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"House" Recap: Episode 11, "Words and Deeds"

"House" Recap: Episode 11, "Words and Deeds"

Is a "House" without Vicodin really a "House" at all? That's the big question in Tuesday's episode, when House stuns everyone by checking himself into rehab — and stuns 'em again later by revealing that a guard has been sneaking him pills. Meanwhile, the rest of the doctors try a memory-erasing treatment on a patient who has heart attacks every time he sees the woman he says he loves, only to learn later that his memories of her were false.

That patient is Derek, a firefighter who can't stop shivering. Meanwhile, House is in court, pleading not guilty to forgery and taking illegal drugs. When he returns to the hospital, the team briefs House on Derek's case, but House has bigger things to worry about, like jail. Cuddy tells House it's time to suck it up and apologize to Tritter.

In shocking twist No. 1, he actually does! But Tritter isn't buying it, even when House tries the magic words "I'm sorry." Back at the hospital, House is zoning out on a meeting about Derek when he suddenly announces he's checking himself into rehab. To see how that works out,

Cuddy and Wilson show up at the rehab facility and ask House what's going on. House: "I hope it's me detoxing. Otherwise I soiled a perfectly good pair of underwear last night for nothing." He gets called into group therapy, where he spends the whole time playing with an elementary-school-style cootie catcher. Way to take rehab seriously.

Meanwhile, Derek has a heart attack, and the team realizes that the one constant in all of Derek's problems been his firefighting partner, Amy. Cameron asks Derek if he's in love with Amy, and Derek says yeah — the problem is, Amy's engaged to his brother.

Back at rehab, House tells the team that the only way to cure Derek is to erase his memories, Eternal Sunshine-style. The doctors present the shock-therapy idea to Cuddy, who agrees to it and notes that House made an argument without using the word "moron" once: "The rehab's working."

Meanwhile, Tritter interrupts House while he's making a clay intestine at art therapy, just to make sure House knows he'll never trust an addict. Things go better, though, when Wilson stops by. House tells Wilson he had no business blaming him for any of his troubles. "Is this an apology?" Wilson asks. "Part of the program," House says.

Derek can't remember anything after his treatment, and Cameron tells Amy she knows this must be tough, what with the wedding coming up. Amy does a wha-huh? and asks whose wedding. Uh, yours? Amy says she and Derek's brother aren't even dating. Oops.

House is in court when his cell phone rings, and the team tells him they just fried Derek's brain for no reason. House heads back to the hospital, where he saves the day by discovering a tumor pushing on the nerves of Derek's spine — causing, among other things, false memories.

Back in the courtroom, Cuddy's on the stand, lying like a rug. She says House never got the pills he stole — she'd swapped the bottles in the pharmacy. The judge dismisses the charges, but House still has to spend the night in jail for walking out of the courtroom earlier. Tritter gets all soft-hearted and wishes House good luck.

Wilson visits House in jail and gives him some medicine. House finds out it came from the rehab guard and triumphantly says, "that's Vicodin." "He's been slipping you Vicodin?" Wilson sputters. "Nothing's changed," House says. He's still an addict and a liar. Take that, Tritter! Seriously, though, what would this show be if House got clean?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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Jinx Jinx 10 years
LOL @ Kimmi.... "touch me in the morning and leave" that's funny. I didn't recognise Dwayne Wayne without his flip up shades! lol ------------------------------------------------------ Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. — Albert Einstein
RainbowCrayon RainbowCrayon 10 years
I adore this show, But I missed the ending. Thanks for filling me in. I didn't notice that Dwayne Wayne was the lawyer. How cool is that.. I really want a "Different world" to either come out on DVD, or to do a reunion show.. Neither will happen I suppose. **~~Everyone who's anyone has been on sesame street.~~**
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Thanks, Buzz, for these recaps. They're great!
KimmiAnn KimmiAnn 10 years
I looooooved it! I was screaming when I saw that a new episode was finally coming on......then when House got off and we found out he'd been taking his Vicodin all the time.....CLASSIC! I was WOOOHOOOOOO! He's baaaaaack! Then came the horror....3 weeks till the next episode???? Well just touch me in the morning and walk away!!!!!! I went to rock and roll heaven, and I wasn't on the guest list. Debra - Empire Records
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Hugh Laurie is brilliant! House knows how to manipulate people and situations well. Cuddy took huge risks in this episode to perjure herself in the courtroom. House doesn't seem to appreciate the people(like Cuddy and Wilson) who really care for him--but that's what makes him such an interestingly complex character. Great episode. Wish we didn't have to wait three weeks for the next.
Jinx Jinx 10 years
I love these recaps, Thanks Sugar! ------------------------------------------------------ Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. — Albert Einstein
KellyLiz KellyLiz 10 years
This sounds like a great episode I missed last night and was bummed about it....cant wait to see next weeks!!
yiddidea yiddidea 10 years
Yeah, that bothered me about the episode too. He still stole the pills with the expectation they were narcotics... I love this show. I was very Anti-House the first season because everyone I knew talked about it all the time and I just got annoyed with everyone. Now, I see what all the fuss was about and look forward to it every week. I am annoyed that AI is putting it on hiatus for 3 weeks. I wish they could figure out how to keep AI to one night a week so that people's tv viewing schedules don't get all messed up!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
Good episode, although wouldn't House still be charged for stealing, whether or not the pills were swapped? A thief who stole a cubic zirconia, thinking it was a diamond, is still a criminal, no? By the way, check out the pic of House's lawyer - it's Kadeem Hardison, better known as Dwayne Wayne!
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