Season 4 Episode 13

No More Mr. Nice Guy

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 28, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

House copes with a patient whose symptoms conceal a greater problem, but spends much of his time dodging Cuddy's orders to give performance reviews, and fighting with Amber over who gets to spend more time with Wilson.

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  • Review

    It was a pretty good episode I thought. They tried to bring back a little Cameron and Jesse Spencers character, whose name I cannot remember at the moment, and I really liked that. Having the scene with House and Spencers character at the bowling alley was really cool I thought. The case was kind of whatever for me. Nothing for me to really get involved in. The drama on the outside with Amber and House was funny, but I dont think its going to hold up being funny that much longer so they need a good gameplan with that I think. Couple of scenes with Cuddy were (CHASE, his name is Chase) pretty good and I liked watching them. Overall, pretty average run-of-the-mill kind of episode except House was not the one to figure out the case at the end of the episode.moreless
  • House fakes an illness again.

    After the last couple of amazing episodes, this one wasn't to the same high standard. Nevertheless, it wasn't a poor episode.

    It looked like it was going to be fascinating as House tries to diagnose a man due to his niceness and theres also a nurses strike (allusion to the writers strike of the time perhaps?), but it seems he loses interest pretty quickly in the case as he tries to screw with Wilson and Amber. I think thats what let the episode down- the writing, normally brilliant, left a few holes in this episode for me. Nevertheless, it was interesting seeing how far the new team has come, especially Kutner who provided the diagnosis, and is really coming into his own.

    It was also nice to see some of the old team (on an aside, was that their first time in the outside cafe since Season 1???). I loved Chase's scene bowling with House, and Chase asking if Cameron had slept with House- I miss those guys!

    It was also amusing to see House fake an illness, and become "nicer"- it provided some good laughs. However, the case took a backburned half way through, and I really can't see where the writers are going- they seem to have hit a little stalemate after choosing the new team- for example, how can they accomodate such a huge cast now?

    Overall, a far from perfect episode, yet still probably a lot better forty mins than most other dramas out there- a sign that House, whilst not consistantly brilliant, is still great entertainment.moreless
  • Classic Episode

    This is one of my favorite episodes of the season. First, the syphilis storyline was very clever. There was an episode in season 2 or 3 that the team thought House had syphilis. I luckily remembered and new that they were going to come up on the short end of the stick.

    The case itself was very interesting. The patient had some pretty weird symptoms, the most bizarre being that he was too nice. After a stroke and a heart attack and a ton of testing, Kutner gets the final diagnosis. They prescribe the patient the right medication to kill the parasite in his brain and the healing begins.

    The Amber/Wilson storyline is pretty funny. She seems to be the only one that can get under House's skin, and he knows it.moreless
  • Hasn't the team learned by now...

    This episode was totally unoriginal I would think. Anyways House fakes Syphilis again, which i strange for House, usually they are not repetive. Cameron, Chase and Foreman should of known this time again it wasn't Syphilis. Anyways about the patient, pretty sad, turned out his niceness was a sypmtom which broke their relationship apart. Also I really liked howthey have to write reviews about the team. I like how House is still annoyed by Amber & Wilson, that is hilarious, how House got Wilson drunk. Another funny plot is that Chase was questioning about Cameron having sex with House, hilarious! "I don't sleep with everyone thats better than Hitler Amazing!moreless
  • The patient is too nice and House must find out why!

    Niceness is not a disease unless you are Gregory House. This would have been silly enough if you had not thrown in Amber and House fighting for time with Wilson like two spoiled children pulling on a wishbone.

    Several quotes in this episode were hysterical.

    House called 13 thirty one. She questioned him. He answered that either way was good for her.

    Wilson would not decide between his best friend and his honey. Describing them as dogs baring their teeth before a fight was great.

    Cuddy is put in as referee while she is dealing with a nurse's strike. Like she did not have enough to do! In the end, she sends the two bad children off to do an unpleasant chore together.

    Oh, and the patient was cured of his very obscure disease.moreless
Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Paul Rae

Paul Rae


Guest Star

Chad Morgan

Chad Morgan


Guest Star

Chris Emerson

Chris Emerson

Young Man

Guest Star

Peter Jacobson

Peter Jacobson

Dr. Chris Taub

Recurring Role

Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Dr. Lawrence Kutner

Recurring Role

Anne Dudek

Anne Dudek


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When House and Wilson are at the bar, after House hangs up the phone call with his team, there is a pen placed on top of a napkin next to Wilson's drink. By the time that Wilson takes out his wallet to pay and leave, the pen makes its way away from the napkin and next to the empty peanut bowl.

    • When the team (plus Cameron and Chase) are talking after diagnosing House with syphilis (from the fake blood sample), Chase asks Cameron if she slept with House and then becomes upset when she doesn't answer. He should have known the answer to that question. At the end of "Half-Wit," Cameron, Chase and Foreman come to House's apartment to tell him that he doesn't have brain cancer, he has syphilis (again from a fake blood sample). Cameron states that she is glad they never slept together.

    • House's team claims that House turned into a jerk because of his leg, Foreman then states it was just a coincidence. However, in the season 1 episode "Honeymoon," Stacy Warner (House's ex-girlfriend) reveals that he was pretty much the same way before his leg affected his life.

    • After bowling his second strike, Chase turns around to notice House has disappeared. The machine can be seen resetting three pins, yet as Chase had just bowled a strike, it should have set down a full rack of pins.

    • Kutner and the others suspect that Deb gave Jeff syphilis, but they don't take the simple step of testing her to see if she has it. Also, if they believe that Jeff has syphilis and treat him for it, then the next logical step would have been to prescribe treatment for her as well, since she was his wife of ten years.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • House: I want joint custody.
      Amber: Of Wilson?
      House: Unless we have another love child.

    • House: Oh, you're selling religion. I'm sorry, I bought some Islam yesterday.

    • Thirteen: (about Jeff) Elfin appearance?
      House: He's more Legolas than Keebler.

    • House: (about Jeff) Is he Canadian?
      Dr. Cameron: He is a low priority.
      House: Is that a yes?

    • Dr. Chase: I assume Wilson was busy?
      House: Again.
      Dr. Chase: With Amber?
      House: Again.
      Dr. Chase: Still it was nice of you to invite me, this is fun.
      House: No it wasn't, no it isn't. I didn't invite you to be nice. I invited you because bowling isn't one of the two things guys do by themselves.
      Dr. Chase: What's the second thing?
      House: Other hand.

    • House: Cuddy is going to look everywhere but the place she wants me to be.

    • Jeff: No, I just don't see much use in complaining.
      House: Seriously? It's a pretty useful tool. Complain, you make people miserable. They do what you want to make the misery go away.

    • Dr. Cameron: He's just…
      House: Happy. I gotta stop this before it spreads.

    • House: Three cavemen see a stranger running towards them with a spear. One fights, one flees, one smiles and invites him over for fondue. That last guy didn't last long enough to procreate.

    • House: Let's take a vote. Who thinks that niceness is not a symptom? (everyone else raises their hand) And who thinks that their vote counts? (raises his hand)

    • House: Taub and Thirty-One…
      Thirteen: Thirty-One?
      House: Oh, I'm sorry, I thought that either way was good with you.

    • Dr. Wilson: (about House) I don't know how to deal with him, when he's being… reasonable.
      Amber: This is reasonable? This is crazy! You're not a child, you can make your own plans.
      Dr. Wilson: No, crazy is what House would normally do in this situation: swap your lubricant with Superglue.
      House: The man knows me.

    • Amber: Take my deal, or get out of my apartment.
      House: Take my deal, or I move in.

    • Dr. Cuddy: "You are overtly contemptuous of hospital hierarchy."
      House: And covertly. I suppose you didn't know about that.
      Dr. Cuddy: "Your attitude towards supervisory personnel is disrespectful, and a disturbingly large proportion of your comments are racist or sexist."
      House: That top makes you look like an Afghani prostitute... would be an example of that.

    • House: You're either perfect or you're sick. In my experience, "sick" is much more common.

    • Taub: You were wrong.
      House: Why do people say that with such pleasure? It's very hurtful, you know.

    • Young Man: Have you heard the good news?
      House: Miley Cyrus is playing a third night at the Spectrum?

    • Dr. Wilson: It was my fault, I had to take a shower.
      Amber: Which was my fault.
      House: I had to take a dump. Anything else I don't need to know before you leave?

    • House: So you didn't have sex.
      Amber: I like sex.
      House: Then you can have it tonight. The L Word is on.

    • Dr. Foreman: You want to punish Cuddy for hiring me?
      House: I like Cuddy. I like parts of her.

    • Dr. Foreman: Mocking me saves lives?
      House: The hospital will probably build you a statue one day. You know, with a "kick me" sign on the back. You know when you think about it, the more I mock you, the more it shows I have respect for you.
      Dr. Foreman: Or you made up that BS because you like humiliating me.
      House: Wouldn't rule that out completely.

    • Taub: Maybe we just put Hitler on Ritalin.
      Dr. Cameron: Are you comparing House to Hitler?
      Dr. Chase: Oh God.
      Dr. Cameron: Just because I don't think he's Hitler doesn't mean I slept with him. I don't sleep with everyone who's better than Hitler.

    • Deb: I'm not worried.
      Kutner: Neither am I.
      House: Neither am I. That's because I don't care.

    • Dr. Cuddy: The strike ended. The nurses have been back for two shifts already.
      House: You think I'd have noticed. What exactly do they do around here?

    • House: (reading his review of Cuddy) "You act like employees should fear and respect you, but your eyes tell us… actually, your eyes tell us nothing because we're looking at your boobs. Which tell us that you're desperate to have someone jump on you and tell you they love you one grunted syllable at a time. What you want, you run away from. What you need, you don't have a clue. What you've accomplished, makes you proud. But you're still miserable." Please sign.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Air Dates:
      Bulgaria: May 27, 2008 on NTV
      Latin America: May 29, 2008 on Universal Channel
      Denmark: June 21, 2008 on SBS Net
      Israel: July 6, 2008 on Channel 3
      The Netherlands: October 2, 2008 on SBS 6
      The Czech Republic: December 1, 2008 on TV Nova
      Germany: November 18, 2008 on RTL
      Hungary: November 19, 2008 on TV2
      Estonia: December 5, 2008 on TV3
      Greece: December 13, 2008 on Star
      Sweden: May 12, 2009 on TV4
      Poland: May 28, 2009 on TVP2

    • Music: Everyday People (Sly and the Family Stone), Baby I'm a Want You (Bread), You Keep Me Hanging On (Diana Ross), I Want It (Kristen Mari)

    • This was the first episode written after the writers' strike of the 2007-2008 season.


    • House: He's more Legolas then Keebler.
      Legolas is a character of J.R.R. Tolkien featured in The Lord of the Rings. He is an Elf from Mirkwood and one of nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring. Keebler is a cookie and cracker manufacturer in the US. The Keebler claim is that the products are made in magic ovens inside a hollow tree by chief elf Ernie Keebler and his Keebler Elves.

    • House: Run it for everything you can think of. Lepto, Shisto, Haemo and the fourth Marx Brother nobody ever heard of.
      House is alluding to the comedy family known as The Marx Brothers. Harpo, Chico, and Groucho are probably the most famous but Zeppo (the fifth born brother) also worked on stage and film with them. He took over from the fourth-born brother (that House is referring to) Gummo when he left the vaudeville act. Gummo left acting in order to be in the service during World War I.

    • House: Then you can have it tonight. The L Word is on.
      House is referring to the drama series on Showtime that portrays the lives of a group of lesbian and bisexual women and their friends, family and lovers in the trendy Los Angeles-area city of West Hollywood.

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