Season 2 Episode 20

Euphoria (1)

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 02, 2006 on FOX
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When a police officer with a gunshot wound to the head and uncontrollable laughter is admitted, House and the team are baffled. When Foreman begins showing the same symptoms, they race to determine the cause of the illness before Foreman's condition takes the same path.

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  • "Get out of my temporal lobe, House."

    Every season of a show seems to have those classic episodes that the show is judged upon.. Season 1 had Three Stories, and Season 2 has both parts of Euphoria. It's one thing when you have a patient that the doctors are dealing with, but it's another when one of the doctors you've spent a couple years getting used to and growing to know.

    All of the storylines built up from the previous couple of episodes paid off, especially the argument between Cameron and Foreman about being colleagues or friends. As Foreman's health decreases, the tension rises and you start to wonder whether or not Foreman might actually die.

    The writing is top notch here, and the big reveal about what's causing Foreman's illness doesn't come right away, which gives us time to get more into Foreman's head and figure out the relationship between him and his parents, as well as him and the rest of the team.

    We also get to see that House actually might care for his patients, especially when he knows them and has gotten to know them over the last few years. This episode was definitely revealing, well written, acted, directed and was just overall one of the strongest episodes of House to date.moreless
  • One of the most brilliant episodes ever...

    This is one of the best episodes of House, and that is saying something this Season!

    For the first time since Histories, DNR and (possibley) the first episode of this Season, we saw more development in Foreman. It was a testiment to the acting skills of the dry Omar Epps that you see the fear in his eyes when he develops the same symptoms as his patient. It was also interesting to see just how much House cared- the look on his face said it all.

    Also the audience gets to see the consequences of Foreman and Cameron's little spat two episodes ago, as it built into an extraordinary climax with Foreman trying to infect Cameron to save himself. He was very selfish, but also very scared and I don't necessarily see him as a bad character.

    Overall, with the patient dying at the end, the viewer is left in suspense for the next episode. A brilliantly written and dramatic episode; the first House two parter.moreless
  • The first half of one of the best House episodes ever....

    In the first half of one of the highpoints of season two, a policeman is admitted to House's care after being hit in the head with multiple bullet fragments with a case of euphoria to boot. What begins as a complex medical "whodunit" case ends up a very personal fight for House and his team as Foreman contracts the policeman's illness and fights for his life as well.

    "Euphoria (1)" sees House in a vulnerable state and, in a very un-House manner, worrying immensely about the condition and future of one of his team members. Usually, House does not care about his patients enough to really worry about their condition (but contrast to what he would like to believe, he really does care a little) and often takes risks to cure them. However, here in "Euphoria (1)" (and "Euphoria (2)" for that matter) House plays things uncharacteristically safe and becomes desperate with trying to figure out how to save Foreman. You really feel the tension and fear in the air as House and his team tries to solve the deadly mystery of what is eating the policeman and Foreman's brains - and feel the pain and angst as Foreman tries to solve it himself and deal with ones of life's surest possibilities: death.moreless
  • One of the best episodes of House M.D.

    This episode was surprisingly amazing, at first I was wondering why this was a Part 2 towards the beginning, but when Foreman got sicker, who knows where they will take this show. I love the morgue scene when he shoots the dead person. "I shot him, he's dead" I also love the part when the corpse is in the MRI, that must of sucked when the bullets got of of his skull, another one of my favorite parts is when Foreman injects Cameron and after all that Cameron still cares about him. Then she gets the things & House surprises her. Anyways the cop dies which was so sad, anyways a great episode. !!!!moreless
  • Competely thrilling!!

    One of the best episodes of the series so far. Now that House, Chase, Cameron and now Foreman have had centric storylines, it may be time for Cuddy or Wilson next season. I mean House had the Stacy-arc, Chase was the mole for Volger, Cameron had an AIDS scare and Foreman has a life-threatening illness.

    Back to the episode, it was nerve-wracking right the way through and the cliffhanger at the end was answered superbly in Part 2. I have to say the intro was weird IN A GOOD WAY - The police officer got shot and continued laughing hysterically and then Foreman laughed hysterically after visiting the guys apartment was scary! How can anyone live in that pile of crap he calls his house?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 (2)

    • At the end of the episode, Foreman finally gives up doing CPR on police officer Joe. When the camera temporarily shows House walking away, Foreman can be seen doing CPR in the window reflection again, but when the camera returns to showing Foreman directly, he is back to doing nothing.

    • When the policeman was shot, the bullet bounced off and hit him near the head. But there were no signs of bruises or scab marks on the area where it bounced.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • House: Chase, stick your fingers in there (a patients brain's) and grope around until you find it. Wait, when you turn him into a vegetable there'll be frivolous lawsuits, you know what would be better? A contrast MRI, do we have one of those?
      Dr. Chase: You can't do an MRI, if the bullet fragments are magnetic, they'll move around and rip his brains out.
      House: Well, let's flip a coin, head: MRI, tails: he dies.

    • Dr. Foreman: Police-issue Kevlar vests don't have the ceramic plate insert that would shatter a bullet, they would just catch it. So the bullet shattered on its own, meaning Baby Shoes was using .38 calibre hollow points which, unfortunately, are ferromagnetic.
      (everyone stares at Foreman)
      House: It's just so cool that you know that.

    • Police Officer Joe: (laughing) You have the right to remain...stupid!
      Baby Shoes: Watch the gun.
      Police Officer Joe: Anything you have to say will be completely incomprehensible... (still laughing hysterically)

    • Dr. Foreman: (about his father) He's not proud of me, he's proud of Jesus. Everything I do right is God's work, everything I do wrong is my own damn fault.

    • (House is checking morgue toe-tags)
      Dr. Chase: What are you looking for?
      House: I called my mom, she didn't pick up.

    • Dr. Cameron: The chance of infection is next to nothing
      House: Yeah, I was never that great at math, but next to nothing is higher than nothing, right?

    • Dr. Foreman: Drugs?
      Dr. Chase: He's a cop.
      Dr. Foreman: Good point. How about...drugs?

    • House: He did, however get hit by a bullet. Just mentioning...
      Dr. Cameron: He was shot?
      House: No – somebody threw it at him.

    • Dr. Cameron: Reliable witness?
      House: His name's "Baby Shoes." How bad can he be?

    • Dr. Foreman: What's Dr. Cameron wearing?
      Joe: Dark blue pants, white shirt, black shoes.
      Dr. Foreman: Ooh, almost. Except for the pants, shirt, and shoes. You're blind.

    • House: I've got a disability.
      Haines: These are speeding tickets.
      House: Lot of emergencies.

    • House: Foreman, policeman are our friends. If you and I ever get separated shopping...

    • Dr. Cuddy: (to House) I can't even imagine the backward logic you used to rationalize shooting a corpse.
      House: Well if I shot a live person there's a lot more paperwork.
      Dr. Cuddy: Then it won't be a problem for you to stand beside a casket, and explain why a cancer patient has a bullet hole in his head.

    • Dr. Foreman: So I'm just a regular patient now?
      House: No. You get your own thermometer.

    • Dr. Chase: You want to give Foreman a brain biopsy?
      House: Come on, really, who doesn't?

    • House: Hey, I'm just messing with your head. Mother's maiden name?
      Dr. Foreman: Get out of my temporal lobe, House.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode was nominated for a Emmy Award for Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing for a Series.

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: May 17, 2007 on SBS 6
      Bulgaria: June 12, 2007 on NOVA
      The Czech Republic: October 8, 2007 on TV Nova
      Belgium: November 1, 2007 on KanaalTwee

    • On its premiere this and the second part aired over two consecutive nights as a "special event."

    • Scott Michael Campbell, the actor who played Police Officer Joe in this episode was also in the movie Flight of the Phoenix with Hugh Laurie.