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Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) is surprised as she meets House's massage therapist (Jamie Tompkins) in the "Massage Therapy" episode of HOUSE airing Monday, Oct. 11 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Adam Taylor/FOX

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October 11, 2010 (may run long)
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Written by
Peter Blake
Directed by
David Straiton
From Fox Broadcasting Company:

Amy Irving ("Alias") and Cynthia Watros ("Lost") Guest-Star

When Alice (guest star Irving), the author of a popular childrenšs book series, inexplicably suffers from a seizure moments before an attempt to take her own life, the Princeton Plansboro team faces the challenges of evaluating both her underlying medical conditions, as well as her unstable psychological state. Unable to diagnose Alice, House becomes particularly motivated, as hešs a fan of her books, and is convinced that the key to unlocking the mysteries of Alicešs condition lies in the pages of her most recent novel. Meanwhile, House takes Cuddy on a double date with Wilson and his girlfriend, Sam (guest star Cynthia Watros), and makes a discovery that proves that life imitates art as the couple continues to make compromises in order to make their relationship work in the all-new "Unwritten" episode of HOUSE airing Monday, Oct. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (HOU-703) (TV-14 L, V)
Patient of the Week:
Margaret, 30, has vomiting and abdminal pain. Later we learn her name is really Jenny.
How House gets involved:
He starts testing the new possible team member with the symptoms and just goes from there.
The privacy invasion / ethical breach / Rule Breaking
Taub and Foreman break into the patient's house.
Preliminary diagnoses:
House thinks she might have been poisoned by the abusive ex husband, the patient has told them about. Dr. Benedict, who just joined the team is mostly out of her depth but her suggestion of Legionnaire's disease which is taken seriously by the team.
The final diagnosis
Margaret has had schizophrenia for years but been hiding it. Her physical symptoms were caused by the meds she has been taking to hide the mental illness.
Who came up with final diagnosis
House - set down the right path by Kelly who kept insisting that mental illness was involved.
Clinic Patients
Additional Information:
  • Dr. Kelly Benedict, who just finished her residency in psychiatry but thinks she might be more useful on the team saving lives. Hired by Chase because she is "hot" and maybe looks like his mother.

House (Hugh Laurie) spends time with Cuddy's daughter, Rachel (Kayla/Rylie Colbert), in the "Massage Therapy" episode of HOUSE airing Monday, Oct. 11 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Credit: Adam Taylor/FOX
Additional Resources
Cast: Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House; Lisa Edelstein as Dr. Lisa Cuddy; Robert Sean Leonard as Dr. James Wilson; Omar Epps as Dr. Eric Foreman; Jesse Spencer as Dr. Robert Chase; Peter Jacobson as Dr. Chris Taub

Guest Cast:

Quotes, Quotations, Dialogue, Scenes:
  • Chase has hired a new team member, Kelly Benedict, but everyone thinks he hired her because she is "hot" and seems like Cameron. She asks Chase about the hostility not just from House, "Dr. Foreman didn't seem to like me either."
       "Oh well, he takes a litle while to warm up. In my case I'm hoping that year seven does the trick."

  • On the way out of House's Cuddy runs into his massage therapist and is surprised by the way she is dressed. She later learns that Brandi is also a hooker and demands that House get an new massage therapist. House goes to ge advise from Wilson as he is wont to do when trying to understand other people. "Let's say you had a really good handyman."
       "I was hoping you would interrupt my cooking to aks about handymen. Do go on."
       "Would Sam ask you to stop using him because you might have had a sexual relationship wiht him in the past?"
       "Ah yes, the age old hooker massage conundrum. Cuddy might hav e mentioned something about it. Let's say you're right. Completely right aout everything. Give in anyway."
       "This is not a pont of pride. This is a point of principle."
       "Right. You're the Rosa Park of hooker massages."
       "The principle is she's being irrational. If I give in on this, it sets the stage for the whole relationship."
       "Putting up with irrationality is the foundation of every relationship. I agree with Sam when she's calling her father a monster. I agree with her when she's calling him a saint. And in return, I get to sex with her and I'm sure she has similar trade offs with me. Relationships are hard. You have to make sacrifices so sacrifice being crazy. Go get her a gift and apologize."
       "You finally made a good point."
       "Which you clearly misunderstood based on how quickly you agreed."

  • House does indeed make things worse and ends up agreeing with Wilson's contention that relationships are hard and require sacrifices. Later when the patient's husband asks House for advice after learning his wife has a serious mental illness by saying "This is not who I married.""
       "Of cours she is. You just didn't know it."
       "I don't know if I can stay with her."
       "As your marriage counselor, I'm not allowed to talk to you without your wife present."
       "Just tell me how hard it would be for us to handle this medically."
       "Look if you want me to give you a reason to leave her, fine: apparentaly you haven't noticed but she has a serious mental illness."
       "It's too hard."
       "It's always hard."
House - 7.04 - Massage Therapy - Videolog with Peter Blake (writer of the episode)

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