Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Informed Consent

A moral dilemma episode. Morals aren’t something House is overly concerned about. Which makes me wonder how far he will take the 17 year old clinic patient’s daughter crush on him.

I thought it was interesting when, after the 24 hour period passed, Ezra Powell knew House was lying to him about his bone marrow biopsy revealing multiple myeloma. Usually House is so good at “lying”, but this with patient, his lie was transparent as glass. Course it didn’t help with his team in the background not willing to go along with him on this one.

When House put Ezra Powell patient into a coma, instead of using the morphine to end his suffering, was that a lie? What do you think?

At the end, House told Cuddy he didn’t know anything about why Ezra Powell “died suddenly” – but he did. Another House-lie by omission. He knew Cameron did it. How is it he knew, I wonder? How is it he knew to find her in the chapel?

Did you realize it was Cameron who administered the morphine before you saw House rubbing her shoulder in the chapel?

I had. I’m not sure how I knew House hadn’t done it and Cameron had – must have been the great writing and foreshadowing in this episode!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


Did House lie in this episode?

For a moment there (or two) at the end of this 3rd season opener, I thought House was wrong. This could just be me, but since House always “solves the mystery”, I thought that would have would have been an interesting twist to the show.

But, I have to admit, when it turned out that House’s diagnosis was correct, I was glad. Plus I’m liking the idea that Wilson and Cuddy are keeping that fact from House. They’re lying by omission to him. Which is interesting. I’m not sure I understand why Wilson insisted that Cuddy not tell House he was right. But I sure like that idea!

Do you agree with Cuddy or Wilson or not? Any ideas?

Any comments on why House sort of asked Cameron out for a drink? And why she said no?

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Does House remind anyone of Hawkeye Pierce?

Is it just me or does House remind anyone else of Hawkeye Pierce from the TV series MASH?

Both “lie” to get what they want.
Neither respects rules.
Neither follows the “traditional” way of doing things.
Both like to play pranks.
Both are addicts.
Both are doctors.
Both go to extraordinary lengths to save their patients.

I know House is likened to “Sherlock Holmes”, but I think House is a lot like Hawkeye Pierce, too.

What do you think?

Monday, August 21, 2006

Can't wait for the 3rd season

The 3rd season is almost upon us. It’ll be interesting to see how House’s character grows, and how he, the patients, and the other staff members “lie” during this season.

During Euphoria, I wanted House to figure out a way to biopsy the dead cop’s brain. I wonder why he couldn’t find some kind of “lie” to tell Cuddy so that he could.

Any ideas on how House might have gotten to that dead guy?

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


At first, I didn’t understand why House was so enamored of Anica. But then, it occurred to me, lying is a way of life for her, and as such, her psyche must have fascinated House.

It’s interesting that House believed her when she told him that she hadn’t done anything to herself to make it look like she had aplastic anemia. Why do you think he believed she was telling the truth?

Why do you think House believed this woman who lied about being sick to get attention – was actually sick?

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Daddy's Boy

According to House, his father has an “insane moral compass that won't let you lie to anybody about anything. It's a great quality for boy scouts and police witnesses. Crappy quality for a dad."

Revealing words about House’s childhood. Growing up, he probably couldn’t get away with lying. And he probably watched his father call anyone and everyone on their lies. Which makes House a lot like his father, doesn’t it? He’d probably hate to hear me say that.

I thought this episode did a great job showing the juxtaposition between the patient’s family who lied to one and another about anything and everything and House’s family who didn’t let anyone lie about anything.

At the end, the patient’s dad tells his son “he’s going to be all right”, even though we all know he isn’t. The dad lies to his son to protect him from the truth.

When House hears that lie, I wonder what he’s thinking – perhaps that’s why his father’s insane moral compass makes him a crappy dad – even if House was dying, his father wouldn’t lie to him to protect his feelings. I wonder how many times in House’s childhood that he needed to have his feelings protected, but had the truth instead? Were his parents there during his leg infraction trauma?

I’m not saying one parenting way is better than the other. But this episode sure gave us some great insight into House’s personality! I loved it!!

Monday, June 19, 2006

How do you know when House lies?

Did House lie to Cameron when he told her he didn’t like her? I mean, he doesn’t like anyone, right? So how is that a lie? If he’d have told her he liked her, wouldn’t that have been the lie?

So, if you read deeper into the scene (which I love to do) when Cameron asked House if he liked her -- it was the way he hesitated before he told her he didn’t that kind of made me go, hmmm, I wonder what’s going on there.

Anyway, I’ve been wondering -- when does House lie?

Have you noticed any behavioral patterns of House’s when he lies?