House M.D. 6.18 Open and Shut (2010, Black Comedy Medical 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
Jesse Spencer: Dr. Robert Chase
Creator: David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Cynthia Watros: Sam Carr
Sarah Wayne Callies: Julia
Rob Evors: Tom
Jennifer Crystal Foley: Rachel Taub
Charlie Weber: Damien
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Supervising Producer: Liz Friedman
Co-Executive Producer: Greg Yaitanes
Executive Producer: Hugh Laurie
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Sara Hess
Writer: Liz Friedman
Director: Greg Yaitanes

House M.D. 6.18 Open and Shut (2010)

House, in the exact opposite of what he said last week, is trying to push Wilson and Sam to make-or-break their relationship. Patient-of-the-week has a functioning open marriage which intrigues House and miffs / gives ideas to a temptation-baiting Taub who is currently sniffing around another affair.

6/10

Some vaguely interesting stuff about relationships this week as the patient has an open marriage, Taub wants an open marriage and Wilson’s relationship with his ex-wife is about to hit it’s first pothole. The drama is thought-provoking if you want it to be and is much better than the worthless medical element which is as unconvincing as it always is now. The medical dramas need to be scaled back; they are always so ridiculously life-threatening as to remove any sense of drama and the circuitous diagnoses are poorly explained to the audience. House and his team may as well be ‘rhubarb’-ing around the conference table.

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

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House M.D., 6.15 Black Hole (2010, Black Comedy Medical Drama) – 5/10 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
Jesse Spencer: Dr. Robert Chase
Creator: David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Cali Fredrichs: Abby Nash
Nick Eversman: Nick
Dennis Boutsikaris: Artie
Jennifer Crystal Foley: Rachel Taub
Sunil Malhotra: Mr. Damon
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Co-Executive Producer: Lawrence Kaplow
Co-Executive Producer: Greg Yaitanes
Executive Producer: Hugh Laurie
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Lawrence Kaplow
Director: Greg Yaitanes

House M.D. 6.15 Black Hole (2010)

House insists that their apartment’s lack of furniture says something about Wilson. Meanwhile, he treats a young woman who’s symptoms leave him and the team completely stumped.

5/10

A poor episode with a director trying to cover a seriously unconvincing and thin story with flash special effects (!) while the back-up plots of Taub’s marriage and furniture in Wilson’s apartment are not as fun or sharp as they have been.

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

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House M.D. 6.14 Private Lives (2010, Black Comedy Medical Drama) – 7/10 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
Jesse Spencer: Dr. Robert Chase
Creator: David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Laura Prepon: Frankie
Adam Rothenberg: Taylor
Christina Vidal: Sandy
Gonzalo Menendez: Stuart
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Co-Executive Producer: Doris Egan
Executive Producer: Hugh Laurie
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Doris Egan
Director: Sanford Bookstaver

House M.D. 6.14 Private Lives (2010)

The team treat a blogger who insists on publicly documenting everything about her life.

7/10

The non-medical bits this week are an absolute hoot as Chase discovers how good-looking he is and Wilson has an old acting job come back to haunt him. However, this episode does heavily feature the baffling contemporary American television insistence that pornography is morally acceptable.

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

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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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House M.D. 6.12 Moving the Chains (2010, Black Comedy Medical Drama) – 7/10 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
Jesse Spencer: Dr. Robert Chase
Creator: David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Michael Weston: Lucas Douglas
Da’Vone McDonald: Daryl
Denise Y. Dowse: Glenda
Trever O’Brien: Jim Dunnagan
Orlando Jones: Marcus Foreman
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Executive Producer: Hugh Laurie
Executive Producer: Russel Friend
Executive Producer: Garrett Lerner
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Russel Friend
Writer: Garrett Lerner
Director: David Straiton

House M.D. 6.12 Moving the Chains (2010)

A rising football player suffers a rage attack and beats himself with his helmet. When his brother comes out of prison, Foreman is dismayed to find House gives him a job. Meanwhile, hostilities commence between House and Wilson over a bathtub.

7/10

While the medical drama seems to rather fizzle out, the side-plots are terrific fun. House is portrayed as a "diabolical yet benevolent puppet-master" and that is a perfect summation of what he should be. No-one wants a purely caustic curmudgeon and that has been the case with most dramas inspired by House and this series own weakest moments. The current writers clearly have this supreme balance very much in mind and that is a great thing.

This House M.D. episode contains mild adult dialogue and self-inflicted violence.

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House M.D. 6.11 Remorse (2010, Black Comedy Medical Drama) – 8/10 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
Jesse Spencer: Dr. Robert Chase
Creator: David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Michael Weston: Lucas Douglas
Beau Garrett: Valerie
Shane Edelman: Bill
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Co-Executive Producer: Peter Blake
Executive Producer: Hugh Laurie
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Peter Blake
Director: Andrew Bernstein

House M.D. 6.11 Remorse (2010)

A ruthless businesswoman is admitted with intense ear pain but House only takes her case after hearing she is beautiful and ambitious and her husband is not. Meanwhile, he’s trying to avoid a certain Lorenzo Wibberly from his time at medical school…

8/10

A fun episode with lots of impressive if improbable medical dramas for the patient-of-the-week (a beautiful psychopath), a bit of clinic and a couple of character drama threads. The abundance of activity means that it all moves along nicely and Hugh Laurie, again, knocks a number of good lines out of the park.

This House M.D. episode contains adult dialogue and an extremely unpleasant scene.

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House M.D. 6.10 The Down Low (2010, Black Comedy Medical Drama) – 7/10 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
Jesse Spencer: Dr. Robert Chase
Creator: David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Ethan Embry: Mickey
Sasha Alexander: Nora
Nick Chinlund: Eddie
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Supervising Producer: Liz Friedman
Executive Producer: Hugh Laurie
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Liz Friedman
Writer: Sara Hess
Director: Nick Gomez

House M.D. 6.10 Down Low, The (2010)

A drug dealer collapses after experiencing spontaneous vertigo caused by a loud noise. House is excited to have a crim around and sets about trying to extract information from someone who is even more reticent than usual to share the truth.

7/10

With a patient-of-the-week (SPOILER who dies, unusually) with an interesting, as it turns out, moral dilemma (SPOILER as an undercover cop, should he reveal the location of a big drug deal, the probable source of his malaise, and therefore prevent a bust going down), House having fun trying to be Jack Bauer and two fun side-plots involving House / Wilson and an attractive neighbour (Sasha Alexander from NCIS but with blond hair) and, unusually, the team versus Foreman, this is an entertaining episode. Thanks to the clear moral dilemma (SPOILER which turns out to be irrelevant anyway), the medical predicament seems clear and so all the jargon has context and while the solution is never clearly explained, the result is and that is what is important.

This House M.D. episode contains adult dialogue and mild violence, mild gory and unpleasant scenes.

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House M.D. 6.09 Wilson (2009, Black Comedy Medical Drama) – 7/10 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
Jesse Spencer: Dr. Robert Chase
Creator: David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Joshua Malina: Tucker
Katherine LaNasa: Melissa
Marnette Patterson: Ashley
Christina Vidal: Sandy
Willie C. Carpenter: Del
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Supervising Producer: David Foster
Executive Producer: Hugh Laurie
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: David Foster
Director: Lesli Linka Glatter

House M.D. 6.09 Wilson (2009)

Wilson treats a friend (pooh-poohed by House) and former patient, Tucker, who suddenly develops paralysis of his arm. House bets it’s a return of cancer but Wilson insists it’s not.

7/10

Generally, all Wilson episodes are cool and this is no exception. The committed change of focus was refreshing as the episode was very much Wilson with House riding in and out on various patients. There was a moment where the balance of House’s personality looked to be tipped into selfish horrid (the series’ biggest danger) but it produces a welcome pay-off. This also raises an intriguing dilemma for a doctor when the power to help somebody will cost them personally, will or should they pay that price?

This House M.D. episode contains unpleasant scenes.

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House M.D. 6.08 Ignorance is Bliss (2009, Black Comedy Medical Drama) – 8/10 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
Jesse Spencer: Dr. Robert Chase
Creator: David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Michael Weston: Lucas Douglas
Esteban Powell: James Sidas
Vicki Davis: Dara Sidas
Jennifer Crystal Foley: Rachel Taub
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Executive Producer: Hugh Laurie
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: David Hoselton
Director: Greg Yaitanes

House M.D. 6.08 Ignorance is Bliss (2009)

Patient-of-the-week is a genius now living a happy life of deliveryman obscurity. Our own genius-in-residence decides that it is time for Cuddy and Lucas to break up.

8/10

There’s lots of quality, but fun, machinations this week as House tries to break up Lucas and Cuddy (though Taub and Chase have their moments as well) and, as a bonus, the medical mysteries are also clearly enough presented with the final solution being pretty cool while raising an interesting side issue as a genius medically makes himself more stupid so as to be content with a normal life with his wife. (It reminds me of the classic line from James Stewart in Harvey: " ‘In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.’ Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.") Oh, and we even get some clinic duty.

This House M.D. episode contains mild unpleasant medical scenes.

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House M.D. 6.07 Teamwork (2009, Medical Black Comedy Drama) – 4/10 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
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Michael Weston: Lucas Douglas
Jolene Blalock: Lexa
Troy Garity: Hank Hardwick
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Co-Executive Producer: Eli Attie
Executive Producer: Hugh Laurie
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Eli Attie
Director: David Straiton

House M.D. 6.07 Teamwork (2009)

Patient-of-the-week is a porn star who collapses on the job. House gets his medical licence back but loses most of his team when Chase and Cameron announce they are going to leave.

4/10

House’s games this week feel extremely unconvincing as the writers settle things down for the remainder of the season. The patient-of-the-week is also given short thrift as House, apparently, knows what’s wrong with him early on but withholds the true diagnosis and treatment to tempt Taub and Thirteen back into the fold. The problem comes in that House’s games feel cruel and misleading as opposed to cunning and revealing. Cameron’s exit from the show is extraordinarily unconvincing but I have commented before that I don’t think the writers like Jennifer Morrison as her character has frequently borne the brunt of major character inconsistencies and half-hearted writing.

This House M.D. episode contains adult dialogue and unpleasant scenes and inferred sex scenes.

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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.

6/10

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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House M.D. 6.04 Instant Karma (2009, Medical Black Comedy Drama TV) – 7/10 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
Creator: David Shore
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Lee Tergesen: Mr. Randall
Tanner Maguire: Jack Randall
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Co-Executive Producer: Greg Yaitanes
Executive Producer: Thomas L. Moran
Writer: Thomas L. Moran
Director: Greg Yaitanes

House M.D. 6.04 Instant Karma (2009)

With seventeen previous doctors having been unable to diagnose or treat his dying son, a billionaire insists that House take his case (despite House not having a medical licence, remember). House performs his usual diagnostic procedures and sets about taking the boy to the precipice of death before miraculously – oh… Perhaps money can’t buy everything.

7/10

In the House versus patient-of-the-week, versus Thirteen and versus Foreman / Chase, the result is two-one to House (I’m not saying which one he loses). While the shenanigans weren’t as funny or cunning as they have been and the medicine was, as usual, not terribly convincing, the balance of the episode made this feel largely sure-footed and House’s volunteering to deliver bad news is a welcome nod to his rehabilitation (no psychiatrist again this week). The Foreman / Chase storyline from last week spilled over convincingly and the pair acted it well, consistently and believably. Oddly, or perhaps brilliantly, Wilson only appears at the end and he brings a subtle, subconscious sense of relief to the climax of the episode which may not have been as effective if he had appeared all the way through.

This House M.D. episode contains unpleasant medical scene.

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House M.D. 6.05 Brave Heart (2009, Medical Black Comedy Drama) – 7/10 TV 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
Creator: David Shore
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Co-Executive Producer: Lawrence Kaplow
Executive Producer: Hugh Laurie
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Lawrence Kaplow
Director: Matt Shakman

House M.D. 6.05 Brave Heart (2009)

A policeman is admitted after a fall and his partner explains how he often takes unnecessary risks because he is convinced he is going to die at forty with a heart attack just like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

7/10

"One bowl of putrefied dad." An impressively gross highlight in a largely terrific episode which sees Chase not coping with the psychological fallout of taking someone’s life and House panicking that he may be losing his mind once more. Jesse Spencer turns in a blinder as he demands absolution from God. Other highlights include the autopsy with Omar Epps brilliant reaction shot, all the House / Wilson and House / Cuddy stuff and SPOILER"Differential diagnosis for resurrection. Go.". Medically the episode seemed typically suspect but fun.

This House M.D. episode contains adult dialogue and very gory and very unpleasant scenes and inferred masturbation.

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House M.D. 6.04 Instant Karma (2009, Medical Black Comedy Drama TV) – 7/10 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
Creator: David Shore
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Lee Tergesen: Mr. Randall
Tanner Maguire: Jack Randall
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Co-Executive Producer: Greg Yaitanes
Executive Producer: Thomas L. Moran
Writer: Thomas L. Moran
Director: Greg Yaitanes

House M.D. 6.04 Instant Karma (2009)

With seventeen previous doctors having been unable to diagnose or treat his dying son, a billionaire insists that House take his case (despite House not having a medical licence, remember). House performs his usual diagnostic procedures and sets about taking the boy to the precipice of death before miraculously – oh… Perhaps money can’t buy everything.

7/10

In the House versus patient-of-the-week, versus Thirteen and versus Foreman / Chase, the result is two-one to House (I’m not saying which one he loses). While the shenanigans weren’t as funny or cunning as they have been and the medicine was, as usual, not terribly convincing, the balance of the episode made this feel largely sure-footed and House’s volunteering to deliver bad news is a welcome nod to his rehabilitation (no psychiatrist again this week). The Foreman / Chase storyline from last week spilled over convincingly and the pair acted it well, consistently and believably. Oddly, or perhaps brilliantly, Wilson only appears at the end and he brings a subtle, subconscious sense of relief to the climax of the episode which may not have been as effective if he had appeared all the way through.

This House M.D. episode contains unpleasant medical scene.

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House M.D. 6.03 The Tyrant (2009, Medical Black Comedy Drama TV) – 5/10 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
Creator: David Shore
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
James Earl Jones: President Dibala
David Marciano: Murphy
Garikayi Mutambirwa: Ruwe
Roger Aaron Brown: Joseph Ntila
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Co-Executive Producer: Peter Blake
Writer: Peter Blake
Director: David Straiton

House M.D. 6.03 Tyrant, The (2009)

An African dictator is admitted after violently coughing up blood but his harsh regime back home is testing the team’s duty to treat him impartially. Meanwhile, House has managed to irritate Wilson’s over-grumpy naighbour and his attempts to put things right do not go well. Nothing a bit of duct tape and drugs won’t sort out, naturally.

5/10

This episode opens with a nice surprise: I thought James Earl Jones was dead. He plays an "evil" dictator and sets up a moral dilemma for, particularly, Chase and Cameron as they are used by the writers to deliver two sides of the argument: to keep the doctors oath or not. The outcome is surprising and the episode thought-provoking but Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer are such wishy-washy on-screen presences that they undermine their characters’ viewpoints and are simply blown away by James Earl Jones’ hurricane-force delivery. The writers have never liked Omar Epps and he keeps getting the short end of several sticks. House gets a better balance as he fights against his old misanthropic instincts and, as always, Hugh Laurie is perfect. Do they only write good lines for him or does he make ordinary lines awesome?

This House M.D. episode contains descriptions of violence and strong gory scenes.

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House M.D. 6.02 Epic Fail (2009, Medical Black Comedy Drama 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
Creator: David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Rick D. Wasserman:
Freda Foh Shen:
Andre Braugher: Dr. Darryl Nolan
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Supervising Producer: Liz Friedman
Co-Executive Producer: Greg Yaitanes
Writer: Sara Hess
Writer: Liz Friedman
Director: Greg Yaitanes

House M.D. 6.02 Epic Fail (2009)

House quits his job at Princeton aware that returning will likely lead him to undo all the progress he’s made. So he turns his attention to possible hobbies (apparently he doesn’t need money) to use as pain management for his leg. Meanwhile, Foreman demands House’s job even when Cuddy points out that House’s job only existed because House did it.

6/10

It never ceases to amaze me how poor the understanding of videogames is by television and movie creators. So here we have some unloved Nineties technology dressed up with a side order of daft future tech (such as facial expressions mirrored onto player avatars) used in the set-up to the patient-of-the-week and then later revisited as a hallucinogenic symptom. Foreman inherits House’s job when House decides not to return to the environment that got him into his current situation and immediately sets about taking the patient to the brink of death before hitting upon the medical solution. It’s easy to overlook, however, that the writers did allow Foreman to get the solution himself, legitimately, even though, as expected, SPOILER House had got there earlier that day just by looking at a posting on the internet. I am never convinced by grumpy Foreman – Omar Epps always seems to overplay that – but the relationship between him and Thirteen was nicer and more interesting than expected. Best bit was House boasting that he’d got a dog to pee in Wilson’s toilet which, however you slice it, is awesome.

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House M.D. 6.01 Broken (2009, Medical Black Comedy Drama TV) – 7/10 review

Hugh Laurie: Dr. Gregory House
Robert Sean Leonard: Dr. James Wilson
Franka Potente: Lydia
Lin-Manuel Miranda: Alvie
Megan Dodds: Dr. Beasley
Derek Richardson: Steve "Freedom Master"
Curtis Armstrong: Richter
Andrew Harrison Leeds: Dr. Medina
Andre Braugher: Dr. Darryl Nolan
Creator: David Shore
Writer: Russel Friend
Writer: Garrett Lerner
Writer: David Foster
Writer: David Shore
Director: Katie Jacobs

House M.D. 6.01 Broken (2009)

Having come through the Vicodin addiction, House moves to a psychiatric ward to deal with his deeper, non-physical issues. He thinks that he should be able to leave and has to start scheming to make sure it happens.

7/10

While the Franka Potente character conception absolutely never convinces (SPOILER House insults her, steals her car, nearly kills a dude then they have an affair, hmm), this is, nevertheless, an engrossing return. It’s well-acted by all, especially Franka Potente who manages to get us to accept her ridiculous actions, and Andre Braugher who I usually find intensely irritating but he’s great here. Katie Jacobs directs skilfully and manipulatively. Cleverly, it actually sticks very closely to the House formula of being wrong a lot, taking someone to the brink of death then pulling out miraculous results with acute observational skills and mental agility but they apply this formula to several different characters, including House, instead of just a single patient. I appreciate the writing team taking a little longer than usual (this is a feature-length episode) to reset everything back to normal and, applaudably, we’re not quite there yet. I look forward to next week’s episode.

This House M.D. episode contains adult dialogue and violence and a sex scene.

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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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House M.D. 5.23 Under My Skin (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
Anne Dudek: Amber Volakis
Jamie Tisdale:
Alex Schemmer:
Co-Executive Producer: Lawrence Kaplow
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Pamela Davis
Writer: Lawrence Kaplow
Director: David Straiton

House M.D. 5.23 Under My Skin (2009)

A ballet dancer is admitted with collapsed lungs which can’t be properly reinflated. House’s first port of call results in the patient losing most of her skin, a bad thing, and he finds himself dangerously distracted by his hallucination and knows he must do something about that, whatever the cost.

6/10

A troubled episode for the great man as his glee last week at having unfettered access to his subconscious has turned to horror than he may actually now be in serious trouble. Hugh Laurie sells it, no problem, but the writers have difficulty in taking us through two patient-of-the-week plots (House and the patient-of-the-week) that unconvincingly span only a couple of days. House’s Vicodin withdrawal symptoms only lasting overnight is also ostentatiously unlikely. And what on earth was Cameron wittering on about ("I’ve got my husband’s sperm.")? Still, the episode closes on a strong line ("I always want to kiss you.") which has got to be worth remembering for all the guys out there.

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

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House M.D. 5.22 House Divided (2009, TV) – 8/10 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
Anne Dudek: Amber Volakis
Ryan Lane:
Clare Carey:
Supervising Producer: Liz Friedman
Co-Executive Producer: Greg Yaitanes
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Matthew V. Lewis
Writer: Liz Friedman
Director: Greg Yaitanes

House M.D. 5.22 House Divided (2009)

House’s insomnia is causing him to hallucinate Amber, former employee and Wilson’s dead girlfriend, but she proves to give House a sharpness and insight he welcomes and applies it to patient-of-the-week (a deaf boy who is hearing explosions) and arranging Chase’s bachelor party.

8/10

Despite the presence of a deceased team member, this is a comedy episode of House with him treating a deaf patient who hears explosions in his head and, somewhat unexpectedly, arranging a bachelor party ("The reason my third wife and I eloped was mainly to avoid House’s bachelor party. Have you heard of Caligula?" – Wilson). We also have full-on comedy highlights when House decides to play our patient some music (it’s visually funny and leads to the brilliant discovery of a new symptom), practices an alcohol-and-fire trick in the morgue and there is a really great gag where we discover how House gets Wilson to attend the bachelor party against his wishes (SPOILER he holds it in Wilson’s apartment. There’s also the interesting framework as House gleefully accepts the help of evil House before realising his must go toe-to-toe with her. Like Superman did in Superman III with a bit of luck.

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House M.D. 5.21 Saviors (2009, TV) – 7/10

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
Tim Rock: Doug Swenson
Lindsey McKeon: Franni
Co-Executive Producer: Eli Attie
Executive Producer: Thomas L. Moran
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Eli Attie
Writer: Thomas L. Moran
Director: Matthew Penn

House M.D. 5.21 Saviors (2009)

House worries that he is losing his mojo when he is presented with a number of intriguing mysteries (stemming from Kutner’s unexpected suicide then including Cameron actively involving herself in his team, patient-of-the-week and Wilson suddenly eating salad) and feels unable to get to the bottom of any of them.

7/10

There’s quite a lot of fun in this episode (another clinic snippet, glad to see a few of those this season) as House gleefully tackles a number of mysteries both medical and personal before panicking that he is losing his mojo. The Chase-Cameron plot makes no sense except in the world of the American TV writer and the patient-of-the-week must be the unluckiest person in the world (SPOILER he catches a disease from the only commercially-produced flower he has ever bought in his life). However, the House-Wilson game is a lot of fun (as it has been consistently this season) and everyone is still remembering to give House his human side just to counter-act the incessant insults.

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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

6/10

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.

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House M.D. 5.19 Locked In (2009, TV) – 5/10 review

Hugh Laurie: Dr. Gregory House
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
Faune A. Chambers: Molly
John Kapelos: Dr. Kurtz
Mos Def: Lee
Producer: David Foster
Executive Producer: Russel Friend
Executive Producer: Garrett Lerner
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Russel Friend
Writer: Garrett Lerner
Writer: David Foster
Director: Daniel Attias

House M.D. 5.19 Locked In (2009)

House saves a man’s life after falling off his motorbike in New York. The man has Locked In Syndrome but as he attempts to diagnose, he is also trying to determine whether Taub is motivated to continue and Wilson wants to know what House was doing in New York in the first place.

5/10

House’s dialogue is as awesome as ever but he is hitting Taub when he’s down really hard. Otherwise, this feels like a concerted effort to win an award as this is a gimmick episode and large parts of the episode take place with the camera as the eyes of the patient-of-the-week. Unfortunately, the camera is waved around as if we are moving our whole head and so it doesn’t work from the get-go. Mos Def’s apparently casual delivery is always a nice change of pace whatever he’s in but, as the medical side of things is typically muddled, spending so much time on it reduces the effectiveness of the episode. The other little battle of wills is between House and Wilson as the latter tries to discover why the former had a motorcycle accident in New York but it’s rather flat.

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House M.D. 5.18 Here Kitty (2009, TV) – 5/10 review

Hugh Laurie: Dr. Gregory House
Lisa Edelstein: Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Omar Epps: Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean Leonard: Dr. James Wilson
Jesse Spencer: Dr. Robert Chase
Writer (Series’ Creator): David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Kal Penn: Dr. Lawrence Kutner
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Judy Greer:
Christopher Moynihan: Neil Zane
Co-Executive Producer: Peter Blake
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Peter Blake
Director: Juan J. Campanella

House M.D. 5.18 Here Kitty (2009)

House is busy trying to get out of work until a nurse is brought in by Cuddy and she starts having a seizure while explaining her, apparently minor, symptoms. A bored House is about to leave but then someone points out that she has urinated herself (common for a seizure) and that her urine is green. Now that’s interesting. As is a grumpy Taub. But not as interesting as a cat who can predict death.

5/10

There’s quite a lot of fun but not a lot of sense. This is an unconvincing episode from House’s character and House’s case-of-the-week though one moment that did work was House’s triumphant summation being punctuated by him having forgotten to cancel the patient’s unnecessary life-threatening brain surgery. Taub’s storyline worked well while the Foreteen storyline seems to have been entirely forgotten. The fun came from an unexpected Bond quote and House going to all the trouble of getting a full-size ladder into his office just for a laugh among other things.

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House M.D. 5.17 The Social Contract (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
Jesse Spencer: Dr. Robert Chase
Writer (Series’ Creator): David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Kal Penn: Dr. Lawrence Kutner
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Jay Karnes: Nick Greenwald
Susan Egan: Mrs. Greenwald
Co-Executive Producer: Doris Egan
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Doris Egan
Director: Andrew Bernstein

House M.D. 5.17 Social Contract, The (2009)

Nick Greenwald is admitted with House Syndrome, sorry, Frontal Lobe Disinhibition whereby he cannot filter his thoughts before he speaks and so says the first thing that crosses his mind. Meanwhile, Wilson suddenly proclaims a life-long disdain for monster trucks…

6/10

Case-of-the-week presents a disbelief problem as he gets completely cured without ill effect and that just feels unlikely. That said, his condition (he cannot help himself saying the first thing that comes into his mind) does appear to have permanently damaged his marriage but it just feels wrong that there are no lingering problems from having your head cut open and a bit of your brain whipped out. It also causes one to ponder how quickly your life would fall apart if you vomited out your first thought every time. Outside of the case-of-the-week, House himself is on fine form. He pulls Cuddy in so she gets told how attractive she is by the incapable-of-lying patient ("Your tush is like the pistons in a Ferrari") and he exercises his intellect against Taub and Wilson to discover why Wilson is claiming he doesn’t like monster trucks anymore. In the last couple of episodes, he has been less obnoxious that he had been getting and the balance between honesty and horribleness has been successfully restored. Long may it continue.

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House M.D. 5.16 The Softer Side (2009, TV) – 6/10

Hugh Laurie: Dr. Gregory House
Lisa Edelstein: Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Omar Epps: Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean Leonard: Dr. James Wilson
Writer (Series’ Creator): David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Kal Penn: Dr. Lawrence Kutner
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Dominic Scott Kay: Jackson
Julia Campbell: Melanie
Supervising Producer: Liz Friedman
Co-Executive Producer: Deran Sarafian
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Liz Friedman
Director: Deran Sarafian

House M.D. 5.16 Softer Side, The (2009)

House seems to have forgotten that Thirteen left his department last week but of more notable concern for everyone is that House is being nice to everyone, including the parents of patient-of-the-week.

6/10

House is in an unusually good mood (perhaps it was a good cup of coffee or a tremendous bowel movement suggests Wilson) and this sparks concern amongst his friends. The result is not necessarily convincing and retreads character ground that sees House confirm he’d rather be great than happy or pain-free. He doesn’t feel he can have both and that his cynicism makes him sharper. While this is fine for a fictional character, it does get one to ponder whether such an attitude is acceptable or desirable in real life. Should we accept or encourage, in ourselves or others, unsociableness or any other negative behaviour in order to foster a talent? Or, to put it another extreme way, if Hitler could have brought true peace and unity by becoming ruler of the world, should we have accepted his extermination of those he saw unfit to populate it?

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House M.D. 5.15 Unfaithful (2009, TV) – 7/10 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
Jimmi Simpson: Daniel Bresson
Jake Thomas: Ryan
Producer: David Hoselton
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: David Hoselton
Director: Greg Yaitanes

House M.D. 5.15 Unfaithful (2009)

House rummages through the Emergency Room admittances to pull out a non-sick person as a fake case for reasons too complex to enunicate here. He chooses a priest who hallucinated a levitating, fully-stigmata’d Christ and is surprised as anyone when he develops another rather more serious and rather more provable symptom: the priest’s toe falls off. Now I’m not a doctor, but I’d say that’s not good.

7/10

Two good episodes in a row and, while the medical symptoms come thicker and faster than is convincing, the existentalist ponderings and emotional resonances work well. House’s games with Cuddy and Fourteen (Foreman and Thirteen) are terrific fun and you really, really want to believe that he does have best interests and right motivations at heart despite or because of what we’ve seen over these five seasons. Hugh Laurie really does add that magic quality to the words and actions that, wonderfully, make you wonder ‘what is he really thinking?’ A great thought-provoking quote from Albert Einstein ("Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous", why can’t I think of cool, meaningful stuff to say?) was a great way of summing up the episode and giving both atheist and theist something to think about.

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House M.D. 5.14 The Greater Good (2009, TV) – 7/10 review

Hugh Laurie: Dr. Gregory House
Lisa Edelstein: Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Omar Epps: Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean Leonard: Dr. James Wilson
Writer (Series’ Creator): David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Kal Penn: Dr. Lawrence Kutner
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Judith Scott: Dana Miller
Jennifer Crystal Foley: Rachel Taub
David Purdham: Chef Anthony
Co-Producer: Sara Hess
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Sara Hess
Director: Lesli Linka Glatter

House M.D. 5.14 Greater Good, The (2009)

A prominent cancer researcher is admitted but the team are shocked when they realise that she quit her highly promising research five years ago to pursue personal happiness. Foreman has switched Thirteen onto the real drug and the hospital elevators appear to be working for everyone except House.

7/10

Restoring faith, if only for a single episode, this is good stuff with two miracle cures (a menstrual bleed from everywhere and blindness-by-brain-tumor reversed in an afternoon) and a fun Cuddy-House side-plot. Critically, the medical explanation of the case-of-the-week at the end is easily followable by viewers and provides a satisfying pay-off. The case-of-the-week character provides some interesting scenes regarding personal happiness versus the greater good and the Foreman-Thirteen romance delivers a strong, if rushed, storyline. On top of that, House is generally being awesome on every level this week, not just being an intolerable ego but channeling his intellect into pithy brilliance-ness. It’s a word if you can say it.

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House M.D. 5.13 Big Baby (2009, TV) – 5/10 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
Erika Flores: Sarah
Producer: David Foster
Co-Executive Producer: Lawrence Kaplow
Co-Executive Producer: Deran Sarafian
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: David Foster
Writer: Lawrence Kaplow
Director: Deran Sarafian

House M.D. 5.13 Big Baby (2009)

Some woman has some medical condition that no-one can solve but House. Foreman has an ethical dilemma regarding Thirteen. Cuddy is failing to bond with her baby and Cameron has to but heads with House for the first time as his boss.

5/10

We’re most definitely in the mid-season lull typical of most American shows. It’s not surprising since they run for so long, but despite the muddled and extremely unconvincing medical plot and poorly written dramatic plots (Cuddy’s inability to bond with her baby and Thirteen and Foreman’s – shudder – relationship; though it’s nice to see Thirteen looking happy), House still has enough moments of acerbic fun to stick with it. However, it is probably time to give him a sabbatical.

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House M.D. 5.12 Painless (2009, TV) – 5/10 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
Martin Henderson: Jeff
Jake Cherry: Zack
Sarah Danielle Madison: Lynne
Alex Fernandez: Fernando
Anthony Montgomery: James Carlton
Lori Petty: Janice Burke
Co-Executive Producer: Eli Attie
Executive Producer: Thomas L. Moran
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Thomas L. Moran
Writer: Eli Attie
Director: Andrew Bernstein

House M.D. 5.12 Painless (2009)

Cameron gets House to look at a patient suffering from chronic pain who has just attempted suicide. While House sees the parallels instantly – his own pain is definitely worsening – he still targets his own inimitable diagnosis techniques of taking the patient to near death before coming up with a miraculous cure. Meanwhile, he also targets his formidable intellect and deviousness into getting his insurance to pay for a damaged water pipe in his apartment.

5/10

Thirteen and Foreman’s relationship is almost as painful as driven-to-suicide patient-of-the-week’s condition (and it’s icky) and while House’s SPOILER epilepsy of the testicles END SPOILER diagnosis is miraculously impressive you’re certainly not convinced. House and Cuddy have a moment of fun while Jennifer Morrison looks like she’ll be getting a bump in lines from now on. Moppet Jake Cherry is good as a distressed son. I did enjoy the line where House asks Cuddy, genuinely and seriously, if he can cut a patient’s head off. Which he then does. Cool.

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