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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.

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