Half-Wit
Episode 15 of 24 within Season Three. Item 62 of 179 overall.
Production number S3-E15.
Lawrence Kaplow - Writer
Katie Jacobs - Director
8.35
19 votes

Patrick Obyedkov, a 35-year-old musical savant, is in the middle of playing a piano concert when he suffers a painful involuntary muscle contraction in his left hand. After Patrick is admitted to Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital with a rare movement disorder, his case attracts the attention of Dr. House. House learns from Patricks father, Dr. Obyedkov, that Patrick suffered severe brain damage at age 10 from a bus accident that also killed his mother.

House is intrigued as to why Patrick, who was a healthy 10-year-old at the time of his accident with no prior musical training, could suddenly play the piano flawlessly after suffering a severe injury. He pushes for further testing on Patricks brain even though the team has diagnosed him with a simple muscle-contraction problem.

original airdate--March 6,2007       rating--24.40 million

network: FOX

songs--Theme Song: "Teardrop" by Massive Attack

  1. "Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 Waldstein: Allegro Con Brio" by Beethoven. 
  2. "I Don't Like Mondays" by The Boomtown Rats. House & Patrick play the piano.
  3. "Symphony in C: III. Scherzo. Allegro Vivace" by Georges Bizet. 
  4. "Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 Waldstein: Rondo (Allegretto moderato, Prestissimo)" by Beethoven. 
  5. "Rainy Day Lament" by Joe Purdy.
  6. "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin. 
  7. "See the World" by Gomez.

 

The Mis-diagnoses:

  • At first they think Patrick has a heart problem but their treatment causes cardiac arrest.

Final Diagnosis--Takayasu's arteritis

  • Takayasu's Arteritis, an autoimmune disease. But after they also discover that the Patrick's right brain is virtually brain dead, House talks Patrick's father into allowing them to cut out the dead brain so the left side can be free to find new pathways. It does mean Patrick will lose his musical abilities.

 

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