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House: DNR

After jazz musician John Henry Giles checks into Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital believing he's dying from ALS, he signs a DNR to avoid a slow death. House disagrees with the diagnosis then violates the man's DNR to save his life. House ends up in court and the man's paralysis ends up getting worse. Soon though, the man begins to get better for no reason, leading the team to ponder how this is occurring. Meanwhile, Dr. Foreman meets with an old friend who ends up offering him a West Coast partnership and he might just take him up on the offer.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x9
Production Number: HOU-110
Airdate: Tuesday February 01st, 2005

Director: Fred Keller
Writer: David Foster (1)

Alternate Airdates:

FI (MTV3) Nov 16, 2006
Czech Republic Nov 29, 2006
NL (SBS 6) Jun 19, 2008

Guest Stars
Harry LennixHarry Lennix
As John Henry Giles (as Harry Lennix)
Chloe WebbChloe Webb
As Cora
Mike StarrMike Starr
As Willie
Victor Raider-WexlerVictor Raider-Wexler
As Judge Winter
Rif HuttonRif Hutton
As Morris
David ConradDavid Conrad
As Marty Hamilton
As Herself

Co-Guest Stars
Clint BakerClint Baker
As Tommy
Dennis HowardDennis Howard
As Chaplain

Deirdre M. SmithDeirdre M. Smith
As Carol Moffatt
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


At a music studio, singer Brandy is waiting for legendary jazz musician John Henry Giles to arrive. She assures her band that she got John Henry to come to provide accompaniment...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Louis ArmstrongWhat A Wonderful World 

Episode Quotes
Dr. Cuddy: Forget (Giles') paralysis.
Dr. House: Tell that to the rest of his bowling team.

Dr. House: Like I always say, there's no "I" in team. There’s a "me" though, if you jumble it up.

Dr. Foreman: Dr. House, is there anything back from Micral?
Dr. House: Not yet. You going to fire me?
Dr. Foreman: You can make up for it by washing my car.
Dr. House: Oh, this is fun.

Dr. House: What about the paralysis?
Dr. Foreman: We're sticking to the pneumonia.
Dr. House: Well, you certainly are, boss. Like a wet tongue sticks to dry ice.b

Dr. Foreman: He signed a DNR.
Dr. House: (taking off his headphones) He rhymes with "dinner"?
Dr. Foreman: He signed a DNR.
Dr. House: Oh. That makes more sense.

Willie: My pants tell you I have diabetes?
Dr. House: No, they tell me you're an idiot.

Dr. Foreman: What is wrong with you?
House: Everyone knows what's wrong with me. What's wrong with him is much more interesting.

Dr. Foreman: You assaulted that man.
Dr. House: Fine, I'll never do it again.
Dr. Foreman: Yes, you will.
Dr. House: All the more reason this debate is pointless.

Server: Dr. House?
Dr. House: Cuddy sent me a stripper again? Love that woman--so thoughtful.

Dr. House: Can we get the lecture over with, because I've got a... actually, I've got nothing to do. Take your time.

Dr. Cuddy: When I hired you, I knew you were insane. I will continue to try and stop you from doing insane things, but once they’re done… Trying to convince an insane person not to do insane things is, in itself, insane. So when I hired you, I also set aside $50,000 a year for legal expenses. So far you’ve come in under budget.

(to House)
Dr. Wilson: Some doctors have the messiah complex-–they need to save the world. You got the Rubik's complex-–you need to solve the puzzle.

Dr. House: And that's all you are? Musician?
John Henry Giles: I got one thing, same as you.
Dr. House: Really? Well apparently you know me better than I know you.
John Henry Giles: I know that limp. I know the empty ring finger. And that obsessive nature of yours, that's a big secret.You don't risk jail and your career to save somebody who doesn't want to be saved, unless you got something. Anything. One thing. The reason normal people got wives and kids and hobbies, whatever, that's because they ain't got that one thing that--that hits a man hard and that true. I got music, you got this, the thing you think about all the time, the thing that keeps you south of normal. Yeah, makes us great, makes us the best. All we miss out on is everything else. No woman waiting at home after work with a drink and a kiss, that ain't gonna happen for us.
Dr. House: That's why God made microwaves.
John Henry Giles: Yeah. And when it's over, it's over.
Dr. House: Yeah. (House starts wheeling him out)
John Henry Giles: What are you doing?
Dr. House: It's not over for me. Either you're gonna call the cops again or we're doing this. If you wanna die you can do it easily inside an MRI machine.

Marty Hamilton: You enjoy working with Dr. House?
Dr. Foreman: Not the word I'd use...

Dr. House: Next time you want to make me feel all warm and fuzzy, leave a message.

Dr. Wilson: So your philosophy is, if they don't want treatment they get it shoved down their throat, but if it might cure their paralysis, whoa, you'd better slow down.
Dr. House: Yeah, My old philosophy used to be "Live and Let Live," but I'm taking this needlepoint class and they gave us these really big pillows.
Dr. Wilson: What's your philosophy on employee relations?
Dr. House: That's a very tiny pillow.

(to Foreman)
Dr. House: You took a chance, you did something great. You were wrong, but it was still great. You should feel great that it was great. You should feel like crap that it was wrong. That's the difference between (Hamilton) and me. He thinks you do your job and what will be will be. I think that what I do and what you do matters. He sleeps better at night. He shouldn't.

John Henry Giles: How many of those pills you taking?
Dr. House: I'm in pain.
John Henry Giles: Yes. Aren't we all?

Cultural References
Wilson Yeah, and that girl dropped the charges against Kobe. Doesn’t mean that he should call her and see if she’s free to get a sundae.

Wilson is referring to baskeball player Kobe Bryant who had a sexual assault charge made against him by a woman whom he claimed he had had consensual sex with but who charged him with rape. She later dropped the charges and settled out of court with him in a civil lawsuit.

House: I watched Matlock last night.

Matlock was a series that ran from 1986 to 1995 on ABC and NBC and starred Andy Griffith as a lawyer and senior citizen.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Shore
Executive ProducerDavid Shore  |  Bryan Singer  |  Katie Jacobs  |  Paul Attanasio
Co-Executive ProducerJohn Mankiewicz
Supervising ProducerMatt Witten  |  Thomas L. Moran
ProducerGerrit Van Der Meer
Consulting ProducerSara B. Cooper  |  Peter Blake (2)  |  Daniel Sackheim
Associate ProducerSteven 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 DesignerPeter Clemens
Set DecoratorCindy Carr
Location ManagerMichelle Latham
Transportation CoordinatorSteve De Leon
Property MasterTyler Patton
Production Sound MixerBeau Baker
Script SupervisorIra Hurvitz
Production CoordinatorTammi Campbell
Script CoordinatorDustin Paddock
Assistant EditorJason Freeman
Post Production SupervisorAllen 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)
Post Production CoordinatorJulie Hrebec
Executive Story EditorLawrence Kaplow
Costume SupervisorKaren Bellamy
Main Title ThemeJon Ehrlich  |  Massive Attack
Visual Effects SupervisorElan Soltes
Production AccountantJane Williams (2)
Department Head HairKarl Wesson
Casting AssociateStephanie Laffin
Medical Technical AdvisorMichael Giordano  |  Lisa Sanders  |  Harley Liker  |  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
Video CoordinatorMark L. Marcum
Video OperatorSteve Galloway (2)
Technical ConsultantDavid Foster (1)
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