House (season 1)

House (season 1)

Season 1 DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original network Fox
Original release November 16, 2004 (2004-11-16) – May 24, 2005 (2005-05-24)
Season chronology

The first season of House premiered November 16, 2004[1] and ended May 24, 2005.[1] The season followed Dr. House and his team as they solve a medical case each episode. The season's sub-plot revolved around billionaire Edward Vogler making a $100 million donation to the hospital.[2] Through this donation, Vogler became the new chairman of the board of PPTH, however, seeing House and his team as a waste of time and resources, he decreases their payment, eventually forcing House to fire one of his team members.[3]

Chi McBride joined the cast as billionaire Edward Vogler in five episodes of the season.[4][5][6] His character was brought in after Universal Studios president Jeff Zucker threatened that the season would be cut short by six episodes if a boss-character would not be added.[7] While there were possibilities of the character returning, he was generally disliked by viewers and critics and therefore not brought back into the show.[7] Sela Ward, who would return as the main recurring character of season two, appeared in the final two episodes as Stacy Warner, House's former girlfriend.[8][9]

Cast and characters

Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast

Robin Tunney, Scott Mechlowicz, Leighton Meester, Kevin Zegers, Faith Prince, Ever Carradine, Hedy Burress, Sam Trammell, Elizabeth Mitchell, Lucinda Jenney, Ann Dowd, Stacy Edwards, Aaron Himelstein, Dominic Purcell, Myndy Crist, Roxanne Hart, Kurt Fuller, Shirley Knight, Harry Lennix, David Conrad, Brandy, Leslie Hope, Mark Harelik, Nicholas D'Agosto, Amanda Seyfried, Scott Foley, Meredith Monroe, Nestor Carbonell, Tracy Middendorf, David Henrie, Daryl Sabara, Patrick Bauchau, Sarah Clarke, Stanislav Grof, Danny Nucci, Cynthia Ettinger, Jennifer Stone, Joe Morton, Marin Hinkle, Michael Goorjian, Eddie McClintock, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Kristoffer Ryan Winters, John Cho, Christina Cox, Peter Graves, Nicole Bilderback, Andrew Keegan, Josh Zuckerman and Carmen Electra.


Season one gained high Nielsen ratings, averaging 13.3 million viewers an episode.[10] It was 24th most-watched television show of the 2004–2005 television season.[10]

Hugh Laurie submitted the episode "Detox" for consideration of his work for the 57th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2005. This resulted in his first Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Dr. Gregory House.[11]


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
"Everybody Lies"
Bryan SingerDavid ShoreNovember 16, 2004 (2004-11-16)7.05[12]

Rebecca Adler (Robin Tunney), a 29-year-old kindergarten teacher, becomes dysphasic and collapses in her classroom. Dr. Gregory House initially refuses the case until Dr. James Wilson tells him that Rebecca is his cousin. When Dr. Lisa Cuddy tries to make House fulfill his clinical duties, he refuses but is forced to do them when his authorization to the MRI is revoked. He diagnoses Rebecca with cerebral vasculitis and her condition improves with treatment. To find the source of Rebecca's seizures, House convinces Dr. Eric Foreman to break into Rebecca's house. At the hospital, Rebecca suddenly loses her vision and suffers another seizure. Foreman discovers ham at Rebecca's house, revealing both Wilson's lie (Wilson is Jewish and the presence of ham indicates Rebecca is not, thereby suggesting the two are not related) and the cause of the seizure—tapeworms (namely, a tapeworm larva embedded in her brain). When Rebecca refuses treatment, House persuades her otherwise by proving her condition with a non-invasive X-ray suggested by Dr. Robert Chase, which depicts a tapeworm larva embedded in her leg, supporting their diagnosis.

Final diagnosis: Neurocysticercosis
22"Paternity"Peter O'FallonLawrence KaplowNovember 23, 2004 (2004-11-23)6.09[13]

A 16-year-old high school student, Dan (Scott Mechlowicz), starts suffering night terrors and frequent hallucinations after playing lacrosse at school. Dan's parents take him to see Dr. House after receiving a letter that Cameron sent in House's name. Upon meeting the family, House begins a bet to determine whether they are his biological parents. After Dan exhibits more symptoms, including a myoclonic twitch and a blocked blood vessel, House diagnoses Dan. Dan suffers from an auditory hallucination during a procedure, however, ruling out House's diagnosis. Using coffee cups from the parents, House does an unauthorized paternity test and discovers that neither parent is biologically related to Dan. House flashbacks to a case he had earlier that involved a mother who did not want her baby to be vaccinated and theorizes that Dan is suffering from a measles virus contracted during his childhood. House confirms his diagnosis with a retinal biopsy and successfully cures Dan.

Final diagnosis: Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis
33"Occam's Razor"Bryan SingerDavid ShoreNovember 30, 2004 (2004-11-30)6.33[14]

A college student named Brandon (Kevin Zegers) collapses after having sex with his fiancée. His symptoms seem too numerous to be explained by just one disease. Foreman and House each suggest different diagnoses and argue that his own respective theory better conforms to Occam's Razor. But then Brandon's white blood cell count drops, proving both doctors wrong. At the clinic pharmacy, House theorizes that Brandon was accidentally given colchicine instead of cough medicine, which explains all of his symptoms aside from his cough. House gives Brandon the cure, and he immediately begins to recover, yet the doctors are unable to find the source of the colchicine. However, when Brandon comments that his old cough medicine did not have letters on it like his current pills, House discovers colchicine pills that look similar to cough medicine, revealing the source and confirming House's diagnosis.

Final diagnosis: Colchicine poisoning
44"Maternity"Newton Thomas SigelPeter BlakeDecember 7, 2004 (2004-12-07)6.74[15]

After overhearing a conversation about a sick baby, House investigates the maternity ward and predicts an epidemic. After realizing the severity of the disease, Cuddy quarantines the maternity ward. In an effort to discover the source of the epidemic, House begins treating the children. However, when the kidneys of two of the children shut down, House is forced to test which drug caused the failure, resulting in one of the babies dying. Following an autopsy, the team discovers the presence of Echovirus 11, CMV, and Parvovirus B19 antibodies. They test the mothers and decide the cause of the epidemic is the Echovirus. Using an experimental anti-virus, they successfully cure the remaining babies. House, determined to find the entry point of the virus, finds an elderly hospital volunteer coughing and wiping her nose as she pushes around a cart of baby toys and blankets and makes the connection.

Final diagnosis: Echovirus 11
55"Damned If You Do"Greg YaitanesSara B. CooperDecember 14, 2004 (2004-12-14)6.91[16]

Sister Augustine (Elizabeth Mitchell), a nun, arrives at the hospital with her hands covered in rash, but House quickly dismisses the case after treating with antihistamines, suspecting an allergic reaction, to dish soap. However, she has an asthma attack and House administers epinephrine, causing her heartbeat to increase. House's team suspects that House made a mistake, but when they try to find the source of her problems, she suffers convulsions and a rash appears on her leg. Cuddy pulls House off of the case when she hears of House's methodology. An investigation of the convent reveals figwort tea, which caused the reaction with the epinephrine, but the Sister's original symptoms are still unexplained. When she is placed in a hypoallergenic room and still has an allergic reaction, but her shouting that she has God inside her allow House to find a copper IUD inside Sister Augustine's uterus, which she is allergic to. The device is surgically removed and she fully recovers.

Final diagnosis: Copper allergy
66"The Socratic Method"Peter MedakJohn MankiewiczDecember 21, 2004 (2004-12-21)6.73[17]

A mother, Lucille Palmeiro (Stacy Edwards), collapses after a blood clot travels from her leg to her heart. After arriving in the hospital, she begins to vomit blood, causing House to expect a Vitamin K deficiency. House's team discover unused Ampicillin and frozen microwave burgers, supporting House's diagnosis. An ultrasound of Lucille's liver reveals cirrhosis and a cancerous tumor. House treats the tumor with ethanol, but is unable to explain the cirrhosis. However, Lucille, in a decision House claims to be inconsistent with her schizophrenia, calls Social Services to take her son. House realizes that Wilson's disease explains the cirrhosis and an eye exam shows copper-colored rings around her irises. Lucille receives treatment, is healed, and reunites with her son.

Final diagnosis: Vitamin K deficiency, hepatocellular carcinoma and Wilson's disease
77"Fidelity"Bryan SpicerThomas L. MoranDecember 28, 2004 (2004-12-28)6.91[18]

Two men are out jogging – one of them (guest star Dominic Purcell) returns home to his bedridden wife, who lashes out at him. Believing there is something wrong, she is sent to Princeton-Plainsboro, and when all the treatments fail, House concludes she has either Rabbit Fever or, more likely, African sleeping sickness, caused by an affair. However, neither the wife nor her husband have ever been to Africa. The woman will die without proper treatment, but neither one will also admit to having an affair. The woman falls into a coma when the alternative treatment fails, so she is treated for African sleeping sickness. The treatment works, revealing her having had an affair with the husband's best friend.

Final diagnosis: Human African trypanosomiasis
88"Poison"Guy FerlandMatt WittenJanuary 25, 2005 (2005-01-25)12.37[19]

House and his team investigate the mysterious poisoning of high-school student Matt Davis (guest star John Patrick Amedori), until another teen is brought in with all of the same symptoms but almost nothing else in common with Matt. Meanwhile, House has an old lady hit on him who turns out to have Neurosyphilis.

Final diagnosis: Phosdrin poisoning
99"DNR"Frederick King KellerDavid FosterFebruary 1, 2005 (2005-02-01)12.75[20]

A legendary jazz musician named John Henry Giles (Harry J. Lennix) collapses during a recording session. House and his team are told to only treat him for his pneumonia, and not his partial paralysis. John Henry files a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order, and chokes during a routine exam. House ignores the DNR order and ends up in court. All the doctors, including John Henry's own doctor, except for House believe that he has ALS. Cameron notices a blood clot, which is removed with surgery. John Henry recovers, and an MRI shows that he had suffered from Arteriovenous malformation, and a subsequent corrective surgery restores his ability to walk. Meanwhile, Foreman receives a lucrative job offer from John Henry's doctor.

Final diagnosis: Arteriovenous malformation
1010"Histories"Dan AttiasJoel ThompsonFebruary 8, 2005 (2005-02-08)14.97[21]

Dr. Foreman believes an uncooperative homeless woman (Leslie Hope) is faking seizures to get a meal ticket at the hospital. But her situation strikes a chord with Dr. Wilson and he resolves to keep her from falling between the cracks. Meanwhile, House gets an audience of two medical students who are learning how to conduct medical histories.

Final diagnosis: Tuberculoma and rabies
1111"Detox"Nelson McCormickLawrence Kaplow & Thomas L. MoranFebruary 15, 2005 (2005-02-15)14.22[22]

While trying to figure out why a young patient (Nicholas D'Agosto) will not stop bleeding after a car wreck, House accepts Cuddy's challenge and goes off Vicodin for a week in exchange for no clinic duty for a month. As House's withdrawal symptoms become severe, his methodology for his patient are more harsh and risky, and Foreman and Cameron are afraid he may not be thinking clearly enough in order to save the patient's life.

Final diagnosis: Naphthalene poisoning
1212"Sports Medicine"Keith GordonJohn Mankiewicz & David ShoreFebruary 22, 2005 (2005-02-22)15.53[23]

A severely broken arm reveals a bizarre case of bone loss and ends the comeback plans of major league pitcher Hank Wiggen (Scott Foley). House suspects Hank – with a history of drug abuse – is lying about using steroids, as his condition worsens. When Hank's kidneys start to fail, his wife offers to donate hers, but she will have to abort her early pregnancy, something Hank does not want. Meanwhile, Foreman dates a pharmaceutical representative and House goes to a monster truck rally with Cameron. This episode features a cameo appearance by the series' director and executive producer Bryan Singer.

Final diagnosis: Cadmium poisoning
1313"Cursed"Daniel SackheimMatt Witten & Peter BlakeMarch 1, 2005 (2005-03-01)15.53[24]

After consulting a Ouija board, a young boy (Daryl Sabara) believes he is going to die, and is sent to Princeton-Plainsboro after suffering from pneumonia. Meanwhile, Chase's estranged father (guest star Patrick Bauchau) comes to the hospital and helps House and his team diagnose the kid.

Final diagnosis: Anthrax and leprosy
1414"Control"Randy ZiskLawrence KaplowMarch 15, 2005 (2005-03-15)17.33[25]

Billionaire entrepreneur Edward Vogler (Chi McBride) donates $100 million to Princeton-Plainsboro, officially becoming the new Chairman of the Board. Vogler intends to turn the clinic into a profitable venue for his biotech venture and also plans to eliminate House's financially draining department for good. Meanwhile, a businesswoman (Sarah Clarke) has it all – perfect life, perfect body, perfect job – until she finds herself inexplicably paralyzed. When he diagnoses her condition, House must risk his job and his medical license to save her.

Final diagnosis: Congestive heart failure onset by bulimia and regular use of ipecac
1515"Mob Rules"Tim HunterDavid Foster & John MankiewiczMarch 22, 2005 (2005-03-22)17.34[26]

House is placed under a court order to determine what is ailing a mobster (Joseph Lyle Taylor) due for federal testimony and the Witness Protection Program. The witness's brother, a lawyer, works against the team and the testimony when his brother is diagnosed with Hepatitis C. Cuddy continues to battle Vogler over House's importance to the hospital.

Final diagnosis: Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency
1616"Heavy"Fred GerberThomas L. MoranMarch 29, 2005 (2005-03-29)18.28[27]

House and his team investigate an overweight ten-year-old girl (Jennifer Stone) who has a heart attack and her mother (Cynthia Ettinger) insists that House and his team look past her weight to find the diagnosis. Adding to his stress, Vogler demands House get rid of a member of his team.

Final diagnosis: Cushing's disease
1717"Role Model"Peter O'FallonMatt WittenApril 12, 2005 (2005-04-12)15.04[28]

A popular U.S. senator (Joe Morton) and presidential candidate succumbs to illness at a fundraiser and Vogler assigns House to his case. He also tells House he can keep his whole team if he endorses Vogler's pharmaceutical company. The Senator's initial diagnosis seems to point to AIDS, but House digs deeper for another answer. Meanwhile, he also handles a case of a woman who apparently gets pregnant without having sex.

Final diagnosis: Toxoplasmosis and delayed-onset CVID secondary to phenytoin-mediated Epstein-Barr virus infection.
1818"Babies & Bathwater"Bill JohnsonStory by: Peter Blake
Teleplay by: Peter Blake & David Shore
April 19, 2005 (2005-04-19)17.48[29]

A pregnant woman (Marin Hinkle) [30] arrives at the hospital with brain and kidney problems and House must contend with her condition and Vogler's eagerness to see the doctor removed by using the board members. The patient and her husband must decide between her life and their unborn child's, after the team discovers small cell lung cancer.

Final diagnosis: LEMS secondary to Small cell lung carcinoma
1919"Kids"Deran SarafianThomas L. Moran & Lawrence KaplowMay 3, 2005 (2005-05-03)17.14[31]

House fights off a meningitis outbreak and Cuddy gives his team an hour to produce results after he singles out a young patient (Skye McCole Bartusiak) [32] who does not quite fit the criteria. House tries to get Cameron to return in the wake of Vogler's departure, but she demands House tell her why he really wants her back.

Final diagnosis: Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura secondary to pregnancy
2020"Love Hurts"Bryan SpicerSara B. CooperMay 10, 2005 (2005-05-10)18.80[33]

The hospital buzzes with rumors of House's upcoming date with Cameron. After House is harsh to an awaiting clinic patient (guest star John Cho), the man develops a mysterious stroke. At the same time, House also deals with an elderly couple whose overactive sex life is seemingly causing them problems.

Final diagnosis: Fulminating osteomyelitis
2121"Three Stories"Paris BarclayDavid ShoreMay 17, 2005 (2005-05-17)17.68[34]

House receives a visit from an ex-girlfriend, Stacy Warner, who seeks his help for her husband, Mark. In the meantime, Cuddy forces House to give a lecture to medical students on diagnosing patients and presents three scenarios, each with different reasons for their leg pain (with guest star Carmen Electra).

Final diagnosis: Streptococcal infection (farmer), Osteosarcoma (volleyball player), Thigh muscle infarction (House) and Lead Paint Poisoning (Professor Riley)
2222"Honeymoon"Frederick King KellerLawrence Kaplow & John MankiewiczMay 24, 2005 (2005-05-24)19.52[35]

House diagnoses Mark (Currie Graham), Stacy Warner's husband. Although the tests do not indicate a condition and Mark claims to be fine outside of stomach pain, it appears his brain is dying. House finds abdominal epilepsy, but cannot detect any memory loss. After Mark begins developing paralysis, House decides to treat him for Guillain–Barré syndrome. After confiding in Stacy that he still has feelings for her, House realizes that Mark had experienced delusions, and actually suffered from acute intermittent porphyria (AIP). With support from Stacy, but not from his team, House gives Mark a dangerous drug cocktail to confirm that he really has AIP. Cuddy decides to hire Stacy as the hospital's lawyer.

Final diagnosis: Acute intermittent porphyria

DVD releases

Set details Special features
Country North America United Kingdom Australia
  • Bonus Featurettes:
    • Dr. House
    • Medical cases
    • Casting session with Hugh Laurie
    • The Concept
    • Set Tour
    • House-isms
# episodes 22
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 1.33:1
Running time 972 minutes 999 minutes 972 minutes
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English, Spanish N/A none
# of discs 3 6
Region 1 (NTSC) 2 (PAL) 4 (PAL)
Rating NOT RATED 15 M
Release date August 30, 2005[36] February 27, 2006[37] July 12, 2006[38]

The Region 1 DVD set of Season 1 was issued in non-anamorphic widescreen (meaning those with widescreen TVs would have to use the Zoom button for the show to fit their screen properly, causing the picture to be blurry) on 3 double-sided discs. However, Universal reissued the Season 1 set on February 10, 2009 in the correct anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio, which is now on 6 single-sided discs instead of the 3 double-sided ones.[39]


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