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.

Director:

Peter Medak

Writers:

David Shore (created by), John Mankiewicz
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2004 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Dr. House's birth date in the season two finale is 11 June 1959, the same as that of Hugh Laurie; however, this birth date should be disregarded as it was revealed during House's hallucination. The season one episode, 'The Socratic Method', made several references to House's birth date as being in the winter. See more »

Goofs

After Luke confronts House about Foreman giving his mother, Lucy, Haldol to sedate her, House begins to walk away and the edge of his shoulder visibly bumps the tip of Luke's nose. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Palermo: [Lucy is reading aloud "Her Praise" by W.B. Yeats] I will talk no more of books or the long war / But walk by the dry thorn until I have found/ Some beggar sheltering from the wind, and there/ Manage the talk until her name come round./ If there be rags enough he will know her name/ And be well pleased remembering it, for in the old days/ Though she had young men's praise and old men's blame/ Among the poor both the old and young gave her praise.
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Connections

References The Madness of King George (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Gripping
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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