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House Episode: "Broken"

Season 6, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: Conclusion. House tries to escape from the mental hospital where he is being held captive by his attending physician (Andre Braugher). He plans to free himself with the help of his roommate (Lin-Manuel Miranda) and a visitor named Lydia (Franka Potente).
Original Air Date: Sep 21, 2009
Guest Cast Andrew Leeds: Dr. Medina Curtis Armstrong: Richter Andre Braugher: Dr. Darryl Nolan Jack Plotnick: Hal Franka Potente: Lydia Derek Richardson: Freedom Master Sloan Robinson: Nurse Safer Alex Desert: Jay-Bird Dale E. Turner: Stomp Lin-Manuel Miranda: Alvie Angela Bettis: Susan Megan Dodds: Dr. Beasley
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Season 6, Episode 2
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Length: 44:47
Aired: 9/21/2009
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House Episode Discussion: "Epic Fail" Season 6, Episode 2

After leaving the psychiatric hospital at the end of last week's premiere, House tells Cuddy that he's making major changes in his life. Meanwhile, Foreman wants House's job but is having trouble with a case involving a video-game designer who posts his symptoms on the Internet and takes treatment suggestions offered by online correspondents over those offered by the team. This development upsets Foreman and threatens his relationship with Thirteen.

This week's episode begins in the traditional style where a patient, who creates virtual reality video games, is admitted to Princeton-Plainsboro with a bizarre ailment. As soon as the patient asks for the famous diagnostician he heard about, the scene cuts to House telling Cuddy and Foreman that he quits because he doesn't want to risk going back to his old environment and habits.

Foreman Takes Control
As soon as House leaves, Foreman immediately says he wants to run the department, but diagnostic departments are few and far between, according to Cuddy. The only reason they kept it around was because House is a genius. But Cuddy says she'll give him one chance to prove he can handle it, and the team begins brainstorming about the case of the video gamer's burning hands.

While Thirteen, Taub and Foreman try to come to a conclusion, the patient, Vince, thinks he has mercury poisoning based on what he read on the Internet. He convinces Thirteen and Taub to test his blood, but when Foreman finds out, he cops quite the attitude about his underlings not doing what they're told. Foreman tries to tell Vince mercury isn't the issue, but he demands a different set of tests. Somehow Foreman manages to strong-arm him into doing his spinal procedure, but when that causes his lungs to fill with fluid, Foreman suspects drugs.

Foreman and Thirteen both ask Vince if he's using, and the patient says no (only after hacking into Foreman's Facebook page to check up on him). Foreman tells Thirteen to do some investigating to see if he's telling the truth and Thirteen tells Foreman to stop comparing his technique to that of House.

Thirteen and Taub go to Vince's video-gaming studio where the two talk about Foreman as their new boss. Thirteen then comes to the conclusion that Vince may have picked up an infection from one of the birds he dissected while studying its anatomy for his game. But when Vince reveals he's had an erection for three hours, it's back to square one.

House Dabbles in Hobbies
In therapy, House says the chronic pain in his leg is really starting to get to him, so Nolan suggests he take up a hobby. Wilson allows House to tag along with him to cooking class and House ends up using his brilliance to figure out what ingredients work together.

Cuddy stops by Wilson's to talk to House and make sure he's not leaving on her account. She tells him she'll miss him, but House's cooking buddy basically kicks her out. The cooking actually starts to get a little out of hand as House starts to stay up all night treating each recipe like a patient in need of a diagnosis. But culinary arts aren't enough to distract House from the pain he is feeling in his leg without the drugs. Nolan tells him to try something else if cooking isn't helping him.

House returns to his old apartment where he finds a bottle of leftover drugs. We don't see whether he takes them, but all of a sudden, he's doing Wilson's laundry, is happy as can be and isn't using his cane.

Wilson tells Cuddy he messed with his toilet so that it would capture House's urine, and while the results were negative, they were also that of a Golden Retriever. The two assume he's using again, but when they confront him, House says he was trying to mess with Wilson. He even proves it by dumping his coffee and peeing in his mug right in front of their eyes.

Everyone's a Doctor These Days
Foreman and Thirteen are bickering like a married couple when they see new doctors in Vince's room. It turns out Vince posted his symptoms online to see if he can get a correct diagnosis for once. One of the new doctors suggests a brain tumor, but Foreman shoots the theory down. Thirteen, on the other hand, says the other doc has a point and Foreman is pissed she second-guessed him publically like that.

Thirteen goes to complain to House about Foreman, and his advice is for her to give in sometimes in order to be happy. Wow, he really has changed his tune. Foreman, on the other hand, complains to Chase, who tells him either to fire her or stop taking it so personally.  

Foreman brings Thirteen a donut and apologizes. She apologizes as well, and just as they are about to start over (sans clothes) they get paged because Vince's condition has worsened. And to make matters even worse, he's offering a $25,000 reward for anyone online who can diagnose him correctly.

The phone lines explode with guesses for the correct diagnosis, and based on popular demand, the patient wants to be tested for amyloidosis. Foreman agrees to test if Vince promises to take the case off the Internet.

The tests are positive for amyloidosis, and while Foreman is down about being wrong, Taub makes things even worse by telling him he's quitting and taking another job elsewhere. It turns out he only wanted to be there if House was working. Thirteen tries to make light of the situation, but when that doesn't cheer Foreman up, she tells her boyfriend a story about her and another cheerleader from school. Kinky.

The next day, the patient appears to be suffering from hallucinations brought on by a fever, which means it's not amyloidosis. Foreman says Vince needs chemo, but has a "light bulb moment" shortly thereafter when he realizes Vince has a different condition since his fingers didn't prune after sitting in an ice bath. But as soon as he rushes to stop the chemo, Thirteen is one step ahead of him. Not because she's brilliant but because she checked the online responses one last time before starting chemo.

The case is closed as the patient is correctly treated, and Cuddy says Foreman can run the department. Thirteen goes to congratulate him, but Foreman tells her it's just not working out. He's not breaking up with her; he's just firing her. Wow. That definitely won't affect the relationship.

House to the Rescue
The real kicker of the episode comes when House is in therapy and admits to Nolan he has slipped up — but not with drugs. Instead House hands over a check written to him for $25,000. It turns out he was the one who posted the correct diagnosis online which Thirteen read. He tells Nolan the pain in his leg went away once he went online and solved his team's case. Nolan says that maybe he needs to return to his old job, but House is reluctant because he thinks it will drive him back to drugs. Nolan, however, sums it up best when he says, "The only thing worse than going back is not going back." Looks like House is back in the game — and based on the previews, so is the old team!  

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After leaving the psychiatric hospital at the end of last week's premiere, House tells Cuddy that he's making major changes in his life. Meanwhile, Foreman wants House's job but is having trouble with a case involving a video-game designer who posts his symptoms on the Internet and takes treatment suggestions offered by online correspondents over those offered by the team. This development upsets Foreman and threatens his relationship with Thirteen.

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