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House Episode: "Not Cancer"

Season 5, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: When people who received organs from a donor who was killed in an industrial accident five years earlier die suddenly, House must figure out why to save a recipient who's still alive. To track down information about the donor and the dead recipients, House hires a PI named Lucas (Michael Weston). But House also uses Lucas to snoop on Wilson as well as a colleague House is considering to replace Wilson as his friend.
Original Air Date: Sep 23, 2008
Guest Cast Christine Lucas: Emma Mark Beltzman: Tibalt Oyylant Tim Conlon: Dr. Laibson Elaine Kagan: Belinda Felicia Day: Apple Bobbin Bergstrom: Nurse
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Season 5, Episode 2
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Length: 43:43
Aired: 9/23/2008
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House Episode Recap: "Not Cancer" Season 5, Episode 2

I couldn't help but equate the second episode of this season's House to the actual character Hugh Laurie plays and where it seems to be headed for the rest of the year.From the very title of the episode "Not Cancer" to the tumultuous beginning of people dropping like flies that were not even swatted, this episode had me probably reading too much into things.By this, I mean that Gregory House is falling apart without his friend Wilson around. And while watching, I felt like an old Beatles fan who searched for hidden meanings in their songs to find out if Paul really was dead or if John said cranberry sauce.Does he care or does he not care that Wilson left?Will he try something sneaky, like misdiagnose a patient to have an excuse to talk to Wilson?Is House the Walrus?While hiring a private investigator to spy on his estranged friend may seem like normalcy to House, there is desperation all over the fragile doctor's persona now. Naturally, no one else in the show sees it. We do. And you can't help but feel a certain sense of sorrow and sadness for what I feel is the "good" doctor.Wilson is his only friend. At least in House's eyes. Though the love is clearly no longer reciprocated after Wilson slammed a door in House's face this week, House would take in no one else whose wife left him for another man but Wilson, that's how powerful the friendship is.When five seperate people collapse from ailments that are attributed to what they all had in common - seperate transplants from the same (bad)organ donor - it felt like the same walls that are crumbling right in front of House now that his "enabler" is gone.When the doctors on House's team then discover that the donor's cornea was also donated, they quickly secure the unfortunate woman to tell her that everyone else who received a transplant from the donor were on the verge of death. But, she says she is fine and healthy and no longer blind. House does not take that chance and has the woman admitted to the hospital to figure out what is going on. She is lucky, in a way, that an old man in the same room as her is also there because of the bad donor. Perhaps there is a parallel between the two cases.The usual ideas then get floated around by the team - autoimmune, bad blood, MS, etc. - before Foreman decides it has to be cancer. And House customarily disagrees.It's not cancer. Just like House is not the cancer he is made out to be in Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital.As the team sits around to further their decision, a mysterious janitor is seen trying to fix the coffee machine. When he gets involved in the discussion a little too closely for the rest of the team, it is discovered that House has hired him as a private investigator.It's not clear at first that it is to spy on Wilson. But, you can tell. And just like the formerly blind woman who is now predictably taking a turn for the worse by hallucinating, House is seeing very ugly things in front of him right now in his personal life. He has to be sure, however. When the investigator gives him an update on Wilson from an ice cream truck, House seems devastated to find out that Wilson has not even mentioned his name since he left. Wilson has seen Cameron, Foreman, and Cuddy.House then asks the team to get consent from the old man's wife to cut his head open so they can try to see if his brain is causing the problems. This could save the woman teacher's life but practically ensures his death from the procedure. As the man's wife vehemently denies consent, the man goes into cardiac arrest and dies before House can use him.This works to his(and the team's) advantage though. Since the man is dead, House no longer needs consent to examine him and see if anything is wrong with the brain. Since there was still a half-hour left, you kind of knew it would not be the brain.At least not his brain. House then asks the team if there is a way to check the donor's DNA to see if maybe he had an ailment that they would not know about. Their only luck is a colonoscopy, and their only hope is the man's four-year-old daughter.When the colonoscopy comes up clean for the four-year-old, Cutner comes up with a plan to do the same colonoscopy on the old man. And since he is dead, they can put more pressure on the, um, area, and possibly get deeper to find out some kind of solution. (House must feel like Wilson is doing this to him, too, now, by the way. Have I told you I read too much into this episode yet??)Foreman is convinced that it is still cancer and since House has no answer either, he tells the team to start the woman on chemotherapy to see if she will respond to it. When she does, it baffles House even more, as he is CONVINCED it can't be cancer.After speaking to the woman, House learns that the woman is more miserable than ever since her brain transplant. Now that she has sight after being blind, she tells House that the world is an ugly place and that everything people told her about being able to see never came true. This becomes a key element later on.The answer comes to House after a last gasp trek over to Wilson's house. When Wilson barely acknowledges House at first and begins to shut the door on him, House explains that he has a patient that he has no answers for and that he needs Wilson's advice. Wilson does not want to hear it and tells House that he is trying to move on.But House calls his bluff, explaining that he hired a PI to spy on Wilson and that he knows that he has talked to Cuddy and Cameron. For a brief moment, Wilson looks down in almost admiration that his ex-friend would go to such great lenghts, but quickly comes to his senses and shuts the door on House for good.As he leaves, the PI is sitting on a bench waiting for House. He apologizes to House for not succeeding in his mission to win back Wilson's friendship. And, he tells House what he needs to hear to solve this week's case: That some things are real and some are not. Friendships are real but friends are fake.It is then that House figures out that the organs the donor gave to everyone were not real organs. He does a brain scan on his patient and finds out that the brain is not an actual brain. He goes to Cuddy for permission to cut the patient's brain open to find and get rid of cancer stem cells that infected the donated cornea. Claiming that the donor had these cells, House explains that each organ the man donated were infected with these cells, making them virtually useless and unreal. Cuddy denies House at first, and tries to stop House from ensuring the woman taking a turn for the worst to prove his theory. So, House gets his PI to masquerade as a nurse to get the "crash" to happen.When the brain is then opened up and the stem cells are removed. The woman is healed. After discussing how the world is "not as ugly as it seems" House quickly decides that he needs to keep his private investigator friend around because it seemed to instill positive thoughts inside of his mind, just like Wilson did when he was his friend. The show ends with him asking for a retainer.House will continue to get by. Whether or not it is With a Little Help From His Friend(s), remains to be seen.DID YOU NOTICE?House took pills this week. He is NOT off of Vicodin.The colonoscopy of the four-year-old was a very unnecessary and uncomfortable scene. The girl looked more like 14 than four.When the colonoscopy of the dead old guy went too far and he burst, I couldn't decide whether that or the man in Season Two whose testicles exploded on Chase's face was the most disgusting moment in House history.The music of the ice cream truck soundedlike a backwards version of the Mister Softee tune.House did not seem as cold and heartless as he usually does. Perhaps he has learned that with Wilson gone, he better shape up.Cameron was totally missing except for a brief mention of her visiting Wilson to cope with their similar losses of life in their lives.House billed the PI fee to the hospital. show less
I couldn't help but equate the second episode of this season's House to the actual character Hugh Laurie plays and where it seems to be headed for the rest of the year.

From the very title of the episode "Not Cancer" to the tumultuous beginning of people dropping like flies that were not even swatted, this episode had me probably reading too much into things.
By this, I mean that Gregory House is falling apart without his friend Wilson around. And while watching, I felt like an old Beatles fan who searched for hidden meanings in their songs to find out if Paul really was dead or if John said cranberry sauce.

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