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Episodes ::  #504 "Birthmarks"

October 14, 2008
House's Father's Funeral
House (Hugh Laurie) attends his father's funeral service in the HOUSE episode "Birthmarks" airing Tuesday, Oct. 14 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. 2008 Fox Broadcasting Co.
Credits: Adam Taylor/FOX
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Written by
Doris Egan & David Foster
Directed by
David Platt
  • House's phone's ring tone for the team: Hansen's "MMMBop"
Two months since Wilson left the hospital.
Patient of the Week:
Nicole, 25 years old and Chinese, who was adopted by an American family and has just returned from trying to find her biological parents on a trip to China. She had developed symptoms while there and had been flown home to New Jersey. Another diagnosis is done by House on House.
How House gets involved:
Brought to the team because no one else can figure out why she has the symptoms she has.
The privacy invasion / ethical breach
Cuddy drugs House and Wilson kidnaps him to take him to his father's funeral.
Preliminary diagnoses
The Chinese doctors had thought it was SARS and so they put her in isolation and start treating her for that but that turns out not to be her problem. The patient seems to have problems with both developing clots and excessive bleeding, things that normally don't exist at the same time in a person.
The final diagnosis
Her birth parents had tried to kill her when she was born because of China's one child policy. Her father had driven iron nails into her skull and when that didn't work gave her to an orphanage. A magnet had dislodged one or more nails/pins in her head and she was also getting too much iron from the nails and these things caused the current medical problems.
Clinic Patient
Additional Information
  • Taub has told his wife about the infidelity that moved him from being a plastic surgeon to being part of House's team.
  • House concluded when he was 12 that he was not his father's son but the son of a family friend. He takes a piece of his dead father's ear lobe and has it analysed and finds out he was indeed not related to the man who raised him. But at the end he says to Wilson, "My father is dead." accepting him as his father on some level.

504 Birthmarks
House's team (L-R: Kal Penn, Olivia Wilde, Omar Epps and Peter Jacobson) treat a Chinese woman who was adopted by an American family in the HOUSE episode "Birthmarks" airing Tuesday, Oct. 14 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Adam Taylor/FOX
Additional Info on "Birthmarks":
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; Peter Jacobson as Dr. Chris Taub; Kal Penn as Dr. Lawrence Kutner; Olivia Wilde as Thirteen

Guest Cast: Diane Baker as Blythe House; R. Lee Ermey as John House; Samantha Quan as Nicole; Scott Paulin as Bob; Christine Healy as Janice; Jack Conley as Sheriff Costello; Ho-Kwan Tse as Fang Dong Wen; Raymond Ma as Wu Zheng; Esther Kwan as Wu An Lan; Jonathan Palmer as Minister; Bobbin Bergstrom as Nurse

Quotes, Quotations, Dialogue, Scenes

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    After the patient is thought to have been treated by the Chinese doctors for SARS, Cuddy comes to House's office saying everyone that had come in contact with the paitient had to have a shot and none of the nurses had volunteered to give him one so she would. After she leaves, he collapses and later wakes up in a car. His father had died and he was refusing to go to the funeral and his mother had called Wilson who was now driving House to the funeral. When House looks at him, Wilson says, "I am not doing this because I care."
    House smiles.
  • The scene continues with House saying, "Cuddy drugged me." Then he thinks about it. "My mom didn't call Cuddy." He thinks a little more and tells Wilson, "I knew you couldn't stay away. I knew you loved me too much."
    "I'm doing this for your mom."
    "I'm not doing this at all. If there was something to be done, I would have done it in the year he spent dying." House searches his pockets and then looks back at Wilson. "You took my Vicodin?"
    Wilson takes a bottle out of his jacket pocket, opens it and gives one to House. House objects. "One? So, the Vicodin is my leash. One'll take the edge off but won't give me enough relief for an escape back to Plainsboro."
  • When they stop at a gas station, House knocks Wilson's keys into a drain. Wilson is exasperated. "Those weren't just my car keys," Wilson objects. My house keys were on there as well. Amber gave me that key chain."
    "No she didn't. Not unless your pet name for her was Volvo." While Wilson gets a flash light out of his trunk, House continues. "A man who would lie about a gift from his dead girlfriend—"
    "Is probably responding to a childish, pointless act of petulance."
    "The struggle to resist one's captors is never pointless. Viva de Resistance!"
    "Well, I hate to break it to you, Che, But simple delay won't work. Your mother will hold the funeral until we get there."
    "My father was a punctual man. Beholden to time. Two minutes late for dinner, you didn't eat. My mother would never disrespect him by starting the funeral late."
    "Yeah, you clearly have no issues to work through...."
    House suggests that Wilson give up and "Join him on the dark side."
    "Dark side's done, House. I'm delivering you to your mother and that's it. I've moved on."
  • Meanwhile back at the hospital Cameron is trying to send flowers in House's name to the funeral. Foreman is claiming this is an indication of how far House is disconnected to the human race. Chase says, "I don't buy it.... When my father died, I ended up killing a patient and I hated the man. Whatever House says or doesn't say, I'm sure the guy's a mess."
  • As House and Wilson continue driving towards the funeral, Wilson claims that House is programmed to have feelings for his biological father. "He's not my biological father. I figured it out when I was 12."
    "Of course. You were a brilliant, socially isolated 12-year-old and you create a parallel universe in which your life doesn't suck."
    "I looked at the facts. First of all he was deployed on training exercises off Okinawa during the time I had to be conceived."
    "And since you are 150 years old, air travel was impossible."
    "His second toe is longer than his big toe. Mine isn't."
    "This is so sad. You don't believe your mother screwed around."
    "I have a distinctive birthmark on my scalp that matches a certain friend of the family."
    "If you believed this story, you wouldn't be telling me about his birthmarks, you would be telling me about the genetic testing you had done and since you haven't mentioned it, obviously you didn't do it."

  • Robert Sean Leonard as Dr. James Wilson.
    The back story of how House and Wilson met for the first time is revealed in the "Birthmarks" episode of HOUSE airing Oct. 14
    2008 Fox Broadcasting Co.
    Credits: Joseph Viles/FOX
    Due to House's intervention, they are stopped by a police officer who says, "James Evan Wilson. There's a warrant for your arrest in Louisiana." A look of understanding comes over Wilson's face and he glares at House.
    Later he tries to explain to the officer. "It's a really old warrant. Isn't there a statue of limitation on this kind of thing?"
    "It's suspended when you flee the state."
    "I didn't flee the state. I left the state. Because I don't live in the state. And the charges were just so minor.... There was a medical convention in New Orleans.... I was fresh out of med school. I didn't know anybody at the convention. I was at the hotel bar trying to unwind, have a drink. There was this guy who kept playing Billy Joel's 'Leave a Tender Moment Alone.' ...So I, I asked the may to stop, politely....I was polite the first couple of times. But courtesy made no impression on this ass. So, I threw a bottle into the mirror, which successfully conveyed my message."
    "And smashed a ten foot antique mirror and set an example to two other patrons who threw shot glasses."
    "I had nothing to do with that fight. The assault charge was totally bogus. And I paid for the mirror."
    The police officer looks at House and says, "I assume you were the guy playing the song."
    "No. I was the guy who bailed him out."
    "That's how we met. I was in jail."
    The police officer turns back to House. "This guy was a total stranger to you and you bailed him out?"
    "It was a boring convention and I had to have someone to drink with."
    "And there is the entire foundation of our friendship. If you hadn't been bored one weekend, it wouldn't even exist."
    "Hey. Thee were 3,000 people at that convention. You were the one I thought wasn't boring. That's something."
    "It also says something that you lied to me about getting the charges dropped!
    "I got a lawyer. He cut a deal. You didn't call the guy? You have to show up at the arraignment. Everybody knows that."
    "Everybody with your misdemeanor experience."
    The officer lets them go when he gets a fax that says Louisiana doesn't want to pay to get Wilson back.
  • When they finally get to the funeral home, House's mother insists that House give a speech at the service. Wilson makes a face and she sees it and tells him, "Stop looking so worried. I know he's going to make me proud."
    "I'm sure you know him better than I do."
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