Season 7 Episode 11

Family Practice

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 07, 2011 on FOX
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Episode Summary

When Cuddy's mother is admitted to Princeton Plainsboro and wants House off the case, House must come up with non-conventional methods to treat her. In the process he uncovers secrets which Arlene has hidden from Cuddy and her sister Julia. Meanwhile, House's methods to treat Cuddy's mother leads Masters to question her "by the book" stance on medicine, and Taub gets a second job from his ex-wife's brother that takes a toll on him.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • a tough call

    Masters is annoying and we all know people like her. someone who is hung up on themselves and their upper higher than thou morals. but when it comes down to it, they will resort to the same tactics that House uses if its their loved ones. House walks the grey line between morals and ethics but he is concerned with results. Masters puts the results after her morals. Life is Life and as much as House is an a-hole he does his best to help his patients.

    Also Taub is my least favorite character on the show but he got my vote in this episode for standing for his principles.

  • my first review on

    good episode just a little slow in the end
  • Maters and House - nope, no chemistry

    Episode was good, it had all theelements we love in this show. House was, well...House. But I was annoyed with that Masters girl throughout the whole episode. Whenever House fired her in previous episodes and in this one, I was always thinking: Finally!!! I can't stand her! But no, the girl has ''strong moral and ethical beliefs'', but when it comes to firing and re-hiring, she is all like - well, I am gonna make the pitiful face now, cry a little and do whatever House says! But when it comes to decisions that can save someone's life, she is like - oh no, bad House, shame on you, I am gonna tell on you! Yes to your girlfriend, whose mother is dying!!

    God, I really tried to like her, or be neutral with her (like I was with 13), but she is really distracting me and I can not enjoy the show anymore. How is she contributing the team (and the show) is a mystery to me. No one likes her on the team, she cries almost all the time (or at least looks like she's gonna cry), she is insecure, doesn't have any experience in such a difficult cases and she is so uninteresting as a person that it is painful to watch. Taub is short, beyond ugly, multiple cheater and still is an interesting character and fun to watch. Even his wife who was on the screen like 2 minutes is more interesting character that Masters. If they wanted to focus on someone else, apart from House (although I can not see shy would they do that), they should have follow the Taub story. It has potential. Or Chase's. Or Forman's. Or Cuddy's baby's for Criste's sakes! Anyone but Masters's plot line. Cuddy's mother and her illness, House's heroic curing her, and their dinner in previous episode were probably there to tighten up Cuddy's and House's relationship even more, before he proposes, or they move in together, or smt similar...

    Missed Wilson in this ep.

    Masters, please, next time say - I quit, and leave already! :)

  • Daylight Savings? Al Gore should be proud!

    Even though I could go into detail about what happened during this episode and how I dislike the new haircut, this episode could be considered the lowest budget episode of this season so far.

    The introductory scene suggests a lot of money present, but only shows a minimally equipped clothing boutique. Further scenes use very little lighting, many close-ups and almost too clean sets, continuing the minimalistic, environment friendliness of this episode.

    The only major oddity here is the bathroom area, which is supposedly in the attorney's office, looks a lot messier and dirtier than one would expect in such an office - the minimal lighting is also present there.

    I wonder if this is the new direction for 'House', and whether the scenic lighting was necessary throughout the episode. I hope that other episodes feature more light (and perhaps more depth), allowing the viewer to direct his focus, forcing the cast and crew to work on more background detail.moreless
  • The best episode of House this season, and possibly since House's Head in Season 4.

    This was an absolutely incredible episode of House. There was nothing wrong with it - it had a great medical mystery, amazing character development, and the darkness and grittiness that you expect from these sorts of "epic" episodes of House. It's most definitely the best episode yet to air this season, and perhaps even better than last season's finale. It was that good.

    The only character that was perhaps a little ignored was Chase, but I'm totally, absolutely okay with that - not every character can be tended to at once. House, Cuddy, Masters, Taub, Foreman, and pretty much every other even remotely important character in the series got their chance to shine here, and it shows.

    This is House at it's finest.moreless
Ben Bode

Ben Bode

Dr. Martin Kaufman

Guest Star

Michael Gladis

Michael Gladis


Guest Star

Candice Bergen

Candice Bergen

Arlene Cuddy

Guest Star

Amber Tamblyn

Amber Tamblyn

Martha Masters

Recurring Role

Jennifer Crystal Foley

Jennifer Crystal Foley

Rachel Taub

Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Rachel says that her brother hit Taub five years ago because her brother had just found out that Taub had an affair with his boss' daughter. However, Rachel did not know about this affair until the season 5 episode "Adverse Events," which took place in 2008.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Arlene: My heart's doing that weird thing again.
      Cuddy: Beating? That's normal for humans.

    • Arlene: (to Cuddy) If you're going to dress like an Italian hooker, at least let it be this year's Italian hooker.
      Julia: She's not telling us we look fat. That's a major breakthrough.
      Arlene: If you didn't want to be insulted, you wouldn't have invited me.

    • Arlene: You think I'm a hypochondriac?
      House: Well, let me answer this way--maybe you're imagining that I think you're a hypochondriac.

    • Taub: You bugged her room?
      House: I absolutely, without apology, will admit that someone may have allegedly done so.
      Masters: Guess we can pass unethical and skip straight to illegal.
      House: Not according to the recent Supreme Court case of Bite vs. Me.

    • Dr. Foreman: Aren't there other ways of keeping Masters occupied?
      House: Not according to my sexual harassment seminar.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Robert Sean Leonard is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Music: Mr. Sandman (The Chordettes), The Light (Mason Jennings)

    • The episode starts cold with only a brief House M.D. blurb, and then the star credits over the action.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: February 7, 2011 on Global
      Australia: February 16, 2011 on Channel Ten
      UK: February 24, 2011 on Sky1
      Germany: September 20, 2011 on RTL
      Czech Republic: November 14, 2011 on TV Nova
      Sweden: November 15, 2011 on TV4
      Poland: November 17, 2011 on TVP2
      Slovakia: May 10, 2012 on STV1
      Finland: April 22, 2013 on MTV3