Wilson is preparing his 14-year-old patient, Nick, for a bone marrow transplant when the donor, Nick's younger brother Matty, suddenly starts sneezing. Since Nick's immune system has been destroyed by the chemotherapy for his cancer, he cannot risk a marrow donation from Matty while Matty is ill. House decides that the fastest way to find out what's wrong with Matty is to make him worse. As the boys get sicker and sicker, House and his team race to cure Matty before both brothers die. Meanwhile, House battles Hector (his newly adopted dog) for supremacy and Foreman can't stop thinking about last week's mistake.
Did You Know?
Another Sherlock Holmes reference occurs at the start of the scene in the tobacco shoppe where he will purchase his new cane: House tries out a curved styled pipe which resembles a calabash pipe. The calabash pipe, magnifying glass, and deerstalker hat are accoutrements that the famed detective uses in the cinema and theatrical versions of his adventures and which are used on occasion as stunt props in House M.D. See more
Activating the cardiopulmonary bypass machine during open heart surgery does not immediately stop the heart as shown. The heart muscle is self polarizing, and will continue to beat of its own accord even if removed from the body. For this reason the heart must be stopped chemically, most commonly by using a solution of potassium. See more
Dr. Gregory House
If you want both kids to live, it's the only choice.
Due to the valve replacement, Matty will have to be on blood thinners to prevent potential clots.
For how long?
Forever. He couldn't participate in contact sports because of the risk of hemorrhage.
What about the marrow registry? Maybe they'll find a match.
Dr. Gregory House
Maybe they'll ride it here on a unicorn.
Highway to Hell
Written by Bon Scott
, Angus Young
, and Malcolm Young
Performed by AC/DC See more