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House: Half-Wit

Patrick Obyedkov, a 35-year-old musical savant, is in the middle of playing a piano concert when he suffers a painful involuntary muscle contraction in his left hand. After Patrick is admitted to Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital with a rare movement disorder, his case attracts the attention of Dr. House. House learns from Patrick’s father, Dr. Obyedkov, that Patrick suffered severe brain damage at age 10 from a bus accident that also killed his mother. House is intrigued as to why Patrick, who was a healthy 10-year-old at the time of his accident with no prior musical training, could. suddenly play the piano flawlessly after suffering a severe injury. He pushes for further testing on Patrick’s brain even though the team has diagnosed him with a simple muscle-contraction problem. While trying to deduce the origin of the brain rewiring responsible for Patrick’s mysterious gift of music, House and his team must stop the deadly bleeding that is quickly threatening his life. Patrick’s condition worsens as he suffers an onset of seizures, and as the team attempts to stabilize him, House presents a very difficult option to Patrick’s father – a neurological procedure that would change Patrick’s life forever. In the meantime, Cameron discovers that House has been in contact with a hospital in Massachusetts and suspects that House may be looking to take a new job there. When Cuddy contacts the hospital, she learns that House has been in contact with a brain cancer specialist – not as a job applicant, but as a patient for a clinical trial. When confronted by his team, House denies the gravity of the situation and resents their interference, and they are forced to contend with the possibility his condition may be more serious than he’s letting on.

Source: FOX

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x15
Production Number: HOU-315
Airdate: Tuesday March 06th, 2007

Director: Katie Jacobs
Writer: Lawrence Kaplow

Alternate Airdates:

AU (ten) Jun 20, 2007
UK (sky 1) Jun 28, 2007
DE (RTL) Mar 04, 2008
NL (SBS 6) Jun 18, 2009


Guest Stars
Bobbin BergstromBobbin Bergstrom
As Nurse
Ingrid Sanai BuronIngrid Sanai Buron
As Nurse Bev
Tyler PattonTyler Patton
As Neurosurgeon
Dave Matthews (1)Dave Matthews (1)
As Patrick Obyedkov
Dru MouserDru Mouser
As Arlene
Kendra CoverKendra Cover
As Patient
Kurtwood SmithKurtwood Smith
As Dr. Obyedkov
Scott Weintraub (1)Scott Weintraub (1)
As Stage Manager

David Pearl (2)David Pearl (2)
As Concert Hall Patron
Main Cast
Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
As Dr. Gregory House
Episode Notes
RATING: TV-14 L (PA: Viewer discretion is advised.)

This episode marks the directorial debut of Executive Producer, Katie Jacobs.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Beethoven (composer)Waldstein Sonata1st of the episode and during the brain scan
Boomtown RatsI Don't Like Mondayspiano piece played by House & Patrick
GomezSee the World 
Joe PurdyRainy Day Lament 

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Shore
Main Title ThemeMassive Attack
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