House M.D. 6.06 Known Unknowns (2009, Medical Black Comedy Drama) – 6/10 TV review

Cast / crew
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
Creator: David Shore
Michael Weston: Lucas Douglas
Annabelle Attanasio: Jordan
Marcus Giamatti: Keener
Bianca Collins: Phoebe
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Co-Executive Producer: Doris Egan
Executive Producer: Hugh Laurie
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Matthew V. Lewis
Writer: Doris Egan
Director: Greg Yaitanes

House M.D. 6.06 Known Unknowns (2009)

House attends a medical conference when he learns that Cuddy and her breasts (Patty and Selma, always smoking) are going but his patient-of-the-week – a young girl with swollen joints and extreme muscle fatigue – keeps requiring his long-distance attention.


House is on good form with Wilson and Cuddy this week (though don’t try naming your boss’s breasts at home, children; unless you’re a maverick genius, of course) though the patient-of-the-week diagnostic procedures are as unconvincing as ever and there is an unwelcome return for House’s Mini-Me Lucas Douglas (Michael Weston). The episode is again presenting the weight on the conscience of the doctor as arbiter of life and death with Chase having killed someone who wouldn’t have died and Wilson allowing a terminal patient to die early. I’m of the opinion, though, that doctors unnecessarily extend life beyond what the body would naturally allow through their use of intravenous feeds and respirators and the like. Without those things, the patient would die of their own accord much sooner. With those things, the doctors stop them dying but make their life painful, frustrating, humiliating and debilitated. If such forcible life-extending devices were not used for people who have terminal conditions, the number of cases warranting contemplation of euthanasia would, I suspect, plunge dramatically.

This House M.D. episode contains adult dialogue, references to substance abuse and unpleasant scenes.


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