Season 2 Episode 5

Daddy's Boy

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 08, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A Princeton student who is graduating suffers a seizure while partying at a frat house. House's parents also drop by to see their son.

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  • House's parents...

    I thought the medical case in this episode was fantastic- I was very interested in the unusual shock like symptons, and the lies between the father and son. It was touching at the end when the father comforted his son, raising the question if its okay to lie in certain situations.

    Tying into this, we get to meet House's parents for the first time, interesting the rest of the staff, in particular Cameron. I thought it was a poignant moment when House admitted he hated his father to Cuddy, and demonstrated a little of House's interior, and perhaps upbringing. The episode was also very funny in places- House and Wilson provided the main laughs again, especially in their manipulation of each other. There friendship is superb, and I think their connection goes deeper than what we have seen so far.

    Overall, this was a great episode, with an interesting case and subplot merging with one another. My only complaint was that I was hoping for more insight into House's parents, as we only gained a small teaser- I don't buy that House hates his dad just because his dad tells the truth.moreless
  • House's parents come to visit.

    This episode reminds me of the saying, "Curiosity kills the cat" and when Cameron is curious about House's parent they killed the cat, that makes no sense, but to the point, a very well planned out episode, and at the end, your not really sure if the patient lives or dies. Sort of an unsolved cliffhanger, I like how House & Wilson compromise & it turns out Wilson lied referring to borrowing money. I also like how Cameron was checking for fungus in that man's groins & his boss thought she was a prostitute, that was my favorite part! Another thing, that kid does not look 22, he looks more like 16. A great conception!moreless
  • I loved this story. Father works hard for his son to achieve only to accidentally poison him and a friend later.

    In this story, we initally see a college partying and drinking when he breaks out into what looks like a seizure. As is natural for the show, the doctors have various diagnosis and runs this test and that test and can't find what ails the college student. When they asked the father what he does, he tells them he owns a construction company instead of what he really does, which is residing over a junk yard which his son and a friend of his, also sick, work at, every now and then. The father finally tells him the truth about the junkyard situation including the fact that he gave his son a souvenir of sorts from the junkyard in order to remind him of where he came from. House and the crew go looking for the "souvenir" and find that radiation is radiating from it which is the cause of his sickness. The team do what they can, but the lower his body defenses drop, basically the closer he is to death. It's a sad unfortunate story of a single father trying to do the right by his son as he grows up and ends up inadventertly having a hand in his own son's impending death which is a heavy cross to bear. We also get a peek of House's family dynamics, and seeing that made me love his character even more, because it makes me think of my own parents, and I think we also see a calmer more reflective side to House. Overall, I give this show an above average rating. It wasn't a big bang, but I think most definitely worth tuning into.moreless
  • The episode was kind of bleh.

    This episode felt kind of uneven. They had a patient storyline which was gripping, but it felt like they didn't do that much with it. We didn't even get to find out how it ended. I was a bit annoyed that they didn't give the storyline the room that it deserved.

    Too much of the focus was on the storyline with House's parents. I didn't like getting to see his parents or getting the big insight storyline. House's parents, and his relationship with them, is not something I'm very interested in - it's much more interesting when we get to picture it for ourselves. It annoys me that they took the first steps on the "he's not really a jerk, he's just had a hard time" path. They've avoided it in the past, by not blaming it on his leg. In real life some people are simply jerks, not every unpleasant person has the big sob story. But for some reason TV seems to have the big need to make us feel sorry for all non-nice characters. I liked House better when he was just a jerk.

    And Cameron is far too annoying. What is she doing butting in when House's parents come to visit? She's nosy and bratty. Can't they get rid of her already? She's really getting on my nerves.moreless
  • Review

    The meeting of Houses parents went by without too much drama that told us anything about Houses past other then the fact that he hates his father because his father told the truth too much of the time. I think there might be more to that story, but I doubt we will learn anything new for quite some time. I thought that the Cameron-House interactions have pretty much taken a hault, except for the few random scenes where Cameron is spying on House while he is eating dinner with his parents. Theres no doubt that she still has something for him, I just wish the writers would make a decision of if they would get together or not. I hate that every week it feels like the same story - Cameron is obsessed with House, yet nothing happens about it excpet for a few butterflies in her stomach. I just think the story is getting old. The case in this one was random, with the father and son not being able to tell the truth which may have cost the son his life. I thought the episode was comical, but the drama was a little weaker in this episode then it should have been. Had House and company had dinner with Houses parents, maybe then it would have been a little bit bettermoreless
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

R. Lee Ermey

R. Lee Ermey

John House

Guest Star

Clifton Powell

Clifton Powell

Ken Hall

Guest Star

Wil Horneff

Wil Horneff


Guest Star

Diane Baker

Diane Baker

Blythe House

Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom

O.R. Nurse

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Dr. Wilson: We're discussing your new patient.
      House: Must be a boring discussion, considering that I haven't accepted a new patient.

    • House: You lie to your mother?
      Dr. Cuddy: Only since I was twelve!

    • House: (hearing serious news about patient on phone) Check it again. I'll be right there.
      Dr. Cuddy: What happened?
      House: Apparently I can save money by switching to another long-distance carrier.

    • Dr. Cameron: (talking about House) Why does he hate seeing his parents? So his dad tells the truth, he can't handle that?
      Dr. Wilson: He hates being a disappointment.
      Dr. Cameron: He's a doctor, world-famous! How disappointed can they be?
      Dr. Wilson: You know what I figure is worse than watching your son become crippled? Watching him be miserable.

    • House: You - intravenous broad spectrum antibiotics. You - get cervical, thoracic, and lumbar T2 weighted fast spin echo MRIs. And you - track down all the other Richie Riches who went to Jamaica. See if any of them have the shocks, the trots, or the hots.

    • Dr. Foreman: You have no evidence to support a poisoning diagnosis.
      House: Which is why it's going to be so cool when I turn out to be right.

    • Dr. Wilson: If you have the money then why did you need the loan?
      House: I didn't. I just wanted to see if you'd give it to me. I've been borrowing increasing amounts ever since you lent me $40 a year ago. Ummm, a little experiment to see where you'd draw the line.
      Dr. Wilson: You're…you're trying to objectively measure how much I value our friendship.
      House: It's five grand – you got nothing to be ashamed of.

    • Dr. Wilson: Now, be a grown-up and either tell Mommy and Daddy you don't want to see them, or I'm picking you up at seven for dinner.
      House: What do you mean? You just said…?
      Dr. Wilson: I lied. I've been lying to you in increasing amounts ever since I told you you looked good unshaved a year ago. It's a little experiment, you know, to see where you'd draw the line.

    • Dr. Wilson: Two-wheeled vehicles that travel 150 miles an hour don't really go well with crippled irresponsible drug addicts.
      House: Actually, two-wheeled vehicles that go 180 miles an hour do not go well with healthy responsible architects who don't know how to separate breaking and turning. Good news is, it brings the price right down.

    • House: Good morning!
      Dr. Foreman: It's almost noon.
      House: Really? Must be why I'm so hungry. Who's up for lunch?

    • Dr. Cameron: Why would you need $5,000?
      Dr. Chase: Bad night at poker or great night with a hooker.
      House: Thank you for saving me the trouble of deflecting that personal question with a joke.

    • House: When I said I'd do anything for the money, I obviously didn't mean it.

    • Dr. Cameron: Who was that?
      House: Angelina Jolie. I call her "Mom." Who thinks that's sexy?

    • Dr. Wilson: You used me to avoid seeing your parents.
      House: What do you care?
      Dr. Wilson: I don't - I just thought it might be interesting to find out why.
      House: You could have just asked.
      Dr. Wilson: You would have lied.
      House: You would have believed me…which would have kept us both happy.

    • Dr. Cameron: You're not curious?
      Dr. Chase: I'm curious about crocs, but I don't stick my head in their mouths.

    • House: Get me out of this and I'll tell you who started the rumor about you being a transsexual.
      Dr. Cuddy: There is no such rumor.
      House: There will be...unless you get me out of this dinner.

    • House: Mom, it's great to see you.
      Blythe House: Oh, Greg, don't lie.

    • John House: Last I checked, you have two legs.
      House: (holds up cane) Three, actually.

    • Dr. Cameron: What's with the jacket?
      House: It keeps me warm and (flicks his hair) cool. How does it know?

    • Dr. Foreman: (about House's parents) It's dinner. It's sixty minutes, most of which will be spent chewing. Unless they say something like, "Do you prefer the chardonnay or the merlot? And, oh, by the way, we kept Greg locked in the closet for 17 years," you're not going to learn anything interesting.

  • NOTES (2)


    • House: Track down all the other Richie Riches who went to Jamaica.
      Richie Rich, "The Poor Little Rich Boy", is a fictional character who first appeared in comic books published by Harvey Comics in 1953. He became their biggest hit in the 1960s. His animated television debut was in 1980, and his live-action debut was in Richie Rich (1994), starring Macaulay Culkin.

    • House: Get me out of this and I'll tell you who started the rumor about you being a transsexual.
      Lisa Edelstein who plays Dr. Cuddy, played transexual client Cindy McCauliff on Ally McBeal.

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