This week in the season finale of Fox's House
, the repercussions of what happened between House and Cuddy were, to say the least, unpredictable. Meanwhile, Cameron struggled to reassess her relationship with Chase. On with the recap!
"It's ... not ... me." So explains a patient apparently suffering from split-brain syndrome, in which the left and right spheres of his melon don't converse very well, if at all. The result: In mid-conversation, he'll fling a sourdough roll across a restaurant ... or slap his ...
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.
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 ...
A deaf 14-year-old says he heard explosions just before collapsing during a school wrestling match. When his condition worsens, his mother (Clare Carey) won't allow cochlear implants. Meanwhile, House's insomnia is playing tricks with his mind, but that doesn't seem to bother him.
Season 5, Episode 21
House reluctantly takes the case of an environmental activist who collapsed at a protest demonstration, and the doc assigns much of the work on it to Cameron, who had urged him to take the case in the first place. Meanwhile, House has doubts about Wilson's healthy new diet.
This week on House, the team labored to stay focused on a case while reeling from a tragedy that hit very close to home. Read the full recap after the jump.
This week on House
, a patient (guest star Mos Def) suffering from "locked-in syndrome" offers a literally unique point of view as he draws the interest of House & Co. Wilson, meanwhile, tries to solve a mystery of his own. A special episode calls for a special recap, so let's get on with it!
The patient's name is Lee, and for a long stretch, we only see and hear things from his hospital-bed vantage point. Lee, we learn, was riding his bike when an open car door got in his way. Was he simply unable to stop in time or was he utterly unable to stop in time? That becomes a question.
Lee's doctor is ready to write him off as brain dead and ...
Season 5, Episode 18
A nursing-home worker (Judy Greer) is alarmed when the home's cat curls up next to her. It seems that this cat cuddles up only to people who are going to die soon. Meanwhile, a financially strapped Taub reconnects with an entrepreneurial friend from high school.
A book editor (Jay Karnes) suddenly begins insulting coworkers at a dinner party then falls ill. His loss of inhibition continues at the hospital, and this inability to lie affects his relationships with people close to him. Meanwhile, House suspects that Wilson and Taub are hiding something from him.
When a teen collapses with severe pelvic pain after playing basketball, tests reveal both male and female DNA. The parents knew this, but not the youngster. Meanwhile, Cuddy and Wilson suspect something is wrong with House when he begins acting nicely.
Season 5, Episode 15
A priest who runs a homeless shelter is admitted to the ER after seeing a bleeding Jesus hovering at his doorstep. House takes the case to distract the team while he confronts Foreman and Thirteen about their relationship, but it causes House to grapple with his past and his beliefs.
A woman who collapses during a cooking class turns out to be a renowned cancer researcher who gave up her career to pursue personal fulfillment. This prompts the docs to grapple with their own pursuits of happiness. Meanwhile, Cuddy decides to make House's life more miserable than it usually is, and Thirteen's health takes a turn for the worse.
Season 5, Episode 13
When Cuddy decides to spend more time caring for her baby, she hands some of her day-to-day responsibilities to Cameron. One of them is supervising House, whose patient is a very nice special-education teacher who collapsed in class. House doesn't think that her niceness is a good thing. Meanwhile, Foreman must make a critical decision regarding Thirteen's participation in the Huntington's drug trial.
Season 5, Episode 12
At Cameron's urging, the team takes the case of a suicidal man who suffers from excruciating chronic pain---pain that mirrors House's. Meanwhile, Cuddy discovers that caring for her newly adopted baby leaves her little time to run the hospital; and Foreman and Thirteen continue to explore their complicated relationship as they work together on their Huntington's disease drug trial.
A troubled teen collapses during her high-school Christmas program; Foreman and Thirteen learn more about each other as they work together on the Huntington's disease drug trial; House gives and receives holiday gifts, leading to team speculation; and Cuddy receives a gift as well. Janice: Lori Petty.
A fitness guru known for her "natural" lifestyle collapses while shooting an infomercial. Meanwhile, Thirteen participates in a clinical drug trial for Huntington's disease led by Foreman; Kutner operates an online medical-advice clinic under House's name; and Cuddy moves into House's office while hers is being repaired, much to House's dismay.
A gun-wielding clinic patient (Zeljko Ivanek) takes House, Thirteen and several other patients hostage in Cuddy's waiting room and demands that House diagnose and treat him. The hostage taker also demands that House use other patients as guinea pigs for any medication he is going to receive. Thirteen volunteers for the treatment.
During an examination of a teen's heart problems, the team begins to doubt her claims of being an emancipated minor. Meanwhile, Foreman defies House's rejection of a proposal to conduct a clinical trial.
Season 5, Episode 7
House and the team make a house call when an agoraphobe won't leave his home, but the patient's deteriorating condition makes it imperative to get him to a hospital. Meanwhile, House copes with a troublesome itch, and Cameron and Chase continue to refine their relationship.
Season 5, Episode 6
A middle-aged single father who tests consumer products for a living and has been suffering unexplained blackouts turns out to be a sleepwalker. And soon his daughter falls ill as well. Meanwhile, Cuddy plans to adopt a child, but her birth mother falls gravely ill two weeks before her due date.
A woman with whom Thirteen had a one-night stand has a seizure at Thirteen's apartment, prompting intense curiosity (both professional and otherwise) about the women's personal lives from House and Foreman. Adding to the intrigue: Thirteen discovers why the woman wanted to sleep with her. Meanwhile, Lucas (Michael Weston) continues to snoop on Wilson.
House learns that his father (R. Lee Ermey) has died but must be coaxed into attending the funeral. Back at the hospital, the team struggles to treat a young Chinese-American adoptee who collapsed in China while searching for her birth parents, and House has to diagnose her over the phone. Meanwhile, flashbacks recall House's first meeting with Wilson. Blythe House: Diane Baker.
A struggling artist (Breckin Meyer) taking part in three drug trials to pay his bills is also suffering from something that's altering his perception and threatening not only his livelihood but his life as well. Meanwhile, House has Lucas (Michael Weston) look into the private lives of his team, including Taub, whose marriage is in trouble.
I couldn't help but equate the second episode of this season's House
to the actual character Hugh Laurie plays and where it seems to be headed for the rest of the year.
From the very title of the episode "Not Cancer" to the tumultuous beginning of people dropping like flies that were not even swatted, this episode had me probably reading too much into things.
By this, I mean that Gregory House is falling apart without his friend Wilson around. And while watching, I felt like an old Beatles fan who searched for hidden meanings in their songs to find out if Paul really was dead or if John said cranberry sauce.
Dying changes everything.
Except Dr. Gregory House.
The diagnostic master of Princeton/Plainsboro Hospital is once again at his dismissive and manipulative best as Season Five begins.
Just when you thought maybe the guilt over Amber's death at the end of last season would take over his conscience and cleanse his heart, House emerges eight weeks later in television time even more belligerent than before. It is clear right from the outset that his brief rendezvous with Amber in a fictional heaven during last year's cliffhanger did nothing to tame his pill-popping soul.