Season 1 Episode 15

Mob Rules

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 22, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Just before mobster Joey Arnello spills the beans in federal court and enters witness protection, he collapses. Is he faking? A court order instructs House to find out – and fast. House and his team struggle to diagnose and cure Joey while Joey's brother Bill tries to slow things down and keep Joey from testifying. Meanwhile, Cuddy struggles to convince Vogler that House is an essential part of the hospital.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • First gay patient.

    Well the episode about the gangsters all seemed a bit silly to me because I kind of expected more from an actual mob but they made him gay which made it all very silly. Cameron finally admits she likes House a lot more than friends, she told Chase & Chase told Foreman, I like how she developed also throughout the episode, she's coming along nicely. Vogler, I still hate, and every episode I hate him more, he is trying to get House fired, which is always not good. The ending I didn't quite understand, with the drugs he got from China, why would you need drugs for being gay Anyways the patient not so good, but the other plots made up for it.moreless
  • Tough guy turns out to be transexual. Oxymoron? You be the judge.

    You know, I liked this episode more than your average House episode. Mainly because the average House episode is about the patient, with a hint of \"Something Else\" added to the mix. Yet in this episode, we see a little bit of patient thrown in with the \"Something Else\" to make the episode enjoyable.

    It worked, but it might have been that red sport car that the mob guys gave House that got my juices really flowing.

    I suppose I have to thank the rich fat man who is now running the hospital. Thanks to him the episode is now much more about House and is he going to stay or not, and Cuddy struggling to hide her secret passionate love for the world\'s greatest cynic. Sure, the mob guy was a great change, took me right out of the kid/housewife zone we have nearly every episode. And the slap the lawyer gave to Chase, ouch, didn\'t see that coming! But enjoyed it nontheless. Guess the guy gets punished in the end anyway for ratting out on House.

    I suppose I missed most of the episode since my surroundings made so much noise I had a difficult time trying to keep up with the dialogue, but I must say the clothing Dr. Cuddy was wearing was quite.. revealing.

    Mob guys are racists.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show house there is a guy that comes in and he is supposed to be under witness protection and is involved with the mob and house must figure it out if he is faking or not and they must also figure out he his other buddys are tring to slow things down for him to testfiy and house thinks that his brother is gay and they learn that from him and his other brohter does not want to deal with that and cuddy is tring to convince volger that house is a key assset to the hospitalmoreless
  • House has to cure a mob member before he testifies in court. Meanwhile Cuddy is trying to save his job.

    House goes through a few turns trying to find out why a mobster keeps going into a coma, why he has too much estrogen, and how to keep the mobster's brother happy. The patient seems to have Hep C and things start to look as if he is on some herbal treatments to heighten homosexual sex. Unfortunately his brother refuses to believe that he could be gay. House has to schmooze the brother to protect his own safety from the mob, meanwhile Cuddy is trying to keep House from being fired. This episode was well written and moved along at a fast clip. House has such good sarcasm and one-liners. He finally is helped in the puzzle of the mobster by a recurring patient; a one year old who keeps on shoving toys up his nose. There is a toy already stuck up there which House cannot see. This is why he keeps putting other toys up there, to help get the first one out. House realizes there is an underlying problem with the mobster that he has not been seeing, that he is gay. His brother finally sees the light and allows House to treat him appropriately. Cuddy saves House's job, but with some concessions. House has to fire one of his staff...moreless
  • It look like House might have to fire one of his staff :(

    Wow, what a cliffhanger, Cuddly did everything to protect House and she did a good job but I knew last week that new boss would make changes but going after House is one thing but making him sack one of his team, now that’s not fair, I know everyone has they person they want to leave in the series but I like the team, I bet next week no-one will get sacked. It was quite a good way to end the episode because for the first-time in this series I really cannot wait until next episode, I doubt it will be Cameron which was according to promo of next week episode.

    So what mob guy is gay, I’m sorry but I really didn’t care much about this patient but who was a bit taken back when brother hit Chase, that almost made me jump out of my seat. Still at least this time clinic case was amusing baby sticking little thing up it’s nose, I honestly don’t know how they did that filming wise, I mean why would anyone leave a little thing like let a baby stick it in their nose?, parent of baby allowed that? , i realise that they had to use a fake baby doll but damn it was convincingmoreless
Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

David Burke

David Burke


Guest Star

Danny Nucci

Danny Nucci

Bill Arnello

Guest Star

Joseph Lyle Taylor

Joseph Lyle Taylor

Joey Arnello

Guest Star

Chi McBride

Chi McBride

Edward Vogler

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • During his last session of clinic duty, House places the cat, fire truck, fire fighter and police man on the table. Why would all these toys still be in the clinic? Wouldn't the teenager have taken then home with him?

    • During clinic duty, House tells the teenager that "he better clean it (the toy) before he allows his brother to play with it again." But in the next shot where he's placing it on the table, it's clean.

    • At the end of the episode when House walks into the conference room where his team is, he stands in front of the whiteboard which is covered in writing from the previous patient. The camera then changes to Wilson in the hallway who's looking inside and then back to House who has made no movement. House then begins to speak to his team and all the writing on the whiteboard has been erased.

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Dr. Cameron: Did House seem weird to you?
      Dr. Chase: Were you expecting him to be weird?
      Dr. Cameron: We spoke...about how we felt.
      Dr. Chase: You told him you liked him?
      Dr. Cameron: No, of course not.
      Dr. Chase: Wh-What are you talking about then?
      Dr. Cameron: I asked him if he liked me.
      Dr. Chase: Why would you do that?
      Dr. Cameron: Because...(sighs) I like him.

    • (cruising in the '65 Corvette)
      Dr. Wilson: Seriously, man, have you ever actually driven an automobile before? There are four gears, you know.
      House: The '66 came with a shut-up button.

    • Dr. Wilson: You can't keep it (the Corvette). It's graft.
      House: No, no, no, no! Graft is if I tell them I'll only make him better if he slips me a couple of bucks or pay-off for something I'm not supposed to do. If I'd asked for the payoff, which I didn't. I would have done the bad thing anyway. So, there's nothing wrong with this.
      Dr. Wilson: Right.
      House: Damn! '65 perfectly restored. What do you think a guy like Joey would do if someone turned down a gift? That's kind of an insult, isn't it?
      Dr. Wilson: He might hurt you. It's definitely possible.
      House: I'm screwed. Gotta take the car.

    • House: Somebody told Vogler that I lied to the transplant committee.
      Dr. Foreman: You think I did?
      House: You're too careful. You wouldn't jump ship unless you knew what was in the water.
      Dr. Foreman: Stop, you're embarrassing me.

    • House: So, just Joey? I was hoping for a nickname. Joey Mango, Joey the Wrench.

    • Bill: This is so bizarre.
      Dr. Chase: Not really. We just take Joey's blood out of his body and run it through a pig. The pig's liver does what Joey's can't. It cleans the blood. Which we send right back to him.
      Bill: And the pig makes him better?
      Chase: Nope. Just buys us some time to figure out what's poisoning your brother.
      Bill: Like nothin'. Like you do this all the time.
      Dr. Chase: Oh, we've basically got a barn in the basement.

    • Dr. Chase: The hematoma caused the coma.
      House: That's a catchy diagnosis. You could dance to that.

    • House: (to Cuddy) Good thing you fought for me though, right? Dress was a nice move, but you got to follow it up. Nasty weekend in Vegas, something that shows off your real... "administrative skills."

    • Bill: Joey is not gay.
      House: Maybe not gay, but certainly delightful.

    • House: But I have a theory. There is one chemical that, if ingested, it causes a person's estrogen level to increase dramatically.
      Bill: What is it?
      House: It's called...estrogen.

    • Dr. Chase: You can trust me.
      House: Problem is, if I can't trust you, I can't trust your statement that I can trust you. But thanks anyway - you've been a big help.

    • Henry: (My brother) is not too smart.
      House: Genetics is a powerful force.

    • House: Cancel the thumbscrews. I've got our culprit.
      Everhardt: Who?
      House: Not who. Hu.
      Everhardt: Huh?
      House: Thanks for playing along.

    • Dr. Foreman: Does it hurt when you're with House? Little pain in the tummy, but it sort of feels good, too?
      Dr. Cameron: I don't have the right to show interest in someone?
      Dr. Foreman: You absolutely do. And I absolutely have the right to humiliate you for it.

    • Dr. Cameron: Cross off hemlock.
      Dr. Forman: You thought he was being poisoned with hemlock? Dr. Eurpides tell you to check for that?

    • Dr. Foreman: Your diabolic plan to convince the evil genius he's in the clear so he'll let his guard down and make a fatal mistake, sure.
      House: Well it's clearly not going to work now.
      Dr. Chase: What evil genius?
      House: If we knew that, we wouldn't need a diabolic plan, would we?

    • House: You know, they're gangsters, sure, but they're thoughtful, too.

    • House: My car has been stolen.
      Dr. Wilson: (sees House's new car) Or... reincarnated.

    • Bill: Your people insulted my brother.
      House: What? Romano in the Parmesan cheese shaker again?

    • Vogler: Well, this is not a team. It's not a boat, not a machine that has a lot of parts of it that have to work together. The metaphors are all crap. This is a business - that's all it is.

    • Dr. Chase: Okay, and why is (Cameron's) test better then mine?
      House: Because she's cuter.

    • Dr. Foreman: What's wrong with the timing?
      House: You get home one night - your wife hits you with a baseball bat. Likely causes: the fact that you hadn't thanked her for dinner in eight years, or the receipt for fur handcuffs that she found in your pants. Sudden onset equals proximate cause.

    • Vogler: Da-da-da-Dr. House in the house!

    • House: But unless I've been named as the fourth part of the axis of evil, invaded, and occupied, this is still not a democracy. He's staying.

    • Dr. Foreman: I say we evacuate the cavity, see if he wakes up.
      House: The neurologist thinks it's his brain and wants to open up his head. Frankly I'm shocked. And you get to use the big-boy drill in Daddy's big red tool box.

    • Bill: His name's Joey - he's my only brother.
      House: He's important to you. Got it. So no placebos for him – we'll use the real medicine. Well, this was fun - let's do it again soon.

    • House: Jail. You'd like that. No more naughty schoolgirl. Conjugal visit - that's (Cuddy's) new fantasy.

    • House: I need the lawyer.
      Vogler: Who'd you kill?
      House: Nobody. But it's not even lunch.

    • Dr. Cuddy: House has been very busy...
      Vogler: Saving New Jersey from leprosy - yes, I know.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music: The song that plays when House and Wilson are driving in House's new car is "Crazy World" by Daniel Moynahan.

    • The basketball game that Joey Smith was watching at the beginning of the episode was a recording of a game between Oregon State and Arizona. However the play-by-play did not match the real-life game.

    • The game House has for his Nintendo D.S. is Metroid Prime: Hunters, but again, the sound effects are wrong.


    • Dr. Foreman: You thought he was being poisoned by Hemlock? Dr. Euripides tell you to check the guy?
      In Ancient Greece, Hemlock was a a famous poison plant used to poison condemned prisoners. The Greek philosopher Socrates, died by Hemlock poisoning. The playwriter, Euripides, grew up around Socrates and most likely knew about Hemlock poisoning resulting in the death of Socrates.

    • House: Our friend Babe helped with that one...
      Referencing the famous pig from the movie of the same name.