House, M.D.

Maternity - S1-E4

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

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Suggested correction: There are 4 children in there. How can you tell that the baby heard crying is the one who's crib is being moved?

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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Suggested correction: The light is still visible in the shots from behind House, just not as easy to see.

One Day, One Room - S3-E12

Factual error: A kid is being taken to surgery to remove a magnet he swallowed because it may be stuck in his upper intestine. House diagnoses that the magnet is already in the lower intestine by taking a scalpel and showing that it's magnetically attracted to the lower abdomen. Surgical scalpels are made of high grade stainless steel and are not attracted by magnets.

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Suggested correction: Some scalpel blades are made out of high carbon steel or just tempered steel. However, it depends on the alloy content of stainless steel. Some stainless steels aren't made with nickel can still be magnetic.

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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

He didn't start losing weight while he was in the hospital. He started losing weight before he was in hospital. And the naphthalene would have been released into his bloodstream before he was in the hospital.

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

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Factual error: In an episode with a severely overweight patient who is thought to have diabetes, it is discovered he instead has Chagas disease. Cameron then informs the patient that he acquired this illness from his food when, in fact, Chagas disease is a protozoan that is spread through the bite of the triatomine bug.

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Suggested correction: While the main vector for the infection is through the triatomine bug, Trypanosoma cruzi (the parasitic organism that causes the disease) can be transmitted through food, and thus Chagas was caused by the food the patient ate. It should also be noted that Trypanosoma cruzi is not transmitted by the bite of the triatomine bug, but rather through its feces, and it's only spreads once the feces enters the blood stream (which it can do through a bite site or scratching an open wound).

Bishop73

You Don't Want to Know - S4-E8

Factual error: Amber triggers a fire alarm by heating the sprinkler with her lighter. Unfortunately that fire sprinkler doesn't detect heat (or smoke). The sensor is located between the ceiling lamps, about two meters from the fire sprinkler. (00:09:00)

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Suggested correction: Heat applied to the sprinkler would cause it to activate and spray water. All modern fire systems will detect this water pressure drop and activate the alarm.

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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Dr. Wilson: Is there a light somewhere that goes on when I have food?
House: Green for food, orange for beverages, red for impure thoughts. That bulb burns out every two weeks.

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Trivia: Bryan Singer was looking for an American actor to play House and when he saw Hugh Laurie's audition tape said that he had found his American actor. Hugh Laurie is in fact British.

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Question: In the last episode of Season 1 (Honeymoon) towards the beginning when House first asks for a diagnosis from the other 3 doctors, he asks something along the lines of "Have I missed anything?" after he explains what to do. After he says that Dr. Chase says "Kitchen sink" House starts to say something then stops and says "Oh, you minx" What did Chase mean when he said kitchen sink?

Answer: It comes from the phrase "Everything but the kitchen sink." He's saying that House has thought of "everything but the kitchen sink."

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