House MD season 7 episode 3 “unwritten” aired on October 4th, 2010. The third episode of House MD season 7 follows the care of a children’s author played by Amy Irving who suffers a seizure just before committing suicide. House is a fan of her work and suspects the answer to both her illness and her psychological issues may be in her latest book.
Warning: The following is a full recap/summary and review of House MD season 7, episode 3 “Unwritten” and so naturally contains spoilers.
House Md season 7 episode 3 opens with a woman we later find out is the author Alice Tanner of a series of children’s book about a boy detective named Jack Cannon. She finishes her book and is talking with a young boy. She tells him she’s done writing and pulls a gun out of her desk. The boy is then revealed to be the character from her book and only a delusion. Right as she goes to commit suicide she has a seizure and the bullet misses her head. The show then goes to the opening credits.
After the opening credit of House MD season 7, episode 3 “Unwritten” we find House in a coma patient’s room looking for gifts for Cuddy. Wilson interrupts him and they talk about how House is worried about his relationship with Cuddy. He fears once the “honey moon” phase fades they won’t have enough in common to have a lasting relationship. He takes some flowers but Wilson tells him the author, who House happens to be a fan of is in the ER after having a seizure. House goes and sees her and derives she attempted to commit suicide from the gun powder burn on her face. After she refuses treatment he puts her on a 72 hour psyche hold. He calls in the team to investigate, except Chase who he lets goes because he has a date.
House then leaves on a date with Cuddy which turns out to really be a trip to the author patient’s house to both investigate and steal her most recently finished book. He talks with her maid who says her employer said she’d fire her if she told about the suicide attempt and discovers the patient has been eating lots of tuna fish. He steals the author’s type writer tape to try and read the book which was locked up.
House then goes back to the hospital suspecting he knows what’s wrong with the author- mercury poisoning. The patient however insists on a female doctor while Taub and Foreman are examining her during House’s date. House asks Cuddy to treat her, and Cuddy agrees as long as House will hire a new female doctor to replace 13. The patient turns out to be just as observant as House himself deducting that House and Cuddy are dating and that the maid talked to Cuddy and House simply by the scent of Cuddy’s perfume. She then fires her maid and when Cuddy protests requests her male doctors back for their lack of emotion.
Chase and Taub then catch the author patient talking to the imaginary Jack again. She claims this is just a writer thing. She then uses her powers of observation on Chase and Taub but has a seizure while comparing Taub to her cheating ex-husband. This rules out mercury poisoning and the team then suspects a tumor. When they take her for an MRI her leg begins to burn and rupture. She lied and didn’t tell the team she had pins in her leg from a ski accident. House attempts to convince Alice to cooperate by offering to help her kill herself. She agrees then stabs herself with the needle which turns out to only be a sedative. House then claims she found the narcotic and was trying to kill herself again so he can extend her psyche hold another 24 hours. In spite Alice tells House Jack dies in her latest book.
House then begins to suspect the key to the patient’s ailment may be in her book. He gets Wilson’s girlfriend, Sam to help him use the MRI machine to read Alice’s type writer tape. Cuddy punishes House by giving him extra clinic hours and tells him to think up something for them to do on their double date with Wilson and Sam.
In Alice’s book House finds Jack has a mentor named Helen whose symptoms match those the team knows about for Alice. Also Jack doesn’t really die, but Helen does in the book. They suspect lupus based on the symptoms. While the team works to confirm House goes on his double date with Cuddy to the go-carts because her mom says she liked them. They all have a race in which House wins, but the whole group is banned from the go-carts forever. House has his epiphany moment after Cuddy complains of shoulder pain.
He discovers the skiing accident was really a car crash and suspects Alice injured her thyroid. While they talk Alice suddenly is unable to move which disproves his diagnosis. House then has the team look for Alice’s old medical records and tells Chase to hire a new female team member.
When the team can’t find Alice’s records Cuddy tries. She suggests that Alice Tanner may be a pen name and is correct. After using the serial numbers off the pins from “Alice’s” leg she finds her real name is Helen, and Jack is not imaginary. Jack was Alice’s son who died in the car crash. The author patient wanted to die from guilt. That guilt coupled with her thyroid issue was the diagnosis. After House lies and says her son suffered a brain aneurism so his death was not his moms fault, she agrees to treatment.
Cuddy and House talk about their relationship during the patient’s surgery. Cuddy says she doesn’t care if they have nothing in common, but she wants House to share his fears and issues with her.
House MD season 7, episode 3 “Unwritten” ends as House talks with Helen who says she still won’t be writing any more Jack Cannon books. Housie almost tells her he lied about her son, but stops when he sees cuddy watching. Cuddy thanks him and the episode closes.
Fan Review of House MD season 7, episode 3, “Unwritten”:
The third episode of House MD season seven is the best yet of the season. It was far more in line with the House MD episodes we’ve come to expect even if a bit less exciting. I’m not sure if House MD has switched writers or is just running out of ideas but thus far the new season has been predictable and a bit flat overall. Had the first season of House MD been much like season seven has been so far, House MD would have never made it to a second season. I even fear if House MD continues on this path for the entire season, we may not see a House MD season 8. Share your thoughts in comment.
If you missed last week’s House MD episode 2 of season 7 you can read a fully summary/recap and review here. Be sure to check back next week for season 7, episode 4 “Massage Therapy”.