House M.D. 6.13 5 to 9 (2010, Drama) – 6/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Hugh Laurie: Dr. Gregory House
Lisa Edelstein: Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Robert Sean Leonard: Dr. James Wilson
Jesse Spencer: Dr. Robert Chase
Creator: David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Michael Weston: Lucas Douglas
Tracy Vilar: Nurse Regina
Maurice Godin: Dr. Hourani
Patrick St. Esprit: Keith Tannenbaum
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Executive Producer: Hugh Laurie
Executive Producer: Thomas L. Moran
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Thomas L. Moran
Director: Andrew Bernstein

House M.D. 6.13 5 to 9 (2010)

A five o’clock start to a big day for Lisa Cuddy as she attempts to tough out final negotiations on the hospital’s contract with a major health insurance provider.

6/10

Cuddy is the most unconvincing character on the show at the best of times and this episode that focuses on her, sadly, does nothing to change that. But why? Does Lisa Edelstein’s attractiveness (she closes the episode with a soul-lifting smile) undermine her character’s ability to make tough decisions? Does her commendably copious cleavage and titillatingly tight skirts weaken her position at the negotiating table or as the hospital’s ultimate authority? Have the writers completely misunderstood how to write a character with such a juxtaposition between femme fatale and femme forte? No, I don’t think so. The reason why Cuddy is unconvincing as a businesswoman is that Lisa Edelstein doesn’t quite act it well enough. She is great at flirty, fun, quick-witted-ness, vulnerability, camaraderie, intelligence and, of course, being an attractive middle-aged woman. But she’s not quite good enough at acting the tough businesswoman. I still like her though and, as I mentioned before, her smile imparts heart-lifting joy.

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