House on FOX

2004, TV Show

House Episode: "Under My Skin"

Season 5, Episode 23
Episode Synopsis: The lungs of a ballerina (Jamie Tisdale) collapse while she's on stage, and her initial treatment causes her skin to fall off. Meanwhile, House not only still can't sleep, but he remains haunted by visions of Amber (Anne Dudek).
Original Air Date: May 4, 2009

Full Episode
click to playclick to play
Season 5, Episode 23
Paid | iTunes
Length: 44:01
Aired: 5/4/2009
Also available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video
play more info

House Episode Recap: "Under My Skin" Season 5, Episode 23

This week on Fox's House, the most deductive doctor dealt with his most stubborn patient, as House went to extremes to diagnose and treat his hallucinations. Meanwhile, the team was left on its own to solve a medical mystery, and Cam and Chase reached an impasse.

THE PATIENT
A ballerina collapses during rehearsal, unable to breathe. Her lungs aren't inflating properly. House, thoroughly distracted by his Amber hallucinations, prescribes antibiotics to treat an infection not certain to exist. Because of an adverse reaction, the young woman's skin starts sloughing off. 

The team decides to do a scan of her heart, but they need it to keep still for the four-minute process. So stop it, suggests House. Using paddles, Chase shuts the heart down, and the scan begins. But as they near the critical three-minute mark (at which a person can go brain dead), Chase gets uneasy and ultimately interrupts the scan and (barely) shocks the girl back to life.

In the end, left to wrap up the case on their own by House and as a desperate measure to save the dancer from a quadruple (!) amputation, it's Taub who rides to the rescue with a treatment that "probably won't save her." And yet it does, to Chase's amazement. After all Taub has been through in recent months, it was terrific to see him wear the hero cape for once.

In a C-story - and one I did not entirely understand - Cameron reveals to Chase that she saved her late husband's sperm, and one day intends to use it. Chase bristles at her babymaking plan, but she argues that she needs some guarantees moving forward with him. Nobody knows if love will last forever, that they won't leave someone, she attests. "I know," Chase retorts, walking away.

THE DOCTOR
Spooked by his slipup with the ballerina's antibiotics, House confides in Wilson about his delusions. House rattles off a list of possible causes - infection, MS included - but of course deflects the idea that his Vicodin habit is to blame. The scary part is that, depending on what is going on here and how treatable it is, House might not be able to practice medicine again, if his judgment is impaired. 

After blood work rules out infection ("the easy answer," snarks Amber), House considers MS, of which feelings of guilt are a by-product. Though he at first believes that he feels overwhelming guilt for what he did to the dancer's skin, upon visiting with her, he rules out MS.

Concurrent with the ballerina's four-minute scan/ticking-clock crisis, House calls Wilson, who's at the diner, to say that he's got "two minutes" himself. Wilson realizes immediately (thank god) that House is following through on a plan to use insulin shock to rid him of Amber. Wilson makes it to House's office in time to resuscitate his friend. At first and for a stretch, House suspects that his radical treatment worked. That is, until he heads out to a bar ... and finds Amber crooning, practically cackling, on the stage.

His face painted with fear, House calls Wilson pronto, saying, "I need you to come get me."

With Wilson, House packs his bags to go away for some electro-shock therapy - a drastic measure, Wilson reminds, but the only treatment that might allow him to keep practicing medicine.

Later, House shows up in Cuddy's office. "I quit," he says plainly, prompting her to launch into one of her "I don't have time to coddle you and deal with your gripes" speeches. The two exchange angry, mean words. But just as Cuddy is about to storm out, House tells her: "I'm hallucinating." Cuddy stops, and says she'll call her babysitter. It's going to be a long night.

At home, House makes a valiant attempt to detox himself - with Cuddy supporting him - having conceded that the Vicodin was doing him in. Amber, though, lives up to her "Cutthroat Bitch" name by goading him into digging up one of his secret stashes. Cuddy, though, assures him that she's already uncovered most of his hidden pills. House, bravely ignoring Amber's taunts, then tells Cuddy of some places she may have missed.

Later, in between bouts of getting sick in the bathroom, House spies a stray Vicodin lying across the tile floor. Amber urges him to grab it: "Take it and you don't deserve her (Cuddy); take it and don't tell her, and you don't deserve anyone." House makes a lunge for the pill, but Huddy stops him and flushes it down the toilet. Underscoring the addict's desperation, House fruitlessly tries to fish the pill from the bowl.

The next morning, House awakens on the couch to find Huddy sitting nearby. He feels like hell; she says that's expected. He "accuses" her of being there to protect her hospital's biggest asset. Cuddy shakes her head. She shares a story of how she wasn't actually enrolled in his med-school endocrinology class. She audited it, just to be near him.

Huddy gets up to leave, but not before telling House that no, she did not stay there all night "protecting hospital property." He gazes at her. "You look like you want to kiss me," Cuddy whispers. "I always want to kiss you," he responds, igniting a spark that erupts into a fiery embrace, kissing, pulling off of clothes and....

"Wow. Wow." So says Wilson in the previews for next week's season finale, reacting to 1) House's hook-up and 2) his Vicodin detox.

Wow, wow, indeed.

show less
This week on Fox's House, the most deductive doctor dealt with his most stubborn patient, as House went to extremes to diagnose and treat his hallucinations. Meanwhile, the team was left on its own to solve a medical mystery, and Cam and Chase reached an impasse.

THE PATIENT
A ballerina collapses during rehearsal, unable to breathe. Her lungs aren't inflating properly. House, thoroughly distracted by his Amber hallucinations, prescribes antibiotics to treat an infection not certain to exist. Because of an adverse reaction, the young woman's skin starts sloughing off. 

The team decides to do a scan of her heart, but they need it to keep still for the four-minute process. So stop it, suggests House. Using paddles, Chase ... read more

Are You Watching?

Loading ...
Premiered: November 16, 2004, on FOX
Rating: TV-14
User Rating: (6,748 ratings)
Add Your Rating: 1 stars2 stars3 stars4 stars5 stars
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.

Cast

Shop

Full House: Complete Series Collection
Buy Full House: Complete Series Collection from Amazon.com
From Warner Home Video (DVD)
Usually ships in 24 hours
Buy New: $101.08 (as of 08/20/14 7:04 PM EST - more info)

More Products

TV GUIDE Users' Most Popular