House M.D.: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (16 Nov. 2004)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery
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Young kindergarten teacher Rebecca Adler collapses in her classroom after uncontrolled gibberish slips out of her mouth while she is about to teach students.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Landon (as Reika Sharma)
Asthma Mom
Dylan Basu ...
Asthma Boy
Sydney (as Ava Rebecca Hughes)
Kyarra Willis ...
Kid #2
Ethan Kyle Gross ...
Molnar (as Eitan Kyle Gross)
Candus Churchill ...
Substitute Teacher


Pretty 29-year-old kindergarten teacher, Rebecca Adler, collapses one morning as she teaches her young students; Rebecca is babbling, incoherently and unintelligibly. After her physicians cannot diagnose her, Rebecca is sent to Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital (PPH) in New Jersey to consult with the foremost diagnostician in America, Dr. Gregory House. House's small team of young specialists perform all of the initial testing, including the taking of patient histories, performing environmental studies at her classroom and, by breaking and entering, at her home. House firmly believes that everybody lies; he jokes that Rebecca might be running a meth lab in her basement so he does not want her team to ask her for her house keys. No meth lab is found but there is pork in her refrigerator. Rebecca questions the fact she has met Dr. Eric Foreman, Dr. Allison Cameron and Dr. Robert Chase, (House's entire team) Dr. Lisa Cuddy, PPH hospital administrator, and Dr. James Wilson, PPH ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Rebecca Adler is named after the main female antagonist in the Sherlock Holmes series of novels. House is based on Holmes. See more »


Gregory House suffers with chronic pain from his right leg and uses the walking stick in his right hand. In real life such a person would use the stick in the opposite hand (ie the left hand in his case), to offload the weight on the affected side and form a stable tripod base when mobilizing. This is basic knowledge for anyone in the medical profession. But, in later episodes of the show, it is made evident that House is using the cane on the incorrect side on purpose. See more »


Dr. Gregory House: Not many people get to experience muscle death.
Rebecca Adler: Did you think you were dying?
Dr. Gregory House: I hoped I was dying.
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Referenced in Scrubs: My House (2007) See more »


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You can't always get what you want.
6 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Terrible with patients, Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) is excellent in determining what is wrong with them and then curing them.

He gets right to the heart of the matter, whether it is someone that is dying, or someone who is a hypochondriac, or a mother that thinks she knows more than her doctor does.

He doesn't mince words, and believes all people lie.

This episode introduces the characters we will grow to love and introduces the best medical show on television.

Directed by Brian Singer, who gave us X-Men and X2, this is one exciting show.

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