I really shouldn’t link to articles on Cracked.com — for one thing, it makes this blog seem like a Digg page, and for another thing, it just encourages them to post 900 new “lists” every day — but Michael Swaim’s piece on how to write a House episode is pretty accurate.
Meanwhile, the downer thing House predicted would happen in the B plot happens, so we can forget about it and focus on the patient. He feels guilty about this, which he shows by almost looking directly at the camera.
(I like House, but that makes this article more fun; pointing out the rigid formulas of bad shows is fish-in-a-barrel stuff. It’s more entertaining to examine the rigid formula of a good show.)