Season 4 Episode 12

Don't Ever Change

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 05, 2008 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.