Here Is Your Mother

In a previous post, I asked why the writers of the TV show?House chose for last week’s episode (“A Pox on our House“) to have a sick family composed of a recently married husband and wife who each bring to the marriage a child from a previous relationship.

I think the writers were setting up a parallel with the episode’s opening.? In the opening, which is set in the past on a slave ship, some African captives who have contracted an infectious disease are about to be thrown overboard.? A sick father, who is about to be killed, turns to his healthy son, and says, pointing to another adult:? “Naola is now your father.”

This heart-rending ship scene foreshadows what happens later in the episode (and 200 years later in the narrative’s chronology), when a dying father tells his biological son that the son’s new stepmother will take care of him.? Metaphorically, the father is also saying to his boy that another adult is now your parent.

I imagine that both events are supposed to remind us of?John 19:26-27, where Jesus from the cross says to his mother:

“Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.”

(HT: Jennifer Brown)


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  1. Kjw says:

    What is the link between a TV-show, quoting a 2000-year old book from the Middle East and freakonomics pray tell?

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  2. MjC says:

    KJW, you read my mind!

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  3. Drill-Baby-Drill Drill Team says:

    “Here is Your Mother” —Hannibal Lechter

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  4. rla says:

    What is the link, pray tell, of commenters who don’t know how to use commas and those who use the phrase “pray tell?”

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  5. Satan says:

    I laugh at such silliness. Ho-ha-ha-he-ha………

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  6. AaronS says:


    THANK YOU! The whole fun of Freakonomics (which our resident cynics and skeptics–aka cranks–are sadly unable to bear, apparently) is that it displays some really cool relationships/connections.

    Like the fun of a Dirk Pitt novel, there is some ancient or past happening which impacts the future. We DO get our ideas from certain archetypes and themes, most of the time, you know.

    Again, thank you for not permitting Freakonomics to become a bland, boring, lifeless collection of “discussions” about marginal income, and blah, blah, blah.

    The joy of Freakonomics (hey! that’s the title of the NEXT book!) is that is doesn’t get bogged down in the mundane notions of economics, but glitters with sparkling conversation starters, etc.

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  7. Jesse says:

    House and the Bible: in the former, a dying father trusts his son to another man; in the latter, a dying son gives his mother a surrogate son, and so the two are connected?

    Yes they have a commonality — a theme of “familial transplant” — but this doesn’t seem very useful or relevant. Consider that Warren Buffet and I are connected because we both wore a blue shirt on Tuesday. It’s true, but that fact doesn’t contribute anything useful.

    This thought also seems like a big stretch, and to my mind, therefore, unlikely to have occurred also in the minds of the show’s writers.

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