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  • Adorkable: Dr. Park is withdrawn and quiet but very sweet, her crush on Chase being quite cute and affectionate.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is House a soulless Jerkass misanthrope who's only in the medical profession for the puzzle/challenge, or a Jerk with a Heart of Gold doctor profoundly committed to saving his patients regardless of the law, traditional medical ethics, or common sense? He argues that the non-compassionate approach is more successful as shown by this quote: "What would you prefer - a doctor who holds your hand while you die or one who ignores you while you get better?".
    • On a similar note, is House simply arrogant and a "jerk" in the sense that he says and does what makes him happy without regard for others, or is he an abusive prick who constantly belittles his staff and accuses them of ulterior motives to make them feel stupid and dependent on him (i.e., Gaslighting)? While his staff never does become totally subservient to him (and he admits he needs them to disagree with him), the impact he has on their personalities is obvious. He also flat-out admits in one episode that he bases how he treats his staff on his father's training of soldiers and of him, which is literally abuse and brainwashing. Also, almost whenever a duckling, Wilson, or Cuddy finds happiness elsewhere, he reacts with anger and tries to sabotage it (see Moral Event Horizon below.)
  • Arc Fatigue: When House questions his ability to be an exceptional diagnostician without being in pain, or on medication, or being happy. It happens constantly, but the show always reverts the status quo to ensure House retains both his genius and being a jerk.note 
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    • The Vogler arc in Season 1, which was pushed onto the show by Executive Meddling. A megalomaniacal hospital administrator harassing House because he refused to help market an unethically developed, un-necessarily expensive drug did not impress fans who wanted to watch a medical drama.
    • The Tritter arc in Season 3. Seven episodes of a grumpy cop harassing and arresting House and his interns because the cop and House are both stubborn jerks. At the climax of the arc it suddenly stops and goes nowhere when Cuddy transparently covers for House while on the witness stand. The presiding Judge, tired of wasting time on Tritter's idiotic vendetta that will ruin the life of a highly regarded doctor, takes the opportunity to immediately dismiss the case despite Cuddy's obvious perjury and House's clear guilt.
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    • House having to recruit a new team in Season 4. The new team was obviously going to be Thirteen, Taub and Kutner but getting there took up half of the season that ended up getting cut short by a writer's strike — if not for the strike then it would only have taken up the first third of the season, which would at least have been more proportionate.
  • Award Snub: Hugh Laurie never won an Emmy award for Lead Actor in a Drama despite earning 6 nominations. The show itself never won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama series for any of the 4 nominations it earned.
  • Awesome Music: Using Massive Attack's "Teardrop" as the theme song was, to say the least, a good choice.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Thirteen. She's either loved or hated, with a very vocal portion of the fanbase thinking she gets way too much focus despite being boring, and another portion thinking she deserves the Character Focus that she gets.
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    • Masters being disliked by those who thought she was a Creator's Pet Spotlight-Stealing Squad during her Season 7 appearances.
    • Park was either hilarious and the best thing about Season 8 or a waste of screen time that pushed Adams into the background. Other splits included those who thought her character drama failed to reach the standard set by the rest of the show's main characters.
  • Broken Base:
    • Reactions are split down the middle for a lot of fans when it comes to Kutner killing himself. It was either a great episode or a terrible episode.
    • The House/Cuddy relationship in Seasons 6 and 7.
    • The Series Finale.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: House is a paragon of Dr. Jerk while one of the ongoing arcs of the series is that he is an incredibly toxic influence on anybody who has to deal with him for an extended period of time (which turns everybody else in the cast into a Dr. Jerk, and a seriously hostile and backstabbing one at that in various examples), and while many people are saved by them, there is the Inferred Holocaust of how much their lives will be destroyed (in the long or short term) by the secrets that House forces them to disclose... after some time it may be pretty hard to watch.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: House.
  • Epic Riff: The opening notes to Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors' "Live Forever", used to promote the final episode.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Bobbin Bergstrom was originally one of the show's on-set medical advisers and has appeared more than any character other than the main six as a nurse. This includes the new team - she's been in 69 episodes to Taub and Thirteen's 39.
    • Dr. Darryl Nolan, played by Andre Braugher in the sixth season premiere.
    • Amber "Cutthroat Bitch" Volakis, a delightfully antagonistic doctor who was one of the candidates for House's new diagnostics team. Fans were bummed when she didn't make the final cut, then rejoiced when she returned as Wilson's girlfriend, then cried when she died, then rejoiced once more when she returned as one of House's hallucinations.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: House/Cuddy, House/Wilson, Thirteen/Kutner.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Most fans tend to ignore House driving his car through Cuddy's house and the resulting fallout.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • "Oh no, the death cat is attacking you, you're gonna die," said sarcastically to Kutner two episodes before his suicide. Six episodes previously, he described himself as exactly the sort of person who would not commit suicide.
    • In a Season 3 episode, Wilson is asked by Cuddy why he's late, and he loudly snaps, "The buses suck!" after his card is impounded by Detective Tritter. His girlfriend Amber is killed in a later episode because of a bus crash.
    • In Season 4 a patient is seeing dead people everywhere, Amber makes a comment about seeing ghosts. For the rest of the series after she dies, she becomes one to House.
      If the ghost of a man you killed doesn't screw with your head, there's something wrong with your head.
    • Doubles as foreshadowing, but "Lines In The Sand" had House make a speech about what a disappointment the autistic son must to be his parents. Cameron thinks he's talking Close to Home but he tells her his parents loved him unconditionally. Everybody lies.
  • Gotta Ship 'Em All: Foreman and Taub were the only characters to avoid rampant shipping. One of the more common non-canon pairings was Cameron and Thirteen, two characters whose time on the show was minimal and who never spoke directly to each other.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • The penultimate episode of Season 1, "Three Stories" is seen as the exact point where the show took off. It gave the full backstory to House's injury and fleshed him out as a character. It is considered one of the best episodes of the entire show.
    • Season 2 is where the show really hit its stride, with no Arc Villain and many highly rated episodes.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • "Alvie was grateful I had gotten him out of trouble. It enabled him to go stay in Phoenix without worrying about immigration looking for him there." Just before airing Arizona passed an extremely strict anti-immigration law and the United States as a country has implemented a succession of harsh immigration laws in the decade since.
    • In "Mirror Mirror", Kutner and Amber are debating which of the two the patient is mimicking. Suddenly a new symptom sets in, and Kutner says "it looks like he's mimicking whichever one of us is dying". Both doctors end up dying within the next year or so.
    • When he's trying to figure out why Wilson is dating Amber, House asks "she's not dying, is she?" Then came the season 4 finale. She dies.
    • In Season 5, when House is having hallucinations of Amber, he tries to deflect when confessing his hallucinations to Wilson that he is seeing Kutner. At the end of the season, when he hits his nadir, he actually does hallucinate Kutner along with Amber.
    • "Emancipation" gives us this gem from House to Wilson: "Holding things in can give you cancer".
    • House learns in Season 5 that Wilson sent a password-protected file to Gonzalez at New York-Mercy, leading House to infer that Wilson was sending his medical records. Gonzalez' specialty is oncology, with a recent article on managing suicidal thoughts in terminal cancer patients]. 3 seasons later, Wilson gives up on chemo for his terminal cancer.
    • During the Vogler arc, House makes a speech about Vogler using underhanded tactics to avoid dropping prices on his medications. Arbitrary price-hiking of vital medication had always been an issue in the United States, but it became an even bigger issue in 2015, when a company increased the cost of an HIV-treating medicine from $13 a pill to $750 a pill. The man responsible, Martin Shkreli, started being called "The Most Hated Man In America".
    • The Season Six episode "Teamwork" has House snark about Cuddy and Lucas hiding their relationship from him, asking if they saw him as "an unhinged loony who was about to go off the rails over a badly timed bit of news", referring to him being institutionalized at the end of the previous season. At the end of Season Seven, House goes berserk when he mistakenly believes that Cuddy has already moved on from their breakup, and plows Wilson's car into her building in response, which ends up being the last time Cuddy sees him before leaving the show permanently.
    • The Tritter arc gains some irony after House gets arrested for an actual crime between seasons Seven and Eight and his parole is a major plot point for the remainder of the series.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Hollywood Homely: Masters and Park.
  • Hollywood Pudgy:
    • House is constantly referring to how "huge" or "rotund" Cuddy's ass is.
    • In "Heavy" a 10 year old girl is admitted and repeatedly referred to as "morbidly obese". The actress playing her is overweight, but not obese by any stretch.
  • Ho Yay:
  • Informed Wrongness: In the 2nd season, Foreman accuses House of racism for duping an African-American patient into taking blood pressure medication that he had previously rejected under the mistaken belief that it was an inferior product because it was targeted specifically at African-Americans. House lies all the damn time in order to get uncooperative patients to take medication or undergo procedures, meaning that his actions just come across as his usual disregard for medical ethics rather than motivated by the patient's race.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • House & Cuddy get together. Then break up.
    • House assembles a new team in Season 4 replacing Chase and Cameron with Taub, Kutner and Thirteen.
    • Kutner kills himself.
    • Amber dies in a bus crash.
    • Thirteen does have Huntington's disease.
    • House drives a car into Cuddy's house and she's never seen again.
      • Foreman takes over her job as Dean of Medicine in Season 8
    • House has to rejig his team in Season 8.
    • Wilson gets terminal cancer.
    • House survives.
      • Chase takes over as the new House.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: House. He's been shipped with everyone.
    • Thirteen. The fact that she is canonically bisexual helps too.
  • Like You Would Really Do It:
    • Season 2:
      • Did you really think they would kill Foreman near the end of the season?
      • Did you really think they would kill House at the end?
    • Season 3:
      • Did you really think they'd fix House's leg for real at the beginning of the season?
      • Did you really think they'd actually get rid of Chase, Cameron, and Foreman when House fired them in the last episode?
      • Though Chase and Cameron did "stay fired" in the sense of being off of House's team for over a season— they just remained at other jobs in the hospital and were in many episodes at least briefly— and except for a brief period Cameron was never a member of House's team again. That was probably more of an aversion of Status Quo Is God than most fans expected.
    • Series finale: Did you really think House was going to die?
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "It's not lupus." (See Once per Episode.) Ended up subverted when "It was finally lupus" in Season 4's "You Don't Want To Know." Good night, sweet meme. Parodied in its own sponsorship messages, on the channels it broadcasts on in the UK - one sting features a girl playing with two dolls, one in a lab coat, the other a suit jacket. She makes one say to the other "It must be Lupus!"
      • Sarcoidosis is approaching lupus status, too, and so is Amyloidosis.
      • And Wilson's disease (although it once WAS Wilson's Disease, but the team couldn't even name it for a minute)
      • Wegener's.
    • We're gonna have to intubate!
    • In-show example: "Be not afraid. The forest nymphs have taught me how to please a woman." Of course, the fandom has fun with this too.
    • House's expression in "Spin" has become the default image macro for saying "DO WANT". Photoshopping it into horrific contortions like this one is also popular.
  • Misaimed Fandom: There are a lot of people admiring and/or saying how awesome House's jackass behavior is, ignoring the fact that about 80% of the show's running time is spent on explaining how said behavior ruined his entire life and made him an extremely bitter and miserable broken man with no hopes in life. Even he points it out in season 8, telling Adams that she shouldn't glamorize his screwed-upness, and he ends the show making an effort to change.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Many different possibilities, all hotly debated:
    • A potential one for Stacy and Cuddy is when they removed House's muscle from his leg. They schemed, in advance, what they would do once he was in an induced coma, knowing full well it wasn't what he wanted. Stacy was House's medical proxy, but the idea behind that is a comatose patient can't make decisions, and he'd already made the decision. She actually told him she was sorry as he lost consciousness.
    • Chase's seems to have been basically murdering President Dibala because he was a murderous dictator. This caused Cameron to leave him, anyway; whether or not he actually did the wrong thing is left for the audience to decide, particularly given Dibala flat-out telling them that the first thing he's going to do when he gets better is go home and commit genocide.
      • Foreman's and House's may have been helping Chase cover up Dibala's murder.
    • Masters seems to have had hers in her final episode, "The Last Temptation": A 16 year old girl doesn't want to let them amputate her cancerous arm (yet) so she can beat the youngest person to sail solo around the world record, but Masters wants her to do it immediately, so she drugs her, sending her into cardiac arrest, and then manipulates the parents into signing over their consent, so that the girl WAKES UP WITHOUT AN ARM and is understandably horrified. This is presented as being more or less the right decision, and House doesn't object, despite the fact that she got the idea to do it from Wilson's story about Stacy and House and his leg. She realized the crossing herself and couldn't accept it, looking like she wanted to throw up afterwards and decided to give up on the internship because of it.
    • Some viewers feel that Cuddy's dumping of House when he was in need and literally begging her not to was her MEH, especially since she was breaking up with him for not being there for her when she needed him.
    • Many have called MEH at House driving his car into Cuddy's dining room, saying that it makes him go from "eccentric, Jerkass but brilliant diagnostician" to "illogical, psychotic attempted murderer."
  • Never Live It Down: Both in-universe and out of it, Foreman's accidentally killing a patient by having her undergo radiation treatment (thus destroying her immune system and allowing a minor infection to become extremely lethal) and Kutner setting a patient on fire in his first episode are always the go-to examples whenever anyone needs an example of their screwing up. In Foreman's case House even brings up that mistake as late as Season 8, by which time Foreman is the Dean of Medicine and has long-since stopped actively working as a doctor.
  • Older Than They Think: Many fans have accused the extremely similar anime Black Jack of ripping off the premise of House. In fact, the original Black Jack manga predates House by about thirty years. Oddly enough, there's a commercial break of sorts in Japan who is a Crossover between those two series, and with their respective voice actors reprising their roles.
  • One-Scene Wonder: This being a medical drama, there are plenty of patients who qualify as One Episode Wonders, but Eve from "One Day, One Room" is easily among the most memorable. Not only is her episode a complete departure from the usual formula, but she brings out a surprisingly humane side of House. It also helps that her episode is considered to be one of the best.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Lucas in early Season 5.
    • The replacement ducklings in early Season 4.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Cameron, although that may just be in comparison to her replacement Thirteen.
    • Taub and Kutner quickly overcame their Replacement Scrappy status after the interview/reality show of early Season 4 ended.
    • "The Dig" seems to be starting the rally to rescue Thirteen. Season Eight had her happier (even if still about to die), giving Olivia Wilde more to do than Dull Surprise.
    • Foreman starting in mid-Season 6, as his resentment of House was downplayed and his usurper tendencies increasingly became Played for Laughs.
    • Even people not fond of Season 8 appreciate that it did a decent job of bringing House back from obnoxious sociopath abusing his ex girlfriend, as he finally gets some Character Development he doesn't backtrack on, far more Pet the Dog and being selfless for Wilson.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Elle Fanning as a patient's daughter in Season 2.
    • Bailee Madison as a little girl going through precocious puberty in Season 3.
    • Jeremy Renner as a Patient of the Week in Season 4.
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda in the Season 6 episode "Baggage".
  • Romantic Plot Tumor:
    • Thirteen and Foreman in Season 5, Chase and Cameron later on in the same season.
    • House and Cuddy in Season 7. People loved the 1-5 Ship Tease, but she wasn't wrong by season 6 when she said it wasn't fun anymore, both of them seemed to take many levels in dumbass when they were actually in a relationship, and House's annual self destruction was seen as more tired and stupid than sympathy-inducing.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Tritter is a Disproportionate Retribution asshole in canon, but there's plenty of fanfic where he rapes and tortures either House, Wilson, or Chase. House, Wilson, and very occasionally Cuddy after what House did to her in season 7, will get made rapey too, although that's more for "kinky" purposes than dislike.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Edward Vogler from Season 1 and Tritter in Season 3, both for the same reason: Being a pointless Arc Villain in a show that didn't need them.
    • In the earlier seasons, Foreman during his "Foreman is the new House" and Cameron for being preachy and obnoxious.
    • Thirteen for similar reasons to Cameron, for being used as a Ms. Fanservice and getting extra screentime for personal drama rather than the medical drama of patients and solving cases.
  • Seasonal Rot: While the show is generally regarded as a solid show as a whole, most people won't deny some slumps in its history.
    • Season 3, due to Deus Angst Machina and Wangst during the Tritter arc, the original team splitting up, and the start of the Foreman is House arc.
    • Season 4 is an odd case, with the first half being generally disliked by fans due to the Loads and Loads of Characters nature that results from House's job interview process — and that's before you get to those who hated it on general principle due to its clearly Reality TV-inspired nature — but the second half being seen as one of the strongest runs of episodes in the show's history.
    • While it's relatively difficult to find a consensus, many fans will agree that the latter third of the series was a step down, with issues like Cameron leaving, the Huddy relationship, Cuddy not returning for Season 8, and Thirteen's temporary absence and replacement with Masters. The majority seem to think it ended strong though, with Wilson's cancer arc producing a lot of touching scenes, and the finale, that has House finally realizing he can properly change.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Through much of 2000s and early 2010s, many of the most highly acclaimed TV shows had Anti-Hero protagonists, from Ari Gold, Chuck Bass, Logan Echolls, Tony Soprano, Walter White, Don Draper, Frank Underwood, and, of course, House himself. However, between Values Dissonance, changing cultural tastes driven by a feeling of Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy, and other Real Life factors such as the "Me Too" movement calling out (often white, heterosexual and cisgendered) men's abuse of male privilege at the expense of women, minorities and the LGBTQ, TV critics and analysts have begun casting a more critical eye at the anti-hero as a character type, with some even decrying their overuse and saturation in stories. By the later half of the 2010s, deconstructions of these characters, such as Rick Sanchez (who's the closest to House in terms of basic personality), Bojack Horseman, Marty Byrde, and Joe Goldberg, their toxic behaviors, the detrimental effects these behaviors have on their lives and the people around them, and the story forcing them to face devastating consequences, have become more commonplace, as this video by The Take sums up.
  • Shocking Swerve: Kutner's death.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The porno in Season 6's "Private Lives".
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The overall theme of the show is that it's better to be completely honest with your doctor, even if it's at severe emotional cost, than it is to suffer and/or die painfully.
    • House chewing out some idiot vegan parents in the episode "Babies and Bathwater" for forcing their baby to live on almond milk, tofu, and raw vegetables. Although they did consult a nutritionist to make sure the diet was appropriate for a baby, cluing House in there was another reason for her illness, the point nonetheless stands.
      House: Raw food. If only our ancestors had mastered the secret of fire. Babies need fat, proteins, calories. Less important, sprouts and hemp. Starving babies is bad. Not to mention illegal in many cultures. I'm having her admitted.
    • On a similar note, there's the scene in the episode "Paternity" where House calls out a mother who isn't vaccinating her baby daughter.
      House: You know what's a good business? Teeny tiny baby coffins.
    • The episode "Heavy" deconstructs the argument on body imagery and fat shaming. Not all fat people are fat because they overeat - they can have genuine medical/psychological problems that affect their bodies and you shouldn't shame them for it. On the other hand, however, obesity shouldn't be promoted or excused, because you can develop health problems which can turn fatal. Also, people who use fat shaming as a victim card aren't always saints or victims; they can often be selfish jerks with no respect for others and won't step out of their own way when it comes to their own personal health.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • Despite the orange man in the pilot episode being probably the show's most well-remembered clinic patient (if not its most well-remembered patient, full stop), the episode's extremely stylized cinematography, which desaturates all the non-skin tones, ends up making him look hardly any different to the other characters.
    • In "Fall from Grace", House flies toy helicopters around the hospital, they are obviously CGI'd. But they're not bad CGI... however, when he takes the crew to a monster truck rally later on, everyone jerks back as the car appears to speed up, but the background is moving at the exact same speed.
    • In season 2's "Humpty Dumpty", the bandage covering Antonio's hand amputation wound is quite obviously pasted on.
    • In "House Divided", House practices pouring flaming shots, eventually setting a cadaver on fire in the process. The fire is hilariously fake.
    • When House tries to revive the baby in "Forever" Hugh Laurie is holding a pretty obvious doll.
  • Squick:
    • The writers seem to have some weird ideas on communicating with children about sex. One episode featured a mother who never lied to her 10-year-old-ish daughter. As such, the daughter naturally knew the mother's sexual preferences and how they have changed ("She used to like being on top, but now she likes being face-down") and an older brother Promoted to Parent telling Foreman it's fine for him to speak about analingus... in front of his two underage siblings. Huh.
    • Given the regular appearance of things that would gross out a police coroner, they're included for the obvious reason of presenting a gross-out factor to the audience; while the apparent pretense is "realism," this is contradicted by the fact that doctors are used to it. This is lampshaded in at least one instance, in which House is, as usual, trying to mooch off of Wilson's lunch; Wilson responds "if you're trying to gross me out," and relates what he deals with daily as the head of the Oncology department.
    • One episode had House add a sample of male human breast milk (from a male patient who has started lactating because of a hormone imbalance) to his coffee, while his team look on in horror and disbelief.
    • In "Histories", House tastes a patient's vomit for diagnostic purposes.
    • The season 2 episode "Autopsy" in which Chase kisses a 9-year-old cancer patient.
      • The same episode also contains a scene where a patient attempted a self-circumcision with a pair of box-cutters. Included a Gory Discretion Shot but the description and the fact that even House was horrified was enough to invoke this reaction in the audience.
    • Season 2's oral bowel movement.
    • The Season 3 episode "Insensitive" has House pull a 25-foot-long tapeworm from the guts of the Patient of the Week.
  • Stoic Woobie: Foreman.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Foreman and Thirteen go from polite but distant colleagues to a committed relationship over the space of a couple episodes.
  • Strawman Has a Point: A rare case where the strawman is the lead character. In "Fetal Position", Cuddy takes a risky course of action, motivated by her desire to save a woman's fetus, when House wants to terminate the pregnancy. The show makes it clear that Cuddy is supposed to be considered right but House's course of action was probably much more advisable. As he himself points out at the end of the episode, 9 times out of 10, Cuddy's course of action would have killed both mother and child, whereas House's would save the mother 10 out of 10 times.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes:
    • In-universe; the episode where the team is treating a teenage patient who had a heart attack before his operation to have a deformed part of his skull removed. They're filmed the entire time due to the teenager being part of a documentary, with House constantly angry at the crew for putting his team under pressure and generally mocking the crew. In the very end, the crew sends House and Cuddy an early cut of the program to be aired... which paints House as an extremely caring doctor. House reacts in horror, although it's never revealed if it was genuine or not.
    • "Autopsy" skirts being this for much of its running time, and eventually crosses into it outright in the penultimate scene, when Wilson reveals that House's theory that the Littlest Cancer Patient's bravery was a symptom of her medical disorder was incorrect, and that she really is just that brave after all, which inspires House into buying his motorcycle.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Kutner was one of the more inventive doctors and had good dynamics with House but didn't get anywhere near as much character development as he could have done, thanks to a combination of Season 4 being cut short by a writers' strike, and then his actor quitting the show to take up a role in the White House halfway the following season.
    • Thirteen, to a lesser extent; despite nominally being on the show far longer than Kutner, she was sidelined for a good chunk of Season 6 in order to allow the "classic" team line-up of House, Foreman, Cameron and Chase some time to work together before Jennifer Morrison quit the show, then was missing for almost all of Season 7 due to Olivia Wilde taking time off to do TRON: Legacy, before being Put on a Bus after Wilde herself quit the show.
    • Adams, while an obvious Suspiciously Similar Substitute for Thirteen, toned down the traits that caused Thirteen (and before her, Cameron) to annoy some viewers, making her an overall more likeable character who also had an interesting backstory in meeting House while she was a prison doctor. Unfortunately she spent most of the season shoved into the background in favor of giving Park most of the character development, making it seem like she was just filling the role that Thirteen would have had if not for Olivia Wilde deciding to quit the show.
    • In a lesser sense, Dr. Ashka and her Worthless Foreign Degree made a decent impression among House's applicants but she was eliminated after just one episode while other less developed characters got to stay a little longer.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • The identity of House's biological father. They could have added a story arc about this at any point post-"Birthmarks" but instead did a single episode in Season 8 which raised more questions than it solved: the likeliest candidate also wasn't House's father, and House uncharacteristically finds closure in this.
    • Thirteen's Huntington's. The season 4 finale set up a potentially great One of Our Own plot, but Thirteen pulled off the impossible when her illness made her less likable, as the arc focused on girl-on-girl action rather than characterization or the illness itself. The gravity of the entire situation was undermined by the fact that she appeared healthy; illness as an Informed Attribute doesn't work, especially on a show that prides itself on bizarre or gross-out conditions. Season 7 episode "The Dig" was a genuinely moving plot centered around her Huntington's, but was basically a standalone plot.
    • Disliked as he might have been, some fans were surprised and even a little disappointed that Tritter didn't return after House got himself arrested in Season 8, confirming his suspicion that he was a ticking time-bomb waiting to explode.
    • Some fans felt the finale would've been better had Cuddy returned, given that she was the only regular character who didn't return Back for the Finale.
  • Too Cool to Live: Kutner and Amber.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Even people who were positive about Season Seven's "Two Stories" said it couldn't match up to "Three Stories", one of the most popular episodes of the show.
  • Toy Ship: The episode "Two Stories" had House's Career Day antics land him in the principal's office alongside a young couple that was caught going a bit too PDA for elementary school at recess.note 
  • Unfortunate Implications: The episode "Better Half" sent the message that asexuals are all either in denial or have a hormone imbalance, accusations real-life asexuals have to deal with from people who don't believe it's a legitimate orientation. The asexual community was not pleased by this.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: The very divorced parents of the little girl in "Finding Judas" are dismissed as being worthless and annoying by all medical personnel they meet to the point where they temporarily lose custody of their child simply because they argued a lot while going through what can only be described as every parents' worst nightmare i.e their child is slowly burning to death and not even the doctors know why. Even when they agree with advice from the doctors they are still treated as though they clearly don't care about their child and are unworthy of being parents!
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Cameron in the Diabala arc. Yes, what Chase did was murder. On the other hand, Diabala was proudly announcing his intention to commit genocide upon returning home, and no one else could stop him. Her speech about Chase no longer respecting the sanctity of human life and him no longer being able to tell right from wrong rings very hollow and makes her breaking up with Chase and leaving the team seem incredibly naive and childish, as the alternative was letting a tyrant kill hundreds of thousands of people.
    • Cameron again in the Season 5 episode, The Itch. The patient of that episode has severe agoraphobia and refuses to leave his apartment for treatment, so the team attempts to give him treatment in his apartment. Cameron repeatedly sticks up for him and tries to be as accommodating as possible so that he doesn't have to face his phobia. However, she becomes more and more unsympathetic as the episode goes on and the patient's condition worsens. No matter how bad he gets, Cameron keeps trying to accommodate him and allow him to stay in his house, up to the point where she starts undermining the rest of the team's attempts to get him into the hospital. After a while, it starts to look like she's just trying to make herself feel good for being so willing to help him in spite of how unreasonable is demands get.
    • Cuddy towards the end of Season Seven, more specifically her reasons for breaking up with House. House, who had found the strength to overcome his Vicodin addiction after their Relationship Upgrade, falters when Cuddy has a cancer scare and takes Vicodin again in a moment of weakness. Cuddy takes this to mean that House is incapable of being in a serious relationship and claims that it meant that he was being selfish because numbing his pain meant he wasn't "there for [her]", dumping an uncharacteristically vulnerable House who was genuinely doing what he could to be supportive. House proceeds to spiral out of control as a result, and while it doesn't excuse what he ends up doing in the season finale to torpedo their relationship for good, it feels like a much more self-centered reason than it was intended to be.
  • Wangst: House during the Tritter arc. It gets really hard to stomach towards the end of the arc, when House keeps playing the victim after he's committed multiple felonies in the name of standing on principle, and refused Tritter's entirely reasonable offer for a plea bargain.
  • What an Idiot!: Taub in late season 7, twice: cheating on his new girlfriend with his ex-wife, who divorced him because of his infidelity and not using condoms with either woman.
  • The Woobie: Wilson got divorced three times, temporarily homeless, his assets get frozen while attempting to keep House out of jail, he suffers from depression, his girlfriend, Amber, dies, and in Season 5 it's revealed that his long-lost, homeless brother that is mentioned in Season 1 is also schizophrenic and that he blames himself for him running away. Added to that his best friend is a socially inept, merciless asshole. Plus those eyes... Even worse now that he has terminal cancer. They never give him a break.
  • Woolseyism: French Dub used with great talent the french specificity of characters having to be more personal with each other between the pronouns "Tu" (relax, friendly) et "Vous" (professionnal, formal). House and Cuddy adress each other with the formal "Vous" for the whole show except at the start of Season 7, were they are in a relationship and used the pronoun "Tu" to adress each other (as two persons in couple and not as a doctor and its superior), making the whole situation much more tricky and complicated notably in the episode "Family Practice" were the whole conflict of interest take a whole new dimension just because of this.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Misanthropic American doctor being played by British comedian Hugh Laurie (though Bryan Singer was genuinely fooled by his accent in the audition)? This later led to He Really Can Act.
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