House Review: "Last Temptation"

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On this week’s episode of House, "Last Temptation," Thirteen re-appeared and Masters had to decide whether she wanted to be a permanent fixture on House’s team. 

The beginning of the episode showed Masters quizzing herself in preparation for facing House.

It was interesting to see Masters from this perspective and learn how truly disciplined she is. House hired Masters as his intern and then predictably fired her when she refused to turn in a forged log. Once again Masters’ strict morality was pitted against House’s distaste for following the rules. 

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House later invited Masters back when she began to tell white lies in order to work on House’s case.  

The episode explored the gradual erosion of Masters’ moral code, which came to a climax when Masters drugged the teenage patient in order to get the patient’s parents to sign a consent form allowing the team to amputate the patient’s cancer-ridden arm. 

Masters clearly related to the patient, who saw herself as different. Following House’s advice and breaking the rules to save the patient’s life, however, was the last straw for Masters. 

Rather than become more like House, which Thirteen and Chase warned against, Masters decided to quit and distance herself from House.

The last scene, where Masters tripped over one of the chickens involved in a bet between House and Wilson, was very appropriate.

Masters, who was sad after quitting, quickly was able to recover and show how happy she was that a weight had been lifted from her shoulders.

Thirteen came back for her first day of work this episode. She gave Masters some advice and appeared throughout the episode but did not have a large role.

Do you want to see more of Thirteen? Did Masters make the right decision? Discuss last night's episode of House with us below.


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Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (51 Votes)

I have to agree with jonathan.......about the episode.....Masters was a little diversion from the Huddy drama but the script was just not up to par.....House's character did not come "alive" until the end of the episode and I would think you're only as good as the script......Not as anxious for May 2 based on preview, but am hoping for the best....still the best series on television!!!!!


This episode is exactly like that one awhile back when we saw the day through cuddy's eyes. But I'm glad she's gone, she was annoying.


So, masters is gone. Boo. Like her much more than 13. She had brains and was able to stand up to House. 13 is just hot chick with personality problems, and they're a dime a dozen.


Is this the last show of Season Seven?


Bye Masters, sorry you won't be missed although I like Amber's past work. Thirteen in real life was making a movie. Cutner in real life went to work at The White House...yes the big one where Obama is...wonder how working for him compares to working for House.


"out of character" for House!?! Are you kidding? It was pure House. That jackass would never last in a real hospital.
I wouldn't count on Olivia Wilde staying long. She's a hot commodity and making movies all over the place. She either came back because of contract issues or she needed a break from movie making. Check her IMDb if you don't believe me.


Eagleone, I think the word you're looking for is "temporarily".
Yeah, I know Masters was mostly there to replace 13, but this just seemed awfully rushed to me.


Masters' departure was due to Amber Tamblyn leaving the show, so I can see why the writing seemed rushed to have her leave. I thought the episode was a little too silly, and both House and Wilson seemed out of character to me...I can't honestly see Wilson agreeing to the chicken contest, and House just seemed kind of strange through the whole episode. I'm sad to see Masters go, but with the limited time the writers had, I don't think this episode was too bad.


Oup ! sorry : to replace temporary Olivia...


Don't forget Amber Tamblyn was hired to replace temporairement Olivia Wilde. They have to do that «goodbye» pointless episode anyway. But last week with House and Thirteen was more fun to watch... Its always entertained to see characters outside their wall.

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House Season 7 Episode 19 Quotes

Disgusting beasts. I don't know why I ever agreed to this bet.


House: Nothing will ever be simple again.
Masters: That's fine with me.