The inspiration for Hugh's character on House came to series creator David Shore after a trip to the doctor. He'd made an appointment, but couldn't get in for two weeks. By then, his hip was fine, but four people examined his hip and he just knew they would be mocking him when they left the room. He thought it might be a lot of fun to have someone to mock the patients while they were still in the room. So the crabby, petulant Dr. Gregory House was born.