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Season 7 Episode 8

Small Sacrifices

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 22, 2010 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

A patient is admitted to Princeton Plainsboro after reenacting the Crucifixion. Meanwhile House and the team attend a wedding, Wilson's relationship with Sam unexpectedly changes, and Taub questions his wife's relationship with a member of her infidelity support group.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • 708

    A good episode of House but not near as good as the last episode. Since when did this show become solely focused on relationships? That's what I'd like to know. It's nice to have at least one plot line throughout the episode having to do with relationships but this just felt like too much. I felt like the patient's story line was pushed aside to make time for the relationship problems. For me, the best thing about this episode was Chase. Him asking Foreman to be his wing man was just hilarious, and all of his dialogue was amusing and entertaining. House & Cuddy's plot was the only relationship plot that I actually cared for, everything else fell short.

    Sure, I felt sympathy for Wilson in the end, but we all knew this relationship was doomed from the start and bound to end sometime. Getting back with your ex-wife? You never thought you'd have the same underlying problem? The patient's story line was a bit lacking, but Masters & House interactions continue to be intriguing.

    Overall a good episode, with some minor flaws, but it still managed to be an entertaining episode of House.moreless
  • 708

    The last episode of House until next year, but it was not a terrible way to close off 2010. I think they had a little too much with relationships tonight, this is not Grey's Anatomy after all, but the beginning of this episode was quite the scenery, and the main storylines going on tonight were enjoyable for the most part.

    Things kind of took a turn for the worse at the actual wedding and then in the end, but this was a decent episode of the perennial FOX drama. I think the show is still trying to find the bridge between medical drama and romance drama, but it will get there eventually, I have faith.moreless
  • House works through his relationship trouble with Cuddy while treating a man who has reenacted a crucifixion.

    I thought the writers did okay with this episode. The characterization was pretty believable from most parties, but I wasn't blown away. To be honest, I watch House more for the medical part of the equasion, and I was a little disappointed that the last episode of 2010 drifted away from that for the sake of personal relationships. The case was interesting, especially given the intensity of the opening scene, but I found it a bit lack luster. They have pitted House against severely religious people several times, with very similar outcomes. We know how House feels toward people of faith, and faith itself, we've also seen that cases are miraculously resolved in a way that *should* leave both the patient and the viewer with some unanswered questions regarding religious aspects of the episode, so why they chose to go this route for the 5th or 6th time, I have no idea. In any case, I appreciated House's tactics for getting the man to go through with taking his medicine, it brought his real character back to the playing field. The whole relationship issue with House and Cuddy had been prolonged for way too long as far as I was concerned, and I was happy, albeit dissatisfied with its resolution. Somewhere along the lines Cuddy has at least seen House's point about lying, although not in a way that suited her character. That Dr. Cuddy, a full grown woman with plenty of life experience to warrent this epiphany, had not happened upon it sooner, was beyond me. However, I liked that House lied, in a sense preserving his cyncial character and showing just how far and how much he is willing to compromise.moreless
Kayla Ewell

Kayla Ewell


Guest Star

Stella Maeve

Stella Maeve


Guest Star

Nigel Gibbs

Nigel Gibbs

Sanford Wells

Guest Star

Jennifer Crystal Foley

Jennifer Crystal Foley

Rachel Taub

Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Cynthia Watros

Cynthia Watros

Sam Carr

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Marisa: You don't believe in God?
      House: I did. Then I grew my curly hairs.

    • House: The problem is, when we don't find a logical answer, we settle for a stupid one. Ritual is what happens when we run out of rationale.

    • Ramon: Faith is not a disease.
      House: No, of course not. On the other hand, it is communicable, and it kills a lot of people.

    • House: Someone looks lovely tonight.
      Dr. Cuddy: Thank you.
      House: I meant me. Someone else looks simply stunning. That was you. And the blonde at the bar.

    • Dr. Chase: Sorry I took off on you.
      Dr. Foreman: Twice?
      Dr. Chase: First one was my bad. Second one, I had no choice. It was a threesome.
      Taub: They're overrated.
      Foreman and Chase: (together) He's bluffing.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music: Shark in the Water (VV Brown), Love Rollercoaster (Ohio Players), I Know (Jude)

    • Olivia Wilde is credited but does not appear.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: November 22, 2010 on Global
      Australia: November 24, 2010 on Channel Ten
      Bulgaria: November 26, 2010 on Nova TV
      UK: November 28, 2010 on Sky1
      Germany: May 24, 2011 on RTL
      Czech Republic: October 24, 2011 on TV Nova
      Sweden: October 25, 2011 on TV4
      Poland: October 27, 2011 on TVP2
      Slovakia: April 19, 2012 on STV1
      Finland: April 1, 2013 on MTV3


    • House: You look smashing, Miss Moneypenny.
      Along with Hugh Laurie impersonating Sean Connery, referencing the James Bond films. Miss Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell) is the secretary to Bond's boss, M, and the two maintain a flirtatious relationship throughout much of the movie series, particularly the Sean Connery films.

    • House: He needs to see Inherit the Wind.
      Referencing the 1955 play based on the Scopes "Monkey" Trial in 1925, which dealt with the teaching of evolution in classrooms.The play was subsequently made into a movie in 1960, 1965, 1988, and 1999. The title comes from Proverbs 11:29, and the line, "He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind."