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About House, M.D.

House, also known as House, M.D., was a critically-acclaimed American medical drama television series created by David Shore and executively produced by film director Bryan Singer. The Emmy and Peabody award-winning medical drama debuted on the FOX Network on November 16, 2004, and aired its last episode on May 21, 2012.

For eight years the show brought in people from around the globe, bringing intrigue and mystery in the form of unusual medical cases in a vein reminiscent of the mysteries solved by Sherlock Holmes. Furthermore, these cases were the catalyst for the discussion of philosophical and ethical issues and decisions, a lot of which were not left with a clear victor, but all of which revealed more and more of the character of each of the different doctors that comprised the team each year. In the end, while the team didn't completely understand (or appreciate) House's methods fully, the show gives a final hurrah as each of the members walks away with something they realize was the right thing to do after all. Although the mantra "Everybody Lies" is proven over and over again, the concept that "people never change, they only come up with better lies" is tested up until the last moments as the characters (and the show) drive off into an adventure left to the imagination.

Everything is challenged, nothing is sacred, and the most profound revelations of life can be found within the 172 hours of television given over the course of the eight seasons of pill-popping, dripping sarcasm, dark humor, and intelligent storytelling ever to grace the small screen of the living room (or large screen, if that may be the case, but then...everybody lies). This wiki is intended for your perusal to catch up, read, make new or more complete connections on various subject matter, or perhaps relive the funny if outrageous times given to us by actor Hugh Laurie and company.

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The Socratic Method

The Socratic Method is a 1st season episode of House which first aired on December 21, 2004. While dodging Cuddy in the emergency room, House runs into the son of a schizophrenic woman who has been diagnosed with alcoholism. Intrigued by her schizophrenia and the fact she has a condition she's too young to get, he takes her case and finds multiple problems. However, when the patient does something unexpected, House starts to wonder if she's really mentally ill at all.

In this the sixth episode of the series, the format of the show takes a departure from it's usual format by having House interact in depth with the patient. Where in the first episodes of the series House assiduously avoids any contact with the patient, here he spends most of his time with her. Even Chase, who has been with House longer than anyone, is astounded by House's abandonment of his usual process.

As a result, the episode provides us with a lot more insight into House's character, showing that what really piques his interest is when he finds something curious, whether it be the case or the patient. Most patients are boring but in Lucy and, a lesser extent, her son Lucas, provide House with intrigue and the possibility of additional insight that the usual patients do not. It is not that House doesn't care about patients, it's that he doesn't care about boring patients.

In addition, we seem to see some insight into Chase's character at this point as well. Although later in the series Cameron is usually the one with personal concerns about the patient or the people close to them, this trend actually starts with Chase's concerns about the relationship between Lucas and Lucy. It is only later in the series we realize that Chase sees a lot of himself in Lucas - a child forced to maturity all too early due to an absent father and a mother with a substance abuse problem.

The episode also explores the realities of mental illness, foreshadowing the events of Season 5 and Season 6 where both House and Alvie struggle with balancing their talents with their mental health needs.

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A schizophrenic woman is with her son talking to a social worker when she starts suffering the effects of a deep vein thrombosis. To quiet her down, her son gives her vodka while the social worker is away getting water. She starts complaining about the voices she hears. All of a sudden, she grabs her chest and collapses.

The woman is rushed to Princeton-Plainsboro, and House hears a page from Cuddy. He is hiding from her in the ER waiting room and meets up randomly with the patient's son, who asks if it’s a good hospital. An ER doctor tells the son about the thrombosis which broke off and went to her lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. The son Luke argues that it can't be from the alcohol he's given her, but House stands up and shouts at the ER doctor for not checking whether or not the patient has other signs of alcoholism.


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House: "Is this hell? An eternity of people trying to convince me to live?"
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