House M.D. 6.16 Lockdown (2010, Drama) – 2/10 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
David Strathairn: Nash
Neill Barry: Donald Lozinski
Riki Lindhome: Sarah Lozinski
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Co-Executive Producer: Eli Attie
Co-Executive Producer: Peter Blake
Executive Producer: Russel Friend
Executive Producer: Garrett Lerner
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer (Screenplay): Russel Friend
Writer (Screenplay): Garrett Lerner
Writer (Screenplay): Peter Blake
Writer (Screenplay): Eli Attie
Writer (Story): Eli Attie
Writer (Story): Peter Blake
Director: Hugh Laurie

House M.D. 6.16 Lockdown (2010)

A baby disappears putting the hospital into lockdown. Wilson and Thirteen occupy themselves with a game of truth or dare. Taub and Foreman get high in Personnel. Chase and Cameron sign divorce papers. House winds up with a dying patient. Cuddy looks for the baby. The police and security team are probably useless at that kind of thing anyway.

2/10

One amazing House-ism is yer lot this week (he has fixed all his personnel records so that his malpractice suits were all brought by a patient named Lisa Cuddy). Everything else is indescribably awful.

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

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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. 6.03 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. 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. 5.11 Joy to the World (2008, 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
B.K. Cannon: Natalie
Sherilyn Fenn: Mrs. Soeliner
Bitsie Tulloch: Whitney
Phyllis Lyons: Dr. Schmidt
Lori Petty: Janice Burke
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Peter Blake
Director: David Straiton

House M.D. 5.11 Joy to the World (2008)

House sees to an overweight sixteen-year-old with a failing liver who surely can’t have drunk herself to death already. Meanwhile, he takes on expanded clinic duties over the Christmas period and treats a young woman who is pregnant but who insists she is a virgin. When the paternity tests return, House has some staggering news.

6/10

Much joy to be had from House returning to clinic duty on screen for the first time in ages brilliantly diagnosing a virgin birth (human parthenogenesis which, by the way, doesn’t apply to the Christ as all offspring produced by parthenogenesis in XY chromosome species are female; special mention for the gag using the inhaler SPOILER as a perfume sprayEND SPOILER) and, gasp!, patient-of-the-week actually having lasting consequences, ie, death, from her condition. It also comes as a blessed relief that House isn’t horrible at the climax and, because of this, his simple holiday salutation to Cuddy at the end bears remarkable weight. Foreman and Thirteen, though. No, that’s just scriptwriters taking an easy way out to give Omar Epps something to shut him up.

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

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House M.D. 5.07 The Itch (2008, TV) – 4/10

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
Kal Penn: Dr. Lawrence Kutner
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Todd Louiso: Stewart Nozick
Jennifer Crystal Foley: Rachel Taub
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Peter Blake
Director: Greg Yaitanes

House M.D. 5.07 Itch, The (2008)

Cameron involves herself in the case of an agoraphobe who refuses to leave his house to have critical surgery performed. House has the perfect solution: tell him they’ll do the surgery in his home and then, when he’s unconscious from anaesthetic, take him to hospital anyway.

4/10

While there’s fun to be had with Wilson, House and Cuddy, the medical storyline is badly handled and the dropping of Jennifer Morrison back into the plot is embarrassingly clumsy. I wonder if the patient-of-the-week’s name was a joke: Stewart Nozick. Hugh Laurie continues to be great value as the eponymous contrarian but, as most viewers but not producers recognise, there are too many cast members and the formula is painfully on constant display. Oh, and roofies refers to a date rape drug.

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