Season 5 Episode 2

Not Cancer

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 23, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

An organ donor's organs are responsible for the deaths of several patients, and the team work to save the last two recipients. Meanwhile, House hires a private detective to keep tabs on Wilson.

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  • Ugh, felt like hardcore CSI, but the solution wasn't that clever

    Looks like writers doesn't think House can be interesting enough with his clever solutions and sarcasm. The sarcasm was there but somehow forced, and the solution was kind of 'what kind of explanation is this?' to me.

    But hey, people like CSI and shocking scenes, right?

    The whole lame bowel diagnosis was there fore one reason: to do a colonoscopy on a dead person with the exploding bowels. It was disgusting. Only Adam Sandler can think it's funny.

    And the PI, come on, have you ever seen an episode, where House thought they couldn't found the solution by breaking into the patient's house? They always found it. And this first time he wanted someone else to investigate? What kind of explanation is this to bring in a new character? This new character is out of House's caharacter.moreless
  • 502

    This episode was a great introduction to one of my favorite characters on House. I like how Lucas interrupts the team as they're trying to solve the case. And the socks that he wears was important toward the end of the episode. I like the Lucas/House friendship. While the Wilson/House friendship is on hold. The 5 cases based on the donor, was interesting, and surprised me considering the writers still keep writing brilliant medical mysteries as they're already in season 5, and haven't jumped the shark, just yet. Then the case was solved in the end, thanks to Lucas with his little dress up (doctor). Great episode.moreless
  • House and the P.I

    I understand how people miss the old cast as I do myself, but when an episode this good comes along you really have to appreciate it!

    The beginning part was unlike the beginning of any House episode we have seen- the camera and the music were brilliant, and it was completely unexpected! The case itself was unique- its very hard to do that with a show that has been running this long. Meanwhile, we get insights into the cast members as House hires a P.I to keep track on Wilson. I understand that people have a negative feeling towards the character, but I found him fresh and funny- he had some great dialogue with House!

    The scene between House and Wilson was also very revealing- I am unable to work out Wilsons emotions towards House, but House very clearly misses his friend. It was such a touching moment when the patient can see for the first time and tells him he looks sad.

    Meanwhile, I loved Foreman and Chases dialogue when House tells Foreman he hasn't done anything interesting in years- I think it was perhaps the writers having a dig at those who have complained that the Series has lost its way- I think we should take it on an episode by episode basis.

    Give this a chance- it was a unique and very good episode.moreless
  • House is still a witty and clever show...even in its 5th season.

    House never fails to satisfy me and 'Not Cancer' was no different. I have to say how brilliant it is to see House hire a private detective (a funny one at that) to follow Wilson. It is just a hilarious storyline which is so in character for House. I do feel for him because Wilson is completely cutting him out...very harsh but I do like Wilson and he's grieving.

    The patients(s) were interesting...I liked the start of the episode with each person collapsing. It was also entertaining to see them go back to cancer again and again...but that wasn't the answer. The cases are always enjoyable which sometimes isn't the situation in other medical shows. I loved how she had surgery on her eyes but still didn't like things...then they found out she could see things differently.moreless
  • The beggining caught my eye...

    So I was flipping through channels on the TV two or three days ago, and suddenly I see the introduction to an episode of House. Normally, I don't watch medical dramas because I think they're boring, but the beggining was intense so I decided to keep watching. Turns out that all of these people were dying because of a previous organ donor's organs were failing. So House's group of people (I forget what you call them) take in the last two surviving organ recievers in an attempt to save them. One of them, an old man, dies. However, the other one, a middle-aged female, gets saved because House figures out that what she has isn't Cancer, but another disease that is causing her vision to be disrupted. This was the firt episode of House I've ever seen, so the parts where Wilson was concerned I didn't really understand. The private detective was humorous, though.moreless
Felicia Day

Felicia Day


Guest Star

Tim Conlon

Tim Conlon

Dr. O'Shea

Guest Star

Elaine Kagan

Elaine Kagan


Guest Star

Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Dr. Lawrence Kutner

Recurring Role

Peter Jacobson

Peter Jacobson

Dr. Chris Taub

Recurring Role

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The receipt on the bag of Thai food that House brings for the team alternates between shots; sometimes it's straight and other times it is curled at the end.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • House: Brain's clean. Moving on.
      Thirteen: To where? We've gone from making no sense to making less sense and then taking a step backward.

    • Dr. O'Shea: Are you checking me out?
      House: You're astute. No.
      Dr. O'Shea: How many pills did you just take?
      House: Vicodin, opiods, some B12. Need a little kick in the afternoon. You got a problem with that? (O'Shea shrugs) I think I'm falling in love.

    • Dr. Foreman: We need to remove the eye.
      House: It's her only working eye.
      Dr. Foreman: We could remove the other one, but since it's not killing her, I thought this way was less insane.
      House: (to O'Shea) Do you have some ethical problem with what I'm doing that you can express in a unique way which might actually make me think that I'm wrong even though I'll never admit it?
      Dr. O'Shea: Yes.
      House: You are funny. The problem's not in her eye, it's in her head. You wanna come over and watch Prescription Passion at my house tonight?
      Dr. O'Shea: You know I'm not gay, right?
      House: Neither am I. If you don't want to have sex, that's cool with me.
      Dr. O'Shea: I'm not coming over to your home.
      House: I'll grow on you.

    • Dr. Foreman: I'm sorry. We need to remove your eye.
      Apple: My eye?
      House: A moment ago you thought you were dying. Blind's actually good news.

    • Lucas: Oh yeah, that will be… $2,300 dollars
      House: I'll get you a check.
      Lucas: No, I don't take checks.
      House: You think I'm going to stop payment?
      Lucas: Aren't you?
      House: Of course I am. $2,300, that's insane.

    • House: Say it.
      Dr. Foreman: You were right.
      House: God, that was petty of me.

    • Kutner: Does that PI guy mean we don't have to break into people's homes any more?
      House: It's the whole reason you went to medical school. I'm not gonna take that away from you.

    • House: Did you get the consent?
      Taub: No.
      House: Tell Foreman to get it. Old people are scared of black people.

    • Lucas: There are two types of people who hire me. No, actually there are three types of people that hire me, but the third point is irrelevant to the point I want to make.
      House: Do you have a special rate plan for being a pain in the ass?

    • House: Have you been checking me out? I've been paying for that?
      Lucas: So far you haven't paid for anything.

    • Apple: The guys I hated dancing with before, I hated dancing with after. My parents were still dead, I was still alone.
      House: You're fun.
      Apple: You don't seem that different.
      House: I haven't given up.

    • House: How do you know what they're talking about?
      Lucas: I'm in the same grief-counseling group.I recently lost my mother.
      House: You get laid more often if you told them you lost a kid.
      Lucas: I didn't lose a kid.

    • Lucas: Only two things you ignore: things that aren't unimportant and things you wish weren't important. And wishing never works.

    • House: How many friends do you have?
      Lucas: Seventeen.
      House: Seriously?
      Lucas: No, I knew this conversation was really about you, so I gave you an answer so you could get back to your train of thought.

    • House: Friends allow you to not sit in a room by yourself. You charging me for this?
      Lucas: Are we friends?
      House: No.
      Lucas: Then yes.
      House: Want to be my friend?
      Lucas: No. You scare me a little.

    • Dr. Cuddy: I'm going to trust your first instincts.
      House: I'm not usually confused when you say things like that.

    • Nurse: You ever hear of the boy who cried wolf?
      House: Never really bought that. I don't care how often the kid cries he's going to be eaten by a wolf, the mom's going to come running.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Music: Vice (Crystal Method)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 1, 2008 on TEN
      Latin America: November 20, 2008 on Universal Channel
      Spain: January 13, 2009 on Cuatro
      The Netherlands: January 15, 2009 on SBS 6
      Germany: March 10, 2009 on RTL
      Hungary: March 25, 2009 on TV2
      Denmark: March 28, 2009 on Kanal 4
      United Kingdom: May 31, 2009 on Sky One
      Poland: September 3, 2009 on TVP2
      Czech Republic: September 14, 2009 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: September 16, 2009 on STV1
      Sweden: October 6, 2009 on TV4

    • Jennifer Morrison is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Music: You Might Die Trying (Dave Matthews Band)

    • As of this episode Hugh Laurie takes on the role of Executive Producer.