Season 5 Episode 18

Here Kitty

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 16, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A nursing home worker, Morgan, fakes an illness to get House to examine a cat which can predict the death of elderly patients. House doesn't believe it... until Morgan becomes ill for real.

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  • Cat predicts death

    House M.D

    Season 5

    Episode 18: Here Kitty

    A nurse fakes an illness in order for House to treat her. She believes she's dying because a cat predicted her death. House is skeptical to this, b ut when the nurse gets really sick and another patient who the cat predicted dies, House and his team will have to investigate the cat. Meanwhile, Taub tries to get a new job.

    Pretty cool episode. It was funny, interesting. A cat who predicts death? What the hell is that? Is an awesome House M.D episode. Great. Was pretty funny. Yeah, it was. Here Kitty is a funny House episode.moreless
  • Another good one

    In this episode of House, the following happens. House takes on the case of a nurse, who has a fit and whilst she is having it she urinates on herself, which is green. Which even House thinks is interesting. Soon House learns that she faked the green urine and the fit, and then she comes clean. A cat has predicted her death. Soon she starts getting sick and so the team investigate further. Soon they believe that she has a condition called Cushions. Just as she is about to have surgery, House finally realises what is wrong with her, she has cancer in her appendix.moreless
  • Not bad, for an episode about a cat...

    I thought this was a quite ridiculous idea at first, and indeed the patient seemed a bit of a nutcase. However, it was a very funny episode. House deals with a cat who can "predict death", and finds himself once again questioning his own faith. Despite his arrogance and wit, we as an audience do get to see his inner demons and worries thanks to Hugh Lauries brilliant acting abilities; he acts with his eyes. His connection to the patient was also very touching- the writers seem to be bringing that back to the show, which was lacking in some of the earlier episodes.

    House and Kutner were also brilliant- the pranks they played on each other made me laugh throughout, though Kutner urinating on House's chair was a bit disgusting!

    Taub also seems to be in a rut, and I worry for him. His finances are being drained, and hes unhappy in his job. Although he would never admit it, House seems worried about him too.

    Overall, a very good episode, despite its initial ridiculousness.moreless
  • A Cat

    I couldn't ever really take the episode seriosuly. And for the first time in a while - the best part of the episode was not House. Taub stole this episode and made it watchable, which I believe would be a first for his character for me anyway. To watch him go through all that just to get scammed in the end by someone he thought was his friend was brutal. I got fooled. I thought he was really going to leave the show and take this new job. It was everything that he wanted. A new, fresh start. Seems like his life is just getting worse and worse and I think the cat at the end was meant to show something. The end of the seasons are usually reserved for the best episodes and what if Taub committes suicide in the season finale? I could honestly see it being the "high-profile" death that is coming our way in the finale. All indication seems to point that way. The rest of the episode was decent at times, but nothing that amazing.moreless
  • House solves one because of a cat

    I think this was a great episode. I love the begining riff of Ted Nugents Stranglehold in the first scene, and the later reference to Ted Nugents Cat Scrath Fever. This is not the first time Uncle Ted was referenced in an episode. I was a little down on Wilsons part in this one. Didnt even need Wilson in this episode. The lines were the same old thing and didnt really matter. But Wilson did seem a little deprssed.....

    Now, Taub seems to be really depressed and this is what the episode was about.

    This brings us to who are they going to kill off by suicide at the end of the season, of the 9 characters...

    here are my assessments

    Taub--- likely to off himself, depression, bad marriage, lost all his money, hates his job

    Thirteen-- dying of a desease, could turn for the worse, commits suicide

    Wison-- several bad marriages, Apil died, his brother is crazy, and he seems lost, could off himself

    Cuddy --- maybe going crazy between the job and the baby, might go crazy and kill herself

    Foreman--- maybe early onset of alzhiemers like his mothers, complications with the brain surgery he had, .. umm, maybe he kills himself

    Cameron--- so caring, but affected, but not affected , doesnt want love, just sex, a real dychotomy here, maybe she kills herself

    Chase--- unlikely to kill himself, but maybe he is just tired, he looks really tired when he is on screen, it that the actor or the character, who knows, ..... we know he cut off from millions by his family in austrailia, but i dont see him offing himself

    Cutner---no way the character kills himself, he loves his job, like playinbg with house, and the writters have shown no reason this character would be in any distress

    House-- without House there would be no show, so no way house kills himself

    Now, if the press is saying it will be someone unexpected, then the list get reversed and cutner is on top.

    but for my momey, i say Taub, but that would be expected and not shocking at all, .... but the guy is a great tv actor, i like when he appeared on law and order a few times, and could get on another type show like this or that pretty easily i thinkmoreless
Christopher Moynihan

Christopher Moynihan

Neil Zane

Guest Star

Lorene Noh

Lorene Noh

Business-Suited Woman

Guest Star

Charlie Carter

Charlie Carter


Guest Star

Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Dr. Lawrence Kutner

Recurring Role

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde


Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When House is testing whether Kutner is superstitious, the position of the salt cellar changes between shots.

    • When House sits in his corner chair at the episode's end, he places two toy cars on the footstool: a purple one at left and a yellow one at right. When he jumps up, the cars can be seen to have flipped positions. A further camera angle of him reaching to touch the seat shows them again in this position before a final glimpse of the cars shows them returned to their original order.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • (Cuddy looks to the floor and finds a litter box)
      Dr. Cuddy: I told you to get rid of "death cat."
      House: Do you see a cat?
      Dr. Cuddy: I see a litter box.
      (House grabs his cane)
      House: This is a disability, Dr. Cuddy. Can't make it to the men's room on time.
      Dr. Cuddy: You pee on the mice too?
      House: Well, now you see the mice actually prove that I don't have a cat.
      Dr. Cuddy: Are these... are these the genetically modified lab mice from oncology?
      House: Genetically modified for tastiness.

    • Morgan: I had colds all winter.
      House: Well, I've been in this room a while, but it's spring now, right?

    • House: The cat was not predicting deaths. It was just trying to keep warm.
      Dr. Wilson: Yes, dead people are renowned for their warm glow.

    • Morgan: I don't smoke.
      House: Fine. You don't want the seventh graders to think you're cool.

    • Kutner: You really lost all that money?
      Taub: I don't care about the money. I just feel bad for Rachel.
      Kutner: She married a guy in one situation and ended up with another. That's hard on anyone.
      Taub: Thanks. Makes me feel much better hearing my wife's a gold digger.

    • Dr. Cuddy: I'll give you 24 hours.
      House: Consecutive?

    • Morgan: This is the cat, Debbie. Have you heard of her?
      House: Debbie. Sorry, but without a last name...

    • House: I'm waiting for a follow-up.
      Dr. Cuddy: If you're talking about Mr. Kazden, he has a deceased sticker on his file. As do all the other follow-ups you have scheduled for today.

    • House: You ever try to pee on yourself in public? It's not easy.
      Taub: Sorry, I rushed the Jewish frat. We peed in private.
      House: For good reason.

    • House: Dammit.
      Morgan: Please forgive me, I'm so sorry.
      House: What are you worried about? You may have a night in jail for fraud. I have to go tell one of my employees he's right.

    • Morgan: A cat predicted my death.
      House: Cats make terrible doctors. Oh no, wait, that's women. You're screwed.

    • (patient is following House)
      House: If you're going to kill me and rape me, please do it in that order.

    • Kutner: Why are you pushing your crash cart?
      House: Because patients sometimes crash, and they haven't invented a crash tractor for me to drive wildly around the hallways.

    • House: Who told you about the test? Taub?
      Dr. Cuddy: I'll never say. But yes.

    • House: Hey, look, kids, therapy cat.
      Billy: You're a liar. Therapy animals are dogs, not cats.
      House: Aren't you feisty?

    • Dr. Wilson: Or, you're starting to give a crap what other people think. Which is just another way of saying you give a crap about other people.
      House: I'd love to hear more of your theory, but I don't give a crap.

    • House: Oh my God, the death cat is attacking your legs. You're going to die.
      Kutner: Maybe it has something to do with that little red dot dancing around down there.
      House: Oh my God, the death laser is attacking your legs. You're going to die.

    • House: Here, puss, puss, puss, puss, puss.
      Dr. Foreman: Say "puss" one more time. It's the sixth "puss" that really does it.

    • Dr. Wilson: I've gotta stop telling you my theories. You always just try to prove me wrong.
      House: You mean the theory about Cuddy's ass getting bigger during the full moon? I confirmed that one. Photos on my blog.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: April 1, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Latin America: April 30, 2009 on Universal Channel
      Denmark: August 1, 2009 on Kanal 4
      The Netherlands: October 22, 2009 on SBS6
      Poland: October 29, 2009 on TVP2
      Germany: November 3, 2009 on RTL
      Slovakia: November 26, 2009 on STV1
      Czech Republic: March 17, 2010 on TV Nova
      Sweden: March 30, 2010 on TV4

    • Jennifer Morrison is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Music: Stranglehold (Ted Nugent), I'm Not Drowning (Steve Winwood)


    • Opening Scene:
      At the end of the ramp is a miniature shark that the car jumps over before Cuddy catches it. This is a tongue-in-cheek reference to "Jumping the Shark", a term that originated from an episode of Happy Days where Fonzie waterskis over a shark, which has subsequently been used by fans and critics to describe the point at which a show starts to decline in quality.

    • House: I got to say, I don't think the changes they made to American Idol really work for me.
      Referencing the popular reality/talent TV program on FOX, premiering 2002, which has often aired either before House, or taken over its timeslot. Amateur singers from around the country compete for fame and glory, and are judged by a panel of judges including the sharp-tongued Simon Cowell.

    • Dr. Foreman: Yeah, it could be cat scratch fever.
      Referencing the 1977 song and album by Ted Nugent.

    • House: You will note how Faster, Pu$$ycat... Kill! Kill! has snuggled up by Coma Guy over there.
      Referencing the 1965 film by Russ Meyer. Three strippers abduct a young wife and force her to participate in their scheme to rob and kill and old man and his sons, only to discover the old man has a few surprises of his own.

    • House: (petting the cat while seated) No, Mister Bond, I expect you to die.
      This is a reference to the early James Bond series, in particular Goldfinger, in which villain Auric Goldfinger uses the same line. The cat is an allusion to Ernst Stavro Blofeld a.k.a. Number One, the mysterious leader of SPECTRE and James Bond's nemesis, who was unseen in the early films but would be identified by the white cat that would sit in his lap while he spoke to underlings. Blofeld/Number One first appeared in From Russia with Love.