House M.D.: Season 1, Episode 11

Detox (15 Feb. 2005)

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A girl crashes a Porsche after her boyfriend starts coughing up blood and continues to have unexplained bleeds. Clinic Cases: Cuddy give House a month off clinic duties if he can spend a week off his pain meds.



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Episode cast overview:
Mr. Foster
Keith Foster
Marco Pelaez ...
Ingrid (as Ameríca Olivo)
Akiko Morison ...
Anesthesiologist (as Akiko Ann Morison)


Adorable teenager Keith Foster suddenly starts bleeding terribly during a ride with dad's Porsche his cheeky girlfriend Pam got him to let her steer. Loving widowed father Foster fears ex-junkie Pam got his good boy on drugs, but Keith tests clean, yet shows a confusing set of symptoms, mainly liver-problems. After various negative tests, either hyper-rare hepatitis E -possibly caught on foreign travels- or lupus (immunity turning against the patient himself) seem likely. Chase cleverly manages to save his eye which suddenly went blind from blood cluttering. House, who is even grumpier and ruder after accepting a dare from Cuddy to earn a week off clinic duty by going a week without his painkiller to make sure he's not getting addicted, holds out on medication for lupus as it would render hepatitis incurable, alas needlessly for so long the boy now needs a liver transplant, but also insists to elaborate Keith's apparent hallucination about being tortured by a certain Jules, which ... Written by KGF Vissers

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This is the first time that Lupus is offered as a possible diagnosis. See more »


When it is revealed that House is suffering the effects of opiate withdrawal Dr. Cuddy states that it is because House is addicted to the Vicodin. However just because someone is experiencing withdrawal after stopping an opiate or opioid (opiate is a term used to describe the naturally occurring narcotics in opium which are mainly codeine and morphine. Whereas opioid is a term used for the semi-synthetic analgesics like hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab and Norco), oxycodone (Percocet and OxyContin) and Hydromorphone (Dilaudid), as well as the fully synthetic narcotic analgesics like methadone and fentanyl) does not mean that they are addicted to the drug, it just means that their body, mainly the brain and nervous system, has become tolerant to the drug. While only some people who use opiates and opioids become addicted to them (meaning they take the drug for the high). Whereas everyone who takes an opiate or opioid for more then a couple weeks will become tolerant to the drug (meaning that the drug is similar to chemicals secreted in the brain, mainly endorphins and dopamine our bodies natural painkiller and "feel good hormone". In fact endorphins are very similar to morphine both chemically and in its effects on the nervous system) so since these drugs are a lot like those chemicals secreted in our brain, the brain stops making these chemical neurotransmitters. But when you suddenly stop taking opiates or opioids it throws out brain into a chemical imbalance which is what withdrawals are and once our brain is able to catch up and start producing normal levels of endorphins and dopamine then the withdrawal subsides. So to sum it up once again, going into withdrawal after the cessation of opiates or opioids does not necessarily mean one is addicted to them. See more »


Dr. Gregory House: I'm not lonely. My leg hurts.
Dr. Wilson: She's a real masseuse.
Dr. Gregory House: She's $500 an hour, minimum.
Dr. Wilson: She's hot so she's a hooker? What kind of pathetic logic is that?
Dr. Gregory House: The envious, jealous, I-never-got-any-in-high-school kind of logic.
Dr. Wilson: She's a legitimate masseuse. Come on. She's beautiful.
Dr. Gregory House: Because she's beautiful I should do it? What kind of pathetic logic is that?
Dr. Wilson: The envious, jealous, I'm-married-and-I-can't-do-anything logic.
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Difficult to watch, and truly excellent
26 March 2006 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

When I look back, I believe this is the first episode I saw of HOUSE. A college student is admitted with conflicting symptoms, not the least of which is uncontrolled bleeding. This episode goes right for the gut and we watch House and his colleagues poke and prod this kid to the point of death. I had trouble watching all of it, as it took me back to my days working first as an emergency room orderly and later as a floating nurse's aide in a large city hospital when I was a mere teen. You haven't lived until you've seen a doctor straddle a suffocating patient and plunge a large stainless steel cylinder into his chest to alleviate fluid on the lungs. This episode of HOUSE is so realistic, it reminds me of those good old days -- may they never return. This also is the episode where House is sort-of blackmailed into giving up his painkillers. You'll have to watch for yourself to see if he does.

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