The Itch (House)

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"The Itch"
House episode
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 7
Directed byGreg Yaitanes
Written byPeter Blake
Original air dateNovember 11, 2008
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"The Itch" is the seventh episode of the fifth season of House and the ninety-third episode overall. It aired on November 11, 2008.


An agoraphobic man falls ill and refuses to leave his home to be treated at the hospital. House and the team go to his home to figure out what might be causing his seizures. Cameron takes charge of the case as she had treated the patient in the past and she and the team figure out ways to treat him at his home. However, with Cameron's feelings for people who are sick, she does not end up giving the man the best diagnosis possible, leaving House and his team simple tools to diagnose with.

The patient's condition worsens and it becomes difficult to treat him at his home, therefore House and the team plan to get the man into the hospital for surgery without causing any problems. Cameron and Chase attempt to work through issues in their relationship. House deals with an annoying ostensible bug bite itch he cannot seem to scratch, with Wilson making his own analogies about the problem. House finally diagnoses lead poisoning from bullet fragments from a seven-year-old shooting that stayed in his system.

House removes the bullet fragments, curing the patient of his seizures but the patient remains agoraphobic. House accuses him of cowardice. The scene cuts to Taub and his wife making up, and Chase and Cameron smiling after getting through their issues. House realizes Wilson is right about his "itch" and takes his motorcycle to Cuddy's home, while the patient attempts to overcome his agoraphobia, and take flowers to his girlfriend's grave. Just as House is about to knock on Cuddy's door, he hesitates, looking at her through the window for a long time. Then he turns around and walks away as the video and music fade away. At the same time, the patient overcomes his fear and leaves the house.


The song played in its entirety during the episode's final sequence is "I'm In Love With a Girl" by Big Star, from their 1974 album Radio City.

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