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House: Pilot

A young teacher suffers from seizures in front of her class of kindergartners. She is taken to Princeton Hospital, where a world renowned doctor, Dr. Gregory House is assigned to her case. With his team of young doctors, House finds a tumor within the teacher and it turns out that she hardly has any time to live.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: HOU-101
Airdate: Tuesday November 16th, 2004

Director: Bryan Singer
Writer: David Shore

Alternate Airdates:

FI (MTV3) Sep 21, 2006
Czech Republic Oct 04, 2006
NL (SBS 6) May 22, 2008

Special Guest Stars
Robin TunneyRobin Tunney
As Rebecca Adler

Guest Stars
Andrew AirlieAndrew Airlie
As Orange-Colored Patient

Co-Guest Stars
Rekha SharmaRekha Sharma
As Melanie Landon
Maya MassarMaya Massar
As Asthma Mom
Dylan BasuDylan Basu
As Asthma Boy
Kyarra WillisKyarra Willis
As Kid #2
Candus ChurchillCandus Churchill
As Substitute Teacher
Michale AscherMichale Ascher
As Egg Salad Lady
Janet GlassfordJanet Glassford
As Reception Nurse
Main Cast
Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
As Dr. Gregory House
Lisa EdelsteinLisa Edelstein
As Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Omar EppsOmar Epps
As Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean LeonardRobert Sean Leonard
As Dr. James Wilson
Jesse SpencerJesse Spencer
As Dr. Robert Chase
Jennifer MorrisonJennifer Morrison
As Dr. Allison Cameron


School teacher Rebecca Adler arrives late at school. As she goes to class, her friend and fellow teacher, Melanie, figures that Rebecca was up late with her new boyfriend. Rebecca denies it but isn't very convincing. Rebecca greets her students and they ask her to talk about what she did over the weekend. She admits that she made a new friend but then suddenly discovers she's making odd squawking noises. She goes to the board and writes out a message for the children to call the nurse, and then collapses...

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Episode Notes
There is a special extended version of this episode with two more minutes that was sent off on DVDs to some selected magazines a few months after it aired.

This episode received the 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Dramatic Underscore).

Rebecca Adler suffered from a form of pork tapeworm parasitism. This tapeworm, Taenia solium, can under some circumstances infect the brain and form cysts there. Until the worm actually dies, it is largely undetectable by the immune system. This disorder is rare in developed parts of the world where food sanitation and food processing laws recognize the hazard; it is common and debilitating elsewhere.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Rolling StonesYou Can't Always Get What You Want 

Episode Quotes
Dr. House: See that? They all assume that I'm a patient because of this cane.
Dr. Wilson: So put on a white coat like the rest of us.
Dr. House: I don't want them to think I'm a doctor.
Dr. Wilson: You see where the administration might have a problem with that attitude?
Dr. House: Ehh, people don't want a sick doctor.
Dr. Wilson: That's fair enough. I don't like healthy patients.

Dr. Foreman: Isn't treating patients why we became doctors?
Dr. House: No, treating illnesses is why we became doctors. Treating patients is what makes most doctors miserable.

Dr. House: If we don't talk to them, they can't lie to us, and we can't lie to them. Humanity is overrated.

Dr. Cuddy: I was expecting you in my office 20 minutes ago.
House: Really? Well, that's odd, because I had no intention of being in your office 20 minutes ago.

Dr. Cuddy: (to House) Is the yelling supposed to scare me? Because I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be scared of. More yelling? That's not scary. That you're going to hurt me, that's scary, but I'm pretty sure I can outrun you.

Dr. Foreman: I thought everybody lied.
Dr. House: Truth begins in lies. Think about it.
Dr. Foreman: That doesn't mean anything, does it?

Orange-Colored Patient: What's that? What are you doing?
Dr. House: Painkillers.
Orange-Colored Patient: Oh, for you, for your leg.
Dr. House: No, because they're yummy.

Dr. House: Your wife is having an affair.
Orange-Colored Patient: What??
Dr. House: You're orange, you moron! It's one thing for you not to notice, but your wife hasn't picked up on the fact that her husband has changed colors, she's just not paying attention. Oh, by the way, do you consume just a ridiculous amount of carrots and mega-dose vitamins? The carrots turn you yellow, the niacin turns you red. Find some fingerprint and do the math. And get a good lawyer.

Dr. House: Oxygen is so important during those pre-pubescent years, don't you think?

Dr. House: Far as I know she running a meth lab out of her basement.
Dr. Foreman: She's a kindergarten teacher.
Dr. House: And if I were a kindergarten student, I would trust her implicitly.

Dr. Foreman: I should sue you.
Dr. House: I'm pretty sure you can't sue somebody for wrongful hiring.

Dr. Cuddy: You don't prescribe medicine based on guesses. At least we don't since Tuskeegee and Mengele.
Dr. House: You're comparing me to a Nazi? (admiringly) Nice . . .

(Foreman smelling the floor)
Child: Why are you smelling Vinny's pants?
Dr. Foreman: I'm not.
Child: Looked like you were.
Dr. Foreman: I was smelling the floor.

Dr. Cuddy: And nobody knows anything, huh? Then how is it you always think you're right.
House: I don't, I just find it hard to operate on the opposite assumption. And why are you so afraid of making a mistake?
Dr. Cuddy: Because I'm a doctor. Because when we make mistakes, people die.

Dr. House: People used to have more respect for cripples, you know! (man in wheelchair glares) Didn't, really.

Dr. House: Sure you want to discontinue treatment, boss?
Dr. Cuddy: You got lucky.
Dr. House: Cool, huh?

Rebecca Adler: Am I ever gonna meet Dr. House?
Dr. Wilson: Well, you might run into him at the movies or on the bus.
Rebecca Adler: Is he a good man?
Dr. Wilson: He's a good doctor.
Rebecca Adler: Can you be one without the other? Don't you have to care about people?
Dr. Wilson: Caring's a good motivator. He's found something else.

Rebecca Adler: (about House) He's your friend, huh?
Dr. Wilson: Yeah.
Rebecca Adler: Does he care about you?
Dr. Wilson: I think so.
Rebecca Adler: You don't know?
Dr. Wilson: As Dr. House likes to say, "Everybody lies."
Rebecca Adler: It's not what people say. It's what they do.
Dr. Wilson: Yeah. He cares about me.

Dr. Foreman: Oh, Cameron, I need you for a couple of hours.
Dr. Cameron: What's up?
Dr. Foreman: When you break into a house, its always better to have a white chick with you.

Dr. House: There was plenty they could do...if they had made the right diagnosis. The only symptom was pain. Not many people get to experience muscle death.
Rebecca Adler: Did you think you were dying?
Dr. House: I hoped I was dying.

Dr. House: I don't care if you can walk, see, wipe your own ass. It's always ugly - always! We can live with dignity - we can't die with it.

Dr. Cameron: It's hard to work for a guy who doesn't respect me.
House: Why?
Dr. Cameron: Was that rhetorical?
House: No. Just seems that way because you can't think of an answer.

Dr. Cameron: You hired me to get into my pants?!
Dr. House: I can’t believe that that would shock you. It’s also not what I said. No, I hired you because you look good. It’s like having a nice piece of art in the lobby.

Episode Goofs
Rekha Sharma's name is misspelled "Reika" in the closing credits.

The bandages from Rebecca's tracheotomy are placed too high after the tube is removed.

House states that it is 12:52 p.m. and he asks if there is a TV handy because in eight minutes General Hospital would begin. However, his claim would mean that the soap starts at 1 p.m. but since House is set in New Jersey, the soap would actually air at 3 p.m.

Cultural References
Dr. House: To quote the philosopher Jagger, "you can't always get what you want."

The "philosopher" in question is Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones with the song "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

Dr. House: Is there a TV anywhere? General Hospital starts in eight minutes.
General Hospital is a daytime soap that's been running since April 1963. It currently airs on the ABC network.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Shore
Executive ProducerBryan Singer  |  Katie Jacobs  |  David Shore  |  Paul Attanasio
ProducerGerrit Van Der Meer
Co-ProducerTodd London
Production DesignerMark Hutman
EditorElliot Graham
CastingAmy Lippens  |  Suzanne Smith
First Assistant DirectorLee Cleary
Second Assistant DirectorDavid Arnold (3)
MusicChristopher Hoag
Music EditorJennifer Barak
Costume DesignerLouise Mingenbach
Key GripChristopher Centrella  |  Brian Kuchera
Set DecoratorK.J. Johnson
Location ManagerDeborah D. Bose
Transportation CoordinatorWayne Power
Property MasterBryan Korenberg
Production Sound MixerRob Young (3)
Script SupervisorChristine Wilson
Production CoordinatorJill Christensen
Script CoordinatorAdrian Salpeter
Assistant EditorLawrence Curtis
Supervising Sound EditorSteve Williams (4)
Re-Recording MixerGerry Lentz  |  Richard Weingart
GafferIan Kincaid  |  Darren McLean
Director of PhotographyNewton Thomas Sigel
Art DirectorKendelle Elliott
Production ManagementMary Guilfoyle
Costume SupervisorSusan O'Hara
Key Makeup ArtistRita Ciccozzi
Main Title ThemeMassive Attack
Visual Effects SupervisorJames Lima
Production AccountantJane McKernan
Casting AssociateStephanie Laffin
Medical Technical AdvisorKaren van Blankenstein
Key HairstylistNancy Stevens
Executive In Charge Of ProductionAlex Garcia (2)  |  Brian Pines
Assistant To The Executive ProducerMatt Lewis  |  Jason Taylor (3)  |  Rachel Light  |  Jenny Paul
Additional EditorRay Daniels
HairLance Gentile
Location CastingHeike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
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