House M.D.: Season 1, Episode 2

Paternity (23 Nov. 2004)

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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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Episode cast overview:
Dan's Father (as Robin Thomas)
Wendy Gazelle ...
Dan's Mother
John Funsten
Young Mother
Scott Hochstadt ...


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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Drama | Mystery


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23 November 2004 (USA)  »

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Hugh Laurie is known to have fooled many people (unintentionally) with his made-to-order American accent. However, in this episode, at about the 8:00 mark, he opines: "...either way, this kid's gonna be picking up his diploma in diapers and a wheelchair." His accent fails just enough to say, "...either way, this kid's gonna be picking up his diplomer in diapahs and a wheelchaih." See more »


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


Dr. Gregory House: Dr. Foreman, I assume you found the kid.
Dr. Eric Foreman: He almost walked off the roof.
Dr. Gregory House: Suicidal?
Dr. Eric Foreman: No, he thought he was on the lacrosse field. Look, I was just going to run home, shower, change...
Dr. Gregory House: Conscious?
Dr. Eric Foreman: Yeah.
Dr. Gregory House: How'd you talk him down?
Dr. Eric Foreman: Actually Chase tackled him.
Dr. Gregory House: Why didn't you do it?
Dr. Eric Foreman: [laughs ironically] Right, well, I'm black, but he was closer.
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References General Hospital (1963) See more »


On Saturday Afternoons in 1963
Written by Rickie Lee Jones
Performed by Rickie Lee Jones
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It's dangerous, it could kill him. You should do it.
6 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Peter O'Fallon directs this episode featuring Scott Mechlowicz (Peaceful Warrior) as a 16-year-old who has night terrors.

Despite several attempts at finding what it wrong, all the attention focuses on a bet House (Hugh Laurie) makes that the father is not the father. It is only when that is resolved that they discover the boy has a disease that only about 20 people a year get.

One of the best things about watching the earl episodes of House is his time in the clinic. Here he really shows his sarcastic humor and it is often the best part of the show.

His interaction with Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) is also great here.

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