During a therapy session with Dr. Nolan, House begins to discuss what he calls an ordinary week: Wilson asks him to move out so Sam can move in, House takes on a mysterious case of a patient with amnesia to distract himself from the situation and Alvie returns.
This week's episode of House doesn't follow the same formula of past episodes. Instead, it begins as House enters the office of Dr. Nolan — House's super-sharp therapist from the beginning of the season. House rehashes the story of what he describes as just another "ordinary week," and Nolan tries to psychoanalyze his every move and word. When Nolan learns House was involved in a bar fight, he is convinced House was looking to punish himself and wants to find out why.
House begins to tell his doc of the case he took with a patient suffering from amnesia. Nolan realizes that the only reason House was in the ER in the first place was because he was avoiding Wilson, who asked him to move out so Sam can move in. House even goes so far as to do the patient leg work himself by taking her out to where she bought the heart-rate monitor to see if anything is familiar.
When House returns to his old apartment to get his car, he finds that Alvie — his buddy from the institute — broke in a while back and made himself at home. He even sold a few of House's things in order to fund custom, banana-yellow paint for the walls. House, who learns Alvie is having trouble with immigration, lets his old pal tag along with him and the patient. A donut shop worker recognizes the patient, and they track down her husband, David.
The woman, who we learn is named Sidney, seems to be more comfortable with House than her own husband of four years, which creates a frustrating situation for David. The team discovers she has an infection in her brain, and removing the infected part would result in losing her long-term memory. David freaks about the idea of losing his wife as he once knew her, but it turns out the infection is spreading at a rapid rate and nothing can be done to reverse it. Luckily, House sees a tattoo on Sidney under black light and realizes that the ink is still under her skin from when she tried to have it removed. Turns out it was all an allergic reaction of the ink catalyzed by her intense running.
Meanwhile, House recounts to Nolan how Wilson sought him out to apologize about asking House to move out. House is convinced Wilson and Cuddy had a conversation about how neither of them trust him and that he still needs to be watched. Nolan, on the other hand, envisioned their conversation in a much more positive light.
House tries to collect his belongings from the pawn shop, and he realizes someone bought his one of his books. So, he has Alvie steal it from the pompous man who bought it. Nolan tries to understand why House went through so much trouble to retrieve his belongings. It isn't until later, when House beings to say how everyone is happy and moving in together (Wilson and Sam, Cuddy and Lucas) that Nolan figures out it's his relationship with Cuddy that is in House's subconscious. Nolan breaks down that House identified himself with David, who was losing the one he loved. And the book he had Alvie steal was written by Cuddy's great-grandfather. He was going to give it to her for a special occasion when the opportunity presented itself.
As House begins to see the truth behind Nolan's connections, he gets frustrated with the fact that his year of therapy and doing everything Nolan has said has only resulted in his misery. It appears as though House is losing faith that things will turn around.
What did you think of this week's episode? Did you like the break from the normal House formula?
During a therapy session with Dr. Nolan, House begins to discuss what he calls an ordinary week: Wilson asks him to move out so Sam can move in, House takes on a mysterious case of a patient with amnesia to distract himself from the situation and Alvie returns...