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The truth begins in lies.. (Reply).
at 02:23am on 30/04/2009
Well it's not like the House folks are big on continuity & I'm not sure that Cuddy wasn't lying when she says 38 to House. It works better if Cuddy is actually Lisa Edelstein's age, however, I'll stick to your dates.
This is my own personal time line for House before the Cuddy age thing ever existed. (It's the work of an over active imagination):
House born, 1959. Cuddy born 1970.
House graduates high school in 1976, at the age of 17. I think this believable not just because he is a genius but as a military brat who occasionally lived overseas chances are high he got private schooling or home schooling in order to maintain an American education overseas. I'm sure he had a lot of independent study that allowed him to skip ahead.
House does his undergraduate in three years - more than plausible because I know people who have done this. (years: 1976-77, 1977-78, 1978-79)
House completes medical school at John Hopkins in three years, also plausible because in order to go from year 2 to year 3 (when clinic starts) in the U.S. there's a specialized test you have to write. So I have House getting a science degree in university & essentially being credited for various 1st year classes, like anatomy, so he's able to write the test after only one year in medical school.
(Med school years: 1979-80, 1980-81, 1981-82)
However, in order to practice and get a medical certificate in the U.S. you have to have at least a one year internship or enter a residency program that includes an internship. House completes all of his academic requirements at Hopkins but gets kicked out of his internship/residency program.
Because it is so late in the season, all specialized internship positions would be filled. However, House covered his ass by also applying to several Master programs and still has a standing invitation at Tel Aviv University in Israel. He enters their Master of Medical Science program where he gets a post-grad degree in Experimental Pathology. He's there 2 years. (1982-83, 1983-84)
During his 2nd year he reapplies to enter into a medical residency program in the U.S. Because the program he is in in Tel Aviv (where he also picks up Hebrew)is half-clinic duty, he is able to enter the Internal Medicine program at the University of Michigan as a resident not an intern. That's 2 years for a certificate in Internal Medicine. (years: 1984-85, 1985-86)
So House starts at Michigan in 1984 when Cuddy is 14. Remember Cuddy tells Cameron that she was only an undergrad when she first met House and he was already a legend.)
House does his sub-specialty in Infectious Disease at Michigan University as well. That's 3 years. (1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-1989.)
Cuddy graduates from high school in 1987 at age 17 (because she is seriously ambitious) and enters the University of Michigan as an undergrad in 1987-88.
So their time together there would be two years 1987-88 & 1988-89. My thoughts on this is that House/Cuddy do not have sex while she is an undergrad. In my fucked up mind, House because he has both a medical degree and a master's degree, becomes a part-time adjunct professor teaching one 1st year & one 2nd year undergrad courses. He is a legend because of his teaching methods and is probably a little scary to the newbies. Cuddy knows him because she took both of his classes.
House leaves after his three year residency to do two years of infectious disease work abroad. I have him going to S. America (Brazil, Bolivia, Chile) and Asia (China - he knows Mandarin - and India) before returning to the University of Michigan to enter into its Nephrology program. That's another three years, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94)
Cuddy would have graduated with an undergrad in 1991 (end of 4 years), and entered medical school at the University of Michigan at the exact same time as House. 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94 would have been her first three years there, so it's definitely possible that House knew about her medical school desk & it's also possible that during this time they had their one nighter.
Or maybe not. Like, I said this is a product of an over active imagination. And, someone who currently has way, way too much time on their hands. :)
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