House Review: It Might Be Smallpox!

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For the second consecutive episode, House aired a solid episode that was marred by its conclusion.

And both times that conclusion felt like a forced attempt to create tension between House and Cuddy. Can someone please tell the writers it's okay to go a week without any kind of focus on these two as a couple?

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For most of "A Pox on our House," we were treated to everything that makes this show stand out from other boring procedurals: 

A fascinating case, a unique way of solving it (with help from an online Dutch sex operator), funny quotes ("Going behind your back works better when you're not facing us.") and another quality showcase for Martha Masters.

What does it say about the rest of House's team that this member is already more interesting than Chase, Taub or Foreman? Let's choose to look at it as a positive for Amber Tamblyn, as opposed to a major negative against everyone else.

So I was absolutely on board with the installment... until the final scene. Cuddy really can't "compartmentalize" her personal relationship with House from the pair's working one? Then these two really shouldn't be dating.

Lying about a patient in order to save a life is a tad different than claiming you were late for a date because you got an email from an ex-girlfriend or something. As Sam correctly pointed out to Wilson, Cuddy and House built a relationship at work partly built on lies, and Cuddy gave House that speech about not wanting him to change in the season premiere. It just seems silly to see her get angry over House acting as he's always acted in his professional capacity.

Or, to put it better: it seems contrived. And unnecessary. What's wrong with simply having a stand-alone episode that deals with an exciting case? Do we really need Huddy drama every week? I say no, let's have these two sit back and be happy for a change. That way, we can simply enjoy it when House dials up his next scantily-clad translator and does what he does best.


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I was so bothered by the fact that everyone forgot about smallpox immunizations that everyone got before 1971. Unless someone wants me to believe that House is supposed to be under 40? And the Dad in the episode as well? Unless I missed it, they didn't even reference the vaccine - if they had said that it was too long ago with no boosters and therefore not lifelong immunity, etc that would have been a nod to reality, but to completely ignore those little scars that most of us have on our upper arms... ???


Slightly overdramatic about the Huddy drama, it wasn't unnecessary in the last episode - it's a focus on how House and Cuddy are going to have to seperate their work lives from their relationship and not confuse issues. This episode simply gave a brief explanation that the drama created in the last episode wasn't for nothing - the possibility of House becoming seriously ill didn't let House off the hook. The Huddy drama WOULD have been pointless last episode if Cuddy had let House off the hook, so let's be thankful for the consistency.


i liked this episode a lot, my only problems with it were, the unnecessary huddy drama, AND in the first part of the episode, where the ship people are talking dutch, is not even dutch!! As a dutch person, this does annoy me...but apart from that i thought it was a great episode

Chair me up

when i started watching i thought someone's mistaken the links, it looked like a cheaper version of pirates of the Caribbean lol. but later it was amazing, as usually, only thing i lacked was more house/wilson interactions, but it was great anyway.


I gotta say that was not what I had in mind when I thought of Huddy. If they were drawn together just to keep fighting over and over for the same things, then please break them up.
It doesn't bother me the tension between them in every episode, but can at least be about actual relationship issues instead of only working issues?


I think they plan to end the relationship and are building up to it by the seasons end. It is slowly falling apart, let's face it, they are strongly attracted to each other, even love each other in their own way, but they have to work together and they can't. The girl is good and they are giving time to her proving it, letting her star shine. They will all make an interesting team again.


I was just glad to see them let Laurie finally do some good acting again. He is truly one of a kind.


Do we really need Huddy drama every week? I say no, let's have these two sit back and be happy for a change.>/i> Thank you. That's exactly how I feel about the last couple of episodes. Solid episodes, ruined by the final scene. They are sabotaging Cuddy's character in order to push an unnecessary drama forward, which is damaging my enjoyment of the show as a whole, as I find these so called obstacles contrived and absolutely ridiculous. There is nothing wrong with allowing their relationship to develop in the background for a while. I hope that's exactly what they do, once they resolve this drama - which I'm betting happens next week, being the end of sweeps and all.


I LOVED this episode. I can't believe it's season 7 already and it's still so good! Dramatic, funny, heartbreaking and still intriguing as hell. Why I loved this episode so much - I love, love, love Masters! She's more interesting than Chase, Taub, Foreman and 13 put together. I hope they keep her, she's a great addition to the team, and a wonderful contrast to House. Also, I loved the Wilson storyline. I liked seeing Sam again, I hope she's the one that Wilson finally settles down for good with. And has children! Did I mention I loved this episode? :D

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House Season 7 Episode 7 Quotes

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

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