Season 5 Episode 16

The Softer Side

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 23, 2009 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • After House asks Wilson which tie he should wear, Hugh Laurie makes an English slip: he pronounces "St. Sebastian" as "Seb-ast-I-an," rather than the American pronunciation of "Se-BAS-chen."

  • Quotes

    • House: You gonna eat that?
      Dr. Wilson: Have at it... You just asked my permission before you took my food?
      House: Yes we can.

    • House: (to Jackson's parents) You gave birth to a freak of nature. Doesn't mean it's a good idea to treat him like one.

    • Dr. Cuddy: The parents haven't told their son that he could have been their daughter. They want assurance that we won't either.
      House: Less fun, but still.

    • House: Our new patient. Part girl. Part boy. All Thirteen's dream date.

    • Taub: Here's my impression of Foreman on the happiest day of his life. (stares) Now the saddest day of his life. (stares)

    • Kutner: House decided to humor these parents.
      Dr. Wilson: Maybe he had a great cup of coffee, or a tremendous bowel movement.

    • Kutner: Assuming a coincidence like that would usually torture you but you're completely unfazed.
      House: Completely unfazed? You think I'm totally lacking in any fazing? The idea that I'm anything less than half-fazed I actually find offensive. It greatly fazes me.

    • Dr. Wilson: He's in a good mood.
      Dr. Cuddy: Sex with me would explain that. But it doesn't explain why I'm not curled up in a ball weeping in shame. I did not have sex with House.

    • House: I think my penis stopped breathing. Do you know CPR?
      Dr. Cuddy: Looks like your brain is okay.

    • Melanie: He won't let us in the room.
      Dr. Cuddy: He's a teenager. You're his mother. This is not the time to start listening to him.

  • Notes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: March 18, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Latin America: March 26, 2009 on Universal Channel
      Portugal: May 11, 2009 on TVI
      Denmark: July 18, 2009 on Kanal 4
      The Netherlands: October 1, 2009 on SBS6
      Germany: October 20, 2009 on RTL
      Poland: October 22, 2009 on TVP2
      Slovakia: November 19, 2009 on STV1
      Czech Republic: March 3, 2010 on TV Nova
      Sweden: March 16, 2010 on TV4

    • Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer are credited but don't appear.

    • Music: $300 by Soul Coughing, Bobski 2000 by Galactic

  • Allusions

    • Taub: If by professional you mean he's a T-1000 built by Cyberdyne Systems.
      Referencing the liquid-metal cyborg played by Robert Patrick in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Despite Taub's description here, the AI programming of the T-1000 allows it to at least mimic human emotions even if it doesn't actually feel them. A T-1001 liquid-metal cyborg has been introduced on Fox's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles the same season this episode premiered.

    • Jackson: We were supposed to write a poem in the style of Sylvia Plath.
      Referencing the American writer (1932-1963) famed for such works as The Bell Jar, Letters Home, Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams, and several collections of poetry. She killed herself using gas, and was known for her use of metaphor just like House.

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