The Socratic Method

Season 1, Ep 6, Aired 12/21/04
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  • Episode Description
  • Dr. House is intrigued by the symptoms of a schizophrenic woman, who displays mixed symptoms, including a tumor, but soon realizes the source of her problems isn't the obvious. House confronts his birthday and Chase confronts his past when the mother's son tries to keep up with her condition.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bryan Singer

  • Lisa Edelstein

    Dr. Lisa Cuddy

  • Aaron Himelstein

    Luke Palmeiro

  • Katie Jacobs

  • Omar Epps

    Dr. Eric Foreman

  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, Jun 04, 2010

  • Was house right to shrink the tumour?

    By tvrev, Jul 15, 2005

  • Another great episode of 'House'- definitely one I'm going to watch again!

    By anshu_angel, Jul 29, 2005

  • This one was sort of like a puzzle, more so than most of the other episodes.

    By Mr_Jaminson, May 06, 2006

  • really exciting

    By avatartlastair, Jun 28, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • House: If it wasn't for Socrates, that raving, untreated schizophrenic, we wouldn't have a Socratic Method, the best way of teaching everything apart from juggling chainsaws. Without Isaac Newton we'd all be floating on the ceiling. Dr. Wilson: Dodging chainsaws, no doubt.

    • House: Ooh, girl in the boys' bathroom. Very dramatic. Must be very important what you have to say to me. Dr. Cuddy: Yesterday your patient's tumor was 5.8 centimeters. Today it's 4.6. How does that happen? House: At a guess, I'd say "Dr. House must be really really good, why am I wasting him on hiccups?" I wash before and after. Dr. Cuddy: You also requisitioned 20cc of ethanol. What patient was that for? Or are you planning a party?

    • House: Look, I have a cane and I know how to use it.

    • House: Love that outfit. It says "I'm a professional, but I'm still a woman." Actually, it sort of yells the second part. Dr. Cuddy: Yeah, and your big cane is real subtle, too.

    • Dr. Foreman: Mickey Mantle had a whole bar named after him - he got a transplant. House: Yeah, well, Lucy can't switch hit.

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    Notes (1)

    • House's Fad Fascination of the Week: Pickles.

    Trivia (4)

    • As House says "Of course it's the alcohol," he's holding up the newspaper in front of him. When the shot instantly cuts to Bergin and Luke looking at him, the paper is in his lap.

    • Trivia: Contrary to most episodes, Cameron makes the final diagnosis instead of House.

    • When House is talking to Luke about the Vitamin K deficiency and eating the hamburgers, the lid on the tomato sauce bottle is alternately open/closed between shots.

    • When Foreman is trying to draw blood from the schizophrenic woman, he didn't need to stick her in the arm. One of the tubes that is sticking out of her chest is used specifically for drawing blood directly from the heart.

    Allusions (4)

    • House: The Marcus Welby of ancient Greece.
      Referencing the long-running TV series Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969-1976), starring Robert Young as an easy-going family physician who could easily be described as Gregory House's complete and total opposite.

    • Chase: The Madness of King George. The Madness of King George was a 1994 film staring Nigel Hawthorne in the title role. The film tells the story of King George III's deteriorating mental health, modern medicine has suggested that the King's symptoms were the result of porphyria.

    • House: And that guitar player in that English band - he was great...Pink Floyd.
      Syd Barrett was one of the founders of Pink Floyd in 1965, playing guitar and writing a lot of the music. He suffered from schizophrenia and for many years before his death in 2006 he lived with his mother in England. Pink Floyd's entire Wish You Were Here album is a tribute to Syd; it includes the songs "Wish You Were Here" and "Shine on You Crazy Diamond."

    • House, Luke, Lucy: Though she had young men's praise and old men's blame...
      The poem being read is "Her Praise" by William Butler Yeats.

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