I’m moving right along with my House Season One DVDs. Through ten episodes, I have to say that this show is definitely a keeper! I just got done watching 1×10, which originally on February 8, 2005. I wonder what I was watching back then that I couldn’t fit House into my schedule? At any rate, here’s what happened on “Histories”.
Mysterious Symptoms of the Week: A homeless woman is brought into PPTH after having seizures at a drug party/rave in a bad part of town. She exhibits the classic signs of a drug overdose, including hallucinations. But Wilson (BTW, I just LOVE Robert Sean Leonard in this role!) notices that the patient, a Jane Doe for now, has a wrist twitch and some lesions on her skin. She also develops sensitivity to light and fear of water.
Mistaken diagnoses: The woman’s tox screen comes back clean, so her problems aren’t drug-related. Later in the episode, the doctors also theorize that she could have a brain tumor, ovarian cancer, tuberculoma, an electrolyte imbalance, and meningitis.
Final diagnosis: Rabies — most likely contracted from a bat bite.
Character development: Foreman hates homeless people? I wonder what that’s all about.
My Reaction: I thought “Histories” was a decent episode. It wasn’t the best House episode out of the first ten, but it was solid. I was completely grossed out when House tasted the woman’s two-day-old vomit. Wouldn’t there have been a more, um, normal way to determine whether or not the vomit was salty? Yuck.
Also, I’ve been meaning to bring this up before, but am just remembering now: do doctors really go to patients’ homes (or makeshift tents in the case of the homeless) to find out if there are any environmental causes for the symptoms? This is like the fifth episode out of ten in which members of House’s crew have done investigative work. Does anyone know if this sort of thing actually happens??
Anyway, on to episode 1×11!!