House

Season 3 Episode 15

Half-Wit

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 06, 2007 on FOX
9.1
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House encounters a brain-damaged musical prodigy with inexplicable abilities while the team faces serious concerns about House's own health.

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  • A very interesting house, lots of classical piano. Also, special guest appearance as the main character, by Dave Matthews.

    9.5
    A very interesting house, lots of classical piano. Also, special guest appearance as the main character, by Dave Matthews. Also guest appearing is the father figure from That 70s show; Red. You can not really tell it is him until you hear his distinct voice. This episode was especially insightful because you get to see Gregg House's talent at the piano. There are several points in the episode where he does duets with Dave Matthews on the piano. This is also one of those episodes where House makes a highly controversial call (removing half a brain) to end result: a life saving operation.moreless
  • House has cancer.

    10
    "You should be making out with Cameron!" That was my favorite scene, everyone was so giddy, seriously, "I'm so glad I didn't sleep with you." House was an ass in this episode, he could of just told the truth to his team. From the start, and House kisses Cameron, that was so amazing & it was just to get his blood, messed up, and it looks like Chase & Cameron are continuing to sleep together, And House gets to grab Cuddy's ass, so that's always good. About the patient,I didn't know you could live without half your brain, pretty kooky. The end was the best, one of the best episodes ever!moreless
  • House has cancer.

    10
    "You should be making out with Cameron!" That was my favorite scene, everyone was so giddy, seriously, "I'm so glad I didn't sleep with you." House was an ass in this episode, he could of just told the truth to his team. From the start, and House kisses Cameron, that was so amazing & it was just to get his blood, messed up, and it looks like Chase & Cameron are continuing to sleep together, And House gets to grab Cuddy's ass, so that's always good. About the patient,I didn't know you could live without half your brain, pretty kooky. The end was the best, one of the best episodes ever!moreless
  • Dark yet beautiful- A very special episode.

    10
    This was the best episode of the Season so far. A fantastic piece of writing from the writers. The story of a brain damage mad who so beautifully played the piano- House's care of him was quite extraordinary, and the way they played piano together was a beautiful piece of television.



    The decision at the end was kind of cruel, but touching that the father (brilliantly acted btw) chose to give his son a life rather than the piano was also beautifully and touchingly written.



    On the other hand, House stoops to a new love and fakes cancer. The episode kept me guessing the first time, wondering what he was hiding and the outcome would be resolved. It also gave room for some great character development. The team showed their care for House- annnnnnnnd there was THAT kiss! Three Seasons we waited for a House and Cameron kiss! It was compelling television.



    Furthermore, it showed just how much Chase and Foreman respected him, albeit in different ways, and how House is trying to distance himself from society. The end of the episode was quite touching, as he seems to make an effort of integrating with his team.



    All in all, a very clever and beautiful episode- one of the all time bests.moreless
  • House may die - and he doesn't care.

    9.6
    When a brain damaged patient who is also a piano genius collapses House tries to find out why he's on the one hand musically gifted but on the other hand not able to button up his own shirt. Meanwhile his team, Cuddy and Wilson find out that he's going to Boston to an oncologist and realize that House has terminal brain cancer. They all worry but House doesn't seem to care and focuses on trhe patient. In the end his team finds a way to save him but that's not what House wants...



    This episode marks a new low - but not a show's low, a low in House's personal struggle in finding a way to be painfree. Although you might consider he didn't want anyone to find out, it was bound to happen and he played with evryone's feelings. I liked this episode because I always wondered if there wasn't something to it (although it was clear they wouldn't kill House, duh), maybe that House would have only three years to live. I also liked the patient and the musical concept, especially with Hugh Laurie playing the piano, he's really good. Finally it was interesting how House's friends reacted to him dying and the way they all care for him although he's an annoying jerk.



    Very strong episode with an interesting patient and an insensitive House.moreless
Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • At the opening credits after House snatches the paper bag of breakfast from the table, the bagel he pulls out is plain, but is flat on one side. When the camera cuts back, it is round on all sides. He takes a bite and the camera cuts away and then cuts back, and it is now a sesame seed bagel with one flattened side.

    • Trivia: We learn that Cuddy is Jewish. She has a menorah on her living room.

    • In the last episode there was a lot of snow outside. Here, one day later, all the snow is gone.

    • Trivia: This is the first time we see House wearing prescription glasses while he's repairing what looks like a videocamera in his office.

  • QUOTES (28)

    • House: What the hell were you before you hit your head?
      Patrick: "Hell" is a bad word.
      House: So is "ass," "bitch," I could probably rattle off 50 much more complicated and disgusting ones, but then your dad would get pissed at me.

    • House: You know what my team is doing right now?
      Patrick: No.
      House: They're trying to figure out what's wrong with me.
      Patrick: What's wrong with you?
      House: Thanks for asking. They found out that I'm dying.
      Patrick: That's sad.
      House: Everyone's dying.
      Patrick: That's sad.
      House: If a meteor lands on my head tomorrow it's all academic. I told them to leave me alone, but did they?
      Patrick: Did they?
      House: That one was rhetorical.

    • Dr. Wilson: Are you curious about heroin?
      House: Not since last year's Christmas party.

    • Dr. Cameron: You're just looking for a puzzle to distract you from your own situation.
      House: You're right. He's dead. Let's go home.

    • Dr. Foreman: I need to say something.
      House: Something personal?
      Dr. Foreman: Yeah.
      House: I can't leave because you have something interesting in that file.
      Dr. Foreman: Sorry.
      (House sits down and looks at Dr. Foreman)
      Dr. Foreman: You're an arrogant ass who makes impossible for anyone to like you, a bunch of people don't deserve...
      House: Can we get to the "but" part of this speech?
      Dr. Foreman: But I like you.
      House: No, you don't. You're just reacting to the perception of my death. Need to put things in order. Feel guilt.
      Dr. Foreman: Just shut up.
      House: See? I annoy you.

    • House: (to Cameron, after getting kissed and almost stabbed by her) Foreman's and Chase's lips are not getting so close now that I know your plan.

    • (Cameron and Chase enter House's home and turn on the light)
      Dr. Cameron: I'll take in here. Bedrooms are down the hall.
      Dr. Chase: You've been here?
      Dr. Cameron: Where else would the bedrooms be?
      Dr. Chase: (walking by Cameron) Come with?
      Dr. Cameron: You're scared of him catching us breaking into his home but you're not scared of him catching us doing it in his bed?
      Dr. Chase: If I'm gonna get fired anyway.

    • House: Do you like your life?
      Patrick: What life?

    • House: (as Chase enters) Your turn.
      Dr. Chase: Do you have to do that?
      House: You mean, cheapen everyone's intent by identifying the real calculations that go in to it?
      Dr. Chase: Yeah.
      House: Yeah.
      Dr. Chase: I'm sorry you're dying. I'm gonna hug you. Anything to say?
      House: Well, if you're considering grabbing my ass, don't start anything... (Chase hugs him) ...you can't finish.

    • Dr. Chase: (leaving room) I'm going back to bed.
      House: (enters room) Where are you going?
      Dr. Chase: Uh... bathroom, it can wait.

    • Dr. Cuddy: It's the middle of the night. You knew I'd be asleep.
      House: Phone would have woken you up just as much... but I can't see what you're wearing on the phone.

    • Dr. Chase: You can't just randomly stab the temporal lobe and hope you hit the right spot.
      House: I'll only take little tiny pieces.
      Dr. Cameron: Until what?
      House: Until I find the problem.
      Dr. Cameron: Or you kill him.
      House: No, I'll keep going even if I kill him.

    • Dr. Cameron: But you kissed back.
      House: I didn't want you to die not knowing what it feels like. Actually, no woman should die without knowing the feeling.

    • Dr. Foreman: Although he was testing blood in the clinic... don't think it was a patient's blood.
      Dr. Cameron: Why, it was green?

    • Dr. Wilson: I could set up an tower on the roof during a lightning storm, help you switch brains with your patient. Then you would be the brilliant pianist, and he would be the doctor hiding brain cancer from his friend.
      House: It's nothing.
      Dr. Wilson: You need to talk about it.
      House: You need to talk about it.
      Dr. Wilson: At least let me look at your medical file.
      House: You're making a big deal out of nothing. Who else knows?
      Dr. Wilson: No one, and cancer isn't nothing.
      House: Sorry, I didn't mean to offend your specialty.

    • House: This is going to be personal, isn't it?
      Dr. Foreman: Yeah.
      (House leaves)

    • Dr. Foreman: Savantism is just one of those things. It's… inexplicable.
      House: Just because it's inexplicted doesn't mean it's inexplicable.

    • House: Patrick, I want you to pretend that your leg is a piano.
      Patrick: My leg isn't a piano.
      House: I know, that's why I said "pretend." (sotto voce) The kid's a moron.

    • House: Did you come for my feelings? Because I left 'em in my other pants.

    • House: Twenty seconds. Pretty good.
      Dr. Cameron: For what.
      House: The time it took you to go from hard-ass to human being.

    • House: (to Cuddy) Lets say I'm the left side of Patrick's brain, I'm quick-witted, I'm charming, I'm great looking. You're the right side of his brain. You're useless, old, damaged. We go to a bar for a drink. Now, I have the mad skills to be scoring all the hot babes, but instead, I'm spending my time wiping drool off your chin and making sure you don't eat the tablecloth.

    • (About House's high school photo)
      Dr. Cameron: He's not smiling.
      Dr. Chase: I wonder if he has teeth.

    • House: (to Cameron) A little whorish to kiss and stab.

    • Dr. Foreman: We just told you you're not going to die. You should be making out with Cameron.

    • Dr. Foreman: You're right: I don't like you.
      House: Sure, now that I'm not dying.

    • House: (grabbing Cuddy's ass) One small feel for man, one giant ass for mankind.

    • House: Did you shower together?
      Cameron and Chase: No!
      House: Double negative. It's a yes.

    • House: (to Cameron) If you want a sperm sample, come back without the needle.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: September 20, 2007 on SBS6
      Greece: December 29, 2007 on Star Channel
      The Czech Republic: March 3, 2008 on TV Nova
      Germany: March 4, 2008 on RTL
      Sweden: May 13, 2008 on TV4
      Belgium: October 12, 2008 on 2BE

    • Hugh Laurie was nominated for the Emmy of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his performance as Dr. Gregory House in this episode.

    • The first song that House plays on the piano and Patrick repeats is "I Don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats. The classical piece Patrick performs on stage is Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata (No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, Allegro con brio). The song playing when Patrick is having the internal EEG is "Rainy Day Lament" by Joe Purdy. The song playing during the closing scenes is "See The World" by Gomez. When House tests Patrick's piano playing ability with the key pad, he plays "The Entertainer" composed by Scott Joplin. When Patrick is having his musical MRI, the music being played is the third movement (Scherzo) of the Symphony in C by Georges Bizet. When Patrick plays the tune on his leg, he is playing along to Bizet's Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 Waldstein: Rondo (Allegretto moderato, Prestissimo).

    • The opening credits are omitted for this episode, and the words "House M.D." flash up with a piano note struck in the background. The stars are then billed once the episode begins, followed by the "created by" billing, and the guest stars and crew as normal.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Dueling Banjos
      When House proves Dr. Foreman that Patrick's right side of the brain is working he plays a part from "The Entertainer." by Scott Joplin. This was one of the most popular pieces of music of the Ragtime era and was rediscovered by the public in the movie, "The Sting."

    • House: One small feel for man, one giant ass for mankind.
      This is a (slightly misquoted) allusion to when Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon and said, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind".

    • House: They're under the name "Luke N. Laura."
      The alias House uses for his medical records is an allusion to the "supercouple" Luke Spencer and Laura Webber Spencer on the American soap opera General Hospital, a favorite show of House.

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