House M.D. (2004–2012)
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The team helps a high school boy (16) who has double vision and night terrors. (Clinic Cases: Unvaccinated baby, man with boil on leg.)


Peter O'Fallon


David Shore (created by), Lawrence Kaplow

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Episode cast overview:
Hugh Laurie ... Dr. Gregory House
Lisa Edelstein ... Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Omar Epps ... Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean Leonard ... Dr. James Wilson
Jennifer Morrison ... Dr. Allison Cameron
Jesse Spencer ... Dr. Robert Chase
Scott Mechlowicz ... Dan
Robin Thomas ... Dan's Father
Wendy Gazelle Wendy Gazelle ... Dan's Mother
Alex Skuby ... John Funsten
Kylee Cochran ... Young Woman
Paul Ganus ... Trainer
Scott Hochstadt Scott Hochstadt ... Jake


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, in the clinic, 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) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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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 his lacrosse field. Look... look, I was just gonna 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: How come YOU didn't do it?
Dr. Eric Foreman: [laughs ironically] Right, well, I am 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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"First you badger me for my opinion, then you dismiss my diagnosis. Cool"
31 January 2010 | by MaxBorg89See 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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