When Benjamin suddenly collapses after making a rare and generous donation, House and Dr. Chi Park are convinced that his extreme altruistic behavior may indicate a deeper medical disorder. With no definitive explanation for Benjamin's loss of consciousness and unresponsiveness to treatment, House pushes just the right buttons to recruit former prison doctor Jessica Adams to volunteer her time and expertise to the case. Benjamin then makes a bold but life-threatening offer that could save another life, and the team must diagnose his disorder before he puts his own life on the line. Meanwhile, Adams and Park test each other's outlook on generosity and gratitude, and Thirteen's guilt conflicts with her pursuit of personal happiness. Written by
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House: You know, the down vibe in here is totally ruining my Charlie's Angels fantasy. Referencing the ABC series (1976-1981) starring three beautiful women who work for a private detective agency run by a mysterious patron known only to them as Charlie. The show was remade the same year as this episode premiered, but it had already been cancelled when the episode aired. See more
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References Ordinary People
The Ballad of El Goodo
Written by Chris Bell & Alex Chilton (Big Star)
Performed by Talia Osteen
& Dov Rosenblatt (The Wellspring)
Published by Universal Music Publishing / ASCAP
Song plays in the final scene of the episode, as Thirteen (Olivia Wilde) leaves the series when House "fires" her, and the two say their final goodbyes. See more