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"House" Recap: Episode 15, "Half Wit"

"House" Recap: Episode 15, "Half Wit"

My fellow "House" fans, are you as frustrated as I am with the scheduling for this show? I understand "American Idol" is Fox's cash cow, and I know "House" doesn't depend much on continuity, but still. We’ve had just four new episodes this year, and now the show’s gone again until March 27 — though Fox promises a string of nine new episodes once it’s back.

To tide us over, we got not one but two medical mysteries in "Half Wit." House treats a savant who has trouble buttoning his shirt but can play the piano expertly. The team, however, is more concerned with some disturbing information they’ve discovered about House. To hear all about it,

Our patient of the week is Patrick, played by a surprisingly un-annoying Dave Matthews. Patrick was hit by a truck at age 4 and emerged with brain damage but a genius-level skill at the piano — until his hand suddenly tenses up during a performance. In true "House" fashion, Patrick actually develops more problems in the hospital, but he gets to play a duet with House and star in some nasty scenes where holes get drilled in his head.

But the team isn't really focused on Patrick, because they’re too busy worrying about House. Cameron discovers plane tickets to Boston in House’s mail — who, exactly, gets plane tickets in the mail anymore? — and assumes House is interviewing for a job. Foreman reveals that he saw House drawing a vial of his own blood for the lab. Then Chase and Cameron break into House's place (side note: apparently the microwave pizza sex is going well) and find a phone bill that includes a call to Massachusetts General Hospital. They tell Cuddy, who learns that House is going to see a brain cancer specialist. House is dying!

Raise your hands if you thought House was dying.

The team leaves Patrick's case in the dust in favor of studying House. They want a vial of his blood so they can try to get him into clinical trials, but he tells them his health is none of their business. They clearly won't let that stand, which leads to the following awesome events:

  • Cameron kisses House in the hopes that he'll let her take his blood. House tells her to look up his lab work — "but if you want a sperm sample, come back without the syringe."
  • Foreman says his goodbyes to House with a simple "I like you."
  • Chase literally cries on House’s shoulder.
  • Cuddy offers her support, which apparently includes letting House grab her ass.

Meanwhile, Foreman and House figure out that one side of Patrick's brain is practically dead. They can remove the right side of his brain, and he'll have a more normal life, but he'll lose the ability to play music. They go ahead with it, leading to a happier-looking Patrick who can button his own shirt.

Then, Chase notices something odd on one of House’s scans. They excitedly tell House he doesn’t have cancer — just neurosyphillis! Nice diagnostic work, everyone. Except House then reveals that the scans actually belong to some random patient, and he was just using them so he could get a cool drug implanted into his brain. Foreman: "You're right. I don't like you."

Wilson tells House he’s pathetic, and House says that’s what they get for poking around in his business. Wilson suggests maybe House should just try making friends, and in the end, he sees Cameron and Chase having dinner together and heads off to join them. Now may not be the best time for them to admit they almost had sex on House’s bed while they were snooping around his place, huh?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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cheshirecat77 cheshirecat77 10 years
I missed it...and I hate this schedule, they are doing the same with Grey's and ER, don't this tv exec realize there are people out here that are not hung up on Idol.
Classy-Amelia Classy-Amelia 10 years
I liked this House episode. It was surprising what House really planned to do with the "cancer" in his brain. I found the scene with Chase hugging House funny. And I agree. It really sucks House is going on another hiatus.
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
loved it loved it loved it
Jinx Jinx 10 years
skinny fat, In Ontario, Global runs House reruns alot, usually on Mon-Wed, don't know if this is any good to you. ------------------------------------------------------ "We're forced to bed, But we're free to dream" Gord Downie
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 10 years
I'm totally opbessed with this show. My boss was the one who turned us (my hubby & I) on to this show. I LOVE IT!!!! . ... fyi: I cried like a little girl when I thought that House had cancer... seriously...
kendalheart kendalheart 10 years
I dont watch this show but I think it would be intersting to see Dave act!
Jinx Jinx 10 years
Been* ------------------------------------------------------ "We're forced to bed, But we're free to dream" Gord Downie
Jinx Jinx 10 years
Ben waiting for the recap, I didn't know about the next mini hiatus, thank you Buzz. The House schedule sucks. They are lucky the fans are so devoted to Hugh Laurie. I can't wait until March 27th! *cries* I thought the song House played sounded like Mad World from Donnie Darko, just me? I liked how true to House form, House took advantage of everyone thinking he was dying. ------------------------------------------------------ "We're forced to bed, But we're free to dream" Gord Downie
Pinkrabbit Pinkrabbit 10 years
I don't know what you guys are talking about. I love Dave. Him and house together playing the piano was even better! I really loved this episode and glad that flippin' cop is gone!
Janners Janners 10 years
Oh, Hugh Laurie, what blue eyes you have ::swoon:: It was a pretty slow paced episode which was nice, God... House and Heroes GONE! I think I MAY watch too much TV...
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
I must agree with Buzz and Linda McP re: Dave Matthews being surprisingly tolerable. I find him SO annoying (and I can't stand his music, either, but that's a whole 'nuther post). I loved this episode, especially the Chase hug (Chase is SO under-used) and the Cuddy ass-grab. It was also nice to see Red Forman (woohoo) as DM's dad. Of course, when my geeky boyfriend saw him, he said, "Hey, it's the bad guy from Robocop!" :nerdboy: Seriously, I love this show. It's got its weak points (Wilson, Cameron, I'm talking to YOU) but it's worth it to get to watch Hugh Laurie every week.
skinny-fat skinny-fat 10 years
I am miserable that I missed this episode. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Dave and House. All I saw were the last few minutes and short clips on YouTube. Does anyone know when they repeat episodes? ************************************************ "I am not interested in money. I just want to be wonderful." Marilyn Monroe
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I can't wait until this show is back on schedule. I get so excited to see it coming on and can't wait for next week and then WHAM! 3 more weeks without House. I miss it, but loved last night's episode!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Loved last night's episode, especially the exchange between Cuddy and House when she tells him to contact the "Make-a-Wish Foundation" as he starts to follow her down the hallway to the bedroom. Dave Matthews was surprisingly decent. Like you, Buzz, I hate the interrupted schedule. At least we have 9 in a row to look forward to.
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