Office Politics
Episode 6 of 23 within Season Seven. Item 139 of 179 overall.
Production number S7E06.
Seth Hoffman - Writer
Sanford Bookstaver - Director
9 votes

It’s election season, and in the midst of a tight campaign, an incumbent New Jersey senator’s campaign manager falls ill with liver failure and temporary paralysis.

However, Cuddy pushes House to add a female doctor to his team by hiring brilliant third-year medical student Martha Masters  in Thirteen’s absence. House and the team are wary of the young doctor’s lack of experience and medical perspective, but are forced to give their new by-the-book teammate a chance to prove herself. After the campaigning senator makes a surprising announcement, House and the team look to the candidate to find clues about the patient’s condition.

Meanwhile, Foreman learns that Taub has a past connection to Masters, and in an effort to save his patient’s life, House must make a critical decision that may compromise his relationship with Cuddy.

original airdate--November 8,2010     rating--9.63 million

network: FOX

songs--Theme Song: "Teardrop" by Massive Attack

  1. "I Start To Run" by White Denim.


Preliminary diagnoses:

  • The team at first thinks it is hepatitis C but the tests are w negative. So maybe it is toxic exposure. Then they consider Wilson¹s disease, a neuroendocrine tumor, or disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). Those don't pan ojut so they consider HSP (Henoch-Schönlein purpura) for which there are two treatments and Masters insists they give the choice to the patient although House has his own choice and treats the patient in spite of his choice. But that doesn't work.

Final Diagnosis--Hepatitis C

  • House sees the Senator and concludes he has hepatitis C and so goes back to that diagnosis although the tests still indicate that Dugan doesn't have it. Dugan admits to sharing a cocaine straw with the Senator so House is convince he has it but the standard treatment doesn't work. So he wants to try a treatment that only works in 15% of cases. Cuddy insiststs that before he can, he must prove to her that the guy has hepatitis C. House gets blood from the Senator and puts Dugan's name on it.


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