House M.D. 5.20 Simple Explanation (2009, TV) – 6/10 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
Colleen Camp: Charlotte
Mary Jo Deschanel: Julia
Meat Loaf: Eddie
Co-Executive Producer: Leonard Dick
Co-Executive Producer: Greg Yaitanes
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Leonard Dick
Director: Greg Yaitanes

House M.D. 5.20 Simple Explanation (2009)

Patient-of-the-week is a woman who’s dying husband seems to get better as she gets worse. SPOILER However, House and the team, except Taub oddly, are shell-shocked when Kutner is found dead by suicide. END SPOILER


Clinic’s back, yay! We need more of that. The main medical case is pretty ho-hum but it does go down as one of the few where the patient dies. It also supplied a brilliant summation of House’s ethic: "Either we have all the clues and are idiots, or we don’t have all the clues." Elsewhere, the major story is hidden behind the spoiler marker above. This is the second season in a row where the producers of House have pulled this stunt and it is, again, notably out-of-place for a medical mystery comedy drama. However, if you’ve avoided spoilers for the episode it comes as an agreeable shock and we get one of the few times where House is really floundering in his inability to have foreseen or subsequently explain such an event. I wonder if House and we will ever get to know why. It’s quite interesting, but not exactly entertaining.

This House M.D. episode contains mild swear words and unpleasant and gory scenes.


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