House M.D. 5.24 Both Sides Now (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
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Ashton Holmes: Scott
Maria Thayer: Annie
Jennifer Crystal Foley: Rachel Taub
Carl Reiner: Eugene Schwartz
Co-Executive Producer: Doris Egan
Co-Executive Producer: Greg Yaitanes
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Doris Egan
Director: Greg Yaitanes

House M.D. 5.24 Both Sides Now (2009)

House treats a man with Alien Hand Syndrome and sets about clarifying his relationship with Cuddy.

6/10

While the episode is largely poor with a medical case (Alien Hand Syndrome) unconvincingly portrayed and explained and ongoing stultifying stupidity between Chase and Cameron, Hugh Laurie still sells his scenes brilliantly. The plot also explains some of our dissatisfaction with the previous episode but it still won’t stop that episode being dissatisfying. While rigidly sticking to formula isn’t a problem for television shows, this season has been particularly transparent and has rarely presented it’s medical components with clarity or believability (largely due to ridiculously escalating symptoms in too short a period of time and always to the brink of death). On the plus side, dialogue for Hugh Laurie has been frequently great and he has delivered it brilliantly each and every time. All his scenes with Cuddy and Wilson have been highly entertaining and so season five will get itself six stars.

This House M.D. episode contains adult dialogue and gory and unpleasant scenes and sexuality.

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