Season 1 Episode 11


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 15, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

While trying to figure out why a young patient won't stop bleeding after a car wreck, House takes Cuddy's challenge and goes off Vicodin for a week in exchange for no clinic duty for a month. If House and his team can't determine the source of his patient's blood loss, the 16-year-old car victim will die in a matter of days. As House's withdrawal symptoms become more and more severe, his patient directives for his patient are more harsh and risky than usual, and Foreman and Cameron are afraid he may not be thinking clearly enough to save the patient's life.moreless

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  • this is a good ep

    in this ep of the show house there is a 16 year old that comes in from bleeding to much and then house in this ep goes and makes a deal with cuddy that he can make it with out taken his pills for his pain and so makes deal he can make it with out them for a week and so he condistion becomes more worse and his asstans think he condition that he is in is stoping him from making clear decision to save the patient and that he will die this was a good ep i thoughtmoreless
  • One of the most dramatic episodes of the seasons.

    This episode of House was painful to watch, with two extremely dramatic plots. First, House is challenged to a deal, where he has to stay off his pain medication for a week to prove that he isn\'t addicted. He manages to complete the week, but with great difficulty; he finally admits that he is addicted. Although he needs the medication for his pain, he decides that this is the way he wants to live, because he\'s still healthy.

    Meanwhile, a 16 year old boy, son of a man whose wife died of cancer, fights for his life. This episode is unique, because the mystery of his illness is not discovered until later, and there is controversy about whether House really has a straight mind while he is off his medication. You don\'t find out whether the patient lives or dies until the very end, nor do you have much of an idea.

    This episode is one of my personal favorites.moreless
  • House saves the day and win the bet so 1 month off clinic duty even thought we found out he's actually addicted to the drugs.

    Well what can I say about this, even when House is De-toxin he’s still able to save the patient, still I liked the story line he is addicted to pain-medication but won’t admit it’s a problem. Still we found out at the end it was his friends idea not the women but he managed to skip 1 month clinic duty. Now that’s a good bet he won.

    Foreman, well nothing ever changes with him but Cameron for once in her life actually followed House into wrong thing, he was trying to teach her lesson I hope she learned, I mean surely she should learn to question House’s decision if it doesn’t make sense to her. Still next week episode might be interesting.

    Cat autopsy, is there anything House wouldn’t do? I know it helped find the cure but I have to wonder how far he will go with it. His hands shaking when he did it and Cameron just standing there just shows how well she knows him, she knew that no-way if she offered help he would been very angry at her.

  • Detox was a great episode! We got to see a side of House we knew existed but until now, were unsure if EVERYONE knew about his addiction to the vicodin. Well done!moreless

    AWESOME! I really enjoyed watching House bicker with not only the other patients and Lisa Cuddy, But his inner demons as well. I believe that this episode did NOT promote or encourage drug addiction, but made clear that NO ONE is exempt from the grasp addiction can have on some people.
  • This episode was what I thought to be fantastic. Here in Australia the commercials for it said it was: “The performance that earned him (Hugh) an Emmy nomination”

    This episode was what I thought to be fantastic. Here in Australia the commercials for it said it was:

    “The performance that earned him (Hugh) an Emmy nomination”

    And after this episode I’d have to agree.

    I think that this episode had a lot of character development for both House and Cameron.

    House was given the challenge to give up his pain killers for a week; in return he would get a month off clinic duty. During this week, he goes through the typical withdrawal symptoms. When he is given an ‘easy’ way out, he is faced with an important decision. Take the pills or don’t take the pills.

    It’s no surprise that withdrawal symptoms are HELL on House, and yet he takes the hard option and ditches the pills. At the end he announces that YES he is an addict but he doesn’t see it as a problem. Is this fear? Or just plain stubbornness?

    We learn the strength that House has, and his determination to prove others wrong, which is also an example of his inner strengths.

    Cameron is faced with an important decision of her own. Believe House and do what he says even if she believe sits wrong, or go against his wishes and do what she thinks is best.

    Though out the episode she has to fight the demons within herself to make her decisions… what’s more important?

    I found the episode to be quite fantastic! I loved it! But then again what’s not to love about House?

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Nicholas D'Agosto

Nicholas D'Agosto

Keith Foster

Guest Star

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried


Guest Star

Maurice Godin

Maurice Godin

Dr. Hourani

Guest Star

Marco Pelaez

Marco Pelaez


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • For this episode only, House's desk has a metal top rather than a glass one. This allows him to ram the pestle into his hand without breaking the desktop.

    • House says he is doing an autopsy on a cat. Technically the animal equivalent of an autopsy is a "necropsy."

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Dr. Cuddy: It's not just your leg. You wanna get high. You're doing, what, 80 milligrams a day?
      House: No. That's way too much. Moderation is the key. Unless there's pain.
      Dr. Cuddy: It's double what you were taking when I hired you.
      House: 'Cause you're twice as annoying.

    • Dr. Cuddy: I'll give you a week off clinic duty if you can go a week off narcotics.
      House: No way! I love the clinic.
      Dr. Cuddy: You love the pills. Two weeks.
      House: Pills don't make me high. They make me neutral.
      Dr. Cuddy: A month.
      House: You're on, mister.

    • House: If the artery expands, the clot might move on its own. That's very creative. Why didn't you mention this before?
      Dr. Chase: Well, I... I didn't think of it before.
      House: You should've.

    • Dr. Foreman: I took this job to work with you, not cover your ass. Your Vicodin.
      House: And your solution is to give me drugs. That's interesting.
      Dr. Foreman: No. Now I'm covering my ass. Take your pills before you kill this kid.

    • Dr. Cameron: But there isn't a treatment for Hepatitis E - either he'll get better on his own, or he'll continue to deteriorate.
      House: Yeah, I went to medical school, too.

    • Dr. Cuddy: You know, there are other ways to manage pain.
      House: Like what, laughter? Meditation? Got a guy who can fix my third chakra?

    • Dr. Wilson: You alienate people.
      House: I've been alienating people since I was three.
      Dr. Wilson: Oh, come on! Drop it! You don't think you've changed in the last few years?
      House: Well, of, of course I have. I've gotten older. My hair's gotten thinner. Sometimes I'm bored, sometimes I'm lonely, sometimes I wonder what it all means.

    • House: Of course I've changed!
      Dr. Wilson: And everything's the leg? Nothing's the pills? They haven't done a thing to you?
      House: They let me do my job, and they take away my pain.

    • Dr. Wilson: You learn anything?
      House: Yeah, I'm an addict.
      Dr. Wilson: Uh, okay.

    • House: (waves cane) Chicks dig this - it's better than a puppy!

    • Mr. Foster: What is your problem?
      House: Bum leg - what's yours?

    • Dr. Wilson: (to House) I am here in case you take shots from the clock tower.

    • House: You do that surgery, you'll be killing a mother of four.
      Dr. Cuddy: Father of three.
      House: I was guessing.

    • (after House sneezes on the surgery cloths)
      Anesthesiologist: There's no way we can do this surgery now.
      Dr. Hourani: Ya think!?!

    • (digging up a dead cat)
      Dr. Foreman: Four years of college, four of med school, two years of residency, another four of sub-specialty training. And where do I end up?
      Dr. Chase: Talking instead of digging.

    • Dr. Cameron: Yeah, I I trusted you.
      House: You always trust me. That's a big mistake.

    • House: I take risks - sometimes patients die. But not taking risks causes more patients to die. So I guess my biggest problem is I've been cursed with the ability to do the math.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Answer me.
      House: Nothing I could say is going to change how you feel, and nothing could come out of your reaction that is going to change what I plan to do. So I prefer to say nothing.
      Dr. Cuddy: So...that was you just saying nothing?
      House: Uh-huh.

    • Dr. Foreman: He's detoxing - can't you see he's out of his mind?
      House: That's what they said about Manson.

    • Dr. Foreman: You know, House shouldn't even be here.
      Dr. Chase: Because he said something inappropriate? If we sent him home every time he did that, we wouldn't need this office.

    • House: His liver is shutting down!
      Mr. Foster: What? What does that mean?
      House: It means he's better - he's ready to go home.

    • Dr. Wilson: God, she's beautiful!
      House: Because she's beautiful, I should do it? What kind of pathetic logic is that?!?
      Dr. Wilson: The envious, jealous "I'm married and I can't do anything" logic!

    • Dr. Wilson: She's hot so she's a hooker? What kind of pathetic logic is that?
      House: The envious, jealous "I never got any in high school" logic. Hello?!?

    • House: I had a massage.
      Dr. Chase: Looks like you had a masseuse.

    • House: What are you doing here? I thought we ruled out cancer.
      Dr. Wilson: I was lonely.
      House: Well go see Cuddy – she needs a friend.
      Dr. Wilson: That's funny – she said you might need one.

    • Dr. Cuddy: I can't protect you. Patients talk, doctors talk.
      House: About how big your ass has gotten lately? Not me – I defend it.

    • House: Internal bleeding after a car accident? Wow - that's shocking!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Dr. Wilson: No, I want to make sure you don't start firing shots from the clock tower.
      Refers to Charles Whitman, who on August 1, 1966, climbed to the top of the University of Texas Tower in Austin and began a shooting spree which lasted 96 minutes, killing 10 people and wounding 32 others.