Season 4 Episode 14

Living the Dream

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 05, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

House treats a famous soap opera star when he believes the patient has a serious condition even though there's no evidence indicating that's the case. Meanwhile, Wilson and Amber have their first fight.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Life is but a soap opera

    This series keeps getting nuttier all the time. The episode begins with House kidnapping the actor from his favorite soap opera. Cuddy has to deal with the hospital accreditation. Wilson and Amber have their first fight, as the promo goes.

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    House brings his idol to the hospital, and as he is running some tests, the actor really gets sick. The race is on to find the cure.

    Wilson and Amber need a new mattress. He is a real wuss and cannot take a stand. They go to the store. Finally Wilson decides to get a waterbed.

    As for the patient, it ends up that he has an allergy to quinine, which it in the tonic water he drinks while shooting his show.moreless
  • House's soap!

    I thought this episode started brilliantly but faded as it went on. I loved how House kidnapped the guy and then drugged him, and his one liners in between were brilliant.

    It was also nice seeing Cameron back in the diagnostic room, making some great suggestions. I still love House and Cameron's chemistry, and I miss it on the show, especially now the writers are not making Thirteen even vaguelly interesting at the moment.

    The hospital is also being inspected, which made Cuddy and House's dynamics very interesting and also funny. I loved the scene down the morgue! However, the case became less interesting as it went on, and we had no final resolution for the patients unhappyness- it was a bit of a waste, especially how well the patient acted at the beginning. Furthermore, Cameron should have stayed the whole episode rather than half of it- it would have given a better scope.

    Nevertheless, I believe the writers strike had something to do with plot holes, and as a whole the episode was good and funny. I liked how Wilson and Ambers relationship is developing- her character is finally starting to grow on me!

    Overall, a good, if not brilliant, filler episode.moreless
  • House treats an actor. Starring: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer, Peter Jacobson, Kal Penn, and Olivia Wilde

    This episode was a really great episode, and i loved how House (Hugh Laurie) like forced his way to help an actor (guest star Jason Lewis) from General Hospital. This episode brought back the really hilarious scenes that i had been wishing for. House is ne of the few shows that have the ability to turn a drama into a pretty good comedy, and this episode was really great because of this. The fight between Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) and Amber (guest star Anne Dudek) was really sweet because i really love this couple. This is one of the best episodes of house, and i thought that bringing Jason Lewis onto the show was amazing.moreless
  • The matress.

    Amber & Wilson's first fight as it seems. Was pretty sill comparing to House's standards, but a very interesting plot, House takes a soap opera actor. House's plots never get old. Meanwhile Cuddy's job is on the line, which is no surprise. Not firing House & all. Kinf of a cliffhanger although it is never mentioned in the next episode. Did Cuddy lose her job? Obviously not. The waterbed plot, which shows Amber has really really changed. It is like a different person, you do see some niceness of her in this episode. A very well thought out episode. But still not good enough.moreless
  • an ingenious, smart episode

    You got to give it to House. Even when other shows were slagging behind or falling over themselves to get to season finales post-strike, the writers of House come up with an ingenious episode like this one. Fans of House understand the signifigance of just how smart this episode is and is a nod back to the series. The episode is about how House's favorite actor from his favorite soap opera has strangely fallen ill and House will personally not rest until the actor is cured. It was really fun to see House stumble around this guy, starstruck, and act like a fanatic when normally he's extremely composed. It was really funny when House went as far as to kidnap the guy off set just to get him treated. And even though in previous episodes the soap opera was shown for only about thirty seconds, House and the actors were able to recite whole plotlines in one single breath. It was interesting to see that the actor in actuality hates being on the show and is only sticking around until a better thing comes along. Not only does it hurt House but it makes a choosy telling off between him and the actor that if you want to do something better in your life, go do it. House technically gets a diagnosis wrong but wound up getting it right at the same time. Confusing. House has on occasion, misdiagnosed and someone else had to step in and solve the case, but to get it flat wrong and still be right is intriguing. Since he technically got it right in the end, it was a wash, so he'll continue, smug and sound. The episode ends with the actor back on set. Will he take House's advice and leave? Something tells me House's favorite actor's not going anywhere anytime soon. This was a smart, cleverly written episode that was always in control and it proves once again that House is one of the best shows on tv.moreless
Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Jason Lewis

Jason Lewis

Evan Greer

Guest Star

Robert Patrick Benedict

Robert Patrick Benedict

Dr. Jamie Conway

Guest Star

Kristina Anapau

Kristina Anapau

Marie Actress

Guest Star

Anne Dudek

Anne Dudek


Recurring Role

Peter Jacobson

Peter Jacobson

Dr. Chris Taub

Recurring Role

Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Dr. Lawrence Kutner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The patient of the week is given a nerve function test by Kutner and Taub. They perform the test by puncturing the patient's legs with needles. This system of testing is archaic. Modern nerve function tests in a hospital today rely on electrical impulses from a small computerized device; no needles or skin puncturing is necessary.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • House: You want the star of the hottest daytime drama on TV to die in your hospital?
      Dr. Cuddy: I want you to cure him without committing any more felonies.
      House: I can't do my job when you're gonna tie my hands like that!

    • Dr. Cuddy: (to House) Fifty-one weeks of the year I let you run around like a monkey in a banana factory.

    • Evan: What's the test say?
      House: As I suspected! You have significant losses in the upper-right quadrant of your visual field.
      Evan: Are you serious?
      House: No. It's a joke. Two guys go into a bar and one has significant losses in the upper-right quadrant of his visual field, and the other guy says "You're going to need an MRI to determine the type and location of your tumor."

    • Dr. Cuddy: (to Cameron) The last time I checked the ER, you had the best kept charts in the building. The last time I checked the fourth floor janitor's closet, I found House's charts.

    • Dr. Cuddy: I'm taking back the TV.
      House: I saved his life!
      Dr. Cuddy: That wasn't the deal.
      House: But the contract clearly stated "no takesy-backsies."

    • Dr. Foreman: You kidnapped him?
      House: It's sweet that I haven't lost the ability to surprise you.

    • Evan: So the nut job was right.
      Kutner: He usually is.
      Evan: He said I was dying.
      Kutner: (pause) He's wrong a lot too. That's why we do these tests.

    • Evan: You're that nutjob doctor that keeps calling my publicist.
      House: Actually, I'm the nutjob head of diagnostic medicine.

    • Dr. Cuddy: The accreditation board is here to protect us and our patients, so in dealing with the on-site inspector, please behave as if it wasn't also an enormous pain in the ass.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Why is House driving a limo?
      Dr. Foreman: Don't know.
      Dr. Cameron: Don't have to know.
      Dr. Chase: Don't… care?

    • Evan: How can you watch that stuff?
      House: 'Cause it's awesome.
      Evan: It's preposterous. Not one real moment since I've been on the show.
      House: As opposed to shows that represent the world exactly like it is. Like… I can't think of any.

    • House: I just parked a town car in an ambulance bay. And instead of ripping me one, Cuddy acted like she didn't know me. It's either an inspection or an aneurysm.

    • Evan: You lied to me?
      House: I kidnapped you. You're surprised that I lied to you?

    • House: Kutner. Leave the room, wait 30 minutes, come back and tell her the test was negative.
      Kutner: Is it okay if I use that time to do the test?
      House: Get out of here.

    • Marie Actress: Are you really a doctor?
      House: "Glioblastoma." Need more proof?

    • Marie Actress: Well, I asked him on a date last month. We went out a few times, but we weren't right for each other.
      House: Too small or too large?
      Marie Actress: Is that medically relevant?
      House: I'm a doctor, and it's relevant to me, so yes.

    • (preparing to test for impotency)
      House: We don't need to wait for a reflex. If he can't get engorged the way God intended, he can't get engorged.
      Dr. Cameron: I'm not showing him my boobs.
      House: Lack of response to your chest tells us nothing. Thirteen, show him… (sighs) Where can I find a decent set of knockers around here?
      Dr. Cameron: Your porn's in the second drawer.

    • Dr. Cuddy: You keep food in the morgue?
      House: If I keep it in the lounge, everyone else eats it.
      Dr. Cuddy: That's 'cause it's everyone else's food.
      House: Oh, I thought it was just everyone else's bags.

    • House: Dr. House. I don't think we've met.
      Dr. Conway: Dr. Jamie Conway. I've heard your name.
      House: Most people have. It's also a noun.

    • Dr. Wilson: I want a water bed.
      House: Wow.
      Dr. Wilson: I've always wanted one. I know it's ridiculous. It's just… there's something nice about the thought of being rocked to sleep in water. No mocking? No Freudian analysis of how the waterbed is a great big vagina that I want crawl into?
      House: I'm ignoring you because you make me sad.

  • NOTES (3)

    • When House is in Evan Greer's dressing room, he holds an Emmy Award in his hands, pretenting to be receiving it. Hugh Laurie has won two Golden Globes and has been nominated for two Emmys (2005 & 2007), but never actually won an Emmy Award.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Australia: May 29, 2008 on Channel TEN
      Bulgaria: May 29, 2008 on NTV
      Latin America: June 5, 2008 on Universal Channel
      Denmark: June 28, 2008 on SBS Net
      Israel: July 13, 2008 on Channel 3
      The Netherlands: October 9, 2008 on SBS 6
      Germany: November 25, 2008 on RTL
      Hungary: November 26, 2008 on TV2
      The Czech Republic: December 8, 2008 on TV Nova
      Estonia: December 12, 2008 on TV3
      Greece: December 20, 2008 on Star
      Sweden: May 19, 2009 on TV4
      Poland: May 28, 2009 on TVP2

    • Music: Needles in my Eyes (The Beta Band)