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Third Season Episodes ::  #318 "Airborne"

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Airborne
Dr. Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) & Dr. Chase (Jesse Spencer)
treat a woman (Jenny O'Hara) suffering from unexplained
blackouts and seizures in the HOUSE episode "Airborne"
airing Tuesday, April 10 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
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Credit: Isabella Vosmikova/FOX.
Broadcast:
April 10, 2007
Written by
David Hoselton
Directed by
Elodie Keene
Music at the end:
A Fine Frenzy's "Hope for the Hopeless"
References:
Information on Bromomethane, commonly called methyl bromide.
Timeline
It doesn't seem to be cold enough to be winter or hot enough to be summer. Probably early spring.
The patients of the week:
Two patients, one at the hospital and one on a plane. At the hospital is Fran, a 58 year old woman, who collapses when with a female paid escort. On the plane is Mr. Peng who has abdominal pain and a splotchy red rash. There are others on the plane who come down with symptoms including Cuddy.
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The mis-diagnoses
Foreman thinks Fran has increased intracranial pressure from a bleed and is about to drill into her brain when Chase finds the real cause. Cuddy thinks Peng has bacterial meningitis and she is so sure that she comes down with the same symptoms. House thinks Peng might be smuggling drugs in swallowed condoms and that one of the condoms might have burst open and House decides to operate even though the plane isn't steady enough. But when Peng is held down, he gets better and that causes House to investigate further.
The privacy invasion / ethical breach
Not only do Chase and Cameron investigate the patient's home but they have sex on the patient's bed.
The final diagnosis
Fran has methyl bromide poisoning. Mr. Peng went deep sea diving the day before and due to reduced pressure in the plane has decompression sickness (the bends).
The clinic patient(s)
Fran was Wilson's clinic patient first.
Who diagnoses what?
Chase goes back to Fran's house wondering about the cat and finds it dead and then tracks down the methyl bromide and calls the hospital in time to stop the brain surgery. House diagnoses conversion disorder (more commonly known as mass hysteria) which has made many of the other passengers sick and then diagnoses Peng's decompression problems by checking his wallet where he finds the receipt for the scuba gear rentals.
Other things going on
  • Wilson tries to run House's department and when the team argues, says, "I think I'm starting to feel sorry for House."
  • Wilson finds the paid escort attractive, although it isn't clear if he knows how she makes a living.
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Airborne
As House (Hugh Laurie) and Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) travel
back from a seminar in Singapore, they are asked to help
when passengers on their flight show symptoms
of a mysterious illness in the HOUSE episode "Airborne"
airing Tuesday, April 10 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
2007 FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY
Credit: Isabella Vosmikova/FOX.
Additional information on this episode:
Cast: Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House; Lisa Edelstein as Dr. Lisa Cuddy; Omar Epps as Dr. Eric Foreman; Robert Sean Leonard as Dr. James Wilson; Jennifer Morrison as Dr. Allison Cameron; Jesse Spencer as Dr. Robert Chase.

Guest Cast: Jenny O'Hara as Fran; Meta Golding as Robin; Tess Lina as Keo; Jamison Yang as Peng; Krista Kalmus as Joy; Melissa Kite as Sour Faced Girl; Pej Vahdat as Foreign Man; Connor Webb as 12-year-old Boy; Gayla Goehl as Businesswoman; Ben Carroll as Businessman; Karla Droege as Mother; Savannah Argenti as Crying Child; Victor Buno as Passenger #1; Donna Silverberg as Passenger #2; Bobbin Bergstrom as Nurse.

Quotes, Quotations, Dialogue:
  • When trying to diagnose what is affecting Peng and others on the plane, House calls out, "I need help... I need someone to talk to." He picks three people to represent his team back home. He decides a kid might be able to play Chase, "Can you say, 'Crikey, mate'?"
    "Crikey, mate."
    "Perfect. Now, no matter what I say, you agree with me, okay?"
    "O-kay."
    Airborne
    Dr. Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) must step into House's shoes when he fills in and treats a woman (Jenny O'Hara) suffering from unexplained blackouts and seizures in the HOUSE episode "Airborne" airing Tuesday, April 10 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
    2007 FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY
    Credit: Isabella Vosmikova/FOX.
    "Nicely done."
    He points at a man and says, "You disagree with everything I say."
    "Sorry. Not understanding."
    "That's close enough."
    Then he says to a woman, "And you get morally outraged at everything I say."
    House has been writing on a white board and the woman tells him, "That's permanent marker, you know?"
    "Wow. You guys are good."
  • Back at the hospital, Cameron tries to reassure Foreman who is worried that the Cameron Chase hookup will interfere with their work. She tells him, "It's just sex."
    "There's no such thing...."
    "Are you saying women can't separate the physical from the emotional?"
    "No one does it well. Women do it worse."
    "You just want us to stop because you think it's affecting—"
    "Me. Yeah."
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    House gets all the prescriptions people on the plane are carrying and discusses them with Cuddy, who asks, "Any antibiotics?"
    "Three caps of augmentin."
    "For six patients. Give them to Peng."
    "He's allergic to penicillin."
    "The first aid kit has two epi pens."
    "If he has a severe reaction, ten epi pens won't save him. You take the pills."
    "He's worse."
    "He's a guy who doesn't speak English."
    "Give him the meds."
    "If it's not meningitis we're risking his life and flushing meds down the toilet."
    "Then do an LP on him." Back at the hospital they are doing an lumbar puncture on their patient as well. "If it's clear, you win. If it's cloudy, he gets the augmentin and we risk a reaction."
    "Sounds like a plan, Oh, except for the part where we don't have an LP needle. Oh, and the shaking of the plane means I'll probably pierce his spinal cord and cripple him for life but I mean, it totally sounds like a plan."
    "You're right. Let him die. Give me the meds." Cuddy does know how to play House. Next thing we see is him set up for an lumbar puncture and when he does it successfully, it tells him part of what is going on.
  • As they get off the plane, Cuddy tells House, "Thank you."
    "I saved your life. You owe me."
    "I wasn't sick."
    "But you didn't know that. You owe me."
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    "I know it now."
    "Your mind convinced your body to get a rash. photophoia, and vomit. How do you know it wouldn't have shut down your cold, cold heart next?"
    "I don't owe you."
    "You're mean."
    "That's how I compensate for being weak and soft." House had previously told all the passengers that women were more susceptible to mass hysteria because science said they were weak and soft.
    House goes to a waiting wheelchair which he needs because his new cane was confiscated. The flight attendent tells him, "I just wanted to say thank you."
    "You're extremely welcome."
    "And I'm in New York every Monday."
    "Are you handicap accessible?"

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