House M.D. 5.04 Birthmarks (2008, TV) – 7/10 review

Hugh Laurie: Dr. Gregory House
Lisa Edelstein: Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Omar Epps: Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean Leonard: Dr. James Wilson
Jennifer Morrison: Dr. Allison Cameron
Jesse Spencer: Dr. Robert Chase
Writer (Series’ Creator): David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Kal Penn: Dr. Lawrence Kutner
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Samantha Quan: Nicole
Christine Healy: Janice
Scott Paulin: Bob
Jack Conley: Sheriff Costello
Diane Baker: House’s mother
Executive Producer: Hugh Laurie
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Doris Egan
Writer: David Foster
Director: David Platt
R. Lee Ermey: House’s father

House M.D. 5.04 Birthmarks (2008)

House keeps refusing to take phone calls from his mother after her husband of fifty years, also known as House’s father, dies. House has no intention of going to the funeral to deliver an eulogy but his friends, including Wilson, won’t let him get away with that. Meanwhile, patient-of-the-week is an adopted Chinese girl who returns extremely ill from a trip to China to meet her biological parents but House’s diagnostic abilities are put to the test when he and Wilson are arrested.


The episode builds to an eulogy House doesn’t want to give and you’ll be looking through your hands worried about what House is gonna say. Refreshingly, the episode doesn’t disappoint when House, awesomely, uses it as an excuse to nab a DNA sample to prove his twelve-year-old self right that his father was not his biological father! Patient-of-the-week is also good with a great solution (involving magnetic Buddhas) but it is the focus on House and Wilson that makes the episode fun, entertaining, interesting and emotionally satisfying.

This House M.D. episode contains gory and unpleasant scenes.


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