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House Episode: "Teamwork"

Season 6, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: House resumes his post after getting his license back and sets out to form a "dream team." He also treats a porn star (Troy Garity) suffering from eye pain. Meanwhile, Cuddy learns again that the hospital is no place to form healthy relationships.
Original Air Date: Nov 16, 2009
Guest Cast Ben Giroux: Rick Paul Hayes: Mr. Klingman Jennifer Crystal Foley: Rachel Taub Jolene Blalock: Lexa Troy Garity: Hank
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Season 6, Episode 8
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Length: 43:54
Aired: 11/16/2009
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House Episode Recap: "Ignorance Is Bliss" Season 6, Episode 8

House and the team take on a patient who was once a brilliant physicist who opted to leave behind his life as a genius to become a courier. Meanwhile, House concocts a plan to break up Cuddy and Lucas, and Chase has little tolerance for his colleagues' attempts of helping out after Cameron's departure.

The Patient
This week begins with a messenger dropping off packages at a bookstore. But Jimmy isn't just any courier; he was once a published physicist with an IQ that would rival that of Einstein. When the bookstore owner realizes who he is, he asks Jimmy to autograph the book he wrote, but Jimmy begins to lose feeling in his hand.

Jimmy's admitted to Princeton-Plainsboro, and the team thinks it's TTP (Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura), but Taub also wonders if there's some mental illness there considering a man of his intelligence would take a job as a courier. When it's determined it is TTP, Chase removes Jimmy's spleen. But things are never that simple with House's patients: Following the surgery, Jimmy begins speaking nonsense.

House Is on a Mission
House searches the hospital for Wilson to tell him he wants to break up Cuddy and Lucas. Why? Because it will give him purpose. House tries to fish for an invite to Thanksgiving dinner at Cuddy's sister's house by doing good deeds. Though she knows House has an agenda, Cuddy extends an invitation.  House puts on his Turkey Day tie and drives three hours to join the festivities, only to find out it was the wrong address. At least the house sitter was told to offer him a turkey sandwich.

That night, House breaks into Lucas' apartment and appears to be extremely drunk. House tells Lucas he's not right for Cuddy and then has a pity party for himself when he says, "I am pathetic. I don't deserve her."  House falls to the ground in a drunken stupor and says to Lucas, "I love her."

Cuddy comes to see House the next morning to tell him whatever he said to Lucas forced him to break up with her. "There is no us," Cuddy tells House. "There never will be."

Instead of being crushed by Cuddy's definitive words, House storms into the bathroom to tell Wilson he succeeded at breaking them up. He can't believe Lucas fell for the ole "drunken profession of love" bit.

But the joke is on House. When Cuddy turns down tickets to a holiday event that House offers her and her daughter, he realizes she and Lucas never really broke up. "She felt guilty that I felt guilty," House tells Wilson. "She just wanted me to think that so I back off." It worked because House says he done trying to break them up.

The Genius Goes on a Robo-Trip
Now that it is apparent that Jimmy has more than just TTP, Chase and Taub search his home. They find a closet full of math proofs and atomic structures proving he did have a passion for his field. But they also discover a hidden bottle of vodka in the vent. Jimmy assures them he only takes one shot of booze every day, but nobody is buying it. The test, however, proves his liver is fine, so the team assumes his symptoms are kidney related. 

House comes in after a light bulb moment and says the patient is "dumb" — literally. House explains he is a DXM (dextromethorphan) junkie. For years, Jimmy had been abusing cough meds and taking alcohol medicinally to create this dumbed-down high.

The team removes all traces of DXM in his system, and Jimmy is back to his usual brilliant self. But as he "doodles" some crazy physics notes, his wife gives him a blank stare. She leaves the room and Jimmy tells Foreman how he can't live like this with a wife who is basically dumb next to him. His wife has the same sentiments and tells Foreman that he isn't the man she married. But all their concerns are cut short when Jimmy loses feeling in his legs.

Chase Lands a Right Hook
It's all hands on deck as the team brainstorms what Jimmy's issue could be. House badgers Chase for not offering any ideas by saying, "Gimme something or I'll get your ex-smarter half on the phone." Chase calmly stands, walks over to House and knocks him out cold.

House refuses to report the incident to Cuddy and Chase later apologizes to House. Turns out, he punched out House to set an example for his other colleagues who have been constantly offering to help Chase now that Cameron has left. And according to Chase, it worked because everyone has backed off. This brings about the best exchange of the evening: "Fair enough," House says to Chase. "Cheers," Chase says as he turns and walks away.

In an interesting side story, Taub uses House's battered and bruised face to his advantage. When Taub finally talks to his wife about not consulting with her about his decision to return to working under House, he learns it isn't the pay cut that's bothering her — it's the fact that Taub is pretty much House's lackey. So to win some points with the wife, Taub takes a photo of House's bruised face and shows it to his wife, taking credit for the right hook. She says that's not what she meant, but she's clearly turned on by the idea of her hubby decking House.

Several Spleens Later
Jimmy has a conversation with House in which he tries to explain that he wants to want to be with his wife, but when his mind is clear, he can't. Jimmy proceeds to tell House of the time he tried to jump to his death but only ended up breaking his ribs. It was then that they put him on narcotics and he no longer felt so isolated. Jimmy met his wife and fell in love with her when he was buzzed out of his head. "She was so happy and dumb," Jimmy says.

House, somehow feeling sympathy, gives Jimmy a bottle of cough syrup. But House has yet another light bulb moment. He realizes Jimmy's spleen separated off and moved when he broke his ribs all those years ago, so Chase wasn't able to remove all of the spleen.

Jimmy, now better after another surgery, admits he'll keep robo-tripping behind his wife's back, since it's worked for 12 years. Taub doesn't understand how House will allow this. "Ignorance is bliss," House says.

What did you think of the episode? Are you glad the old team is back? What did you think of Chase's attempt to get everyone off his back?

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House and the team take on a patient who was once a brilliant physicist who opted to leave behind his life as a genius to become a courier. Meanwhile, House concocts a plan to break up Cuddy and Lucas, and Chase has little tolerance for his colleagues' attempts of helping out after Cameron's departure.

The Patient
This week begins with a messenger dropping off packages at a bookstore. But Jimmy isn't just any courier; he was once a published physicist with an IQ that would rival that of Einstein. When the bookstore owner realizes who he is, he asks Jimmy to autograph the book he wrote, but Jimmy begins to lose feeling in his hand.

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