Season 1 Episode 10


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

Dr. Foreman believes an uncooperative homeless woman is faking seizures to get a meal ticket at the teaching hospital. But her homelessness strikes a personal chord with Dr. Wilson and he grows determined to keep her from falling between the cracks. Her worsening symptoms prove to be a complex mystery for House and his team, but the mystery of her identity and medical history may hold the answers to saving her life. Just as the team suspects she has contagious meningitis, the woman goes missing, only to be tasered by the police, who bring her back. But House deduces the taser may have proven yet another diagnosis, with dire results. Meanwhile, House has an audience of two medical students who are learning how to do case studies.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Tear's were shed

    I actually did shed one. It was a beautiful thing Foreman did there at the end. Also it's nice to see both Foreman's and Wats.. pardon, Wilson's characters fleshed out some more.
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show house a women comes in for seziors but thing is formen thinks she is faking them to get a nice meal and clean stuff but thing is the others dont think so they start to look over stuff and think she is not faking them and they dont want her to fall between the cracks and so she goes missing when they go to do more tests she gets tazerd and so that opens up more possibitles but at the end when she leaves the hospital you realize she was faking them this was a good epmoreless
  • For first time in this series was too late to save her

    Last few week i have been complaining about episode well this week i kinda of like it mainly because House couldn't saved her, i'm sorry but you get tired of House always finding the cure on time but i can't believe House couldn't save her. This shows you, one thing that even House can't save all his patients. Rabies it's strange diease still i can't believe it was obvious, the bats was massive give-away. i figured out it could be that but i assume House would came to same conclusion which he did but it was too late.

    The other patient the girl who has amensia, i was really impressed by Dr.House's observation skills, he notice how each student clip-board caused the patient to make-up a story. The drawing were funny, the way he talking about women car-accident then at end he hold out a pin explaining how he managed to figure it out. That made me smile.

    i'm slowly understand his scasism toward medicine, if for moment u don't take him too seriously you kinda of enjoy it.

  • They lose a patient- cue tragic music- doctors bicker and eventually bond in a solemn final scene...

    This episode is notable for the fact that House fails to save the patient for the first time so far in the series. It is quite an emotional episode, watching the woman search for what turns out to be her dead family and realizing that she has been left all alone in the world. What is interesting is that Foreman at first dismissed her case, believing the worst of her, and his antipathy towards her is never fully explained- yet in the end, it is he who remains by her bedside, keeping a vigil as she dies. Wilson, who passionately championed her case, is conspicuously absent. What is good about this episode is the development of the interaction between Wilson and Foreman. The show is called House because he is the main character, but it enhances the show's dynamics to see the other characters interacting amongst themselves, and strengthens it overall.moreless
  • I can't think of a good summary. Just read my short review.

    The teaser about gave me a seizure, but after that I rather enjoyed the episode. I didn't quite get everything that was going on, but I may have been a little distracted with the internet. It's probably not a good idea to have the computer monitor on top of the TV.

    There were some funny lines and situations in this one. Especially with the anorexic girl with memory loss (I'll be lucky to even pronounce that medical term).

    Not my favorite, but good!moreless
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 (8)

    • House and his team diagnose bacterial meningitis. Bacterial meningitis is a medical emergency and has a high mortality rate if untreated. All suspected cases, however mild, need emergency medical attention. The best results to confirm BM are lumbar puncture and CSF analysis, which were not done in this case.

    • The cop said he used a taser gun on Victoria. However, taser guns are illegal in New Jersey. Very few cops are allowed to carry them.

    • The $100 bill that House tries to bribe the cop with is fake. The portrait of Ben Franklin is facing the wrong way.

    • Since the mid-1980s the standard treatment for rabies in the U.S. is one shot in the butt, similar to a penicillin shot, and five in the arm with a 3/4" needle. Done right, it's painless. The stomach shot seen here hasn't been used in a long time.

    • Getting the shots after the nerve symptoms show up is useless: at that point the brain is already involved and you are dead.

    • Foreman gets bitten on the hand and shows nerve tingling within hours. In reality, the first symptoms would take at least four days and could be a lot longer.

    • There is no lab test for rabies in living beings - the confirming diagnosis can only be done by post-mortem examination of the brain.

    • Given New Jersey is (real life) in the midst of a real on-going raccoon rabies epizootic, it takes a long time for them to diagnose rabies. The lack of fever, varying lucidity, sensitivity to sensory inputs, and the inability to swallow should have been dead giveaways, not to mention the bats.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Dr. Wilson: Fake low blood sugar. Now that's acting.

    • Dr. Wilson: You don't walk out of a room with ten milligrams of Haldol in your system, you don't walk at all.
      Dr. Foreman: It was ten milligrams, I gave it to her...
      Dr. Cuddy: It doesn't matter! Bacterial meningitis, highly contagious, if she is out of the hospital, we are so liable.
      Dr. Wilson: Not to worry. She'll be dead before she can kill anybody.

    • House: Wrong coat. The cape's in the closet, I had it cleaned.
      Dr. Foreman: Funny.

    • Dr. Chase: Why are we on this case?
      Dr. Cameron: Because Wilson asked House to do him a favor.
      Dr. Chase: I think House just wants to prove she's sick so Foreman will be wrong.
      Dr. Cameron: (with a sigh) Oh, you boys.

    • House: You gonna save her?
      Dr. Foreman: In her comics, Mr. Fury lives in Sloan Harbor. The night she came in, she was at a rave at 1408 Sloan Street.
      House: You've been reading. My, how you've changed.
      Dr. Cuddy: You are a doctor; do what doctors do. Pick up the phone, dial 911 and a cop on the other end does what cops do and finds the missing person! I assume the rest of you have doctor things to do. (to House) I know you do.

    • House: And you still think nothing's wrong with her.
      Dr. Foreman: Well, nothing's changed.
      House: We almost killed her–-that's different.

    • Dr. Cameron: A twitch could indicate a brain tumor.
      Dr. Foreman: Or about a dozen other things. Come on, there's two things homeless people are good at-–getting sick, and running scams. If you're so worried about it being a brain tumor, get her an MRI. When she's clear on that, then you can bounce her out of here.
      Dr. Wilson: Well, you've got her all figured out.
      Dr. Foreman: I've known a lot more homeless people than you have.
      Dr. Wilson: Yes, you've got that going for you.

    • Dr. Foreman: A tuberculoma doesn't give you a temperature of 105.
      Dr. Chase: Then it's a tuberculoma and something else.
      Dr. Wilson: The "something else" is going to melt her brain.
      House: "Poach." Better metaphor.

    • Dr. Foreman: Okay. Even if she's not faking, what's so fascinating about this case?
      House: At the moment, how much you don't want me to take it. That's pretty fascinating.

    • Dr. Foreman: Okay. Why are we on this case--just because Wilson asked?
      House: Do I need a better reason?
      Dr. Foreman: Most people wouldn't, you do.

    • House: And what is the treatment for advanced ovarian cancer?
      Dr. Foreman: Pine box.

    • House: Vomit.... it's still moist. What do you think, maybe a couple of days old?

    • Dr. Wilson: Didn't we have a conversation about friendship?
      House: Yeah – I had some follow-up questions.

    • Julia: I thought you were supposed to be listening to our patient histories?
      House: No, I'm supposed to be teaching you. If I can do that without listening, more power to me.

    • Chris: You're reading a comic book.
      House: And you're calling attention to your bosom by wearing a low-cut top. Oh, I'm sorry--I thought we were having a "state the obvious" contest. I'm competitive by nature.

    • House: Okay, you two – grab some scalpels and settle this like doctors.

    • Dr. Wilson: Did your pager really go off, or are you ditching the conversation?
      House: Why can't both be true?

    • Dr. Wilson: You know, in some cultures it's considered almost rude for one friend to spy on the other. Of course, in Swedish the word "friend" can also be translated as "limping twerp."

    • Dr. Wilson: You really don't need to know everything about everybody.
      House: I don't need to watch The O.C., but it makes me happy.

    • House: Your turn. You gonna tell me why this case?
      Dr. Wilson: She's my new girlfriend. I'm having a tattoo designed. I was hoping you could find out her name.
      House: So she's just another sick person that kindly Dr. Wilson has made sure doesn't get lost in the big, ugly system.
      Dr. Wilson: Yes, I forgot. I need a reason to give a crap.
      House: You're giving two craps.
      Dr. Wilson: The metric system always confuses me.

    • House: I hate to cite a cliché, but... Dad on the streets?
      Dr. Foreman: Dad's with Mom.
      House: They're both living on the streets?

    • Dr. Foreman: That's why you insisted on the MRI? So you could remove the surgical pin from her arm?
      House: You didn't think I was going to do it to save your sorry ass, did you?

    • House: Hey, (Foreman) knows more homeless people then any of us. Go check out the 'hood, dog.

    • Dr. Cuddy: I can't believe you authorized this.
      House: Really? It sounds exactly like something I'd do.

    • Dr. Wilson: He's wrong.
      House: Foreman is wrong? The neurologist is wrong? About a neurological problem?

  • NOTES (2)


    • Dr. Foreman: Baby, it's cold outside.
      This is alluding to the popular song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" from the 1949 movie "Neptune's Daughter". The song was written by Frank Loesser and recorded by Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer.

    • Dr. House: I don't need to watch The OC, but it makes me happy.
      Referencing the other popular FOX series.

    • Dr. Cuddy: You like Aliens movies?
      Referencing any or all of the various Alien movies, specifically when something bursts out of a person's chest.