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House: 501C - Dying Changes Everything

House Episode 5-01C - "Dying Changes Everything"


Airdate: Tuesday September 16, 2008

This is a capsule review - it will be supplemented soon by a full review. Also note - I'm working this season to make the capsules shorter and quicker. Then I'll fill in more detail in the full review.

The Hook:

A hard charging feminist and her woman Friday invade a board room to straighten out the chauvinists in charge. But Friday is tormented by hallucinations of ants crawling all over her body, and begins ripping off her clothes in the middle of the board meeting.

Act 1

We learn that it's two months since Amber's death, and Wilson has been on leave of absence but has just returned to Patterson Plains Teaching Hospital. Cuddy urges House to go see him, but House resists. The patient has been admitted with anemia, rigocardia, and abdominal pains and House uses her as an excuse to avoid seeing Wilson. The first snap diagnosis is B-12 deficiency. As the diagnostic session proceeds, House spills the beans on Hadley's Huntington's Chorea. As Hadley chats with the patient, the patient begins bleeding rectally.

Act 2

Hadley and Taub examine the patient but can find no source of the bleeding, which remains a mystery until Kutner smugly reveals the patient tested positive for pregnancy. But when Kutner and Hadley ultrasound the patient they find no trace of a baby. House finally sees Wilson, but Wilson reveals he's resigning from PPTH and leaving New Jersey. House scoffs and tries to badger him into staying. House finally meets the patient and is amazed to hear she's 37 years old, scoffs at the other doctors and repeats the ultrasound, finding the fetus implanted outside the womb - in fact against an intestine, and orders an abortion. Hadley resists the automatic termination but the patient is fine with it.

Act 3

House tries to enlist Cameron in his "stop Wilson leaving" campaign, but she can see why someone in an emotionally fragile state would not want to be around House. Chase operates to terminate the ectopic pregnancy, but the patient nearly dies. Cuddy forces House and Wilson to sit down and talk to each other but it doesn't work. House decides to not cooperate in patient care unless Wilson agrees to stay. Wilson and Cuddy are both aghast at this. The team decides to go it without House, and works on their own diagnosis for why the patient is still failing. The patient wonders where House is.

Act 4

The team now find problems in both the patient's heart and brain, suspects MS, and places her on interferon. Cuddy goes to House's apartment to try and guilt him back. It doesn't work. Hadley talks with the patient, who begins shivering. The fever indicates it's not MS. Reviewing a video of the surgery, the teams spots what might be an overlooked ganglion, and proposes a second surgery to see if it's there.

Act 5

Chase thinks they're idiots and says the patient would never survive a second major
surgery, let alone a third if they found anything. Kutner suggest an alternate procedure, painful, but without anesthetic. They do it but find nothing. Now they're thinking amyloidosis, lymphoma?

Act 6

Foreman talks to Wilson about the cancer diagnosis. They decide to start the patient on chemo. The patient feels better. She and Hadley have heart to heart talks. House and Cuddy have another go-round at the nurse's station, Cuddy telling House he has to tell Wilson he's sorry and mean it for Wilson to stay. It's almost quitting time on Wilson's last day. House breezes into the patient's room, notices that her complexion is less rosy and that she has bruises on her arms, abruptly plunges a needle into one of the bruises and says the bruises aren't bruises but a rare form of leprosy she's picked up on her world travels, but soon she'll be all better.

Hadley explains to the patient how the leprosy explains everything that had happened to her. The patient reveals she's going back to her domineering boss, which disappoints Hadley. Hadley mopes alone, and House comes in and tells her "I like you better now that you're dying."

Finally, with Wilson's office all packed to go, House goes to him and genuinely expresses his sorrow over Amber's death and his part in it. Wilson says he doesn't blame House for that, but that Wilson's still leaving. He's realized though all this that he's got to take care of himself, and that they're not friends anymore - in fact he's not sure if they ever were. Wow - sucks to be you, House. Wilson leaves as House stands stock still, not even turning to watch him go.

- Cecil
Next Week:
5-02 = "Not Cancer"
House admits to the possibility of being a schmuck
Last Episode: 05/13/08 4-16 Wilson's Heart
Next Episode: 09/23/08 5-02 Not Cancer
Cast Ep. 5-01, "Dying Changes Everything" Aired 09/16/2008

Cast and Crew

Writer.............................Eli Attie
Director..........................Deran Sarafian


Hugh Laurie.................Dr. Gregory House
Lisa Edelstein..............Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Robert Sean Leonard...Dr. James Wilson
Omar Epps...................Dr. Eric Foreman
Jesse Spencer...............Dr. Robert Chase
Jennifer Morrison........Dr. Allison Cameron

Recurring Roles:

Olivia Wilde................Dr. Remy Hadley (Thirteen)
Peter Jacobson.............Dr. Chris Taub
Kal Penn......................Dr. Lawrence Kutner

Bobbin Bergstrom........Nurse

Guest Stars:

Christine Woods...........Lou (Patient)
Jamie Rose....................Patty Mishner
Bob Sherer.....................Patient
Janet Song......................Surgeon
David Kagen..................C.E.O
Paul Haitkin...................,Board Member

S-5 Episodes:

01 Dying Changes Everything
02 Not Cancer
03 Adverse Events

Posted by Cecil on September 16, 2008 11:10 PM
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hey does meg hold first rights here too, or can i be surefoot is first????

thanks for the speedy review cecil, can't wait for the extended version ;)

-- 1. Posted by: surefoot at September 17, 2008 6:53 PM

Something felt off about this episode.

13 was leaning way too far forward in her seat.

House really seemed less (more?) caring.

Cuddy actually had an impact.

Wilson does not seem to have a promise of returning.

'Team Diagnosis' seemed competent.

Former 'Team Diagnosis' were over their House trauma.

Somebody got to House... and it is no one we have have seen to date.

I predict Dr. Antartica (patient/girlfriend) is on the House horizon.

-- 2. Posted by: DocH at September 18, 2008 2:51 AM

so informative, thanks to tell us.

-- 3. Posted by: DedoVioheds at September 25, 2010 11:15 PM

so informative, thanks to tell us.

-- 4. Posted by: DedoVioheds at September 29, 2010 6:06 PM

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