Season 1 Episode 3

Occam's Razor

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 30, 2004 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A college student collapses after rough sex with his girlfriend. While House and his team attempt to determine the cause, the student's condition continues to deteriorate and his symptoms multiply, complicating the diagnosis.

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  • Guess they're trying to get into the routine.

    Occam's Razor, the law of economy. Nice choice of name. I'm sure there've been explanations already, but basically it means that you should generally choose the hypothesis that seems simplest and that covers all info.

    This is a pretty simple episode overall, so I'll make the review simple too. This episode was good, but too routine, which is pretty much my only problem with the show. Other than that small criticism, I'd say that it had some great clinic duty scenes, the case was sort of interesting, but not enthralling and that Laurie was brilliant, as always.

    House talking to the clinic patients at the start was just hilarious. Yup, this one was pretty good.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show house . a couple is having sex in a college dorm except the boy friend collpies on top of her .and he is brought in house must figure whats wrong with him and as they get closer to something his syptoms continue to derterate this was a good one and house and the team must work togeather. this was a good ep it had some really funny moments and things you would not really see a doctor do. this was a good ep an that is why i gave the show a 8.5 instead of anyting lowermoreless
  • Well a better episoide then the other two, we actually got to see how House's team actually get on with each other.

    i have got to admit that, this episoide was a lot better then i expected it to be, which was a plesant surprise. i also liked the fact that for first time House actually doing research into it because he didn't know, in the last 2 episoide he guessed the right answer but this case he couldn't. For once we was wrong and he couldn't believe it. Still one thing you got like about this guy he is through, even though the boy will be ok, he actually went futher to find tablets confusion. i got to admit i got more respect for him now then i had before. mainly because it showed he can't be right all the time.

    The girlfriend, i was kinda of surpirsed she actually stuck around until the guy annoced they will be engaged, at the begaining i thought she was normal girlfriend. Still the parents, got to like house lines in this part ' which one give the cough medicine on wedensday' ' come-on, no-one will be in trouble'. i also like his response parents about the fact he rather make their son better instead of holding his hand.

    Chase, am i seeing some-sort chemistry between him and female doctor, it's clear they can be more then friends even though she said no for coffee, i thought it was funny how she explain sex through medical terms and the body process, that was really amusing. i glad there was some chacter development in this episoide. i hope it contiues in the future episoides.

    How do you get MP-3 player in that position that you can't sit down?, seriously only way i can see is that he accidental sat on it?, it nice to see House can be professional about it.moreless
  • After watching this episode, I'll definitely be coming back for more...

    The first episode I watched and I was definitely hooked- I thought it was so clever, and the twists and turns were very dramatic. But more than just a good plot, it had intriguing characters, and I loved House\'s interaction with the junior staff and his curious method of \'motivating\' them!
  • "Hello sick people... " Yes, House is at it again and with one of his most memorable House-isms.

    The episode with the parental warning and all the rough sex at the beginning. Well, at least the girl seemed to enjoy herself even if the boy did pass out. But he's sick, you know, or he wouldn't have turned up later on at Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. He'll be cured in due course thanks to Dr. House but not before we're treated to one of the best House-isms of the entire series:

    "Hello, sick people and their loved ones! In the interest of saving time and avoiding a lot of boring chitchat later, I'm Doctor Gregory House; you can call me 'Greg.'"


    "I am also the only doctor currently employed at this hospital who is forced to be here against his will."


    "But not to worry, because for most of you, this job could be done by a monkey with a bottle of Motrin. Speaking of which, if you're particularly annoying, you may see me reach for this: this is Vicodin. It's mine! You can't have any! And no, I do not have a pain management problem, I have a pain problem... but who knows? Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I'm too stoned to tell. So, who wants me?"

    Well worth watching for that scene alone.moreless
Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Alexis Thorpe

Alexis Thorpe


Guest Star

Faith Prince

Faith Prince

Becky Merrell

Guest Star

Lauren Cohn

Lauren Cohn

Jodi Matthews

Guest Star

Marco Pelaez

Marco Pelaez

Hospital Pharmacist

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • During the opening scene where the couple is shown supposedly having sex, you can see that Brandon is still wearing his shorts.

  • QUOTES (29)

    • House: I know you're gonna get fired. That's why you've got the new glasses, that's why your teeth are sparkly white. You're getting the most out of your health insurance while you still can.
      Jodi: I might be quitting.
      House: If you were quitting, you have known that last week, when your snot was still pale goldenrod, you're getting fired.
      Jodi: I just don't like being told what to do.
      House: (pause) I'll get you in for a full body scan later this week.

    • Dr. Cameron: So, a woman can't express her interest in sex without it being some professional power play?
      House: No. If you look the way you do and you say what you said, you have to be aware of the effect that it's going to have on men.
      Dr. Cameron: Men should grow up.
      House: Yeah, and dogs should stop licking themselves. It's not going to happen.

    • Dr. Chase: (about House) He thinks outside the box. Is that so evil?
      Dr. Foreman: He has no idea where the box is.

    • House: Occam's Razor--the simplest explanation is almost always that somebody screwed up.

    • Dr. Foreman: What's wrong with her?
      House: Her leg hurts after running six miles. Who knows, it could be anything.

    • Dr. Wilson: You will lie, cheat and steal to get what you want, but you're incapable of kissing a little ass?
      House: Well, we all have our limitations.

    • Dr. Cuddy: (to House) It's not going to work. You know why? Because this is fun. You think of something to make me miserable, I think of something to make you miserable. It's a game, and I'm going to win. Because I got a headstart--you are already miserable.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Working with people actually makes you a better doctor.
      House: When did I sign up for that course?
      Dr. Cuddy: When did I give you the impression that I care?
      House: Working in this clinic obviously instills a deep sense of compassion.

    • Dr. Cameron: I'm uncomfortable about sex.
      Dr. Chase: But we don't have to talk about this.
      Dr. Cameron: Sex could kill you. Do you know what the human body goes through when you have sex? Pupils dilate, arteries constrict, core temperature rises, heart races, blood pressure skyrockets, respiration becomes rapid and shallow, the brain fires bursts of electrical impulse from nowhere to nowhere, and secretions spit out of every gland. And the muscles tense and spasm like you're lifting three times your body weight. It's violent, it's ugly, and it's messy. And if God hadn't made it unbelievably fun, the human race would have died out eons ago. (Chase stares) Men are lucky they can only have one orgasm. Do you know women can have an hour-long orgasm?

    • Dr. Foreman: You want to bet on the patient's health?
      House: You think that's bad luck? You think that God will smite him because of our insensitivity? Look, if God does, you make a quick fifty.

    • House: If I'd said to Foreman, "Nice try, it was a great guess, but sorry, not this time," what do you think he'd be doing right now?
      Dr. Wilson: I think he'd be going home not feeling like a piece of crap.
      House: Exactly.
      Dr. Wilson: You want him to feel like a piece of crap?
      House: No - I don't want him going home.

    • Dr. Wilson: That smugness of yours really is an attractive quality.
      House: Thank you. It was either that or get my hair highlighted. Smugness is easier to maintain.

    • Dr. Foreman: You visited a patient?
      House: I was sitting by his bed all morning. Just so he'd know someone was there for him.
      Dr. Wilson: I looked in on him.

    • House: (to Cuddy) You once asked me why I think I'm always right. And I realized you're right. At least I think you're right...I don't really know now, do I?

    • House: Make a note: I should never doubt myself.
      Dr. Wilson: I think you'll remember. You know, it wouldn't hurt for you to be wrong now and again.
      House: What? You don't care about these people?

    • Dr. Cameron: Brandon's not ready for surgery.
      House: Okay, let's leave it a couple of weeks - he should be feeling better by then. Oh wait - which way does time go?

    • House: I'm doing good too. I get to knock off an hour early today? Know why? Because I kissed my boss's ass? You ever do that? I think she just said "Yes" because she wants to reinforce that behavior--wants me to kiss a lot of other people's ass. Like she wants me to kiss yours. What would you want--a doctor who holds your hand while you die, or a doctor who ignores you while you get better? I guess it would particularly suck to have a doctor who ignores you while you die.

    • House: This doesn't bother you?
      Dr. Wilson: That you were wrong? I try to work through the pain.
      House: I was not wrong. Everything I said was true. It fit. It was elegant.
      Dr. Wilson: So reality was wrong?
      House: Reality is almost always wrong.

    • Dr. Wilson: Beauty often seduces us on the road to truth.
      House: And triteness kicks us in the nuts.
      Dr. Wilson: So true...

    • House: Hello, sick people and their loved ones! In the interests of saving time and avoiding a lot of boring chit-chat later, I'm Dr. Gregory House. You can call me Greg. I'm one of three doctors staffing this clinic this morning.
      Dr. Cuddy: Short, sweet, grab a file.
      House: This ray of sunshine is Dr. Lisa Cuddy. Dr. Cuddy runs this whole hospital so unfortunately she's much too busy to deal with you. I am a board-certified diagnostician with a double specialty of infectious disease and nephrology. I'm also the only doctor currently employed at this clinic who's forced to be here against his will. That is true, isn't it? But not to worry, because for most of you this job could be done by a monkey with a bottle of Motrin. Speaking of which, if you're particularly annoying you may see me reach for this. This is Vicodin--it's mine, you can't have any. And no, I do not have a pain-management problem, I have a pain problem. But who knows--maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I'm too stoned to tell. So, who wants me? (everyone stares) And... who would rather wait for one of the other two guys? (everyone raises their hands) Okay, well, I'll be in Exam Room 1 if you change your mind.

    • Dr. Foreman: Occam's Razor. The simplest explanation is always the best.
      House: And you think one is simpler than two?
      Dr. Cameron: I'm pretty sure it is, yeah.
      House: Baby shows up. Chase tells you that two people exchanged fluids to create this being. I tell you that one stork dropped the little tyke off in a diaper. Are you going to go with the two or the one?
      Dr. Foreman: I think your argument is specious.
      House: I think your tie is ugly.

    • Jodi Matthews: You're not a very nice doctor, are you?
      House: And you are very bad at whatever it is you do.

    • Dr. Chase: (Cameron's) weird, isn't she?
      Dr. Foreman: Bad idea.
      Dr. Chase: What?
      Dr. Foreman: Bad idea. You work with her.
      Dr. Chase: What'd I say? Is "weird" some new ghetto euphemism for "sexy?" Like "bad" is "good" and "phat" is "good?" Then what the hell does "good" mean?
      Dr. Foreman: "Ghetto euphemism?" You don't think she's hot?
      Dr. Chase: No.
      Dr. Foreman: Then you're brilliant. And I am using "brilliant" as a euphemism.

    • House: What's wrong with her?
      Dr. Cameron: Him.
      House: Him, her. Does it matter? Does anyone think it's a testicular problem?

    • House: So how are we doing on cotton swabs today? If there's an acute shortage I could run home...
      Dr. Cuddy: (looks at his leg) No you couldn't.
      House: Nice...

    • House: No. There is not a thin line between love and hate. There is in fact a Great Wall of China with armed sentries posted every twenty feet between love and hate.

    • House: Why do you want me to treat this guy?
      Dr. Wilson: Blood pressure's not responding to IV fluid...
      House: No, no. I didn't ask how you planned to con me into treating him. I asked you why you want me to treat him.
      Dr. Wilson: He's sick, I care, I'm pathetic.
      House: There are a billion sick people on the planet. Why this one?
      Dr. Wilson: Because this one's in our emergency room.
      House: Ah, so it's a proximity issue. If someone was sick in the third floor stairwell that's him we'd be talking about.
      Dr. Wilson: Yes, I checked the stairwell, it's clear.

    • House: (very friendly) C'mon, nobody's going to be mad. I just want to know who tried to kill the kid.

    • Robert Merrell: How can you treat someone without meeting him?
      House: It's easy if you don't give a crap about him.

  • NOTES (5)

    • In several shots it is evident that Hugh Laurie has a bald spot. Shortly after this episode, the producers began covering this up with airbrush techniques.

    • The song "One is The Loneliest Number" by Three Dog Night is played (during the closing scenes).

    • This episode very specifically opens with "The opening scene of tonight's episode contains a depiction of a sexual encounter. Parental discretion is advised." Despite the warning, in the repeat the scene is edited from the original editing.

    • The game House has for his Gameboy Advance SP is "Metroid: Zero Mission." However, the sound effects for the game are wrong.

    • The term "Occam's Razor" means in the simplest terms that if there are multiple answers or theories to a dilemma, the simplest one is usually the best.