Season 7 Episode 4

Massage Therapy

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 11, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A patient is admitted to Princeton Plainsboro suffering from uncontrollable vomiting. In the process of treating her, House and the team make some unexpected discoveries about her identity and are forced to look at her medical history in order to learn the truth about her past. Meanwhile, House gives a less than friendly welcome to Chase's new hire and a visit from House's massage therapist causes trouble between House and Cuddy.moreless

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  • Uneasy mix of strong drama and a sitcom premise.

    I'm a huge fan of HOUSE and have supported its plot tangents and questionable story arcs from the beginning. I liked the Tritter episodes, the rehab stint (aside from when he got onstage to sing rap), Thirteen (who seems to get inexplicably severe criticism on this site)... If the show didn't open up to new ideas and allow the characters, including House, to grow, it would've gotten boring. And while I didn't care for the first episode of Season 7 that much, I figured it was a necessary exploration. However. This epsiode reduced House and Wilson to one-dimensional sitcom characters put in a position that was both ridiculous and unbelievable. The medical portions of the show were up to par, but I hated seeing House and Wilson reduced to doing a third-rate Lucy and Ethel impression. Especially when you go back to an earlier episode which briefly featured a child swallowing a coin (or something metal) and House placed a magnet on the kid's abdomen to prove it was no big deal and on its way out. That was more in keeping with the reality of his character. I'll admit the final gag was funny, but I hope this episode was just an aberration. I expect the House/Cuddy relationship to end by the end of this season, so maybe this was just a lighthearted romp to set up the downward emotional spiral.moreless
  • 704

    Well this episode goes to show that this season is getting better and this season has definitely progressed from the first episode of the season. We've got interesting cases and dynamic characters, even an interesting romance, just like the glory days of House.

    Looks like this show is going back to the norm, and I'm enjoying every minute of it, just like this episode. The medical mystery was very intriguing and the result was quite unexpected, definitely caught me off guard, if anything else. The patient having schizophrenia, I would have never guessed since she just came off as a pathological liar in the beginning.

    I really don't get why they put Olivia Wilde in the opening credits, I mean her replacement comes rolling in to House's team only 2 weeks after Thirteen's leave. I couldn't warm up to Dr. "Kelly", and I was happy that she quit in the end, Chase's interest in Kelly was just as uninteresting as Wilson rekindling with his ex-wife unfortunately.

    The House/Cuddy plots are getting way better and they make sense, and this time around, it was the humor of the episode, and at the end we got some emotions with House having dinner with Cuddy's daughter, really good development. So all the plots were pretty much great. Great impressive episode of House.moreless
  • 704

    Finally, they give Chase an actual storyline! I was starting to think he was just there to say something in his funny accent, and for House to make fun of what he said in his funny accent, but we actually got to learn a little bit about his emotional state post-Cameron and has someone who misses the two of them together on this show, that was refreshing.

    The House and Cuddy stuff was also not too bad either. The prostitute masseuse seems like something straight out of a raunchy comedy, but David Shore knows exactly how to incorporate this kind of stuff into this show without it seeming too over the top.

    The case of the week was good as well, and I loved the horror movie-esque opening scene.

    Great House tonight!moreless
Zachary Knighton

Zachary Knighton

Billy McPherson

Guest Star

Erin Cahill

Erin Cahill

Margaret McPherson

Guest Star

Eddie Matos

Eddie Matos


Guest Star

Kayla Colbert

Kayla Colbert

Rachel Cuddy

Recurring Role

Rylie Colbert

Rylie Colbert

Rachel Cuddy

Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • House: The principle is she's being irrational. If I give in on this, it sets the stage for the whole relationship.
      Dr. Wilson: Putting up with irrationality is the foundation of every relationship.

    • (to the new fellow)
      House: What's your position on legality of illegal break-ins?
      Dr. Chase: That's more of a second-week type activity.

    • Dr. Chase: Oh, and she's not like Cameron.
      House: True. Cameron had much smaller breasts. By which I mean she was smarter.

    • Dr. Wilson: How are things going with Cuddy?
      House: Great. We've gotten to fifth base. That's two home runs, and then she gives me back a triple.

    • Dr. Wilson: You really like these, or are you just avoiding a touchy conversation?
      House: Nah. This one's too metrosexual. This one's too heterosexual.
      Dr. Wilson: They're identical. Do you even want my input?
      House: No.
      Dr. Wilson: Then why'd you invite me?
      House: Who'd drive my car home if I buy a bike?

    • Taub: Dude, is this about Thirteen?
      Dr. Foreman: No. Why are you calling me "dude"?
      Taub: Maybe it's hard seeing House replace her when you've still got feelings?
      Dr. Foreman: One--I don't have feelings for Thirteen beyond friendship. Two, it's a temporary replacement. And three--dude?
      Taub: It felt right.

    • House: So this time I'm gonna put you at ease. It's just you and old Doc House. A couple of pals chittin' the chat.
      Dr. Chase: Why not just place a chair above a trap door with a shark tank underneath?
      House: Wednesday is when I have my shark tank cleaned.

    • Dr. Foreman: House was wrong trying to come up with a complicated reason you hired Kelly.
      Dr. Chase: Thank you.
      Dr. Foreman: It's actually quite simple. You think she's hot. You want to sleep with her.
      Dr. Chase: Well, it was nice to see you finally taking an interest in my life. We should go bowling sometime.

    • Dr. Cuddy: What? Did you have sex with her?
      House: Yesterday? Ah, you're getting confused by the hooker thing. No, of course not. I'm dating you.
      Dr. Cuddy: But you used to have sex with her.
      House: Well, it was a massage plus happy ending sort of thing. Now it's more of a sad ending. (brightly) Because of you!

    • Dr. Cuddy: What are you doing?
      House: I got bored with the porn on my computer. You got any girl on girl on girl on vibrating object on girl stuff?

    • Dr. Cuddy: Let's stay at my place tonight, okay?
      House: Will you get cable?
      Dr. Cuddy: No.
      House: Then we'll have to have more sex.
      Dr. Cuddy: Okay.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Music: Ride Free (Jonny Kaplan and the Lazy Stars), End of the Day (Doug Paisley)

    • On its original premiere, the episode ended with contact information for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

    • Olivia Wilde is credited but doesn't appear.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: October 11, 2010 on Global
      Bulgaria: October 15, 2010 on Nova TV
      UK: October 24, 2010 on Sky1
      Australia: October 27, 2010 on Channel Ten
      Germany: April 26, 2011 on RTL
      The Netherlands: August 4, 2011 on SBS 6
      Sweden: September 20, 2011 on TV4
      Czech Republic: September 26, 2011 on TV Nova
      Poland: September 29, 2011 on TVP2
      Slovakia: March 22, 2012 on STV1
      Finland: March 4, 2013 on MTV3


    • House: Easy Rider auditions ended four decades ago.
      Referencing the 1969 counterculture movie where two hippie bikers, Wyatt and Billy, travel the U.S on their motorcycles looking for freedom. Wyatt's motorcycle has a gas tank decorated like an American flag, like the one that House looks at.

    • House: Dorothy, dear... it's Auntie Em.
      Referencing the famous book series, The Wizard Of Oz, created by Frank L. Baum, that was made into a movie in 1939. In the novel and subsequent movie, Dorothy Gale is literally blown from Kansas to Oz by a tornado. Aunt "Em" (short for Emily) is Dorothy's aunt.