Season 3 Episode 23

The Jerk

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 15, 2007 on FOX
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Episode Summary

House treats a 16-year-old chess prodigy who gets everyone on the team annoyed with his behavior. Foreman is upset with House because he thinks his boss sabotaged his job interview with another hospital.

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  • House meets his jerk-like match...

    I loved this episode, and how jerky that kid was! The patient was just plain evil, like Chase said. I loved House winding him up however- he is definately wittier!

    Chase standing up and threatening him was hilarious, and a nice glimpse into his personality, whilst the case itself was actually very interesting.

    Whilst the clinic patient wasn't the funniest, it was funny seeing people try and find out who sabotaged Foreman's job interview. I loved Wilson being outplayed by Cameron, whilst the group chasing shaddows.

    Overall, I thought the episode was one of the best ones of the Season. Season 3 has had fanatastic writing and acting, and this episode shows it here. Another brilliant episode.moreless
  • The season has almost come to an end.

    Well this episode was very good with the arc, Everyone wanting Foreman to stay and what not, Cuddy even offered him to have his own team and a bigger raise, for no apparent reason. Anyways the patient and House bickering is just hilarious to me, I think that would be probably House when he he was younger, the mom was a b***! And I like how it came to blaming people on wrecking Foreman's interview, it turns out it is House the whole time, kind of a big plot twist, House is a jerk. That was pretty messes up, anyways great episode!moreless
  • The episode had everything I could ever want!

    So, this show starts out with the teaser (as they all do) which was phenomenal to say the least. Absolutely astounding and breathtaking at minimum. The quality of acting was so far beyond par that I personally couldn't imagine anyone else doing a better job ever in the existence of man. "The Jerk" who keeps Dr. House on edge for the entire show (which is pretty tough) and the Chess player that he punched out at the beginning might be the best looking person I've ever seen with my own eyes...

    I think you should go to and request that they play that episode every week. I would never get bored of it.

  • House's Love Child?

    SPOILER ALERT: Do Not Read Beyond This Point If You Have Not Seen the Episode.

    The penultimate episode of Season Three. Foreman is getting ready to leave. Wilson and Cuddy made only short appearances.

    The Jerk is not about House. It is about an obnoxious teenage chess prodigy. There are headaches, rages, and all sorts of different symptoms. No one wanted to deal with this kid, who reminded me of someone else. It made me wonder who the father was. Hmmm.

    As per the formula of this show, there are many miscues before House comes up with the non-fatal diagnosis. At the very end, we all understand why Foreman is leaving Princeton Plainsboro.

    The funniest part for me was the final diagnosis. Hemochromatosis has afflicted my mother and several of her siblings. Being a woman, it did not affect my mom too much. Having such iron rich blood made her a HUGE favorite at the blood bank.

    Last but not least was clinic duty. It is always comic relief at its best. Too short in my opinion.

    Do not miss the bonus material on the DVD. It does the background for this episode.moreless
  • Great episode. My favorite of Season 3!

    House and his team try to find out whats wrong with a 16 year old chess player, who is also extremely mean. Meanwhile, Forman's interview is called off. He blames House, who blames Cuddy, who blames Wilson. Wilson blames Cameron and Cameron then blames Chase. Chase confronts House and learns House actually did do it. House tries to stress the kid out by playing chess. It doesnt work 'cause the kid puts him into a position and House thinks he'll lose. They figure out whats wrong with him. House tells Nate how he would have one the game and Nate said he was bluffing.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 brings in the chess set to play a game of speed chess with Nate, the clocks are set to 5:55. When they start to play, the clocks have been reset to 4:55. When the game is over, the clocks are back to 5:55.

    • Trivia: During the differential, House is seen fixing his drug addiction by consuming NOS (misspelled for copyright issues) which has 343 mg of caffeine per serving.

    • In this episode, we see House and Foreman get on the elevator from House's office floor. When the door opens we see two people on the back of the elevator, when they reach the hospital's lobby they get off the elevator by the same door they got in (the two people previously mentioned are still on the back of the elevator). In previous episodes (e.g. "Lines In The Sand"), when House and company get on the elevator from the same floor, they get on the elevator by one door and leave from the door that is in front of the one they got in.

    • Early on in the episode, Cameron suggests hemochromatosis and House dismisses it because the "symptom" of personality disorders doesn't correspond. But later when they eliminate the personality disorders as a symptom, neither House or Cameron remember that they earlier concluded hemochromatosis was a likely diagnosis once they eliminated the personality disorders.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • House: And I wouldn't have taken your bishop. I'd have moved my queen to d6, defusing the threat. Then rook to e8, attacking the king's pawn. I'd have lost the exchange, but won the game.
      Nate: I know. I was bluffing. And that's why... you lost.

    • Dr. Chase: Does your head hurt?
      Nate: Are you an idiot?

    • Dr. Chase: You sabotaged Foreman's job interview. Didn't you?
      House: Foreman already went over this. It wasn't me.
      Dr. Chase: Everybody's chasing ghosts over this, which means either nobody did, or someone wants everybody chasing ghosts, and who does that sound like?
      House: Why would I do that?
      Dr. Chase: Because as long as Foreman thought you were guilty, he'd been useless around here.
      House: Sometimes I forget why I hired you.

    • (In the lab)
      Dr. Chase: And it's Tuesday.
      Dr. Cameron: I know.
      Dr. Chase: (frustrated) I like you.
      Dr. Cameron: I know. See you next Tuesday!

    • (playing chess)
      House: Bird's Opening. Passive approach. Sign of a coward.
      Nate: Sicilian Defense. Sign of an idiot.

    • Dr. Cuddy: You killed Foreman's job interview.
      Dr. Wilson: Why would I...
      Dr. Cuddy: Somebody did. Wasn't me and it wasn't House, which means it has to be somebody who thought he was protecting House, which means it has to be someone who actually likes House, which means it's either you or the weird, night janitor who wears his pants backwards.
      Dr. Wilson: I want Foreman to leave. House has to realize he needs someone who stands up to him. Cameron is in love with him, Chase is afraid of him, and I enable him. House needs limits.
      Dr. Cuddy: I give him...
      Dr. Wilson: You authorize magic mushrooms.

    • House: Oh, almost forgot. I need to give a 16-year old magic mushrooms to treat a cluster headache. Is that cool?
      Dr. Cuddy: No problem. (House leaves the room, Cuddy runs after him) I was being sarcastic.
      House: Wouldn't look that way in the court transcript.

    • House: I like this kid.
      Dr. Chase: You haven't met him.
      House: I know you don't like him. What else do I need to know?

    • Dr. Cameron: What about ruptured dermoid cyst?
      House: (staggers) Sorry, just got dizzy there. I was expecting to turn right. It's Foreman's turn to be shot down.

    • House: Hey kid, I'll give you this for the... one dollar forty-one cents in your pocket.
      Mark: What? But how did you...
      House: A psychic once told me I'm psychic.

    • Dr. Wilson: You're lying.
      Dr. Cameron: Everyone does. But it wasn't me.

    • Nate: Who are you?
      House: Dr. McCaney.

    • Nate: (to House, playing chess) Age before cripple. I'm white.

    • House: Arrogance has to be earned. Tell me what you've done to earn yours.
      Nate: I can walk.
      House: I don't bleed out of my penis.

    • Nate: Hey, Dr. X… I know you've busted ass trying to save me.
      Dr. Foreman: It's all right.
      Nate: I wasn't going to thank you. I was gonna tell you you really suck at this.
      Dr. Foreman: We're doing our best.
      Nate: That's sort of my point. Your best really sucks.

    • House: Look, you got two choices. Engage me in a futile argument then do what I ask, or just do what I asked.

    • Nate: So do people watch what they say around you?
      Dr. Foreman: Because I'm black?
      Nate: No, because you're gay.

    • Dr. Chase: He's got a partial HPRT enzyme deficiency. Means he could have Kelley-Seegmiller syndrome.
      Dr. Cameron: But it's a partial deficiency. So it may not be Kelley-Seegmiller.
      House: Yes, those are the two options. It is or it isn't.

    • Dr. Foreman: Nate went medieval on the other kid. Could be...
      House: Hold on! I'm having a moment. This... this could be Foreman's last time mistakenly suggesting an adrenal gland tumor.

    • (playing chess)
      Nate: So, you want me to explain how you just lost, or do you want to stare at the board your full three minutes. Cling to hope?

    • House: (to Cameron) If you want to curry favor with me, avoid discussions of other men's testicles.

    • House: (to Cuddy) You are one evil cunning woman. It's a massive turn-on.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Nate: It's Skippy, the bush kangaroo!
      Nate is referencing the Australian television show, Skippy, about a female kangaroo named Skippy, who belonged to the son of the Head Ranger of an Australian national park.

    • House: Dr McCaney.
      Allusion to the "McLabeling" in the TV Show Grey's Anatomy like "McDreamy" and "McSteamy"

    • Nate: This is just about Doogie making me eat garbage.
      Referencing the TV show Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989-1993), with Neil Patrick Harris portraying a 16-year old board-certified doctor.

    • House: Maybe it was Ashton Kutcher?
      House makes an allusion to Punk'd, a television series where Ashton Kutcher plays elaborate practical jokes on celebrities.

    • House: Party on, Garth.
      Referencing Garth Algar, the character played by actor Dana Carvey on the "Wayne's World" segments of Saturday Night Live and the two theatrical movies in 1992 and 1993.