To Meredith

Cameron: I was in the top of my class.

House: But not THE top.

Cameron: I did an internship at the Mayo Clinic.

House: Yes, you were a very good applicant.

Cameron: But not the best?

House: Would that upset you, really, to think that you were hired because of some genetic gift of beauty not some genetic gift of intelligence?

Cameron: I worked very hard to get where I am.

House: But you didn’t have to. People choose the paths that grant them the greatest rewards for the least amount of effort. That’s the law of nature, and you defied it. That’s why I hired you. You could have married rich, could have been a model, you could have just shown up and people would have given you stuff. Lots of stuff, but you didn’t, you worked your stunning little ass off.

Cameron: Am I supposed to be flattered?

House: Gorgeous women do not go to medical school. Unless they’re as damaged as they are beautiful. Were you abused by a family member?

Cameron: No!

House: Sexually assaulted?

Cameron: No.

House: But you are damaged, aren’t you?

From the pilot episode of HOUSE M.D.


8 thoughts on “To Meredith

  1. 🙂 I’m not as wild about the rest of the series, but this conversation really stuck with me from the pilot episode so I actually looked it up.

    OR: 🙂

    Gjoe: Thanks! Me too in a sense…

  2. I will grudgingly admit that I do enjoy watching house. Although every time I do I remember this conversation from the mother of all medical television shows, Scrubs:

    “Keith: I learned that watching House.
    Lisa: House is a genius!
    Dr. Cox: …that’s it I’m whacking both of you [whacks both] look, I know you all curl up on your futons at night dreaming of cracking a real-life medical mystery so that some doctor slash super model will want to touch your eruption button, but here’s the bad news, this isn’t a TV show, there aren’t any cameras over here, real medical mysteries don’t happen every week and doctors damn sure don’t look like models, they look like Rex.
    Rex: What?
    Dr. Cox: Chin up ya ugly bastard.”

  3. House is an ass. Which makes him realistic, mind you. Except that the love he gets is staggeringly not. Funny how insufferable assholes get so much love when they’re on prime time TV and in real life they’re just well, assholes. *shrug*

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