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Review and Recap of House Episode "5 to 9"

House Rundown, "5 to 9"

This week's House is all about Cuddy! The show follows the harried single mom through a particularly stressful day at Princeton Plainsboro, and as such, we see the entire series of events from her perspective for a change a la the "Wilson" episode. My verdict: the woman is majorly ruthless. I knew it took big brass ones to deal with House, but she uses that same tenacity to negotiate with an insurance company and a thieving employee.

Not only did I enjoy the switch from the usual patient diagnosis formula, but it also raises a few interesting thoughts. Let's go over some key highlights when you


  • I had no idea that Cuddy did so much work! We usually see her putting out fires with House, but this time around, we realize that she's having to keep the peace with everyone. I don't know how she does her job and puts up with House's juvenile antics. Did this episode give you a new appreciation for her?
  • What did you think about the single, multitasking mom angle? Props to the show for depicting a woman trying to "have it all," but somehow it seems borderline cliche — especially when she's taking care of her sick child in a ridiculously low-cut shirt.
  • I didn't believe for one second that Cuddy was actually going to quit the teaching hospital, did you? Still, it makes you wonder if they are trying to set her up for a spinoff.
  • Favorite House line of the night: "Ever notice how many porn sites have 'Mom' in the main domain name?" Oh, House, is your mind ever not in the gutter? Another great moment, courtesy of the doc: the massage station.
  • I would've loved to have seen more from the pharmacy tech Gail who stole $50,000 worth of drugs. What a nutjob!
  • Lucas kind of got on my nerves this week. He tells House about their sex life (!), he shows up for a quickie with Cuddy even though she's been running around all morning, and he can't even remember to turn the phone back on after a nap. She's just too mature for him (though he did come in handy for that flower microphone). Do you agree, or do you still like them together?
  • Did we really need that overly dramatized "yes!" scream after Cuddy got her 12 percent? I'm happy for her (come on, we knew she would succeed), but that was over the top.

So did you enjoy the deviation from the usual House episode? Has Cuddy proven herself worthy of her own show? Share your thoughts in the comments, or head over to the House! group to talk more.

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Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
I kinda wanted to know the full story behind House's patient. Kidney failure than liver failure than congestive heart failure? What did the patient have and what did he look like?! The dramatized "yes!" was not needed really. Lucas has always driven me batty. He annoys me.
DCBaxter DCBaxter 7 years
I loved this episode! It's nice to take a break from the normal House formula. You are right, Buzz, she is ruthless, but I guess she'd have to be in her position. She never seems to have a backbone when it comes to House - always gives into his requests. So it's nice to see her stand up for what she needs to do to keep her hospital running. As heartbreaking as it was to hear her say to the thumb guy "We need our money, and if we have to take your house to get it, we'll do it" (or whatever the exact words were), I'm glad to see she's a force to be reckoned with when it matters.
teegaall teegaall 7 years
I do admire Cuddy for doing so much as a working mom but I would not watch a Cuddy spinoff show.
verily verily 7 years
Lucas didn't forget to turn the ringer off. He no doubt did that on purpose to keep her from calling and worrying over her sick child--an action which irked me to no end.
tonga tonga 7 years
I didn't think I would have like this episode as much as I did, it was a nice change, though I wouldn't go for an all Cuddy show. and yeah Lucas has to go
hollspd hollspd 7 years
I have been over Lucas from the beginning of their relationship. He's not a good fit for her at all. Go away.
Rwandawithlove Rwandawithlove 7 years
Lucas has to go! Lucas has to go! This episode rocked Cuddy is superwoman !
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
At first I wasn't a huge fan of the way this episode was set up, but I warmed up to it. It was so weird seeing House have his revelations and having NO CLUE what is going on! LOL. I really hope that Cuddy breaks up with Lucas soon. I don't like him! He bugs me so much. Cuddy kicks ass, is basically my point.
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