Gregory House and James Wilson – Yin and Yang

This one is for those who are into the television series called ‘House’. The protagonist of the story is Dr.Gregory House, an insufferable logician with a knack for outstanding diagnosis and sarcastic wit. But every Holmes must have a Watson. House finds his Watson in the kind hearted oncologist, James Wilson. Before we get into the depth of what the title means, let’s recap a bit more on the two personalities.

Dr. House

Dr.House is the best diagnostician in the country – meaning if no one knows what ails you, he almost definitely will. Throughout the series we see House solving many seemingly unsolvable cases. By the second episode itself, it is established that House is similar to Sherlock Holmes, except that he makes medical deductions. So we get the usual ‘Sherlock’ package in House – complete stickler for logic, disdain for human emotion, sarcastic wit.¬†There’s also the ‘Vicodin’ addiction. But one of the key traits about House is that he doesn’t usually have a filter between his thoughts and his words – except when he wants to lie – or want ‘Vicodin.’ This also translates to a disregard for protocol when he must do something that he thinks is right.

These are all the perks and quirks of House’s personality but every character sketch is incomplete without a primary motive force. House sees every patient as a puzzle, and hence takes only the most interesting cases – those that pose a difficult but solvable puzzle. And then his sole aim is to get to the root of that puzzle. He does all he can to find the answer. Much like Holmes, House has an insatiable curiosity for the unsolved.


As of yet( the episode I’m on ) there is nothing specifically known about the extent of Dr.Wilson’s intellect. But his conversations with House indicate that he’s a brilliant practitioner( though not as brilliant as House, duh!). Also, Wilson is kind hearted, soft spoken and chooses his words carefully – a trait that makes him the best personality type to be your friend. And that is also how he treats his patients – like friends – sharing in their joys and sorrows.

This brings us to his primary motive force – Wilson wants to help everyone. So much so that his past wives have all been victims of some or the other ailment. Wilson thinks he can help everyone if he tries – and that he has to.

Yin Yang – the Wilson House equation

From what we’ve discussed earlier, Wilson and House have opposite personalities. And that is what has kept their friendship growing – Wilson wants¬†to make a human being out of House and House wants to make Wilson realise the futility of his emotional ways. That is what makes them stick together through thick and thin. Wilson and House are like yin yang – they correct each other and yet the both need each other equally. This yin yang equation translates to one of the most successful bromances in the history of television.

For those who haven’t watched ‘House’ and yet have read this post, it is my sincere request – get a Netflix subscription, buy Blu-rays, do anything but do watch ‘House’. You’re missing out on a lot. Also, those who miss Sherlock and haven’t watched ‘House’, please do so. ‘House’ satisfies intellectual cravings almost as well as ‘Sherlock’ did.


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