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You can't have House without a Holmes

by Julia Ward, posted Oct 31st 2006 3:29PM
HouseIn case you weren't buying the rumors that the character of Gregory House, M.D. was very much based on Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, the deal was pretty much sealed when our beloved curmudgeon took a bullet to the gut care of Jack Moriarty at the close of season two. Moriarty is also the namesake of the nemesis that took Sherlock over the cliff with him in the short story The Final Problem. But with our House and Holmes, it's the inner demons that really torment.

Here's a blow-by-blow on the House-Holmes connection:

HOUSE
Name: House
Compatriot: Dr. Wilson
Drug of Choice: Vicodin, Morphine
Job: Solve Mysterious Cases (Medical)
Home: 221B, Shares Apartment with Dr. Wilson in Season 2
Skill: Incredible Deductive Powers
Nemesis: Jack Moriarty
Character: Arrogant S.O.B.
One True Love: Stacy Warner
Instrument of Choice: Piano for Contemplation
Pastime: Watches Soaps
Outside Help: Relies on Staff to Do the Dirty Biz
Significant Props: Walks with Cane
Miscellaneous: Has Wounded Leg

HOLMES

Name: Holmes
Compatriot: Dr. Watson
Drug of Choice: Cocaine, Morphine
Job: Solve Mysterious Cases (Criminal)
Home: 221B Baker Street, Shares Apartment with Dr. Watson
Skill: Incredible Deductive Powers
Nemesis: Moriarty
Character: Arrogant S.O.B.
One True Love: Irene Adler
Instrument of Choice: Violin for Contemplation
Pastime: Reads the Agony Column in Newspaper
Outside Help: Relies on Baker Street Irregulars to Do the Dirty Biz
Significant Props: Walks with Cane, Smokes Pipe
Miscellaneous: Watson Has Wounded Leg

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Jen

I loved this! I am obsessed with all things House right now. Welcome to TV Squad!

November 01 2006 at 2:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Suzie

There's something else, something I'd call a coincidence except that there are no such things. It's a minor point, but one that stands out for me amidst this talk of House and Holmes: Morse has arrived on the scene. Yes, David Morse, the actor, but there's this other Morse, you see.

Just throwing that name in with all this talk of mysteries and detectives and the British and the things that send a chill down your spine . . . Inspector Morse, as played by the great John Thaw, whose grumpy, growly, curmudgeonly soul must hover somewhere in the vicinity of House.

October 31 2006 at 8:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
paintist

Now all they need to do is introduce a Mycroft-like character in House.

October 31 2006 at 6:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
La Rue

There were people who weren't buying the Holmes/House connection? The shows creator even said House was partly based on Sherlock Holmes:

Interview: http://tv.zap2it.com/tveditorial/tve_main/1,1002,271%7C92770%7C1%7C,00.html




Among the characteristics the two characters share are


* their ability to come to rapid conclusions after the briefest examination of a client/patient;

* On the pilot episode, the main patient is named Rebecca Adler, possibly after Irene Adler, a well known female character from the first published Sherlock Holmes short story "A Scandal in Bohemia";

* Another patient, whom House failed to diagnose twelve years ago, has the name Esther Doyle which evokes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories;

* In the third season opener, the name of House's attacker is revealed to be Moriarty; Holmes' nemesis was Professor James Moriarty.

October 31 2006 at 4:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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