Season 1 Episode 6

The Socratic Method

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 21, 2004 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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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