Season 4 Episode 2

The Right Stuff

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 02, 2007 on FOX
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Episode Summary

House is secretly trying to treat a fighter pilot who is a candidate for NASA's astronaut training program. Her diagnosis will be the test to choose which ones of the 40 applicants are going to take the empty spots in his team.

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  • The Contest begins!

    What a fantastic start to Season 4! House testing the candidates and firing them both randomly and wisely is certainly an inspired idea. I loved how many candidates there were, but already there seems to be focus on a few:

    1- "Cut throat-pixie"- I won't spoil the future episodes by naming them fully, but she was an interesting if **** character- I loved how she got many to quit!

    2- "Number 9"- I thought he got focus for being a little crazy, though, on this episode alone, it is unclear whether he will be a focus in the future.

    3- "Thirteen"- Made a few diagnoses and had quite a few camera shots- also very attractive! Could be a contender.

    4- "Scooter"- the old dude was quite immense- on this episode alone (although I know the future ones), I was interested in him most of all.

    5- "The Mormon"- he reminded me of a young Foreman! I think there is plenty of character development there!

    6- "Plastic Surgeon"- Helped solve the case and got a lot of screen time- possiblity.

    I think the new additions made a welcome addition, and it was interesting to see how the cast reacted to new situations- it was good seeing Cuddy react so horrified at House's games.

    Meanwhile, House starts seeing his old team. I thought it was a little cruel of Wilson to play that joke on him, but they always wind each other up anyway! Chase giving the diagnosis was a nice touch, and I wonder if House was tempted to hire him back. It was also interesting the only was he halluncinated was Foreman- possible he misses him? Cameron seemed pretty much the same; she saw House's good qualities, and the fact he didn't want to destroy her dream.

    Overall, a perfect start to Season 4, and brilliant writing to incorperate so many people! Fantastic.moreless
  • Job interview.

    I don't know which poor doctor had been fired by House right in the beginning. Just poor. House meet more than 30 doctors for the job, but he will only hired 3 doctors. This is the first appearance of Thirteen, Kutner, Taub and Amber. I still miss the old team, they have know House for 3 years and then they left. At first I don't think the show will still be great, but this episode changes my mind. Cameron works in ER, Chase works as a surgeon. But Foreman? How House saw Foreman? Imagination? Probably. Great episode, good acting and writing. This is one example why the show continue to live without the original team--Chase, Cameron and Foreman.

    Final diagnosos: Von Hippel-Lindau syndromemoreless
  • The team is introduced.

    I loved this episode, the new team is piecing together, when 40 applicants are fighting for the job. I really wanted that girl with accent to stay, but she had to go, which pretty much sucked. Cameron & Chase appear to be still a couple. My favorite people are Thirteen, Cutthroat B***, ad the guy that got fired in the middle of the episode. I cannot believe he got fired for telling on someone when Amber is the same thing. I love Amber's attitude about the whole situation, the people are getting eliminated fast. The girl from the last episode was fired, she would of been good on the team. A great episode!moreless
  • What wasn't to like? I'm loving the idea of the contest to be on House's new team.

    Yes I've given this one a ten again and that's purely because there just isn't anything I can think of to criticise. I love the idea of the contest for the new team and am liking most of the applicants. Stand outs here being 13, the foreign one (Number 2 I think), the guy who changed his number from 6 to 9 and finally Anne Dudek's character.

    The latter is completely brilliant and is so entertaining to watch. I loved how she got rid of the other team-mates during the carwash. The patient made things more enjoyable because House had to hide it from Cuddy. The whole Osama thing was quite amusing.

    I was happy to see Chase and Cameron back even if they only stared for about five minutes each. The former was pretty good when talking to House in his surgery but Cameron was the one who really shone for me. She has been without a doubt one of my favourites for the other seasons and I really like how she talked with House.

    Almost like she understands him. It was a great ending when she said when she grinned and said she thought he didn't grass up the patient because he didn't want to ruin her dream. Another brilliant episode and only two in...moreless
  • The vetting process has begun.

    A room full of 40 doctors, soon to be whittled down to three. The case itself was typical: a future astronaut trying to be incognito. It cracked me up when there was a fire inside the hyperbaric chamber. With much less fanfare than normal, the team arrives at a diagnosis.

    At the end, there are only 10 doctors left. I expected the process to drag on longer, but I suppose having so many new cast members is too difficult. It is obvious who is going to stay, given the air time alloted to certain doctors. At least I know how Thirteen got her name.

    The best part: House is seeing things. Or people. How can Chase and Cameron be milling about when they are working elsewhere? Or are they?moreless
Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

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

Essence Atkins

Essence Atkins


Guest Star

Heather Fox

Heather Fox


Guest Star

Jonathan Sadowski

Jonathan Sadowski


Guest Star

Anne Dudek

Anne Dudek


Recurring Role

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde


Recurring Role

Peter Jacobson

Peter Jacobson


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Greta claims to be an Air Force pilot. In the teaser we see her flying a simulator. When she opens the canopy, we can see that the cockpit is from an AV-8B Harrier. The AV-8B is a U.S. Marine Corps aircraft, not a USAF aircraft.

    • After the patient fainted, the doctor shouldn't have used a red fire extinguisher because they have carbon dioxide, which destroys the oxygen in the air, which wouldn't be something a doctor would do because they would be trained in basic fire injuries.

    • Trivia: "Tesla was robbed" is written on the blackboard in the classroom.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Applicant 13: We could give her intravenous Vitamin D and stick her in a tanning booth. If she goes into a coma, we know it's a metabolic problem.
      House: Nice. But Vitamin D is metabolized by the liver and kidneys. It wouldn't tell us which one is screwed up.
      Applicant 6/9: We could get her wasted. Give her shots of tequila, measure how long it takes for her to pass out. If it's too fast, then we know her liver is not processing alcohol. It's a shot.
      House: I like you, Number 9.

    • Dr. Cuddy: From now on, everything you do gets charted. With pen. On paper. In a binder that says "Princeton Plainesboro Teaching Hospital" on the cover!
      House: Moooooooommmm?!?
      Dr. Cuddy: If you want to run something through the labs, I get a copy. If you do scans, I get a copy. If you think about doing scans, I get a copy!
      House: You know my current thoughts, right? I don't have to put those on paper?

    • (as two cute twins argue a diagnosis)
      House: Stop it! This argument is distracting every male and lesbian here!

    • House: And you didn't stop him. Means either you thought it was a chance worth taking, making you a hypocrite or you thought he would fail, making you a cutthroat little pixie.

    • Dr. Cuddy: You bumped a splenectomy for a boob job?
      House: Would you condemn this woman to a life where people look at her face when they talk to her?

    • Dr. Cuddy: Who is she?
      Henry: What did House tell you?
      Dr. Cuddy: That she is on the run from an international crime syndicate.
      Henry: That's what he told us.

    • Dr. Wilson: Interesting. It wasn't Foreman or Cameron you "saw," but Chase, the one you fired.
      House: Not interesting. Someone who looked like someone I used to know walked by my office.
      Dr. Wilson: It's always interesting when repressed guilt starts unrepressing itself.

    • Dr. Wilson: I wouldn't. Someone named "17" thinks there could be listeria in the cream cheese.
      House: 17 is a stupid number.

    • House: New patient. 30-year-old female with synesthesia. New rules. You generated a lab report, you shred it. X-ray, you melt it. No notes, no records, nothing. As far as you're concerned, the patient is Osama Bin Laden. And everyone not in this room is Delta Force. Any questions?
      Applicant 11: We're protecting Osama Bin Laden?
      House: It's a metaphor. Get used to it.

    • Greta: I'm a Captain in the Air Force; about to start a new assignment. NASA's astronaut training program.
      House: I discovered salt and created FM radio.

    • House: You all have numbers, so we're gonna do this alphabetically!

    • House: How old are you?
      Henry: I'm 21... unless it's relevant.

    • House: It's a myth that fake hooters blow up at a higher altitude. She'll be fine! Just think of it as one giant rack for mankind.

    • House: Did you just see a blonde guy with a pretentious accent?
      Amber: You can't see an accent.
      House: Good point.

    • House: Take a shot. I'm not going to fire you every time you give a wrong answer.
      Applicant: Neville Chamberlain.
      House: You're fired.

    • Dr. Wilson: So, you want me to share the secret scanning techniques I learned in Nepal? Unfortunately, the monks made me swear a blood oath.

    • House: Of course it's scientifically impossible for a person to go back and visit somewhere they've worked.
      Dr. Wilson: No, but since she's not a dead cat, it's scientifically impossible for her to be in two places at once.
      House: Physics joke. Don't hear enough of those.

    • House: I scheduled a diagnostic patient for a boob job, which is ridiculous. So obviously, you had to confront me.
      Dr. Cuddy: With you so far.
      House: But I'm going to give you a reason.
      Dr. Cuddy: Not a good one.
      House: No. Not even close to a good one. But here's the drag from your point of view. My explanation will make sense. Not to the Board, not to a judge, but to you, so you'll let me do it. Then, you're going to have to sit next to me at the administrative hearing. Don't you have better things to do? It's in the best interests of the patient.

    • House: I fired you.
      Kutner: No you didn't
      Amber: He fired you. You're number 6.
      Kutner: No, I'm number 9.
      House: I approve of your shamelessness. You're still fired.

    • House: Rational arguments don't usually work on religious people. Otherwise there would be no religious people.

    • Greta: I've fought for years to be taken seriously.
      Taub: (proposing breast surgery) Trust me, you'll be taken more seriously.

    • House: So, here we are, the big moment. Which of you gets to live to be abused another day, and which of you goes home and rationalizes being fired as character building.

    • House: The rest of you, 8:00 a.m. sharp. I'll be in sometime between 10 and 3.

    • Henry: So I'm playing this whole game to be like… your secretary.
      House: Assistant sounds marginally less demeaning.
      Henry: Not my dream job.
      House: Actually it is. Just isn't your dream title.

    • House: (to Cameron) The hair makes you look like a hooker. I like it.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 10, 2007
      The Netherlands: February 14, 2008 on SBS6
      Italy: March 04, 2008 on Canale 5
      United Kingdom: March 27, 2008 9pm on five
      Denmark: April 12, 2008 on SBS Net
      Israel: April 13, 2008 on HOT 3/YES Stars 3
      Bulgaria: April 17, 2008 on NTV
      The Czech Republic: September 8, 2008 on TV Nova
      Germany: September 2, 2008 on RTL
      Hungary: September 3, 2008 on TV2
      Greece: September 27, 2008 on Star
      Sweden: February 24, 2009 on TV4
      Poland: March 19, 2009 on TVP2

    • Omar Epps (Dr. Foreman) appears in this episode, but has no lines.


    • House: Just think of it as one giant rack for mankind.
      In this description of would-be astronaut Greta's breast enhancement surgery, House is referring to Neil Armstrong's famous statement as he became the first person to step on the moon, "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."

    • House: I never opened for Springsteen or slept with Barbara Feldon
      In the 1960s, Barbara Feldon played the very attractive Agent 99 on the TV show Get Smart.

    • House: Two down, Kitty Carlisle.
      Referencing the actress who was a recurring guest panelist on the game show What's My Line?. John Charles Daly, the moderator, would count the questions that the panelists used up, by saying "one down," "two down," etc., then going on to the next panelist.

    • House: Heeeerrreee's Osama!
      Referencing The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and Ed McMahon's traditional greeting as Carson came onstage.

    • Dr. Wilson: No, but since she's not a dead cat it's scientifically impossible for her to be in two places at once.
      Referring to the thought experiment by Erwin Schrödinger, often called "Schrödinger's Cat", in which he says a cat placed in a sealed box (unobservable), with a fatal device which has an unknown, random probability of going off after an unknown, random amount of time, cannot be said to be dead or alive -- its condition is truly indeterminate, hence it is actually in both states at once, until you decide open the box to take a look, and "fix" the state/condition it is in. This ties in closely with Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle and a device called a Josephson Junction.

    • House: Would you pull an ass out of a pit on the Sabbath?
      Referencing Luke 14:5, when Jesus challenges the Pharisees when they question whether he should heal a man on the Sabbath.

    • Title
      Referencing the 1979 book by Tom Wolfe, detailing the American space race starting in the late 1950s. The book was made into a movie in 1983 starring Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, and Sam Shepard.