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"House" Recap: Episode 22, "Resignation"

"House" Recap: Episode 22, "Resignation"

This week's "House" largely followed the fallout from Foreman's sudden resignation, set against the background of a medical case that seemed remarkably similar to the one two weeks ago that led Foreman to kill his patient. This week's patient is Addie, a college sophomore who starts coughing up blood during her martial arts class. House is convinced she has an infection, but the others think it could be something autoimmune. When will they ever learn? Meanwhile, Foreman makes his resignation official — and then gets honest about his feelings about the rest of the staff. For the rundown,

Chase asks Foreman why he's leaving, and Foreman refuses to tell, on the grounds that he’s never liked Chase. Chase decides that Foreman must be ashamed of the reason, so he asks House for the scoop. "He wants to breed llamas," House says, and Chase figures that House is ashamed too. Meanwhile, House tells Wilson the real reason: Foreman didn't want to end up like House. House then goes down to the clinic to treat a guy whose poo floats. Seriously, that's the plotline they came up with to introduce Piper Perabo as Honey, a nutritionist/vegan who finds out her boyfriend is "cheating" on her by eating the occasional hamburger.

Addie, meanwhile, is still a mystery; she keeps getting mostly better, then suddenly having another problem. The doctors wonder why her body would fight half a fight and then give up. House: "Maybe its name is Foreman." They try another test, this one involving sticking a needle in her eye, and I literally screamed and turned away, so I'm not really sure what happened, other than that it didn't help them cure Addie. While Foreman and Cameron give Addie an MRI, Foreman admits that he's leaving so he doesn't turn into House. Cameron tries putting her optimistic spin on things, but Foreman tells Cameron she's weak. There's no time to reflect on that, however, because Addie's head has exploded. Ew.

House still insists that Addie has an infection, but Chase wants to give her steroids instead. That sounds like the choice Foreman made when he killed his patient, huh? House expects Addie to have a heart attack when Chase gives her the steroids, but she doesn’t; later, though Addie's kidneys fail and Cameron creepily sneaks into House's bedroom to tell him they were wrong.

Meanwhile, House doses Wilson's coffee with amphetamines in an attempt to figure out why he's been yawning. A totally high Wilson shows up all jittery for a breast exam, winks at his patient, generally embarrasses himself, discovers his heart rate is 185, and excuses himself to go murder House. Even while on the uppers, though, Wilson's still yawning, and House says he knows Wilson is on anti-depressants; the yawning is a symptom. House asks why Wilson, "Mr. Well-Adjusted," kept this a secret; Wilson says it's personal. House says he wants antidepressants, too, but first he’d have to admit he was depressed.

Back at the hospital, House is gleeful about his diagnosis; Cameron and Foreman, though, point out that Addie is going to die because the steroid treatment won't let her fight the infection. Foreman asks House if he even knows Addie's name (of course, he doesn't); House posits that Foreman is trying to make House a kinder, gentler person. "You're about to tell a girl she's dying, and you think it's about you," Foreman says, disgusted.

House tells Addie she's dying; he starts to explain why, but she doesn't care. She realizes he seems a little too happy, and House glimpses his own reflection and realizes she's right. He yells at Wilson for dosing his coffee with antidepressants. Man, I love these two drugging each other. Wilson said they obviously worked if House is smiling, and somehow that gives House the ridiculous epiphany that Addie tried to kill herself by swallowing kitchen cleanser wrapped in a gel cap, burning a hole in her stomach and allowing bacteria to swarm through her body. She's not dying after all.

In the end, House meets Honey at some bar. Because she's the stupidest person ever, she thought their meeting was a job interview, but House wastes no time admitting it's a date. He rattles off a list of flaws — he's just been dosed with antidepressants, he eats meat, he likes drugs — and Honey smiles and says, "You don't seem depressed." Yeesh, I really hope those two don't become a couple.

Photos courtesy of Fox

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crispet1 crispet1 8 years
I agree with you guys. Im a bit disappointed, but Wilson made the show for me!
gracey gracey 8 years
I used to love this show. Lately not so much. It used to be much funnier and that's why I watch... to be entertained. I don't want to cry thanks. If Foreman quits I won't miss him much since he's my least favourite character on the show. Be gone already I agree with Jinx that Foreman's an ass and will be wherever he goes. Why doesn't someone point that out to him?
Classy-Amelia Classy-Amelia 8 years
I loved the Wilson-House drugging each other. Hilarious scenes.
littlemissvixen littlemissvixen 8 years
Is Foreman really going to resign? I'll miss him around the hospital if he does.
juiceejuice juiceejuice 8 years
well, she didn't put up with her boyfriend cheating on her and lying about it. But House was honest with all his flaws.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
I'm still enjoying the House/Wilson scenes, but lately I've been disappointed with the show. Buzz, Is someone else writing the last few episodes, because something's wrong.. Foreman can leave for all I care. He's so concerned about turning into House, but he doesn't realise he's a big asshole in his own right. And if that hippy vegan chick ends up with House, I call foul on the show! There is no way. She won't put up with a boyfriend cheating on a diet, but she'll willingly take on House's spewed flaws? I'm not happy. :rant: I guess I should call it a day. lol
soccer_obsessed soccer_obsessed 8 years
I liked this episode dosed up wilson made my night :rotfl: I just winked at you during a breast exam-en umm maybe it was for encouragement :rotfl: my heart HOUSE YOU DOSED ME :rotfl: I liked house getting mad and telling chase to shut up FINALY I mean I love him but house needed to get mad again. I really hope Foreman stays
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Not the best episode, but even a not so good House is better than most everything else! There were some great retorts and one liners that kept me laughing. I thought his epiphany about the how of the diagnosis came too quickly, but at least he got it right! I like Whip's interpretation of "resignation." Great recap, Buzz!
Janners Janners 8 years
The suicide realization wasn't THAT out there... he just realized that she was depressed by the lack of caring about anything she displayed... I guess I can admit the whole "how" aspect of it was mildly far fetched. But I try not to think negatively about shows I adore, everyone has their faults! haha I really did like the end of the episode, though. I enjoy when House actually talks to the patients...
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
Oh, yeah, I definitely turned away during the needle in the eye scene. :cringe: Did anyone else notice how Chase was being all Cameron-esque this eppy? Prying into Foreman and House's business and whatnot? Except instead of being all annoying like Cam, he was pretty funny.
live-4-gossip live-4-gossip 8 years
At first I hated this show House is an egomaniac and high, both scary for a doc to be. but I have gotten into as of late and I enjoy the show. It did seem like this was a repeat of the other episode and then the twist at the end I was bored halfway thru but I felt the end redeemed it. yes it was far fetched about the suicide but hey it caught my eye and I guess that's the point. speaking of eyes OH MY GOD I looked away too. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ got pi?
cageyme cageyme 8 years
I thought the thing with House and Wilson drugging each other was hilarious. No wonder those two are die-hard friends . . . they deserve each other!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
Yeah, not the best episode, although Wilson hopped up on uppers was pretty funny. I also liked how frustrated House got when he was all excited to tell Addie why she was dying and she didn't care. He wanted to tell her SO BAD. And House figuring out she swallowed kitchen cleaner was his most far-fetched epiphany EVER. I still don't think Foreman is going to leave. I think the title "Resignation" was a double meaning: Foreman resigned his job, and Addie was resigned to die.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 8 years
I was actually kinda disappointed by the episode. Liked the Wilson-House doping thing, but yeah . . . not as great as last week's.
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