Dr. Foreman believes an uncooperative homeless woman is faking seizures to get a meal ticket at the teaching hospital. But her homelessness strikes a personal chord with Dr. Wilson and he grows determined to keep her from falling between the cracks. Her worsening symptoms prove to be a complex mystery for House and his team, but the mystery of her identity and medical history may hold the answers to saving her life. Just as the team suspects she has contagious meningitis, the woman goes missing, only to be Tasered by the police, who bring her back. But House deduces the Taser may have proven yet another diagnosis, with dire results.
A CEO falls mysteriously ill just days before he signs a contract that would relocate his company’s entire labor force to China. House attempts to make an underhanded business transaction with his wealthy patient, but when the patient’s condition worsens, the team must work around the clock to save his life. Meanwhile, Park prepares for her hearing with the Princeton Plainsboro Disciplinary Committee chaired by Foreman, and Adams’ outlook on her patient’s business venture reveals her deeper feelings about loyalty.
A dying patient insists that he has the same disease affecting his heart that killed his father and grandfather at the age of 40. Meanwhile, House discovers that he has a hearing problem while trying to duck student rounds.
A surprising visitor makes House an offer he can’t refuse by giving him the opportunity to help the Princeton Plainsboro team treat a unique patient in order to save the life of an organ recipient being treated by Wilson. Although House finds himself back on familiar ground, he quickly realizes that much has changed since he left, and he is forced to work on the case with smart yet timid resident Dr. Chi Park. After several inconclusive treatments and with time running out, House and Dr. Park are left with one last option to examine the patient’s medical history that could compromise House’s conditional agreement with the hospital. Meanwhile, House makes an effort to reconnect with Wilson despite a cold reception.
While a meningitis scare overwhelms the resources and staff of Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, House zeros in on a single patient: a 12-year-old whose symptoms are similar to, but not quite right for, meningitis. Cuddy gives them an hour to crack the case before pulling their medical manpower to treat the countless patients taking over the waiting rooms, but when they discover something quite unexpected, House, Foreman and Chase must devise ingenious ways and locations to treat the girl’s delicate condition amid the chaos.
Meanwhile, House asks Cameron to come back to her job now that Vogler is gone, but she’s got a surprising requirement.
Charlotte, an older woman who has spent the last six months taking care of her dying husband Eddie, is rushed to Princeton Plainsboro after collapsing from respiratory failure. The couple becomes a double mystery for the team when Eddie begins to improve as Charlotte’s condition worsens. The previously unthinkable becomes real when it seems that Charlotte will die before Eddie, and the team will be forced to make a difficult decision.
A film crew and the candidates are following around House distracting him while he is trying to diagnose a teenager who suffers from a heart attack prior to a serious plastic surgery.
When a high school student falls victim to a mysterious but lethal poisoning, House and his team jump in to find out what is killing the teen. Given a low heart rate and a clean tox screen, House sends Cameron and Chase to the teen’s home to find the hot new drug House is sure he’s taking. They don’t find any drugs, but think they’ve come up with the answers, until a second unrelated student is admitted with identical symptoms. With the boys’ lives hanging in the balance, House and the team have to connect the dots – fast. Meanwhile, an 82-year-old patient has become enamored with House while he helps her figure out the basis of her renewed fascination with her sexual feelings.
When a runaway teen requires hospitalization, Adams butts heads with House when she insists they contact Social Services. Meanwhile, Taub has trouble forming a personal connection with his baby daughters and Foreman’s relationship with a married woman comes out.
Foreman continues to experience the same progression of symptoms as the police officer. When he realizes he may be facing imminent death, he calls his father who comes to his son’s side. As it comes down to a race against time, House believes the solution to the illness is in the police officer’s apartment.
House’s ex-girlfriend Stacy Warner returns – not to be with House, but to get his help for her ailing husband. While House decides whether or not to take the case, Cuddy instructs him to substitute for a sick professor and present a lecture to a class of medical students. As he weaves the stories of three patients who all present with a similar symptom, House gives a lecture the students will never forget. In the end, they come out with a broader understanding of diagnostics and House’s team comes out with a greater understanding of him.
A prosecutor suffers from what he believes to be cardiac arrest during an interrogation at the witness stand. The team’s preliminary diagnosis is hyper-anxiety, but when Adams and Park investigate the patient’s home and find a hidden arsenal of firearms, they uncover a more alarming and deep-seated psychological disorder.
A successful, independent blind man is struck down with a mysterious illness, just prior to him asking for his girlfriend’s hand in marriage. Meanwhile, House has a family member visit to inform him of a life change. “Love Is Blind” is the fourteenth episode of season eight of House and the 169th overall. The episode debuted in Canada on Global on February 27, 2012, and aired three weeks later in the United States on Fox on March 19, 2012. The unusual three-week delay was a byproduct of the 2012 Daytona 500 rain delay of 30 hours.
Chase’s religious faith bubbles to the surface when he treats a young nun. In addition, he and House reach a fundamental disagreement about the patient that may finally end Chase’s reputation as House’s “yes man” but also bring’s House’s methods, reputation and objectivity are given more serious scrutiny.
House and the team take on the case of an avid blogger admitted with sudden bruising and bleeding. From her hospital bed, the patient blogs about her symptoms, doctors and prospective diagnoses to her dedicated band of followers and solicits their advice on a course of treatment. Such openness leads the team to contemplate the value of privacy, especially after House and Wilson uncover secrets from one another ‘s past. Meanwhile, Chase is coaxed into testing out the dating scene.
A man well-respected in his community suddenly collapses, and in the process of diagnosing his symptoms, the team discovers that the patient has been hiding dark and dishonest secrets about his personal and professional life. But when the patient openly confesses his wrongdoings to his family and community, he compromises his chances of receiving the proper medical treatment. Meanwhile, House will stop at nothing to manipulate Taub into taking a DNA test to prove he is the father of his two six-month-old daughters.
The team deals with a 19-year-old college student, while Foreman suddenly and without a reason hands in his resignation. House seems to have already found Foreman’s replacement, an attractive nutritionist named Honey.
House splits his time between treating a firefighter for uncontrollable shivering, giving Tritter a piece of his mind, and handling his trial for forging prescriptions.
When Dr. Sebastian Charles, renowned physician and head of an international organization to fight the spread of tuberculosis among the poor in Africa, is rushed to Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital after collapsing, he immediately determines all the symptoms are from TB. Dr. House has a different opinion and requests additional tests to help determine the cause of his illness. The case begins to get media attention and Dr. Charles sees a chance to further his cause by refusing to submit to any additional tests and take necessary medication in order to gain media exposure for the inadequacies of the medical system for the poor in Africa. As House confronts his patient on live television, his medical condition deteriorates and the team takes over to try to save his life. Meanwhile, Foreman fills in for House in the clinic with disastrous results and Cameron sees eye to eye with Dr. Charles and his cause.
A wealthy businessman brings his teenage son, who is suffering from inexplicable stomach pains, to Princeton Plainsboro and insists on having Dr. House handle the case. The father of the patient believes the karmic penalty of his financial success is that he is victim to personal tragedy, and that the answer to his son’s medical mystery lies in a reverse of fate rather than medical treatment. Meanwhile, Foreman and Chase prepare to present information on the Dibala case.