Hugh Laurie: Dr. Gregory House
House M.D. 5.10 Let Them Eat Cake (2008)
Case-of-the-week is a 30-year-old fitness trainer who collapses with breathing difficulties without warning and without any apparent problem with her lungs. Thirteen starts treatment for her Huntingdon’s while Cuddy is slightly baffled by a lack of new requests for House and, for kicks, moves into his office while hers is being renovated.
After the misery of last week’s embarrassments, we have a return to multiple story lines, a case-of-the-week with no lasting consequences and gleefully silly games between Cuddy and House. Also, in the plus column, Olivia Wilde’s make-up has been made much more sympathetic and she connects with the audience rather than just looking freaky and there was a fun additional storyline with Cutner pretending to be House on a medical second opinion website. The medical case had some good psychological elements to it and the offer of the best medicine yet seen in the show: chocolate cake. This episode is a nice reminder of the earlier episodes with House’s clinic duty which served to break up the central plot-of-the-week and make it more manageable.