House, M.D.

Lines in the Sand - S3-E4

Question: In this episode, an autistic child is trying to communicate to House what he ate that might have made him sick. The entire episode he is drawing mysterious squiggle lines on a chalk-board that nobody could decipher what he meant. The entire episode, one of those "perpetual motion" rectangular, water novelties is swaying back and forth near the child. You'd think that the child is drawing squiggles to imply he drank some of the chemical from the novelty toy, but at the very last second BAM! Turns out he ate sand from the sandbox. End of episode. Did the writers do this intentionally? Why was the kid drawing squiggles the whole time? Why was the perpetual motion toy next to the child the whole time? Why didn't he draw a box to imply "sandbox" or dots to imply "sand". Was the squiggles to throw the viewer off, or was there some sort of symbolic correlation between the squiggles the child drew, the wave toy, or both?

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Chosen answer: He's communicating what is wrong with his eyesight. He sees these lines and it makes his vision blurry.

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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!

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Mistakes

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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Trivia

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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