A 38-year-old mother, apparently suffering from thrombosis, alcoholism and schizophrenia, has only her underage 15-year-old son as caregiver.

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When it appears that Lucy Palmeiro, a schizophrenic mom with deep vein thrombosis, is lying about her alcohol intake, Dr. House is the lone voice of reason. Under the scrutiny of her hyper-vigilant teenage son, House takes Lucy off all her medications and secretly sends Foreman and Chase to search her apartment for clues. Written by Anonymous

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21 December 2004 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Hugh Laurie actually has an English accent, as he is from Oxford, England. In "The Socratic Method" there is a moment where House pretends to have an English accent while on the phone. Hugh Laurie was able to use his own accent (or an accent close to his own) for this moment. See more »

Goofs

In the first season of House, House lived on the 4th floor of an apartment building. When Cameron comes to House's apartment, the entry is on the farthest right wall. In further seasons his apartment has a first floor external shot. The entry door is on the left wall and the layout is different. In season 5, Wilson mentions to House that he doesn't like change and has lived in the same apartment for 15 years. See more »

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Dr. Gregory House: Lucy! I don't think you're crazy.
Lucy Palermo: Neither do I - but I'm crazy.
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Connections

References Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) See more »

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Happy Bithday to You
Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill (as Patty and Mildred J. Hill) in 1893 as "Good Morning to All" and published in its final form in 1912
Played by Hugh Laurie on piano
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Gripping
3 April 2006 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

SOCRATIC METHOD is one of the first season's more intense episodes, in which a mother with serious health problems is thought to have substance problems. Her son is like a parent to her, protecting her at every turn. House suspects something far more peculiar going on, and has his team check out the woman's home for possible contributing factors. This is the kind of episode that has hooked me on this show. It plays like a medical episode of LAW & ORDER, which is the highest compliment I can give any TV series. The acting is first rate, the drama is high, and the action is compelling. And we get to see the House team in a different light in this episode.


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