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Transplant
Transplant
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Airdate
October 10, 2011
Episode Number
8.1
TV.com Rating
8.1/10
Final Diagnosis
Zebra Factor
6/10

This article is about the first episode of Season 8. For the medical procedure, see Transplant.

House: "I like you. I have fun with you. Now if you can honestly say that you don’t like me, you don’t have fun with me, I can accept that but… just do whatever you have to do to get over this. Punch me in the face, kick me in the nuts. Either/or. Both seems excessive."
Wilson: "The thing is House… I don’t like you."
―Transplant

Transplant is a Season 8 premiere of House that first aired on October 10, 2011. It is written by David Foster and Liz Friedman and directed by Dan Attias. It takes place about two months after the events in Twenty Vicodin. Thanks to his bad behavior, House is serving the remainder of his original remaining four months with another eight tacked on. However, a surprising visitor makes House an offer he can't refuse by giving him the opportunity for conditional release and return to the Princeton Plainsboro team to treat a unique patient in order to save the life of an organ recipient being treated by Wilson. Out of prison and back at PPTH, House is working in medicine again, but is put on a very short leash with a tiny office, a limited supply of Vicodin, and the constant threat of return to prison. Although House finds himself back on familiar ground, he quickly realizes that much has changed since he left - Chase, Taub and Thirteen have all left for greener pastures. For his "team", House is forced to work on the case with smart yet timid resident Dr. Chi Park (Charlyne Yi). After several inconclusive treatments and with time running out, House and Dr. Park are left with one last option to examine the patient's medical history that could compromise House's conditional agreement with the hospital. Will a man who, without a second thought, took an extra eight months in prison in order to prove himself right really abide by the restrictions, or has he learned his lesson at last? Meanwhile, House makes an effort to reconnect with Wilson despite a cold reception.

This episode marks the first appearance of Charlyne Yi as Dr. Chi Park and the first appearance of Foreman as the new Dean of Medicine.

RecapEdit

C.O. Alvarez wakes up a sleeping Gregory House late at night. He tells House he has a VIP visitor - the Dean of Medicine at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. House says he can refuse to see any visitor and he doesn’t want to see her. Alvarez says “he said you’d say that”. House gets intrigued and agrees to go. He finds Eric Foreman in the visitor’s room. Foreman says he can get House out of prison. There’s a medical crisis to deal with. The order requires that Foreman is his employer. House declines, both for his sake and Foreman‘s. Foreman tells him the crisis patient is two lungs in a box- the perfect patient for House. They have to make them better in 12 hours. House finally agrees to come.

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Surprising visitor


While prison officials start releasing House, Forman briefs him. The donor was an 18-year old victim of a motorcycle crash. Most of his other organs died due to lack of circulation, but they managed to harvest the lungs and put them in suspended animation to preserve them for 24 hours. However, the lungs have increased airway resistance and they have no idea why.

Back at the hospital, House admires the new artwork. Foreman warns him that if he breaks the law, scams Vicodin or flouts Foreman’s authority, he’s going back to jail. When House says “yes massah!”, Foreman tells him that’s a good example of what will get him sent back. He tells House Lisa Cuddy handed in her notice the day after the crash. House notices his old conference room and office been converted to an orthopedic treatment area. He looks at his old office and wonders where his stuff is, and Foreman tells him he has no idea. Foreman tells him Chris Taub, Robert Chase and Thirteen have moved on. He then leads House to a tiny, windowless office and introduces him to his new “team” - a young Asian doctor cowering in a chair.

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Introducing Dr. Park


House figures the young doctor, Dr. Park, is someone’s reject - she’s fully made up and pressed even though it’s three in the morning. That means Foreman didn’t wake her up, which meant she was already there, but had no work to do. He tells her to go back to neurology, but she says she can’t because she punched her attending.

They go to see the “patient”. James Wilson is there with Dr. Ron Simpson. Simpson says they first thought the problem was ARDS and starts briefing House. House calls out “Prison!” to break the tension. House thinks it is a tick borne illness, but they have already tried antibiotics. House then turns to cocaine, but when they say the tox screen was clean, House notes that if he died right after using it, none of the metabolites they test for would be in his urine. Simpson agrees with the suggestion and wants to start treatment, but House stops him - treatment would destroy the lungs if he’s wrong. He agrees to take Dr. Park and look for the drugs.

House follows Wilson out of the room. He has guessed that they need the lungs for one of Wilson’s cancerpatients. He goes to thank Wilson for getting him out, but Wilson insists that it was all Foreman’s idea. Wilson was opposed to it until Simpson’s first three diagnoses were wrong. House asks about Wilson’s wrist, and he says it’s fine. House also admits that he was wrong, and although he hasn’t changed, he has paid for it. Wilson says he can believe anything he likes, but he and House aren’t friends any more.

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Reconnecting


Wilson goes to see his patient Vanessa. Wilson warns her that they probably won’t find another set of lungs. He tells the patient and her sister Theresa that a consultant has been brought in. When Theresa asks if he’s good, Wilson gives him a cool endorsement.

House and Park go to the patient’s home. He wants to know why Park assaulted her boss and tells her they have something in common that way. She says her attending grabbed her behind. He figures she’s staying on-call to avoid her boyfriend, who would most likely attack the attending himself. However, she says it’s her parents - if they found out what she did, they would be mortified. She tells House they know her on-call schedule because she still lives with them.

Mr. Weathers lets them search the room, but tells them his son doesn’t do cocaine. Park warns House that he’s about to throw them out, but House says the father may be mad, but he realizes the son’s death would be useless unless the transplant succeeds. The father tells them that his son was at a poker game before the accident. House finds a pair of glasses, but notices the patient isn’t wearing them in any of his pictures. The father tells him they’re only a couple of weeks old. House asks about headaches, and the father confirms he was suffering from them. House tells the father it wasn’t cocaine, but was probably a brain tumor. House then goes to answer the doorbell, because his ankle bracelet probably tipped off the police he wasn’t in the hospital. The police officer escorts House to his vehicle.

The police officer returns House to Foreman, who is angry House has already broken the conditions of his release. He wants to know why House didn’t just tell him where he was going. House tries to blow him off, but Foreman tells him the Board of Directors was tough to convince and if House can’t solve the case and make it look like Foreman can control him, it’s all over for both of them.

They find the dead patient’s body at the morgue. Park says she isn’t worried about the disciplinary hearing. Park plans to take the body to the MRI, but instead, House performs a physical examination and finds a mass in the arm. He goes to take a biopsy. House figures that since Park is overly concerned about how others see her that she plans to leave the hospital for another job before a disciplinary hearing. She admits she had a recent interview. House tells her she’s running away to protect her parents. Park admits it, but says that maybe she should drive her car into her parent’s living room instead.

Wilson goes to see his patient again. They talk about her old boyfriend Bobby. However, Wilson realizes his patient has stopped urinating. He realizes it’s the nitroglycerine she’s been given for her angina. They have to cut it back, which means her chest pain will return.

Wilson finds House in his office playing “”My Heart Will Go On”. Wilson is angry that House isn’t working on the case, but House assures him they have a diagnosis and Park is confirming it. After they argue about their old friendship, Park comes in to announce the “tumor” was just coagulated plasma they gave the patient in the emergency room. She did an MRI and found no sign of cancer. House thinks it might have been the plasma, but Park realizes every unit of plasma has 25 donors who will have to be tracked down.

House asks permission to go track down the donors, but Foreman refuses even though House points out Park can’t do the job in six hours by herself. Foreman tells him he can’t trust him, and they don’t have money for more staff - Neurology is paying for Park and House is only being paid minimum wage. Foreman throws House out.

However, House enlists Wilson to help. Wilson calls him to suggest a peanut allergy and insists he’s only helping out for his patient’s sake.

House goes to retrieve his whiteboard, but Betty intercepts him and threatens to tell Foreman. However, House steals a marker and starts using the window of his old conference room as a whiteboard. Park calls to suggest dengue fever. House furiously starts writing down possibilities. Later, Park calls from an underpass where a homeless donor has been drinking heavily. She also notices there’s a crew there to scrape off old paint. They both think of lead poisoning.

Wilson’s patient is having severe chest pain. House calls him out and tells him Park has started chelation. He offers Wilson a Reuben sandwich. Wilson thanks him and hopes the diagnosis is right. House says that even if Wilson’s patient dies, someone will get the lungs. Wilson says he’s given up red meat and throws the sandwich in the trash.

Foreman drops by the lungs to get a status report. Park tells him the lungs appear to be responding to chelation. She wants to know who he’s checking up on. He asks about House. She says she has no idea if he’s okay. She then sees her father outside. He says he got a text asking him to bring dinner. He dropped by Neurology, who said she was on leave. She quickly says she’s been asked for a consult on the case. The lungs start to crash and she says she has to go. It’s obvious the chelation isn’t working and after a few quick tests, they realize it’s a vasospasm. Foreman runs to get a calcium channel blocker. Luckily, it works. The lung starts getting pink again, but Park notices one lobe is still oxygen deprived. It appears to be dead.

House plans a biopsy of the dead lung tissue. Park realizes House stole her phone and texted her father. He tells her she has to tell her parents about hitting her attending. She says it was wrong to have done it. However, he remembers her screaming at the painting crew at the overpass and realize she gets angry very easily. When Dr. Mike Pinto leaves his office to do the biopsy, House goes to steal his old chair back, but Park won’t help. They discuss why chelation made the lungs worse. Park has already tested the plasma, and it was negative for any of the toxins they thought of. House then thinks of sarcoidosis, but the patient‘s ACE levels were normal. When Park starts suggesting the underpass may have had other heavy metals, House realizes that if the patient had iron toxicity, the chelation would have made it worse. He orders a test. He then accuses Park of trying to steal the chair when Pinto returns.

Wilson’s patient is getting worse with severe shortness of breath. They have to use an oxygen rich slurry to fill her lungs. He tells her it’s going to hurt. She refuses.

Wilson confronts House in one of the bathrooms. He tells House his patient has signed a do not resuscitate order. House tells him he’s not trying hard enough with his patient. Wilson leaves in a huff.

Park does the tests as Foreman comes by. He asks if her father coming by was House’s idea. She says that House must pull stunts like that a lot. Foreman assures her that’s as close as House gets to giving people compliments. He also tells her he gave her a good reference for her new job. He confirms he didn’t mention the fight, and how that works out well for everyone. Park wonders why it works out well for Foreman and points out that she’s very well qualified and he should be firing her attending instead. He says he can’t talk about it until the hearing. He offers to call her new employers back, but she calms down and tells him he doesn’t have to. She then calls him back to look at the slides - no iron, but lots of white blood cells, which indicate an infection. She wonders how they could have possibly missed it.

House is munching on someone’s fruit basket. Park reminds him that they already treated for infection with antibiotics. House realizes the infection is hiding inside the cells of the lung where it would be safe from the antibiotics. They would have worked if the patient had a fully functioning immune system. He wants to try antibiotics with immunoglobulin. Park asks if House is using metaphors with her because he thinks she’s stupid. He says he used metaphors with his old team because they were stupid too.

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Metaphors


Wilson brings Bobby to see Vanessa. Bobby says Vanessa invited him, but Wilson admits she didn’t and it was his idea. He goes to leave until Vanessa calls him over.

Wilson finds House in radiology and won’t leave him alone to rest. He tells House Vanessa has agreed to the lung slurry and that he was right to push him. House wonders if they are friends again, and Wilson says he’s just thanking him for good advice. As Wilson goes to leave, House tells Wilson that he likes him and has fun with him. He tells Wilson that if he still likes him and has fun with him, to do whatever it takes to get over it. Wilson admits he doesn’t like House and leaves.

House is paged as the lungs start to get discolored right after the immunoglobulin is started. This would appear to rule out infection. Simpson tells House he screwed up and that the lungs will soon not be viable for transplant. House goes over all the diagnoses and says he needs ideas. Park and Simpson start throwing out diagnoses, but they are all eliminated. House leaves to think.

House breaks into his old conference room by breaking a window. The technician comes by and throws him out. House starts bouncing a ball until he sees someone having a birthday party. He sees the smoke from the candles and thinks of something.

House realizes that because the dead patient was at a poker party, he most likely inhaled large amounts of cigar smoke. If he had eosinophilic pneumonia, the smoke would have been enough to kill him. He probably collapsed while riding his motorcycles. Park notes that they gave him steroids, which would have treated it. House feels they have to do something more drastic, like radiation therapy. Park wants to just use a stronger cocktail of steroids and immunosuppressants, but House points out that if they go that route, Wilson’s patient will die.

They irradiate the lung despite the risk of damaging healthy tissue. It starts working. Foreman comes in. Park announces she’s not leaving even if it means a hearing. She calls her father.

The transplant goes ahead and Wilson’s patient starts to recover. Theresa thanks Wilson for calling Bobby.

House goes to light a cigar when he hears Foreman calling him. He takes him to his old office, where all his stuff has recovered from storage. Foreman says Orthopedics still gets the conference room. House wonders where Taub, Chase and Thirteen are going to sit. Foreman says “You’re welcome”. Wilson comes by and punches House in the nose. He then offers to buy dinner. House suggests a new vegetarian place, but Wilson says he wants a steak. He says he will be at House’s apartment at 8.

House then settles back into his chair, content.

Major EventsEdit

  • House is released from prison early to help on a case involving a set of lungs taken from a man who died in a motorcycle accident.
  • It's revealed that Foreman is the new Dean of Medicine and that Cuddy gave her resignation notice a day after House crashed into her living room.
  • Dr. Chi Park is introduced for the first time.
  • Wilson finally admits that he doesn't like House and that he's given up eating red meat.
  • House and Wilson reconcile after Wilson punches House in the nose, resulting in their friendship being reformed once again.

Zebra Factor 6/10Edit

Eosinophilic pneumonitis is fairly rare.

Trivia & Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • House's nicknames for his team are Kato and Black Beauty, references to Green Hornet. Kato was the Green Hornet’s Asian assistant.
  • The “bad deal for Manhattan” refers to the legend that the Dutch bought the island for $24.
  • The references to the necklace being thrown into the ocean and one thousand people going down in a gigantic boat is from the film Titanic.
  • This is the first episode in this season that Cuddy is referenced.
  • The reference to Reverend Moon is Sun Myung Moon, the Korean founder of the Unification Church.
  • Sri Lanka obtained independence from Britain on February 4, 1948.
  • Blitzkrieg was a tactic used in World War II consisting of highly mobile troops largely composed of tank divisions.

MusicEdit

  • "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion. It's the song that is playing on Wilson's laptop when Wilson enters in his office where is House in. It was also part of the soundtrack of the movie Titanic.
  • "Yesterday Was Hard On All of Us" by Fink. It's playing during the closing scene.

GoofsEdit

  • When House first looks at Foreman, Foreman's computer is slightly open. However, a few seconds later, it's completely closed.

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