If everyone’s a hero, the word has no meaning

… The other one that comes to mind is also the very first we did, called “Autopsy”, written by Larry Kaplow.  Absolutely exquisite.  It’s about a little girl suffering from a brain tumour, and everyone in the hospital constantly sings her praises as a brave little angel.  But House commits this absolute blasphemy of doubting her bravery.  You’re not allowed to do that, especially on TV and especially with children.  People who suffer from cancer are sanctified.  But House being House, he makes the shocking but nonetheless inarguable point that not everybody can be as brave as everyone else.  If everyone’s a hero, the word has no meaning. …

– Hugh Laurie talking about his all-time favourite House episodes, 2009

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