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House Episode: "You Don't Want to Know"

Season 4, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: While the job candidates try to diagnose a magician whose heart failed during an underwater-escape act, House is determined to prove that he's a scam artist who's faking to cover up his embarrassment over nearly drowning during his act. Meanwhile, House suspects that one of the candidates has an undisclosed illness. He also pits them against one another in a challenge involving Cuddy, with the winner getting the chance to nominate two other candidates for firing.
Original Air Date: Nov 20, 2007
Guest Cast Bobbin Bergstrom: Nurse Steve Valentine: Flynn Joe Ochman: Surgeon
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Season 4, Episode 8
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Length: 44:35
Aired: 11/20/2007
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"You Don't Want to Know" Season 4, Episode 8

The mysteries of life? They're maaagic - or at least, that's what this week's POTW would like you to believe. The sleight-of-hand artist was performing his trapped-in-a-glass-box-of-water trick when he started to bleed in the middle of act. Fortunately for him, "Big Love" and Number 6/9 were in the audience and came to his rescue. Next day, House scooters in to the classroom and presents his newest game to the Wannabes: Which ever of them manages to get Cuddy's thong undies is immune from being fired, at least temporarily. And most insidious of all, the winner gets to nominate two other candidates to be on the chopping block. "Cut Throat Bitch" and Plastic Surgeon Guy try to get Cuddy soaked in order to get her undies (still not sure exactly how that would have worked), but in the end it's "Big Love" who hands over the red panties. "Cole has traveled through the forest of crustaceans and brought us a treasure," House declares to the Wannabes (oh, House, just 'cause you're jealous...) Later, when House was trying to deduce how exactly "Big Love" did it, he has a heart-to-heart with Wilson over a game of foosball. "You think it's remotely possible they had sex?" House asks. To which Wilson replies: "They're both single; it's still legal in the blue states." Back to the medical mystery: At first, House doesn't believe there's anything wrong with the POTW at all. But when the key he swallowed for his trick is removed and the guy is still bleeding without explanation, House realizes he has something to solve after all. In the end, they had given the guy the wrong blood type, which was causing all his symptoms to shut down. House once again put himself in the line of medical danger by volunteering to get a transfusion from the same supposedly bad batch of blood that the POTW had received. He does in fact get sick - just a common reaction to the transfusion, he says - but the Wannabes want to use him as a test subject to see what their patient might have, and Number 13 spikes House's tea so they can get their organ biopsies (ouch!) Speaking of Number 13, she's having some sort of medical mystery of her own this episode; House notices that she's being clumsy and having tremors and pokes around to find out her ailment. He finally gets it out of her that her mother died young of Huntington's Disease, which is often transmitted through the family, but Number 13 doesn't want to know if she has it or not. Everybody took their shot at bribing "Big Love" into not nominating them except for Number 13, and when it came to it, House made quite a show of the ceremonial presentation of the panties on the pillow. When "Big Love" nominated CTB (no surprise) and 6/9 (his good buddy), House finally figured out how he'd gotten the panties off her - he'd made a deal with Cuddy, to put up the two candidates she most wanted to see go - and House fired "Big Love" instead. Breaking the rules is OK, was the lesson, just as long as you're doing it on House's terms. I must admit, I'm sorry to see "Big Love" go - he was charming, smart and provided an interesting element to the mix. Next week the competition's over for yet another Wannabe; who would you most like to see stick around for good? For House clips, visit our Online Video Guide. show less
The mysteries of life? They're maaagic — or at least, that's what this week's POTW would like you to believe. The sleight-of-hand artist was performing his trapped-in-a-glass-box-of-water trick when he started to bleed in the middle of act. Fortunately for him, "Big Love" and Number 6/9 were in the audience and came to his rescue.Next day, House scooters in to the classroom and presents his newest game to the Wannabes: Which ever of them manages to get Cuddy's thong undies is immune from being fired, at least temporarily. And most insidious of all, the winner gets to nominate two other candidates to be on the chopping block. "Cut Throat Bitch" and Plastic Surgeon Guy try to get Cuddy soaked in order to get her undies (still not sure exactly how that would have worked), but in the end it's "Big Love" who hands over the red panties. "Cole has traveled through the forest of crustaceans and brought us a treasure," House declares to the Wannabes (oh, House, just 'cause you're jealou... read more

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Premise: He has little patience for patients, but misanthropic Gregory House is a brilliant diagnostician who probes life-and-death medical mysteries while 'CSI'-style graphics follow each disease's progression. 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer is one of the executive producers.

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