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Season 2 Episode 8

The Mistake

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 29, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

House and Chase find themselves in a serious situation after a young mother with stomach pains dies. Months later, Stacy counsels Chase prior to his disciplinary hearing, and must determine whether Chase made a mistake that ultimately led to the patient's death. She soon realizes he is holding something back.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Yes please! What an ace episode :)

    OK! Previous episode to this one was very 'meh' for me. Nonetheless i went into this episode with my usual expections, to be wowed and left wanting for me. Badda-bing badda-boom! This episode did it! OK. So the 6 MONTHS LATER in white font plastered onto a black screen made me smile :) because i love these type of episodes from ANY show and House was about to produce one. The plot was pretty darn good with Chase doing the usuals, until it becomes 'complicated' and to put it lightly, Chase screws up. The repercussions are presented well. With Stacey weaving her magic along with the constant flashbacks! I loved how it led up nicely to the ending. And yes the ending did take me by suprise! No not Chase being suspended for a week, but who became House's new boss!

    I know OMIGAWSH House having a boss (bar Cuddy)? Badda-bing badda-boom! 4MAN comes in outta nowhere and just takes over the reins! Yes ma'm this episode was sweet!moreless
  • Fantastic story telling...

    I thought this episode, a flashback or an old case, was absolutely brilliant, and one of my favourite episodes of all time.

    Not only did we get further development between House and Stacy, but we also got the first episode in a while where Chase was the central character; arguably since "Cursed". The writers did an extraordinary job of storytelling whilst making it realistic as well. Because of this unique, one of piece of storytelling (it would be indeed very hard to repeat this, as the audience would find it repetitive and predictable), the story and patient plotline had many twists and turns, right up to the ending, where not only do we realise why Chase screwed up, but also that Foreman will be House's supervisor for the next month! A perfect, seemingly unnoticeable transaction from giving Chase more viewing time to Foreman. It will be interesting to see how he and House will interact over the next few episodes. Overall, this was one of my favourite episodes, and one that I can watch over and over again- like I do :)moreless
  • One of the best episodes of House, M.D.

    I love the format of this episode. A story that was 6 months in the past & they're telling the story 6 months in the present, I like Stacy in this episode how she's on everyone's back about the lawsuit, it's weird because you don't know the whole story until you saw the whole episode. Chase makes a mistake but it doesn't stop there, the steps it takes to reveal the other mistakes are just fabulous. I also like how Stacy figures out about him rummaging through her records, that really killed the buzz. Also another thing that makes you intrigued is in which Foreman is now in charge of House, that's a bit crazy & Chase is suspended. A perfect format to a perfect episode!moreless
  • I love this episode! It is nice to have the spotlight on one of the other main characters instead of always House. Chase's character develops which makes watching the show more interesting. I like the episodes where they recap what happened already. Good!moreless

    These episodes get more interesting everytime I watch them. I already saw season 3 then I wanted to watch them from the beginning. So I saw season 1 but I like this season a lot better. House shares his spotlight with the other cast members which gives a different view on the whole plot. Stacy's character develops more into her own. She still likes House and House knows she does. I love Wilson's line at the end because it shows the humor side of the show.

    Dr. Wilson: Guess I'm his best friend now. (pointing to Foreman.) I love it!moreless
  • This episode was definitely the best of the season so far, and one of the best episodes in general.

    There were so many strong sides to this episode that I'm not sure to begin, and I can't think of a single negative aspect. I love the way they retell what happened through flashbacks, and add moments of comedy here and there along the way by altering the flashbacks (like removing the Vicodin). It's also a clever way of giving different versions of what happened.

    The plotline itself was really good, focusing on a dead patient and the roles Chase and House played in the events. It felt like the first step to get these two characters to clash and fight out the tension that's been there since Chase ratted on House last season. Their bickering has been getting tiresome, so finally I hope we'll get to see some resolving of the situation. And we also got to see that House still respects Chase and has as much fatherly concern for him as he is able to muster. In his own weird way he supports Chase and sympathises with him regarding his dad.

    The episode also gave a quick but believable fix to the situation that arose with Stacy last episode. Instead of several episodes of her being angry with him they began to resolve it in this one, which is a relief.

    I have several other thoughts about this episode, but I'm unable to jot them down at the moment. Really, really great episode though! A must-see.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

Kevin Moon

Kevin Moon


Guest Star

Sterling Beaumon

Sterling Beaumon

Boy Magician

Guest Star

Adair Tishler

Adair Tishler


Guest Star

Stephanie Venditto

Stephanie Venditto

Nurse Brenda

Recurring Role

Sela Ward

Sela Ward

Stacy Warner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Chase and Cameron are using the ultrasound machine to detect the patient's blood clot, the machine would not detect any blot clot or otherwise, unless the patient was filled with water or liquid for over one hour.

    • When Dr. House is examining a clinic patient, he places a stethoscope to the patient's ear to hear his own heartbeat. When he takes the open chestpiece and speaks into to it, the patient should scream in pain. The device is highly sensitive, and if spoken into the chestpiece, the person listening would go deaf.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Dr. Cuddy: Forget it. We can't give a liver to a woman this sick.
      House: Do you listen to what you're saying?

    • Dr. Cuddy: Start praying for a 12-car pile-up on the turnpike 'cause we're not exactly swimming in livers over here.

    • House: Livers are important, Cuddy. You can't live without them, hence the name.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Dr. House, meet your new boss.
      (everyone looks at Foreman)
      Dr. Wilson: Guess I'm his best friend now.

    • Dr. Wilson: (to House) Your disdain for human interaction doesn't exculpate you - it inculpates you!

    • House: I've moved past threesomes, I am now into foursomes. If someone backs out then you still got a threesome, and if two people back out you're still having sex. You'd be amazed even if three people…

    • Stacy: Where's Chase?
      House: He's too busy to service you until after work. I've got a couple of minutes, though. Feel free to say something like "What'll we do with the time left over?"

    • House: (opening his pills) Childproof? How many kids are hopped up on Vicodin?

    • House: Chase loves me…and isn't Turkish.

    • House: Oh, for the record, you're the worst transplant surgeon in the hospital…but you're the only one who's cheating on his wife.

    • Sam: Are you Dr. House?
      House: Depends. Are you going to hit (points at Foreman) Dr. House?

    • Stacy: You have been hiding things and lying to me all day.
      House: I didn't lie to you about anything…except the things I admitted to you I was lying about.

    • Stacy: If Chase screwed up so badly, why didn't you fire him?
      House: He has great hair.
      Stacy: What are you hiding?
      House: I'm gay. Oh…that's not what you meant. It does explain a lot though. No girlfriend, always with Wilson, obsession with sneakers…

  • NOTES (3)

    • House's line about people saying he's formulaic seems to be an in-joke to critics' comments that the show is formulaic: The team makes a wrong diagnosis, the patient is dying. The team makes another diagnosis, the patient is getting better and then dying again. Then a weird coincidence or obscure fact catches House's attention and he finds out the real problem.

    • When Cuddy receives the plaintiff's notice of intent to sue for wrongful death and punitive damages, Stacy checks the plaintiff's lawyer's name and finds it's "Larry Ruseckas." She then notes that he's not crazy. This is actually the name of one of writer and consulting producer Peter Blake's friends.

    • Sela Ward is billed as Special Guest Star.


    • Kayla: Do you think Aretha had it easy growing up in Detroit?
      During the pep talk Kayla gives to her daughters, she reminds them about what she told them yesterday about Aretha. Aretha Franklin was a huge singing star in the 1960's, and like Kayla suggested, she grew up in a poor family in Detroit.