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Season 1  "Pilot"  1x1

Aired 16 years ago - Nov 16, 2004

A Kindergarten teacher starts speaking gibberish and passed out in front of her class. What looks like a possible brain tumor does not respond to treatment and provides many more questions than answers for House and his team as they engage in a risky trial-and-error approach to her case. When the young teacher refuses any additional variations of treatment and her life starts slipping away, House must act against his code of conduct and make a personal visit to his patient to convince her to trust him one last time.

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Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 1
Twenty-nine-year old female. First seizure one month ago.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 2
You're the oncologist. I'm just a lowly infectious disease guy.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 3
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Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 5
So you're trying to eliminate the humanity from the practice of medicine?
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 6
I assume it's a corollary if "people lie" that "people screw up".
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 7
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 8
Excellent. We have a point of agreement-- you're not gonna fire me.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 9
Basically, whatever's in your head lights up like a Christmas tree.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 10
Oh, I looked into that philosopher you quoted-- Jagger.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 11
You better love this cousin a whole lot.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 12
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 13
If she's having an allergic reaction to the gadolinium, she'll be dead in two minutes.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 14
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 15
Told you. You can't trust people.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 16
I made sure your first case was an interesting one. Cough just won't go away?
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 17
Unfortunately, you have a deeper problem.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 18
Your doctor probably was concerned about the strength of the medicine too.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 19
She had a heart attack, and my father broke his back doing construction--
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 20
If the blood vessels are inflamed, that's gonna look exactly like what we saw on the M.R.I. from Trenton County,
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 21
So where's your family from then? Steroids aren't an alternative to radiation.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 22
- I was smelling the floor. - Oh.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 23
I can go up to her room tomorrow morning, ask her for the key.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 24
So what do you think-- should I trust her?
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 25
But I'm pretty sure I can sue if you fire me for not breaking into some lady's house.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 26
She is not an experiment. I have a legitimate theory about what's wrong with her.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 27
So how you feeling? Much better, thanks.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 28
Am I ever gonna meet Dr. House?
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 29
It's not what people say. It's what they do.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 30
We needed to shock you to get your heart going.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 31
She'll go blind permanently, and then the respiratory center will fail.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 32
And by then, maybe there's nothing we can do about it.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 33
Apparently not while researching this stuff on the Internet.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 34
Exam room two.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 35
That's right. You stole a loaf of bread to feed your starving family. Right?
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 36
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 37
Dr. Foreman, a lot of Jews have non-Jewish relatives, and most of us don't keep kosher.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 38
Millions of people eat ham every day. It's quite a leap to think that's she's got a tapeworm.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 39
That's because this is not a typical case.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 40
The immune system wakes up, attacks the worm, and everything starts to swell.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 41
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Now I can't walk and I'm wearing a diaper.
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Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 45
So because you respect her, you're going to let her die?
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 46
But Chase is right. He's right. We should X-ray her.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 47
It's there. Probably been there six to 10 years.
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 48
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 49
I hired you...
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 50
You could have just shown up and people would have given you stuff. Lots of stuff.

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Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 2
You're the oncologist. I'm just a lowly infectious disease guy.
#2
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So you're trying to eliminate the humanity from the practice of medicine?
#5
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 6
I assume it's a corollary if "people lie" that "people screw up".
#6
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 7 #7 Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 8
Excellent. We have a point of agreement-- you're not gonna fire me.
#8
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 9
Basically, whatever's in your head lights up like a Christmas tree.
#9
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 10
Oh, I looked into that philosopher you quoted-- Jagger.
#10
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 11
You better love this cousin a whole lot.
#11
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If she's having an allergic reaction to the gadolinium, she'll be dead in two minutes.
#13
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Told you. You can't trust people.
#15
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 16
I made sure your first case was an interesting one. Cough just won't go away?
#16
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 17
Unfortunately, you have a deeper problem.
#17
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 18
Your doctor probably was concerned about the strength of the medicine too.
#18
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 19
She had a heart attack, and my father broke his back doing construction--
#19
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 20
If the blood vessels are inflamed, that's gonna look exactly like what we saw on the M.R.I. from Trenton County,
#20
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 21
So where's your family from then? Steroids aren't an alternative to radiation.
#21
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 22
- I was smelling the floor. - Oh.
#22
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 23
I can go up to her room tomorrow morning, ask her for the key.
#23
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 24
So what do you think-- should I trust her?
#24
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 25
But I'm pretty sure I can sue if you fire me for not breaking into some lady's house.
#25
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 26
She is not an experiment. I have a legitimate theory about what's wrong with her.
#26
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 27
So how you feeling? Much better, thanks.
#27
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 28
Am I ever gonna meet Dr. House?
#28
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 29
It's not what people say. It's what they do.
#29
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 30
We needed to shock you to get your heart going.
#30
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 31
She'll go blind permanently, and then the respiratory center will fail.
#31
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 32
And by then, maybe there's nothing we can do about it.
#32
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 33
Apparently not while researching this stuff on the Internet.
#33
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 34
Exam room two.
#34
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 35
That's right. You stole a loaf of bread to feed your starving family. Right?
#35
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Dr. Foreman, a lot of Jews have non-Jewish relatives, and most of us don't keep kosher.
#37
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 38
Millions of people eat ham every day. It's quite a leap to think that's she's got a tapeworm.
#38
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 39
That's because this is not a typical case.
#39
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 40
The immune system wakes up, attacks the worm, and everything starts to swell.
#40
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Now I can't walk and I'm wearing a diaper.
#42
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So because you respect her, you're going to let her die?
#45
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 46
But Chase is right. He's right. We should X-ray her.
#46
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 47
It's there. Probably been there six to 10 years.
#47
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I hired you...
#49
Recap of House Season 1 Episode 1 (S01E01) - 50
You could have just shown up and people would have given you stuff. Lots of stuff.
#50