Season 4 Episode 8

You Don't Want to Know

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 20, 2007 on FOX
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Episode Summary

House treats a magician but comes to believe he's faking illness to cover up his own incompetence. Meanwhile, House pits the fellows against each other in his version of an immunity challenge.

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  • Thong.

    A lot of things happened in this episode. First of all a House challenge comes to mind when the team have to get Dr. Cuddy's thong. Amber & Taub make a deal as they battle it out. I love Amber's plan when she put the lighter up to the fire hydrant. Smart plan. Any was, what was unexpected was that Cole made a deal with Cuddy, she gets to get someone off the team, which is exactly why Cole got fired. I never liked that guy anyway. Thirteen has a disease it see when it turns out she has Huntington's, reminded me of Cameron's life threatening disease, which were really familiar. A well written episode.moreless
  • The Game continues

    I thought this episode was brilliant, and kept with the consistency of good episodes that has been lacking this Season. The patient himself was very interesting- I loved the magic tricks in this episode! It was clear he freaked House out, and it showed some good development from him as he pondered whether it was more interesting to know or not to know. I think this was one of the first episodes this Season he connected with a patient. Meanwhile, he sets the remaining members of the team a task- to steal Cuddy's thong. Well, it is House so I can't say I am surprised! The winner gets immunity from being fired! It was surprising that Cole won, and even more surprising when he got fired at the end because he teamed up with Cuddy against House! I was surprised, because he does get a lot of screen time and I thought he would be a sure bet to be a pernament member of the team!

    The case itself was very interesting- House finally has a patient with lupus! That was a well built in in-joke to the series that never has lupus!

    Meanwhile, we learn more about Thirteen, and her supposed illness. It explains a lot why the "mirror" patient acted the way he did when he was around her. It gave her character a great new scope and some brilliant scenes with House- out of all the new guys, she seems to have the best scenes with him, very much the way Cameron did.

    Overall, this was a great episode, but not quite perfect- they lost focus with the patient about half way through the episode, and Foreman might as well not be there, whilst Cameron and Chase do not even appear. Other than that, a very good installment.moreless
  • The English patient... it's Lupus!!

    I loved this episode, mainly because the POTW is English and so am I etc. It probably made it even harder for Hugh Laurie to keep up his accent when he's talking to a guy who is using his native accent! I don't understand why this episode has got a few negative reviews- what's not to love? House vs Thirteen, House vs Cole, House vs the POTW, all with great dialogue and really funny scenes. My favourite moments in this episode are when House realises he's been drugged and then when he's getting biopsied:

    House: Could use a little lidocane (s?) Ahhhrg

    13: Oh, sorry- slight pinch.


    And also the scene where the magician steals House's Vicodin- that is so cool. And the part where House "drops" his Vicodin just so he can get a good look at Cuddy's ass- priceless.

    So, snappy dialogue, witty one-liners and a cool case making for a perfect episode.moreless
  • Just when I thought I'd seen everything

    Bring Me The Thong Of Lisa Cuddy!!!

    House is really going over the edge. I never know what to expect from this show.

    The episode comically and pathetically follows the doctors as they seek to stay on the team.

    The condition of the patient is almost secondary. The diagnosis that is finally reached is mundane compared to the antics of the 5 remaining doctors.

    On a somber note, House notices something wrong with one of the team members. He searches high and low for the answer . . . and what he finds is not pretty. There is no confirmation at the show's end, only a big question mark.moreless
  • Thong, tha-thong, thong...

    Ingeniously House sets a Big Brother type task to get immunity for the winner who can pick two candidates that House will choose one from to dismiss. This plays in the background for the first half of the episode with Cole running out the winner.

    Best scene is where House drops something for Cuddy to pick up. As she bends over, he examines her butt to see if she is wearing anything down below - that woman should be a redhead! :D

    That distraction aside, this is another classic House episode where the team go from one misdiagnosis to another. Almost bumbling their way from one calamity to the other.

    However, clever House is taking down names and noting actions of the candidates as he assess the qualities of the staff from which he will pick his eventual two from.

    The patient provides a nice platform for House to question the existance of real magic with which he has his usual stellar debates and arguments with.

    We also discover that 13 is suffering from a disease. This little subplot is there to target the notion of knowing or not knowing whether one will die because they are suffering from something uncurable!

    However, I was abit miffed as to why Cole was dropped, even if the reason why is logical to House. I just dont think any of the reasons for the candidates already sacked stand up to any logic. Sure, I know thats the point - but it just doesnt make good viewing for me! I need it to be logical!


    Finally a case of Lupus and no one even bothered to guess early in episode - I hope you will be paying attention!moreless
Adria Johnson

Adria Johnson

Nurse #2

Guest Star

Joe Ochman

Joe Ochman


Guest Star

Mandy McMillian

Mandy McMillian

Nurse #1

Guest Star

Peter Jacobson

Peter Jacobson


Recurring Role

Anne Dudek

Anne Dudek


Recurring Role

Kal Penn

Kal Penn


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • At the end of the episode, where House and Thirteen have the discussion about the Huntington test, Thirteen is wearing a chain with a pendant. In the close up you will see that the pendant is partly underneath her shirt. However, in the other shots it is completely on top of her shirt.

    • When the magician begins his MRI, the key he swallowed is ripped out instantly, before he even gets inside the machine. However in Season 1 episode "Histories," a woman with a metal pin in her wrist makes it all the way inside the MRI and is not injured.

    • When Wilson and House are playing foosball in the doctor's lounge, there is a computer behind them. The screen lights up and shuts down between shots.

    • While House is running a fever we can see him drink a cup of tea, yet in season 3 episode "Resignation" House tells Honey he hates tea.

    • A factual mistake in the episode is the belief that you develop antibodies to your own blood type. However it's the opposite in healthy individuals. You develop antibodies to the blood type you don't have. For example, a person with type AB blood will not have anti-A nor anti-B antibodies; a person with type B blood will have anti-A antibodies but not anti-B antibodies; etc. In the patients' case: he has type A blood, so he has anti-B antibodies. The lupus is causing him to make additional antibodies: anti-A. As a result he's got both anti-A and anti-B, which would make his blood type being tested as O.

    • Blood-typing is routinely performed using rapid kits which actually determine the "type" of the blood. These cards have four spots which are usually labeled "anti-A," "anti-B," "anti-RhD," and "control."

      The labels are actually labels for the reagents which are added to spots, and does not detect the presence of anti-A or anti-B antibodies. This misconception led to the wrong idea that blood-typing is achieved by measuring antibodies to the blood type.

    • The director cheats a bit with Flynn's "through the glass" trick. There's no card on the outside of the glass when he throws the cards, which there has to be for the trick to work.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Thirteen: I don't want to know
      House: No, you're afraid to know
      Thirteen: I might die. So could you, you could get hit by a bus tomorrow. The only difference is you don't have to know about it today, so why should I?
      House: I don't have to know the lottery numbers, but if someone offered them to me, I'd take them.

    • Taub: Ahem. (holds up a pair of black panties) Eau de Cuddy.
      Cole: No way, how did you get them?
      Taub: Only one way.
      House: These are not Cuddy's panties.
      Taub: You don't think that I...
      House: No. Also, she's wearing a red bra today. (everyone looks at him) Like I'm the only one who noticed. Means the downstairs will match.

    • Thirteen: You spend your whole life.. looking for answers. Because you think the next answer would change something, maybe make you a little less miserable. And you know that when you run out questions you don't just run out of answers... you run out of hope. (slight pause) You glad you know that?

    • Taub: (uncovers rabbit cage) Aha! Tularemia.
      Kutner: (not looking) Nah, you'd have to have rabbits.
      Taub: True. Maybe a tick jumped from a rabbit and landed on one of these white fluffy alligators.

    • (House wakes up strapped to a chair)
      House: Patient dead yet?
      Thirteen: No.
      House: That's a little much for a first date.
      Thirteen: Obviously, you've never dated me.

    • Amber: Pseudomonas would present as an armpit rash. Take off your shirt.
      House: You first.

    • Dr. Wilson: You knew they'd get paged?
      House: I noticed a trend. If nobody does anything, sick people often get sicker. Do you think it's remotely possible they had sex?
      Dr. Wilson: They're both single. It's still legal in the blue states.
      House: She barely knows him.
      Dr. Wilson: You know, in some cultures, hiring people to steal someone's underpants is considered wooing. You should move there. Because here it's just, you know, creepy.
      House: There was no woo. This was an effective test.
      Dr. Wilson: This is beneath my skills.

    • House: Pull down your pants.
      Cole: You think I'm lying?
      House: (sarcastic) No, I want to give you a reward. Yes, I think you're lying.

    • Kutner: I have a sick guy. I saw this magician last night…
      House: The girl's fine. He didn't really cut her in half.

    • Flynn: (to House) You ever do magic as a kid? You seem like the type: lonely, obsessive.

    • House: Magic is cool. Actual magic is oxymoronic. Might not even be oxy.

    • House: Oh my God! You're not wearing underwear!
      Dr. Cuddy: Of course I'm…
      House: Skirt that tight, you got no secrets. Skirt that tight, I can tell if you've got an IUD.

    • Taub: Those really were her panties?
      House: Cole has traveled through the forest of crustaceans and brought us a treasure.

    • House: I found an old picture in your wallet.
      Thirteen: Of course you did.
      House: I wasn't snooping. I needed lunch money.

    • Cole: You don't seem to care if you get this job or not.
      Thirteen: Yeah, I've been here for eight weeks 'cause my subscription to Masochism Weekly ran out.

    • Dr. Wilson: Of course you're type AB. Universal recipient. You take from everybody.
      House: Course, you're Type O, Universal Donor. No wonder you're paying three alimonies.

    • House: The whole point of this was to subvert Cuddy. You became her partner, gave her power she didn't already have. Let her greedy fingers into my cookie jar. Which, sadly, is not as dirty as it sounds.

    • House: I finally have a case of Lupus.

    • Dr. Foreman Umm, there's a guy bleeding.
      House: Foreman, she's not wearing any underwear. You used to be more fun.
      Dr. Foreman: She's not wearing any underwear, big deal. When she stops wearing clothing, then we can drop the medical stuff.

    • House: I need you to bring me the thong of Lisa Cuddy. Not kidding. Thong. Cuddy. Go!
      (everyone looks at Foreman)
      Dr. Foreman: It's how I got hired.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Injoke: House's comment, "I finally have a case of lupus" refers to the running in-joke on the show about how lupus is always suggested but no one had ever had it before this.

    • International airdate:
      Australia - November 11, 2007
      Brazil - October 1, 2008
      Netherlands - March 4, 2008
      Italy - June 4, 2008 on Canale 5
      UK - August 5, 2008 on five
      Bulgaria: May 8, 2008 on NTV
      Denmark: May 24, 2008 on SBS Net
      Israel: May 25, 2008 on HOT 3/YES Stars 3
      The Czech Republic: October 20, 2008 on TV Nova
      Germany: October 14, 2008 on RTL
      Hungary: October 15, 2008 on TV2
      Greece: November 8, 2008 on Star
      Sweden: April 7, 2009 on TV4
      Poland: April 23, 2009 on TVP2

    • The end of the episode featured an In Memoriam to Barbara Issak, who died July 21, 2007, of ovarian cancer and was a supervising sound editor on the show.

    • Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer are credited but don't appear.

    • Guest star Steve Valentine who plays a magician in this episode is in fact a magician on the side of his acting career in real life.


    • Amber: So, who's going on the block?
      Referencing to the expression "On the chopping block," made popular by CBS reality show Big Brother.

    • House: No, Sophie, you can't.
      Referencing the 1982 movie Sophie's Choice starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Peter MacNicol where Sophie had to choose which of her children would die.

    • House: When I asked you to come see Mamma Mia...
      Referencing the 1999 musical based on the music of the rock group Abba, and telling the story of a girl trying to determine which of three men is her father.

    • Dr. Wilson: Your mutinous team is starting to worry about life on Pitcairn Island.
      Referencing the former British colony, best known as the final settlement of the Bounty mutineers, as told in numerous books and movie versions of Mutiny on the Bounty.