House M.D.: Season 1, Episode 3

Occam's Razor (30 Nov. 2004)

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A college boy whose low blood pressure does not respond with IV fluids piques House's curiosity. Clinic Cases: A woman who had a cold last week, man with a sore throat, woman whose leg hurts after running 6 miles, a boy and his MP3 Player.

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Student Brandon Merrell (22) is rushed to ER with seven symptoms. His college girlfriend Mindy fears she caused it by excessively passionate sex. The only syndrome fitting all seven is improbable 10.000.000 to one, so House supposes it's two rare diseases each explaining half, but tests not only disprove both theories, the treatments make him much sicker, the poor boy ends up in terrifying total isolation and agonizing biopsy. House now guesses his original symptom, a mere cough, was accidentally mistreated with gout medicine which causes the six other, but the pill theory hunt proves frustrating, and there is more to discover... Written by KGF Vissers

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On the coffee machine in the team's bullpen, the inscription reads "Good Coffee - cheaper than Prozac". See more »

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At the end of the episode, House seems to have found the gout medicine which resemble the cough medicine: small yellow round pills with an L printed on one side. These are actually low-dose (81mg) aspirin pills. See more »

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Dr. Gregory House: You think it's going to come out on its own? Are we talking bigger than a breadbasket? 'Cause actually, it will come out on its own, which for small stuff is no problem: it's wrapped up in a nice soft package and plop. Big stuff? You're gonna rip something, which, speaking medically, is when the fun stops.
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Dr. Gregory House: You've been here for half an hour and you haven't sat down; that tells me its location. You haven't told me what it is; that tells me it's humiliating. You have a little ...
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"I'm Doctor Gregory House. You can call me Greg."
5 February 2010 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

After the pilot, this is the second episode of House directed by executive producer Bryan Singer, and it's easy to see why he chose to call the shots on this one: like the series premiere, Occam's Razor serves as a perfect introduction to the twisted world of Gregory House.

The diagnostics case of the week is that of a 16-year old boy (Kevin Zegers) whose unusually low blood pressure doesn't respond to IV fluids. While the team tries to figure out what's wrong with the boy, House also has to deal with clinic duties: patients include a woman whose leg hurts after running six miles ("Who knows? Could be anything.") and a boy who has used his MP3 player in a strange way.

Aside from the thrill of the medical/mystery blend (the solution is, as always, original and intriguing), this episode stands out because of its wonderful sense of humor: Chase, Foreman and Cameron casually chatting about sex after the patient's girlfriend suggests she might have, uh, done him to death, Wilson and House discussing the latter's "appealing" smugness (absolutely right) and, of course, the protagonist convincing several clinic patients they ought to wait for another doctor thanks to a wonderful monologue that begins with the apparently harmless "You can call me Greg.". In other words, 40 minutes of great television.


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