant to be".
- Thirteen generally fall in love with Foremen.So she broke up with him feeling guilty about using him but she still to had carry out her mission. But she noticed that she could no longer do it as she was still in love with Foremen. She left the team not wanting to tell them the turth.
The scene in 'Guardian Angels' where the patient hallucinated him and Thirteen stabbing her arm with a needle wasn't a hallucination - they injected her arm with something so she'd think it was a hallucination.
Finally (perhaps out of love for Taub or fear of deathcats), he decides to give up being a mole. Then Thirteen shoots him so he can't expose her.
Alternatively, he was exposed by Chase. Unfortunately, people don't listen to Chase. Thirteen killed him to save herself and then tried to kill Chase.
Or Cameron exposed Kutner. Thirteen killed Kutner, and then tried to kill Chase as a warning to Cameron to keep quiet. Even she dares not kill the most generally caring woman at PPTH.
- But I thought I saw Chase in that the hallucination to. So is Chase a mole to?
The cat has not been seen onscreen since.
About three episodes and one major disaster after that, House says that Chase has a cat. This is the first we've heard of it. If House is right about this, it could be the same cat. Chase is friends with Taub, more or less, since they're both surgeons; Chase took pity on Taub's plea to save him from perpetual litterbox duty and Kutner from letting his fear of death cats lock him out of Diagnostics. Chase is fairly cold-blooded; no cat is going to cuddle him for warmth...
And if he ended up cuddling the kitty a little (offscreen) during the last few episodes of season 5 - well, he'd done things to antagonize Cameron (bachelor parties, jealousy over dead husbands, you know the drill), and he was a little lonely...
- I would love for this to be real XD
She was built after SCC-Cameron was created and sent back in time.
Allison Cameron, like most Terminators, was originally built to go after resistance fighters; but she was captured and reprogrammed. She was sent back to prevent House's death. Just his death - that's why she isn't twelve years older than she is. House will, sometime in the future, save the life of a key resistance figure - or perhaps he already has.
Allison Cameron was given the appearance of a doctor who had recently died and taught as much about medicine as the resistance could teach her (because a doctor would be in a better position to save House's life than anyone else)- which isn't quite as much as her medical certificate indicates. The technician named her Allison after the freedom fighter and Cameron after the SCC-Terminator, and sent her back to protect House by placing her in a position where she would become one of House's team- history suggested that he would think with his hormones when he hired her. She was inserted into the timeline shortly before House hired her. Note that she talks much about her past, but we see little hard evidence of it. Her family is estranged, her first husband "dead."
Since having a Terminator "terminate" people is unacceptable for a doctor (beyond a certain point) and would risk her losing her license before she could finish her task, she got the "don't kill people" training before she was sent back. The technician who gave it to her went somewhat overboard - she came in believing that life was inviolate. House managed to break some of that back out of her.
- It is possible that an alternate!Future!Chase was on the programming team, though he clearly wasn't the only one. Perhaps he was the "dead first husband" (in which case the programming was finished by someone else) - which would add some hilarity to the end of season 5. Since Past(Present?)!Chase wouldn't necessarily be helpful to the mission, this ended up causing some complicated informal code during programming and a few personal complications after she was sent back, especially after her seduction of House started to fail.
- It appears that the mission will be complete, or mostly complete, before the next Christmas special. If it wasn't before the end of season 5.
- Or that she failed at it. But she'll be back.
This theory is popular with people trying to ship House and Cuddy.
- This theory has support now! Seeing what Cuddy did at the end of season 6 without House asking...
- This theory is insane, but there are people who believe it.
- What WMG isn't insane?
- The Kutner is Kumar WMG above sounds pretty plausible to me.
- What WMG isn't insane?
Think about it. If Kal Penn hadn't decided to become part of Obama's cabinet, Kutner would not have had to die. And if Kutner hadn't killed himself, then the other dominoes at the end of season 5 would not have fallen, and House would still be able to pretend that he's sane.
This theory is the basis for dark!Wilson fanfic communities.
Naturally, if this is true, he's Affably Evil. Usually.
- At the conference with his Breaking Speech, but House in his role as semi-demi-antichrist stopped him.
- The corollary of this is that House is secretly fuzzy, and that both just externalize the things they want others to see. House doesn't want to get to know his patients because it hurts, and Wilson loves to get to know his oncology patients because it's fun.
- Further evidence will be revealed in the third Harold and Kumar film.
But Vicodin is a combination drug, and the other half is acetometophin/ paracetemephol/ Tylenol. The dose of Tylenol it takes to seriously damage one's liver is only twice the highest recommended dose; if House is taking enough Vicodin to risk ODing on the narcotic, he's definitely ODing on the Tylenol. And liver damage is a slow and mostly silent killer.
Once the right (wrong?) people read this fanfic and check to see if it's true, they can then ban prescription combination painkillers with acetomenophin in them. Because Tylenol has long been considered safe, it is in all sorts of OTC drugs; the drug-mixing is the official reason. But the unofficial one will be silent Vicodin overdosing.
- It has nothing to do with fanfic, doctors have known about (and been working against Johnson & Johnson and the rest of big pharma to change perception about) the dangers of Tylenol for many years. Vicodin and Percocet were not the only drugs recommended for removal from the market. Tylenol is combined in at least seven other prescription painkillers. Vicodin alone is prescribed 100 million times a year, and in the US, more than 42,000 people are hospitalized every year for Tylenol overdoses (and several hundred people die). Some of those people never took narcotics in their life, they simply didn't read that their multi-symptom cough syrup had the same ingredient as their fever reducer, and those OTC combination medicines were recommended for changes by a much stronger vote (36-1 vs 24-13 for narcotics). The problem is that people don't read the label, they just assume (much like Dr. Cox) that the correct dose is whatever sticks. But a 2005 study found that most overdoses involve narcotics, and the FDA panel openly admitted this.
This should make things interesting for both the Diagnostics Department collectively (since she'll be better able to obstruct it needlessly this time around) and for Dr. Robert Chase (who will be at least two levels below her in the hospital hierarchy, again).
(NOTE, based on episodes shown in the UK.)
- This was once Word of God, but there has been at least one Flip-Flop of God since then, so this goes here.
- Drug seeking behavior and stock-piling are medically recognized as signs of dependence, not necessarily addiction. You can not take opiates long term without dependence and tolerance. But when the drugs cause problems in your life (social, mental, physical, whatever) and you still continue to use narcotics, or when you take prescription painkillers at unscheduled times to alleviate symptoms other than pain (ie boredom), those are signs of addiction. IRL, Vicodin is what the dentist gives you when you need something after you have a tooth pulled. House has had major damage to a major thigh muscle, leaving him with permanent nerve damage and a permanently incapacitated leg (which by itself would also cause fairly severe back pain, just ask Hugh Laurie about simply faking a limp). House, as a real pain patient, would realistically be prescribed something like a few oxycodone a day (without acetaminophen, to lower his long-term risk of liver damage) as needed for "breakthrough" pain, and ms contin several times a day for regular maintenance. He would also probably have to take a recommended daily dose of aspirin (or even prescription anticoagulants) to prevent recurrence of the thromboembolism. With such a course of treatment, the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners would probably have to limit his authority to practice, if they didn't revoke his license outright and force him into teaching.
Second - well, no one should be surprised to hear that House will be at PPTH in season 6. But he will be spending [[strike}most]] much of season 6 trying to regain his license — which means he will lose it! He's still going to be solving cases because he loves puzzles, but he won't be able to take any official credit for it. Foreman has stolen credit before in the form of at least one of Cameron's research papers; he'll be happy to do it again, since he likes House much less than Cameron.
- It looks like the second point of this argument is at least half-wrong.
- Many details jossed, but main theory is still tenable. Though Foreman probably doesn't want to steal ideas from people who don't have working medical licenses.
- Discredited because of an international incident. What the hell, Chase?
- And he will be willing to risk his career for her.
- Now Robert Chase will really have a reason to avoid the Diagnostics floor.
This may allow two of the Wilson romance theories above to converge.
- Word of God says no. That's Foreman's job, again.
- He had his breakthrough because Kutner visited.
The connection isn't completely broken — if it was, he'd be dead or in a coma. So, this is why part of House's subconscious might want him dead or in a coma.
- If this isn't already true, then it might become true.
- It became true no later than "Brave Heart." Seriously, if you are an intensivist who has developed a phobia of your hospital's intensive care unit for fear of what you may find there, then you are in big trouble.
The only question left if this is true is, what is the correct new season numbering?
- Further evidence: Katie Jacobs, a current producer for the show, told TV Guide that she would decide "next year" when the current season would end. This interview was printed late January 2010!
- And further evidence: House is distributed by Universal. Other shows associated with Universal have had confusing numbering conventions: Heroes has had five Volumes in its four seasons, and Battlestar Galactica has a "season 4.5." House is jumping onto this bandwagon a little late.
- It appears that a season divider has been informally drawn between "Wilson" and "The Down Low."
Clearly, for the good of the American people, this season must be set aside and treated like a rough draft. Things that are mentioned only in this season will cease to be canon. Many of them have ceased to be treated as canon in canon, so this is the next logical step.
- One purpose of "Lockdown" seems to be to clarify the state of the canon. Other episodes from the second half of season 6 also seem to provide support.
So fanon, especially that of Fan Fic writers, often plays Fanon Dis Continuity so that the case and the trial happen close to each other, and make the intervening months extremely busy for Diagnostics....
- "Private Lives" may support this one. Wilson does an As You Know to Chase about how long Chase has been working with and around House — and that period started, at latest, a year before "Cursed" (assuming that one's still canon).
She may even get called "Dr. Chase" by some people, either naturally or in an attempt to throw House off. (House does not necessarily know that she succeeded in getting married.)
- Discredited — because Foreman got involved after the fact, he took the defense and will probably prevent that part from spinning out of control.
- Oh, and for the record, that rumor was only half true. Chase dysthanized a patient.
Now, think of Chase as he is now — that is, deep in love or a reasonable facsimile thereof with Cameron. Now think of how he treated Cameron, and perhaps life itself, in seasons 4 and 5 during those moments when he thought she didn't love him back. He may have been paranoid some of those times, but that's no comfort to Cameron.
This was the same sort of thing. It is not objectively justifiable.
The argument for his mother abusing him, in the loose sense, is simple: she was an alcoholic, and Chase was caring for her during at least part of his teens, when technically she should've been caring for him. (Possibly earlier, depending on what timeline you're running.) Thus, neglect is unavoidable, and more violent abuse is conceivable.
We may get more enlightenment on this aspect of this theory in season 6.
There are at least two schools of thought that lead to the idea of his father "abusing" him:
- The benign one is that Rowan Chase simply could not be both one of the greatest doctors in the world and a good father at the same time. He "abused" Chase simply by being absent. Since the concept is common in Western works (Cuddy is struggling with it), it's easy to apply it here.
- Chase's behavior toward his dad in "Cursed" is justified; Rowan did something objectively wrong. This version may permit active abuse; Chase might not want to advertise that sort, and so he may lie about it. Or he may have used Exact Words. (Rowan never laid a hand on him — there was always an intermediate implement.)
If this is true, then it could mean trouble. She was an alcoholic. He drinks...
- She could die. Despite her Huntington's, this is the less likely alternative.
- She will have a falling-out with Foreman. To escape him, she will transfer to another wing of the hospital to practice her specialty. She's an internist, which means that most of the cases she can't handle should probably go to a specialist before they go to Diagnostics — but she likely will contact Diagnostics occasionally.
- The odds have gone up, but the mechnaism is not one of the listed ones. Foreman is running Diagnostics, and he is going to fire her; presumably, personal problems will lead to personnel problems. The big question is, will she be gone from Diagnostics for any length of time? She has been fired before, but returned the same episode. That won't happen this time, but the next episode is possible.
- Confirmed. But Wilson is going to try to get her back.
Or he could always up and leave for somewhere where the cost of living is lower and the plastic surgeons don't know his name. It's not like that many of the fans will miss him. (If Kutner had lived longer, we might have.)
- Okay, this one might not be wild enough. He left Diagnostics once, only to return just before the episode was finished. And he is threatening to leave again in at least one season promo. Do not mark this as confirmed unless he leaves Diagnostics for longer than Cameron did after her first resignation.
Probablytrue. But House will try to get him back even if it means blackmailing him again. He is the better living Number.
Foreman was three months away from "graduating" when he was hired as head of Diagnostics at New York Mercy, which effectively eliminated his need to finish the fellowship. (Cuddy made him an attending when he returned.) Cameron would've "graduated" between seasons 3 and 4 if she had never resigned at all, or late in season 4 if she had stayed when everyone else was gone.
- Of course there is: The MRI Machine Of Doom! It's ring-shaped, and nothing good ever happens in, around or near it. The damn thing more often than not makes people sicker than when they came in, but the other doctors can't resist using it.
- Going with the WMG at the very top of this page, a Hellmouth is directly below it.
House having an affair with Cameron has the bonus effect of making Chase jealous. This is a bonus — House may even hope to force Chase into Mayfield. It does add some slight personal risk, though.
- It's too late for House to have an affair with Cameron now...
- As of Season 6, it wasn't an affair, but he did horrify Cameron.
If this is true, then Stacy would make a good candidate if she's present.
- Cameron thinking he was having an affair was sufficient for the purpose.
- There was another way to pull that off.
- House has been prophesied to kill Pestilence. House lets him live so long as he entertains him. At the same time, House scammed Death into almost never killing his patients.
- Practically confirmed.
Nonetheless, Foreman will be one of the greatest diagnosticians that ever lived. And it will happen because he truly believes in diagnostics as a field of medicine. Unlike House (who considers his field a form of recreation with extremely high stakes), Foreman sees diagnostics as an real discipline. Foreman will be the one to ensure that diagnostics survives to the next generation.
That is why he left House's fellowship prematurely — he wanted there to be more than one Department of Diagnostics, more than one place to learn diagnostics. That didn't work out so well; but Foreman is as stubborn as hell about this field...
- It appears that he is again going to try to start a second Diagnostics department somewhere. He threatened to leave PPTH despite having nowhere else to go! The threat was defused, however...
Bonus points if the successor to that dictator supports that dictator. (Very unlikely, but...) Then PPTH may literally become a war zone.
- The Princeton mafia may also start attacking PPTH soon.
The syllogism goes like this:
- Wilson believes that House needs a diagnostician under him, or alongside him, who will consistently disagree with him and otherwise consistently resist the pull of House's ego.
- House is almost always eventually right. This means that anyone who consistently disagrees with him will be almost always ultimately wrong.
- Having someone who is both almost always ultimately wrong and stubborn in the department is going to make it more inefficient, and thus less productive.
- Therefore, Wilson values the deflation of House's ego over the Diagnostic department's success rate.
This is a problem because Wilson, being a natural charmer and stubborn himself, has a lot of influence with Cuddy.
- Forcing House to go to that conference didn't help.
She has even been clever enough to list herself as "Thirteen" on her personnel files.
- Foreman doesn't know her real name either, since she and Taub were able to fool him with forged personnel files.
Inspired by an AU fanfic in which Thirteen has a sister named Danielle, nicknamed Dani. In that fanfic, "Remy" is short for Remembrance. That might be her real first name, too — one too embarrassing to use, given what sort of woman she is.
He suppressed the memory to protect himself and to avoid a downward spiral, which prompted his psychotic break.
- If this is true, then Cuddy had better watch her back.
- Now there's been a mention! And now that House is back in touch with Lucas, the two together can find him.
So, what was Chase doing down there?
Scleroderma is detected by its antibodies. Chase injected blood from the corpse into himself, waited for the antibodies (he would start to feel ill), and then gave his own newwly infected blood for the sample.
By the time he gets treated for this self-inflicted infection (he can't do it until the scandal has died down if he wishes to avoid Death Row — yes, New Jersey in this show has one), he'll probably be irreversibly damaged. Those hallucinations weren't entirely psychological.
Unfortunately, Chase doesn't know that she knows.
When Chase finally told her that it wasn't Dibala's blood, she knew immediately where that blood did come from. Clearly, she noted the signs of blood from a corpse when she ran the tests but wrote them off because the sample seemed to confirm the theory she was pursuing.
Note: if the "Chase infected himself" theory is true — that is, if the blood she tested was Chase's own — then this theory gets messy. Though, given that things between the Chases have gotten messy anyway, the combo could happen.
- If she was not competent to make that decision, then Chase statutorily raped her.
- If she was competent to make that decision, then her consent is okay — but she pressured Chase into it (she wouldn't take his first "no"), so his consent is dubious. (We are presuming that "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization doesn't apply.)
So, there is dubious consent on at least one side, but we cannot be 100% sure which one.
He's Just Hiding!. He fled because the Princeton Mafia was after him. The body that was found was his evil twin, who opportunistically decided to attempt to impersonate Kutner the day that he fled. The Mafia mistakenly killed the evil twin and made it look like a suicide.
- Note — there is a Princeton mafia. One of its former members got treated by PPTH in season 1, despite some interference from Vogler.
- That, and there is no way Chase could have given that "you and my beloved are both evil" speech and gotten House to believe it.
- Discredited, sort of. Though, since they had sex immediately after Chase signed divorce papers... Let's just say that, so long as both of them are around, determining the state of this relationship is like determining the volume of a Klein bottle.
Odds are, Cameron will return for about the same reason Foreman did — she'll determine that she has been irredeemably corrupted while working under House. This could take a while, though; she has traditionally had a strong moral compass, but we have no idea how she calibrates it.
- And we now have an opening for a female diagnostician!
But, again, someone has to manage House. And surely Cameron has enough backbone to resist House's wiles now that she too has decided that he's irredeemable.
It'll take some coaxing. But Cameron is better at administration than at immunology (else she would've caught her last Diagnostics case herself), there aren't that many respectable jobs in immunology, and the deanhood at PPTH has got to be cushier than any place's ER even with the special hazards.
- This still could happen, but the reasons would be different now.
Note: we do not know which son is fully legitimate.
- Perhaps they are 420 days (421 on leap years). Twelve 35-day months, 60 weeks. Diagnostics takes a case a week, so...
Well, there is five years' difference between their calendar and ours...
Chase didn't tell Cameron about the connection because Cameron was wishing the man dead as soon as she learned she'd be treating him. If Dibala had lived, then she would have held Chase's closeness to that tyrant against him.
- New Jersey recently approved medical mj, so he could be toking up. Or possibly using one of the synthetic canniboids like JWH 018.
- If this is true, then House lied to an extremely terminal patient. Then again, it was an extremely terminal patient with a phone in his room.
- Perhaps the experimental painkiller has a proof number?
This happened because a moral pillar of the universe (which is what Cameron was) became engaged to and married a Cosmic Plaything. This resulted in two things: more and harsher play with House, who would be a Cosmic Plaything if he believed in the supernatural at all; and cosmic attempts to shake Chase free from Cameron, which ultimately created meta-structural damage to the universe, to Cameron, and to Chase.
For now, The 'Verse will survive even though Cameron has wished death on it. Wilson is still there (a hollow pillar is better than none), and Taub is a (skewed) moral pillar also. Too much is broken for things to return to the original status quo, but a new one is still possible.
- It was for the entire diagnostic department, which includes the free clinic and any other diagnosticians that took care of patients who didn't have "interesting" cases. A hundred million a week minus legal expenses is way more than even House's method takes up, despite the MRI Machine of Doom and him being under budget, especially before they (presumably) reallocated the budget for his team's wages. He was still technically embezzling, but it was most likely all over-the-table.
- Doesn't that imply that House is still embezzling "over-the-table"?
- Doesn't that imply that House is still embezzling "over-the-table"?
This affects Foreman because Shore intended him to be an Audience Surrogate, and he is Shore's Author Avatar. Unfortunately, most of the vocal part of the audience doesn't identify with Foreman, and neither do the newer writers for the show. So, with Shore gone at least temporarily, putting Foreman on a bus with as much grace as the House 'verse permits (which is not much, but oh well) is better than risking derailing his character.
The problem is, Thirteen is supposed to swing both ways. She is supposed to be attracted to both sexes. Since she used to sleep around freely and is currently unattached (barring surprise developments in "The Down Low"), there is no clear reason for her to be the one less attracted than anyone else... unless her bisexuality is mostly an Informed Attribute.
We know that she did canonically sleep with a woman at least once, since that woman was a Patient of the Week in season 5. But Thirteen was at her psychological worst then; she was intoxicated, she did not even get the name of the woman before she slept with her, and she was briefly fired because of substance abuse that episode.
Conclusion: she is attracted to women only when she is so intoxicated that she'll sleep with anyone who's willing; when she's sober, she's interested in men when she's interested at all. She's probably only a 2 on the Kinsey scale.
- Or she is able to look beyond looks and could see that something was off about the woman where the men could not? Or she just didn't find her attractive? 13 is bisexual, not Anything That Moves.
- We should note that she might be alcoholic. (How many martinis was she implied to knock back during that night out "The Choice"? That's hard liquor, people...) Thus, this can be true even while she considers herself bi and proud.
Cameron will not be happy about this; but if her idea of "do no harm" extends to evil genocidal dictators, then it should also cover amoral former husbands. (Even if Chase isn't amoral, she thinks he is.) Putting Chase to sleep will not be an option.
He did delay the discovery of Kutner's body by several hours. We have only his word about the excuse.
Taub also was far less moved by the event than one might expect — and everyone noticed at the time!
The Powers That Be tailored House's afterlife to his own mind from the instant the bullet dropped, because otherwise he could never be happy (as shown by his chat with Moriarty about not believing in the afterlife, therefore it must be a hallucination or coma), and threw in a hallucination, temporary (ha!) leg treatment, or drug overdose/trip (Vicodin, migraine-treating LSD, etc.) when he started getting bored or frustrated. Despite being a Jerkass, he got enough brownie points with his governing deity because he saves lives, or heck [Ineffable God to be potholed here if it survives the YKTTW], he may have gotten in with that Refuge in Audacity stunt where he got half a point more than God in House Vs. God ( Chase just refused to dock any of the point from Grace's remission and made it look like a tie), and most importantly, House forgot (in No Reason) that in Ionian metanarrative, afterlife believes in him.
This means that Wilson is Peter Petrelli.
Why didn't anyone call him on it? Because House has an anecdotal reputation (which is why PPTH is the only place that could employ him). The other attendees were afraid that, if they called his bluff, he would attempt something genuinely destructive.
The hepatitis was, if not caused by a pre-existing but unidentified condition or drug use ("everybody lies"), a result of one of the guys who had gotten prison raped (or taken drugs) spitting in his "gift for the made man" soup out of spite.
(I don't think this is the case; it's just annoying that everyone on the show and a lot of people in the fandom assume premise A when Premise B fits every fact but the hepC, which has at least three or four explanations that were never debunked).
- Strangely, "Lockdown" itself neither confirms the theory nor josses it beyond repair. Foreman started the immediate chain of events that led to Taub punching him — but the why of it can't be safely reported by either of them. They may have bonded enough this episode that they won't need or want to get into a MAD situation. But they both have enough blackmail material on each other to carry one out.
- He didn't read the right files when we were looking. He was looking at personnel files for a while before the lockdown, though. Possibly a long while.
- Does Thirteen know?
- She probably doesn't know everything, but she almost certainly knows something. Let's formalize it...
She urged Foreman to accept the scleroderma result anyway. He does, and the result is disastrous.
Soon after, Thirteen is trying to flee Princeton, just like Cameron would do after she learned that Dibala didn't have scleroderma. Since she already knew why it might not be scleroderma, she was quicker to realize that the problem might be in the test itself. She didn't have as much contact with Foreman in the episodes immediately following, partly because she finalized the break-up, partly because Foreman was tied up with an M&M for most of the next episode. But she knew him well enough by then, and was forced to hang around long enough, that she'd know that this is not just a normal deadly mistake, but something on the level of switching her onto the experimental Huntington's drug that almost killed her ahead of schedule.
She doesn't necessarily know who was responsible. She probably knows that a Chase was behind it, but she cannot be sure if it was Robert Chase or Allison Cameron-Chase. And even if she doesn't know what Foreman did immediately after the fact, she knows that both he and she herself share some responsibility for this.
- She may know who is responsible now.
- Taub didn't KO Foreman, but he may hurt anyway.
The episode was filmed and ready to air by Valentine's Day, and given certain events mentioned in previews, would appear on the surface to be suitable for then. FOX would get the preview clips a little over a week before then so that they could make their promos. Instead, they take a two-month hiatus on new episodes — including half of a sweeps month, which would hurt FOX's own ad rates (even given that the Winter Olympics were also going on), and a period when the show after it, 24, was airing new episodes. It got bad enough that FOX was adding commentary footage to the Friday night reruns — yes, that's right, we had two months in the spring of 2010 when two entire 8 pm timeslots were filled with House reruns. Fortunately, this show has a large dedicated fandom.
So, why was FOX playing chicken with its own ratings this way? Well, what House episode aired around that week in April in 2009?
That's right, "Simple Explanation." It's perhaps the most painful Wham Episode of House ever because we had no reason to suspect that it was more than interesting beforehand — we had no idea that what seemed like the selling points before would look so irrelevant after. FOX execs were no happier about that than we were. They were likely told not to reveal that twist until after the episode aired; FOX sent out a huge press release about it at precisely 9 pm Eastern, spoiling West Coast viewers in the process.
This is symbolic timing. And, since "Lockdown" is no longer in the middle of a block of House episodes, viewers will be more alert this time around. But the work required to set this up is so drastic that something must be going on here that is even worse than the Shocking Swerve in "Simple Explanation."
Note: this probably should go under Poison Oak Epileptic Trees, too.
- Hmm... We learned that Thirteen may have never told her father she was bisexual, that Foreman's class-inferiority issues are still bothering him, and that Foreman may have tried to lie to Diagnostics about his background during the pilot. We already knew that House is lonely and wants to be lonely. So unless Wilson stealing a dollar and getting caught but not prosecuted is a Shocking Swerve...
- Shrug. On the other hand, we may have seen a domino drop. Wilson appears to be taking romantic advice from Thirteen.
- Something horrible happened from House's POV.
Now, House pays for its attempts to be at the cutting edge by being visibly vulnerable to Executive Meddling; Getting Crap Past the Radar here means accepting a Creativity Leash there. So, FOX and Universal had to wait to see if the Real Life status quo would change and, if it did (as it did), decide the least destructive way to deal with it...
- Discredited. Wilson's hard dates weren't a Series Continuity Error, but the relative continuity has been adjusted.
- There was even a Fight Club reference in that scene.
Taub hurt his leg during the lockdown. He's especially vulnerable.
- Taub quipped that he wanted to learn how House thinks by getting a limp and an addiction. Be Careful What You Wish For, Taub.
And there was something unnatural about his dealings with Cameron...
It's an insane theory. But for all we know, she just stayed in the clinic waiting room during the lockdown, and he ended up cuddling a shadow.
It's also why he could get away with "turning up the morphine" when he did. The difference between 2.5 and 4.0 would be noticeable. House "turned up the morphine" after the lockdown ended and shortly before that guard came; there is no way it wouldn't be noticed.
Also, there is a limit to how late one can reasonably expect a severe snowstorm in central New Jersey, and it's before mid-February.
The renaissance people would have to change fairgrounds, or vacate the one they prefer, about once a year to keep the sanitation issues from getting too absurd; but they run at least eleven months a year, including mid-winter.
If this is true, then there is a 3 in 4 chance that House will be hiring early next season.
- Fortunately, no.
- Again, fortunately, no.
If it's Thirteen, it will likely be a knock-on effect from her Huntington's (assuming that's still an issue).
- Not quite...
- Fortunately, no — unless you count patients.
- Fortunately, no. Or is that unfortunately?
- Doubtful. Huntington's doesn't work that way...
- The end of the season 6 finale and the beginning of the season 7 premiere were the same day, perhaps the same hour, In-Universe. However, this could still be true.
- Not quite. He did pray, but since neither he nor the patient were praying to anyone in particular...
- We did get to see House as he was never seen before, BTW. It was an incredible piece of television. This show is just on another level.
This would go nicely with Nolan's being the demi-antichrist.
There is also the grand tradition of psychiatrists being crazy. Dr. Nolan seems to be an exception, but seriously...
Why would the Houseverse have holodecks 200 years before humans in the Star Trek verse even found someone using the tech? Simple: no eugenics wars holding things back, and many aspects of tech in Houseverse are already ahead of our own. "Epic Fail"'s videogame demonstrated that VR is much farther advanced in this 'verse than in our own.
This is also one reason he all but withdrew from active diagnosing after season 1. He couldn't trust his senses enough to be a reliable diagnostician unless he got treated — but if he did get effectively treated, then by the psych-drug law he would no longer be able to practice medicine at all.
He went to surgery after he was fired from Diagnostics, not just because of the pay, but because surgeons working outside Diagnostics never work alone. He would never have had to rely solely on his own judgment. Getting assigned as House's "personal surgeon" threw a wrench in that plan, since standard Diagnostics practice at PPTH has become to allow only diagnosticians to work on Diagnostics cases in any capacity unless absolutely necessary, and, well, Chase didn't trust them any better than himself. But by then, Chase was already settled...
House did not have sympathy for Chase's mental illness after it showed itself during his original fellowship, which is why he fired Chase with little explicit reason. (Chase couldn't challenge it without risking the whole medical establishment knowing the truth about his sanity or lack thereof.) Events in season 5 and at Mayfield changed House's perspective, which is why he tried to fight to keep Chase at Diagnostics.
- If this is true, then we will learn the truth from Wilson.
Note well: For most of "Both Sides Now" (the season 5 finale), he honestly believed that he hadn't taken any Vicodin since — well, since the scene with Cuddy in "Under My Skin" that turned out to be a Vicodin-induced hallucination. He thought he had successfully detoxed then. It happened before; it could have happened again.
- a former patient.
- a former lover.
- a med school/career/paper rival.
- the relative of a former patient.
- a madman with a gun who didn't care who House was.
- after someone else.
- just. That. Annoyed.
Being adamant against abortion and hearing House's (somewhat questionable) childhood she chose to lied to him rather than argue or hurt his feelings. Cuddy being both baby crazed herself and knowing that house failed to follow procedure agrees to tell him what he wants to hear. Seeing the show's recurring theme of dishonestly and general outlook she will likely make a return with small mysteriously ill child. Leaving House to suspect abuse
Not a great deal of ideas for this one but I briefly started thinking about this when I learned of Kutner's past. This is an earth where superheroes are not prominent or widely publisized and also one where character's have similar yet diverging backgrounds because of their ancestors. Kutner is an alternate Batman. His family was not rich like the Waynes but he suffered the same tragedy of seeing his parents killed in front of him by a mugger as a child. He could have gone the way of the crime fighter but between his foster care and other things he decided to become a doctor instead. Eventually he would have become a metahuman specialist like Doctor Midnite. He was murdered by someone working for Joe Chill who was the mugger on this earth as well. Joe Chill became more powerful in prison, gaining contacts and managed to have Kutner killed before his next parole hearing was due.
House himself is possibly an alternate version of Wildcat (Ted Grant). Wildcat did teach Batman and several other of the best fighting heroes how to fight, just in this earth he taught them how to diagnose illnesses better than anyone. I'm not sure about any of the others, but I doubt they all have to be superheroes, some could be alternate versions of characters surrounding the heroes.
He's on the run because NPH is after him. He met up with Harvey aka Harold and now they are running for their lives.
What? He's shown a lot of talent in music and seems to have mastered a variety of instruments, so he could do it if he wanted to.It probably wouldn't last longer than an episode, but wouldn't it be hysterical if that was how the show ended? House just quits to persue a career as a one man band?
She is a genius with three doctorates who bears the names of one of the Doctor's companions (who is herself a doctor) and of his archnemesis.
"Now wait," you may be saying to yourself, "they couldn't do that again! They already pulled that trick!" That's just what they want you to think. The big reveal will be in a few episodes.
The writers noticed how people liked Cameron more after Thirteen was introduced, so when Olivia Wilde left for Tron, they decided to introduce an even more annoying character in an attempt to get people to like her better when she comes back.
- House is often described as "medical Sherlock Holmes", so Watson has other meanings...
- The show's Watson will be called Wilson by House, because that's what his existing Watson expy is named
- If this does happen, House will be at Cuddy's bedside, the way he wasn't during "Bombshells."
- House and Cuddy resolved their series-long Will They or Won't They? sexual tension. And may have done so in ways that alienated some fans of the ship.
- When Olivia Wilde went on hiatus to make movies, her character was replaced by a suspiciously Sue-ish wunderkind.
- Lampshaded by House watching his favorite hospital soap, "Prescription: Passion" while sitting in his hospital bed.
At the end of the episode, we see House take a Vicadon tablet. We know that it is not is first recent one, and we don't know how many he takes at that point. House is hurting more at this moment than he has a in a long time; he was on the verge of giving his all to this woman he loves and she rejects him. You could see that he was visually crushed.
With the beginning of the next episode, House's behavior becomes more and more unbelievable, even for him. That episode culminates with him jumping from a hotel balcony into a swimming pool, which, let's face it, is insane. You're not likely to walk away from that if you're still alive, and House didn't seem to get a scratch.
After that a series of improbable events happens, such as his buying a monster truck, marrying a mail order bride (who promptly disappears), and picking up Thirteen on his was to a Vegetable Shooter Competition (the prison just happens to be on the way, and somehow he knew she could fix his gun). This ends with House driving his car through Cuddy's house, endangering her, her family (including Rachel), and he nearly hits Wilson to boot. The look on Cuddy and Wilson's faces say it all: this is too far even for House.
So, within a span of a few weeks, House has gone from loving Cuddy with all his heart, and loving Wilson as his best friend, to nearly killing them both and then celebrating by going to a tropical island to vacation. I propose that the beginning of Season 8 will find House still in New Jersey, in a hospital bed, possibly at Mayfield.
Because nothing is complete without a World of Darkness WMG.
Specifically, he's a Nocker Lost Grump. Lost - extreme suspicion regarding any supernatural claims, despite repeatedly experiencing downright bizarre things himself. Nocker - cynical, bitter genius who looks down on the mundane standards of everyone else.
- This actually seems pretty likely. Supposedly Kutner will be returning, so unless the show is planning one hell of an Ass Pull and he is somehow not dead he will most likely be a hallucination. Something to push House over the edge, perhaps?
- Confirmed and subverted. Kutner is indeed back as a hallucination, as are Amber, Stacy, and Cameron, and House is in the process of dying and it's all his fault. He takes advantage of the situation to stage his own death, living out his life on the run.
- Actually as we are not shown what happens when Wilson eventually dies. He could live out his life on the run, or in prison, or more likely, this being House, he will commit suicide. Also Cameron is back in real life with a kid and implied husband.
- Confirmed and subverted. Kutner is indeed back as a hallucination, as are Amber, Stacy, and Cameron, and House is in the process of dying and it's all his fault. He takes advantage of the situation to stage his own death, living out his life on the run.
- Jossed by the last episode. To be fair, though, he brought that on himself, as expected. No chance that was going to last.
- Nope. Just one, and it's the patient of the week—although House uses it to fake his own death.
- Notice Wilson is the only one who sees him at the end. He meets him up with him out in the open in front of a townhouse overlooking a busy downtown street. That coupled with the fact that House is a world-famous doctor that would be recognized fairly quickly make it obvious he couldn't have faked his own death (or if he did, it would a pretty bad idea unless Taub was also in on it to aid in his cover in his old fashioned way). The House we see at the end of the series is a [[Irony hallucination of Wilson's]] brought on by rapidly failing health and numerous anti-cancer medications.
- While he may be "world-famous and recognized", hes is so in name only, otherwise how do you explain the fact that he can pose as Wilson in a conference for people who are more likely to know who he is without getting caught?
- This would also explain the timing of the text message Wilson recieves, or why he doesn't immediately realize it's his own phone ringing- He's not "really" hearing it, only imagining he does.
- It's the result of PTSD or simple denial from him having cancer. Having seen so many of his own patients die from it, the emotional effects are particularly acute. He invents post-mortem House as coping mechanism; an escape from having to think about his cancer. Notice how during their bike ride (also — do they have identical bikes? Didn't house already have a crotch rocket? Now he's on a road hog?) when Wilson broaches the subject, "House" immediately deflects the topic. This seems precisely what a self-established escape mechanism would do.
- Cuddy's initial departure was a front in a cooperative plan to fake House's death. She was in hiding the whole time. The whole thing was a scheme so grand not even House could pull it purely off by himself.
- Pre-Jossed - in the next episode, it is revealed that Moriarty was never caught. A man named Moriarty eluding justice. Who'd've thought?
So, he was unable to turn back, then lost Mjölnir and never found it, changed his name to Dr. House and started a new life. Thus he extremely jaded from losing all his strength and powers.
Many episodes follow the plot of House and The Team struggling in vain to find out what's wrong with the patient of the week. This is because the root of the problem is so rare and unusual that none of their standard practices work. Then House has a sudden flash of insight and he knows for certain what the problem is and how to fix it. This is because God wants to help.
The stuff he does in the clinic is all his medical knowledge and experience paying off, but the case of the week is not. He can't do his Sherlock Scan for the main patient like he does for all the clinic people, and this bothers him. It bothers him because he places great pride and invests a lot of self-worth into his skills and doesn't want to rely on something or someone else.
Furthermore, House has his suspicions about this sort of thing and it angers him all the more. It's the reason why he's so determined to disprove the supernatural and the religious. He goes as far as to stick a fork into an electric socket in order to provoke a near-death experience so he can disprove someone else's. If he can disprove it than all his achievements are truly his own.
There's one episode where he admits that he doesn't believe in God/The Afterlife/ etc because he finds it "more comforting" just like those that do believe find it more comforting. In another episode, he goes into surgery and shouts at the patient's family, "I'd better not catch you praying! I don't want to fight over credit for this." That's not mere snark but a serious statement.
Finally, how truly serious do you believe he was when he said he was going to "cure" a dead person?
If House ever discovered this guess to be true, he would put himself into a permanent vegetative state. He can't kill himself, because then he'd have to deal with what he would consider "the bastard" face to face.