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Now What? (House)

"Now What?"
House episode
Episode no. Season 7
Episode 1
Directed by Greg Yaitanes[1]
Written by Doris Egan
Original air date September 20, 2010
Guest actors
Season 7 episodes
September 2010 – May 2011
  1. "Now What?"
  2. "Selfish"
  3. "Unwritten"
  4. "Massage Therapy"
  5. "Unplanned Parenthood"
  6. "Office Politics"
  7. "A Pox on Our House"
  8. "Small Sacrifices"
  9. "Larger Than Life"
  10. "Carrot or Stick"
  11. "Family Practice"
  12. "You Must Remember This"
  13. "Two Stories"
  14. "Recession Proof"
  15. "Bombshells"
  16. "Out of the Chute"
  17. "Fall from Grace"
  18. "The Dig"
  19. "Last Temptation"
  20. "Changes"
  21. "The Fix"
  22. "After Hours"
  23. "Moving On"
List of episodes

"Now What?" is the first episode of the seventh season of the American medical drama House. It first aired on September 20, 2010.


In the aftermath of last season's finale in which House and Cuddy admitted they had feelings for each other, the seventh season opener finds the two exploring the ramifications of those feelings and attempting to make a real relationship work. Wilson climbs through House's window, and upon finding House so happy right after his patient's death, he thinks House is back on Vicodin, but is convinced House is not after checking his blood pressure and pupils. After spending the day together, House tells Cuddy that he knows that the relationship is not going to work. Nevertheless, at the end he tells her for the first time that he loves her and Cuddy eventually leaves.

Meanwhile, Dr Richardson, the hospital's neurosurgeon, goes home with severe nausea. Without a neurosurgeon on site, the hospital's accreditation as a Level 1 Trauma Center is threatened. The team treats him for food poisoning, knowing the medicine they gave Dr. Richardson could have some serious side-effects. Indeed, after the medicine Dr. Richardson finds everything shiny and keeps undressing, running around the hospital. The team thinks these are side effects of the medication and wait for him to come down from the high. However, he doesn't appear to start coming down when he should, and the team then count in these as symptoms along with severe nausea. Dr. Richardson admits to having gone to a seafood festival once, and admits to having eaten roe. Thirteen realizes toad eggs can cause nausea and get a person high. The antidote is fast-acting, and Dr. Richardson soon passes as a functioning neurosurgeon.

While this is taking place, the team discovers that Thirteen has plans to travel to Rome for a Huntington's trial. At the end of the episode, it is revealed that Foreman called the hospital in Rome, who informed him they had never heard of Thirteen. However, by the time he discovered this, she had already left the hospital and disconnected her phone.


Critical response

The AV Club gave the episode B+.[2]


This episode was watched by 10.54 million American viewers [3] In Canada, the episode was watched by 2.70 million viewers, placing second for the week behind the fourth season premiere of The Big Bang Theory, which was watched by 3.11 million viewers.[4]


"Now What?" debuted new opening credits. The following full-time cast members are retained:

Jennifer Morrison no longer appears, as she was written out of the show during season six.


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