Season 4 Episode 5

Mirror, Mirror

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 30, 2007 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • When House and Foreman are checking the patient board with the symptoms on it, nausea has been incorrectly spelled with an extra "u."

    • Trivia: When a ballot paper is handed out with the names of all the fellowship candidates, it reveals Thirteen's name to be Remy Hadley. The first onscreen reference to the character's full name.

    • The crew deal with the security dogs by feeding them drugged hamburger. Security dogs are generally trained to not eat strange food for exactly this reason.

    • Mr. X collapses and someone pages House and the fellowship applicants to deal with him. Not only do they take their time getting there, but when they do arrive nobody else on the staff is helping Mr. X... including, presumably, the person who called the alert in the first place.

    • Cuddy is seen here taking birth control pills. However, last time her pregnancy issues were mentioned she was trying to get pregnant.

  • Quotes

    • House: Hey! You actually do want to stay, don't you?
      Dr. Foreman: I think I do.
      House: Every one of those idiots got some insight about themselves from the pig salesman, not one of them did anything about it. People don't learn, they don't change, you did. You're a freak!

    • Amber: What's going on?
      Kutner: You're the favorite.
      Amber: House's?
      Kutner: To get fired.

    • House: Have you guys heard any of my metaphors yet? Well come on, sit on grandpa's lap as I tell you how infections are criminals; immune system's the police. Seriously, Grumpy, get up here, it'll make us both happy.

    • Dr. Cuddy: I just hired (Foreman).
      House: Well, I fired him. To infinity.

    • Brennan : You want us to stop his breathing?
      House: Well only until you can figure out why. After that it would be irresponsible.

    • Dr. Foreman: I'm not quitting.
      House: My god, not everything's about you and your little job and your little world. This is about restoring order in the universe.
      Dr. Foreman: I'm not quitting.
      House: You're going to be miserable.
      Dr. Foreman: I already am miserable.

    • House: Did you get a raise? 'Cause then you're a whore. Or didn't you? 'Cause then you're a stupid whore.

    • Dr. Foreman: The mayo is fine, you can stay where you are. I'm a doctor.
      House: (interjecting) Mail order! I've seen the diploma--two "N"s in 'university'.

    • Kutner: The cultures were my idea.
      House: No one's keeping score. You're losing.

    • Dr. Wilson: Well, you certainly did the right thing by coming to me.
      House: Yes, I needed a smug oncologist.
      Dr. Wilson: An authoritative oncologist.
      House: I hate you. Tell me why.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Your team, Foreman included, is dealing with the Great Mayonnaise Panic of 2007. Frankly, I'm worried it might spread to other continents.

    • House: Why are you doing a pelvic for food poisoning?
      Kutner: She said her hoo hoo burned.

    • House: Someone's gonna be miserable sometime. Accept it. That's how I stay so happy.

    • Thirteen: Getting arrested is not what I'm worried about.
      House: Not a problem. You know how to kill dogs, right?

    • Dr. Wilson: You're putting KY jelly on his phone receiver? An exploding snake in his drawer?
      Dr. Cuddy: No, I'm replacing his Vicodin stash with laxatives.

    • Dr. Wilson: (about House) Find some other way to soothe his ego. The thing's big enough. You must be able to find some corner to polish.

    • House: So now you've electrocuted yourself and set a patient on fire. I like the dedication.
      Kutner: Thank you.
      Taub: It wasn't a compliment.
      House: Yeah it was. The insult comes now: you're insane!

    • Dr. Wilson: So what if it's House?
      Dr. Foreman: Then I take the job at Mount Zion.
      Dr. Wilson: There is no job at Mount Zion.
      Dr. Foreman: House said…
      Dr. Wilson: Well, if House said it, it must be true.

    • Robert Elliott: (choosing the most dominant to mirror) Shut up.
      Dr. Cuddy: Well, that could have been either of us.
      Robert Elliott: You have great ya-bos.
      Dr. Cuddy: Still could have been either of us.
      House: You lose.
      Dr. Cuddy: Seriously! I have always thought my breasts were one of my best features.

    • House: (about the patient) Keep him in the isolation room so he doesn't pick up extreme bitch syndrome from one of the nurses.

    • Dr. Foreman: You know what's worse than a sanctimonious speech? A sanctimonious speech that's dead wrong.

    • Dr. Cuddy: (about Dr. Foreman) You do nothing without his knowledge.
      House: Oh, uh, just in case I need them, where exactly will Dr. Foreman be keeping my balls?

    • House: War doesn't end until Foreman's gone.
      Dr. Cuddy: Foreman's not going anywhere.
      House: And I know when my Vicodin isn't Vicodin. Do you know when your birth control pills aren't birth control pills?

  • Notes

    • Music: We're Going to be Friends (the White Stripes)

    • International Air Date:
      Australian: October 31, 2007
      The Netherlands: March 13, 2008 on SBS6
      Italy: March 11, 2008 on Canale 5
      United Kingdom: April 17, 2008 9pm on five
      Bulgaria: April 29, 2008 on NTV
      Israel: May 4, 2008 on HOT 3/YES Stars 3
      Denmark: May 3, 2008 on SBS Net
      The Czech Republic: September 29, 2008 on TV Nova
      Germany: September 23, 2008 on RTL
      Hungary: September 24, 2008 on TV2
      Greece: October 18, 2008 on Star
      Sweden: March 17, 2009 on TV4
      Poland: April 2, 2009 on TVP2

  • Allusions

    • House: Alice, your turn through the looking-glass.
      Referencing to the book Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, which is a sequel to Alice in Wonderland.

    • Title: References Snow White, where the Queen would look into her mirror every day and say, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all." The mirror would usually answer the queen, but once Snow White is born, it says Snow White.

    • House: Who here doesn't have health insurance? Michael Moore was right.
      Referencing film documentarian Michael Moore's assertion in his 2007 movie Sicko concerning the number of medically uninsured Americans.