House

Season 1 Episode 2

Paternity

7
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 23, 2004 on FOX
8.8
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A 16-year old high school student, Dan, starts suffering from nightmares and frequent hallucinations, and he reveals he was hit in the head while playing lacrosse at school. Dan is apparently suffering from MS, and risky brain surgery is needed. Meanwhile House must deal with a patient looking to set up a lawsuit and a mother who doesn't believe in vaccinations.moreless

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  • This episode written by Lawrence Kaplow is even more intriguing than the pilot.

    10
    This episode written by Lawrence Kaplow is even more intriguing than the pilot. It started showing us Dan, a 16 year-old boy that, during a lacrosse game, had double vision and ended up hit by a friend. Dr. House didn't want to see the patient of course, until Dr. Allison told him that the boy had been suffering from night-terrors too. Why House thought it was so interesting that he had been having night-terrors, we find out soon, when House diagnosed that it may be caused by sexual abuse. When Dr. House learned that the patient had had a trauma, during the lacrosse game, he gave up on him thinking it wasn't an interesting case after all but just a concussion case. But he changed his mind as soon as he saw the boy making unintentional movements with his leg. Then House's crew went to the famous white-board to discuss the possible diagnoses for Dan's disease. They went through a lot of different diagnoses but nothing seemed to fit completely on all the symptoms, none of their treatments worked. The answer for the case came from a bet and another patient Dr. House treated on the clinic. When he discovered that Dan was adopted he thought that maybe his biological mother hadn't been vaccinated just like his other patient hadn't, so they found that what Dan had was a mutant virus of measles on his brain. They succeed on the treatment and the episode finished with something unexpected: House watching a lacrosse game like if he was remembering something he lived himself. The sarcastic indifferent doctor is not that humanitarian after all.moreless
  • Not as interesting as the Pilot, but still good.

    8.5
    This episode seemed as if it was trying to routinise the show. I guess that was pretty effective, because I couldn't tell that this was the second episode, it felt like any other House 40-minuter. Not sure if that's a good thing or not, just an observation.



    I don't know if this is shared, but I found the best scene in this to be its ending. We kind of got a glimpse that House may in fact care about his patients. Seeing him secretly cheer on his 16-year old lacrosse player was a nice touch and certainly elevated the previous scenes.



    I should point out that Hugh Laurie is an absolutely wondrous actor and his accent is flawless. I've been a fan of his since A Bit of Fry and Laurie (I'm English, over here, we know who he really is, heh) and have followed his comedic career, so it's good to see him in fleshier roles.



    Despite being a good one, I feel as if, come the end, I haven't really learned anything about any of the characters. This was more of a filler episode, but a fab one at that, so I'll let it off the metaphorical hook.moreless
  • "It's dangerous, it could kill him. You should do it."

    9.0
    That quote is from Eric Foreman from that episode, my favorite one. He's telling a couple how dangerous the treatment could be, but that it's worth the risk.



    Things I really like about this episode: The characters have more 'real' chemistry together, although they only have done the pilot together, you can really get a sense of the camradery between the actors.



    What is really great about the earlier episodes of House is how much time is spent in the clinic. You can really see the sarcasm come through, and Dr. House's humor is really awesome in this episode. The scenes with Dr. Cuddy and House are so-so, but overall, I would still give this particular episode a 9/10.moreless
  • this wasa good ep

    8.5
    in this ep of the show house a boy is coming in to the hospital and house takes his case becasue there is somthing wrong with him house findso out that he was hit in the head and he needs a really risky brain sergery or he will die and his parents dont belive in that sorta thing so house must risk it and deal with the fact he gets a lawsuit or try to persway the parents on this oen to save the boys life this was a good one thought for a second ep of the show housemoreless
  • Well for second case a boy who has night-terrors.

    5.8


    Let look at this episoide from a diffrent perspective, let assume that boy didn't have house as his doctor he would of died and according to house 1 in 20 people have this situation so for rest of people who didn't have house or specialist they would died. my point is that do all clinic have specalist team like house?, if not there be more unneccsary death.



    I know sake of it being a tv show they find a cure it made me think about other teenage boys who might have this condition that doctor couldn't figure out why. i personally didn't find this case intresting, last week one was much better case. Still next week case doesn't look any better but i will still be watching it.



    The DNA test, now was house wrong?, it was justified by finding out what's wrong with him but i didn't think it was illegal, it not like he had draw blood, there willing left it but he did say to leave it. Still i got admit he's growing on me, i like fact he has no ethics and i loved way he handle the mother 'yummy' and man who sued. Is this guy scared of anything?



    until next week that's it from me.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

Robin Thomas

Robin Thomas

Dan's Father

Guest Star

Wendy Gazelle

Wendy Gazelle

Dan's Mother

Guest Star

Alex Skuby

Alex Skuby

John Funsten

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • House has changed his shoes in the time between when Wilson finds him hiding out in the clinic and during the DDX. At both points he has his feet up and you can see the soles are different.

    • When House is examining the patient in the clinic with the infected knee, he notes that the man is from Maplewood, NJ, and asks him why he's driven 70 miles to Princeton (ultimately correctly deducing that the man has sued every hospital and doctor in and around Maplewood). It's actually only about 40 miles from Maplewood to Princeton (or Plainsboro).

    • In the lacrosse match in the opening moments, there is a flipped shot and the name TARTANS was displayed mirrored.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Dr. Foreman: Look, I'm sorry. I can explain this as best I can, but the notion that you're gonna fully understand your son's treatment and make an informed decision is... is kind of insane. Here's what you need to know. It's dangerous. It could kill him. You should do it.

    • Dr. Cuddy: And is there a paternity bet on the father of the patient?
      House: Doesn't sound like me.
      Dr. Wilson: Well, it does, actually, but doesn't mean you're guilty.

    • House: You know another really good business? Teeny tiny baby coffins. You can get them in frog green or fire engine red. Really. The antibodies in yummy Mummy only protect the kid for six months, which is why these companies think they can gouge you. They think that you'll spend whatever they ask to keep your kid alive. Want to change things? Prove 'em wrong. Few hundred parents like you decide they'd rather let their kid die than cough up forty bucks for a vaccination, believe me, prices will drop really fast.

    • Dr. Chase: It doesn't necessarily have to be that bad. If we exclude the night terrors it could be something systemic: his liver, kidneys, something outside the brain.
      House: Yes, feel free to exclude any symptom if it makes your job easier.

    • Dan's Mother: How can you just sit there?
      House: If I eat standing up, I spill.

    • House: Another reason I don't like meeting patients. If they don't know what you look like, they can't yell at you.

    • Dr. Cuddy: How's your hooker doing?
      House: Sweet of you to ask. Funny story. She was going to be hospital administrator, but she just hated having to screw people like that.

    • Dr. Wilson: Just tell Cuddy you have an urgent case.
      House: That would be lying.
      Dr. Wilson: And that would be wrong . . . ?

    • Funsten: You've caused me considerable mental stress.
      House: I certainly hope so.

    • House: Can we get off my screw-ups and focus on theirs? Theirs is bigger.

    • House: It's ironic, isn't it? Sort of like the boy who sued wolf. You know, I bet we have a doctor here named Wolf. How perfect would that be? I'm gonna page him.

    • House: Who thinks there's a third option? (Chase raises his hand) Very good. What's the third choice?
      Dr. Chase: (shrugs) No idea. You just asked if I thought there was one.

    • Dr. Cameron: What about sex?
      House: Well, it might get complicated. I mean, we work together. I'm older, certainly, but maybe you like that.
      Dr. Cameron: I meant maybe he has neurosyphilis.
      House: Huh. Nice cover. (winks)

    • Dr. Foreman: Actually, Chase tackled him.
      House: How come you didn't do it?
      Dr. Foreman: Right. Well, I am black, but he was closer.

    • House: Dr. Cuddy. Great outfit.
      Dr. Cuddy: What are you doing back here? Patient?
      House: No. Hooker. Went to my office instead of my home.

    • House: Who cares about McPhearson? I heard he tortures kittens.
      Dr. Foreman: McDonald.
      House: Oh, McDonald. Wonderful doctor, loved kittens.

    • Dr. Foreman: He probably just moved. Nobody stays perfectly still for their MRI.
      House: Yeah, he probably got restless and shifted one hemisphere of his brain to a more comfortable position.

    • House: Are you guessing?
      Dr. Chase: Yes.
      House: Too bad. You're right.

    • House: (Chase) knew that I saw something on the MRI, so he figured that I saw something and took a guess. Clever . . . but pathetic.

    • Dr. Foreman: From what I've read, false paternity is more like 10%.
      House: That's what our moms would like us to believe.

    • House: You hound me for my opinion and then you condemn my diagnosis. Cool.

    • House: Perseverance does not equal worthiness. Next time you want to get my attention, wear something fun. Low-rider jeans are hot.

    • House: When did my signature get so girly?
      Dr. Cameron: I can explain.
      House: See that "G"? See how it makes a big loop on top? Doesn't even look like my handwriting. Think I have something? What's the differential diagnosis for writing G's like a junior high school girl?

    • Dr. Wilson: Yes, concerned parents can be so annoying.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode was nominated for a Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television Short Form - Sound Effects & Foley.

    • Music: On Saturday Afternoons in 1963 (Rickie Lee Jones)

    • When Dr. Wilson questions House, a clip during their conversation shows Foreman tapping his fingers on a table while Chase is working on a crossword puzzle. This clip, which features Chase wearing a different shirt, was originally used in the unaired version of "Pilot."

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • House: General Hospital's on channel 6.
      General Hospital is a very popular soap on ABC, and is also House's favorite show. Also, in central New Jersey, channel 6 is in fact an ABC station.

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