Living the Dream (House)

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"Living the Dream"
House episode
Episode no.Season 4
Episode 14
Directed byDavid Straiton
Written by
Original air dateApril 28, 2008 (2008-04-28)
Running time44 minutes
Guest appearance(s)
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"Living the Dream" is the fourteenth episode of the fourth season of House, and aired on May 5, 2008.


House (Hugh Laurie) is convinced that one of the actors on his favorite soap opera "Prescription: Passion" (guest star Jason Lewis) has a serious medical condition after observing his symptoms on television. House decides to intervene, kidnaps the actor and convinces him to run a test, but both the actor and House’s own team dismiss House’s assessment and do not believe there is anything wrong with him. However, the actor develops more symptoms: His leg goes numb preventing him from leaving the hospital, and after subsequent tests and more symptoms he eventually goes into a coma. The team gives him antibiotics for a possible infection, but when this has no effect House has an epiphany and administers steroids for a floral allergy. The steroids work but the floral allergy test comes back negative. Not until after the actor has been discharged does House realize that he is allergic to quinine from the tonic water in the fake gin and tonics that he has to drink on set.

Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) tries to keep up appearances when an inspector makes an unexpected visit to Princeton-Plainsboro. House takes advantage of this, threatening not to cooperate if he doesn’t get what he wants (like the flat-screen from the doctors’ lounge). When Cuddy says: "Me keeping my job is good for you," House simply replies: "Yes, but it’s better for you."

Meanwhile, Amber (Anne Dudek) and Wilson’s (Robert Sean Leonard) relationship develops. They go mattress-shopping, and when they each want a different mattress, Amber leaves it up to Wilson. On advice from House, Wilson chooses Amber’s preference, but it turns out Amber was testing Wilson: she wanted to see if he’d take care of himself first – that’s what she wants him to do because that’s what she does herself. So Wilson exchanges the mattress for the water bed he has always wanted. In the end, however, Wilson finds that he hates the water bed and cannot sleep on it, forcing him to sleep on the floor. He and Amber decide to return the bed.


The episode was watched by 13.26 million viewers, making it the fourth most watched program of the night, behind Two and a Half Men, CSI: Miami and Dancing with the Stars.[1] The episode also scored a 5.0/13 share in the 18–49 demographic, which was the highest score of the night.[1] James Chamberlin of IGN was pleased to see Cameron get more screentime.[2] Sarah Collins of North by Northwestern felt the episode proved that House is a "whack job."[3]


  1. ^ a b Seidman, Robert (2008-05-06). "Nielsen Ratings May 5, 2008: Youth Still Loves FOX's House Best". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
  2. ^ Chamberlin, James (2008-05-06). "House: "Living the Dream" Review". IGN. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
  3. ^ Collins, Sarah. "House Recap: "Living the Dream"". North by Northwestern. Retrieved 2008-05-02.

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