Massage Therapy (House)

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"Massage Therapy"
House episode
Episode no. Season 7
Episode 4
Directed by David Straiton
Written by Peter Blake
Original air date October 11, 2010
Guest actors
Season 7 episodes
List of episodes

"Massage Therapy" is the fourth episode of the seventh season of the American medical drama House. It aired on October 11, 2010.


A young woman (Erin Cahill) is home alone. She hears a noise, notices the front door was open and calls her husband, Billy (Zachary Knighton), who is in his car a few blocks away. She searches the house, fearing intruders. It turns out to be nothing but the wind, but when she runs into Billy arriving downstairs, she begins projectile vomiting.

House (Hugh Laurie) is introduced to Kelly Benedict (Vinessa Shaw), the new fellow Chase (Jesse Spencer) hired. Not surprisingly House doesn't give her a warm reception. A few ideas are tossed around about the vomiting woman, one of which is lead poisoning. At Margaret's house, Foreman denies having lasting feeling for the departed Thirteen (Olivia Wilde).

House tells Cuddy he isn't bothered by a male hooker giving her a massage and she should treat him the same way. She points out the difference in the situation and wonders whether this is House's way of sabotaging the relationship. House responds that she should invite him over and introduce him to her daughter. She says she wants to protect her daughter and this makes House think she's holding back.

When Jenny wakes up, Billy calmly asks her about the lies. During this conversation she begins to hallucinate, seeing flames and snakes all over the room. House wakes up alone. The doctors assume whatever is happening has hit Jenny's brain. Kelly is the only one to suggest these latest symptoms could be unrelated, simply the first signs of mental illness. House orders a biopsy.

House agrees he will stop seeing his hooker/masseuse. Cuddy invites him over. Chase finds Kelly packing up her stuff to quit. She is going to leave, but asks him out. House, Cuddy and her daughter have dinner together. "Aren't you adorable," he says to her when Cuddy leaves the room.


Critical response[edit]

The AV Club gave the episode a C+ score.[1]


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