Cameron and her community outreach program bring House his latest case: an agoraphobic suffering from seizures who refuses to leave his home for treatment. The Cottages must therefore go to him, but when House's attempt to trigger another seizure results in a stomachache that will need surgery to fix, he sees an opportunity get the patient to PPTH by lying to him that they'll do the surgery in his house, only to put him to sleep and transport him to PPTH instead. But Cameron and her guilty conscience ruin everything, and the patient goes back home and brings his lawyer in to make sure that won't happen again.
The Cottages manage to perform the necessary surgery at the patient's home, but they also set him on fire because that's just how Kumar rolls. The surgery doesn't solve the patient's problems, however, and in the end House realizes that the shooting that killed the patient's girlfriend and exacerbated his agoraphobia is also what's killing him, as he's being poisoned by the lead bullet fragments that were left in his body. House removes them (without bothering to use anesthesia), and gives the patient, Cameron, and himself a life lesson to stop living in fear and pretending you're happy that way. Cameron uses his advice to give Chase his own drawer in her apartment and more of a place in her life. The patient uses his advice to venture outdoors. And House uses his advice to go back to Cuddy's house and see if they can have the relationship Wilson seems so sure they both want and House spent the entire episode trying to avoid … only to turn around and leave before Cuddy sees him, avoiding it yet again.
See what ails the docs at PPTH, and then come back on Monday to read the full detailed episode recap.
You'll have to excuse me if this recap is a bit sloppier than usual; I have a nasty cold and I'm trying my best! I called my local hospital asked them send a team of doctors over to make me feel better since I'm on deadline and can't leave my house, but they hung up on me. Apparently, the real world is nothing like House after all. Anyway, a man lies in his foyer surrounded by flowers. He's having trouble seeing and staying conscious as a team of paramedics break his front door down and rudely step on his flowers in an attempt to save his life. They get him on a stretcher and outside, en route to PPTH, but it seems that our patient has heard stories of the nightmare treatment he can expect there and snaps out of whatever state he was in, punching out one of the paramedics and running back into his house and closing the door. The paramedics beg him to reconsider, saying he could be dying, but the man just wants to be left alone.
Cameron comes to House and the Cottages with the case, saying it's a thirty-five year-old man with a headache and seizures. House wants to know the CT scan results, but Cameron says they "can't" do the CT scan. House says that had better be because the man's head is too large to fit into the CT scanner tube, but only House's head is that big, and that's purely figurative. Cameron explains that the patient also severely agoraphobic and refuses to leave his house. Kumar asks if that's a symptom, too, but Cameron says the man, Stewart, was shot seven years ago, so the agoraphobia is PTSD-related. House doesn't say anything about the fact that he, too, was shot, because we're all supposed to forget that that ever happened.
Taub the needlessly curious asks Cameron how she got this case since the patient obviously didn't come to the ER, and Cameron says she runs PPTH's community outreach program (OF COURSE), which has probably become very popular in the past few years as PPTH's free clinic has apparently closed. At least, that's why I'm assuming we never get to see it anymore. Cameron met Stewart last year when he had the flu. And yet, here I am, sick on the couch surrounded by used tissues and cough drops, and no one has bothered to stop by and talk to me through my front door. What the hell? House, for his part, accuses Cameron of trying to work her way back onto the team, but is quickly snapped out of paying attention when he sees Cuddy outside the meeting room holding a file and looking at him expectantly. House is not pleased, but goes outside anyway.