Special thanks to Couch Baron for filling in for me while I lugged my IKEA furniture a mile and half over to my new apartment. I'll tell you, that stuff is not as light as it looks. Thanks also to Kulfi, who sent me some really nice DVDs of the entire first season, which makes the finding-all-the-reruns aspect of my job a lot easier.
On to the recap! Two men jog. On the left is Dominic Purcell, best known as the titular character from the short-lived but well-recapped John Doe. On the right is some other guy who's complaining about his marital troubles. John Doe, named "Ed" here, needs to take a break, so they sit on a nearby bench. Ed's friend asks how Ed's marriage is going, and Ed says it's great. Friend keeps prying, asking how often Ed and his wife have sex and whether they did it this morning. Mind your own business, dude.
Ed comes home and calls for his wife. He asks her if they have anything with "electrolytes" in it. Yeah, it's called water. Wife Elyce doesn't answer because she's still in bed. Ed points out that it's almost four o'clock in the afternoon, and that Elyce has been in bed and missing work since Wednesday. Then he nudges her to wake up. Elyce: "I SAID LEAVE ME ALONE!" Elyce's outburst is accompanied by a rather vicious slap across Ed's face. I know I hate it when people use physical force to wake me up, and have been known to verbally abuse the poor soul who is kind enough to serve as my alarm clock (ask my parents about the happy times we shared together on school mornings!), but even I have never resorted to physical violence. The sudden realization of what she's done wakes Elyce right up. "I think there's something wrong with me!" she says. Ed's cheek muscles are too sore for him to fully commit to the "no SHIT" face.
Cameron brings Elyce's case to House's attention, and he is typically unimpressed. Patient's sleeping eighteen hours a day? House's instadiagnosis is clinical depression. He can relate, as he usually finds himself feeling sad whenever he's near the clinic. Cameron says that five or six doctors have ruled out clinical depression, along with a host of other ailments. They need House's help to figure out what it is, but none of them feels strongly enough about it to actually talk to House. So they made Cameron do it.
House and Cameron enter the elevator (drink!), and House notes that Ed said his wife has been "unusually irritable." House remarks that he didn't think it was possible for a woman to be "unusually" irritable. I hope he's not basing that opinion on how women act when they're around him, which would probably skew his results. After taking about five minutes to think of a witty retort, Cameron comes back at House with "You're a misanthrope, not a misogynist." Who says he can't be both? House asks Cameron what it is about this seemingly banal case that makes her want House to take it. She doesn't answer, so House takes the chart and the case. "I find your interest interesting," House says.