High school students are taking their
exams. The teacher is monitoring the students for cheating. She catches a
girl student using her phone and accuses her of cheating. Now a boy in the
class raises his hand for the teacher, he needs to use the bathroom but she
tells him he has to wait another 19 minutes. Matt starts groaning and the
teacher finally goes to get him an escort. Matt gets up and is obviously in
pain and very disoriented. The teacher continues to tell him to sit down.
Matt finally collapses and a girl student yells at the teacher to go get
Foreman is updating House on Matt’s condition
and what happened before he collapsed. House is very curious why Foreman
took on this case. Foreman tells House that Matt is not responding to
treatment and House tells Foreman the boy is on drugs. House finally agrees
to take the case. He now is with the team in his office doing the
differential. Chase, Foreman and Cameron are throwing out ideas. House tells
Foreman to go to Matt’s house and look for his stash and sends Cameron with
him. Chase goes to Matt’s room and starts asking him if he used any drugs?
Matt is still very out of it. His mother tells Chase that her son does not
use drugs, and he tells her that is what all parents believe. She tells
Chase that her son was home last night, and she in fact used a home drug
testing kit on him using some of his hair. Chase asks her if she trusts him
why did she test him without his knowledge? Matt starts to have a seizure
and Chase administers treatment.
Foreman and Cameron are searching Matt’s room
and Cameron comments that it is way too clean for a teenage boy. Foreman
tells Cameron that House thinks he and Matt are drug addicts because when
you (meaning House) are a drug addict, you want to believe everyone else is
too. Cameron tells Foreman that House takes pills because he is in pain and
he is not an addict. Foreman tells her that is the definition of an addict.
Cameron asks Foreman if he ever did drugs? Cameron tells Foreman he is
beginning to sound and act like House, and they even have matching sneakers.
Cameron finds a bunch of jars of homemade tomato sauce with the lids bulging
out which indicates bacterial contamination. Foreman finds a jar open in the
House enters the lab where Foreman and Cameron
are working and tells them he is disappointed that he sent them to find cool
designer drugs and they come back with tomato sauce. Foreman tells House
that Matt made a homemade pizza using the sauce the night before the test.
Cameron tells House all the bacteria that could be in the sauce and suddenly
House grabs the jar and spoons out a sample and eats it. House tells them
that Matt just started seizing and that is not a symptom of bacteria.
Cameron suggest pesticide poisoning, Foreman suggests Carbamates, House
suggests other causes.
The start to wash Matt down and hope to rid
whatever toxins might still be on him.
House is now at the clinic with an older woman
and her adult son. She tells House she is happier lately and notices colors
and music more. Her son thinks it is a waste of time her being here. She
tells House she is 82 and supposed to be playing canasta with the other old
ladies but now when she sees a guy with a cute butt, she can’t stop looking
at him. A sexy beard also turns her on, looking a House. She tells House it
started a month ago when her son got the wrong DVD and got instead a movie
with Ashton Kutcher. She tells House now all she thinks about is Ashton
Kutchner. She tells House he reminds her of him. House tells her people are
always mixing them up. He tells her he does not need to check her heart as
she starts to unbutton her shirt, but House is going to admit and do some
tests. The son tells House she does not need tests that she is just old, and
House tells the son he is just insufferable. His mother has had a major
personality change and should be checked out.
Back in Matt’s room he is in bed sleeping and
get his medication. His mother is just sitting by his bed and asking Chase
why the medicine is not working and Chase tells her it takes time. She
questions Chase that he is not even certain it is pesticides. He tells her
the blood work was pretty conclusive. Suddenly Matt’s monitors start beeping
and Chase orders Matt’s mother to step back so he can attend to Matt. Chase
tells Matt’s mom they are going to beat Matt’s heart for him and
Matt’s heart starts to beat faster. Chase
tells the mother they will keep Matt on the paddles for another hour and she
asks what then? She tells Chase her philosophy is not to just sit back and
wait especially when it comes to her son. She wants to know her options.
The team is back at the office getting an
update from Chase and start throwing out new ideas for Matt’s illness.
Foreman mentions a treatment his professor has used and Chase tells House
and the team Matt’s chances do not look so good. House tells Foreman to call
his professor. Chase says there are 40 different types of toxins, Foreman
and House say at the same time to get all the antitoxins. Cameron chips in
that “great minds” think a like alluding back to Foreman acting more and
more like House. They need to find out how Matt got exposed to the toxins.
Everyone goes off to do his or her part.
Cameron goes back to the house to look for
what Matt used in the garden to grow the tomatoes.
House walks into the clinic and sees Wilson.
Wilson starts reciting a love poem out loud. Wilson tells House the poem is
not bad for an 82-year-old woman. That Mrs. Adams asked Wilson to give it to
House (her true love). Wilson tells House to watch himself around her and
gives him her test results. Cameron calls House and tells him she found the
pesticide container and it is empty, Matt used the whole can. House tells
Cameron he will get the info to Chase. House tells Matt’s mother he is
giving Matt an antidote for the pesticide. She argues that there was none of
that pesticide in that can and Chase tells her he can show it to her. She
tells Chase he never tested what was in the can. She tells Chase that the
garden was part of a project for school on environmental gardening and they
were not allowed to use pesticides. Chase says that maybe he cheated a
little. She asks if he is wrong what will that do to him? She tells Chase
not to give him this medicine she won’t allow it.
House is with Cuddy telling her to get a court
order allowing them to give Matt the medicine. She says the mother’s concern
does not mean she is necessarily wrong. House tells Cuddy the mother is
basing her decision on believing her son. House tells Cuddy to write
something up legally that the mother is temporarily insane, and Cuddy
counters her (the mother) only sign of insanity is that she disagrees with
House, and that some people would consider that a SIGN of
sanity. Cuddy tells House to get the mother to sign off that she is refusing
House now goes to Matt’s room to talk to his
mother. House hands her a paper and reads to her that her stupidity in
refusing treatment will result in her son’s death. She wants to know who he
is? House tells her he works for the hospital. The mother is shocked at what
House is reading to her and now he passes it to her to sign. She asks again
who is he? House answers that he is the doctor who is trying to save her
son. That she is the mom who is letting him die. House leaves the room with
the papers. House tells Cameron she rethought her position and to restart
the treatment. Cameron says no as they have a problem. Another teenager was
just brought in with the same symptoms.
Now in the ER with the new patient, Chase and
Foreman are helping to stabilize him. The new patient is Chi Ling and
Cameron tells House he was brought in 12 minute ago having identical
symptoms to Matt. Chase is not sure he is going to make it. House asks
Cameron if he could be Matt’s next door neighbor and she tells him they live
ten miles apart and do not even know each other.
Both parents are sitting next to their sons
waiting to hear some news. Cameron interviews Chi Ling’s parents about their
home situation and they insist no pesticides.
Chase tells House that Chi Ling’s heart is
just as bad as Matt’s and they may have to wire him up too. He does not know
how long Matt’s brain will hold up. His heart is not pumping enough oxygen.
House tells Chase to raise the oxygen but Chase says they then risk damaging
his retina. House tells Chase he will have Foreman do it, and Chase ask why
as he is the primary. House tells Chase the mom wants another doctor on her
son’s case. The mother complained to Cuddy that Chase said he did drugs in
high school. Cameron says the two boys have nothing in common, the same
school but different cliques, grades, friend’s and cafeteria times. House
asks them how do the boys get to school?
Chase and Cameron are now at the bus depot
asking the driver of the boy’s bus if they can go inside and look. He tells
them he does not care whom they are they are not getting in. He has to
pickup the basketball team and to call his supervisor. Chase tells him two
boys were poisoned on his bus and they are dying. The bus driver opens the
Foreman is with Matt and his mother and she is
telling Foreman she can not believe the things House said to her. Foreman
stands up for House saying he just did what he needed to do to treat her
son. She says it was the wrong medicine. Foreman says they thought it was
the right medicine at the time and the mother tells him they should have
listened to her. He tells her House listened and he just assumed she was
wrong. He says that is true of most of their patients and she tells Foreman
he is just as pompous as House.
Cameron and Chase go to check out the bus. The
driver tells Cameron that a truck was spraying down by the pond on the bus
House goes to see his 82-year-old clinic
patient. She is very excited to see him, the son not so much. House asks the
son to step outside for a moment. He asks why and House tells him he
irritates him. The woman tells House to let him stay, he is just cranky from
not eating. House asks Mrs. Adams if she had any recent sexual activity? She
says that she supposes fantasies don’t count. Her son is mortified over this
conversation. She tells House that she has had a dry spell. She tells House
it has been 15 years, and her son tells House that this proves she is
confused, as his father died 8 years ago. Mrs. Adams tells her son his
father did not die in bed. Mrs. Adams asks House why he wants to know this?
He tells her she has tested positive for syphilis. Her son says that is
impossible and insulting! House looks at Mrs. Adams and tells her he does
not think that this is the first time his mother has heard this news. She
tells him they use to call it “Cupid’s disease”. House asks her when she
first got it? She tells him 1939, prom night. They boy had a Chevrolet. Mrs.
Adams tells her son this happened before she met his father. He says to her
that he thought Dad was her first love, and she tells him he was, but they
are talking about sex. She tells House she was treated. House tells her it
was suppressed in her case for 60 years, but now it is back and the
spirochetes that cause syphilis are eating away at her brain cells. He tells
her it could be worse and that he can write her a prescription for it and in
two weeks she will be cured. House tells Mrs. Adams to feed her cranky
The team approach House and tell him the
county is worried about West Niles. House asks if they have the medicine for
the new pesticide and Foreman says yes, but the mother forwarded the records
to the CDC and won’t approve anything before she hears from them. House
tells Foreman he has the god like persona down, go talk her into it. He
tells House she does not like him anymore nor Chase either. House says it is
time to send Cameron in.
Cameron goes to talk to the mother about the
new medicine and the mother tells Cameron that she is thinking of
transferring Matt out of there. Cameron reminds her that Matt is very sick
and will not survive the transfer. She is getting a second opinion from the
CDC. Cameron starts to tell the mom a personal story about her grandmother
but the mother cuts her off. The mother is not “buying” any of Cameron’s
comments. Cameron tells the mother that if her son does not receive
treatment he will die and that is on her (the mother). The mother finally
relents and lets them try the new medicine. Cameron starts the treatment on
Matt and Foreman starts it on Chi Ling. Suddenly Matt starts seizing again.
His mother calls for the nurse and Chi Ling starts seizing as well. Matt’s
mother yells out that they are killing her son!
Foreman is telling them that both boy’s hearts
are barely pumping, their lungs are shot and now they are both showing liver
toxicity. House, Cameron and Foreman start thinking of other ways they could
have both got poisoned. House figures out that Matt probably got poisoned
before he got on the bus. House asks them what do teenage boys do in the
morning besides the obvious? House sends them back to each kid’s house to
compare what they each could have used that morning that they have in
Mrs. Adams sees House leaving his office and
goes racing up to him. He says he sent her home and she tells him she took a
cab back to see him. She asks House if all these pleasant feelings she has
been having are from the syphilis? House tells yes. She gives the
prescription back to House. She says it is not likely she is going to infect
anyone, and House says no but it will kill her. She says she has to go
sometime. House smiles as she tells him she does not want to play canasta
for the rest of her life. She tells him she likes feeling sexy again and
making a fool out of herself with a handsome young doctor. House asks her
does she think he would have given her the medicine if he thought it would
stop her from flirting with him? He tells her if she takes the medicine she
will be cured, but what was ate away from her brain is already done, that
she is “brain damaged”. Doomed to feeling good for the rest of her life. She
laughs and thanks House. She tells House when she is no longer contagious
she will come back for a check up.
Foreman and Cameron are at each of the boy’s
homes on the phone comparing what products they might have used on there
skin before they went to school. So far they find nothing in common.
Chase tells House Matt’s liver is about shot.
House gets a call from Cameron and Foreman saying there are no matches.
House asks about laundry detergent? Cameron and Foreman find both homes use
the same brand of detergent. House tells them to bring in the detergent.
House and Chase go to Chi Ling’s parents and
ask them if their son washed the clothes he was wearing today? His parents
say no that their son does not even know how to do the wash. His mother
tells House his clothes were new. Chase asks House now what? House asks
Chase about Matt’s clothes. Were they new? Chase says they were ratty old
jeans and have been bagged and taken downstairs. They both go to look for
Matt’s clothes. House discovers that the jeans are “old” but the label is
new. Fake old jeans for the $100 homeless look. Chase says Chi Ling was
wearing a different brand, how could they both be contaminated? House tells
Chase to get both jeans tested.
House is waiting in his office with Wilson
awaiting the results. Foreman and Chase come in and tell House they
identified the poison in question. They tell House Chi Ling’s parents said
yes to treatment but Matt’s mom is holding out. House says to send Cameron
again but Chase says that will not work this time. Matt’s mom won’t make a
move until she gets the opinion from the CDC.
House goes to Matt’s room and walks in and
gives his mom some coffee. He then sits down and plugs in his mini TV
telling her that he is going to hang out here if she decides to change her
mind. He can then give Matt the medicine right away and pulls out the vial
and places it on the table. She tells him the CDC promised to call. He tells
her he is sure they will call maybe tomorrow or the day after that. It takes
time to review faxed records. The mom asks House what makes him think he is
right this time? House says same reason as last time. He tells her he
understands that she wants to see how the other kid does and that is okay.
The mom cell phone rings and she hears the “CDC” tell her they don’t have
Matt’s records. She tells House the “CDC” can’t help her. She tells House to
give Matt the medicine. House leaves the room and runs into Chase who we now
find out was the voice behind the “CDC” phone call.
Now they all wait to see if the new medicine
is going to work this time. Suddenly Matt opens his eyes. Wilson yells for
House to come look. Matt’s mom is smiling. Chi Ling also wakes up.
Cameron is wheeling Matt in a wheel chair
explaining he is going to be cured, as long a he does not wear any more
poison pants. Matt apologizes to his mom for buying pants he knew were
stolen. She tells him she is not mad just glad he is alive. She tells him
that maybe she is too hard on him. She then tells him he can rest in bed and
work on his college applications.
Foreman tells House that the boys bought pants
from a guy selling them from the back of his truck near school. When he was
not selling the pants he did day labor on a cornfield using the same truck
for both jobs. House asks Foreman why is he still here? Why isn’t he making
up with the joyful mother? House leaves the office and Foreman follows. They
both run into Matt and his mom and she tells them that the CDC called, again. Matt asks his mom who they were and she tells him
they were the arrogant jerks who saved his life. Both Foreman and House turn
around to hear her and then get on the elevator. Cameron just smiles and
continues walking away. House and Foreman get into the elevator and look at
each other then down at their shoes and see they are wearing the same
sneakers as each other.
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