House (Hugh Laurie) returns to therapy with Dr. Nolan (guest star Andre Braugher) in the HOUSE episode "Baggage" airing Monday, May 10 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
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- May 10, 2010
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- Written by
- Doris Egan & David Foster
- Directed by
- David Straiton
- Patients of the Week:
- The real patient is House. The team's patient is a young woman in the ER with complete amnesia. House immediately deduces that she is rich and an extreme runner. Only later do we find out her name is Sidney and she is a lawyer.
- How House gets involved:
- He just accepts the case without any objection and his psychologist sees this as a symptom of his own problems.
- The privacy invasion / ethical breach / Rule Breaking
- House has Alvie steal back a book that had been purchased from a pawn shop that Alvie had sold it to. And House lies to the immigration court.
- Preliminary diagnoses:
- House diagnoses the patient with spongiform encephalitis and wants to operate but the operation might remove all her long term memory. But then they think it has moved into the brain stem thus precluding the operation. And that is a good thing since that is not what is causing her problems.
- The final diagnosis
- Her extreme running has caused her to become allergic to the remaining tattoo ink.
- Who Came up with final diagnosis
- In the different lighting of the hallway, House noticed a tatoo that the patient had tried to have removed which led him to the final diagnosis.
- Clinic Patients
- Additional Information:
- Quotes, Quotations, Dialogue, Scenes:
- House arrives at Dr. Nolan's office and says as he throws down his jacket, "Okay, therafy me."
"You know how far the parking lot is. My leg's been hurting."
"Anything been on your mind lately? Any particular stress?"
"No, probably just the leg."
"Mm. You like the new Monet reproduction in the waiting room...."
"I was late. I wasn't focusing on the decor..."
"Stress can make you absent minded."
"I'm not stressed. Beyond the stress induced by you telling me how stressed I am."
"Just an ordinary week? Okay. Tell me about it."
- So House starts to tell his psychologist about his week starting with the new patient and then mentioning Wilson. "I was avoiding Wilson. It's not something you couldn't have seen eight miles away. Wilson's a processor. I knew there were some things he'd want to process with me. At length."
And we move his previous conversation with Wilson. "Sam's moving in."
"If it's before Friday, your assistant wins the pool."
"I was just wondering what your plans were."
"In life. Sam likes you"
"But she wants me to move out."
"I want you to move out. I didn't know things with Sam would happen so quickly.... I don't want to make a mistake here. I've made a lot of mistakes."
"By moving too quickly. Given your usual rate of commitment, I'm surprised you aren't already re-divorced."
"I could help you find a place."
"What's wrong with my old place?"
"Nothing. You might want to find some place, somewhere---"
"Where I didn't abuse drugs and hallucinate."
House says this to Wilson but it is Dr. Nolan who asks him, "Your best friend is tossing you out and you're fine?"
"Why wouldn't I be?"
"You're not feeling a little betrayed and angry? Wilson bought a two bedroom condo specifically so that you could move in with him. It wasn't that long ago. You don't feel a little jerked around?"
"He couldn't foresee Sam coming back into his life."
"That's a very rational defense of your friend. And, uh, I'm not buying it."
"Based on what?"
"Based on the fact that you were late and you didn't notice the pictures in the outer office."
"Those aren't symptoms."
"They are to me. And here's another one. You took the case.... No negotiating. No bargaining. No clinic hours changed hands. Were you looking for something to distract you from the fact that your best friend just threw you out?"
"It's not organic. It's not mysterious."
- Dr. Nolan is pretty tough on House. House asks, "Aren't therapists supposed to be nurturing."
"Nowhere is that in the manual."
- House and Dr. Nolan are still trying to figure out what is happening with him. So Dr. Noaln asks him, "Why are you and Wilson friends? Do you think this friendship is the best you can do?"
"Wilson is not a consolation prize...."
"So, what do you value in him?"
"I can say whatever I want to him and he'll never leave."
"He's sort of leaving. At least he won't be around as much. Because he's putting Sam first."
"For now. After the divorce he'll probably ask me to move in again. I take the long view...."
"Maybe you've been right from the beginning. Maybe this isn't about Wilson."
"You say that now that I finally agree with you. Do you just argue the opposite of whatever I say? "
"I don't mean that the Wilson thing doesn't bother you. But it sounds like he's the closest you could come to a safe relationship. You'd have to do something major to screw it up. What else have you been involved in this week? What would you want to punish yourself for? ...Have you gotten any other people angry at you over anything?"
"Well, yeah. That's why I called it an ordinary week."
- Dr. Nolan is still sure that House is trying to punish himself (including going into a bar and getting beaten up in a fight) for something and it has something to do with relationships but House claims, "That's all I got.... Everyone's happy. Everyone's moving in together: Wilson and Sam, Cuddy and Lucas...."
"Cuddy and Lucas are moving in together? You didn't mention that."
"They talked about moving in together before. It's no big news."
But something has stirred a memory for Dr. Nolan. "Cuddy. Cuddy." He moves to the computer to look up the book House was so eager to retrieve after Alvie sold some of his stuff. "Approach to the Acute Abdomen written by Ernest T. Cuddy. Any relationship to your Cuddy?"
"Her great-grandfather. I've had it for years. Always meant to five it to her for a special occasion."
"Like her housewarming?"
"It's just a gift."
"A woman you care about has taken one step further away from you and closer to someone else. I think I can safely say it's significant if you don't mention it...."
"I'm not going to go out and get hammered because a woman I'm not even with is moving in with someone. That'd be pathetic." House pauses and looks around and comes to a conclusion. "To hell with this. When I first came to you, I told you I wanted to be happy and I followed your advise and instead I'm just miserable. How is this working for me?"
"It takes time."
"For a year, I've done everything you've asked and everyone else is happy. I run on my treadmill and you just sit there and watch. You're a faith healer. You take advantage of people who want to believe. But there's nothing in your bag of tricks." He picks up his jacket and heads for the door, though Dr. Nolan calls to him. "Whatever the answer is, you don't have it."