House (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.


Bryan Singer


David Shore (created by), David Shore




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
Kevin Zegers ... Brandon Merrell
Alexis Thorpe ... Mindy
Faith Prince ... Becky Merrell
Lauren Cohn ... Jodi Matthews
Marco Pelaez Marco Pelaez ... Hospital Pharmacist
Jason Stuart ... Adam Brown
Ben Campbell Ben Campbell ... Jerry Morris
John Kelly ... Robert Merrell
Joshua Wolf Coleman ... Suburban Pharmacist


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) »


Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

30 November 2004 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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On the coffee machine in the team's bullpen, the inscription reads "Good Coffee - cheaper than Prozac". See more »


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 »


Dr. Gregory House: You think it's gonna come out on its own? Are we talking bigger than a breadbasket? 'Cause, actually, it will come out on its own, which for small stuff is no problem: it's wrapped up in a nice soft package and plop. Big stuff? You're gonna rip something, which, speaking medically, is when the fun stops.
Jerry Morris: How did you...?
Dr. Gregory House: We've been here for half an hour. You haven't sat down; that tells me its location. You haven't told me what it is; that tells me it's humiliating. You have a little birdie ...
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Written by Harry Nilsson
Performed by Three Dog Night
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excellent loved it so much.tried to explain it in words.
9 April 2017 | by sbkosamiyaSee all my reviews

loved the way the mystery goes, the way it was presented, the cinematic experience, all the characters,involvement in last 15 minutes was really exciting,after all House is House, !!Occam's razor said that simplest explanation is the always true then the complex.yet this one is the rarest case.

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