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House: Detox

House decides to take Cuddy's challenge and stops taking Vicodin for a week in exchange for no clinic duty for a month. House's withdrawal symptoms become increasingly severe as he and his team have to figure out why a 16-year-old boy won't stop bleeding after a car accident. Foreman and Cameron begin wondering if House is stable enough to even be attending the patient.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x11
Production Number: HOU-112
Airdate: Tuesday February 15th, 2005

Alternate Airdates:

FI (MTV3) Nov 30, 2006
Czech Republic Dec 13, 2006
NL (SBS 6) Jun 26, 2008

Guest Stars
Maurice GodinMaurice Godin
As Dr. Hourani
Mark HarelikMark Harelik
As Mr. Foster
Nick DNick D'Agosto
As Keith Foster (as Nicholas D'Agosto)

Co-Guest Stars
Marco PelaezMarco Pelaez
As Pharmacist
America OlivoAmerica Olivo
As Ingrid
Akiko MorisonAkiko Morison
As Anesthesiologist (as Akiko Ann Morison)
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


Keith Foster and his girlfriend Pam are making out in his bed and she suggests they do it. He reluctantly agrees and she gets his car keys from the nightstand. They go driving in his father's Porsche with Pam at the wheel, and Keith starts coughing uncontrollably. Pam finally realizes something is wrong when he coughs up blood. Distracted, she spins through an intersection beneath a truck and misses, but a bus slams into them...

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Episode Notes
For his performance in this episode, Hugh Laurie received a 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Joe CockerFeelin' AlrightHouse in his office at the end
Windy WagnerYou Don't Have To WorryKeith and Pam in bed

Episode Quotes
House: Internal bleeding after a car accident? Wow - that's shocking!

Dr. Cuddy: You know, there are other ways to manage pain.
Dr. House: Like what, laughter? Meditation? Got a guy who can fix my third chakra?

Dr. Cuddy: It's not just your leg. You wanna get high. You're doing, what, 80 milligrams a day?
Dr. House: No. That's way too much. Moderation is the key. Unless there's pain.
Dr. Cuddy: It's double what you were taking when I hired you.
Dr. House: 'Cause you're twice as annoying.

Dr. Cuddy: I can't protect you. Patients talk, doctors talk.
Dr. House: About how big your ass has gotten lately? Not me – I defend it.

Dr. House: (waves cane) Chicks dig this - it's better than a puppy!

Dr. House: What are you doing here? I thought we ruled out cancer.
Dr. Wilson: I was lonely.
Dr. House: Well, go see Cuddy--she needs a friend.
Dr. Wilson: That's funny--she said you might need one.

Dr. Wilson: She's hot so she's a hooker? What kind of pathetic logic is that?
Dr. House: The envious, jealous "I never got any in high school" logic. Hello?!?

Dr. House: I had a massage.
Dr. Chase: Looks like you had a masseuse.

Dr. Cuddy: Answer me.
Dr. House: Nothing I could say is going to change how you feel, and nothing could come out of your reaction that is going to change what I plan to do. So I prefer to say nothing.
Dr. Cuddy: So...that was you just saying nothing?
Dr. House: Uh-huh.

Dr. House: His liver is shutting down!
Mr. Foster: What? What does that mean?
Dr. House: It means he's better--he's ready to go home.

Dr. Foreman: You know, House shouldn't even be here.
Dr. Chase: Because he said something inappropriate? If we sent him home every time he did that, we wouldn't need this office.

Dr. Foreman: He's detoxing--can't you see he's out of his mind?
Dr. House: That's what they said about Manson.

Dr. House: I take risks--sometimes patients die. But not taking risks causes more patients to die. So I guess my biggest problem is I've been cursed with the ability to do the math.

Dr. Cameron: Yeah, I I trusted you.
Dr. House: You always trust me. That's a big mistake.

(exhuming a dead cat)
Dr. Foreman: Four years of college, four of med school, two years of residency, another four of sub-specialty training. And where do I end up?
Dr. Chase: Talking instead of digging.

(after House sneezes on the patient to stop an operation)
Anesthesiologist: There's no way we can do this surgery now.
Dr. Hourani: Ya think!?!

Dr. House: You do that surgery, you'll be killing a mother of four.
Dr. Cuddy: Father of three.
Dr. House: I was guessing.

Dr. Wilson: You learn anything?
Dr. House: Yeah, I'm an addict.
Dr. Wilson: Uh, okay.

Dr. Wilson: You alienate people.
Dr. House: I've been alienating people since I was three.
Dr. Wilson: Oh, come on! Drop it! You don't think you've changed in the last few years?
Dr. House: Well, of, of course I have. I've gotten older. My hair's gotten thinner. Sometimes I'm bored, sometimes I'm lonely, sometimes I wonder what it all means.

Dr. House: Of course I've changed!
Dr. Wilson: And everything's the leg? Nothing's the pills? They haven't done a thing to you?
Dr. House: They let me do my job, and they take away my pain.

Cultural References
Dr. Wilson: No, I want to make sure you don’t start firing shots from the clock tower.

Wilson is referencing Charles Whitman, who on August 1, 1966, climbed to the top of the University of Texas Tower in Austin and began a shooting spree which lasted 96 minutes, killing 10 people and wounding 32 others.

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 ProducerDaniel Sackheim  |  Sara B. Cooper  |  Peter Blake (2)
Associate ProducerSteven Heth  |  Marcy G. Kaplan
Production DesignerMark Hutman
EditorSue Blainey
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 GripDale Alexander
Camera OperatorJohn L. Wagner
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 MixerRichard Weingart  |  Gerry Lentz
GafferBrad Lipson
Director of PhotographyRoy H. Wagner
Story EditorJoel Anderson Thompson
Art DirectorRobert Henderson (1)
Post Production CoordinatorJulie Hrebec
Executive Story EditorLawrence Kaplow
Costume SupervisorKaren Bellamy
Main Title ThemeJason Derlatka  |  Jon Ehrlich  |  Massive Attack
Visual Effects SupervisorElan Soltes
Production AccountantJane Williams (2)
Department Head HairKarl Wesson
Casting AssociateStephanie Laffin
Medical Technical AdvisorLisa Sanders  |  Harley Liker  |  Michael Giordano  |  Bobbin Bergstrom
Department Head Make-upVivian Baker
Executive In Charge Of ProductionAlex Garcia (2)  |  Brian Pines
Assistant To The Executive ProducerMatt Lewis  |  Rachel Light  |  Jenny Paul  |  Jason Taylor (3)
Video CoordinatorMark L. Marcum
Video OperatorSteve Galloway (2)
Technical ConsultantDavid Foster (1)
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