House, M.D.

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.

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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.

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House: As long as you're trying to be good, you can do whatever you want.
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House is playing 'Metroid: Zero Mission' on his Gameboy at various times. The Metroid series does not feature space monkeys, nor are there distinct levels. The sounds coming from the game in the show do not match it in real life, and Samus morphing into a ball is most definitely not a failure state.

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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.

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