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Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire/HBO/2009-2014 (Disfigured/Missing Eye)

Richard Harrow (Jack Huston), loyal mercenary, marksman/sniper and employee of gangster James “Jimmy” Darmody (Michael Pitt) who is involved in bootlegging and other illegal dealings along the boardwalks of Atlantic City, New Jersey during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s.

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Harrow’s gruesomely disfigured face (upper jaw, cheekbone and missing eye) was damaged while fighting in the Army during World War I. He wears a painted tin mask molded to conceal and match the left side of his face. Harrow speaks in a low, muffled voice due to injuries to his throat.

House M.D.

HOUSE M.D. (HOUSE)/FOX/2004-2012 (Injured Leg)

Dr. Gregory House  (Hugh Laurie), a drug-addicted, misanthropic medical genius who works at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in Princeton, New Jersey.

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House is the Head of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine, and a board-certified diagnostician with a double specialty of infectious disease and nephrology.

“If I’m in a buttload of pain, I need a buttload of pills.” – Dr. Gregory House

He walks with a cane due to chronic, severe pain in his right leg. He uses Vicodin to manage pain caused by an infarction (muscle death) in his quadricep.  His damaged leg was the result of incorrect diagnosis, which leads to his narcotic dependency. When House did not have access to Vicodin, he used other narcotics such as morphine, oxycodone, and methadone, as well as alcohol (when not on duty).

Despite his disability, House is an incredibly talented doctor. He routinely rejects cases that he does not find interesting.  As Dr. Gregory House said, “I take maybe 1 in 20 cases. A lot of the people I turn down, end up dying. It’s really a good argument for there being more than one me when you think about it.”

“She’s six! She’s cute, she can’t have flesh-eating bacteria! It’s just wrong! Let’s cure her with sunshine and puppies! Cute kids die of terrible illnesses! Innocent doctors go to jail, and it’s because cowards like you won’t stand up and do what’s required! You can sit around and moan about who’s the bigger weakling. I’m gonna go do my job.” – Dr. Gregory House (yelling at staff)

House refused to acknowledge that he was addicted to pain killers, but eventually he admitted himself to Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital for rehab. When he leaves the facility, his addiction is under control but later he hears that his boss  Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), the hospital administrator and Dean of Medicine incurred kidney cancer by taking Vicodin, and his addiction recurs.

NOTE: The House character was inspired by the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, specifically, the fictional crime solving genius Sherlock Holmes. There are many similarities between Holmes and House. They both have the same address of 221b Baker Street and both use deductive reasoning and psychology to solve problems. Their best friend is a physician (Dr. James Wilson for House/Dr. John Watson for Holmes). They both use drugs (House/Vicodin and Holmes/Cocaine). And they both are musically inclined (House plays the piano, the guitar, and the harmonica/Holmes, the violin). The main patient in the pilot episode is named Rebecca Adler after Irene Adler, a character in the first Holmes short story, “A Scandal in Bohemia”.

On the episode “Needle in a Haystack” Dr. House discovers that his parking spot was given to a research physician named Julie Whitner (Wendy Makkena), who used a wheelchair. Irritated, House remarked while he had to actually walk into the hospital on his bad leg, she just had to push a button on her power wheelchair.

To resolve the situation, House accepted a bet that if he could spend one full week in a wheelchair, then he could have his spot back. But an emergency forced House out of the wheelchair, and Whitner won initially until House pushed the issue and got his spot back.

Sopranos

SOPRANOS/HBO/1999-2007 (Missing one Leg)

Svetlana Kirilenko (Alla Kliouka Schaffer), one-legged Russian nurse who attended the needs of Livia Soprano, the mother of New Jersey Mafia Boss Tony Soprano. Svetlana wore a prosthetic leg and walked awkwardly.

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Before Livia died, she bequeathed her record collection to Svetlana. At the funeral, Livia’s daughter, Janice Soprano (called “a cow”) insisted the records were hers. Svetlana disagreed, so in retribution, Janice stole Svetlana’s prosthetic leg while she slept. Angry, Svetlana asked two friends in the Russian mob to break Janice’s ribs.

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Svetlana speaking with Janice Soprano at Livia’s funeral