Season 2 Episode 1


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 13, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A death row inmate is felled by an unknown disease and House decides to take on the case, over Cuddy and Foreman's objections. House also has to deal with Stacy who is working closely with him, while Cameron has to cope with a dying patient.

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  • Excellent season opener...

    House returns for the second season with the only major change that his ex Stacy is working at the hospital, the writers allowing for many possible scenarios to form out of this.

    I thought this was a classic episode, despite not being perfect. House was hilarious in this episode, and his one liners with Cuddy and Stacy (an excellent "special guest star") were fanatasic. I laugh out loud every time he "gets his drink on" with the patient in the episode!

    It was also interesting watching Foreman deal with his background, and the episode not only raises the debate of the death penalty, it also raises the debate of biology vs social upbrining.

    I didn't enjoy Cameron's story as much in this episode, and I found her character quite annoying in this episode- probably the first time I felt irritated at a cast member in the series! I also wished House and Wilson had a little more screen time together, as their dynamics make the show from being fantastic to perfect.

    Nevertheless, overall the episode was brilliant, and a good, solid start for the Season.moreless
  • One of the best episodes of House ever!

    Wow, this was such an amazing episode & a great way to start season 2, finally Cameron seems to be her own woman now that she is "supposedly" over House. And now is working on her own case & of course House was right, she is going to die, I love how House goes through the 5 stages of death, finally acceptance. So sad when the girl with cancer said at the end "It was only a cough" and she had aspiring dreams & everything, so sad to see especially with the music going down. It was also sad to see the Death Row Guy go back to jail since it wasn't even his fault for killing, even though Foreman tries the case to save him, he still goes back to jail which is upsetting overall. It seemed like Stacy was sort of replacing Wilson since House only talks to her now but whatever, an amazing episode.moreless
  • One of my favorite episodes, and a great start to the second season

    "Acceptance" is one of my favorite House episodes to date. It might be LL Cool J's surprisingly good acting, or the character development in the building interest of Cameron's past. Hugh Laurie plays a great role in this episode, in his classic facial expressions and emotions in dealing with a stubborn Cameron (who doesn't want to tell her newfound friend that she is terminal), and being around a convicted murderer. My personal highlight came when House finds out that LL Cool J's character drank a high concentration of methanol, and cures him with ethyl alcohol (in the form of Vodka). The trust issue between House and his ex-wife Stacy is a welcome side-story, also, and builds up more of the issues that will soon explode in the episodes to come.moreless
  • Cameron the typical over-caring and House the insane guy trying to solve the puzzle sounds like the right way to start season 2

    This was a pretty normal episode. House messing with Cuddy to get the patient that he wanted was classic House. I loved how he manipulated Stacy too. It was great to watch House trying to hide from Stacy in his office and the team's reaction to the whole thing was semi amusing as well.

    House leaving the clinic duty to Cameron was so typical he wasn't going to leave it with Chase or Foreman because Cameron would do it without a serious fight which was boring. When Cameron got stuck in the clinic it was obvious that she was going to take interest in someone too. It was annoying to see her trying to push the case on House when she knew he would never take it. House and the five stages of dying though was interesting.

    I loved Clarence and House getting their drink on it was classic and amusing. Stacy calling House a lightweight was funny too.

    This was a pretty good episode of House but it had it's boring points.moreless
  • Death Row guy

    I honestly didn't love this episode. It was more characteristic of Season 1 which is much weaker then the other 2. I did not find the plot line interesting or medical mystery that intriguing. I also didn't like the whole thing with Cmaeron adn the girl dying of cancer alone. Hosue is an ass, of course he wasn't goign to treat this woman jsut because she is dying alone, and I think this story line made Cameron seem really weak, when she could have been great. The only funny scene was with Stacy and House the day after he gets drunk and she is yelling on purpose. Not a great episode, especially for a season opener.moreless
Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When the team does an MRI on the death row patient, House says that the ink on his tattoo's will get sucked out of his body due to the strong magnet in the MRI. This is factually incorrect, the only thing that can happen to someone in this situation is a sensation of the area being burned or irritated.

    • Suddenly Foreman has a tattoo that had never been seen before. House had rejected an aspiring doctor because he had a tattoo in "Kids."

    • House takes advantage of the curtains being shut to leave the diagnosis room unnoticed but after he is surprised by Stacy one can see that, in the back, House's office is visible hence the curtains are already wide open again.

    • In the scene where House is eating lunch in the coma guys room with Wilson, after House says "Bros before hos, man," the camera angle shows you the back of Wilson's head and clearly he is scratching it. But when the camera quickly cuts to the front of Wilson, both of his hands are at his sides.

  • QUOTES (34)

    • Dr. Chase: No lesions, no aneurysms. Ironically, the mind of a killer looks completely normal.

    • House: Prep Clarence for surgery.
      Dr. Foreman: Care to share with the class?
      House: Oh, come on, do I have to spell it out for you? Pheochromocytoma. Actually, I'm not sure how you spell it.

    • House: Wilson's a fool. I'm an idiot.

    • House: I thought you convicts knew how to drink? You're at least three shots behind me. (takes another shot) Now you're four shots behind.
      Clarence: You better give me the next one, or I'm gonna kill you. (they both laugh)

    • Dr. Chase: How does an inmate on death row get his hands on heroin?
      Dr. Foreman: Are you serious?
      House: Man knows prisons. When we got a yachting question, we'll come to you.

    • Dr. Cuddy: What is it, Clarence?
      Clarence: My gut!
      Dr. Cuddy: Would you describe it as a shooting pain? A throbbing pain? Or maybe an imaginary pain because you don't want to go back to prison?

    • Clarence: (about Cameron) That's the finest piece I've seen in ten years.
      House: I could've hit that.
      Clarence: And you didn't?
      House: Eh.
      Clarence: Then you're the one that should be locked up.

    • Clarence: Man, are you drunk!
      House: Yes I am.

    • Dr. Cameron: (about her husband) I met him just after he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. If I hadn't married him... he was alone. When a good person dies, there should be an impact on the world. Somebody should notice. Somebody should be upset.

    • Stacy: If you didn't want me working here, why didn't you just say so?
      House: I don't want you working right here. In my office. But anywhere else in the building is fine. It's a really big hospital.

    • House: She's got metastatic squamous cell lung cancer, six months, tops.
      Dr. Cameron: Have you even looked at the x-ray?
      House: No, just guessing. It's a new game. If it's wrong, she gets a stuffed bear.
      Dr. Cameron: A spot on a x-ray doesn't necessarily mean that she's terminal.
      House: I love children. So filled with hope.

    • House: Somebody left this (file) on my chair. Clever - forces me to either deal with the file or never sit down again.

    • Dr. Cuddy: It was just a consult? Did you expect us to shut down an entire floor for this guy?
      House: Did you do something to your hair?
      Stacy: You said you cleared it with (Cuddy)...
      House: Come on. You've known me how long and you still don't know when I'm joshin' ya?

    • Warden: Your patient shanked one inmate his first month here, broke another one's neck, nearly decapitated one of my guards…
      House: Relax - I've got a great bedside manner.

    • Dr. Foreman: Aren't there better ways to spend our time?
      House: Good question. What makes a person deserving? Is a man who cheats on his wife more deserving than a man who kills his wife?
      Dr. Foreman: Uh… yeah. Actually, he is.
      House: What about a child molester? Certainly not a good guy, but he didn't kill anybody. Maybe he can get antibiotics, but no MRIs. What about you? What medical care should you be denied for being a car thief? Tell you what: the three of you work out a list of what medical treatments a person loses based on the crime they committed. I'll review it when I get back.

    • Stacy: I met Mark at a fundraiser that happened to be held at a...
      House: You met me at a strip club.
      Stacy: You were the worst two dollars I ever spent.

    • James: You can't go in there.
      House: Who are you, and why are you wearing a tie?
      James: I'm Dr. Cuddy's new assistant. Can I tell her what it's regarding?
      House: Yes. I would like to know why she gets a secretary and I don't.
      James: I'm her assistant, not her secretary. I graduated from Rutgers.
      House: Hmm. I didn't know they had a secretarial school. Well, I hope you took some classes in sexual harassment law. Does the word "ka-ching" mean anything to you? I'm going in now.

    • Dr. Chase: I don't agree with the death penalty in principle. In practice, however, I'd rather watch a murderer die than really annoy my boss.

    • Dr. Cuddy: So, what---everyone lies, except convicted murderers?

    • (about Stacy)
      House: What? Mommy and Daddy are fighting, doesn't mean we've stopped loving you. Now go out and play--bring Daddy some smokes and an arterial blood gas.

    • House: Little busy right now. Getting my drink on.

    • (on death row patient)
      House: I have to make him all better for the state to kill him. Is it me or does that seem ironic?

    • House: Fine, Chase it is.
      Dr. Chase: What possible reason could you have for sending me, other than the fact that you want to make me completely miserable?

    • House: Figuring requires deductive reason – I'm figuring you're doing no figuring.

    • House: I know you like (Stacy), but there's a code-–bros before hos, man!

    • Dr. Wilson: Do you know why people are nice to other people?
      House: Oh, I know this one! Because people are good, decent and caring. Either that, or people are cowards. If I'm mean to you, you'll be mean to me. Mutually-assured destruction.
      Dr. Wilson: Exactly.

    • Dr. Wilson: The man's in a coma!
      House: He doesn't mind – I asked.
      Dr. Wilson: You're getting crumbs on him!

    • Clarence: My gut - it feels like it's getting stabbed!
      House: Well, he would know.

    • Dr. Cameron: Black defendants are ten times more likely to get a death sentence then white.
      Dr. Foreman: Doesn't mean we need to get rid of the death penalty – we just need to kill more white people.

    • Dr. Cameron: I took an oath to do no harm.
      House: Well, it's not like you signed it or anything.

    • House: You know how people say you can't live without love. Well, oxygen is even more important.

    • House: Nolo? I don't want to say anything bad about another doctor, especially a useless drunk.
      Dr. Cuddy: You're addicted to pain pills.
      House: But not useless.

    • Dr. Cuddy: You don't have access to the hospital mainframe.
      House: No, but "Partypants" does.
      Dr. Cuddy: You stole my password?
      House: Hardly counts as stealing. Pretty obvious choice.

    • Dr. Foreman: What, don't you have an opinon?
      House: Everyone has an opinion.

  • NOTES (5)


    • House: There's Waldo.
      "Where's Waldo" is a familiar puzzle book series that makes readers "find" the little character Waldo, who is "hiding" in various crowded scenes.

    • House: Ruh-roh!
      Doing Scooby Doo, the famed mystery-solving Great Dane.

    • House: Gandhi didn't march to the sea because his buddies asked him to. Pol Pot didn't wipe out the teachers because he wanted to make friends.
      Gandhi marched 248 miles in 1930 to protest a tax on salt. Pol Pot was the leader of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the mid 70s, who 'restructured' society, excluding educated and educators by executing them.

    • House: You just made a completely seamless jump from anger to bargaining.
      This refers to the five stages of death or grief, made famous by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in her 1969 book On Death And Dying.

    • House: I still don't treat Cindylou Who.
      Cindylou Who is the littlest Who in Whoville, from How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss.

    • House: What's with hiring a male secretary? J-Date not working out? is an on-line dating service specifically targeting Jewish people.