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"House" Recap: Episode 18, "Airborne"

"House" Recap: Episode 18, "Airborne"

Well, it wasn't snakes. Might as well get that out of the way.

This week's "House" gave us two different cases: one in the air and one on the ground. I didn't see the connection between the two, but in the end, we got juicy medical footage, some developments in the Chase-Cameron department, and more time for House and Cuddy to bond. For all the details,

First, on the ground, we meet a kindly older woman who orders a prostitute but passes out before she can pay for her "Around the World" package. Wilson takes the case (really? I know House has to work the ER sometimes, but why Wilson?) and starts the usual (mis)diagnosis process. The woman reveals that she's been on something of a bender since turning 58, traveling to Caracas to snort cocaine, get a bad tattoo, and have sex with random men.

Meanwhile, House and Cuddy board their plane, while Cuddy complains that they flew all the way to Singapore so House could give a three-minute speech and rack up $500 in food and "video service" expenses at the hotel. Luckily, House has arranged to bump Cuddy out of first class, saving $500. Not so luckily, the man next to House pukes all over his meal. When the flight attendant asks for a doctor, House volunteers Cuddy, who discovers the man has symptoms of meningitis. She says they have to turn around, but House says it's nothing — until the young woman in front of House starts puking and reveals a strange rash on her back.

Cameron and Chase, meanwhile, go to the woman's house to check for things that could have made her sick, and Cameron insists they have sex on the woman's bed while her freaky cat looks on. Foreman later accuses them of agreeing with each other all the time just because the sex is good.

House assembles a faux team from random people on the plane, the best of which is the Cameron stand-in, who's told to be morally outraged at everything House says. If he’d told her to want to sleep with him, she really would have nailed it. House deduces that the problem must be in the seafood served on the plane, since both sick people ate it. Cuddy insists that meningitis makes more sense, and eventually she too vomits and reveals a rash on her back.

Back on the ground, Wilson decides the woman has breast cancer and asks the prostitute (whom he doesn't realize is a prostitute yet) to stay with her; apparently this is "prostitutes are people, too" episode. But in the middle of a mammogram, the woman goes blind and ultimately ends up in a coma. Wilson, meanwhile, finally figures out what's up and tells the prostitute she should go, but she leaves her phone number behind.

House and the doctors back home end up performing near-simultaneous spinal taps, and House announces to the plane at large that they have a confirmed case of bacterial meningitis ... but wait, just kidding, it's actual mass hysteria and they're making themselves sick. That includes Cuddy, who's a little ashamed, though they still have to figure out what's wrong with the first guy. House settles on the idea that he's a drug mule who swallowed a condom of cocaine that burst.

Back on the ground, Chase remembers that the woman's cat's food dish was full. He returns to find the cat dead, then discovers that the house next door had been fumigated and some of the toxins had seeped into the woman's home. He reports his finding just in time to stop the other doctors from drilling into the woman's brain.

Just before House is about to do surgery, he realizes that when he pushes on the guy's joints, his symptoms go away. He finds a scuba diving receipt in the guy's wallet and figures out he has the bends; he tells the flight attendant that the pilot should drop in elevation "until we can club baby seals out the window." Once the plane lands, House tells Cuddy she owes him for saving her life; she reminds him she wasn't actually sick.

Wilson calls the prostitute, tells her the woman is going to be fine, and basically asks her out. Chase, meanwhile, tells Cameron he wants more from their relationship. She says it's just sex, no feelings, and now it's over. Chase can only pout back.

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soccer_obsessed soccer_obsessed 10 years
:rotfl: WHIP I AGREE :rotfl: he was all when are you coming back to visit it was pretty obvious :P I HATED seeing chase heartbroken. His face just looked so crushed :( I wanted CUDDY AND HOUSE TO MAKE OUT ON THE PLANE :rotfl: I thought it was going to happen like THREE times and it didn't :( Foremon seemed just genuinely annoyed in this episode. He was in a way the third wheel Chase/Cameron and then him. The sex better be good. I laughed at that line for some unknown reason :p The best lines of the episode had to be Chase referring to the cat: He's watching us :rotfl: His facial expressions were priceless and the patients My left hand That's a symptom of nothing :rotfl: I was just laughing at that and the part where he was arguing about the girl he thought was pregnant :P Are you a virgin? No You're pregnant :rotfl:
gracey gracey 10 years
Any thoughts on Cameron using Chase to make House jealous?
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Good recap and good points made by Whip and others. I liked the eppy but also knew Wilson would ask Robin out and wondered about House getting the LP kit from NOWHERE. Nest week looks good. Cant wait to see more House-Cuddy and Chase-Cameron interactions.
Classy-Amelia Classy-Amelia 10 years
This episode was awesome. I mostly paid attention to the scenes House was in. I loved it when House recruited 3 people on the plane to play the parts of Chase, Cameron, and Foreman. The little kid was adorable. And the anxiety...oh my god. I loved how House addressed it.
ash_marisa ash_marisa 10 years
Its so funny when you see Cameron and Chase together, especially lats night when they "broke up"... Knowing that they are engaged in real life makes it all the more interesting to watch!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
It's funny, I can watch someone get their head blown off and barely flinch. And I can watch actual surgery on TV, no problem. But if someone gets an injection onscreen, I freak out and can't watch.
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
I was eating too, and I almost didn't make it through the spinal tap scene. I'm usually OK with needles and medical procedures (otherwise, I doubt I'd recap "House"!) but something with the way they cut between the plane and the hospital really got to me.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
Oh, yeah, the woman who played Fran was in an episode of 90210. Remember the kid Scott, David's friend who accidentally shot himself in the head? She played his crazy mother. The boyfriend and I ate dinner late last night, so we were eating while we watched this eppy. NOT the best thing to watch while you're eating, by the way. After Peng barfed the first time, my boyfriend had to stop. I, of course, was able to continue to stuff my face through all the graphic vomiting in the episode.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Jinx - I didn't even think about Robin wanting Wilson to pay her for the date. Now, THAT's funny! And c'mon, can't you see it? "Water." Snakes would have been great! I could see House stomping on them with his cane as he makes obnoxious comments. =]
txhottie txhottie 10 years
I loved this episode! The kid on the plane was fabulous! And might even be as cute as Chase someday. the line about "be morally outraged" was classic. I love HOUSE!!
Jinx Jinx 10 years
LOL ALSW Great take on the previews! :rotfl: I'm surprised they didn't drag out Cam and Chase until at least season's end as well. But I know its not over yet. I loved the little kid too, he was awesome. I like that actress that played Fran, she pops up in stuff all the time. It was definately a little different role for her. I think since the hooker kept the thousand dollars, being at the hospital was the least she could do. Can't wait to see Wilson's face when she wants paid for their date. :) Great Recap Buzz. I wish it had of been snakes. :) ------------------------------------------------------ "All my life, I wanted to be someone, I guess I should have been more specific." Jane Wagner
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Hehe, Jennifer24. That's the first thing that came to mind when I saw the previews! Something ridiculous and inane that will keep up tuned in next week but will mean absolutely nothing!
Jennifer24 Jennifer24 10 years
Hahahaha...I...want...more water...Genius ALSW:) cheers, Jen
ALSW ALSW 10 years
No, the suspense really wasn't there, but overall, I enjoyed the episode. It could have been a potential campy episode, but they pulled it off!
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 10 years
Linda McP -- I totally agree. The episode as a suspense engine didn't do it for me. But House was definitely on form. Cameron and Chase were totally predictable. Booyaka!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
House had some great one liners last night; Hugh Laurie can say so much with body language alone. And, though I was glad that it wasn't snakes, I was disappointed that it was only "bends" and "mass hysteria" that overtook the passengers on the plane. The 58-year-old's story was a bit disappointing as well, but guess they didn't want to leave Wilson and the team behind to solve a too-complex case. I thought the Cameron/Chase drama would last longer than it did; can't help but wonder if it is really over or if Chase will continue to pursue. Thanks for the great recap, Buzz.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
You're right, pinkrabbit, next week's looks great! I love how they playing up that there's going to be this huge revelation from the little girl. I'm just waiting for it to be, "I...want...more water..." =]
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Whiplash - I loved the kid on the plane too! "Cool." He was so excited! I also enjoyed how House managed to recruit people to play the parts of his normal team and even sum them up in one little sentence (or two). "You! Be morally outraged at everything I say." Thought they did a great job handling both cases, but I actually preferred the one on the plane. I suppose, in most part, because it was House! And who didn't know the Cameron/Chase thing wouldn't work? I couldn't see that one just being platonic and about sex - one of them was going to fall for the other and, of course, it was be him for her. Poor Chase!
Pinkrabbit Pinkrabbit 10 years
I loved last nights episode. SO GOOD! Next weeks look great too! ....and the little girl has a surprise! HAHAH classic!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
My thoughts: 1. I just knew that Wilson was into that Robin chick! I totally called it. And won't he be shocked that the woman he likes is a homosexual prostitute? At least Wilson got to be more than the Greek chorus in this episode. Finally. 2. Poor Chase. I'll be your girlfriend if you want, hot Australian doctor. Again, the whole situation was very predictable, but still. Poor Chase. Call me. 3. I like any diagnosis that ends up with me getting a Radiohead song stuck in my head. 4. I loved the little kid on the plane. You could tell he thought it was SO COOL that he was going to get to watch House perform surgery. 5. How the HELL did House do an LP on the plane? I know that planes have first aid kits and epi-pens. But spinal tap equipment? Whuh the fuh? 6. It was cute at the end when the flight attendant hit on House. :rotfl:
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