Brave Heart (House)

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"Brave Heart"
House episode
Episode no.Season 6
Episode 6
Directed byMatt Shakman
Written byLawrence Kaplow
Original air dateOctober 19, 2009
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"Brave Heart" is the sixth episode of the sixth season of House. It aired on October 19, 2009.


A police officer, Donny Compson, and his partner are chasing a man who continuously evades them using parkour techniques, eventually leading the chase to a rooftop. Donny attempts to leap from building to building in pursuit, but falls short and plummets to the ground.

In the hospital, Donny reveals that his great-grandfather, his grandfather, and his father have all died of a mysterious heart disease shortly after reaching the age of 40. This leads the team to investigate, despite House's insistence that it's merely a coincidence. Chase and Foreman begin performing a battery of tests to look for genetic diseases and examine his ancestors' remains, but find nothing. House eventually fools the patient into believing he has an imaginary disease (Ortolli syndrome) and discharges him after giving him mints as a "treatment" for his illness. However, a few hours later Foreman tells House that Donny had suddenly died while doing his laundry.

During the patient's autopsy he bleeds and suddenly awakens, obviously alive, which leads the team to readmit him and to try to find the reason for his illness and "miraculous" resurrection. House eventually solves the case, with the solution being that the patient had an intracranial berry aneurysm in the brain stem which applied pressure on various nerves, leading to the patient's symptoms, including the "stopping" of his heart.

Side stories include House hearing whispering in odd places, which turn out to be Wilson whispering to Amber at night. Chase, who cannot get over Dibala's death, is unable to enter the ICU. At House's behest, Chase finally seeks a priest for help who tells him that the right thing to do would be to turn himself in. Ignoring the priest's advice, Chase tries to drink his troubles away. Cameron is seen phoning the police as Chase walks in late, and goes away on her own when Chase still will not tell her the reason for his odd behavior.

At the very end, House speaks to his father about focusing on the wrong thing and then yells to Wilson, whom he knows will be listening on the other side of the wall. Wilson replies to his dead girlfriend, "see, he really is getting better".


  • "Set Me Free" by: Monotonix
  • "Faithfully Remain" by: Ben Harper

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