In “House” Season 7 Episode 3 “Unwritten,” an author named Alice Tanner is writing, on a manual typewriter no less, her last Jack Cannon: Boy Detective novel. Shortly after she writes “The End,” she puts a gun in her mouth.
Fortunately for her she has her first seizure, thus delaying the suicide.
Spoilers surely follow.
House, being the over-analytical fellow that he is, has already imagined how his relationship with Cuddy is going to end. He is happy to be with Cuddy, so he is desperately finding a way to forestall what he sees as the inevitable breakup.
Meanwhile, House finds out Alice is in the ER, which intrigues him because he is a Jack Cannon fan. Jack Cannon is typically beloved by hormone-addled teenage girls, but this is typical of House, who also likes monster truck rallies, soap operas with doctors in them, and hand-held video games.
Much of the episode involves House using his usual guile to keep Alice in the hospital, using the excuse of a psych evaluation, and Alice, herself rather clever, trying to get out so that she can finish the job she started. It seems that pain and guilt has driven her to want to end it all. House, who wants to see more Jack Cannon books, tries to find out the root cause of both. He even goes so far as to give Alice a hypo with what he says is a lethal dose of morphine (would be my guess). He lied and she tries to use it to kill herself, which buys House more time as it extends the period of her psych evaluation.
House is desperately trying to find out what he and Cuddy have in common, besides sex. Breaking and entering Alice’s home doesn’t quite work, though Wilson points out to House that Cuddy is reaching out since she agreed to it. Go carts do not work either; in fact, that experiment is a disaster.
Eventually, Cuddy tells him that trying to find commonality is so-well-common. The differences are what are exciting.
After discovering that Alice’s real name is, Helen, House finds the records of a car crash that killed her son and caused a delayed syringomyelia that is pressing against the spinal cord, causing pain, seizures, then paralysis, and eventually death if left untreated. The problem is treatable, but not before the guilt about her son’s death. It seems that he had a learners permit, but nevertheless she allowed him to drive in inclement conditions.
House gives her a story that the real reason for the crash was that the lad had a brain aneurysm and would have died anyway. He admits later to Cuddy that he lied. As his girlfriend, she is moved. As his boss, she disapproves.
The irony is that there will be no more Jack Cannon novels. With the ability and the will to live restored, Alice aka Helen now wants to write novels for adults. House comes very close to going Misery on the author.
Source: House, Unwritten, TV.Rage