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House (Hugh Laurie) puts his life in danger to treat a patient (guest star Aaron Refyem) in the "A Pox on Our House" episode of HOUSE airing Monday, Nov. 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
2010 FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY
Credit: Patrick Wymore/FOX

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November 15, 2010 (credits ran a minute into next hour)
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Written by
Lawrence Kaplow
Directed by
Tucker Gates
Music:
Near the end: "All That We See" from The Black Ryder (track 8)
Timeline
Shortly after the last episode when House lied to Cuddy to save his patient and she found out at the end through someone else's info.
Patients of the Week
1) Julie, a 16 year old who came up from a deep sea dive with a sealed glass jar which broke and cut her hand, 2) Her step father who has had cancer, 3) a little girl Wilson is treating whose mother goes home for a stuffed lamp and then cannot get back in the hospital due to the small pox and the girl won't undergo the treatment she needs without the mother and the lamb.
How House gets involved:
He brings the case at 8 in the morning because the patient might have small pox and that interests him.
The privacy invasion / ethical breach / Rule Breaking
House tries to lie to the CDC doctors.
Preliminary diagnoses:
The first test they do for smallpox turns up negative. But House insists on a test of the joints and while going in, Taub discovers a rash has developed that looks like small pox. But then there is another rash that doesn't look like small pox. House is now convinced that it isn't small pox but the CDC has taken over the case and he can't get them to do other tests and the DNA for small pox test will take 18 hours. Masters sees that Julie has no rash on the soles of her feet or her palms and that is inconsistent with small pox.
The final diagnosis
Rickettsialpox, which unlike small pox has a treatment: doxycycline that cures Julie although her stepfather dies before they discover the actual disease.
Who Came up with final diagnosis
The new member of the team who isn't yet a doctor: Martha Masters. She refused to give up and went back to the person who had translated from the Captain's log and they discovered that the cat died after losing his fur.
Clinic Patients
House treats someone but we only hear a line about it.
Additional Information:

House & Masters
House (Hugh Laurie) challenges Masters (guest star Amber Tamblyn) to diagnose a patient who is exhibiting symptoms similar to smallpox in the "A Pox on Our House" episode of HOUSE airing Monday, Nov. 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
2010 FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY
Credit: Patrick Wymore/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; Olivia Wilde as Thirteen/Dr. Remy Hadley; Peter Jacobson as Dr. Chris Taub

Guest Cast: Amber Tamblyn as Martha Masters; Cynthia Watros as Sam Carr; Dylan Baker as Dr. Dave Broda, Hayley Chase as Julie; Samantha Smith as Lulu; Andrew Fiscella as Niles; Aaron Refvem as Roger; Devon Woods as Eve; Leslie Murphy as Natalie; Tess Kartel as Geerte; Neil Sandilands as Captain Vanderhoof; Daniel Colembie as Dr. Trimingham; Demetrius Grosse as Hacinte; Elijah Montgomery as Ebo; Bobbin Bergstrom as Nurse

Quotes, Quotations, Dialogue, Scenes:
  • Wilson is dealing with a very sick young cancer patient when he gets a text from House to come at once as he has something more important than whatever Wilson is doing at the time. Wilson honestly tells his patient and her mother, "I have to deal with a very sick man."
       House is worrying over Cuddy sending him away from the clinic. He tells Wilson, "I think she knows....that I faked a lab test and lied to her to save my last patient...." Wilson thinks he is making too big a deal out of one event. "I am not imagining this. It's an aberration im the way she treats me. How do I find out what it means?"
       "You don't. If she doesn't know all you're going to do by sniffing around is make her suspicious. If she does know, you'll find out soon enough."
       "What if I die of curious in the mean time?"
       "You were an idiot for lying o her in the first place. Don't be more of an idiot now. Say nothing to no one about anything." He pauses just long enough for effect and emphasis. "That includes me." Wilson does have more important things to do that hold House's hand in this.

  • But House can't leave it alone so he goes to Cuddy's office and she pretty much ignores him and continues with her work. House sighs. "You know."
       "Of course, I know."
       "Oh, thank God. I thought I was just being paranoid. Why didn't you say anything?"
       "'Cause I wanted you to come to me and apologize."
       "I can't apologize if I haven't done anything wrong."
       "You lied to my face."
       "To do my job. To save my patient's life. I don't want to go all 'Godfather' on you: 'This was Business'. I wouldn't lie to you about anything personal."
       "Well, you don't get to lie to me about anything. I can't compartmentalize my life like that."
       "Well, maybe you should practice 'cause it comes in handy."
       "I think you should go."

  • Lies, lies everywhere. Who do you believe? Wilson and Sam lie to the very young cancer patient and then Sam tells her that they were wrong to do that bad thing to get her to do the right thing (take her treatment without her "Lamby" stuffed animal who her mother can't get to her since she has been locked out of the hospital which is quarantined because the CDC thinks House's patient has smallpox). The honesty about the lie convinces the child to get her treatment without her security "blanket". At the end, Wilson tells Sam, "You were good with her."
       "Yeah, after being bad."
       "It takes practice."
       "Maybe I should get a puppy."
       "Yeah, or --- pregnant."

  • House goes to Cuddy who looked like she was ready to forgive him when he was locked in with the "small pox" corpse. "When I was dying, you realized that a little white lie between co-workers wasn't such a big deal."
       "Yeah. And that was true when you were dying."
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