House will kick off February by dealing with a critical patient, in what Fox is hyping as the "most devastating" episode of the season.
What else can viewers expect next month? The network has released official descriptions for all four new installments, including a tease about Wilson's love life and two unexpected individual who offer House advice about his.
Prepare to be spoiled...
2/7: “Family Practice”
When Cuddy’s stubborn mother, Arlene, is admitted to Princeton Plainsboro after complaining about unusual symptoms, she insists that House be removed from her case, forcing him to come up with unconventional – and illegal – means to treat her. House instructs his team – including Masters who is forced to re-evaluate her responsibility to practice within a code of ethics – to follow his lead, and they discover secret details about Arlene’s personal life.
When a waitress with a perfect memory suffers temporary paralysis, her older sister visits her in the hospital, which triggers high stress levels and even more health complications. The patient’s sharp memory proves detrimental when a grudge she’s been holding against her sibling gets in the way of receiving proper medical treatment, and Masters discovers that patching a broken sisterhood may prove to be more complex than diagnosing the patient. Meanwhile, Foreman volunteers to help Taub prepare for a medical examination, while House, determined to help Wilson get back in the dating scene, discovers Wilson’s secret new companion.
2/21: Two Stories”
House participates in a school’s Career Day and breaks a few rules by sharing explicit medical stories. Waiting outside the principal’s office, he meets two fifth-grade students, who assess House’s relationship woes and try to help him understand how his selfish antics get in the way of showing Cuddy how he really feels.
2/28: “Recession Proof”
A patient is admitted after breaking out in a severe rash triggered by caustic chemical exposure at his blue-collar job. As the team treats him, they discover that he has led his wife to believe that he is still maintaining his once-lucrative real estate career. Meanwhile, Cuddy is honored with an award and needs House to be at the charity event for support, but his attendance is threatened when his patient’s battle to survive forces him to question his practice and his own happiness, and Chase and Masters teach each other a lesson in forging meaningful personal and professional relationships.