Hugh Laurie: Dr. Gregory House
House M.D. 5.06 Joy (2008)
House is busy trying to pour cold water on Cuddy’s impending adoption but she doesn’t appreciate his endless negativity especially when the mother and baby start having complications. Meanwhile, patient-of-the-week is a man who suffers from blackouts but, as always, it’s a bit more complicated than that.
Two life-threatening situations with almost no lasting effects (anti-rejection medication will be needed for patient-of-the-week and his daughter) but it’s everyone glaring into the camera in closeup that makes this episode oddly uncomfortable. It’s not terribly obvious why director Deran Sarafian does this either but he does keep the medical situation clearer than the last few episodes. Taub gets a fun scene with a drug-dealer ("Er, could I buy some drugs, please?") and House is on form, though, with his contrarianism and wilful childishness scaling incredible heights once more and seriously confusing Cuddy. And us. And himself, interestingly.
This House M.D. episode contains bad language, adult dialogue, references to cocaine abuse and gory and unpleasant medical scenes.