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House (Hugh Laurie) and the team treat a brilliant physicist who traded a successful career for a job as a courier when his intelligence became a miserable burden for him in the HOUSE episode "Ignorance is Bliss" airing Monday, Nov. 23 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Michael Yarish/FOX
November 23, 2009
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Written by
David Hoselton
Directed by
Greg Yaitanes
  • "Games People Play" from James Taylor
  • "Enditoll" from James Taylor
Thanksgiving 2009
Patient of the Week:
James Sidas, the youngest person to graduate from MIT, a brilliant physicist, is now a courier and suddenly can't sign his name.
How House gets involved:
House is trying to butter up Cuddy to get an invite to Thanksgiving dinner so he can break up her romance with Lucas.
The privacy invasion / ethical breach / Rule Breaking
Chase and Taub go into his home where they find acohol hidden in a vent and cough medicine. And House tries to break up Cuddy and Lucas, even to telling Lucas that he loves Cuddy. And then he gives the patient more cough medicine so he can relate to his wife again.
Preliminary diagnoses:
TTP (thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura) is suggested so Chase removes the spleen but then the patient has a stroke so they assume the removal of the spleen was unnecessary and look around for other things than TTP and House figures out he has been taking large doses of cough medicine (along with one drink a day) to dull his brain so they clear that from his system but he develops new symptoms.
The final diagnosis
TTP (thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura) as his spleen had broken into pieces 12 years before during a suicide attempt so the new spleens also had to be removed.
Who Came up with final diagnosis
Clinic Patients
We saw a couple (from the 45 min House does to impress Cuddy) but only learned much about one who was during another session and who turned out to be investigating for the insurance company.
Additional Information:
  • Chase has been hounded by everyone trying to help him deal with Cameron leaving. He finally takes it out on House (which accomplishes his goal of getting everyone else to leave him alone).
  • Taub takes a picture of House with the damage Chase did and claims to his wife that he did it --- this gets him the sex she has been withholding since he went back to House's team.

Cuddy & House
House (Hugh Laurie) makes Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) an offer in the HOUSE episode "Ignorance is Bliss" airing Monday, Nov. 23 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Michael Yarish/FOX
Additional Resources
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; Peter Jacobson as Dr. Chris Taub; Olivia Wilde as Thirteen/Dr. Remy Hadley

Guest Cast: Jennifer Crystal Foley as Rachel Taub; Patrick Price as Nurse Jeffrey; Esteban Powell as James Sidas; Vicki Davis as Dara Sidas; Larry Cedar as Bob Beringer; Cheryl Carter as Dianna; Andrea Gabriel as Ronnie

Quotes, Quotations, Dialogue, Scenes:
The following hasn't been checked. More to come.
  • House tries to enlist Wilson is a scheme to insert himself between Cuddy and Lucas. Even though Wilson refuses, he tells him his plan. "I've decided what I'm going to do about Cuddy and Lucas. I'm going to break them up."
       "Of course."
       "I've got me a purpose in life. A goal. A raison d'etre.
       "Albeit a selfish, mean-spirited, childish raison.
       "I think of it more as benevolent. There are only two possible outcomes: they split or they stay together forever. If it's split, the sooner it happens the better for everyone. If it's stay together, my meddling won't matter. In fact if they survive it, it might make their bond stronger.
       "How you manage to elivate your narcissim to _____ is masterful."

  • ---More to Come---

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