Season 7 Episode 7

A Pox on Our House

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 15, 2010 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • When House is trying to save the dad, his protective suit isn't entirely sealed. The bottom of the pants at his feet aren't closed.

  • Quotes

    • House: Why aren't you guys in my office?
      Dr. Foreman: Why are you in the building? It's eight in the morning.
      House: Where's Chase?
      Taub: He's not here because it's eight in the morning.

    • Masters: Smallpox was eradicated over 30 years ago.
      House: So were hush puppies. Have you checked out your local hipster coffee shop lately?

    • Taub: The virus can't survive over 200 years.
      House: You have.

    • Geerte: Oh, yes. My names is Geerte. Are you handsome, sexiest American man?
      House: You know, some people--I would say that I am, yeah.

    • House: I want you to translate something for me.
      Geerte: Why do you want I translate? I do topless, toys, and...
      Masters: Just do the translation.
      House: She can translate however she feels most comfortable.
      Geerte: Whatever. You put in credit card.
      Taub: House, the hospital has translators on call.
      House: Shut up...

    • Masters: Scrofula. That's what they called cervical T.B. lymphadenitis in the 1700s.
      House: Scrofulicous. That's what they called "annoying" in the 1700s.

    • Dr. Chase: You just tried this. I'm not a better liar than Foreman.
      House: Sure you are. You're descended from convicts.

    • Masters: You don't trust me.
      House: Going behind your back works better when you're not facing us.

    • Masters: So I guess honesty is the best policy.
      House: Why'd you say that? Seriously... to establish your viewpoint as if I didn't already know it. Or to demonstrate some weird cross-generational female solidarity with Cuddy?
      Masters: Actually, I was just trying to fill the awkward silence.
      House: Oh.

    • Masters: Julie doesn't have smallpox.
      House: Did I just dream the part where I finally agreed it was smallpox? Well, if what I thought was reality was actually a dream, then the reverse... oh, my God, I had a threesome with Beyonce and Lady Gaga.

  • Notes

    • Music: All That We See by The Black Ryder

    • Olivia Wilde is credited but doesn't appear.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: November 15, 2010 on Global
      Australia: November 17, 2010 on Channel Ten
      Bulgaria: November 19, 2010 on Nova TV
      UK: November 21, 2010 on Sky1
      Germany: May 17, 2011 on RTL
      Czech Republic: October 17, 2011 on TV Nova
      Sweden: October 18, 2011 on TV4
      Poland: October 20, 2011 on TVP2
      Slovakia: April 12, 2012 on STV1
      Finland: March 25, 2013 on MTV3

  • Allusions

    • Title:
      Referencing a line spoken by Mercutio in the first scene of Act 3 of William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. The line in the play is "A plague o' both your houses," but it is often misquoted as "A pox on both your houses."

    • House: Are you a Stepford doctor?
      Referencing the 1975 movie The Stepford Wives, which featured a town where the men replace their wives with compliant sex robots.

    • House: Look, I don't want to go all Godfather on you. This was business.
      Referencing the 1972 movie The Godfather, a tale of the Corleone family and their rise to control of the Italian Mafia. In the movie, character Tom Hagen tells Sonny Corleone, "This is business, not personal."

    • Dr. Chase: Your Jedi mind tricks won't work here.
      Referencing the Star Wars series and the Jedi Knights. The Jedi Knights are the "good" protectors of the galaxy, capable of tapping into the mystic Force to gain a variety of powers such as mind control and telekinesis. They avoid strong emotion, which can lead them to the Dark Side, the "evil" side of the Force. The Jedi and the Force are first mentioned in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977). House's next line is spoken by ObiWan Kenobi, a Jedi using the Force on two Stormtroopers, in that first movie.