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House: Maternity

After two newborns in Princeton Plainsboro's maternity ward fall ill, House takes on the case. Soon the illness has spread to six babies, all of which have high fevers and low blood pressure which could mean that these newborns will die in less than a day. House wants to test which medicine works better, by putting one of the babies on a different medicine, despite the fact that this experiment may have a fatal effect, which angers Dr. Cameron and the rest of the specialists.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x4
Production Number: HOU-104
Airdate: Tuesday December 07th, 2004

Alternate Airdates:

FI (MTV3) Oct 12, 2006
Czech Republic Oct 25, 2006
NL (SBS 6) Jun 03, 2008

Guest Stars
Kenneth ChoiKenneth Choi
As Dr. Lim
Ever CarradineEver Carradine
As Karen Hartig
Cress WilliamsCress Williams
As Hospital Attorney
Melissa MarsalaMelissa Marsala
As Judy Lupino
Alexandra Bokyun ChunAlexandra Bokyun Chun
As Kim Chen (as Alexandra Chun)
Benjamin ParrilloBenjamin Parrillo
As Dr. Kubisak (as Ben Parrillo)
Sam TrammellSam Trammell
As Ethan Hartig

Co-Guest Stars
Shawn Carter PetersonShawn Carter Peterson
As Male Med Student
Nate TorrenceNate Torrence
As Young Man
Jocelyn JacksonJocelyn Jackson
As Young Woman
Marc MenardMarc Menard
As Soap Doctor
Madison BauerMadison Bauer
As Soap Patient
Donna StearnsDonna Stearns
As Volunteer

Amber MatthewsAmber Matthews
As 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


Karen and Ethan are admiring their newborn daughter and picking names. She sits up despite the fact she hasn't eaten anything, and Ethan calls in Dr. Lim. He checks her and discovers the baby is lethargic. She then has convulsions and Len calls in a crash cart...

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Episode Notes
This episode takes place on Thursday December 2, 2004, five days before it initially aired.

Episode Quotes
Dr. Wilson: I'm still amazed you're in the same room with a patient.
Dr. House: People don't bug me until they get teeth.

Dr. Cuddy: (to House) Shrink. If you would consider a shrink, I would pay for it myself. The hospital would hold a bake sale, for God's sake.

Dr. House: We have an epidemic!
Dr. Cuddy: Two sick babies is very sad, but it doesn’t prove an epidemic.
Dr. House: How many do?

Dr. House: Get up. We're going hunting.
Dr. Chase: For what?
Dr. House: Wabbits.

Dr. Cuddy: Well, there's got to be something in common.
Dr. House: Yeah – that would be the difference between an epidemic and a coincidence.

Dr. House: If [Cuddy] doesn't solve this soon, her head's going to explode and I don't want to get any on me.

Dr. House: Lift up your arms. You have a parasite.
Jill: Like a tapeworm or something?
Dr. House: Lie back and lift up your sweater.You can put your arms down.
Jill: Can you do anything about it?
Dr. DrHouse: Only for about a month or so. After that it becomes illegal to remove, except in a couple of states.
Jill: Illegal?
. House: Don’t worry. Many women learn to embrace this parasite. They name it, dress it up in tiny clothes, arrange playdates with other parasites...
Jill: Playdates…
Dr. House: (showing her sonogram) It has your eyes.

Dr. House: The most successful marriages are based on lies. You're off to a great start.

Charlie: C'mon, Jill - he obviously doesn't want to talk to us.
Dr. House: Oh, I was trying to hide it...

Dr. House: I sometimes forget patients. I thought you were this idiot who didn't know how to use birth control.

Dr. House: This is our fault. Doctors over-prescribing antibiotics. Got a cold? Take some penicillin. Sniffles? No problem. Have some azithromycin. Is that not working anymore? Oh, got your levoquin. Antibacterial soaps in every bathroom. We'll be adding vancomycin to the water supply soon. We bred these superbugs. They're our babies. And they're all grown up and they've got body piercings and a lot of anger.

Dr. House: How's Cameron?
Dr. Foreman: Dr. Cameron?
Dr. House: Sure, let's start with her and move on to all the other Camerons we know.
Dr. Foreman: I'm sorry – I'm just not used to you asking about someone's well-being.
Dr. House: I can understand how the question would surprise you. I don't quite get how it would confuse you.
Dr. Foreman: Why do you want to know?
Dr. House: Why do you want to know why I want to know?
Dr. Foreman: Just curious.
Dr. House: Me too.
Dr. Foreman: You don't get curious.
Dr. House: I'm the most curious man in the world.
Dr. Foreman: Not about trivialities.
Dr. House: Then this must not be trivial.

Jill: Thank you so much. I gotta get you a gift or something.
Dr. House: Sometimes the best gift is the gift of never seeing you again.
Jill: Okay, all right.

Cultural References
House: Wabbits.

House is referring to the way Elmer Fudd says the word "rabbits" on the cartoon series Looney Tunes.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Shore
Executive ProducerBryan Singer  |  Katie Jacobs  |  David Shore  |  Paul Attanasio
Co-Executive ProducerJohn Mankiewicz
Supervising ProducerMatt Witten  |  Thomas L. Moran
ProducerGerrit Van Der Meer
Consulting ProducerDaniel Sackheim  |  Peter Blake (2)  |  Sara B. Cooper
Associate ProducerBruce J. Nachbar  |  Steven Heth  |  Marcy G. Kaplan
Production DesignerMark Hutman
EditorBill Johnson
CastingAmy Lippens
Unit Production ManagerGerrit Van Der Meer
First Assistant DirectorCarol Green
Second Assistant DirectorKorey Pollard
MusicJon Ehrlich  |  Jason Derlatka
Music EditorMichael Baber
Costume DesignerCathy Crandall
Key GripMarlin Hall
Camera OperatorSteven H. Smith
Set DesignerLynn Christopher
Set DecoratorCindy Carr
Location ManagerMichelle Latham
Transportation CoordinatorSteve De Leon
Property MasterMatt Cavaliero
Production Sound MixerBeau Baker
Script SupervisorIra Hurvitz
Production CoordinatorTammi Campbell
Script CoordinatorDustin Paddock
Assistant EditorScott Hahn
Post Production SupervisorJ.R. Nachbar  |  Allen Marshall Palmer
Supervising Sound EditorBarbara Issak
Re-Recording MixerGerry Lentz  |  Richard Weingart
GafferThomas R. Barone
Director of PhotographyWalt Lloyd
Story EditorJoel Anderson Thompson
Art DirectorRobert Henderson (1)
Executive Story EditorLawrence Kaplow
Costume SupervisorKaren Bellamy
Main Title ThemeMassive Attack
Visual Effects SupervisorElan Soltes
Production AccountantJane Williams (2)
Department Head HairKarl Wesson
Casting AssociateStephanie Laffin
Medical Technical AdvisorMichael Giordano  |  Harley Liker  |  Lisa Sanders  |  Bobbin Bergstrom
Department Head Make-upVivian Baker
Executive In Charge Of ProductionAlex Garcia (2)  |  Brian Pines
Assistant To The Executive ProducerRachel Light  |  Jenny Paul  |  Jason Taylor (3)  |  Matt Lewis
Technical ConsultantDavid Foster (1)
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