House M.D. (2004–2012)
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Occam's Razor 

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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Gregory House
... Dr. Lisa Cuddy
... Dr. Eric Foreman
... Dr. James Wilson
... Dr. Allison Cameron
... Dr. Robert Chase
... Brandon Merrell
... Mindy
... Becky Merrell
... Jodi Matthews
... Hospital Pharmacist
... Adam Brown
Ben Campbell ... Jerry Morris
... Robert Merrell
... Suburban Pharmacist
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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. No one syndrome fits all seven, so House postulates the improbable 10,000,000 to one occurrence of two simultaneous rare diseases, each explaining half, but tests not only disprove the theory, the treatments make him much sicker. The poor boy ends up in terrifying total isolation undergoing an agonizing biopsy. House now guesses his original symptom, a mere cough, was accidentally mistreated with gout medicine which caused the other six, but the pill theory hunt proves frustrating, and there is more to discover. Written by KGF Vissers/edited by statmanjeff

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girlfriend | gout | cough | clinic | pill | See All (47) »

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30 November 2004 (USA)  »

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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 that resembles the cough medicine: small yellow round pills without an L printed on one side. The patient states his original "cough" medicine did not have the letter on them. The ones with the L on one side though are actually low-dose (81mg) aspirin pills. See more »

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Dr. James Wilson: That smugness of yours really is an attractive quality.
Dr. Gregory House: Thank you. It was either that or get my hair highlighted. Smugness is easier to maintain.
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Features Metroid: Zero Mission (2003) See more »

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Written by Harry Nilsson
Performed by Three Dog Night
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"I'm Doctor Gregory House. You can call me Greg."
5 February 2010 | by 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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