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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