House

Season 1 Episode 6

The Socratic Method

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 21, 2004 on FOX
8.8
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Dr. House is intrigued by the symptoms of a schizophrenic woman, who displays mixed symptoms, including a tumor, but soon realizes the source of her problems isn't the obvious. House confronts his birthday and Chase confronts his past when the mother's son tries to keep up with her condition.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    8.5
    in this ep of the show house . he is confronted by a women that has a problems and house must figure it out that she may have a tumor and he must confront his birthday and chase must deal with his mother and he conidition i thought this ep was really good and it has a good story and it shed light on the other charaters that have storys invovled with them and that is why i gave this a 8.5 instead of anything lower and the show is very enjoyable and it keeps getting better from here on out.moreless
  • Was house right to shrink the tumour?

    6.7
    Another reasonable well-done episoide, i kinda of figured out the patient wasn't crazy which made it predictable, if there's was no other possiable explanation it had to be that. Still it's funny how things worked out i mean if mother hadn't rang social services house would never of known she was able to make a rational decision . it's strange to actually see a young boy look after his mother, i couldn't imagine doing that, mainly because it would drive me crazy but i think the boy managed fine, it's just it was too much for him to handle. i really liked how Dr.House tricked the boy into revealing his age by using someone elses X-ray.



    The dabate in this episoide was House right to shrink the tumour so they can operate?, it depends on a situation i wasn't sure if surgury was successful but looking at the surgon face i guss not. It was also strange to see her at the end of the episoide, reading the book like a normal person. The fact that she was mis-diagnosed doesn't give me confident in the medical profession. i understand that these things happend but she living like that for a number of years.



    Dr.House birthday, i don't blame him for not wanting to celebrate his birthday, i personally don't look forward to my one neither , Camron- i still trying to figure out whether she has crush on him or not. She seem very persistant to find Dr.House's good side.



    next weeks case looks boringmoreless
  • Another great episode of 'House'- definitely one I'm going to watch again!

    8.5
    After last week's rather average episode, I'm pleased to see that 'House' has returned to form- it was one of those very fast paced episodes, where it's hard to keep track of exactly what malady the poor woman [Lucy] was suffering from, but it did make sense in the end. I loved the biting sarcasm of the quotes from this episode:

    House: Love the suit, it says 'I'm a

    professional, but I'm still a woman'...

    actually it sort of shouts that last part

    Cuddy: Yeah, and your big cane is real

    subtle too...

    And House does so have a heart- look at how he didn't turn Lucy in for calling Social Services, but let the boy think that he had been responsible. It's also touching the way he continued reading to Lucy while her son wasn't there to keep her company...

    What I didn't quite get, though, was Cuddy entering the men's room- persistent!moreless
  • This one was sort of like a puzzle, more so than most of the other episodes.

    9.5
    There are a few episodes in this series that start out a little differently, where the patient has a symptoms before the one that sends them to the hospital. These are often very cool ones too because it shows just how smart House is. Every other doctor says its uncureable and in these episodes are wrong about their diagnoses. It feels great when the lead character gets it right!



    I said this episode was more of a puzzle because House visited the patient to listen to her speak. Everything she said was sort of made sense if you really thought about it. I rather like how the writers pointed out that she made a rational decision to send her son to social services.



    Medical Problem: Wilson's

    Rating: 9.5/10moreless
  • really exciting

    8.5
    this was really exciting i loved this episode heres the review:L



    the review:



    Dr. House is intrigued by the symptoms of a schizophrenic woman, who displays mixed symptoms, including a tumor, but soon realizes the source of her problems isn't the obvious. House confronts his birthday and Chase confronts his past when the mother's son tries to keep up with her condition.

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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

Aaron Himelstein

Aaron Himelstein

Luke Palmeiro

Guest Star

Al Espinosa

Al Espinosa

Hiccuping Patient

Guest Star

John Prosky

John Prosky

Dr. Bergin

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • As House says "Of course it's the alcohol," he's holding up the newspaper in front of him. When the shot instantly cuts to Bergin and Luke looking at him, the paper is in his lap.

    • Trivia: Contrary to most episodes, Cameron makes the final diagnosis instead of House.

    • When House is talking to Luke about the Vitamin K deficiency and eating the hamburgers, the lid on the tomato sauce bottle is alternately open/closed between shots.

    • When Foreman is trying to draw blood from the schizophrenic woman, he didn't need to stick her in the arm. One of the tubes that is sticking out of her chest is used specifically for drawing blood directly from the heart.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • House: If it wasn't for Socrates, that raving, untreated schizophrenic, we wouldn't have a Socratic Method, the best way of teaching everything apart from juggling chainsaws. Without Isaac Newton we'd all be floating on the ceiling.
      Dr. Wilson: Dodging chainsaws, no doubt.

    • House: Ooh, girl in the boys' bathroom. Very dramatic. Must be very important what you have to say to me.
      Dr. Cuddy: Yesterday your patient's tumor was 5.8 centimeters. Today it's 4.6. How does that happen?
      House: At a guess, I'd say "Dr. House must be really really good, why am I wasting him on hiccups?" I wash before and after.
      Dr. Cuddy: You also requisitioned 20cc of ethanol. What patient was that for? Or are you planning a party?

    • House: Look, I have a cane and I know how to use it.

    • House: Love that outfit. It says "I'm a professional, but I'm still a woman." Actually, it sort of yells the second part.
      Dr. Cuddy: Yeah, and your big cane is real subtle, too.

    • Dr. Foreman: Mickey Mantle had a whole bar named after him - he got a transplant.
      House: Yeah, well, Lucy can't switch hit.

    • House: I can tell you're upset about something. You're going to open up to me now, aren't you?
      Luke: It's all my fault...
      House: Here we go...

    • Dr. Cameron: You really didn't know?
      House: No, I didn't, and frankly I'm angry. Which I'm guessing is the correct response. Of course I'll know better once I know what you're talking about.
      Dr. Cameron: Your birthday.
      House: Oh. Anger was a bad guess. Normally I'd put on a festive hat and celebrate the fact that the Earth has circled the sun one more time. I really didn't think it was going to make it this year, but darn it if it wasn't the little planet that could all over again.

    • House: You think I'm crazy.
      Dr. Wilson: Well, yeah, but that's not the problem.

    • Luke: You said you wouldn't call. You're a real bastard, you know?
      House: Yeah, I get that a lot.

    • Dr. Wilson: You won't talk to patients because they lie, but give you a patient with no concept of reality...

    • House: Gee, I wish my idea was as cool and vivid as yours. By the way, do you have one?

    • House: It turns out your best judgment is not good enough. Here's an idea - next time, use mine.

    • House: So when I said, "no psych meds," I'm just curious--which word didn't you understand...?

    • Dr. Cameron: Happy birthday.
      House: Okay... whose?

    • House: The boys in the lab – sure, they're hard drinkers. But they're pros.

    • House: We needed blood for tests. I assume that was the only way to get it.
      Luke: (blocking House) (Foreman) knocked her out!
      House: Look, I've got a cane and I know how to use it.

    • House: How old is she?
      Luke: You're a doctor?
      House: Own my own stethoscope. Did I ask you how old she is? I forget.

    • Dr. Chase: (House) likes crazy people. He likes the way they think.
      Dr. Foreman: They think... badly. That's the definition of... crazy. Why would he like...?
      Dr. Chase: hey're not boring. He likes that.

    • Dr. Foreman: (House's) really talking to a patient.
      Dr. Chase: I don't know who I am any more.

    • Luke: Is this a good hospital?
      House: Depends on what you mean by "good." I like these chairs.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • House: The Marcus Welby of ancient Greece.
      Referencing the long-running TV series Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969-1976), starring Robert Young as an easy-going family physician who could easily be described as Gregory House's complete and total opposite.

    • Chase: The Madness of King George.
      The Madness of King George was a 1994 film staring Nigel Hawthorne in the title role. The film tells the story of King George III's deteriorating mental health, modern medicine has suggested that the King's symptoms were the result of porphyria.

    • House: And that guitar player in that English band - he was great...Pink Floyd.

      Syd Barrett was one of the founders of Pink Floyd in 1965, playing guitar and writing a lot of the music. He suffered from schizophrenia and for many years before his death in 2006 he lived with his mother in England. Pink Floyd's entire Wish You Were Here album is a tribute to Syd; it includes the songs "Wish You Were Here" and "Shine on You Crazy Diamond."

    • House, Luke, Lucy: Though she had young men's praise and old men's blame...
      The poem being read is "Her Praise" by William Butler Yeats.

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