House, M.D.

Whatever It Takes - S4-E6

Corrected entry: When House is talking to the CIA agent at the beginning of the episode, he is watching his team in the other room through a window. There is no window in the doors or next to the doors, and the doors are shut.

Correction: It is an open door, he even says "would you mind closing the door?"

Safe - S2-E16

Corrected entry: While in the elevator with House and Melinda, Foreman gives her Atropine to stabilize her heart, which has slowed to a dangerous rate while House is looking for the tick. Atropine affects the vagus nerve to increase a patient's heart rate. This nerve is cut during the heart transplant procedure which would render Atropine completely ineffective with patients such as Melinda. The only treatment for her is a pacemaker, otherwise, she most likely would have died in the elevator.


Correction: Atropine acts on the heart in more than one way, the antimuscarinic action of atropine will lead to an increase in the heart rate despite the Vegas nerve being severed...the action will not be quiet as potent but it does lead to an increased heart rate. As demonstrated by the effect of cardiac stimulants experiment on frogs' hearts.

Season 7 generally

Corrected entry: Zachary tells Colleen that he gave the other girl a cheat code for Red Dead Revolver to hit her with the jump-rope, forcing her to lose the bet so she'd have to kiss him. Although it's possible that the girl was playing a 7-year-old game on an outdated system, it's more likely that he meant Red Dead Redemption, the sequel released last year.


Captain Defenestrator Premium member

Correction: I still play Super Mario World - a twenty year-old game on a system outdated three generations over. People like old games.


Acceptance - S2-E1

Corrected entry: When they do the MRI on the death row guy, House says that the ink will get sucked out due to the strong magnet. This is incorrect; the only thing that can happen is a bit itchiness or skin irritation.

Ronnie Bischof

Correction: He isn't serious, he's saying it to scare the inmate.

Show generally

Corrected entry: In season 6 episode 4 Cameron calls Chase by his real name (Robert) right before Chase tells Cameron about there being something wrong with the Dibala case.



Correction: His name is Dr Robert Chase. So calling him Robert is simply using his first name. The actor's name in real life is Jesse Spencer.

shortdanzr Premium member

Maternity - S1-E4

Corrected entry: In the scene where House and Foreman ride the elevator down and are talking about Cameron, if you look at the the back of the elevator, there are panels where a light is shown moving up to signify that the elevator is moving down. When the elevator reaches the ground floor and there is a "ding," you can see that the light in the panels is visible while the door is opening, but then continues to go up and disappear out of sight even though Foreman and House are walking out of the elevator.

Correction: I have been on a lot of elevators where the bell goes off before the door opens and its still moving down.


House vs. God - S2-E19

Corrected entry: The scene with the poker game. House claims to have a straight flush. His cards showing are 2, 6, 8, 4 of clubs. He then is called, turns over his last card and says, "Nine bucks for a straight flush". A straight flush consists of five cards in a row, the same suit. No card could have made his hand.

Correction: He was bluffing. In poker you can tell people anything to get them to fold.


Show generally

Corrected entry: In House M.D. season 7 titled "Now What?" They are looking for a neurosurgeon to replace the one that is sick. Foreman is a neurologist who would have studied neurosurgery, but they took the whole episode looking for a neurosurgeon.


Correction: Studying neurosurgery as part of neurology does not make one a qualified neurosurgeon. Foreman would undoubtedly be familiar with the basic practices involved, but he would by no means be qualified to take on that role.

Tailkinker Premium member

Fidelity (aka: Truth or Consequences) - S1-E7

Corrected entry: 7 minutes and 30 seconds into chapter 3, Dr. Cameron and Dr. House are walking through a hall-way and Dr. Cameron's mic wire is very evident under her shirt.

Correction: The show is not recorded with mikes, no show is. The show is filmed with booms - overhead microphones on sticks.

Insensitive - S3-E14

Corrected entry: In the beginning in Cuddy's office, the background goes from snowing to not snowing then snowing again between shots.

Correction: Which is exactly what happens when you have snow flurries.


Season 4 generally

Corrected entry: Doctors can't just randomly work in any department they feel like. Cameron, an immunologist, is not qualified to work in the ER. Chase, on the other hand, is, as he is specialised in emergency medicine, but he works on the surgical staff despite being neither a surgeon nor an anesthesiologist.

Correction: It's stated that Chase works as some kind of assistant in the surgical team, the surgeons are referred to as his bosses. With Chase having his time in House's team on his resumée (House obviously has quite a reputation) he would have no problem getting a job like that. As for Cameron working in the ER, well, not many doctors want to work in busy ERs so they pretty much take what they can get, even doctors that technically aren't qualified (or so my mother tells me, she works in one). Also, again, working with a famous doctor like House gives advantages.


Birthmarks - S5-E4

Corrected entry: When House and Wilson are sitting on the bench at the police station, Wilson is moving his arms while he talks. His hands are visible. Then the officer comes over and removes their handcuffs with the audible click and Wilson rubbing his wrists.


Correction: What is the mistake here?


Distractions - S2-E12

Corrected entry: House says Einthoven was Belgian, but in fact he was Dutch. It does not serve a further purpose in the episode, and it would have been the character's mistake if that character hadn't been House. Because the series is based on House being near omniscient, it must be a factual mistake.

Correction: House often makes mistakes in the show. For example, in the Season 1 episode "DNR," House thinks that the jazz player has Wegner's Disease, and is proven wrong, even stating, "Another mistake."

Son of Coma Guy - S3-E7

Corrected entry: When Wilson is securing an alibi for himself and House by hitting on a woman in the casino, he asks her if she likes swing music. Robert Sean Leonard played the lead in the movie "Swing Kids".

Correction: Actually, he asked her if she liked to swing - to wife swap for sex.

DNR - S1-E9

Corrected entry: At the end when the jazz player comes off the elevator says that he has been discharged. Hospitals require that a patient be wheel chaired out.


Correction: I work in a hospital and have had plenty of my patients not wheeled out. If someone says no, you can't FORCE them to.

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Adverse Events - S5-E3

Corrected entry: During the opening scene where the painter is painting the portrait of the woman, there is a shot of the painting where you can see the woman's shoulder and jaw profile. You can see that the picture isn't distorted like the painting you see after the painter gets hit.

Correction: That is because you see it from the painter's point of view. He had no idea his portraits were distorted, so he didn't see them that way.


The Softer Side - S5-E16

Corrected entry: Several references are made to the patient having both male and female DNA. There is no such thing as "male" or "female" DNA. DNA is just a molecule. It's the chromosomes (specifically the X and Y chromosomes) formed from the DNA that determine if someone is male or female.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Correction: What they are referring to is that he has two distinct lines of cells: one with an XY pairing (thus, "male DNA") and one with an XX pairing ("female DNA"). This is a known but rare occurrence. Check out the Polite Dissent site for a doctor's review of the medicine in this episode and others.

Garlonuss Premium member

The Greater Good - S5-E14

Corrected entry: In the episode "The Greater Good," House is forced to use the stairs and uses his cane with the wrong hand.

Correction: House actually uses his cane in the wrong hand all the time. He uses it on the opposite leg, something that Cuddy even points out in a previous episode.

Skin Deep - S2-E13

Corrected entry: In the men's room, the father admits to having had sex with Alex, but gives no details. House goes back and tells his team that the father said yes and was drunk. We don't learn he was drunk until later when Alex is talking to Cameron.

Correction: House is making an educated guess that the father was drunk.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Living the Dream - S4-E14

Corrected entry: During the scene where House opens the door of the limo to escort Brock into the hospital, he explains that his reading speed has slowed from 2.1 to 2.9, which is an increase not a decrease.

Correction: He means the time taken to read a line - he's taking 2.9 seconds rather than 2.1 seconds.

shortdanzr Premium member

Ugly - S4-E7

Corrected entry: When House is walking out after screening the movie, Cuddy says, "Where are you going? Rescue kittens from trees, read to deaf kids?" Reading to deaf kids makes no sense. You would read to blind kids.

Correction: Cuddy's trying to wind him up. It doesn't have to make sense. In fact, given that she's trying to push House's buttons, the less sense made, the better.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

Heavy - S1-E16

Corrected entry: When Jessica is first shown jumping rope the ground is normal. In some of the close ups of her feet after this suddenly the ground has become very bouncy like a trampoline.

Correction: Actually, having reviewed this scene, the ground is bouncy in all shots, including the initial shot. Take a look again.

Show generally

Corrected entry: In the episode "Daddy's Boy", it is stated that a patient of House's collapsed while attending a frat party at Princeton University. However, Princeton does not have any fraternities or sororities.

Correction: There are still fraternity parties at Princeton as the fraternities are "underground" and the students still refer to the parties they hold as frat parties. The school does not officially recognize or sanction them, but they do exist.

Sex Kills - S2-E14

Corrected entry: House is told Laura can't donate her heart because she has Hepatitis C. He declares that she doesn't have hep c, since it doesn't present with a fever and an upset stomach, which Laura had that morning. While hep C doesn't present that way, people with chronic hep C still get fevers and stomach problems like everyone else. Her fresh symptoms are completely irrelevant when it comes to whether or not she has hep C.

Correction: The implication is that House changed Laura's medical records to show she had Hep C so that her heart would be rejected.

Cursed - S1-E13

Corrected entry: In this episode we learn that Chase is 26 years old. Considering that he's studied to become a priest, gone through four years of college, four years of med school, two years as an intern, four years as a resident and that he's worked for House for at least a year, that means he graduated high school at the age of 10 (if not earlier).

Correction: Chase could have graduated high school at 17. Then graduated undergraduate in 3 years. 4 years of medical school and 2 as a resident. (You do your internship while in medical school). Plus there are some colleges that do a combined undergraduate/graduate program that lasts 6 years. He could have studied as a priest as an undergrad.

shortdanzr Premium member

Show generally

Corrected entry: Several times throughout the show, notably in episode 12 of season 4, there is a wheelchair in the room with the MRI machine. MRI machines use very powerful magnets with strong magnetic fields: a chair with that much metal would almost certainly get sucked into the machine or at the very least pose a danger of getting sucked in and harming the patient. MRI machines are always kept on (it can costs thousands to turn them off and on), so it's not like they wheeled her in and then moved the chair before turning it on. You can watch a video of what happens when chairs get too close and how strong the magnets in these machines really are here:

Correction: Non-ferrous metals are not attracted by magnets. The wheelchair could be made out of any non-ferrous metal.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Show generally

Corrected entry: Season 2 - Episode 15 Timestamp: 41:24Dr. Cameron hands money to Dr. House, but a Canadian $20 bill is amongst the bills.


Correction: This is not trivia, and character mistake.

A Demon Premium member

Need to Know - S2-E11

Corrected entry: When House gets called back into work by Cameron it is almost midnight, as stated by Cameron. House then goes up on the roof, where the sun is shown either setting or rising. He then goes back down to his team and checks his watch to note when midnight occurs and Foreman's four weeks in charge are over. This episode takes place in the days directly following last week's episode, which was set during winter (complete with a heavy snowstorm). In winter the sun neither sets nor rises around midnight.

Correction: Given that hospitals are open on a 24 hour basis, House is likely calculating the end of the 4 weeks as being the start of the morning shift on the 29th day.He comes in at midnight, some time passes, sees the sun rise from the roof, then the 28th day ends. No problem.BTW, the sun never rises or sets near midnight in Princeton, New Jersey so proving that it was winter is overkill..


The Socratic Method - S1-E6

Corrected entry: The show runs in approximately real time. "The Socratic Method" (1x06) is set around Christmas. Several characters note that it's House's birthday (although the exact date isn't specified). In the S2 finale, "No Reason" (2x24) House is wearing an admissions bracelet after being shot, and it reads "DOB 06-11-59."

Correction: As revealed later in the S2 finale, everything that happened since House got shot is an hallucination, so it's possible that the DOB on his bracelet would be wrong.

Paternity - S1-E2

Corrected entry: When the episode starts Dan is playing lacross for a team called the Tartans. Towards the end the team is called the Comets.

Correction: It's a completely different team. Not a mistake.

Cursed - S1-E13

Corrected entry: Chase tells the two boys that he's a doctor treating Gabe Riley. That's a direct violation of his confidentiality, which no doctor would make.

Correction: This show requires some suspension of disbelief, as all of the doctors, including House, routinely violate protocol, not to mention the law, as when they break into peoples houses.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Show generally

Corrected entry: Cameron, Chase and Foreman frequently perform MRIs, CAT scans and regular x-rays. In order to do that you need to be a radiologist, which none of them is.

Correction: When you go to med school, most of the time you are taught HOW to do these procedures, you just don't do them usually. Doesn't mean they don't know how not to. Besides most of these test are done by radiology TECHNICIANS nowadays (with only a few months of schooling sometimes.)

shortdanzr Premium member

Show generally

Corrected entry: Chase, Foreman and Wilson wear ties almost all the time. Any doctor working with infecteous diseases knows that ties are huge bacteria herds and that doctors should absolutely not wear them. In fact, most hospitals forbid their doctors to wear ties. While some doctors may not know this, Chase, Foreman and Wilson work closely with House, who is an expert on the subject and would most definitely know about it.

Correction: Just because they know it shouldn't be there does not make it a mistake. I am a paramedic and I can tell you a LOT of things occur that we know SHOULDN'T happen. And I know MD's and RN's with ties, and long finger nails and long hair (unbound) all the time.

shortdanzr Premium member

Show generally

Corrected entry: At the end of the Season 3 premiere, House breaks into Wilson's office and writes himself a prescription for Vicodin with Wilson's prescription pad. Vicodin is a Schedule III controlled substance, which means that a pharmacist requires verbal authorization from the prescribing doctor or his staff to dispense it to a patient, even another doctor, making the prescription useless to House, which he should know.

Correction: Actually, it isn't often verified (scary, I know). I am a paramedic and work at a hospital and no one ever questions the ER docs who write narcotic prescriptions. They simply verify that it is an actual doctor.

shortdanzr Premium member

Occam's Razor - S1-E3

Corrected entry: The episode begins with the patient in bed with his girlfriend. When she straddles him, we can see that her underwear is still on. A second later, they begin having sex without her ever removing or lowering them.


Correction: She needn't remove or lower them, she simply pulls aside the gusset of her knickers and away you go.

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House: As long as you're trying to be good, you can do whatever you want.
Dr. Wilson: And as long as you're not trying, you can say whatever you want.
House: So between us, we can do whatever we want. We can rule the world!



Episode 6.12, Moving The Chains: Marcus tells House that he and Eric were arrested for stealing a car, he was 16 and Eric was 14. He also says that his brother never did anything criminal after that. In season 1, we were told that Eric was 16 when he was arrested for stealing a car.



Hugh Laurie auditioned for the role as Dr. Gregory House in his hotel room bathroom in Namibia. He was rehearsing his role for the film The Flight of the Phoenix and claimed that the bathroom was the only place with enough light. He also apologized for his appearance on tape before the audition as he'd just come back from filming. The fact that House has a somewhat scruffy and unkempt look, particularly his constant five o'clock shadow, has been attributed by creator David Shore to Laurie's appearance in this audition tape.