Season 1 Episode 7


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 28, 2004 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Two men are out jogging -- one of them returns back to his wife and discovers her dead asleep and brings her to the clinic. The doctors are puzzled by her symptoms. They consider everything from tumors to breast cancer to rabbit fever. When all the treatments fail, House concludes she has African sleeping sickness. However, neither the woman nor her husband could possibly have ever been to Africa. The woman will die without the proper treatment, but neither one will admit to having an affair.moreless

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  • Too much love will kill you

    I'm just the pieces of the man I used to be

    Too many bitter tears are raining down on me

    I'm far away from home

    And I've been facing this alone

    For much too long

    I feel like no-one ever told the truth to me

    About growing up and what a struggle it would be

    In my tangled state of mind

    I've been looking back to find

    Where I went wrong

    Too much love will kill you

    If you can't make up your mind

    Torn between the lover

    And the love you leave behind

    You're headed for disaster

    'cos you never read the signs

    Too much love will kill you

    Every time

    I'm just the shadow of the man I used to be

    And it seems like there's no way out of this for me

    I used to bring you sunshine

    Now all I ever do is bring you down

    How would it be if you were standing in my shoes

    Can't you see that it's impossible to choose

    No there's no making sense of it

    Every way I go I'm bound to lose

    Too much love will kill you

    Just as sure as none at all

    It'll drain the power that's in you

    Make you plead and scream and crawl

    And the pain will make you crazy

    You're the victim of your crime

    Too much love will kill you

    Every time

    Too much love will kill you

    It'll make your life a lie

    Yes, too much love will kill you

    And you won't understand why

    You'd give your life, you'd sell your soul

    But here it comes again

    Too much love will kill you

    In the end...

    In the end. The best episode by farmoreless
  • One of the more serious episodes...

    This was by far the most serious episodes of House so far, as we see the depth of love for a couple, and the effect of trust on a relationship.

    There were some nice scenes between Cameron and House this episode, and we gain some great insight into Camerons past, learning for the first time about the death of her husband when she was just 21. This gains some greater understanding in the "niceness" that she has in her character, and this small, underplayed development, is a key stepping stone in future developments.

    The House/Wilson moments were again cleverly crafted, as we see for the first time Wilson's "needyness", and experience how different his relationship with House is compared to his other relationships. The scene in the clinic was also quite funny, although not as funny as recent episodes. We also see Foreman's disgruntledness- and this is another stepping stone to build on in future episodes.

    It was also a very interesting case, with twists and turns to the very last scene. It was quite refreshing that this was the first "affair" case in the series, about 6 episodes in, as lots of dramas overuse this plotline

    All in all, it was another great installment, although oddly not my favourite episode. For some reason, I always get tempted to skip this one when it comes on my DVD- which is strange because there are some great acting, both from the patient story and the regular cast members, and some great character development. Not my favourite, but still greater than your average drama.moreless
  • Right up there as Seasons One's top episodes

    IMO the second best episode produced from Season 1. I really enjoyed it! Kept me guessing all the way till the end. The sickness chosen for the episode was one I had never heard of and due to that, I found it interesting. The plot for the episode was pretty juicy, i could almost sink my teeth in to it and how it finished with the Prison Break guy making those crunch decisions. Made me wonder if i would actually do that, if I were in his shoes. Highlight performance in this episode would have to go to Dr Cameron, she was magniv! Definently made me stop and think forsure and definently an ace episode :Dmoreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show house a man is jogging and he comes back and he thinks his wife is dead and she is rushed to the hospital but they test everything they can till they realize that house may think she has the african sleeping sickness and he wants to know which one is cheating on the other becasue no one has been to africa this was a good ep and it was very interesting i thought and that is why i gave a 8.5 and besides being one of the best of the first season i thoughtmoreless
  • Excellent...One of the Best House episodes...

    In this episode, two men are jogging and one comes home to his wife to see her dead asleep. This amazing episode reveals riveting symptoms for his wife, and a shocking twist towards the end that reveals an African disease. This is a great episode...a 'fine example' of how House solves cases very easily.
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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (26)

    • House: A Portuguese man was diagnosed three years ago with C.N.S.-affected sleeping sickness. His only connection with Africa was through a girlfriend who'd served with the military in Angola.
      Dr. Chase: Boy. Where'd you find that?
      House: The Journal of the Instituto de Higiene e Medicinia Tropical. You don't read Portuguese?
      Dr. Cameron: You do?
      House: Pretty sure that's what it said. Either that or it was an ad for sunglasses.

    • House: You check her E.K.G. results before she left the other day?
      Dr. Wilson: You ordered it.
      House: You're the responsible one.

    • (Speaking to Wilson and Cuddy about Cuddy)
      House: She's all upset 'cause we paid more attention to the other girl. You check out her ass. I've got the chest.

    • Dr. Cuddy: It takes two department heads to treat shortness of breath? What, do the complications increase exponentially with cup size?

    • Dr. Wilson: I'm not gonna date a patient's daughter.
      House: Very ethical. Of course, most married men would say they don't date at all.

    • House: Fever. Clinical depression does not cause fever.
      Dr. Foreman: She could be sick and depressed.
      House: She's sick. Dammit, why didn't I think of that?

    • House: You can't be that good and well-adjusted.
      Dr. Cameron: Why?
      House: Because you wind up crying over centrifuges.
      Dr. Cameron: Or hating people...

    • House: It's a very sad thing, an uncalibrated centrifuge. It makes me cry too.

    • House: As long as you're trying to be good, you can do whatever you want.
      Dr. Wilson: And as long as you're not trying, you can say whatever you want.
      House: So between us, we can do anything. We can rule the world!

    • Dr. Wilson: I love my wife.
      House: You certainly love saying it.

    • House: I don't ask why patients lie - I just assume they all do.

    • House: You coughed the other day. I was concerned.
      Dr. Cameron: You were curious. Like an eight-year old boy with a puzzle that's just a little too grown-up for him to figure out.
      House: To-may-toe, to-mah-toe.

    • Dr. Cameron: You want me to ask a man whose wife is about to die if he cheated on her?
      House: No, I want you to be polite and let her die.

    • Dr. Foreman: Sleeping sickness from sex?
      House: It's not without precedent.
      Dr. Foreman: I'm pretty sure it is, unless you're talking about going to Africa and having sex with the tsetse fly.

    • House: You told me you hadn't changed your diet or exercise. Were you lying?
      Samantha: Lying?
      House: Does your husband have high blood pressure?
      Samantha: My husband?
      House: Yeah, see, if you're going to repeat everything I say, this conversation's going to take twice as long.

    • Dr. Cuddy: The tests were normal. Of course, that's just my opinion. You might want to call a couple of guys from Maintenance in for a consult.

    • House: So what's her name and when do I get to meet her?
      Dr. Wilson: There's nobody! Give it up!
      House: Your lips say no, but your shoes say yes.
      Dr. Wilson: They're French. You can't trust a word they say.

    • Dr. Foreman: How come (House) doesn't ride you guys?
      Dr. Chase: He's got a crush on you. He just doesn't know how to show it.

    • Dr. Foreman: Why are you riding on me?
      House: It's what I do. Has it gotten worse lately?
      Dr. Foreman: Yeah. Seems to me.
      House: Really? Well, that rules out the race thing. You were just as black last week.

    • Dr. Foreman: We looked at everything else
      Dr. Wilson: Did you look at her breasts?
      (Cameron glares)
      House: Men...

    • Cuddy: (to House) You're ordering tests to cover your lechery. Interesting.

    • House: You want to look pretty. At work. (singing) Wilson's got a girlfriend . . .

    • Dr. Wilson: Well. That's what breasts look like.

    • Samantha: (My breasts) were a present for my husband's 40th. I figured he'd enjoy them more than a sweater.
      House: That's so sweet.

    • House: Husband described her as being unusually irritable recently.
      Dr. Cameron: And . . . ?
      House: I didn't realize it was possible for a woman to be "unusually" irritable.
      Dr. Cameron: Nice try, but you're a misanthrope, not a misogynist.

    • House: Clinical depression. Incredibly contagious. Every time I'm around one of them, I get blue.

  • NOTES (2)

    • On the TV after House finishes watching his soap and the credits roll, there are in-joke references to staff members Marcy G. Kaplan (Associate Producer, Co-Producer), Geoffrey Colo (Publicity Manager), and Cindy Carr (Wardrobe, Set Decorator).

    • Original title: "Truth or Consequences"