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First Season Episodes ::  #117 "Role Model"

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First Broadcast
House & Vogler
Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) is forced by Vogler (Guest Star Chi McBride) to make tough decisions about his team of doctors. 2005 FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY. Cr: Carin Baer/FOX.
Credit: Carin Baer/FOX.
April 12, 2005
Writer / Director
Matt Witten / Peter O'Fallon
The patient
Senator Wright collapses after a campaign speech in his run for President.
How House gets involved
Vogler black-mails and bribes him to check him out so he sits while Foreman does the exam until something catches House's curiosity
The mis-diagnoses
Without even seeing the patient, House declares to Vogler it is "bad sushi". But then during the evaluation, he says it is the Senator's brain. This leads to having his brain biopsied. That reveals toxoplasmosis. This leads to a diagnosis of AIDS. But when the Senator denies risky behavior, House takes the AIDS test again. When this time it comes back negative, they start guessing and decide to look for hairy-cell.
The privacy invasion / major ethical breach
None. What is weird in this episode is that House believes two patients (the Senator about not engaging in risky behavior and the woman who claims she is not having sex).
The final diagnosis
The Senator had had "childhood epilepsy. He took phenytoin. That drug, with the Epstein-Barr virus, is associated with common variable immunodeficiency disease. T-cells down, B-cells down, it keeps you from forming enough antibodies." "That's a type of immunoglobulin deficiency."
The clinic patient(s)
A woman who declares she isn't having sex but has been pregnant and developes a hickey and a carpet burn. House's diagnosis: sexsomnia.
EarlimentMusic at the end: "It's Okay to Think about Ending" by Earlimart on the "Treble & Tremble" album
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Quotes / Scenes
  • Senator: "You're clever, you're witty, and you are a coward! You're scared of taking chances."
    House: "I take chances all the time, it's one of my worst qualities."
    Senator: "On people?"
    House: "Wanting to believe the best about people doesn't make it true."
    Senator: "Being afraid to believe it doesn't make it false."
    House: "Well, that's very moving. It's a shame I don't vote."
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    Cameron (trying to come up with an explanation for the Senator's condiditon): "Ideopathic T-cell deficiency."
    House: "Ideopathic, from the Latin meaning we're idiots cause we can't figure out what's causing it."
  • House (reading over the specs on the new drug he has agreed to give a speech about): "I am selling my soul."
    Wilson: "Just a little piece. And you are getting something in return."
    House: "I said I was selling it. I didn't say I was giving it away...."
    Wilson: "...He gave you a choice. You chose your staff. I know this isn't easy for you. You'll suffer. Vicodin sales in Jersey will triple. But you are doing a good thing."
  • House (musing out loud and expecting someone to ask him what he is talking about and why): "You know, when the Inuit go fishing, they don't look for fish."
    Wilson (everyone is looking at each other and when they look to him, he takes on the Watson role to ask the obvious question with a sigh): "Why, Dr. House?"
    House: "They look for the blue heron, because there's no way to see the fish. But if there's fish, there's gonna be birds fishing. Now, if he's got hairy-cell, what else are we gonna see circling overhead?"
  • House (to the Senator running for President): "Trust me, you're not going to become President either way. They don't call it the White House because of the paint job."

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