Hugh Laurie: Dr. Gregory House
|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.
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.