House tries every delaying tactic available when Wilson forces him to attend his father's funeral. Meanwhile, the team tries to find the cause of a young woman's abdominal pain and hemorrhage that occurred in China.

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As the team is about to treat a woman they think suffers from SARS, House gets word that his father has passed away. House would rather stay and treat the patient than attend the funeral and eulogize his father, but Cuddy intervenes, and he finds himself going to the funeral with Wilson. Secrets from House's past are revealed. Written by Jesse Sanchez

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Dr. Wilson: Good heavens we haven't missed it. It's like the end of A Christmas Carol. Referencing the end of Charles Dickens' 1843 novel, immortalized on stage and screen, which tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who learns the true meaning of Christmas after being visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Wilson's line refers to the end when Scrooge realizes he hasn't missed Christmas Day, despite his night of traveling with the Ghosts. See more »

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MRI magnets aren't "switched on" like the dialogue suggests (any more than you have to switch on a refrigerator magnet). The computers and imaging equipment are switched on, but the magnet itself is always functional. See more »

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Dr. Gregory House: You "lost track of your speed"? I think that was Hitler's excuse. Lost track of the Jews. No one held him responsible.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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MMMBop
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Written by Isaac Hanson, Taylor Hanson, Zac Hanson
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Played on House's phone as the ringtone
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My dad is dead.
15 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is interesting that I see this episode right after watching Les Revenants, which is also about death. It seemed so appropriate.

While House is the featured mourner, don't think he is the only one. The others, Dr. Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) and the featured case (Samantha Quan), were also about death in a less subtle way.

But, House's travails, I suspect, would cause a lot of viewers to examine their relationships with their own fathers, alive or dead. And, like House, we would probably agree that, no matter how our relationship was then or how our memories are now, we are who we are because of our father, for better or worse.

Maybe it is not death that is the topic, but relationships. Whatever the case, it was another outstanding episode and an example of why this is the most intelligent show on TV.


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