House, M.D.

Occam's Razor - S1-E3

Factual error: 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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Control - S1-E14

Continuity mistake: As House describes the lady's symptoms, in the front shot Chase has a small book/pamphlet in his hand. The camera changes to a side shot in the middle of House's description and suddenly the book is on the table and no longer in Chase's hand. This happens right in the middle of House's line and Chase doesn't make any quick movements to account for this discrepancy.

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Role Model - S1-E17

Factual error: House and Foreman tell the Senator that he has toxoplasmosis, which is caused by a fungus. Toxoplasmosis is actually caused by a protozoan parasite.

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Occam's Razor - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: The text with the symptoms written on the board changes several times, watch the letter F on the left. Sometimes it has a line across it, sometimes not.

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The Socratic Method - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: When House is talking to Luke about the Vitamin K deficiency and eating the hamburger, the lid on the ketchup bottle is closed on the shots facing House and open on the shots facing Luke.

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Maternity - S1-E4

Revealing mistake: All the babies in the incubation room are, very evidently, dolls. When one is driven inside, his cries are heard but he doesn't mouth them.

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Detox - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: As Cuddy is making the deal with House, how much time off from Clinic duty for a week off his vicodin, while the camera is behind Cuddy you can see there is bright sunshine on House's head. The shot switches to a camera behind House and now his head is shaded.

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Occam's Razor - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: When Robert is telling Allison about the sexual life of the patient, her reflection shows her turning around. When the shot changes, she is back in place repeating the movement.

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Paternity - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: In the opening scene during the game, one of the shots of the boy is reversed. You can see that the text "Tartans" on his jersey is mirror imaged.

00:00:25

Damned If You Do - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: Dr. House is listening to a patient's heart with a stethoscope. However as the shot cuts to his face you can see the stethoscope is not in his ears.

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Kids - S1-E19

Continuity mistake: Foreman is doing a sonogram of Mary's brain. As she comes out of her absent seizure Foreman's probe jumps from the left side of Mary's head to her right.

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Maternity - S1-E4

Revealing mistake: The baby that opens the episode is a real one in the close shots and a doll in the others. First of all he doesn't move, and second, his skin colour is totally different.

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Maternity - S1-E4

Revealing mistake: Exactly ten minutes to the end, the couple with the baby Maxine are waiting to hear how she is doing. The mom and the husband are sitting on a bench outside the room in which their daughter is being treated. The mom lies down on her husband. She is supposed to have given birth only recently, so she still has a big tummy. As she lies against her husband, however, it is clear that she is wearing a prosthetic stomach: her blue T-shirt tucks and crinkles into and around it in a way that shows it is not an organic part of her.

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Role Model - S1-E17

Continuity mistake: House puts down his Gameboy with the cover up and reaches for his vicodin. A couple of seconds of Foreman looking at House and the shot returns to House, as he is still getting his pills, but now the Gameboy's cover is down.

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Mob Rules - S1-E15

Other mistake: House has Metroid Hunters on the DS next to the gangster's ear and it shows Samus in a ball rolling around. The way she was rolling couldn't have been achieved because House was holding it, his fingers nowhere near the buttons on the game.

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Sports Medicine - S1-E12

Continuity mistake: During the scene where Dr. Chase and Dr. Cameron are out having a drink, Cameron picks up Dr. Foreman's cell phone. Before she does she takes a drink of her soda. This drink drops the level of drink to half full. When Foreman returns a few seconds later she suddenly has a glass that is 3/4 full. There was no time for anyone to give her a refill.

00:18:55

Maternity - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: The first baby dies on December 2nd. House's clinic patient is four months pregnant, and is given an expected due date in late March. Her due date would actually be in early May, if she's in her fourth month in early December.

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Heavy - S1-E16

Continuity mistake: When House writes "temporary psychosis" and circles it on the white dry erase board, both the words and circle change repeatedly in the following shots.

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Maternity - S1-E4

Factual error: House's team listed the potential offending organisms of the infection as "MRSA, H. Flu, VRE, and pseudomonas." House then suggests Vancomycin and Aztreonam. Vancomycin only covers gram (+) organisms and Aztreonam only covers gram (-) organisms. VRE is a gram (+) organism, thus it would not be covered by Aztreonam. VRE stands for vancomycin resistant enterococcus, thus it would not be covered by Vancomycin either. House's team therefore failed to cover for an offending organism that could have caused the infection during their initial differential.

00:09:10

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Kids - S1-E19

Factual error: When House is looking over his whiteboard of symptoms for the swimming patient, the symptom "Intercranial Hemorrhage" is shown on the board. However, this is an error. The correct term is "Intracranial Hemorrhage." Anything inside the head is referred to as "intra" not "inter." This is a common mistake for laypeople, however the highly trained and knowledgeable Dr. House should not have made that error.

00:31:25

Mob Rules - S1-E15

Continuity mistake: At the very end of the episode, House enters the conference room and stands up in front of the whiteboard talking to his team. When he first enters, the board is full of writing, then in the next shot there are only a bit of marks here and there.

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Maternity - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: Right at the end, baby Maxine and her parents exit the elevator, probably on their way home. The lily bouquet, first held by the dad, jumps into the nurse's arm consecutive shots.

00:39:30

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Honeymoon - S1-E22

Continuity mistake: When Mark loses feeling in his legs, the same blond nurse that is already in his room is seen in the next shot where House and Stacy are rushing off the elevator.

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Detox - S1-E11

Revealing mistake: When the boy vomits on his girlfriend, the liquid comes from nowhere near his mouth. It comes from around his chest.

00:18:40

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Kids - S1-E19

Continuity mistake: When the young swimmer is about to dive, you get a close-up of both her heels going over the edge. Then, it shows a further shot with only one heel over the edge. Later in the same scene, the girl is underwater and you see her hair flowing around her face. When she lifts her head out of the water, her hair is tied up.

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Cursed - S1-E13

Character mistake: In this episode we learn that Chase is 26 years old. His parents were divorced when he was 15, and this was stated as being 15 years ago, which would make him 30, not 26.

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Poison - S1-E8

Continuity mistake: Max's mom, without her glasses, runs out to call the nurse after Max starts seizing. Her glasses appear when she re-enters the room.

00:28:20

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Kids - S1-E19

Audio problem: When Foreman comes to inform the patients parents that the surgery to relieve inter-cranial pressure was successful, the mother asks "What happened? Did she hit her head at a meet or...?" The coach's audio responds with, "No, nothing like that," but the words don't correspond to his mouth movements.

00:31:00

Histories - S1-E10

Factual error: When going into anaphylactic shock, the patient is given epinephrine in her forearm. Epi would be given into her lateral thigh, or deltoid muscle. The forearm would be the least ideal place for an IM injection.

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Damned If You Do - S1-E5

Audio problem: Just after House has diagnosed the nun, one of them comes out to thank him. She says, "When I break my leg..." but her lips don't move.

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Role Model - S1-E17

Continuity mistake: When House and Cameron are in the lab some of her hair is hanging over her shoulder. In some shots it is closer to her arm whereas in others it's closer to the middle of her chest.

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

Continuity mistake: Elise, the patient, goes into a coma. The various tubes connected to her are on the left side of her head in shots from the side and are underneath her chin in other shots.

00:28:20

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Detox - S1-E11

Plot hole: The doctors tell House that blood tests did not show anything wrong with the teenage boy, but near the end of the episode, he realises that it is naphthalene poisoning. Naphthalene poisoning is something that is easily noticed by doctors through blood tests.

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Suggested correction: Naphthalene is fat soluble. It was only released in his bloodstream when he started losing weight in the hospital.

Greg Dwyer

Did he start losing weight before or after the blood tests?

DNR - S1-E9

Deliberate mistake: When extubating the patient from the respirator, the patient would have been sedated as to not cause discomfort or pain so they can die peacefully. Furthermore, the ET tube is seen being taken out, but it cuts so the actor can hold it in his mouth without choking, but in real circumstances, it's not nearly long enough to go down the trachea.

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Quotes

House: As long as you're trying to be good, you can do whatever you want.
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House: So between us, we can do whatever we want. We can rule the world!

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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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