Woman is 42, she is pregnant, single, and thinks she is having a stroke. She comes to House with failing kidneys an liver. They can’t figure out what’s wrong with her, nothing is wrong with the mom, yet she is dying. They discover that the problem is with the baby. House refuses thorugh the entire ordeal to call it a baby and will only call it a fetus, and at one point a tumor that is killing her. He tries repeatedly to get his staff and the mom to terminate the pregnancy. Then Cuddy (sp?) gets involved and exhausts absolutely everything she can imagine, short of killing both of them, to save the baby and fix the problem.
So they go to surgery on the baby to repair problems in the baby’s lungs. During the open womb surgery, House has his hand near the baby, who reaches out and grips his finger with his tiny little hand. It was absolutely one of the most moving moments I’ve ever seen on television. His eyes lock with Cuddy, and it is an obviously changing moment for him.
Later, he is back in the recovery room with the mom, and he says something to her - can’t recall what - but he calls it her baby. She points this out to him, and thanks him. He says to not thank him, he would have killed the thing.
Then he leave to go on vacation, plane ticket in hand. Instead, he walks into his apartment, rips up the ticket, takes the phone off the hook, flops on the couch, turns the tv on, and pops his pills. It was a horribly sad end to the episode.
I hope I didn’t miss anything too important. Those are the highlights - it was a fantastic episode.