Dr. Gregory House
Dr. Allison Cameron
Dr. Robert Chase
Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Dr. Eric Foreman
Dr. James Wilson
Detective Michael Tritter
When House goes to the doctor trying to get Vicodin, the doctor first tries to prescribe acetaminophen with codeine. House keeps fishing for the Vicodin but the doctor says he can't prescribe it because of that clinic's policy on not prescribing opiates to first time patients, but codeine is an opiate.
Dr Chase seems to have amazing powers of healing. In the scene where House presents that case of the week to his team, we see him throw the case notes folder to Chase, who has a large bruise on the left side of his chin (from when House punched him in the previous episode). The bruise is so large that it almost reaches the point of Chase's chin. The camera cuts to House then, a split second later, back to Chase. At this point we see that Chase's bruise is now miraculously half its previous size.
Trivia: In the scene where House is drinking and taking oxycodone, he is drinking Maker's Mark bourbon whiskey. He is also seen drinking Maker's Mark during the final scene of "Three Stories."
House: (to Cuddy after she suspends his privileges) You're gonna come begging me to save this girl long before I come begging you for pills.
Tritter: I spoke with the D.A. He agreed to two months in a rehab facility in exchange for a guilty plea.
House: Get out of my office.
Doctor Wilson: No jail time.
House:Right. I should get locked up in some place I don't belong in order to avoid getting locked up in some other place I don't belong.
Clinic Doctor: Gabapentin is not really gonna help with the sleep.
House: Oh...is there something else you can give me?
Clinic Doctor: Vicodin is your best bet with sleep issues.
House: Thanks so much.
Clinic Doctor: Unfortunately our policy forbids prescribing opiates to new patients.
House: How can a clinic have a rule against relieving pain.
Clinic Doctor: Just with opiates. We find it helps us weed out drug-seekers.
House: You think I'm a drug-seeker?
Clinic Doctor: I'm not saying that.
House: Well then give me the Vicodin.
Clinic Doctor: I can't.
House: ...because you think I'm a drug-seeker.
Clinic Doctor: I just said I didn't.
House: No...you said the policy was to stop drug-seeking, then you said I'm not a drug-seeker, policy doesn't apply.
Clinic Doctor: I'm sorry, that's the policy.
Dr. Cameron: Was it an easy choice?
Dr. Wilson: Of course not. But it's right.
Dr. Cameron: Then why wasn't it easy?
Dr. Wilson: Because he's my friend. It's obviously complicated.
Dr. Cameron: It's complicated? When you decided to talk to Tritter your life got a million times better. How do you seperate that out? How do you pretend your windfall isn't relevant to this decision?
Dr. Wilson: It was the right thing to do.
Dr. Cameron: You pretending your motives are pure is why I have a problem.
Dr. Wilson: House! Just give me a minute. You're afraid of the pain.
House: (brandishing his cane) You're not?
Dr. Foreman: We need to stop retracing our steps and get ahead of this thing.
Dr. Wilson: House. You've tanned.
Dr. Foreman: You don't think I could've come up with this?
Dr. Cuddy: Did you?
Dr. Foreman: I get why you don't want to go to rehab. But only an idiot goes to prison for being stubborn.
House: Only an idiot stands between Ahab and his whale. Move.
Maddy: My daughter and I both have cartilage-hair hypoplasia. Think you can make a pun out of that?
House: Yes… but I don't want to be insensitive. She's got a bit of a short fuse, doesn't she?
Dr. Cameron: What are you going to do?
House: I thought I'd get your theories, mock them, and embrace my own. The usual.
House: Cuddy thinks it's idiopathic. "Cuddy" and "idiop" being the relevant parts of that sentence.
Dr. Chase: Well I'd say TB, but Cuddy's already ruled it out.
House: And you'd be just as big an idiop as her.
House: I'm certainly curious about the logistics. Did you stand on a table?
Dr. Cameron: House!
Maddy: Pretty much he'd lay flat and spin me.
Maddy: Being different, you get used to people's idiocy. It's still beats the hell out of actually being an idiot. (House smiles) What?
House: Care to go for a spin?
Dr. Foreman: You just don't want a cancer diagnosis because then you have to deal with Wilson.
House: Lung cancer is a lame diagnosis. Avoiding Wilson is an added bonus.
Dr. Foreman: Where's Cuddy?
House: (breaking and entering) In this drawer--it's a rescue mission. But I've got it under control, you can leave.
House: We both know that my pride far surpasses my instinct for self-preservation. You want to redeem yourself, give up now.
Dr. Wilson: And you'll go to jail.
House: I've done nothing wrong.
Dr. Wilson: And you'll go to jail.
Maddy: Are you high?
House: Higher than you.
House: Can we forget my vices, get back to my virtues?
House: (to Wilson) Look, there's Jesus. Go tell the Romans.
Tritter: Merry Christmas,
House: And a happy "Go to Hell!"
Music: 'Zat you Santa Claus by Louis Armstrong, 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' by Ella Fitzgerald, 'Defying Gravity' by Idina Menzel & Kristen Chenoweth. Also included is the distinctive intro to the Tears for Fears song Shout.
This is the first episode to introduce the patient after the opening credits.
Greece: November 24th, 2007 on Star Channel
The Czech Republic: January 28, 2008 on TV Nova
Belgium: February 7, 2008 on KanaalTwee
Sweden: April 8, 2008 on TV4
House: Let me translate that into Tolkien for you guys.
Referencing the English author J.R.R. Tolkien, writer of The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955), both novels contain "hobbits" (or "halflings") that have leading roles. Tolkien is also known for having invented several languages for his books.
House: Only an idiot gets between Ahab and his whale.
Referencing the 1851 novel by Herman Melville titled Moby-Dick (originally The Whale). The story is based around Captain Ahab's obsessive hunt for Moby-Dick, the whale who cost him his leg and who eventually kills him.
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