Season 7 Episode 14

Recession Proof

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 28, 2011 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A patient is admitted to Princeton Plainsboro after breaking out in a rash caused by chemical exposure at his job. In the process of treating the patient, House and the team learns the man's wife still believes he runs a lucrative real estate business. Meanwhile, Chase and Masters teach each other a lesson in relationships and Cuddy is honored with an award. However, House may not make it to the ceremony when his patient causes him to rethink his practice and his happiness.moreless

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  • Hosue teases himself with a Vicodin Lick...

    All seasons have a weak link. This was it. Nothing really NEW was ongoing. More of a continuation of relationship issues (Foreman and Taub) and new ones

    emerging (Masters and Chase) (she obviously is disgistued but curious about him). I don;t know the Time line--but figuring out just what disorder the patient exposed to just about every toxin around would have seemed way too simple. It would take WEEKS of testing to eliminate all the possibilies Hosue ruled out in 40 minutes. I have never been very enthusiastic about Cuddy-House (too syrupy for my caustic House nature) and this episode only added more thick maple goo. not very impressed with this offering. House Licks a Vicodin? He doesn;t take one/ WHY>? Again .the most overlooked and unanswered question of this series "WHY isn;t House in PAIN anymore? Oh he is..but he overcomes it? LOL COme on..he was seeing dead people a year ago. he needed injections of Morphine in his leg. Someone just doesn;t want to TALK about PAIN anymore on the show.moreless
  • 714

    Another so so episode of House from me. I hate to rip on this show, as it still has some competent, succinct writing, but on that level, it certainly does feel like the show has run out of ideas. The House and Cuddy relationship has been an epic fail, as many predicted it to be (myself included) and the storylines are getting dumb and dumber as weeks go on. The Foreman and Taub relationship continues to waste everyone's time involved.

    The only one consistently good thing about this show is that the opening scenes where the incidents occur are still good.moreless
  • Too poor to tell the truth

    House and the team take the case of a man who is leading a double life still posing as a real estate developer for his wife when he actually does industrial clean up work (crime scenes, septic tanks, etc.) But his deceit leads in the wrong direction diagnosing him. House is faced with a charity gala where Cuddy will receive and award for running the hospital for 15 years successfully and House pulls his usual juvenile pranks it seems to upset or make the party in his own way "better." The case of the week was stale but it was surprising to see some of the characters like Chase defend the privacy of the married man and to his secrecy and he knows what it's like to be a husband with a secret that he'd rather not share. Good episode and the Taub and Foreman roommate scenes are enjoying to say the least. Could've been better though, I feel like I've seen this before.moreless
  • In which House has a shocking epiphany.

    Though I liked the banter between House, Wilson, and Cuddy, and feel he has not lost all of his cynicism, this episode left a lot to be desired. I felt a lot of the "medical drama" take a backseat to relationships, and I find the ending to this episode strikingly out of character. (Considering there was very little consistancy before this, its hard to believe House would have this kind of an epiphany with not a lot to lead him there) Though he has been very effected by losing patients in the past, he has not allowed it to control him emotionally. Granted, he's only human, but I think there was an oversight in the plot to make this kind of development at random. (By the sounds of coming episodes, it doesn't seem like they'll play it off as drunkenness either) Nevertheless I hope this show is signed for an eighth season because the characters really are something profound and inventive. I hope they find a way to maintain the characterization that made this show everything its become, while working in whatever relationship drama they feel will keep the ratings up. (Side Note: Still not thrilled with Masters character, but keeping an open mind)moreless
  • Good solid episode. Good case, good development.

    Good solid episode. Good case, good development. The patient lying to his wife started out pretty repetitive but I grew to like it, because they really were in love, but it really became memorable because he died. Even if I didn't feel much before that, the slow motion, music with Chase and Masters was lovely and sad.

    I know some fans don't like Huddy but I think there has been incredible character growth for House more than ever before, in season six and seven. I don't think House is less funny, and I enjoy the relationship. This week didn't seem like it would be a big thing, maybe a little embarrassment, some anger or yelling, but after the patient died, a lot of baggage House was carrying was evident, though i was surprised in his drunk speech when he chose Cuddy. House hasn't lost the ability to surprise and I enjoy that.

    Foreman and Taub truly are an odd couple but I like that they speak their mind. They are my least favourite characters but together they aren't so bad. They're very honest with each other, even when they're asses and that's refreshing.

    Chase and Masters are...interesting. She is very Cameron-esque which makes it squicky but I love her character and Chase really could use her.

    Overall, I really enjoyed Recession Proof. I liked the character interaction and thought it moved forward and i was interested the whole way through.moreless
Adrian LaTourelle

Adrian LaTourelle

Bert Versky

Guest Star

Ashley Jones

Ashley Jones

Diane Versky

Guest Star

Tom Connolly

Tom Connolly

Officer Smith

Guest Star

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Amber Tamblyn

Amber Tamblyn

Martha Masters

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When the patient is ready for the MRI, his hands are crossed on his chest. The camera angle changes several times from outside to inside the machine. Each time the angle changes, his hands cross and uncross.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Dr. Chase: You're sharing this unique insight that women don't like lying?
      Masters: Uh, no, I'm sharing my unique insight that you don't respect women. You sleep with a different one every few days. Or maybe... you find meaning in meaningless relationships.
      Dr. Chase: At least I have relationships.

    • Dr. Cuddy: I assume you're avoiding me because of the charity gala.
      House: This Friday? It completely slipped my mind.
      Dr. Cuddy: So you'll be there?
      House: No, I meant it slipped my mind to tell you I'm not going.

    • Dr. Foreman: Are you wearing my tie?
      Taub: I saw it in your closet, and it happened to match my shirt.
      Dr. Foreman: Why were you in my closet?
      Taub: Looking for a tie. What's the big deal?
      House: Obviously he wants you out of the closet for some reason. I suspect marriage, but I'm liberal that way.

    • House: All right, I'll send along one of your big brothers to help. (indicates Foreman, Chase, Taub) Do you want Scary, Smarmy, or Shorty?

    • Dr. Wilson: Well, at least the Alzheimer's patient in 202 won't remember she only got half a ham sandwich.
      House: I'm doing her a favor.

    • House: Why do people believe I'm incapable of doing anything nice?
      Dr. Wilson: Experience.

    • House: It's real. Unfortunately. Because Vicodin doesn't cause rash, fever, and joint pain. It does make Taub considerably less annoying, though.

    • Dr. Foreman: I assume you're planning on screwing it up so you want to maximize witnesses.
      House: Why does everyone go to that?
      Dr. Foreman: Experience.
      House: Shut up.

    • Dr. Wilson: You okay?
      House: Why wouldn't I be? I solved my case.
      Dr. Wilson: But your patient died.
      House: I didn't say in time.

    • House: I choose you. I choose being happy with you. I will always choose you. Heh. My head's on your vagina.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music: Stand Up (The Prodigy), Everything's Trying (Damien Jurado), Barricades (Fyfe Dangerfield)

    • Olivia Wilde is credited but doesn't appear.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: February 28, 2011 on Global
      Australia: March 14, 2011 on Channel Ten
      UK: March 17, 2011 on Sky1
      Germany: October 11, 2011 on RTL
      Czech Republic: December 5, 2011 on TV Nova
      Sweden: December 6, 2011 on TV4/TV4 HD
      Poland: December 8, 2011 on TVP2
      Slovakia: June 7, 2012 on STV1
      Finland: May 20, 2013 on MTV3