House M.D.: Season 1, Episode 2

Paternity (23 Nov. 2004)

TV Episode  -   -  Drama | Mystery
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The team help a high school boy (16) who has double vision and night terrors. (Clinic Cases: Unvaccinated baby, man with boil on leg.)

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A 16-year old lacrosse player starts suffering from double vision, night terrors and frequent hallucinations. House and his team must diagnose the mystery brain condition which is causing all these symptoms before it progresses to a fatal stage. Meanwhile, House is being threatened with a lawsuit and a mother who doesn't believe in vaccinations. Written by Anonymous

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One of the lacrosse teams at the beginning of the episode has the colors (Maroon and White) and the mascot (Tartans) of Carnegie Mellon University. Tartan clothing can also be seen worn by Dan's parents and other people watching the game. See more »

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In the lacrosse match in the opening moments there is a flipped shot and the name TARTANS was displayed mirrored. See more »

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Dr. Eric Foreman: It's dangerous, it could kill him. You should do it.
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References General Hospital (1963) See more »

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On Saturday Afternoons in 1963
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Written by Rickie Lee Jones
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"First you badger me for my opinion, then you dismiss my diagnosis. Cool"
31 January 2010 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

With the purple-ish tint in the cinematography gone and the rest of the series exactly as it was established in the pilot, Paternity is the first truly great House episode, expertly relying on the show's key strengths: mystery, sarcasm and Hugh Laurie.

The diagnostic case is that of a 16-year old boy who suffers from double vision and night terrors. However, while Foreman, Cameron and Chase try to find out what's wrong, House is more interested in knowing if the boy's father is in fact his real father, and makes a bet with the staff. Unsurprisingly, his methods are criticized by the parents, and also by his clinic patients: a man who has a habit of suing hospitals, and a mother who can't understand what is wrong with her baby.

The episode introduces a theme that will become quite common on the show, namely messed-up father-son relationships, and does so with the right mixture of humor and drama. What really sticks with the viewer, however, is the brilliance with which Laurie delivers the story's sharpest, most unforgettable scene: upon learning that the aforementioned baby wasn't vaccinated because the mother doesn't have faith in the system (go figure), House crushes her beliefs with an utterly cruel, spot-on speech. Close second is the episode's funniest line which, unusually, is not spoken by the main character, but by Foreman, who gets to be a little sarcastic on his own: "It's dangerous, it could kill him. You should do it." And to think Omar Epps once played an intern on ER...


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