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Season 5 Episode 7

The Itch

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 11, 2008 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The team must treat an agoraphobic who refuses to leave his house, and have to work around Cuddy, who is less than thrilled at having hospital equipment relocated. Meanwhile, House is plagued by an itch, and Cameron and Chase have relationship issues.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Phobia.

    An intriguing episode in which the patient stays in his house instead of being hospitalised. Love it. I like it when Cameron joins the differential. I miss it. Every since Cameron, Chase and Foreman leave the team, I keep hoping they'll rejoin House for at least once to solve a case. Although Chase doesn't join them, Cameron brings the old feeling back. Anyway the patient, to me, is kind of annoying. I know he has phobia, but I really have trouble believing that hospital is a dangerous place. At least compared to his house.

    The final diagnosis is unexpected. I never know bullet shards can cause a damage so severe. Overall, the episode is good.moreless
  • It`s pretty much the right formula

    Ever since the Season 3 finale, the show has been a mixed bag. The thing last season is that there was too much characters..uninteresting ones at that. They tried to keep the show fresh by sidelining part of the original cast and brining in new faces. It might have work and simply hasn`t. The new characters are copycat of the old ones and the most annoying thing is that the writers keep on trying to force them onto the audience. But there is the no dynamic as before and the best episode of centered on the original cast. Kutner is meh, Todd`s problems a waste of screen time and 13 being a lesbia scenes are hot but she remains forced, boring and a bad copy of Cameron. Add to that, we get very little of Chase and Cameron usually and Foreman is in the background (remember the Foreman centric episode in the season 1? That was quality). It is the wrong formula. There were uninteresting cases in the earlier seasons as well but covered up by good characters, now any centric about the new characters is bound to failure.

    NOW that the rant is over, onto the episode. 3 episodes stands out so far for this season:Birthmarks, Joy and this one. All have one thing in common: they center on the original cast, there you have it. This is the first episode in a long time we`ve had so much of Chase and Cameron. Meanwhile the thing going on between House and Cuddy with Wilson in the middle is ever interesting and entertaining. No 13 dying, no forcing of flat characters, that right here is the right formula for this show. House is awesome, Cuddy, Wilson, Chase, Foreman, Cameron and even the detective guy is great...the others ruin the show, it`s as simple as that.moreless
  • Return to form!

    After the last two episodes, this one was much better- perhaps because of the involvement of Chase and Cameron.

    For the first time in a Season and a half, we learn more about Cameron. Her interaction with the patient was classic "House", and her care for someone who was damaged expanded more on her situation with her dead husband and her relationship with Chase. We saw their relationship move forward a bit, and it was nice to see more of them. As much as I'll stand up for the new team, I do miss the old ones presence a lot.

    House and Cuddy also try to deal with their kiss- and it was very well dealt with. House and Cuddy's dynamics have always been brilliant and its interesting seeing them developed more in this episode, and in a new light. I love how Wilson was sticking his nose in as well- he was more worked up than the ones who actually kissed!

    House being plagued by his subconscious was also good- I was freaked out by his dream when his appartment blew up! It was so frustrating when he refused to knock on Cuddy's door at the end of the episode.

    Overall, a much better episode, capturing relationships, the old team, and House and Cuddy's dilemna so well.moreless
  • house is house, won't fold or let his emotions come out easily and that's so tiring but in the series is so exiting .

    First i was so happy that the writers went the way on house , where his emotions are about cuddy and for real it's the greatest season of all , first the breakup with his only trusted friend Wilson and now with cuddy who i think will be his love , i'm sure the coming episode will be also interesting but the one after will be better , just because i think it's where cuddy and house will face each other , again it's just a hunch about the coming episodes . . . . . . . . . .moreless
  • 507

    Well this episode was really good! Good focus on the old team. Cameron and Chase's interaction really livened up the episode and I like how they're giving the old team more screen time now. As it turns out, Cameron still likes broken people, first with her husband, House, and now the agoraphobic. I really didn't how Cameron made all the wrong choices just to comfort the patient. It completely clouded her judgment, and made her have problems with Chase. Cameron's sort of a weird person, now that I come to think of it, but Jennifer Morrison does great. The aftermath of the "Huddy" kiss, I disliked how House didn't ring her doorbell, but it was nice how the patient finally stepped outside. Wilson interfering with the relationship was hilarious. The mosquito was funny too, I like House's dream, when his place blew up! Hilarious! Great episode.moreless
Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Jack J. Bennett

Jack J. Bennett


Guest Star

Yoyao Hsueh

Yoyao Hsueh


Guest Star

Frank Noel

Frank Noel


Guest Star

Jennifer Crystal Foley

Jennifer Crystal Foley

Rachel Taub

Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Trivia: When House grabs his keys off his desk, they are sitting on a book. The book is Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • House: (to the lawyer after flames come out of the patient's stomach) That always happens during surgery. It's just the gas buildup in the blockage. Nothing to sue about. Treat him for the burns. Put him on antibiotics for the Whipple's. He'll be fine.

    • Dr. Chase: All right forget about the patient. What is going on with you? This is why we left House's team, to avoid the constant flood of pure craziness.
      Dr. Cameron: That's why I left. You got fired.

    • House: Why are you siding with him? Oh yeah, you're that girl who likes broken people. Because her husband died and since Chase isn't all that broken...
      Dr. Cameron: Hey, why don't we operate on his infarcted leg while we're at it. Who cares if he said "No."
      House: I was risking my life to avoid becoming a cripple. He's doing it to avoid sunlight and fresh air.

    • Nozick: (to House) You obviously can't stand people. But for me it's worse, all right. I'd rather die in here than live out there.

    • House: So it's a bleed, clot, tumor, metabolic or infection. Stick him in a CT.
      Dr. Cameron: Can't.
      House: I'm assuming he has a giant head.

    • House: Anybody can hate humanity after getting shot. Takes a big man to hate it beforehand.

    • Dr. Cuddy: I know this is awkward, but we need to talk.
      House: There's a reason that we've evolved a feeling of awkwardness. It tells us not to talk about things.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Thank you.
      House: Any time you want to stop kissing, I'm there for you.

    • Dr. Cameron: What did Cuddy want?
      House: I kinda hit that last night, so now she's all on my jock.
      Thirteen: Wow, she looks pretty good for someone on roofies.

    • Dr. Wilson: You hit? Like making out or full-on sex, or…
      House: Got a chart laid out with all the bases. I'll take you through it.

    • House: Hey, speaking of breathing hard, Cameron, you engaged to Chase yet?
      Thirteen: Sorry, we should have clarified. We're calling about the patient, not Dr. Cameron's love life.
      Dr. Cameron: We're aren't engaged. Moves things along much faster if you just give him the answers.

    • House: Interesting.
      Dr. Cameron: You would have said interesting no matter what the answer.
      House: And no matter what the answer, it would've been interesting.

    • Dr. Wilson: Everything else good?
      Dr. Cuddy: Uh, everything involving me kissing House is good. Oh God, you dragged it out of me. You're a genius. It's no big deal. I was feeling vulnerable. He's a friend. And I leaned on him.
      Dr. Wilson: It's funny. I've leaned on friends in the past. Never leaned so far my tongue fell into their mouths.

    • Dr. Cuddy: The benefit of being boss is that I don't have to argue.

    • Dr. Wilson: It's like the red badge of idiocy.
      House: If the Confederacy had mosquitoes, we'd all have Southern accents and I'd be paying Foreman less.

    • House: (on the telephone) Foreman, listen to that little voice in your head that's coming from the telephone. Force-feed him!

    • (House answers his cell phone as Wilson talks)
      House: Sorry, I get better reception when you're not here.

    • Dr. Wilson: You're not staying here.
      House: Oh, come on.
      Dr. Wilson: Nope. You can go home. Or, you're going to Cuddy's, you're gonna ring her doorbell and you're gonna ask her out on a date like regular people do.
      House: At three in the morning? When do regular people sleep?
      Dr. Wilson: Buh-bye.

    • House: I am not imagining things.
      Dr. Wilson: House, you're a drug addict. You're always imagining things.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: November 12, 2008 on TEN
      Portugal: January 6, 2009 on Fox
      Latin America: January 22, 2009 on Universal Channel
      The Netherlands: February 19, 2009 on SBS 6
      Germany: April 14, 2009 on RTL
      Denmark: May 9, 2009 on Kanal 4
      Poland: September 23, 2009 on TVP2
      Slovakia: October 7, 2009 on STV1
      Czech Republic: October 19, 2009 on TV Nova
      Sweden: November 10, 2009 on TV4

    • Music: I'm In Love With a Girl (Big Star)


    • Dr. Chase: How am I going to place the leads in the exact spot on the right ventricle without fluoroscopy? The Force?
      The Force is an allusion to the George Lucas' Star Wars universe, where The Force is an important part of this world.

    • House: Ric Ocasek'll kill me it I... oh, you mean Cuddy.
      Ric Ocasek is the lead singer of the American rock band, The Cars.

    • House: We still need Trapper John.
      Referencing the chief surgeon of the M*A*S*H 4077th in the novel, and also in the movie, and two TV series, as played by Elliot Gould, Wayne Rogers, and Pernell Roberts. The character appeared in the original series in its first three seasons, and then was spun off into his own series, Trapper John M.D., which ran from 1979 to 1983.