After a 200-year-old medicine jar found on an off-shore shipwreck shatters in a teenage girl's palm, she is admitted to Princeton Plainsboro for symptoms closely linked to smallpox. When the Center for Disease Control's Dr. Dave Broda institutes a lockdown on the hospital and suspends House's team's ability to diagnose, Masters grows suspicious of Broda's motives and becomes convinced that the patient is suffering from a different disease. The girl's father soon experiences similar symptoms, and House is forced to make a precarious decision that puts his own life in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Wilson and Sam comfort a 6-year-old chemotherapy patient who prompts them to examine their relationship. Written by
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At the end of the episode, Cuddy was unable to forgive House for lying to her even thought he almost died. House was nearly killed by a virus that was only brought to light through information about a cat. In some mythologies, a Cat's vengeance can last for seven generations. Cuddy's grudge may be somewhat symbolic considering that this was the 7th episode of the 7th season. See more
Aboard the slave ship, the doctor and captain are shown covering their mouths - knowledge of airborne particles/infection did not exist at that time. See more
Dr. Chris Taub
Wow. The case of the really bad flu.
Dr. Gregory House
Hmm. Let's see did I leave anything out? Oh yeah - smallpox.
...Smallpox was eradicated over 30 years ago.
Dr. Gregory House
So were hush puppies. Have you checked out your local hipster coffee shop lately?
Dr. Eric Foreman
Smallpox doesn't exist outside of P4 labs and bioweapon plants.
References The Stepford Wives
All That We See
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