Season 5 Episode 20

Simple Explanation

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 06, 2009 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • As per information at Kutner's Fox web page, Kutner is 33 during the events of this episode. However, when Foreman was calling the EMTs from Kutner's apartment, he said, "Male, 28 year-old."

    • Trivia: Per the Fox web site, the events of this episode begin on or about April 2, 2009.

  • Quotes

    • Thirteen: She claims he got stronger as soon as she stopped breathing.
      Taub: The mind can heal the body. Seeing his wife in distress might actually have slowed down his death.
      House: Or he just had an adrenaline surge when he saw his chance to hit the singles' market.

    • Dr. Foreman: His parents were shot right in front of him.
      House: Parents are ancient history.
      Dr. Foreman: Not to someone who actually cares.

    • Dr. Cuddy: I'm sorry. I've hired a grief counselor, whom I'm sure none of you will see. And I'm offering time off, which I'm sure none of you will take, but just know it's available.

    • Dr. Cuddy: I'm sorry for your loss.
      House: Thanks, but it isn't my loss.
      Dr. Cuddy: Then I'm sorry you don't think it is.

    • House: Did you let me hire a pervert?
      Dr. Cuddy: Well, it would be hypocritical of me not to.

    • Dr. Cuddy: It's okay. You should be upset. He thought like you. Pushed boundaries like you. He...
      House: If he thought like me, he would have known that living in misery sucks marginally less than dying in it.

    • Dr. Wilson: For the record, I'm uncomfortable violating a dead colleague's dignity.
      House: It's only violating it if you find something.

    • House: You run the echo on the husband?
      Taub: Heart's still failing. The improvement was only temporary.
      House: I prefer the less subtle answer. "You were right, House."

    • Thirteen: How many times have you lied to the transplant committee?
      House: Just twice.
      Thirteen: How many times has it worked?
      House: I... don't quite see how that's relevant.

    • House: They were ready to die... but for guilt, not love.
      Taub: You can't feel that much guilt without love.

  • Notes

    • Kal Penn asked to be written out of the show because he accepted a job at the White House.

    • The episode ends with a message from (the National Alliance on Mental Illness), and a phone number (1-800-273-TALK) to call if someone is in crisis and thinking about suicide.

    • Music: Lose You (Pete Yorn)

    • Kal Penn appears in this episode in photos. According to a interview, he also is on the floor in the apartment when Thirteen and Foreman enter.

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: April 22, 2009 on Network TEN
      Latin America: May 14, 2009 on Universal Channel
      Denmark: August 15, 2009 on Kanal 4
      Poland: November 5, 2009 on TVP2
      The Netherlands: November 5, 2009 on SBS6
      Germany: November 17, 2009 on RTL
      Slovakia: December 3, 2009 on STV1
      Czech Republic: March 31, 2010 on TV Nova
      Sweden: September 21, 2010 on TV4

  • Allusions

    • House: Did you deduce that by taking off your sunglasses to the strains of a Who song.
      This is a reference to a common plot device seen on the CBS series CSI: Miami in which the character Horatio Caine (portrayed by David Caruso) deduces something about a crime and removes or puts on his sunglasses as the main title theme Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who begins.