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House: The Right Stuff

House reluctantly agrees to interview potential new team members and does so in his own way. He calls in all 40 applicants and places each of them in a Darwinian trial period. As he tests them, and fires some along the way, he is approached by Greta, a NASA training program candidate, who is having neurological issues and begs House to help her in private so she can be accepted into the training program.

House takes Greta's case to his applicants, pitting them against one another as they compete to come up with an accurate diagnosis. Later, House is shocked when he sees what appears to be Cameron, Chase and Foreman in the hospital hallways.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x2
Production Number: HOU-402
Airdate: Tuesday October 02nd, 2007

Alternate Airdates:

AU (ten) Oct 10, 2007
UK (sky 1) Mar 27, 2008
NL (SBS 6) Aug 12, 2008
DE (RTL) Sep 02, 2008

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Guest Stars
Anne Dudek
As Amber
Edi Gathegi
As Cole
Kal Penn
As Kutner
Peter Jacobson
As Taub
Olivia Wilde
As Thirteen
Carmen Argenziano
As Henry
Andy Comeau
As Brennan
Meera Simhan
As Jody
Melinda Dahl
As Twin 15A
Caitlin Dahl
As Twin 15B
Heather Fox
As Ashka

Co-Guest Stars
Bobbin Bergstrom
As Nurse
Kathryn Adams
As Number 23
Jaimarie Bjorge
As Beautiful Doctor
Main Cast
Hugh Laurie
As Dr. Gregory House
Episode Quotes
House: Of course it’s scientifically impossible for a person to go back and visit somewhere they’ve worked.
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: Rational arguments don't usually work on religious people. Otherwise, there would *be* no religious people.

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

Cultural References
The Right Stuff

The title of this episodes is a reference to the 1979 novel The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe about pioneer astronauts. They made it into a movie in 1983.

Theories about the assassination of president Kennedy are referenced by House when he asks his future team who believes Oswald acted alone and who believes in the designated hitter theory.

2001. A Space Odyssey

Famous shots of astronaut Bowman entering the Monolith are referenced in the opening scenes when the pilot is hallucinating. The close-up shots of her pupil in different colors and the shots of flying over a mountan terrain in different colors are references to this sequence in the movie 2001.

The physics joke Wilson and House share refers to Schrödinger's Cat. Essentially an illustration of the strangeness of quantum mechanics, the experiment proposes a cat so isolated from the observer that its existence is the superposition of the two states, living and dead. The experimental setup involves a Geiger counter, radioactive source, canister of poison gas and the box containing the cat. The observer cannot determine which state the cat occupies without examining the cat, which causes the superposition to collapse - the observation interferes with the experiment. This is analogous to the way quantum mechanics describes electrons. Wilson tells House Cameron cannot be in two places at once by referring to the dead cat. More here.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Shore
Main Title ThemeMassive Attack
Warning: House season 4 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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