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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.
Tuesday October 02nd, 2007
| AU (ten)
||Oct 10, 2007|
| UK (sky 1)
||Mar 27, 2008|
| NL (SBS 6)
||Aug 12, 2008|
| DE (RTL)
||Sep 02, 2008|
Guest StarsCo-Guest Stars
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.
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.