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House 606 - Known Unknowns

""Cure me or I hit you with your own cane."
"I dub thee... Sir Gregory."

Season 6, Episode 6: "Known Unknowns"
Airdate: Monday November 9, 2009


A patient lies about her history - so what else is new?

The Hook:

Two girls scheme to get past the doorman at a hot nightspot. They catch a break when one of the band members lets them in as his "plus two". The next day they brag to their other girlfriends about the great time they had with the band. One of the girls, Jordan, is swelling in her arms and legs, stares at the swollen extremities, and collapses.

Act 1

Wilson is packing for a medical conference in the Adirondacks and says House is going with him. House grouses. House also grosses about Foreman sending him an x-ray on his teeny phone screen. House says he won't go.


House tells the team the problem is rhabdo. The team is feeling independent today and argues for other causes deep vein thrombosis, allergies, etc. House picks up on how far Chase and Cameron are sitting from each other but they don't rise to the bait and discuss it. Chase says he'll test for "everything".

Chase and Foreman watch Jordan slide into the MRI. Chase wants to discuss his domestic situation, but Foreman keeps up his 'talk to your spouse, not me' policy.

House, seeking Cuddy's signature on discharge papers for Jordan, discovers she's going to the medical conference as well, and immediately says he's going, too. Cuddy points out he's not registered.

House finds Wilson with a dying patient to tell him he's now going. House observes Wilson's bedside manner and appears touched.

House tells Chase he's leaving. Chase reports there are some signs of rhabdo, but the MRI shows no sign of muscle crushing. House goes to take another look. Or a first look, really. He challenges Jordan to beat time with a music video. Her arms become paralyzed, a sign of low potassium, which means her whole story from the previous night was false - House tells Chase to get a new, accurate history.

Act 2

Chase and Cameron interview Jordan and her friend Phoebe. Now they say they spent the night, not cavorting with the band, but with Jeffery Keener, a comic book (pardon me, graphic novel) artist they met at the hotel. They followed him around "discretely" and did everything he did, including eating the same meal, oysters, he did. The team finds nothing wrong with the oysters served at the hotel, so speculates that perhaps Jordan is practicing bulimia.

House, reading the program guide, discovers Wilson is presenting a paper at the conference. House also sees there's an "80's party" and Wilson tells him "Cuddy's going."

Cameron and Foreman are monitoring a test and Cameron admits following Chase on one of his 5 trips "to the gym" last week. Foreman still doesn't want to talk about it.

Jordan's absent parents finally show up, but when they rush to her, Jordan faints and her blood pressure drops. She has no pulse and the team rushes into action in front of the horrified parents.

Act 3

The team phones in the results to House at the conference hotel. Jordan was bleeding internally and the blood constricted the heart muscle. The tests rule out chronic conditions, so the team searches for acute conditions, such as infection or toxins.

To Wilson's disquiet, House lifts another doctor's credentials for the convention - Dr. Perlmutter.

Foreman re-interviews Jordan. Now she spins a tale of stopping by Bruce Springsteen's house - visibly upsetting Phoebe who's beginning to get the idea that this is serious business. Foreman finds Jordan is bleeding from the ear.

Cameron interviews Keener. He remembers the girls from the restaurant the night before.

Foreman tells Phoebe that Jordan cannot help her lying due to a bleeding thalamus in the brain. Phoebe says he was with Jordan the whole night except for when she 'went to get ice' in the middle of the night.

The music announce it must be 80's party time. Cuddy is dressed as Jennifer Beals in Flashdance. House walks in dressed for the Seventeen- eighties (and reprising Greg Laurie's Blackadder role). Cuddy is amused, especially when a slow number cranks up and they dance actually touching and talk about meeting in med school. But when things get a little too personal, Cuddy runs to her room, making excuses.

Wilson gets a call at 7:00 AM that his patient has died. House is suspicious of the timing and snags Wilson's laptop to look at his paper. First sentence "Euthanasia - let's tell the truth, we all do it." "Are you insane?" House asks.

Act 4

Chase and Cameron review the hotel security tapes. Jordan definitely didn't go get ice. They spot Jordan with Keener's journal, which she must have claimed for an excuse to knock on his door.

House tells Wilson his career could be ruined by giving the paper. Wilson appears determined.

Cameron and Chase pay a visit to Keener for the real story. He claims Jordan was never in his room and shuts the door in Cameron's face. Cameron strongly suspects Keened gave Jordan roofies and proposes starting treatment for the drug.

Wilson finds Cuddy outdoors feeding Rachel a bottle during a scheduled conference. She says Rachel began crying and her babysitter had an emergency. Wilson broaches the subject of the eighties party. She says House was sweet, but she knows better than to rely on that, being a mother now and needing a dependable got..

'Not roofies." Foreman concludes, since Jordan is now bleeding behind her kidneys. Cameron worries what other drugs Keener might have given her, but Chase says they'll never get the truth out of him. "Not from her, either." Foreman says indicating Jordan. "What if we give her drugs?" Cameron says, meaning 'truth serum'. Chase says it's too dangerous, but Cameron argues she's already dying, so what’s to lose?

Wilson finds House raiding the mini-bar, on Wilson's dime. House offers Wilson a very expensive grape soda. Wilson proposes House show his reliability by baby-sitting Rachel for Cuddy. Wilson begins slurring his speech and collapses saying "You drugged me. She's better off without you." House catches him before he can spill any of that very expensive grape soda.

Under the drugs and with her parents watching, Jordan tells of her visit to Keener's apartment. She says Keener gave her what he said was Ecstasy, but it didn't look like Ecstasy or make her feel that way it usually does. She implies they had sex, and Foreman calls off the interrogation. Jordan apologizes to her parent. Her mom is tight lipped, her dad is ready to string Keener up. But Foreman points out readings indicating Jordan was. Once again, lying.

Act 5

House knocks on Cuddy's door and offers to babysit. Cuddy says thanks anyway, but Rachel is in daycare downstairs, a statement immediately contradicted by a childish giggle in the suite. House barges in and who should we find providing daycare but our old friend Lucas, the detective House hired last year to spy on his team. There's some embarrassed small talk. ("Hey, House." "Hey, Lucas.") House leaves to minimize the awkwardness.

A phone call from Foreman wakes Wilson in the bed in his room. House is gone. Horrified, Wilson realizes he's late for the paper he's giving, and then that he has no pants.

In the conference room, House (in his Perlmutter persona) is giving Wilson's paper as his (or at least Perlmutter's) own.

Wilson frantically phones the desk for pants.

The paper details just how Wilson/Perlmutter/House made it possible for the patient to kill himself. But midway through the paper, as Wilson rushes in, House stops the presentation to editorialize about how he (i.e. Wilson) is incapable of giving less than the best of his ability, and how his friends (i.e. House) take advantage of that too often. Wilson's anger melts away. After the presentation listeners praise 'Dr. Perlmutter' for his courage.

Afterward, outside, and alone Wilson still has a little mad left, but delivers Foreman's message that they're now looking at ricketsia first. While House is discussing Wilson's feeling of guiltiness, he has an epiphany and reaches for his phone.

Foreman, Chase, Cameron, and the parents are with Jordan. House tells them to take down the bags - it's the drug transfusions that are killing Jordan. She has hemo-somethingorotherIdontcatch. From eating the oysters. Fibreo is present in all oysters, but Jordan was susceptible to it because of her hemo-chromatosis (caught it that time). So, one drug for the fibreo, and one for the hemo-chromatosis and Jordan should be fine.

House, Wilson, Cuddy, and Lucas have a meal together at the hotel. Cuddy says she hired Lucas to investigate someone in accounting, and their relationship grew. Lucas, just like we remember, talks too much but realizes it and shuts up before Cuddy does it for him.

Act 6

Jordan is doing well and should be discharged in a few days. Her parents resolve to be more attentive to Jordan, but are interrupted by a phone call that makes it clear the world is not so understanding of parental needs. Jordan tells Cameron she's used to it. Cameron asks for the truth about the night in the hotel, and Jordan says she never even had the courage to knock on the door, just slipped the journal under the door. [Which door has a lot more room at the bottom than any hotel door I've seen lately.]

Lucas and Cuddy play with Rachel as House watches wistfully from afar. Wilson approaches and thanks House for doing what he did. Wilson speculates "Someone could have recognized you." "First US conference I've attended in fifteen years," House says, and the real Perlmutter has plausible deniability being in Toronto all weekend with an airtight alibi. [We all remember the conference he attended in Singapore. with Cuddy back in season 3, mainly so he could terrorize a plane full of passengers on the way back (House 3-18, "Airborne") But I'm calling BS on the recognition issue. House is so well known that Cuban refugees fight their way to America to get him to cure them? (House 3-24, "Human Error") And yet a room full of his colleagues won't recognize him?]

Chase and Cameron are at home. Cameron says she's sorry for expecting the worst and she trusts that Chase was not having an affair. "I love you no matter what," Cameron says. Now Chase is wracked with guilt, heaves a big sigh, and confesses the truth about murdering Dubala. The show ends there. I guess we'll find out next week if Cameron was the only one in this episode telling the truth. But the recent news article ("No House Tonight! (11/02) But Some Interesting News!") would seem to indicate not.

= Cecil =
Next Week:

“House is back in charge. And we get to treat a porn star." And House wants his old team back. (Christ Taub and Olivia Wilde?)

Last Episode: 10/19/09 6-5 Brave Heart
Next Episode: 11/16/09 6-7 Teamwork

Favorite Quotes:

"House, when you moved in, I promised your therapist I'd be here for you. I can't be here if I'm there. Unless you're there, too. End of discussion."

---Wilson, explaining why House has to accompany him to the medical conference.

Cuddy: Tell me what you came here for, House.

House: I've got a legitimate medical excuse.

Cuddy: You must be so proud.

House: I've forgotten it. I guess it's no big deal, since I was only using it as an excuse to come check out Patty and Selma.

Cuddy: I feel bad. I haven't named your testicles.

House: Word on the street is you set a new personal best for low-cut.

Cuddy: I don't know why you chose to give them the names of someone's aunts.

House: It's a compliment. They're always smokin'.

---House, checking out Cuddy's low cut blouse, and Cuddy responding. (And the "Patty and Selma" reference was an article in the Simpson's Scavenger Hunt)

Wilson: If there's one thing I've learned from you, it's that I should do what I think is right and not worry about the consequences.

House: Yeah, it's worked out great for me.

---Wilson arguing why he should give his paper.

Cast and Crew Ep. 6-05, “Brave Heart” Aired 10/19/2009

Cast and Crew

Director:___ Greg Yaitanes
Writer:____ Doris Egan


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

Guest Stars:

Michael Weston _______ Lucas Douglas
Anna Lucia Attanasio ___ Jordan
Marcus Giamatti _______ Keener
Bianca Collins _________ Phoebe
Eric Lutes ____________ Derek Retzinger
Holly Gagnier _________ Michelle Berkley
Annie Young (II) _______ Madison
Lindsay Johnston _______ Kaitlin
Ana Lucasey __________ Avery
Rachel Marie __________ Brianna
James R. Bowers _______ Drummer God
Andre Johnson _________ Bouncer
Tom Astor _____________ Pharma Guy
Michael Nye ____________ Joseph Schultz
William Christopher Stephens _ Man
Sharon Swainson ________ Registration Woman
Corey M. Curties ________ Security Guard


Stadium __________ LoveMetric
Fuel _____________ Metallica
Safety Dance ______ Men Without Hats
Time After Time ___ Cyndi Lauper

Posted by Cecil on November 9, 2009 11:39 AM
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