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"House" Recap: Episode 23, "The Jerk"

"House" Recap: Episode 23, "The Jerk"

Man, who wasn't a jerk on "House" last night? At least the title wasn't meant just for House, as he had to take on a whiny, angry teenage patient who definitely gave House a run for his money. (If "personality disorder" is really a symptom, couldn't House have been diagnosed with every disease in the book by now?) Meanwhile, Foreman still insists he's leaving, but someone sabotages his chances by canceling a job interview. But who? Well, for that and the rest of the story,

The patient this week is Nate, a chess prodigy who wins his match and then beats up his opponent. Hmm, so I guess rage is a symptom. At the hospital, Nate tells Chase to stop asking him stupid questions and asks if he’s a med student, leading Chase to gripe that he hates Nate; House, of course, loves him. A chip off the ol' block there, eh? Nate's mom is thrilled to learn that her son's irritability might be a symptom of a disease; she just thought she was a bad mother.

Meanwhile, House gets all fake-weepy during the diagnostic sessions, suggesting this could be the last time (sob) that Foreman mistakenly suggests the wrong disease. But maybe not — turns out, his job interview has been mysteriously canceled. Of course, Foreman blames House, who denies everything (and suggests he was just getting punk'd by Ashton Kutcher). Cuddy also denies she had anything to do with it.

House attempts to treat the kid's headaches with magic mushrooms, and when he reaches his happy high, he exposes himself to Cameron. She realizes his naughty bits are undersized, and the doctors focus in on Nate’s pituitary gland. But his liver starts shutting down, so House suggests giving him the "hamburger test" — feeding him a lot of meat and seeing what happens. Nate, of course, won't deign to eat the hospital's icky burgers. Later, they order him to fast instead, and he threatens his mom and a nurse to feed him before peeing on the floor — but when the puddle turns red, the doctors realize Nate's kidneys are shot too.

Meanwhile, Cuddy makes Foreman an offer: She'll double his salary and let him head up his own diagnostic team. Wow, is Foreman really worth that? Foreman says no deal; someone there canceled his job interview, and that means he can't trust any of them. Cuddy then accuses Wilson of canceling the interview; he denies it and accuses Cameron, who accuses Chase, who reminds Cameron that it's Tuesday and he likes her.

House challenges Nate to a game of chess, and they match move for move and insult for insult ("it's a real thin line between tortured genius and awkward kid who can't get girls because he's creepy") until Nate has a seizure. House decides that Nate isn't a jerk because he's sick — he's just a jerk who happens to be sick. They cross personality disorder off the symptoms list and test him for another disease. Foreman doesn't find any signs of it, and when House asks him to test again, Foreman says he thinks the kid just has an infection. But he backs down, and House points out that he could have trusted his instincts, but he still trusts House’s judgment more than his own. Meanwhile, Chase says he knows House sabotaged Foreman's interview, and if he wants Foreman to stay, he should just talk to him.

But before he can do that, House has his aha! moment. He realizes that Nate grips chess pieces oddly because he can't bend his fingers; there's stuff in his blood building up between his bones. It's treatable, House says; he then slashes Nate's wrist with a scalpel, which seemed a little harsh.

But not as harsh as what House does to Foreman: He spots Foreman running the test House previously ordered (the one that's now unnecessary), and instead of telling him to stop, he says it looks like Foreman's going to be pulling an all-nighter. Was House trying to teach him something there — or just being, well, a jerk?

We've got a week off now before the season finale, so it's time to speculate: Will Foreman really go? My DVR cut off before the preview of the finale (if there was one), so if you saw it, tell me what you think will happen!

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snickerdoodle snickerdoodle 9 years
Haha, WhiplashGirlchild, I can just imagine! What would happen if a patient actually has vasculitis, doesn't have a seizure, safely gets an MRI, and is diagnosed without any breaking-and-entering or deceit? The entire show would crumble! :)
lea88 lea88 9 years
my mom loves this show.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
Well, that sucks. Cuddy doubling Foremans salary is the stupidest thing I've ever heard on House. *sigh*
Carebear144 Carebear144 9 years
If this is too much of a spoiler, please feel free to delete it (or not read any more if you don't want to know!) Omar Epps is coming back next year - that much is certain. He's signed his contract and he'll be on the show. I did read that it will be in a different capacity, so I think he will ultimately take Cuddy's offer. Also, I don't feel sorry for the mother at all. She LET her son treat her like that, and part of why he's such an ass is because of her. At least House is an ass with some redeeming qualities...
Jinx Jinx 9 years
I missed the episode. But NO, Foreman isn't worth doubling his salary. He just killed a girl, right? And he has no confidence in what he is doing. Is Cuddy supposed to be that stupid? I don't know why Chase would say that re Foreman, when the recap states that Foreman, again, gave into House, instead of his own instincts. Be gone, I'm ready for a new cast member to mix it up some.
juiceejuice juiceejuice 9 years
the kid was funny at first, but got very annoying at the end
Classy-Amelia Classy-Amelia 9 years
The kid totally annoyed me. I really wanted to slap or hit him. Very irritating kid. I love how Foreman blamed House and House blamed Cuddy and so on about somebody cancelling Foreman's interview. I loved it.
juiceejuice juiceejuice 9 years
the only thing that bugs me about chase is the whole it's tuesday, i like you thing.
KimmiAnn KimmiAnn 9 years
I laughed my butt off! That kid was a psychotic little brat and then to find out that it wasn't a symptom? His poor mother!
wickedk8 wickedk8 9 years
That kid creeped me out!
mandyjean mandyjean 9 years
I havent gotten to watch house for like 3 weeks because everyone I know watches dancing with the stars... how lame is that??
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Great recap, Buzz. That kid really was a jerk--a sick jerk--but a jerk nonetheless. House's comments to Foreman were often harsh, especially when he told Foreman he wasn't ready because he was still deferring to House rather than trusting himself. House wants Foreman to get over his past mistakes and move forward, yet his comments could cause Foreman to have even more doubts than he already has about his abilities. Hopefully, Foreman will realize that by staying he can someday say "no" to House and be right. House needs Foreman to spar with as much as Foreman needs House. For that reason, Foreman just has to stay--for him and for us! Next week's previews didn't give much foreshadowing about the main characters. ALSW's summary is all that I remember about those scenes. (I hate when the DVR cuts off the final few minutes; same thing happened to me with The Office this week. Not fun.)
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I'm really starting to like Chase more and more. Instead of being a slimy little kiss-ass, he's starting to have an actual personality. He's been taking over Cameron's and Wilson's roles of getting involved in everyone's business, but he's much more logical and less whiny than both of them. Plus, he's just so pretty. :love: It's a testament to how much I love this show that the fact that it's so formulaic doesn't even bug me. Every episode, Cameron thinks it's autoimmune. Every episode, the patient's liver and/or kidneys fail. Every episode, House has an epiphany at around the 53 minute mark while he's in the middle of something else. I find the formula comforting instead of annoying. I'm waiting for the eppy where the patient actually HAS lupus or vasculitis. They name those almost every week.
asciident asciident 9 years
In the preview, the woman was dead for a while...then somehow isn't dead. Should be interesting.
juiceejuice juiceejuice 9 years
i think foreman should go! and it was cool how chase solved another puzzle - he's been doing a lot of that lately.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
No way will Dr. Foreman go! The show needs him for exactly the reasons that Wilson said - somebody has to be able to tell House "no" and actually mean it and follow through with it. And the kid was a jerk! I mean, if someone were performing surgery on me, I would be nice to them! Just a thought. :) And there were previews - about this man whose wife has some sort of health problems and he tells the people trying to save her that only Dr. House will do. And then, in the hospital, she flatlines and somehow, later, hears her husband (or something) and "miraculously" comes back to life. Shocking! Hehe. But I'm sure we'll find out more soon!
jhuck jhuck 9 years
Aww I heart Dr. Chase. I missed this episode because of bad weather last night :(
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