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House Episode: "A Pox on Our House"

Season 7, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: A girl is suspected of having smallpox after a 200-year-old medicine jar found in a shipwreck shatters in her hand, so a CDC doctor (Dylan Baker) locks down the hospital. Martha Masters (Amber Tamblyn) questions his motive for doing so. She also questions the diagnosis. Meanwhile, Wilson and Sam (Cynthia Watros) examine their relationship after they comfort a 6-year-old cancer patient (Devon Woods).
Original Air Date: Nov 15, 2010
Guest Cast Bobbin Bergstrom: Nurse Neil Sandilands: Capt. Vanderhoof Demetrius Grosse: Hacinte Samantha Smith: Lulu Andrew Fiscella: Niles Cynthia Watros: Sam Dylan Baker: Dr. Dave Broda
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Season 7, Episode 7
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Length: 43:58
Aired: 11/15/2010
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House Episode Recap: "A Pox on Our House" Season 7, Episode 7

Princeton-Plainsboro goes into lockdown when a girl is suspected of having smallpox. Both House and Martha question the CDC doctor's diagnosis, which forces House to go to extreme measures to prove his theory.

This week's episode starts out by taking us back in time aboard a Dutch slave ship where the captives who are infected with small pox — or any sign of it— are thrown overboard. Flash forward to present day where a couple and their kids go out on a boat trip. The teen girl surfaces after scuba diving and brings up a medicine jar she took from the ship wreck. As she turns to show her family, the jar shatters in her hand and she's bleeding everywhere.

House presents the case to his team as smallpox, but they don't believe the disease is back. They give the teen girl the vaccine just in case, and of course, when Martha mentions small pox is a possibility, the mom flips. Taub later finds an outbreak of pustules, and is forced to call the CDC, resulting in a hospital lockdown. But they find a rash that isn't consistent with small pox. The CDC doctor, Dr. Broda (Dylan Baker), doesn't care and denies them access to the patients. House somehow digs up a PDF of the captain's log from the shipwreck and they search out someone to translate — even though it's middle of the night. No worries, House finds a Dutch internet call-girl to translate. She translates and House has a theory. He pulls Foreman aside to tell them to use unethical measures to gain access to the patient — the last thing he needs is Martha finding out. Foreman gets denied by Broda when the father begins to bleed from his head. House tells Chase to try for a bait-and-switch, but this time Martha overhears and says to try the truth. House agrees, thinking she'll get denied. But somehow she doesn't. They agree to do a CT of the brain of the father, but they call it off when the dad starts to show pustules.

Meanwhile, after Cuddy lets House out of clinic duty, he tells Wilson that he suspects she knows he lied to her. Wilson's advice: "Say nothing, to no one, about anything. That includes me." Clearly House doesn't take the advice and asks Martha, the only other female around, why she would be extra-nice to a man she was dating. Martha says she would do that if she was mad at the guy and just wanted to keep him away. "You passive aggressive bitch," House replies. Ha.

Back on the case, House and the team are convinced there's nothing else that can be done since it's obviously small pox. Martha won't believe it and sees that there are no pustules on the girl's soles and palms. House is convinced the dad is just showing symptoms of small pox because of the combination of the vaccine and a compromised immune system spawning from his kidney cancer relapse. House tries to convince Broda, but he won't go for it. Next thing you know, House opens the door of the isolation room and goes in without a suit on in order to provide treatment to the father. Broda locks House in and Cuddy is concerned. There's a split second where you can see worry in House's eyes because the treatment isn't working, thus meaning he was wrong.

The team is convinced it's textbook small pox, and that House screwed up by going in there. House tells the dad to say goodbye to his family and wheels him over the glass. As the dad says goodbye, the father flat-lines and House is unable to bring him back.

Martha still won't give up, so they go back to for more evidence — via the Dutch call-girl and the captain's log. After hearing the captain's cat lost its fur and died, Martha has a light bulb moment that it's not smallpox, but instead Rickettsialpox. Broda doesn't buy it and he says they are going to bleach the body. Martha knows that will destroy any evidence that it was Rickettsialpox, so she has House examine the body for eschars, which are proof. House trusts her so much that he takes off his gloves to look closer. House finds them, and all is well. He's released, the girl is treated with with Doxycycline, and Cuddy — who forgave House about lying to her last episode because she thought he was dying — goes back to being angry at him.

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Princeton-Plainsboro goes into lockdown when a girl is suspected of having smallpox. Both House and Martha question the CDC doctor's diagnosis, which forces House to go to extreme measures to prove his theory.

This week's episode starts out by taking us back in time aboard a Dutch slave ship where the captives who are infected with small pox — or any sign of it— are thrown overboard. Flash forward to present day where a couple and their kids go out on a boat trip. The teen girl surfaces after scuba diving and brings up a medicine jar she took from the ship wreck. As she turns to show her family, the jar shatters in her hand and she's bleeding everywhere.

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