House Exclusive: Two and a Half Men's Melanie Lynskey to Guest Star (And NOT as a Patient)

Melanie Lynskey will be checking into House for one episode in early ’12, but in a twist, she will not be playing the Patient of the Week.

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Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that the Two and a Half Men actress will guest star as the wife of a convalescent. But an insider tells me that this is one of those rare instances where the plot revolves around the spouse as opposed to the patient.

Lynskey’s episode — this season’s ninth — is slated to air in January. The actress joins an impressive roster of guest stars this season that includes Battlestar Galactica‘s Jamie Bamber, Prison Break‘s Wentworth Miller and Rescue Me‘s John Scurti.