“House” Season 7 Episode 5 “Unplanned Parenthood” begins with Abbey, played by a surprisingly mature Jennifer Grey (“Dirty Dancing,” “Ferrris Bueller’s Day Off”) giving birth to Kayla while her adult daughter Justine looks on.
There are, naturally, some complications and so mother and child are delivered into the tender ministrations of House and his team.
House is having demands made by Cuddy, and now that she is sleeping with him, he has to listen. First, he must really hire a female doctor for his team. Second, could he go to the house and keep an eye on little Rachel? Cuddy would be ever so appreciative.
House is actually doing an adequate job baby-sitting. Rachel is rather quiet for a 2-year-old, doing nothing more bothersome than demanding juice, which House refuses. House, however, is bored silly and so tries to lure Wilson over to watch the kid so that he can get back to work. House and Wilson argue outside Cuddy’s home, then stomp back inside to discover the bitter truth that one never leaves a 2-year-old alone, even for a moment.
The rest of the Rachel subplot concerns whether or not she swallowed a dime. She will probably just pass it, though there is the possibility that the dime will get stuck in Rachel’s digestive system. This will be bad because (a) Rachel may die and (b) this will not be something that can be explained away to Cuddy. So now House has to do double duty, monitoring the kid while not letting Cuddy in on it and supervising his team.
Back to the medical mystery part of the show, little Kayla is having both breathing and liver problems. The team is also having staffing problems. The new woman Foreman has hired is immediately fired by House as a lesson to Foreman. Taub dragoons a Dr. Cheng from pediatrics, who actually seems to have two qualities necessary for a House team member. She is good at diagnostics. She can stand up to House.
After several of the usual false diagnoses, it is discovered that baby Kayla has been born with skin cancer, caught from her mom. Why is Abbey so healthy with late-stage melanoma? It seems that she also has very early stage lung cancer, which is creating antibodies that fight the skin cancer.
Abbey can have the tumor removed and chemo started and she will be fine. Unfortunately, transfusions of her antibodied blood is keeping her baby daughter alive. Eight or nine days will suffice for Kayla to heal, so Abbey does what any mom worth being a mom will do and asks for the operation to be delayed.
Alas, Abbey dies of a pulmonary embolism which would not have happened if she had done the procedure straight away. Justine now will raise her sister as her own.
Dr. Cheng will not be joining the team after all. She thinks Taub is a scared child and, though she is in peds, she really hates kids.
Rachel finally passes the dime, but it is Cuddy who finds it, much to her confusion.
Until after baseball.
Source: House, Unplanned Parenthood, TV.Rage