Season 4 Episode 12

Don't Ever Change

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 05, 2008 on FOX
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House and his team must diagnose a Jewish bride who is taken ill at her wedding. However, House is more interested in analyzing Wilson's relationship with his new girlfriend.

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  • Good episode!!!

    It always makes me warm and jewey!
  • Beautifully written

    I thought this was a wonderfully well written episode, and a lot better than I remember it being. People say this was the weakest Season so far, but some of the episodes have been brilliant.

    The diagnosis case was a classic, and it was written very similiar to the way the older Seasons were. The patient was interesting and it brought some of the religious aspects back to the show that most seasons to have at least once. It was interesting seeing Taub's opinions on the situation, and his banter with Foreman was very much like the older Seasons as the team banters whilst searching each others homes.

    Foreman once again is the subject of that banter as he does so with Thirteen, and we see how working with House so long as affected him. Thirteen is also exposed as a bi-sexual! It provided some very amusing moments.

    I personally think the new team have come into their own- Taub's self discovery and Kutners confidence has now grown, and the patient storyline was brilliant as we wonder if people can actually change.

    The subplot was also good as we delve into Wilson's relationship with Amber, and for the first time I actually quite like her character, saying how she has hoped she has changed, and how she feels both loved and respected with Wilson. It shed some light on their character's personalities, whilst House and amusingly believes Wilson is dating himself!

    House letting go of his paranoia and letting Wilson have his own life was a big step for him, and paves the way for a possible new beginning.

    Overall, dynamic, wonderfully written and entertaining- people should let go of there dislike for change (the new team) and realise that this is classic House on many levels.moreless
  • Thirteen goes both ways.

    This episode was revealing in two ways, Thirteen is a bisexual which came to a shock. Funny how everyone figured out, out of spite. Which is crazy. Anyways Another way it was revealing is how much Amber has changed. She is not the same girl who got fired two episodes ago. She wasn't surprised to see Thirteen in the group, I love how she suggests an illness, which shows she still has some House in her. Laura Silverman guests stars! I love her on the Sarah Silverman Show, she is hilarious. Anyways, she was a ho in this episode though, kind of a trader. Great episode.moreless
  • The last show before the strike.

    SPOILER ALERT: Do Not Read This If You Have Not Seen the Show.

    No clinic duty this week and for good reason. House has found out that his only friend is dating Amber, the cutthroat B, aka CTB. First, there was the attempt to break them up. Then, there was the realization by House that Wilson was dating the female version of himself. Finally, there was acceptance.

    Yes, there was a case about a woman who became a Hasidic Jew six months earlier. She collapsed at her wedding. There was the usual fumbling around to find the diagnosis. Cameo appearances of Cuddy, Foreman and Chase but no Cameron. As House normally does, he finds a relatively simple answer. Patient cured and ready to live a long, normal life.

    And, of course, there was the weird comment by Foreman that Thirteen was bisexual.moreless
  •'s good

    When an office building collapses, House has to work fast to diagnose a young woman, Megan, who survived the disaster. Due to her injuries, Megan's only form of communication is blinking. House, without a team since Foreman and Cameron quit and he fired Chase, talks through his ideas with a janitor at the hospital. As House persists in diagnosing Megan by himself, he realizes that the case is not what it appears, and that solitude may not be the answer. I love this series more and more and I think thedirection this season is going is the right one, I loved the episode "Alone", it was a funny episode with the janitor and House loosing his guitar, I really, really cant wait to see more of this series. "Alone" gets an easy ten out of ten. Keep it up.moreless
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Eyal Podell


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Heather Joy Sher

Heather Joy Sher

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Laura Silverman

Laura Silverman


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Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


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Anne Dudek

Anne Dudek


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Peter Jacobson

Peter Jacobson


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The song that Yonasan sings to his wife, "Eyshes Chayil," is the last 22 verses of the Book of Proverbs, which praise the "Woman of Valor." It is traditionally sung on Friday night before the Sabbath evening meal.

    • Roz refers to her husband as "Yonatan," which is the modern Israeli pronunciation of the name ("Jonathan" is the English equivalent). In the chassidic community of which she was a member, the name would have been pronounced according to the traditional Ashkenazic pronunciation, "Yonasan" ("s" instead of "t").

    • Trivia: Kutner describes Amber as having "legs that go all the way up to Canada." When House surprises Amber at her apartment, she is wearing a sweatshirt that is emblazoned with "McGill". The Faculty of Medicine at Montreal's McGill University is one of Canada's oldest and most renowned medical schools. The sweatshirt, however, belongs to Wilson. We see him wearing it in Season 2's episode 19: "House Vs. God" at House's poker game.

    • Roz describes herself as Baal tshuva, which means (someone male) who has returned (to religion). Since she's a female she should have said Baalat tshuva.

    • Trivia: The bourdeaux embroidered cover for the challa bread says: For Shabbat and holiday[s]. (Hebrew: Le shabat ve'yom tov)

  • QUOTES (28)

    • Taub: Look, she's nuts, but we can't just give her 10 CCs of atheism and send her home.

    • House: Stand her up.
      Thirteen: She doesn't do well on her feet.
      House: Neither do I.

    • Dr. Foreman: I'm sure you have many reasons to keep yourself a mystery, besides the fact that you're bisexual.
      (Thirteen stares)
      Dr. Foreman: Uh, denial would have worked before the long vacant stare.

    • House: I need you to sleep with Wilson.
      Dr. Cuddy: Good morning.

    • House: People lie, people sin, and in my world "people" includes Jews.

    • Kutner: Saw Amber drop off Wilson this morning.
      House: Yes. The male always drives the female.

    • House: Cross-species mating. I feel like Darwin in the Galapagos.
      Dr. Wilson: Amber and I have a lot in common.
      House: She's a cutthroat bitch. You cry over Dark Victory.
      Dr. Wilson: Bette Davis, another strong assertive woman.

    • House: I thought Amber scared you guys.
      Kutner: She does. But she also has legs that go all the way up to Canada.
      House: So do Canadians--doesn't mean I want to date one.

    • House: Hasidic women marry young so they can start pushing out little Hasidlings.

    • House: So you will trust my diagnosis, and you'll let me treat her, because in this temple I am Dr. Yahweh.

    • House: People don't change. For instance, I'm going to keep repeating "People don't change."

    • Dr. Cuddy: (to House) If you're dissatisfied with your life, changing it is a symptom of mental health. I get why that concept is strange to you.

    • House: Are you agreeing with me, or are you making a point?
      Thirteen: I'm making a point.
      House: That's gonna take longer.

    • Amber: Hi, Greg. And I call you Greg because we're now social equals.
      House: I call you "cutthroat bitch" because… well, quod erat demonstratum. And I speak in Latin because I don't try to hide what an ass I am.

    • House: (to Wilson about Amber) Any minute now she's going to hit him in the face with your testicles.

    • House: (to Wilson) Wait a second. This isn't just about the sex. You like her personality. You like that she's conniving. You like that she has no regard for consequences. You like that she can humiliate someone if it serves… oh my god. You're sleeping with me.

    • Dr. Foreman: People who have a problem with boxes are people who don't fit in them.
      Thirteen: You've been working for House a long time.
      Dr. Foreman: No need for name calling.

    • Dr. Wilson: (comparing Amber to House) Amber is exactly what I need and you would agree if you weren't mired in self-loathing topped with a thin crust of megalomania.
      House: Hey, that's my best friend's girl you're talking about.

    • House: She's a needy version of me.
      Dr. Wilson: Hard to imagine such a mythical creature.

    • Dr. Wilson: C'est la vie, and I use the French because you're an ass.

    • Roz: She's a bisexual.
      Kutner: What?
      Roz: I could hear them talking from inside the MRI.
      Kutner: Hear who? I heard the word "sex."
      Roz: It was interesting.
      Kutner: What was interesting?
      Taub: Doesn't matter.
      Kutner: We're doctors, we never know what's going to matter. She said "sex."

    • Dr. Cuddy: You'll never lose your friend, House. You're the long-distance runner of neediness.

    • Dr. Cuddy: (about Amber) Are you sure she doesn't wanna just take you back to her lair, hang you upside down, and deposit her eggs in you?
      Dr. Wilson: Excellent disguise, House.

    • Dr. Chase: (to House) You want more time? Joshua got God to make the sun stand still. No reason God can't speed it up. And, by God, I of course mean you.

    • Amber: Why do you have to believe that I have an ulterior motive?
      House: For the same reason I believe that crack whores can have sex. For crack.

    • House: Hey, stop that Jew!

    • House: (to Wilson) I've decided you could do worse then a female proxy for me.

    • Dr. Wilson: Are you being… self-sacrificing?
      House: I'll sacrifice a lab rat, I'll sacrifice a fly, I'll sacrifice $200 on a mudder at Monmouth Park. I don't sacrifice self. Shabbat shalom, Wilson.
      Dr. Wilson: Shabbat shalom, House.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Airdates:
      Latin America: May 1, 2008 on Universal Channel
      Italy: May 6, 2008 on Canale 5
      Bulgaria: May 22, 2008 on NTV
      UK: June 5, 2008 on Channel 5/Five
      Denmark: June 21, 2008 on SBS Net
      The Netherlands: September 25, 2008 on SBS 6
      The Czech Republic: November 24, 2008 on TV Nova
      Germany: November 11, 2008 on RTL
      Estonia: November 28, 2008 on TV3
      Hungary: November 12, 2008 on TV2
      Greece: December 6, 2008 on Star
      Sweden: May 5, 2009 on TV4
      Poland: May 21, 2009 on TVP2

    • Jennifer Morrison is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Music: Waiting on a Friend (The Rolling Stones), Jerry Weintraub (Waldeck), Nani, nani (Accentus Ensemble), Niggun of the Alter Rebbe, Eshet Chayil


    • Kuttner: (to Taub) You can become a Da'Har Master. Does that require further explanation?
      Mentioning Da'Har Master is an allusion to the show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The Da'Har Master is a Klingon warrior who has reached the highest level attainable in the practice of Mok'bara. Examples include Kor, Koloth and Kang who appear in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the episode "Blood Oath."

    • House: You cry over Dark Victory.
      This is reference to a 1939 movie Dark Victory. This a story about the last days of a woman with cancer, starring Bette Davis

    • Dr. Chase: You want more time? Joshua got God to make the sun stand still.
      Chase is referring to the battle between Joshua and five Amorite kings describes in Joshua 10:10-27. The Israelites were winning the fight, and Joshua asked God (Joshua 10:12) to stop the setting of the sun so that they can finish the battle. The sun stayed in the sky for 24 hours (10:13) and the Israelites won.

    • House: How's our mental Yentl?
      Referencing the 1983 movie starring Barbra Streisand in the title role as a Polish woman who disguises herself as a man to study the Talmud. Based in turn on the story Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy by Isaac Bashevis Singer.