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Foreman (Omar Epps) and the team treat a magician who had a heart attack during his act in the HOUSE episode "You Don't Want to Know" airing Tuesday, Nov. 20 (9-10 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Adam Taylor/NBC Universal/FOX
November 20, 2007
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Written by
Sara Hess
Directed by
Lesli Glatter
Patient of the Week:
Flynn, a magician,
How House gets involved:
Cole and Kutner were at the magic show when the magician lost consciousness while doing Houdini's Chinese Water Torture escape.
The privacy invasion / ethical breach
Taub and Kutner go to the patient's abode to search it.
The final diagnosis
Flynn originally had Lypus and then got much worse when he was giving AB blood transfusion when his blood is type A.
Clinic Patient
None although Amber volunteered to see patients, she set off the smoke alarm before she saw anyone.
New Information We Learn About Characters
  • 13's mother had Huntington's Disease which means she has a 50/50 chance of having it herself.
  • House's blood type is AB
  • House has had three transfusions in a decade.
  • Foreman's blood type is not AB
  • Wilson's blood type is O
Medical Errors
Polite Dissent says House was wrong about how blood is tested: "Blood typing is done on blood cells, not antibodies." Offering a link to more info on the tests.

You Don't Want to Know
House (Hugh Laurie,) and Kutner (Kal Penn) clash when the team treats a magician who had a heart attack during his act in the HOUSE episode "You Don't Want to Know" airing Tuesday, Nov. 20 (9-10 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Greg Gayne/FOX
Additional Info on this episode:
Cast: Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House; Lisa Edelstein as Dr. Lisa Cuddy; Omar Epps as Dr. Eric Foreman; Robert Sean Leonard as Dr. James Wilson; Jennifer Morrison as Dr. Allison Cameron; Jesse Spencer as Dr. Robert Chase.

Guest Cast: Steve Valentine as Flynn; Noelle Drake as Ilana; Joe Ochman as Surgeon; Mandy McMillian as Nurse #1; Adria Johnson as Nurse #2; Bobbin Bergstrom as Nurse

Quotes (Quotations), Dialog, Sayings, Housisms:
  • You Don't Want to Know
    House (Hugh Laurie) and the team treat a magician who had a heart attack during his act in the HOUSE episode "You Don't Want to Know" airing Tuesday, Nov. 20 (9-10 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
    Also pictured: Omar Epps.
    Credit: Adam Taylor/NBC Universal/FOX
    House tells the remaining candidates that they are going to have a "Survivor"-like challenge. "We can all applaud the doctor who's willing to break all the rules. But the real hero is the unsung doctor, toiling in anonymity, because he broke the rules without getting caught. I need to know you have these skills. I need you to bring me the thong of Lisa Cuddy. Not kidding. Thong. Cuddy. Go."
    Foreman actually supports House and tells them, "It's how I got hired."
    The candidates still aren't sure and when they get into the hall 13 wonders about her co-workers, "You're actually considering this?
    Amber says to her, "If you want to stand on principle, I really respect you for that."
    Cole supports 13, "It's childish, unprofessional, and inappropriate. The job is not worth it."
    Taub suggests, " We should all beg off. Tell him we failed. No winners, no losers."
    Amber says, "Fine."
    But Cole knows Amber, "You're going to do it, aren't you?"
    "Of course I'm going to do it."
  • Amber has been part of a team but House figures out that the thong he was offered belonged to Amber and not Cuddy. "If you're not cheating, you're not trying hard enough."
    Since Amber has just recovered her thong from the table, Kutner makes an observation, "So you're not wearing any underwear?"
    Foreman tries to get them focused on the patient. "Uh, there's a guy bleeding."
    House says, "Foreman. She's not wearing any underwear. You used to be more fun."
    "She's not wearing any underwear. Big deal. When she stops wearing clothes, then we can drop the medical stuff."
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    The magician/patient dazzles House with a trick he can't explain. House wants to know how he did it but the patient refuses. "Oh, if I explain it becomes mundane, and you lose the actual magic.
    "What do you mean the actual magic? Think you're actually sawing woman in half? ...Magic is cool. Actual magic is oxymoronic. Might not even be oxy...."
    "The fun is in not knowing."
    "The fun is in knowing...." House demonstrates a little magic while saying this and then later demonstrates his own abilities, "You eat a lot of beets, you have an electric toothbrush, and you sleep less than six hours a night."
    "That's impressive."
    "The red betamine from the beets stains the plaque deposits on your teeth, which are then swirled by your spinning toothbrush. Your heavy lids and your prematurely aging skin tell me that you're carrying a major sleep debt."
    "That was way cooler before you explained it."
    "It was meaningless until I explained it."
    "People come to my show because they want a sense of wonder. They want to experience something that they can't explain."
    "If the wonder's gone when the truth is known, there never was any wonder. You have tularaemia from your rabbits. I've put you on antibiotics, you'll be better in a couple of days. Sorry to spoil the mystery."
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    The patient has predicted that he will be dead tomorrow. House is not impressed. "He's a second-rate magician with a mysterious illness, why wouldn't he predict his own death? If he's wrong, we all forget it, if he's right, he goes out a legend.
    "He got scared right after a transfusion. Tainted blood has been known to cause a sense of impending doom, could also explain the DIC.
    "I predict all your pagers go off... right now. [Nothing happens.] Oh! But if it had happened&#
    Foreman asks, "Anyone bother looking at his panel? His immunoglobulin levels are low.
    Cole, who seems to have won the challenge by coming up with Cuddy's thong says, "That doesn't tell us anything specific about...
    "Are you acting stupid because you know you're safe? Clever.
    Foreman continues, "Low immunoglobulin plus failing heart, plus fluid in the lungs, plus internal bleeding, equals amyloidosis.
    Amber objects, "He's bleeding way too much for amyloidosis.
    House asks, "He say anything about his hands or feet feeling weak?
    "He said his hands felt numb, but that's explained by the blood loss.
    And then all their pagers go off just about at the same time. House wants to make sure they stay sceptical. "No! Do not give me credit for that. Close doesn't count! That's how people get sucked into this stupidity...."
  • Later having a discussion about House's prediction, Wilson says, "You knew they'd get paged?"
    "I noticed a trend— If nobody does anything, sick people often get sicker." House then switches the topic to Cole and Cuddy's thong, "You think it's remotely possible they had sex?"
    "They're both single, it's still legal in the blue states."
    "She barely knows him."
    "You know, in some cultures, hiring people to steal someone's underpants is considered wooing. You should move there. Because here it's just, you know, creepy."
    "There was no woo. This was an effective test."
  • After House tests for tainted blood by having it injected into him, Wilson objects. "You risked your life again. You couldn't be sure he had amyloidosis."
    "You can't be sure that I couldn't be sure."
    "You did one test, it was negative."
    "Well then, by all means, flood your body with possibly lethal blood."
    "I usually like to give the lethal blood to Foreman, but I'm the only one who's type AB."
    "Of course, you're type AB. Universal recipient, you take from everybody."
    "Of course, you're type O. Universal donor. No wonder you're paying three alimonies."
    "How do you know— What blood type I am?"
    "I don't. Just seemed to fit the metaphor."
    "No, no, no, no, no. Did you test my blood for something? Why would you test my blood for something?"
    "I didn't. You must have told me what you were."
    "Who the hell chats about their blood type? You had to have tested me." This actually leads to House having the idea that solves the case.
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