The baby is a total star; the ear protectors (I’ve watched it again) are an excellent detail.
The other scene that I found a little clunky for some reason was Danes threatening the governor’s representative. Maybe it was the line “sue his ass to high Heaven, ’til angels sing songs of him in their laments” or the overblown numbers (“million dollars a second”) that RTD seems to like. Minor criticisms, really; it’s a very strong opener.
I’ve got high hopes for the second episode. Doris Egan wrote most of my favourite episodes of House.