Season 5 Episode 4


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 14, 2008 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: House's ringtone for his team is Mmmbop (Hanson). He claims the ringtone he has for Wilson is Dancing Queen (Abba).

  • Quotes

    • House: Oh God, he's here.
      Dr. Wilson: Who's here? The one you're pretending is your father? Good pick, he looks like Sean Connery. So back when you were devising this fantasy, did you tell your father. "Dad, I refuse to recognize your existence because I have chosen James Bond as my dad."
      House: I used different words.

    • House: Kutner... you're sort of Asian. Go get this Chinese translated.

    • Taub: House, call your mom.
      House: What are you, my mom?

    • House: I'm not deflecting because I'm avoiding something deep. I'm deflecting because I'm avoiding something shallow.

    • Dr. Cuddy: If there's anything I can do, just…
      House: You know, you're right. I don't think I can sleep alone tonight.

    • (preparing an injection)
      Dr. Cuddy: It goes better in a large muscle. Drop your pants.
      House: You know, I usually pay tens of dollars to hear that.

    • Dr. Cameron: What do you think House would send, the "Gentle Comfort" arrangement, or the "Warm Thoughts" bouquet? I mean, if he wasn't an ass.
      Dr. Chase: Send one of those giant cookies shaped like a coffin. His mom would believe it was from him.

    • House: You "lost track of your speed"? I think that was Hitler's excuse. Lost track of the Jews. No one held him responsible.

    • House: I need that phone call. I'm a doctor, and when someone tries to call you three times, it's code for "Pick up the damn phone before someone dies."
      Sheriff Costello: I'm sure there's other smart doctors.
      House: You'd be surprised

    • Thirteen: Bubbles.
      House: Is that your new stripper name?
      Thirteen: Yes. And also we inject bubbles into the cyst and follow where they drift.

    • Dr. Wilson: You know, you could just wait for the MRI to have your curiosity satisfied.
      House: What person who is nothing like me are you saying that to?

    • (to Wilson)
      House: If you're coming back just because of the shine of my neediness… I'd be okay with that.

    • Dr. Wilson: That's how we met: I was in jail.
      Sheriff Costello: This guy was a total stranger to you and you bailed him out?
      House: It was a boring convention. I had to have somebody to drink with.

    • (House's eulogy for his father)
      House: There's a lot of people here today. Including some from the Corps. And I noticed that every one of them, is either my father's rank, or higher. And that doesn't surprise me. Because if the test of a man is how he treats those he has power over... it was a test my father failed. This man you're eager to pay homage to, he was incapable of admitting any point of view but his own. He punished failure, he did not accept anything less than... He loved doing what he did, he saw his work as some kind of sacred calling, more important than any personal relationship. Maybe if he'd been a better father, I'd be a better son. But I am what I am because of him, for better or for worse. I just... I just wish... (uses a nail-clipper to clip away a bit of his father's earlobe)
      Dr. Wilson: (whispering) Put it back.
      House: Well, he's not going to miss it.
      Dr. Wilson: I'm done enabling. You can't even let them put him in the ground without making it serve your agenda?

    • House: Come on, forget the keys. Call a locksmith. We'll go inside and play "guess that smell" with the truckers while we're waiting. Join me on the dark side.
      Dr. Wilson: Dark side's done, House. I'm delivering you to your mother and that's it.

  • Notes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 15, 2008 on TEN
      Portugal: December 1, 2008 on Fox
      Latin America: December 4, 2008 on Universal Channel
      The Netherlands: January 29, 2009 on SBS 6
      Germany: March 24, 2009 on RTL
      Denmark: April 18, 2009 on Kanal 4
      Poland: September 10, 2009 on TVP2
      Czech Republic: September 28, 2009 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: September 30, 2009 on STV1
      Sweden: October 20, 2009 on TV4

  • Allusions

    • House: My ringtone for you is Dancing Queen, by ABBA.
      Referencing the Swedish pop musical group, and their song Dancing Queen. The group is most associated to 70s disco.

    • Dr. Wilson: So back, when you were devising this fantasy, did you tell your father "Dad, I refuse to recognize your existence because I have chosen James Bond as my dad."
      James Bond, also known as 007, is a fictional agent of the British Secret Service. He was created by novelist Ian Fleming in 1952 and became world-famous through films, novels, comics and video games. The actor best known for portraying him in the movies is arguably Scottish actor Sean Connery.

    • Dr. Wilson: Good heavens we haven't missed it. It's like the end of A Christmas Carol.
      Referencing the end of Charles Dickens' 1843 novel, immortalized on stage and screen, which tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who learns the true meaning of Christmas after being visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Wilson's line refers to the end when Scrooge realizes he hasn't missed Christmas Day, despite his night of traveling with the Ghosts.