Season 2 Episode 8

The Mistake

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.