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House Episode: "Instant Karma"

Season 6, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: A teen (Tanner Maguire) has unexplained stomach pain, and his rich father (Lee Tergesen) believes that the cause is karmic payback for his business success. Meanwhile, Foreman and Chase prepare to present information on a patient they have been treating.
Original Air Date: Oct 12, 2009
Guest Cast Cindy Lu: Nurse Diane Steve Kramer: Ken Liz Benoit: Nurse Anne Tanner Maguire: Jack Lee Tergesen: Roy
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Season 6, Episode 5
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Length: 43:34
Aired: 10/12/2009
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House Episode Recap: "Brave Heart" Season 6, Episode 5

This week on House, the team takes on the case of a police detective who is convinced he is going to die of heart failure by age 40, Chase can't stop thinking about Dibala, and House hears mysterious whisperings that lead him to believe he's regressing.

Over the Hill... and Ready to Die
This week's episode of House begins with an intense police chase on foot with a suspect who can run and tumble like a Spider-Man stunt double. The chase ends up on a building's rooftop, where the suspect leaps from one roof to another. A police detective, Donny, tries to make the jump, but falls short and falls 30 feet. Ouch.

Donny is somehow still alive when he's admitted to Princeton-Plainsboro, and we learn that he's a reckless cop who thinks he's going to die regardless of what he does. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather all died by age 40 from heart failure, and he turns the big 4-0 in a week.

Foreman has the team run tests to see if they can find anything genetic, but nothing shows up. A new element is added to the mix when Donny's ex-girlfriend, Cheryl, shows up and says Donny has a 10-year-old son, Michael, that Donny's not aware of. She's desperate to know what her son may have inherited.

Cameron convinces Cheryl to tell Donny about his son just in case it's his last chance to meet him, but Donny is not very friendly when he meets the young boy. He tells Michael it hurts more to see your dad die.

House is convinced nothing is wrong with Donny and takes Chase with him to make up a fake disease and treatment (mints posing as pills) for this man who is convinced he's dying.

Foreman shows up late that night at Wilson's place to tell House the bad news: Donny collapsed four hours after he was discharged and pronounced dead.

House Hears Voices
House isn't too keen on the fact that Wilson still has him sleeping on the couch, so when Wilson catches House masturbating under the covers (or, as House says, picking the lint out of his belly button), Wilson agrees to let House stay in the bedroom that serves as a shrine to Wilson's dead girlfriend, Amber.

House tries to sleep in the bedroom, surrounded by pictures of Amber, but begins to hear inaudible whispers. It begins to bother House so much that he gets his ears tested at the hospital to come up with a logical explanation for the voices.

He starts to believe he is relapsing and tells Cuddy — who has him doing teaching rounds at the hospital in order to  re-obtain his license — that he isn't ready to practice medicine yet.

That night, House hears the voices again and this time he tries to pinpoint them. He finds a vent and realizes the sound is coming from Wilson's room. He quietly walks over and opens Wilson's door only to find his best friend is carrying a conversation with his dead girlfriend.

The next morning he tells Wilson he's hearing voices and that it must be in his head. House continues the lie, saying he's checking himself into Mayfield, and Wilson plays along and says he'll drive. But Wilson knows that House knows that he talks to his dead girlfriend, so he comes clean. Sometimes, Wilson says, I'd rather talk to her than you.

House tells Cuddy he's back on board, and the two have a sexually charged exchange that makes it seems like old times.

Donny Is Resurrected From the Dead
After House is distraught for missing whatever it was that killed Donny, Foreman has his body sent back to the hospital for examination. Foreman and House begin to cut his chest open and are confused by the fact the corpse appears to bleeding. Next thing you know, Donny wakes up and screams out in pain. Foreman and House jump back a mile.

Donny's heart slowed so much that EMTs declared him dead. The team thinks it may be autoimmune, but then Donny rips his own tooth out with a pair of forceps, and they're totally baffled. They test to see if Donny has bone cancer, but when the tests come out negative, House has a light bulb moment and says Donny has hereditary sensory autonomic neuropathy. Shockingly enough, House is wrong and the team tries treating for Wilson's Disease. It isn't until House and Cuddy start talking about pushing each other's buttons that House realizes the patient inherited a "self-destruct button." He tells Donny that he has an intracranial berry aneurysm that has been growing in his head.

After both Donny and his son Michael have the aneurysm removed, Donny has a change of heart and offers and olive branch to Michael and lets him know he wants to get to know him after all.

Chase's Conscience Gets the Best of Him
Chase is struggling to enter the ICU where he killed Dibala and avoids it with several excuses. Chase tells Foreman he crossed a line and is having trouble coming back. Foreman suggests he tell Cameron, but he doesn't, even though she has noticed something is up with his odd behavior.

House takes note of Chase's behavior and tells him to talk to someone about it. He figures it took the mental ward  seven weeks to fix him, so Chase should need no more than about 10 minutes to get over his issue.

Chase continues to remain distracted, and House forces him to go into the ICU and treat Donny, even though he keeps having flashbacks of Dibala puking up blood. He asks Donny if he's ever killed anyone, and Donny says he hasn't but knows people who have. One cop looks at it as "taking out the trash," but another drank himself into oblivion. Chase asks if he sought help, and Donny says yes, but the "help didn't help."

Desperate, Chase enters a church confessional and admits he killed a man. The priest says it's not up to him to choose who lives and dies, and Chase stands firm that he was right in killing a dictator who has killed thousands. The priest says the only way to find absolution is to tell the cops, but Chase says there has to be another way.

Chase returns home at 2 a.m. as Cameron is on the phone reporting her husband missing. He admits he was drinking, but says things are good now. Cameron turns and walks away, frustrated her husband won't tell her the truth.

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This week on House, the team takes on the case of a police detective who is convinced he is going to die of heart failure by age 40, Chase can't stop thinking about Dibala, and House hears mysterious whisperings that lead him to believe he's regressing.

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Premiered: November 16, 2004, on FOX
Rating: TV-14
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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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