House (2004–2012)
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The Socratic Method 

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


Peter Medak


David Shore (created by), John Mankiewicz




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Stacy Edwards ... Lucy Palmeiro
Aaron Himelstein ... Luke Palmeiro
Al Espinosa ... Dr. Wells
John Prosky ... Dr. Bergin
Sonya Eddy ... Sally
Pat Musick Pat Musick ... Trina Wyatt
David Vegh ... Clark
Lilas Lane ... Terri
Veronica Leigh Veronica Leigh ... Wendy


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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Drama | Mystery


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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 »


At the end of the scene where House and Foreman are arguing, where house says "Lets see who's right before she bleeds to death," the other doctors walk out. The camera zooms in towards House; however, if you look at the glass wall to the right you can clearly see the reflection of the camera crew. See more »


Dr. Allison Cameron: [House and Foreman are yelling at each other in the next room] I think they're choosing a movie.
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References Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) See more »


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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3 April 2006 | by xredgarnetxSee 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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21 December 2004 (USA) See more »

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