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Monday, February 1, 2010

House MD Season 6 Episode 13 Recap

Moving the Chains

During a football practice, one of the players suffers a bout of 'roid rage. House initially suspects steroids, but other doctors suggest that it could also be the result of a pituitary problem.

House is taking a bath in Wilson's bathroom. This prompts a domestic dispute between the two over House's use of Wilson's bathtub. House points out that his bathroom doesn't have a tub. Wilson responds that he who pays the bills calls the shots and orders House out of the tub.

House informs Foreman that his brother needs a ride home from prison. Foreman says he's too busy, but House tells him that he is now "officially unbusy." Family comes first.

In the clinic, a military vet goes to see House. He got a girl pregnant and he wants out to raise his child. He tells House that he waited an hour extra to see House specifically. He noticed House's limp, and thought that House would be sympathetic to him. House tells him that back in the day people who wanted to avoid combat took off to Canada or shoot themselves in the foot. He gives the Military man the brush off telling him to go hug his wife if he wants some sympathy.

The football player is diagnosed as being a steroid user. He insists that he's never used, then suffers a paroxysmal tachycardia episode. Foreman goes to see House and tell him of the development. He's surprised to see his brother sitting with House, apparently interviewing for a job. Foreman tells the brother that House doesn't care about him. He will chew him up and spit him out.

Wilson discovers a Possum in his bathroom. House is busy updating the team. Foreman is again surprised to see his brother present. Wilson bursts in during the meeting to tell House how badly the opossum damaged the apartment, which tallies about $1500.

Foreman seems to be skeptical that his brother, Marcus, is able to be a productive member of society. Wilson accuses House of being nice. He says House is being altruistic with employing Foreman's brother. House says he can't complain about the destruction he caused and call him altruistic in the same swipe.

Attempts to induce a heart attack in the patient through stress testing have failed. The patient seems ready to leave, but House shows up with a vasodilater to chemically induce a reaction. He says the patient is turning white. The patients Mom asks what that means, and House says he can get a job other than football player.

House has given Marcus a desk and a nameplate. Foreman is not happy with this development. Marcus is assigned with the task of following Foreman around and recording his interactions with patients. He tells Foreman that he is a changed man, but Foreman doesn't seem to think so.

Wilson tells House that the demeaning nature of Marcus's assignment is the result of House attempting to prove that he's not just being nice.

The military man is back and he's shot himself in the foot. House says all he's going to get is a band aid and five days off. No deal.

The patient is told that the procedure won't lay him up long and he will still be able to make NFL trials.

House is back to taking a bath . He reaches for the bar to pull himself up, but it rips right out of the wall. Wilson comes home and House is "Lying in wait" for Wilson. He blames Wilson for deliberately rigging it to fail. Wilson says "It's karmic justice, but I didn't do it."

The patient has an inflamed liver, but his spleen is normal. Taub says that he thinks it might be viral hepatitis, due to routine injections of lidocaine in his ankles.

House tells Marcus that if he doesn't get real honest real fast then he's fired. He tells House about Foreman stealing a car as a youngster. It was pretty innocuous, but it caused their mother to be severly disappointed. Foreman has spent the rest of his life making certain not to ever disappoint his mother, who is now deceased.

The patient has too much concentration of cryoglobulins , a protein in the blood. He can be treated, but he needs to stop playing in the meantime. This means he will miss the Football trials. But if he doesn't keep the doctor's advice and tries out, he could die.

House tells Wilson that someone is breaking into their apartment and screwing with them. He says House pranked himself to throw Wilson off the scent. House says he is not a "Master-prankster." Wilson doesn't believe him and thinks it's House playing mind games. Then the sprinkler system goes off, and the Flat Screen TV is ruined. Wilson says, "you would never sacrifice the flat screen." House says, "This guy is good."

House and Wilson accuse Cuddy and the team, CLUE style, of being involved in the mishaps happening in their apartment. One by one, people are eliminated. He then gets to announcing to everyone that Foreman's Mom died and he never told anyone. Marcus jumps in and tells House that he crossed the line. Then he quits.

The patient is getting ready to leave. He says that he doesn't need two or three weeks. He also stopped taking the blood thinners he has been prescribed.

The military man is going to lose his toe to infection. He chuckles, thinking he finally got his out. House informs him a missing toe won't keep him out of action. Of course, he could let the infection just continue to spread.

Foreman goes after the football player to stop him. The player shrugs off Foreman, but as he makes his way down the hall he stops. He tells Foreman that he can't say, and asks him to take him back to the hospital.

Foreman informs House that the patient is returned to the hospital, but he's busy doing something. House says that something else is wrong with the patient because he isn't losing weight. Foreman goes to see his brother. It seems like he's finally ready to accept his brother's intention to become a new man. The two hug.

House thinks the prankster is Foreman, but in the cafeteria Lucas trips him and asks if there are any better pranks than setting off the sprinklers. It seems that Cuddy and Lucas were vying for the very same condo that Wilson bought. He says he's calling off all future offenses. He's both made his point and established superiority.

House asks the patient "You know why you're black?" He says the amount of melanin causes doctors to overlook the possibility of melanoma. He looks at the patient's foot and finds a tumor. The patient says he missed his shot. House says he gets to have the same crappy life as the rest of the students, "minus the student loans."

Wilson tells House that Foreman and his brother are working things out. He says House fired Marcus to get Foreman and Marcus together by becoming their common enemy. House says he fired him because he had no more use for him. Wilson asks what they are going to do to get back at Lucas and House says, "nothing." Wilson says, "I win." Then the soldier rolls by in a wheelchair, obviously having had much more than a toe amputated.

House reflects on whether he really is somehow, in a twisted way, orchestrating all the events around him in a way that is beneficial to others, like Wilson insists.

Monday, January 25, 2010

House MD Season 6 Episode 12 Recap


House is evading a former colleague from medical school. He's been sleeping in Wilson's office in order to avoid the old schoolmate.

The patient is a woman who is suffering from excruciating pain. In the show opening a coworker starts feeling intensely ill, just before she suffers intense pain in her head. She is being scanned by Thirteen who says that she has no ability to feel love. She is a psychopath.

The schoolmate of House tracks him down, thanks to an assist by Wilson. House has coffee with Lorenzo Wibberly, awkwardly attempting to make small talk, he asks what Lorenzo has done since medical school. He says that he never graduated. He works in a grocery store. His dad got sick, and he wound up one credit short. House asks which credit. He says he failed on the paper that House had switched on him.

House says, "you're the CEO of this supermarket?" To which Lorenzo says he's a bag boy. "Life works out weird sometimes," he says.

House asks the patient how long she has been a psychopath. She looks surprised. He rattles off a list of things that qualify her as psychopathic, including being a pathological liar. They ask if she poisoned her coworker. She says she just gave hi something to make him feel like vomiting. It wasn't quite a poisoning. House figures out she has a heart arrhythmia.

House finds out the sob story of his former classmate gets worse and worse. His fathers medical bills are piling up, and he was one of "those idiots that got a mortgage with a balloon rate." He's losing his home.

Valerie, the patient, taunts Thirteen, and points out that she can't feel anything (remorse) for doing so. Then Thirteen grabs her arm, and she screams out with agony. Thirteen says she didn't know what happened, but the patient filed a formal complaint against her. Thirteen and Foreman argue about the treatment. House says, "Those of you who haven't slept together can go." Taub stands by and says, "Sorry. That was our secret." Then splits. House tells Foreman and Thirteen to have sex or quit.

Thirteen asks Valerie's husband about where the patient may have become exposed to any sort of toxins. Perhaps in landscaping class. House asks the patient, "when you watch Star Wars, which side do you cheer for?" She points out that Dr. Hadley said she is like House. She says he's as warped as she s and that's why he likes to talk to her.

Her husband finds out that she was not attending a landscaping class. He accuses her of having an affair. She manipulates him saying he can go ahead and check out her story. She makes him feel guilty for accusing her of an affair. He says he's sorry and hugs her, while she glares at Thirteen so as to say, "I played him like a fiddle."

The patent is demanding that Cuddy fire Thirteen. Cuddy says that the patient will not sue, or her husband will find out the truth, and that Dr. Hadley will be removed from contact with her. The patient asks Thirteen if she is going to cry, "because that is one I just can't do."

She gets a phone call and bursts in screaming about the patient accusing her of sexual harassment. Foreman makes her get out of the room. He says that he knows that the charges are bogus, and it will all play out. He then apologizes for firing her. He says he was wrong for doing it.

Foreman explains an emergency surgery to the husband. He says Valerie always made all the decisions. Foreman says it's time to step up and make a decision. The husband asks if she was lying. Did she cheat on him. Foreman says he can't discuss it. The husband says he feels like he doesn't even know her anymore. He sigs and tells Foreman to do whatever needs to be done.

Chase says he gives her a day, maybe two. House says, "Great, you be the clock, everyone else be the doctor."

Wilson asks House what he is doing. He says he's paying Wibberly's mortgage for a few months. Wilson asks why he will help Wibberly but won't apologize to Cuddy. He says that he can't make amends with someone he actually cares about, and that is why he still won't apologize to Cuddy.

Valerie's sister, Sarah, comes to the hospital. Thirteen says she is surprised. She says, "You know what she's like." Sarah says she is not that bad. Her dad was a mean drunk. She wasn't always like this, but she changed in adolescence.

Thirteen tells this to House. He says, "Liver, heart, brain, starts at puberty." House mutters something about raw food diet. Then he says he knows about lipstick lesbians. "Are there nail polish remover bisexuals?" She has an inability to process copper. They are going to treat her with chelation. She asks if that will fix her psychopathy.

Thirteen warns Valerie's husband that she is playing him. She is going to pretend that she is a whole new person once she gets treatment, but she tells him that it won't be real. He says it felt real, and maybe that is enough.

Wibberly asks House if he's really going to pay his mortgage. He says he can't take House's money. He lied. He got an A on the paper and was an orthopedic surgeon for years. He blew it all away on a gambling addiction. House asks why the sob story. Wibberly says he though House would be the same SOB he was in college. House demands he take the check. Then demands again even more forcefully.

Valerie tells her husband he's pathetic. She says it was one thing before he knew, but he knows now and that makes him a chump. He walks away. Thirteen asks why she drove him away. Valerie says it's because he's pathetic. Thirteen says, no. He hasn't changed, but she has. She says Valerie is feeling something or she would just keep sucking him dry. The treatment must be changing her brain. She asks, "what are you feeling?" Valerie says she doesn't know, but it hurts.

Foreman congratulates Thirteen on the diagnosis, while the two make up. Musical outro begins while house looks at Cuddy and Lucas happily together. He takes the mortgage check and slips it in Wibberly's mail slot.

Monday, January 11, 2010

House MD Season 6 Episode 11 Recap

The Down Low

During a drug deal, one drug dealer collapses. House goes all Jack Bauer on him, yelling at him< "Where's the Cocaine!" He mentions that the technique seems to work for Jack Bauer (Not the first time House has referenced Jack bauer, BTW). The drug dealer says he's in textiles, not drugs.

Meanwhile, Wilson is chatting up a neighbor. She tells him about where to get the best pizza, the best coffee, and where to get his dry cleaning done. It seems like all is going well, until he asks her out. She says to bring the good looking man with the cane. She implies that House is Wilson's love interest. Wilson says that they're not gay, but she doesn't seem to believe him.

Foreman wants a raise, so the team members play a joke on him that they make more than he does.

House asks the drug dealer about what textiles he is in. He says, "Is it H, by which I mean hosiery?" The dealer says it's Culottes. House asks culottes with a C or a K. With a C,the dealer says. "Nobody wants K anymore." The only thing I've ever heard of referred to as K is Ketamine. It's also the symbol for Potassium, but I don't see much street value for that unless you want to stop someone's heart to kill them. Anyone know what K is?

Then House asks Wilson what Culottes are. Wilson says that they are pants that wear like a skirt. The drug dealer looks at him with a look of "Sure you're not gay."

Wilson comes in to House's interrogation, and tells him that the cute neighbor girl thinks they are gay. House says she'll figure it out sooner or later. Wilson says he wants her to figure it out sooner, so House decides to begin acting gay. He has a big poster of "A Chorus Line," and is listening to showtunes.

Wilson's attempts to convince his neighbor that he is not gay fail. He says that there is no furniture in the apartment. There are no "window treatments." She says that her ex didn't even know what window treatments are. She says if he wants to spend more time with "Greg" that he should just tell him.

House figures out the patient is not actually a drug dealer, but is a cop instead.

The cop won't tell them about where he has been and what he has been doing because he needs to protect his identity and make the big bust. There's just no way he's going to talk. The patient says that there is a big - no huge - deal about to go down and he has to get out of the hospital to make the bust. Now he has a G.I. infarction and they had to remove a foot of his bowels.

They go talk to one of the actual drug dealers and try to convince him that he is sick too. He says he's not sick, he's drugged. He knows the difference, but then he shows that he cares for Mickey and says he'll take them to the stash.

Thirteen and the dealer go to some warehouse, and someone bursts in. He thinks she called the cops but it's one of his cronies. She plays up like she's a prostitute to get rid of him and says it will cost extra to bring a friend.

House is out to dinner with the girls Wilson wants. Wilson bursts in on their date. Wilson says
"I love this man, and I will not waste another moment of my life denying that. Gregory House, Will you marry me?"
He holds out a ring. Now that House's date bolts, Wilson sits down and dips from the cup of victory.

There are some sort of petroleum or dry cleaning chemicals in the drugs, but nothing yet that explains what is wrong with the patient. The patient is coughing up blood while the drug dealer tenderly attends to him. The patient says he shouldn't have taken Thirteen to the stash. He says, "you're my friend. You'd do it for me." He asks if Mickey wants him to stay. He says no. You have to be there. Sorry I can't go with you.

Cuddy chastises the team for play a joke of Foreman and they say that he deserves a raise and they want her to take it out of their paychecks.

House comes clean with the neighbor, Nora. He says he just went with the gay thing because it was a fun way to mess with Wilson. He says their not closeted because their not gay. House just wanted to "Touch her boobies." He actually hates Evita. House has his epiphany.

The patient has Hughes-Stovin, and auto-immune disease that is terminal. He's going to keep having pulmonary aneurysms until he dies. While his drug dealing cohorts go down, he dies.

Wilson says he actually kind of likes the way Nora thinks of him as a bit of a bad boy. He complains about the couch, and bursts into singing a showtune.

Monday, November 23, 2009

House MD Season 6 Episode 9 Recap

Ignorance is Bliss

The future patient is in a bookstore as a courier. The bookstore attendant notices that the messenger looks like a famous physicist, except much more of a hobo version. Then he realizes he really is the guy. He asks the scientist to sign a book for him, but he can't. His hand isn't working. The employee asks him if he's okay, and he says no.

Back in the Hospital, the team is discussing what may be wrong with the patient. Foreman suggests Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), a rare blood disorder, as tension in the room is high, and Thirteen agrees with him. Dr.House is shocked. She says did you think I wouldn't agree with him... ever? House says they're all one big happy family, and tells them to get a blood smear and run tests for TTP.

Preliminary tests show that the schistocytes indicate that it is TTP. Just before the break he begins to have a stroke.

House asks what looks like TTP acts Like TTP but isn't TTP. Taub and Chase head to his apartment to find out what may have triggered any problems. Taub says, "Smartest man in the world and this is the best he can do," observing that the apartment isn't much to look at. Chase says, "Maybe he's doing what he loves. Delivering boxes was a childhood disease."

Then Taub notices research documentation. Chase notices an air vent with an empty liquor bottle in it. They realize that he lost his scientific career due to abuse.

Cuddy doesn't know whether House is trying to show that he has changed, or if he is messing with her. She then invites him to Thanksgiving dinner. Wilson says it's a 3 hour drive, and it might be a fake address. House checked it out and it seems to be legit.

The patient denies that he is an alcoholic. They ask why he is hiding bottles of vodka if he's not an alcoholic. His old lady starts in on him about his drinking habits. He says, "have you ever seen me drunk?" He says he has one shot a day. She says he drinks enough to ruin his liver, and he says nothing is wrong with his liver.

House goes to Thanksgiving dinner, and it turns out he has been had. Cuddy and Lucas are enjoying dinner while he finds out the owners of the house he has arrived at have gone to Hawaii for a week. She says she's supposed to offer him a turkey sandwich. He got got.

When Lucas gets home to his apartment, House is there. House tells him that he (Lucas) isn't right for Cuddy. Lucas asks what House is then. He says, "Less wrong."

House doesn't seem to even know if he has changed or not. He says he blew 832 chances with Cuddy. House says "I'm pathetic. I don't deserve her," then collapses over. He tells Lucas that he loves Cuddy.

The team discusses the case further but can't contact House. They are going forward on their own. They are sure something is wrong with her kidneys, but they don't know why.

Thirteen attempts to get Chase to reconcile with killing President Dibala. He says not everyone is the same. She says they are. They all just want the same things. He says he just wants to be left alone.

Cuddy asks House why Lucas left her. What did House say to him. He says he didn't know. He was drunk. She says she felt bad about duping him, but he sunk to her lowest expectations and lower. She says, "there is no us."

House gloats to Wilson about Lucas and Cuddy breaking up. He says the whole telling your personal emotions because your drunk trick is the oldest trick in the book. Wilson says House is taking credit for Lucas being stupid, which strikes House to his weekly epiphany.

House figures out that the patient is abusing Dextromethorphan, because he's stupid. "DXM is a dumb drug," House explains. It's mixed with vodka to get a cheap high. But that is what is causing his problem He admits to long term abuse of DXM. The patient doesn't want to live without it. House says, "You'd be surprised what you can live without."

The patient is improving. In fact, he's figuring out some nuclear scientist type problem on a sketch pad. He tells Foreman that he's 91 points more intelligent than his wife. He wants to be on the same level as her intellectually. But when he's not stoned, he doesn't respect her lack of intelligence.

Foreman is talking to the wife. She says he hates her. Formeman attempts to comfort her by saying he's just going through withdrawal. Then we see that he can't feel his legs for some reason.

Taub is arguing with his wife. She doesn't like the fact that he is not the boss. He's at the bottom of the totem pole, and he was even on duty for Thanksgiving like an intern. Then his beeper goes off. When House says jump, Taub jumps.

House yells at Chase to come up with an idea. He says all the others are at least trying to contribute something. He says if Chase doesn't get off his ass and do something he will call his "ex smarter half. " Chase stands up, turns to House and punches him straight in the face. House drops straight to the floor.

Cuddy asks if House is going to press charges. House asks, "the ottoman I tripped over." He says the witnesses are experiencing mass hysteria. He tells the patient that he was mowing the lawn when the phone rang. The patient says it's lonely to be a genius. He asks House if he ever tried to kill himself.

He tried once, and broke a lot of bones. They put him on narcotics and he was happy and dumb. before he was smart and miserable. House asks which ribs he broke in his suicide attempt.

He damaged his spleen and it broke into pieces tainting his bloodstream. So, it actually was TTP after all, they just didn't know why. House and Chase talk. Chase punched House so everyone would leave him alone. He thinks it worked.

The patient is planning on going back to tripping on DMX. It's worked for 12 years. House says "Tell your brain I said goodbye."

Taub takes a picture of House and tells his wife he laid down the law. Suddenly she is all over him. She thinks he stood up for himself, but he didn't.

House and Cuddy have more awkward moment, where he offers her tickets, but she refuses. He tells Wilson she and Lucas never split up. He says she turned down the tickets because she lied about them breaking up. She tells Lucas that House knows she lied. Lucas says "Maybe House isn't so bad after all." She says, "That would be nice, wouldn't it."

Monday, November 16, 2009

House MD Season 6 Episode 8 Recap


Dr. House is back! He's a real doctor again and leading the team. Well, that is to say, he's a real doctor on a fictional TV show, but he's no longer simply in the role of consultant pending a probationary period. He has his medical license back.

He needs to figure out who his team members are going to be, and you know that the producers of the show want to lead us to believe that he's getting the band back together and returning to the original cast.

Oh yeah, right, there is a patient. A porn star with pain in his eye, but so far it seems to be more of a backstory than the focus of the plot.

The patient is goading Chase to admit that he has desires to be with women other than his wife, but Chase insists that he likes the fact that his wife is the only one he is intimate with.

House goes to see Taub, who now does plastic surgery. House degrades Taub's new profession, and as he begins to defend the fact that he really helps people, he offers a possible solution the what is wrong with the patient. House says it felt good to do that, didn't it?

House attempts to apologize to Chase. He says "I was wrrrrrrrr. wrrrrr." And Chase asks what he was wrong about. Even when he apologizes, he doesn't really.

Chase asks Cameron why she forgave him. She says that the difference between her and the patient is that he feels guilt. So, he knows he did something wrong, whereas the patient doesn't think there's anything to feel guilty about. They can work through their problems because he knows that he should do better.

House tells Chase that Cameron blames him (house) for killing Dibala. She doesn't think Chase has anything to feel guilty about.

Now House is attempting to get Thirteen on the team. He says "On my team you get to screw with Foreman. Every way but literally." She says he is going around acting like everyone will want the job even though they don't.

The patient is informed by Cameron that no one in his profession will be able to receive an organ donation. He gets angry that she is "Medically advising him to change jobs." He says he wants people to stop telling him how to live his life.

Whoa. I missed something. Foreman said something is completely filled with worms. The patient has worms? Damn, I missed the beginning of the sentence. I think they said his LIVER was filled with worms.

Chase says take these two pills and you'll be fine. Go back to your lives.

The patient starts puking up foam. He apparently has something wrong with him other than worms in his liver. They are going to treat him for lymphoma.

Cameron snaps at House. Chase says she blames House for Dibala. Chase says he's either a murderer or a guy that stopped a mass murderer, but he did it. He killed Dibala. She needs to accept the fact that his responsibility is his. He says he would do it again too. She says simply, "Okay."

House suggests nuking the patient's bone marrow. They say that is too risky. House says they may as well just let the patient die while they're treating him. Then he says "Is it okay if I inform the other team members now" and faxes the details to Thirteen and Taub. House leaves and Cuddy says that the patient wants alternative. House says so does he.

Chase says he wants to be on the team. House says "Four candidates, three spots. I have a tough decision to make."

Taub and Thirteen get the faxes and conference call with House. Apparently they are becoming interested in joining the team. In fact, Taub show up and says he wants to be on the team. House says that's good news for his wife. He'll let him know.

Chase tells Cameron that he told House he want to be on the team. Cameron goes to House and tells him that she was in love with him. She thought she could heal him. Then she says he almost killed the patient. He knew the correct diagnosis and dangled it out there to bait Thirteen and Taub.

She says He killed Dibala. He played God. He ruined Chase. She says he'll ruin Taub and Thirteen like he ruined Chase. House says, "he killed a patient and you're breaking up with me." Cameron says Chase doesn't know right from wrong anymore. She starts crying and says "There's no way back for either of you." She kisses him on the cheek.

He tells Wilson they all came back except for Cameron. Wilson says you were right. Good for you. He says she's leaving Chase and the Hospital.

Cameron is crying and has a suitcase packed. She is leaving Chase.