House

Season 1 Episode 2

Paternity

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 23, 2004 on FOX
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  • This episode written by Lawrence Kaplow is even more intriguing than the pilot.

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    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.
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