House M.D. 5.14 The Greater Good (2009, 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
Writer (Series’ Creator): David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Kal Penn: Dr. Lawrence Kutner
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Judith Scott: Dana Miller
Jennifer Crystal Foley: Rachel Taub
David Purdham: Chef Anthony
Co-Producer: Sara Hess
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Sara Hess
Director: Lesli Linka Glatter

House M.D. 5.14 Greater Good, The (2009)

A prominent cancer researcher is admitted but the team are shocked when they realise that she quit her highly promising research five years ago to pursue personal happiness. Foreman has switched Thirteen onto the real drug and the hospital elevators appear to be working for everyone except House.


Restoring faith, if only for a single episode, this is good stuff with two miracle cures (a menstrual bleed from everywhere and blindness-by-brain-tumor reversed in an afternoon) and a fun Cuddy-House side-plot. Critically, the medical explanation of the case-of-the-week at the end is easily followable by viewers and provides a satisfying pay-off. The case-of-the-week character provides some interesting scenes regarding personal happiness versus the greater good and the Foreman-Thirteen romance delivers a strong, if rushed, storyline. On top of that, House is generally being awesome on every level this week, not just being an intolerable ego but channeling his intellect into pithy brilliance-ness. It’s a word if you can say it.

This House M.D. episode contains adult dialogue and gory scene.


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