Season 2 Episode 24

No Reason

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 23, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

As House and his team are working on the diagnosis of a man with a giant, swollen tongue, the husband of a former patient walks into House's office and shoots him. House continues to treat his patient from his ICU hospital bed with the shooter, who has been shot by hospital security and hand-cuffed to his bed, as his roommate. When the after-effects of the shooting begin to impact House, he starts to question his own ability to diagnose properly. As his patient's body deteriorates, House struggles through his self-doubt and must trust his team to find a way to solve the case.moreless

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  • Brilliant episode!

    This episode is simply brilliant. Just when you start getting into a part of the story, it changes! I honestly had no idea until it was revealed that the ending was what it was. I don't want to spoil it for anyone viewing this show for the very first time.

    It started out as a normal day for the team. House was telling them about a patient who had a very swollen tongue. Then a disgruntled former patient's husband walks in and shoots House! We have no idea why at first. He wakes up in a hospital room after 2 days of being in a medically induced coma. He seems to be fine and can even walk without any pain and doesn't have to use his cane. It soon becomes apparent that things aren't as they jump from House being in a hospital room to him, Cameron, Foreman and Chase walking down the hall to his bed again. It's confusing, but well done.

    It's the last 2 minutes of the episode that shock you. I'm sure a few people guessed what happened, but when I first saw it, I had no idea! Excellent writing and acting! Definitely one of the finest written shows on TV. "No Reason" and "Three Stories" are easily two of the greatest episodes of the series.moreless
  • Oh dear, they got this episode SOOOO wrong...

    Awful awful eposide. As soon as they wheeled the gunman alongside House (as if that would EVER happen) I realised it was all in his head and that simply spoiled the whole episode as there was simply no surprise at the end. How could no-one else realise this? It was just so obvious. There were no extras in the background of any of the scenes, only the main characters. Also his leg has no muscle in it so how could anyone believe that tweaking his brain would make him walk normally????

    My rating of 1 was only acheived because of the button popping incident with Cameron. Otherwise it would have been a big fat zero.

    No more episodes like this please...moreless
  • Unbelievable season finale...(spoilers)

    I thought this was an unbelieveable episode, and, despite the brilliance of Season 1's finale, this eclipsed it by some distance. After all the amazing episodes this Season, this one beats them all, even the fantastic Euphoria episodes.

    House starts the day with a patient with a swollen tongue, but ends up being shot by a former patient. The story then takes a series of bizarre events, which involves House's leg being okay, and halluncinations, leaving us wondering what in the episode is real and what is not. At the end of the episode, in a bizarre twist, we realise the whole episode is an halluncination.

    All series seem to have a dream episode, but what sets this one apart is that it IS set as an hallucination- even House begins to realise this. What we basically have is House battling is own self consciousness, about why he is the way he is, and what is meaning. Through this, we get to learn what matters to House, and begin to see him wondering if there is more than just is startling intellect. I think this is shown at the end of the episode when he asks for the Ketamine treatment to possibly help his leg.

    The writing of the episode was fantastic, if confusing (I had to watch several times to get everything), whilst the perfomances were fantastic, both from Hugh Laurie (as normal) and the guest star who shot him. The perfomances from the rest of the cast were brilliantly subtle; acting as halluncinations.

    Overall, this was a brilliant way to end an incredible second Season, giving many possibilities towards the Third. The season itself I rated at 9.85 (according to my scores), and I think this is a fair relfection on the excellent episodes that this Season has had, often back to back.moreless
  • Wow, Just Wow. What an AMAZING Episode, Let Alone Finale! This Show Is Amazing, It Better Be Around For A Long While.

    This was one of the most suspencefull and Brilliant Epidodes of House Ive seen. It is deffinatly one of my favorites. I was on the edge of my seat the whole show, never expected any of it. Unfourtunatly not many can say that about any other show. Ive got to give it up to the writers and producers and the whole shi-bang, Very creative and know how to make a great seris. It just blows me away with every episode. I cant wait for the up comming seasons, they have better continue the amzing work! what else can I say, Wow.moreless
  • Unbelievably gripping Finale

    My summary says it all. It's exactly what I felt from episode 24 "No Reason." I knew something big was gonna go down but House getting shot..? That just blew me away! In terms of finales, this one is right up there for the cream of the crop. It had everything, this episode slowed down for nothing, tugged on your strings, hard, and left you wanting more. I didn't move once the entire episode, sat literally mesmerized. Hugh Laurie, take a bow comrade, his finest episode yet! A true gem for the Series and undoubtedly, Season Two's BEST episode

    10/10 baby!moreless
Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When House splits his stitches and collapses to the floor outside the patient's hospital room, a red fake blood bag falls out on the floor to his side just before the scene fades.

    • There are several events that contradict previous events from prior episode and even the beginning of the episode, as far as characters knowing things only House could know, characters saying different things then they said originally, etc. Given the nature of most of the episode, these can be accounted for by the fact that...well, House at least knows them.

    • House's name tag establishes his birth-month is in June. But in "The Socratic Method," his birthday was much later in the year when Cameron wished him a happy birthday.

    • Near the end, House claims that, unusually, none of the staff ever challenged his epiphanies. But at the 11:40 mark, House has the epiphany of trying a lumbar puncture and Foreman challenges it, saying there's too much pressure. Chase argues House's case, House backs it, and Foreman accepts, but Foreman typically protests and then caves anyway. This makes House's later statement incorrect.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • House: This is not real, therefore it's meaningless. I want meaning.

    • Moriarty: You don't care if you live or die?
      House: I care because I live. I can't care if I'm dead.

    • Moriarty: You pretend to be a rebel; claim to hate rules, but all you do is subsitute your own rules for society's. That's a nice simple rule: tell the blunt, honest truth in the starkest, darkest way; and what will be, will be; what will be, should be; and everyone else is a coward. But you're wrong. It's not cowardly to not call someone an idiot. People aren't tactful and polite just because it's nice. They do it because they got an ounce of humility; because they know that they will make mistakes, and they know that their actions have consequences, and they know that those consequences are their fault. Why do you want so bad not to be human, House?

    • House: I always say if you're going to get shot, do it in a hospital.

    • Moriarty: You cured (my wife).
      House: I'm truly sorry I did that.
      Moriarty: In the course of investigating her illness, you convinced me that everything was relevant. You needed the truth. I confessed to you that I had had an affair. But it turns out it had nothing to do with why she was sick. Genetic predisposition to brain aneurysms. You told her that. You also told her about my affair.
      House: You caught crap. She left you. Now I've gotta pay because you couldn't keep your little killer in you pants.
      Moriarty: She killed herself.

    • Moriarty: You think that the only truth that matters is the truth that can be measured. Good intentions don't count, what's in your heart doesn't count, caring doesn't count, that a man's life can't be measured by how many tears are shed when he dies. It's because you can't measure them. It's because you don't want to measure them. Doesn't mean it's not real. And even if I'm wrong, you're still miserable. Did you really think that your life's purpose was to sacrifice yourself and get nothing in return? No. You believe there is no purpose to anything. Even the lives you save you dismiss. You turn the one decent thing in your life and you taint it, strip it of all meaning. You're miserable for nothing. I don't know why you'd want to live.

    • Moriarty: You wasted your life.
      House: Yeah. If only I'd spent more time dedicating myself to finding someone worthy to shoot.

    • House: Sevens marry sevens, nines marry nines, fours marry fours. Maybe there's some wiggle room if there's enough money or if somebody got pregnant. But you've got at least three points on your husband and your frock says he didn't do it for the money and your breasts say you haven't had any kids.
      Judy: So you figure my marriage is a mathematical error.
      House: Numbers don't lie.

    • Dr. Cameron: You just got shot, House. You should rest.
      House: I got shot. Diagnostically boring. Big fat tongue, on the other hand, endlessly entertaining.

    • Dr. Cameron: The shooter turns out to be a guy who...
      House: Don't care.
      Dr. Cameron: You don't care why a guy walked into a hospital and shot a doctor? Shot you?
      House: I assume his reasoning was faulty.

    • Moriarty: He's awake.
      Cameron: House, we need to talk to you.
      House: How the hell did you know I was awake?
      Moriarty: Your nostrils flare when you sleep.
      House: No, they do not.

    • House: Okay, I'll be you guys. (as Chase) No way, myte, too much blood to be just a vein. (as Foreman) No way, Hizzy. If it were an artery, he'd still be bleeding. (as Cameron, high falsetto) Actually, he'd be dead.

    • House: Why did you try to kill me?
      Moriarty: I didn't.
      House: Then the gun thing might have been a mistake.

    • Moriarty: I don't wanna hear semantics.
      House: You anti-semantic bastard!

    • House: Here's how life works: you either get to ask for an apology or you get to shoot people. Not both.

    • Dr. Cuddy: There are plenty of reasons to use...
      House: Fine, I'll go beat the truth out of my surgeon. Gillick, right?

    • House: Where are you going?
      Dr. Foreman: You're an ass.
      House: I know. Where are you going?

    • Dr. Foreman: And why do we care?
      House: Because we're human beings – that's what we do.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: June 14, 2007 on SBS 6
      Bulgaria: June 19, 2007 on NOVA
      The Czech Republic: November 5, 2007 on TV Nova
      Belgium: November 29, 2007 on KanaalTwee

    • The hospital ID tag on House's arm shows his date of birth as June 11, 1959, which is actually Hugh Laurie's DOB.

    • The taco stand "The Cactus" that is used in this episode is a very popular spot for Mexican food in Los Angeles, on Vine St. north of Melrose. This is one of the few outdoors scenes that is an easy-to-spot Los Angeles locale

    • Although the script and official sources identify Elias Koteas' character as "Jack Moriarty," the name is never mentioned on-screen.


    • Character Name: Jack Moriarty
      The name "Moriarty" is an allusion to James Moriarty, the primary antagonist to the fictional Sherlock Holmes. Although Moriarty is only mentioned in two of Doyle's work, he is the only real "recurring villain" of the original Holmes canon and has appeared in many works since then. Moriarty's first appearance was in "The Final Problem," which could be an allusion to the fact House may lose his analytical abilities due to the ketamine treatment, making this case his final problem as well. And the real nature of "Moriarty" in this episode is also somewhat similar to the revelation of Moriarty's true identity in Nicholas Meyer's The Seven-Per-Cent Solution.

    • House: The Patient. Harpo.
      House is referring to Harpo Marx, born Adolph Marx, who played a mute in a number of movies with his brothers Groucho, Chico, and (occasionally) Zeppo. House refers to him as "Harpo" because one of Harpo's signiture comic faces was "the gookie" where he would puff out his cheeks and thicken his tongue between his lips.