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Second Season Episodes ::  #224 "No Reason" (Last Episode of Season)

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May 23, 2006
Teleplay by / Directed by
David Shore / David Shore
Story by
Lawrence Kaplow & David Shore
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No Reason
House (Hugh Laurie) is shot by a disgruntled former patient (Elias Koteas) in the HOUSE season finale episode "No Reason" airing Tuesday, May 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Isabella Vosmikova/FOX.
The patients of the week
1) A guy with a swollen tongue about whom we never learn anything real after the first minute or so of the episode.
2) House, who has been shot by a guy who says, "I was a patient of yours" (and he clearly says this before the hallucination starts).
How House gets involved
1) He may have seen the guy with the swollen tongue in the clinic - and it struck his fancy to see what was wrong with him.
2) He gets involved on the second case by being shot - the shooter says to him "Shocking, isn't it? Who'd want to hurt you?" (which most likely was real, before hallucination).
The mis-diagnoses
He hallucinates all the mis-diagnoses on the guy with the swollen tongue and on himself
The privacy invasion / ethical breach
For fun House asks the guy with the swollen tongue several irrelevant questions just to listen to him try to speak.
The final diagnosis
There is no diagnosis on the first patient of the week - no time as just a very few minutes after House tells his team about it, he is rushed on a gurney after being shot. House has hallucinated everything since the shooting. And he wants to be pain free so he asks for the treatment that he has hallucinated having been given.
The clinic patient(s)
May be the same as the first Patient of the Week (assuming that House saw him initially in the clinic).
No Reason
After House (Hugh Laurie) is shot, he continues to work on a case in the HOUSE season finale episode "No Reason" airing Tuesday, May 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Isabella Vosmikova/FOX.
Additional information on this episode:

Quotations, Quotes, Dialogue
  • House waking up to find Cameron by his hospital bed (we learn later he is hallucinating this): "You're pathetic. Judging by the growth [h is feeling the growth of his beard], I'd say I've been unconscious for two days. You've been sitting there the whole time?"
    House and his Team
    After House (Hugh Laurie) is shot, he must find new ways
    to trust his team (Omar Epps, Jennifer Morrison & Jesse Spencer)
    in the HOUSE season finale episode "No Reason"
    airing Tuesday, May 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
    Credit: Isabella Vosmikova/FOX.
    Cameron: "No."
    House: "Judging by the oily buildup in your hair, I'd say you're lying."
    Cameron: "I was scared. Pardon me for caring."
    House: "Did I lose any organs?"
    Cameron: "The bullet to your abdomen pierced your stomach, nicked the bowel, and lodged in the posterior rib."
    House: "Well, I always say, if you're going to get shot, do it in a hospital."
    Cameron: "The one in your neck—"
    House: "I don't remember that one."
    Cameron: "—went right through, severed your jugular. The shooter turns out to be a guy who—"
    House: "Don't care."
    Cameron: "You don't care why a guy walked into a hospital and shot a doctor? Shot you?"
    House: "I assume his reasoning was faulty."
  • In House's hallucination the person who shot him says this: "You pretend to buck the system, pretend to be a rebel, claim to hate rules. But all you do is substitute your own rules for society's. That's a nice, simple rule — tell the blunt, honest truth in the starkest, darkest way. And what will be, will be. What will be, should be. And everyone else is a coward. But you're wrong. Someone cowardly should not call someone an idiot. People aren't tactful or polite just because it's nice. They do it because they've got an ounce of humility. Because they know that they will make mistakes, and they know that their actions have consequences, and they know that those consequences are their fault. Why do you want so badly not to be human, House?"
  • Wilson in House's hallucination: If you could think of everything yourself you wouldn't need a team to annoy.
    House: "I screwed some basic anatomy and I'm misconnecting a testicular explosion with a testicular problem. Think there's any way I would have done that before Cuddy messed with my brain?"
    Wilson: "She was trying to help you and it worked."
    House: "Yeah, I can run like the wind, but I can't think. Seeing as how I'm too old to become a professional athlete, she screwed me over, big time."
    Wilson: "You don't want a healthy leg."
    House: "Oh, here we go."
    Wilson: "If you've got a good life, you're healthy, you've got no reason to bitch, no reason to hate life."
    House: "Well, here's the flaw in your argument: if I enjoy hating life, I don't hate life, I enjoy it."
    Wilson: "I didn't say it was rational. HIV testing is ninety-nine percent accurate, which means there are some people who test positive, who live with their own impending doom for months or years before finding out everything's okay. Weirdly, most of them don't react with happiness, or even anger. They get depressed, not because they wanted to die, but because they've defined themselves by their disease. Suddenly, what made them Œthem' isn't real."
    House: "I don't define myself by my leg."
    Wilson: "No, you have taken it one step further. The only way you could come to terms with your disability was to some way make it mean nothing. So you had to redefine everything. You have dismissed anything physical, anything not coldly, calculatingly intellectual."
  • House to the man who shot him (in his hallucination): "How can I tell what's real and what's not? Everything looks the same, sounds the same, tastes the same."
    House and Moriarity
    House (Hugh Laurie) and Moriarty (Elias Koteas) get a break from their hospital room in the HOUSE season finale episode "No Reason" airing Tuesday, May 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
    Credit: Isabella Vosmikova/FOX.
    The ex-patient who shot House: "Seems like I'd be the last person you'd want to ask."
    House: "Why not? You're obviously not here. I'm obviously not here, which means this is a creation of my mind, which means I'm really just asking my mind."
    The ex-patient who shot House: "You're talking to yourself, there's a lot of unnecessary explanation."
    House: "Hey, I'm trying to work this out. That requires give and take, even in my own mind."
    The ex-patient who shot House: "All right, what was the question?"
    House: "How can I tell what's real?"
    The ex-patient who shot House: "Does it matter?"
    House: "That doesn't sound like something I'd ask."
    The ex-patient who shot House: "All right, your concern is that if you act in the real world based on information that's not real, the results are impossible to foresee."
    House: "With you so far."
    The ex-patient who shot House: "But information is incapable of harm in and of itself. Ideas are neither good nor bad, but merely as useful as what we do with it. Only actions can cause harm."
    House: "That sounds like me."
    The ex-patient who shot House: "So you do nothing, you refrain from taking any actions. Continue to throw out your ideas as you always would, but if they're based on faulty assumptions your team will point that out. They won't do anything that could hurt him."
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    House: "So I trust my team."
  • The ex-patient who shot House (in House's hallucination): "You've wasted your life.
    House: "Yeah. If only I'd dedicated my life to finding someone worthy to shoot.
    The ex-patient who shot House: "If I'd have killed you, would it have mattered?"
    House: "Not to me."
    The ex-patient who shot House: "You don't care whether you live or die?"
    House: "I care because I live. I can't care if I'm dead."
    The ex-patient who shot House: "I don't want to hear semantics."
    House: "You anti-semantic bastard."
    The ex-patient who shot House: "Would anybody care that the world lost that wit?"
    House, marking up a White Board with his analysis: "Working, here."
    The ex-patient who shot House: "That's all right, you don't have to say anything. Just let me soak into your subconscious. You think that the only truth that matters is the truth that can be measured. Good intentions don't count, what's in your heart doesn't count, caring doesn't count, that a man's life can't be measured by how many tears are shed when he dies. It's because you can't measure them. It's because you don't want to measure them. Doesn't mean it's not real.
    House, checking the White Board he's marked up: "That does not makes sense."
    The ex-patient who shot House: "And even if I'm wrong, you're still miserable. Did you really think that your life's purpose was to sacrifice yourself and get nothing in return? No.... You believe there is no purpose to anything. Even the lives you save you dismiss. You turn the one decent thing in your life and you taint it, strip it of all meaning. You're miserable for nothing. I don't know why you'd want to live."
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    House (in House's hallucination and finally figuring out it has all be a hallucination): "Something doesn't make sense. One of your assumptions has to be wrong, because if something doesn't make sense then it can't be real. But what if the faulty assumption is that it's real? ...This is not real, therefore it's meaningless. I want meaning."
  • Foreman shouting information as House is being rushed on a gurney to an emergency room or operating room (finally we are back in reality): "He was shot!"
    Cameron: "Twice!"
    Chase: "Once in the abdomen, once in the neck."
    House: "Hello."
    Cameron: "It's going to be okay. You're going to be okay."
    House: "You don't know that. Tell Cuddy I want ketamine."

Cast: Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House; Lisa Edelstein as Dr. Lisa Cuddy; Omar Epps as Dr. Eric Foreman; Robert Sean Leonard as Dr. James Wilson; Jennifer Morrison as Dr. Allison Cameron; Jesse Spencer as Dr. Robert Chase.

Guest Cast: Elias Koteas as "[Jack?] Moriarty" (name is identified only in promotional material and the closed captioning); Chris Tallman as Vince; Michelle Clunie as Judy; Obie Sims as Cuddy's Patient

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