House M.D.: Season 2, Episode 24

No Reason (23 May 2006)

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An old patient of House comes back and seeks revenge upon him in the form of gunshot.

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While trying to figure out the disease of a man whose tongue has swollen grossly, an old patient of Dr. House comes back to seek revenge on the doctor due to the pain he caused his family. House wakes up a patient of his medical team, with one odd anomaly: his leg no longer hurts. After other scientifically improbable and horrific accidents throughout the day, House discovers that what's going on around him isn't real, that he's hallucinating. Written by Gafaddict

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Another reference to Sherlock Holmes. The man who shoots House is called Moriarty, although he is not identified as such in the episode (the name is taken from press materials and the script). See more »

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Dr. Gregory House: He's got a temperature of 103.
Dr. Robert Chase: Why do we care?
Dr. Gregory House: Because we're humans, we work like that.
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Season Two ends with an examination of House's guilt, fears and desires..
14 July 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

If David Lynch chose to direct an episode of House, this would be it. "No Reason" is unsettling, illogical and frightening, and it only makes sense if viewed from House's subconscious. House is shot by the husband of one of his former patients, and what follows is part real/part hallucination -- or is it a total hallucination? Right after this incident, we are meant to believe that House, while in recovery, is helping solve the case of a man with a swollen tongue who's rapidly, spectacularly and horrifically deteriorating.

There are two things to consider here -- first of all House's relationship with his co-workers is radically different, and his placement into a bed next to his attacker is, of course, totally unrealistic. After a while it becomes clear that the husband acts not as an antagonist, bus as House's guilt talking directly to him. He's driving House, and the audience, crazy.

House's interaction with Chase, Cameron and Foreman is almost gentle, maybe a way of House showing regret of all the sarcasm and abuse he confronted them with. There's also an erotic moment between him and Cameron which has to be seen to be believed.

If the course of this show presented its anti-hero as a cold perfectionist, No Reason shows him for what he's really like deep inside --

-- human.

Can't wait for Season 3!!


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