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Last Temptation
April 18, 2011
Episode Number
7.19 Rating
Guest Star(s)
Final Diagnosis
Zebra Factor
House: "Don't you have your own surgery?"
Masters: "I took a break. I told them I had to pee."
House: "You lied. It's a small one, but it's a gateway lie."
— Last Temptation

Last Temptation is 7th season episode of House that first aired on April 18, 2011. It is the nineteenth episode of the season. It is directed by Tim Southam. Martha M. Masters has finally reached her goal of completing medical school, but now she is faced with an unexpected choice. House has posted an opening on his team for an intern, but all the candidates realize that House doesn't want an intern, he wants Masters. Instead of continuing on her original path to be a surgeon, Masters decides to accept the unique opportunity to be on House's team. Her first case is a 16 year old girl who gets sick just before she plans to leave on a solo circumnavigation of the world. In the patient, Masters sees another person who excelled at a very young age, and Masters starts to look to the patient for career advice. The patient's parents see the illness as only a small blip on their daughter's plans and keep acting as if her increasingly severe illness is only a minor hurdle to their daughter's ambitious goals. This leads to a bold move on Masters' part when she makes a decision that not even House sees coming regarding their patient's treatment. Meanwhile, Thirteen gets her license back, but to cover for her, House says she‘s been in rehab. House and Wilson have a bet to see who will be the first to "chicken out".

This is the final appearance of Martha M. Masters on a regular basis. She would later re-appear in the final episode of the series ("Everybody Dies").



Masters wakes up and revise her knowledge at 5 am.

Masters wakes up to her alarm and immediately starts reciting medical facts as she prepares to go to work. She’s still at it while eating Colo's Colios cereal when her roommate comes in and tells her she can relax - she’s not in first year any more. Masters tells her that she’s preparing for House, not school. Her roommate reminds her that this is her last day with House. However, Masters still has to do one more lumbar puncture to meet her practical requirement.

She arrives at an emergency room in chaos. She finds a patient who needs an LP, but finds another student doing it instead. She begs him to let him do it. However, her roommate comes by and tells them that House has just posted an opening for an intern. They all realize that House wants Masters to join the team.

Masters comes to House’s office and meets Thirteen. Chase and Taub come in too and give Thirteen a hug. Foreman just wants to know what happened to her. House lies and says she’s been in rehab. House tells them about the patient, who is a teenage girl planning on being the youngest person to sail around the world. She collapsed during a practice run. Her sponsors want her to be medically cleared, but if she doesn’t leave in three days, she won’t be the youngest person to accomplish the feat. Masters confirms this is her last day as a student. She thinks it’s just dehydration, but her pulse and blood pressure were fine when she was rescued. House asks about her internship, but Masters dodges the issue. Masters thinks the patient might have had a seizure, but Thirteen points out there’s no sign of head trauma. Taub notices that she was leaning on her back, which may have caused adrenal gland insufficiency. House orders the team to track her cortisol. Foreman realizes that House wants Masters to intern with him. However, Masters says she needs to do one more LP before she can even make up her mind. She wants to go to the ER to do it. House tells Thirteen to take Masters to do the blood draws insteads.

The patient’s parents are quizzing her on seamanship. When they have to leave the room, Masters agrees to take over. Masters tells the patient she hasn’t been on a boat since she was a 13 year old freshman in college. The patient thinks she’s cool. The patient wants to speed up the testing. Thirteen says it’s not possible, but Masters suggests giving her a stress test - it will only take half-an-hour. Masters leaves to do her LP.

On the way, Masters runs into Cuddy. Cuddy’s busy and wants to put off speaking to Masters, but Masters tells her she’s got to decide today where she will intern. Cuddy points out how tough a boss House will be and tells her she will have to make up her own mind.

Masters arrives in the ER, only to find Cruz doing the LP. Masters realizes she has to find House. However, when she gets to his office, she sees a sign directing her to the ER and a live chicken. She finds House arguing with Thirteen about the cover story, but he counters he got her medical license back. Masters tells him about the chicken, and House denies there’s one there. Masters realizes House was lying about Thirteen’s rehab, but promises not to tell. She also sees House has just completed an LP. He asks her if she wants the intern job. She finally agrees. He completes her practical experience log book with the last LP and tells her to turn it in, and then she can have the job. Her pager goes off and House tells her to attend to it.

The patient’s hands turned blue during the stress test. They started her on vasodilators in time to restore full circulation. They find House making chicken footprints leading to Wilson’s office. House tells them that Wilson has a very calm and quiet breed of chicken. They finally decide it has to be a cerebral vasospasm and House orders calcium channel blockers. House sees that Masters still hasn’t turned in her log book. She says she’s been too busy. House tells her she’s not busy now.

Masters goes to Dr. Foley’s office to turn in her log book, but just stands outside the door. She finally turns away and runs into her roommate. The roommate tells her to take the internship because of her tendency to rub people the wrong way, her habit of arguing everything, and her peculiar fashion sense - none of that will matter to House. Everyone else thinks she’s weird. They see Wilson chasing a chicken.

Masters asks about the chickens and Thirteen tells her that House and Wilson have a bet to see how long they can go without getting caught. They were going to use pigs, but couldn’t find two of them. Foreman encourages Masters to stick around - she remembers what the rules are and stands up for them. Masters counters that if she doesn’t play House’s way, she won’t let him in. Foreman encourages her to work around House’s rules, but she would still have to lie to him. Thirteen takes Masters to do her last LP.


Thirteen and Masters have an interesting conversation about if Masters should work with House.

It’s Thirteen that needs the LP. She tells Masters about her Huntington's disease. She tells Masters she doesn’t want anyone to know why she was gone. She can’t just tell them to respect her privacy, because none of the rest of the team respects privacy. Masters asks if there’s room for someone on the team with a different perspective, and Thirteen tells her no unless House decides he needs someone like that.

During the procedure, Foreman managed to get a picture of the pineal gland and found it had calcified. The patient just needs hormone replacement therapy. Masters tells House she handed in her log, and House asks she did an LP on Thirteen. Masters admits it, and House says the whole point was not to break his rules, but the hospital’s rules. Masters wants to know why it’s so bad not to want to cheat. House withdraws his internship and tells her to enjoy being a surgeon.

Masters wakes up the next morning and starts quizzing herself about surgical matters. She gets her new identification. Dr. Simpson welcomes Masters and the other interns to the surgical department.

Masters is observing surgery and makes a suggestion. Simpson agrees with it and compliments Masters. However, after the surgery, Simpson asks Masters why she spoke out when interns are only supposed to ask questions. Masters realizes that House’s patient is up for surgery but Simpson doesn’t know anything about the case. He asks Masters to scrub for a lung harvest. Instead, she goes to observe the operation on House’s patient. She sees the patient’s father, who tells her that the patient collapsed in the parking lot and they’re now doing a sympathectomy. She should be ready for her trip in 36 hours. The patient’s father says they are just trying to help her with her dream. Masters gets paged to her operation.

Masters assists with the lung harvest. She says she has to leave to use the washroom, and someone takes over for her. Instead she goes to House’s patient, who is having severe difficulties. House realizes she had to lie at least three times. They start a differential. Masters thinks it’s acidosis, but House goes with Thirteen’s suggestion of Wegener’s disease. House welcomes Masters back to the team, but Masters says she’s only back for the case. House compliments her on her lying.

Masters goes back to Simpson to say that she’s doing a consult for House. Simpson allows her to transfer out, but tells her not to stay out too long because he’s already on his way to forgetting who she is, then Masters runs into her roommate and Cruz in the locker room and tells them she’s staying late to help with House’s case.

Masters in the lab running tests. She goes back to House’s office to hit the books and finds the chicken in a covered cage, but it’s making noises. She lies down on the floor to think when Wilson comes in and heads towards House’s chicken. Wilson sees Masters and waves half-heartedly. He uncovers the cage and finds a chicken doll and a recording. He realizes he’s been locked into House’s office and House is making a limping dash towards Wilson’s office. Wilson heads for the balcony. Suddenly, Masters realizes something.

Masters goes to see the patient and asks if poultry ever made her sick. She admits she had some pheasant in a can that made her sick. Masters thinks she has salmonella and starts examining her to see if she has any tenderness in her bones. She asks the patient if she always like sailing. The patient says she only started when she was ten. She says she loves it, but there are things about it she hates. However, she says if there weren’t things to overcome, it wouldn’t be worth doing. Masters finds a tender spot just above her left elbow.

Masters and Chase do an MRI to confirm. Chase asks her if she’s headed back to surgery. When Masters expresses some hesitation, Chase tells her she should go back to surgery. Chase says being with House changed him, and perhaps not for the better. He doesn‘t think its possible to go back once you change. They find something in the humerus, but it looks like cancer.

House frumpyduckling

Masters tells the patient she has lymphosarcoma. Her arm will have to be amputated. The patient still wants to try to break the record. Her parents are incredulous. She says that the previous night they thought it was just an infection, but Masters confirms it is cancer. Delaying the amputation will mean the cancer will most likely spread. She still wants to go on the sail because she feels fine and it will only take a month. Masters confirms that waiting that long will risk her life. The parents ask for time to discuss it, but Masters is incredulous they are even considering letting her go. She leaves the room stunned.

The father comes out and tells Masters that the patient insists on sailing. Master tells them that the patient is a minor and if the parents consent, they can do the amputation. However, the mother won’t consent. Masters tells her that only one parent has to consent, but the father tell her that if he does that, the patient will go to court to become an emancipated minor and will probably win. The father just wants to keep the family together.

Masters finds House training a dog to chase feathers. He tells her the case is over and she can go back to surgery. However, she still wants to convince the patient to have the amputation. House tells her it’s the patient’s decision to risk her life. He says he just wanted a diagnosis and that if Masters wants to save the patient’s life, she has to break the rules. When she says she can’t, he tells her she’s not exceptional.

Masters goes to see Wilson to ask advice. He tells her to keep trying to convince the patient because it’s all she can do. Wilson tells her House was in the same boat, refusing life saving surgery in favor of a risky procedure. It was his girlfriend who signed the consent form while House was unconscious who probably saved his life.

Suddenly the dog comes in and grabs Wilson’s chicken. However, in the confusion, House’s chicken gets out of Wilson’s office and a security guard sees it. Wilson tells the guard that it’s House’s chicken and wins the bet with House.

Masters goes home to work on paper airplanes. She goes back to the hospital and keeps trying to convince the patient to have the amputation. The patient tells Masters that it’s not about the record. She got so good at sailing, she was beating all comers because she saw things others couldn’t. She wants to do it to show herself she’s the best at what she does. Masters goes to give her medication and warns her it’s going to burn a bit.

Masters goes to House’s office, hears her pager go off, and rushes to the patient’s room. She finds the rest of the team treating the patient for a cardiac blockage that is causing bradycardia. They think it’s a paraneoplastic syndrome. They rush the patient to surgery as Masters explains to the parents that this is the side effect of the cancer she was worried about. She asks them to sign the consent for the amputation and the parents agree.

Masters goes to the surgery suite and tells the team to push calcium chloride. She admits she caused the bradycardia and shows them the consent to remove the arm.


The patient wakes up. Masters tells her about the cardiac episode, and the patient finds that her left arm is missing. Masters tells her that they had already found cancer in her lymph nodes and they had no choice. The patient tells her parents she hates them. The parents say that’s okay and embrace her. The mother thanks Masters.

Masters goes home and wakes up the next morning, this time not practicing her medical knowledge. House find her despondent in his office. She tells him she’s done things no doctor in their right mind would do, but House congratulates her. House reminds her she was right, and Masters wonders why she’s not feeling good or satisfied. He tells her You can't always get what you want. House pays Wilson his $20 and finds out that Wilson’s chicken survived the dog, at least physically. They decide to use ferrets next. Masters tells him she’s leaving the team for good because she can’t do it any more. He tells her nothing will ever be simple again, and she say’s she’s fine with that. As she leaves, she trips over House’s chicken, laughs for a second, and then heads off a little more cheerful.

Major EventsEdit

  • Masters graduates medical school
  • Masters is hired as House’s new intern, then is fired, then comes back, then leaves again.
  • Masters falsifies a heart blockage in order to convince the patient’s parents to consent to an amputation.
  • House and Wilson have a bet on who can keep a chicken in the hospital the longest without being detected. Wilson wins.

Zebra Factor 4/10Edit

Lymphosarcoma is one of the most common forms of cancer.


The title refers to the fact this is Masters last case. Her 'last temptation' is technically to solve this case.

Trivia and Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • Masters’ mnemonic for cranial nerves is “On Old Olympus’s Towering Tops, A Friendly Viking Group Vines and Hops”.
  • Masters is shown to have a roommate, despite saying she lived alone in Small Sacrifices.
  • Turning blue from magical gum is the fate of Violet Beuregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Cruz’s threat to “skin you and wear you as a disguise” is another reference to The Silence of the Lambs, which itself was loosely based on Ed Gein, a notorious murderer and body snatcher from Wisconsin.
  • Last regular appearance of Masters. She would return in the series finale.
  • Extra Crispy or Original Recipe is a reference to KFC
  • House at one point tells Masters that the Second Amendment is the part of the Constitution which says people have the right to be stupid. 
  • Masters' final scene is at first deliberately shot and scored very similarly to Allison Cameron's departure in the previous season, before the moment is subverted by her tripping over House's chicken.
  • "You Can't Always Get What You Want," a song by The Rolling Stones, returns from the pilot to send off Masters. In this case, the "If you try sometimes, you get what you need," is focused on. This applies to Masters as it can be assumed she gets what she needs to move on in life.


  • Hugh Laurie briefly lapses back into his British accent when he's petting the dog.


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