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House: The Socratic Method

Lucy Palermo is a schizophrenic mom with deep vein thrombosis and also displays mixed symptoms, including a tumor, but House realizes her cannot figure out what is wrong with her. After an anonymous call to Social Services, House begins to question whether Lucy is really schizophrenic, and causes her son, Lucas, to blame Dr. House for making the call which will take him away from her. House decides to then take Lucy off all her medication and then secretly sends Foreman and Chase to search her apartment for clues. All of this happens on House's birthday which he is trying to forget, but no one will let him.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x6
Production Number: HOU-103
Airdate: Tuesday December 21st, 2004

Director: Peter Medak
Writer: John Mankiewicz

Alternate Airdates:

FI (MTV3) Oct 26, 2006
Czech Republic Nov 08, 2006
NL (SBS 6) Jun 10, 2008

Guest Stars
Al EspinosaAl Espinosa
As Hiccuping Patient
Stacy EdwardsStacy Edwards
As Lucy Palmeiro
Aaron HimelsteinAaron Himelstein
As Luke Palmeiro
John ProskyJohn Prosky
As Dr. Bergin

Co-Guest Stars
Sonya EddySonya Eddy
As Sally
Pat MusickPat Musick
As Trina Wyatt
David VeghDavid Vegh
As Clark
Lilas LaneLilas Lane
As Terri
C. Xavier DraytonC. Xavier Drayton
As Male Truant Officer

Farrah Skyler GreyeFarrah Skyler Greye
As Nurse
Kenya D. WilliamsonKenya D. Williamson
As Scrub 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


Lucy Palmeiro is at the Department of Employment Development with her son, Luke, asking for an extension of disability benefits. She insults the clerk, Sally, and then complains about pain in her thigh. She then rambles about killing a cat, and Luke informs Sally that his mother has schizophrenia. As he goes through his records and claims that he's 18, Sally tells them that they're all set. Meanwhile, Lucy thinks that the frog paperweight on Sally's desk is talking to her. Sally nervously goes to get a glass of water for her, and Luke asks his mother to hold on. He gives her a small flask of vodka to drink and tells her that the voices aren't real. Lucy clutches at her chest and then collapses to the floor...

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Episode Notes
When House pretends to be an English doctor, he actually drops his fake American accent and speaks in his normal, English voice.

Episode Quotes
Luke: Is this a good hospital?
Dr. House: Depends on what you mean by "good." I like these chairs

Dr. House: How old is she?
Luke: You're a doctor?
Dr. House: Own my own stethoscope. Did I ask you how old she was? I forget.

Dr. Wilson: (to House) You won't talk to patients because they lie, but give you a patient with no concept of reality...

Dr. 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.

Dr. Foreman: [House's] really talking to a patient.
Dr. Chase: I don't know who I am any more.

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: They're not boring. He likes that

Dr. Cameron: Happy birthday.
Dr. House: Okay... whose?

Dr. House: The boys in the lab – sure, they're hard drinkers. But they're pros.

Dr. House: We needed blood for tests. I assume that was the only way to get it.
Luke: [Foreman] knocked her out!
Dr. House: Look, I have a cane and I know how to use it.

Dr. House: It turns out your best judgment is not good enough. Here's an idea--next time, use mine.

Dr. House: So when I said, "No psych meds," I'm just curious - which word didn't you understand?

Dr. House: Gee, I wish my idea was as cool and vivid as yours. By the way, do you have one?

Dr. House: I can tell you're upset about something. You're going to open up to me now, aren't you?
Luke: It's my fault...
Dr. House: Here we go...

Dr. Foreman: Mickey Mantle had a whole bar named after him--he got a transplant.
Dr. House: Yeah, well, Lucy can't switch hit.

Dr. 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 subtl, too.

Dr. 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?
Dr. 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?

Dr. Cameron: You really didn't know?
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.

Luke: You said you wouldn't call. You're a real bastard, you know?
Dr. House: Yeah, I get that a lot.

Dr. House: You think I'm crazy.
Dr. Wilson: Well, yeah, but that's not the problem.

Cultural References
Chase: The Madness of King George.

This is a reference to the insanity, brought on by porphyria, that gripped King George III in his final years and, more specifically, to the 1994 film of the same name starring Nigel Hawthorne. It is likely also intended as an in-joke as Hugh Laurie played Prince George, King George III's son and the future King George IV, in Blackadder the Third.

Dr. House: And that guitar player in that English band – he was great. (...) Pink Floyd.

House is talking about the late Syd Barret, former guitarist of the Brittish progressive rock band, Pink Floyd. Barret was kicked out of the band for heavy drug use that jeopardized the functioning of the band. He literally had no concept of reality as Wilson mentions, his drug use caused psychological problems. Barrett withdrew into near-total seclusion and never released any more material.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Shore
Executive ProducerPaul Attanasio  |  David Shore  |  Katie Jacobs  |  Bryan Singer
Co-Executive ProducerJohn Mankiewicz
Supervising ProducerMatt Witten  |  Thomas L. Moran
ProducerGerrit Van Der Meer
Consulting ProducerSara B. Cooper  |  Daniel Sackheim  |  Peter Blake (2)
Associate ProducerSteven Heth  |  Bruce J. Nachbar  |  Marcy G. Kaplan
Production DesignerMark Hutman
EditorSue Blainey
CastingAmy Lippens
Unit Production ManagerGerrit Van Der Meer
First Assistant DirectorChris Stoia
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 EditorJohn McMinn
Post Production SupervisorAllen Marshall Palmer  |  J.R. Nachbar
Supervising Sound EditorBarbara Issak
Re-Recording MixerRichard Weingart  |  Gerry Lentz
GafferThomas R. Barone
Director of PhotographyWalt Lloyd
Story EditorJoel Anderson Thompson
Art DirectorRobert Henderson (1)
Executive Story EditorLawrence Kaplow
Costume SupervisorKaren Bellamy
Main Title ThemeJason Derlatka  |  Massive Attack  |  Jon Ehrlich
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 ProducerMatt Lewis  |  Jason Taylor (3)  |  Jenny Paul  |  Rachel Light
Video CoordinatorMatt Bosson
Technical ConsultantDavid Foster (1)
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