Massage Therapy

Season 7, Episode 4 -  Air Date: 10/11/2010
4 Ratings
Your vote: 5


When a patient named Margaret McPherson is admitted to Princeton Plainsboro after suffering severe and uncontrollable vomiting, House and the team make unexpected discoveries about her identity as they assess her symptoms. When the symptoms don’t improve, the team looks to the patient’s medical history to unearth more about her past. Meanwhile, House gives Chase’s new hire a cold welcome, and a visit from House’s massage therapist forces House and Cuddy to confront the reservations in their relationship.

‘House‘ Fan Columnist: Sacrifices

"Massage Therapy" offered little depth to a show that typically dives deep. The themes for tonight‘s episode have been done before and it would have been refreshing to see something other than the "you have to make sacrifices to make relationships work" overall theme. This theme has cropped up in other episodes: season 6‘s "Moving the Chains" and "Ignorance is Bliss" and season 2‘s "Need to Know" just to name a few. So why is this one special? Or is it? To be fair, this theme has popped up and House has never been able to fully apply it to his own life. In "Massage Therapy," he‘s able to use what he learns from his patient and move forward. However, this is now two weeks in a row where something in the episode hasn‘t thrilled me. It has nothing to do with the acting, which is consistently stellar, but this week‘s POTW storyline in conjunction with House and Cuddy‘s scenes just didn‘t tie together in as cohesive of a way as this series is capable of, and that‘s where the episode lost me. 
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