House, M.D./Acceptance

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Season 2, Episode 1
Airdate September 13, 2005
Production Number 201
Written by Russel Friend &
Garrett Lerner
Directed by Dan Attias
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House, M.D.Season Two

Acceptance is the first episode of the second season of House, M.D., and the twenty-third episode overall.

Starring: 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)

Special Guest Star: Sela Ward (Stacy Warner)

Guest Starring: Marshall Bell (Warden), Christie Lynn Smith (Cindy Kramer), Bryce Johnson (James), Mustafa S. Shakir (D'Vontray)

and LL Cool J (Clarence)

Co-Starring: Jody L Millard (Guard), Michael J. Gonzalez (Carlos), Tony Ross (Emmitt), Anesha Ndiaye (Darriene), Warren Davis (Kent), Michael Dietz (John Clift), Adrienne Janic (Dr. Vivian), Joseph Williamson (Dr. Bruce)


Plot Overview

House and his colleagues attempt to save the life of a death row inmate, within hours of his execution.


Arc Advancement





The Show

  • Music: The song at the end of the episode was Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley.

Behind the Scenes

  • Nielsen Ratings: On the night that this episode first aired, it received a 9.8/15.

Allusions and References

  • Ghandi and Pol Pot: In 1930, Gandhi marched 248 miles to protest a tax on salt imposed by the British. In Cambodia, Pol Pot restructured society as the head of Khmer Rouge during the mid 1970s. He did this by having all of the educated and educators executed.
House: Gandhi didn't march to the sea because his buddies asked him to. Pol Pot didn't wipe out the teachers because he wanted to make friends.
  • Kübler-Ross Model: In 1969, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross published On Death and Dying, a book most famous for outlining the five stages of grief exhibited by someone who is dying. Those five stages are: Denial and isolation, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance.
House: You just made a completely seamless jump from anger to bargaining.

Memorable Moments


  • House: You know how people say you can't live without love? Oxygen is even more important.
  • Chase: I'm against the death penalty in principle. In practice, however, watching a murderer die causes me a lot less grief than annoying my boss.
  • Foreman: Doesn't mean we need to get rid of the death penalty; just means we need to kill more white people.