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House: A Pox on Our House

A young girl on a dive brings up a jar from a sunken slave ship and breaks it, infecting herself with what appears to be smallpox. When House and his team confirm her illness, they call in the CDC, which puts the hospital under quarantine. However, House soon realizes that the girl has something else... but the only way to confirm his diagnosis is to expose himself to the disease. Meanwhile, Wilson and his ex-wife Sam try to tend to a young girl awaiting chemotherapy whose mother is trapped outside by the quarantine.

Episode Info
Episode number: 7x7
Production Number: HOU-707
Airdate: Monday November 15th, 2010

Director: Tucker Gates
Writer: Lawrence Kaplow

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Nov 21, 2010
NL (SBS 6) Aug 18, 2011

Guest Stars
Amber TamblynAmber Tamblyn
As Martha Masters
Cynthia WatrosCynthia Watros
As Sam Carr
Hayley ChaseHayley Chase
As Julie
Aaron RefvemAaron Refvem
As Roger
Tess KartelTess Kartel
As Geerte
Dylan BakerDylan Baker
As Dr. Dave Broda

Co-Guest Stars
Bobbin BergstromBobbin Bergstrom
As Nurse
Leslie MurphyLeslie Murphy
As Natalie
Neil SandilandsNeil Sandilands
As Captain Vanderhoof
Daniel ColembieDaniel Colembie
As Dr. Trimingham
Main Cast
Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
As Dr. Gregory House
Lisa EdelsteinLisa Edelstein
As Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Omar EppsOmar Epps
As Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean LeonardRobert Sean Leonard
As Dr. James Wilson
Jesse SpencerJesse Spencer
As Dr. Robert Chase
Peter JacobsonPeter Jacobson
As Dr. Christopher Taub


Slaves aboard a Dutch cargo ship in the late 19th century grow steadily more ill. The crew anchors the ship outside of harbor, and have a doctor come aboard to examine the slaves and confirm that the crew is fine. The ship's crew then starts tossing the ailing slaves over the side. A father asks his friend to serve as father to his son as the Dutch sailors come to take him. However, the local town opens fire, sinking the ship and everyone aboard it...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Black RyderAll That We See 

Episode Quotes
Dr. House: Why aren't you guys in my office?
Dr. Foreman: Why are you in the building? It's eight in the morning.
Dr. House: Where's Chase?
Dr. Taub: He's not here because it's eight in the morning.

Martha Masters: Smallpox was eradicated over 30 years ago.
Dr. House: So were hush puppies. Have you checked out your local hipster coffee shop lately?

Dr. Taub: The virus can't survive over 200 years.
Dr. House: You have.

Geerte: Oh, yes. My names is Geerte. Are you handsome, sexiest American man?
Dr. House: You know, some people--I would say that I am, yeah.

Dr. House: I want you to translate something for me.
Geerte: Why do you want I translate? I do topless, toys, and...
Martha Masters: Just do the translation.
Dr. House: She can translate however she feels most comfortable.
Geerte: Whatever. You put in credit card.
Dr. Taub: House, the hospital has translators on call.
Dr. House: Shut up...

Martha Masters: Scrofula. That's what they called cervical T.B. lymphadenitis in the 1700s.
Dr. House: Scrofulicous. That's what they called "annoying" in the 1700s.

Dr. Chase: You just tried this. I'm not a better liar than Foreman.
Dr. House: Sure you are. You're descended from convicts.

Martha Masters: You don't trust me.
Dr. House: Going behind your back works better when you're not facing us.

Martha Masters: So I guess honesty is the best policy.
Dr. House: Why'd you say that? Seriously... to establish your viewpoint as if I didn't already know it. Or to demonstrate some weird cross-generational female solidarity with Cuddy?
Martha Masters: Actually, I was just trying to fill the awkward silence.
Dr. House: Oh.

Martha Masters: Julie doesn't have smallpox.
Dr. House: Did I just dream the part where I finally agreed it was smallpox? Well, if what I thought was reality was actually a dream, then the reverse... oh, my God, I had a threesome with Beyonce and Lady Gaga.

Cultural References
Dr. House: Are you a Stepford doctor?

The Stepford Wives was a 1975 movie about the men of a small town who come up with a way to turn their wives into obedient sex robots.

Dr. House: Look, I don't want to go all Godfather on you. This was business.

In the movie The Godfather (1972), Tom Hagen tells Sonny Corleone "This is business, not personal."

Dr. Chase: Your Jedi mind tricks won't work here.
Dr. House: These aren't the droids you're looking for.

The Jedi are the mystic knights of the Star Wars universe, with the ability to control and distract the minds of weak-willed individuals. House's line is from the first movie in the series: Star Wars IV: A New Hope.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid Shore
Executive ProducerBryan Singer  |  Katie Jacobs  |  David Shore  |  Greg Yaitanes  |  Hugh Laurie  |  Paul Attanasio  |  Thomas L. Moran  |  Russel Friend  |  Garrett Lerner
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Foster (1)  |  Liz Friedman  |  Eli Attie  |  Peter Blake (2)  |  Gerrit Van Der Meer
Supervising ProducerJohn C. Kelley  |  Sara Hess  |  David Hoselton
ProducerLindsey Jaffin  |  Marcy G. Kaplan
Co-ProducerSeth Hoffman  |  Allen Marshall Palmer  |  Katherine Lingenfelter
Consulting ProducerLawrence Kaplow
Associate ProducerJulie Hrebec
Production DesignerJeremy Cassells
EditorChris Brookshire
CastingStephanie Laffin  |  Amy Lippens
Unit Production ManagerGerrit Van Der Meer
First Assistant DirectorKevin Williams (2)
Second Assistant DirectorVince Duque
MusicJon Ehrlich  |  Jason Derlatka
Music EditorMichael Baber
Music SupervisorLynn Grossman  |  Gary Calamar
Costume DesignerCathy Crandall
Key GripLloyd Barcroft
Camera OperatorAnthony Gaudioz  |  Rob Carlson (3)
Set DecoratorAmy Wells
Location ManagerNancy Haecker
Transportation CoordinatorSteve De Leon
Property MasterTyler Patton
Construction CoordinatorStephen Howard
Production Sound MixerVon Varga
Script SupervisorIra Hurvitz
Production CoordinatorJamie Feldman
Script CoordinatorDustin Paddock  |  Anne Toole
Assistant EditorMichael Zurer
Supervising Sound EditorBrad North
Re-Recording MixerJoe DeAngelis
LeadmanKeith Sale
Director of PhotographyGale Tattersall
Art DirectorNatalie Weinmann
Post Production CoordinatorDaphne Raves
Costume SupervisorAmy Dodson
Key Makeup ArtistKaren Dahl
Main Title ThemeMassive Attack
Visual Effects SupervisorElan Soltes
Production AccountantJon Cohoe
Chief Lighting TechnicianMonty Woodard
Department Head HairLori Rozman
ResearcherErica Spates
Casting AssociateJanelle Scuderi
Medical Technical AdvisorHarley Liker  |  John Sotos  |  Lisa Sanders
Key HairstylistWendy Southard
Department Head Make-upMarianna Elias
Assistant To The Executive ProducerJessica Young (2)  |  David Wong (3)  |  Danny Weiss  |  Lindsay Zappala  |  James S. Conway
Assistant Property MasterMark Jameson (2)
Assistant AccountantBarbara Pullan
Department Head Special Makeup EffectsDalia Dokter
Video CoordinatorMark L. Marcum
Video OperatorSteve Galloway (2)
Publicity ManagerGeoffrey Colo
Final ColoristKeith Shaw (2)
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