*G* Well to answer really really quickly - I had no problem with that one episode of The X-Files either. I loved when they did something different from the normal flow of eps (I'm an old X-Phile *waves* ). But that's the point - that's one episode. You're comparing one episode to a whole season of House, including some of s. 3 and some of s. 5.
House was more introverted in s. 1 and 2. When he called someone an idiot, it was because he was angry at them and because they were being idiotic. If he was harsh towards someone (Chase, or Cameron), it was because he wanted to teach them a lesson. He pushed them to make them stronger. In s. 4 he constantly called people names, morons, jerks, and unflattering nick names, for no reason at all. I can't remember all the situations, but I definitely remember that it really rubbed me the wrong way. Many times. House always did something for a reason, and now it just seems he does it because he can. Or because the writers think it's fun, and I guess I just don't share their sense of humor then.
He was also very peverse. Just look at the episode with the CIA woman. When offering her a job he says, "I have an open position.. on my penis The whole ep was filled with really ugly and OOC references to bodyparts. He does it many times in s. 4 and just recently in s. 5 he mentions his penis again in connection to a woman. That's neither funny nor smart, it's just vulgar. And there is no reason for it. I just didn't understand it, and it really turned me off. He seemed to be lacking his reflective speculative side, the quiet drawn back observing House, and was now just all about the lashing out for the fun of it. Another thing that peeved me greatly about s. 4 So no, I don't think I'll be watching it in a different like, like ever. Save for 97 Seconds and Don't Ever Change (you can imagine why I love those eps ) and also the two parter finale, I have no words of praise for it
OK, I see.
As I said above I consider such things as with the free position as jokes and they don't bother me, but I understand why somebody else can be bothered. People are very subjective in what makes them lough or turns them off.
I don't know if I have noticed that he called people morons and so on for no reason. I don't remember any particular situation (except for Cole, which I already discussed as justified), but I guess he did. But maybe I'm not paying much attention to such words coming out of his mouth, because for me that is part of the whole issue about his character. In Pilot the first patient said to Wilson about House that "It's important what he does, not what he says" or something like that. Of course, it's often very important what House says, but not every word is also a deed. Imo the unflattering nick names matter only if they really harm people and they feel hurt undeservedly. I think that people consider House anyway as a jerk and they usually don't feel very bad when he calls them idiots because they know he is rude not only with them. Maybe I try to excuse him because I love him too much. But also, even if their feelings are actually hurt... well, I think we were supposed to be OK with his imperfection and dark sides. I mean he is considered as complicated character, "cranky" and "wounded"... if his sin is to be rude at times, or even at many times, maybe that's a considerable price for all his other great deeds and ofteh misunderstood genius. He maybe called all the candidates millions of times morons, but still he fired them only with good reason. He maybe called someone an idiot for something too small, but when 13 actually killed someone he left her work there and believed she can do better...no matter how he called her.
And one last thing about that - maybe he doesn't do it "just because he can", but quite the opposite - because he can't do it the other way. The writers seem to like that idea lately.
Btw, I knew what you mentioned (about X-files being just one episode) was the weak point in my comparisîn, and I guessed you would cought me , but that was the best example I could think of.
Btw I never knew what *G* means