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House (Hugh Laurie) attends a meeting with Cuddy's mother in the "Changes" episode of HOUSE airing Monday, May 2 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Adam Taylor/FOX

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May 2, 2011 (ran a few seconds into next hour)
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Teleplay by
Eli Attie
Story by
Seth Hoffman & Eli Attie
Directed by
David Straiton
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Candice Bergen and Donal Logue Guest-Star

After suffering partial paralysis while searching for a long-lost love, lottery winner Cyrus Harry (guest star Logue) is brought to Princeton Plainsboro for treatment by House and the team. Cuddy's mother (guest star Bergen) threatens to sue the hospital for malpractice, jeopardizing both Cuddy and House's medical licenses. Chase and Foreman make a bet that tests each one in different ways in the all-new "Changes" episode of HOUSE airing Monday, May 2 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (HOU-720) (TV-14 D, L)
Close to the previous episode
Patient of the Week
Cyrus, a former refrigerator repairman who won the lottery and is looking for a former flame. He collapses with his left leg paralyzed.
How House gets involved:
He brings the case not seeming to know about the lottery.
The privacy invasion / ethical breach / Rule Breaking

Preliminary diagnoses:
Heavy metal poisoning or inhaled toxins. Then focal seizure or maybe Lyme disease. A mass on the pancreas that might be cancer and then two more masses for a total of three seemingly unrelated cancers. The team suspects a genetic disease. So House orders growth hormone to see what other tumors occur and to have these grow larger so they can track the cause.
The final diagnosis
Teratoma, which is curable.
Who Came up with the final diagnosis
House after he hears Cuddy talk to her mother about a common enemy.
Clinic Patients
Cuddy increased House's Clinic hours but he runs through patients with stunts like calling out to one as Janet Hemorrhoids and telling her that he is about to lose his license for malpractice.
Additional Information:

The team
House (Hugh Laurie) and the team (Olivia Wilde, Peter Jacobson, Omar Epps and Jesse Spencer) treat a recent lottery winner who is suffering partial paralysis in the "Changes" episode of HOUSE airing Monday, May 2 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Adam Taylor/FOX
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Cast: Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House; Lisa Edelstein as Dr. Lisa Cuddy; Robert Sean Leonard as Dr. James Wilson; Omar Epps as Dr. Eric Foreman; Jesse Spencer as Dr. Robert Chase; Olivia Wilde as Thirteen/Dr. Remy Hadley; Peter Jacobson as Dr. Chris Taub

Guest Cast: Candice Bergen as Arlene; Donal Logue as Cyrus; David Constabile as Phil; Megan Follows as Jennifer; David A. Kimball as Lawyer; Dawn Frances as Nurse Colleen; Sheena Zadeh as Nurse Laura; Adele Robbins as Janet; Roger Burtona as Male Patient; Jacob McCafferty as Ricky; Bobbin Bergstrom as Nurse

Quotes, Quotations, Dialogue, Scenes:
  • Cuddy's mother is suing the hospital, Cuddy and House and House is refusing to help out though Cuddy has asked him to. House goes to Wilson to find out "Why haven't you been yelling at me about the Cuddy twins?"
       "Because you're doing the right thing."
       "Are we talking about the same issue? Is there something I don't know about that I am responding to appropriately?"
       "Cuddy wants you in the middle of this and so does Arlene because they don't want to face their own problem. Some how in your knee-jerk, juvenile way you tripped and fell into an actual adult response to this."
       House thinks about this and comes to a conclusion different than Wilson had thought of. "You're right. That was Cuddy's strategy all along. She wanted me to think that she desperately needed me to be there so that I wouldn't be there."

  • The conclusion he came to causes him to screw things up worse than they had been, of course. Wilson complains, "You had to go all Wily Coyote on me."
       "You told me Arlene wanted me in the middle of it. I had to show here that no good could come of that."
       "Seriously? That's you're rationalization? How about you didn't like that Cuddy tricked you? Even though you wanted the same thing as her. You didn't like that she got the best of you. You've got more anger towards her than you realize."
       "I'm happier without her." Wilson looks at him with suspicious disbelief so he goes on. "I'm not stupidly expecting her to make me happy. I'm happier with my unhappiness."
       "Do you listen to what you're saying because I have to. I'm holding a summit meeting to force you and Cuddy onto the same page before the lawsuit gets filed."

  • The summit doesn't start off well since House hides (Wilson expected that and put a tracer on him) and then Cuddy expresses her anger at House. "However much it hurt, I did have the right to break up with you."
        House denies his behavior is about that. "You just want everything to have a hidden personal agenda."
       "You need to get over it instead of jeopardizing our jobs out of spite...."
       Wilson intervenes with an order. "Stop! You're both at fault here: you for trying to manipulate House when you used to know better and you for --- being you which is an especially bad idea under the circumstances."
       House objects. "I had good reasons."
       "You had lame rationalizations."
       Cuddy defends her behavior. "If I hadn't played him, he'd have found out about the meeting and crashed it anyway...."
       Wilson is having none of it. "Enough! Tomorrow I drive both of you to Arlene's." Turning to Cuddy he tells her, You're going to write her a personal check for $30,000 and you're going to do this because you actually give a crap about your job and this hospital and your mother and possibly even House." Then he turns to House."You're going to say, 'I'm sorry' and not one syllable more."
       "Because I'm an idiot."
       "No. Because if you don't I'm going to tell the pharmacy to stop issuing Vicodin prescriptions in my name."
       House has to get in the last word. "I'm not paying for gas." It isn't that easy since House doesn't follow script and it turns out Arlene's motives are different than she claims.

  • House has been baiting Thirteen throughout this since she made a provocative statement early on about the level of happiness of each person being relatively fixed and so people don't get happier when they win the lottery. Cyrus does seem to find his long lost love. House tells Thirteen, "It will end horribly."
       "Not for him. She may take all his money and he may be a naive idiot but he'll always be hopeful so he'll always be happy."
       "You lost your mother you euthenized your brother, you've got the life expectancy of a pretty good sitcom. If you can convince yourself you'd be miserable no matter what even without all that stuff, they maybe you don't have to hate the universe for dropping a giant turd on you. Fatalism is your survival mechanism."
       "And you? Dumped by everyone you're ever loved. Rehab was a bust. Your leg feels like someone took a giant bite out of it. We are who we are. Lotteries are stupid."

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