" is the sixteenth episode of the second season of House
, which premiered on the Fox
network on April 4, 2006.
The episode starts out with teenager Melinda's boyfriend, Dan, visiting her at her house. Her mother, Mrs. Bardach, makes Dan wash his hands up to the elbows and when he sneezes, she questions him closely about possible illness, but he denies being sick so she reluctantly lets him go upstairs. Dan, wearing a surgeon's mask, meets Melinda in her bedroom cleanroom
and removes the mask to comply with her demand for a kiss. While kissing her, Dan notices urticaria
on Melinda's left forearm, but when he tries to question the girl about it, she almost immediately goes into anaphylaxis
. Mrs. Bardach saves her via the use of an EpiPen
, blames Dan, and takes her to the hospital. There it is revealed that Melinda had a transplant heart operation after her chest was crushed in a car accident. Thus, with a compromised immune system
she has to be kept in a constantly clean environment.
Suspicions arise regarding whether Dan has been sneaking into her house. House and his team discover that the boy actually did meet Melinda, had sexual intercourse with her and, as a precaution for her safety, has been taking penicillin
ignoring that the girl is allergic to it. House chides Dan for being unaware that antibiotics can be transferred during sexual transmission of bodily fluids.
Just when they believe that Melinda is out of danger, she begins to have heart... Read More