Dr. Gregory House
Dr. Allison Cameron
Dr. Robert Chase
Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Dr. Eric Foreman
Dr. James Wilson
Cameron suggests they make an antibody to a protein on the surface of the "alien" cells so that they can tag them for the PET scan. No problem there, monoclonal antibodies are widely used for purposes such as these ... but generating, screening, purifying and labeling a new antibody is a process that takes around six months at the very least. The show seems to suggest this only took days at most.
When House asks Cameron to put her diagnosis in the form of a metaphor she talks about making nerves 'light up like lightbulbs'. This is a simile not a metaphor.
When he goes into the machine that looks for the tagged proteins, Clancy goes in head-first. However, the computer shows Clancy's results feet-first.
House: Unfortunately, his brother is... like a bad doubles partner. Guy just takes up space, gets in the way. Clancy's body thinks he's gonna put away the easy winners; his brother just keeps swinging balls into the net. We have to get him off the court.
Stephanie: So does that mean you can find the bad cells in his brain or not?
House: Sure, abandon the metaphor, fine.
House: Either you screwed up the test, or I screwed up my analysis of this case. If you screwed up I don't have to cry myself to sleep.
Dr. Cameron: Maybe he cheated.
Dr. Chase: Right. Kids always cheat on their bleeding time tests.
House: She was being metaphorical. Trying to sound like me. I have no idea what you meant, but I could smell what the Rock was cooking.
House: Anybody watch any X-Files that inspired an explanation?
Dr. Foreman: There are ways DNA could become mutated. Extreme UV radiation.
House: That much sun, he'd be dying with a healthy bronze glow.
Clancy: So I am kind of weird?
Dr. Chase: We're all kind of weird.
Dr. Cameron: Is your leg hurting?
House: Is that question helping?
Dr. Cameron: You're leaning.
House: You're sitting.
Dr. Cameron: You're evading.
Dr. Cuddy: We need another plan.
Dr. Wilson: Don't talk about it that way.
Dr. Cuddy: What way?
Dr. Wilson: Plan. Sounds like we're conspiring against him.
House: So... you're saying Chase did screw up.
Dr. Chase: Or Foreman screwed up.
Dr. Foreman: Big hand points the minutes. Maybe you got them mixed up.
House: Oh... snap!
(after Dr. Cameron suggests that the boy has been sexually abused and Dr. Foreman says there is no evidence of that)
Dr. Chase: I think we should talk to the kid.
House: Why? In case he's telling the truth? You're a believer, aren't you?
Dr. Chase: I'm just not arrogant enough to think that of the 50 billion galaxies, hundred billion stars per galaxy and ten million, billion planets in the universe, that we're the only ones with life.
House: No, but I'm guessing we're the only ones who like shoving things through our backdoors.
Dr. Cuddy: If you did your morning run and showered at home, you'd be later than usual.
House: Thought of you in the shower!
House: Is this an intervention? It's a little late since I'm not using drugs anymore. I am however, still hooked on phonics.
Dr. Chase: How could I screw up a simple bleeding time test?
Dr. Foreman: Maybe you were abducted and lost time?
House: Why don't I have high-def in my office? I'm the department head!
House: So what was the plan? I'd feel so humbled by missing a case, that I'd re-evaluate my entire life, question the nature of truth and goodness, and become Cameron?
Dr. Wilson: Something like that. More that if we told you the truth, that you'd solved a case based on absolutely no medical proof, you'd think you were God. And...I was worried your wings would melt.
House: God doesn't limp.
Dr. Chase: Hey, Foreman! Your mama's so fat, when her beeper goes off, people thinks she's backing up!
(awkward silence as everyone stares at Chase)
House: The results came back. The lab cannot identify the metal. Said it might not even be terrestrial.
Dr. Chase: Really?
House: No, you idiot. It's titanium.
House: I know I get worked up when I cut microchip tracking implants out of my neck.
House: I need the laser pointer.
Dr. Cameron: We don't have a laser pointer.
House: Well why not? Who's going to take us seriously if I don't have a laser pointer?
Dr. Cuddy: What's going on with the leg?
House: First tell me what's going on with the boobs.
Dr. Cuddy: If you're feeling pain…
House: They're firmer.
Dr. Cuddy: It's called an underwire. I want to get a PET scan of your brain.
House: I think it's hormones.
Dr. Cuddy: As long as there's no increased activity in the thalamus…
House: Looks to me like those puppies are going into the dairy business.
Dr. Cuddy: …then the pain could be good.
Dr. Cuddy: You're in denial.
House: No I'm not! (pause) Oh, you got me.
Dr. Cuddy: (about Cameron) She's not nearly as delightful as she thinks she is.
Todd: I thought you got it all!
Dr. Chase: Yeah, yell at me--that'll fix the kid.
House: Riding the short bus is better than not breathing.
House: (crossing his fingers) Tell me he's a mutant/human hybrid!
House: Foreman, you gotta steal this thing for me!
Foreman: Let me ring up one of the homies.
Dr. Chase: House! Clancy has gone missing!
House: Oh no! You take the Alpha Centauri, Foreman can look on Tattooine, and Cameron can set up an intergalactic checkpoint. Let's pray he hasn't gone into hyperdrive - we'll never catch him.
House: So it's a UFO. Unidentified Flowing Orifice.
International Air Dates:
The Netherlands: June 28, 2007 on SBS 6
The Czech Republic: November 19, 2007 on TV Nova
Belgium: December 13, 2007 on KanaalTwee
Sweden: February 12, 2008 on TV4
Norway: Thursday, July 24, 2008 on NRK1
Music: Beautiful by Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell, Flying High by Jem
The song playing at the end of the episode is "Gravity" by John Mayer.
Dr. Cuddy: I gave him one shot of Cortisol and he woke up like Rip Van Winkle.
This is a reference to the 1819 short story Rip Van Winkle, published by Washington Irving. In the story a man falls asleep, only to wake up 20 years later, not knowing what's been going on for all this time.
Refers to the biblical story of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:1 through 4:16). They are two brothers, each of whom offers a sacrifice to God. Abel's sacrifice is favored because he gave the best part of what he had and Cain only gave what he had left. Subsequently Cain murders Abel, presumably out of jealousy. Cain is then cursed by God to wander the earth. Cain beseeches God's help, because he is afraid of his fellow people's vengeance. God then puts the Mark of Cain upon him, so that he shall not be killed, for "whomsoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be upon him sevenfold."
Wilson: More that if we told you the truth, that you'd solved a case based on absolutely no medical proof, you'd think you were God. And...I was worried your wings would melt.
This is in reference to the Greek myth about the death of Icarus. His father Daedalus created wax wings so they could escape imprisonment in King Minos' tower. Because of his hubris, Icarus ignored his father's warning about flying too close to the sun, and he fell into the sea when the wax melted.
Cameron: Then come up with a cunning plan…
"Cunning plans" were a staple in another series Hugh Laurie appeared in – Black Adder.
House: Tell that to the guys on the Kursk.
The Kursk was a Russian nuclear submarine which was lost on August 12 2000 when it sank in the Barents Sea. There were no survivors.
House: Oh no! You take Alpha Centauri, Foreman can look on Tatooine, and Cameron can set up an intergalactic checkpoint. Let's pray he hasn't gone into hyperdrive – we'll never catch him.
Tatooine is a reference to a planet in the Star Wars series. The planet happens to be where Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) was from.
House: I have no idea what you meant, but I could smell what The Rock was cooking.
Referencing the WWE wrestler and action movie star Dwayne Johnson, best known as The Rock with his phrase, "If ya smell what the Rock is cookin'!"
Nurse Brenda: The Artist Formerly Known as Gimp is back upstairs.
Referencing the singer Prince, although you might also know him as The Artist formerly Known as Prince, or O(+>, or Jamie Starr, but he was born in Minneapolis as Prince Rogers Nelson. A contract dispute with his former record label temporarily prevented him from recording under the name "Prince", so he invented the symbol for "self-referencing". Since no one knew how to pronounce it, people began referring to him as "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince".
House: We're going to need a bigger boat.
Referencing Roy Scheider's famous line in the movie Jaws (1975), when he sees the great white shark for the first time.
House: Anybody watch any X-Files that inspire an explanation?
Referencing the 1993-2002 TV series The X-Files, starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson for most of its run. The show dealt with supernatural cases of all sorts, but focus primarily on alien abductions and government cover-ups.
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