"That's a catchy diagnosis, you could dance to that."
November 20, 2012 1:43 AM   Subscribe

House MD - 177 Episodes in 7 minutes (SLYT)

"Never met a diagnostic study I couldn't refute."
posted by EnterTheStory (32 comments total) 29 users marked this as a favorite

 
Excellent music choices.
posted by cthuljew at 2:23 AM on November 20, 2012


I don't get it. It's like the person who made this video never watched a single episode of "House." I mean, seven minutes of clips and he doesn't diagnose lupus even once?!?!
posted by GamblingBlues at 2:38 AM on November 20, 2012 [15 favorites]


It's always lupus.
posted by hal9k at 3:12 AM on November 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


or mouse poop.

or infidelity.
posted by From Bklyn at 3:46 AM on November 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


That was well done... thanks.....
posted by HuronBob at 3:49 AM on November 20, 2012


I've been wondering if House is worth watching from the start now that it's over. I've only caught the last couple of years and a few random re-runs.
posted by zengargoyle at 3:56 AM on November 20, 2012


Obligatory
posted by burnmp3s at 4:03 AM on November 20, 2012 [6 favorites]


Obligatory

Hugh Laurie made House. Without him it really would be exactly that.
posted by Malice at 4:45 AM on November 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


I've been wondering if House is worth watching from the start now that it's over.

As with almost every TV show, the early years are the essential viewing. And actually, one time it really was lupus.
posted by Ber at 5:47 AM on November 20, 2012


Aw, man. I read this post as "Horse MD" and got excited.
posted by brundlefly at 6:06 AM on November 20, 2012 [5 favorites]


Aw, man. I read this post as "Horse MD" and got excited.

Get a few of these and a camera, and you too can be an internet sensation!
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:15 AM on November 20, 2012


I've been wondering if House is worth watching from the start now that it's over. I've only caught the last couple of years

Then you've missed ALL the good episodes.
posted by tzikeh at 6:24 AM on November 20, 2012 [3 favorites]


Yeah, at some point you stopped watching House because you particularly enjoyed it, and started watching it because... well, because it was House. So, yeah, early seasons are better. Just like that first sample from your dealer.
posted by cthuljew at 7:02 AM on November 20, 2012 [5 favorites]


It's always lupus.

No it's amyloidosis.

Or sarcoidosis.
posted by IvoShandor at 7:12 AM on November 20, 2012 [7 favorites]


My diagnosis: the first couple seasons are worth watching. After that, it's a slow and then accelerating decline, as the show lost control of the tension of how it was balancing being a couple different shows at once. Those two different shows in the same one are this:

The Adventures of Dr. Superjerk, M.D.: this was the sitcom House. It was full of trenchant wit and sometimes wonderfully dark humor. (I still remember a bit that hooked me. First season, Cameron as the routine's overmatched straight man. The social setting I saw my first episode in is intrinsically bound to the memory:

PARENTS: Have you ever seen House?
ME: It's some kind of medical drama like ER or something, right? Pfft. No.
PARENTS: It's actually really funny. Watch:
(A short time later...)
CAMERON: You want me to tell our patient her husband might have been having an affair?!
HOUSE: ...No. That would embarrass her. I want you to not tell her, and let her die.
ME: HA!
PARENTS: We told you so.)

The other show was Dark House Drama. It was about a misanthrope genius, mildly crippled both physically and emotionally by recent traumas, the nature of which were slowly revealed piecemeal. It was about him slowly healing, in fits and starts, and struggling to cope and remain functional, an examination of the tension between and sometimes counterintuitive harmony between deep-seated misanthropy and humanism, and of how in some sense everyone is wounded to varying degrees.

For a while there, that was a pretty good drama too, which is especially easy to forget as the later seasons piled up. There was a great episode about House strongarmed into giving a teaching lecture (which, being an early season episode, did a fine job balancing The Adventures of Dr. Superjerk, M.D. into the Dark House Drama), revealing big elements of that aforementioned trauma, in which the lecture hall started out slimly populated then over the course of it got packed to standing room only.

Then the show lost control of the tension between those shows. The drama decayed via standard medical show drama entropy (which is exactly why my initial reaction to hearing about the show was a dismissive sound) nonsense about clumsily working through permutations and combinations of how the beautiful doctors and medical staff could sleep with each other and have high-school level (at best) "relationships" grow and fall. The original focus of the drama would sometimes struggle to come back, like a once-strong but now exhausted man drowning in quicksand. The sitcom fell more and more by the wayside, until at some point I realized I hadn't so much as snickered during an episode, at which point House was discharged from my media life. (I guess it lasted a while longer after that, for all I know it got better again, but I sort of doubt it.)
posted by Drastic at 7:19 AM on November 20, 2012 [11 favorites]


It doesn't have any of the new episodes with Lucy Liu.
posted by srboisvert at 7:32 AM on November 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


It doesn't have any of the new episodes with Lucy Liu.

i've had it up to here with these great mouse detective remakes
posted by Sticherbeast at 9:14 AM on November 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


I was so hoping that this was going to be a video of nothing but quick cut edits of that "aha!" moment where house realizes the correct diagnosis with the telltale head tilt and/or thousand yard stare.

C'mon Internet, could someone get right on that please? Kthxbai.
posted by BigHeartedGuy at 10:24 AM on November 20, 2012


Yeah, at some point you stopped watching House because you particularly enjoyed it, and started watching it because... well, because it was House.

This was definitely true of my experiences after the first few seasons. If the last season hadn't been announced in advance as being the last season, I'd have finally given up on it.

PARENTS: Have you ever seen House?
ME: It's some kind of medical drama like ER or something, right? Pfft. No.


This is exactly what I thought at first, and it's the reason that I didn't watch the first season at all.
posted by asnider at 10:29 AM on November 20, 2012


The House Drinking Game (simplified version):

Chug your drink every time House suggests drilling into the patient's head.

[Will result in exactly one drink downed per episode.]
posted by etc. at 11:05 AM on November 20, 2012


Get your sarcoidosis out of my paraneoplastic syndrome!
posted by FelliniBlank at 11:31 AM on November 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


Say, I don't get that "Sherlock is the new House" deal. Sherlock doesn't spend 99% of the episode getting shit wrong; House doesn't rely much on deduction. If general abrasive Englishness and substance abuse are the crux, then Russell Brand is the new House.
posted by FelliniBlank at 11:35 AM on November 20, 2012


Sherlock doesn't spend 99% of the episode getting shit wrong; House doesn't rely much on deduction.

I don't know. House usually says: "Based on the symptoms it could be X, Y, or Z. We can rule out Z by treating the patient with a drug that will cure him if we're right and won't kill him if we're wrong." Oh look! The patient isn't cured! "Well, that means it is probably X. Let's treat for X, which will kill him tomorrow if we don't do something about it; sure, the treatment for X will kill him if he's got Y, but it is the better of the two options given what we currently know." Oh look! The patient has had a violent and unexpected reaction to this drug! WTF? "I just had an epiphany! Clearly, due to the new piece of evidence, the patient is actually suffering from the very rare Disorder A. Let's cure him!"

I mean, yeah, a lot of it is trial and error (just like real medicine) but it is based on deduction. Rarely is House just pumping a patient full of random drugs because he has no clue what the answer might be.
posted by asnider at 12:04 PM on November 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


I guess it lasted a while longer after that, for all I know it got better again, but I sort of doubt it.

I think it ended the way it needed to end, and that they earned the ending over the course of the show, but that the way they got there in the very last season was too abrupt. I think the latter criticism was unavoidable when Lisa Edelstein left the show since it by necessity meant House had to backslide hugely so close to the end of the show's arc. If she had remained I think it could have ended perfectly.
posted by Justinian at 12:41 PM on November 20, 2012


But there was certainly rather a lot of angsty teenage level relationship drama in the middle, yes.
posted by Justinian at 12:44 PM on November 20, 2012


Its a pretty good show, that I have not been able to make time for or have enough desire to watch all the episodes.

I will watch this, it certainly would be useful in social discussions to boast about more useless things I know about random things.
posted by SoltanG at 2:24 PM on November 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


I was expecting 7 minutes of him saying, in 500 different settings, "It's not lupus." "It's not lupus." "It's not lupus." "It's not lupus!"
posted by vytae at 3:12 PM on November 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


I have a theory that there was a rule among the writers that they had to say "sarcoidosis" once every single episode, but I am not willing to investigate. Seems like it must have been an in-joke, like the chihuahua in every epsiode.
posted by Kafkaesque at 4:11 PM on November 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


I am really glad the last episode was the House version of the Reichenbach Falls story.
posted by crossoverman at 6:17 PM on November 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Even in its decline, House MD was better TV than 99% of what else was on at the time.
posted by deborah at 6:38 PM on November 20, 2012


Even in its decline, House MD was better TV than 99% of what else was on at the time.

Well, noooo, but I found it had its charms until the end. Though it probably should have finished a couple of seasons earlier.
posted by crossoverman at 10:17 PM on November 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


I collect everything Fry and Laurie make, so I had to sit out House to the end in any case. The last seasons were so-so.

For me the division between excellent House and so-so House coincides with the 2007-2008 writers strike during season 4. That's when the decline started.
posted by Berend at 7:22 AM on November 21, 2012


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