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House Episode: "Small Sacrifices"

Season 7, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: A man (Kuno Becker) falls ill after reenacting the Crucifixion; Taub questions his wife (Jennifer Crystal Foley) about her relationship with a member of an infidelity support group; Wilson's relationship with Sam (Cynthia Watros) takes a sudden turn after they attend a co-worker's wedding.
Original Air Date: Nov 22, 2010
Guest Cast Cynthia Watros: Sam Bobbin Bergstrom: Nurse Stella Maeve: Kenzie Ed Williams: Anthony Kuno Becker: Ramon Jaime Zevallos: Marcus Kayla Ewell: Nika Nigel Gibbs: Sanford Wells Madalyn Horcher: Marisa Jennifer Crystal Foley: Rachel Taub
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Season 7, Episode 8
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Length: 43:59
Aired: 11/22/2010
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House Episode Recap: "Small Sacrifices" Season 7, Episode 8

A patient who makes a deal with God refuses treatment from House and the team. Meanwhile, the doctors of Princeton-Plainsboro attend a wedding for the hospital's chairman, and Wilson's night doesn't go as planned.

This week's episode starts out with a man reenacting the Crucifixion of Christ. Just after he gets tied and nailed to the cross, he coughs up blood.

At the hospital, we learn the patient has been crucifying himself every year since his daughter was diagnosed with terminal cancer because he made a deal with God that he would continue to do so as long as his daughter is alive. His wife couldn't handle his pact with God and left him, but his daughter, who went into full remission when she was initially given two months to live, remains by his side.

The team goes through a few theories, and when they finally get a good idea on a treatment, the patient refuses because he won't to go back on his word. He wants to let God's will take its course. Martha has the idea to bring in the patient's daughter to the hospital in an attempt to convince him to accept treatment and watch her grow up. But between her tears and pleading, the patient still refuses treatment.

Meanwhile, everyone seems to be going through personal issues. Cuddy is still is upset that House lied, and rather than apologize, he goes on a mission to catch Cuddy in a lie and even the playing field. Taub is convinced his wife is having an affair, and later learns she has made a new male friend through her online support group for people with cheating spouses. And Wilson is trying to help Sam plow through her paperwork from her hospital so that she is able to attend the chairman's wedding — where he plans to propose. In the files, though, Wilson finds she had higher level of treatments than protocol administered to terminal patients, but she says she did nothing wrong. He just thinks she has a big heart and is trying everything she can for patients with no other hope.

At the wedding, Chase is really turning up the manwhore dial, and even leaves Foreman high and dry for the opportunity of a threesome. Taub confronts his wife and tells her she's having an emotional affair and wants her to stop speaking to her new "friend." She refuses saying it's what she needs right now. Then, House finally catches Cuddy in a lie. Turns out she was married back in the '80s for all of six days. "Well played," Cuddy replies, but she's clearly still very distraught about everything. House eventually apologizes, but he knows deep down he doesn't really mean it. It's still a start for House.

But Wilson wins for worst night ever. He proposes to Sam at the wedding, and she seems elated at first. She asks him how he knew he wanted to marry her again, and Wilson brings up the case files where she gave elevated levels of treatment, but he means it as a compliment because of how much she cares. For some reason she flips about the fact that Wilson didn't believe her the first time they talked about it and storms off — mid-proposal. He goes home to find Sam packing her stuff and as much as he tries to rationalize the situation with her and beg her to say, she leaves anyway. Girl's got issues.

Back at hospital, House comes up with an idea to get the patient to take the medication. He tells the man that he did a PET scan of his daughter and found very small tumors that her CT scans didn't catch. House tells him God broke the deal, so now he can get the treatment. The patient finally accepts. When he begins to show signs of improvement, House tells him he mixed up his daughter's PET scans with someone else, and she really is clean of all tumors. But the good news is the patient is getting better. Obviously the man is not happy, but he still keeps his faith by justifying that both he and his daughter will be fine because God is merciful and loving. House gives up on trying to debunk the man's faith and leaves.

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A patient who makes a deal with God refuses treatment from House and the team. Meanwhile, the doctors of Princeton-Plainsboro attend a wedding for the hospital's chairman, and Wilson's night doesn't go as planned.

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