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Review: 'House' - '5 to 9'

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 9th 2010 1:13AM
Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein, R) asks House (Hugh Laurie, L) for some advice in the HOUSE episode '5 to 9.'
(S06E14) "You can do it." - Cuddy

I get the reason for making an episode like '5 to 9.' Long running show that's popular. Established characters and story structure. The desire for David Shore, Katie Jacobs, and the rest of the 'House' crew to try something different is to be expected. However, that doesn't mean they should have done it. '5 to 9' wasn't a bad episode (in many ways, it felt like a back-door pilot for Cuddy), but it was, in a word, pointless. At the end of the day, '5 to 9' doesn't really add anything to the world of 'House,' and its outside-the-box attempt at being different just ended up being forgettable.

'House' has been on for six seasons now, and the key to that is something I already mentioned -- these characters are established and then some. There has never once been a moment where the goings-on in a day in Lisa Cuddy's life seemed foreign. We know them intimately. So to then see an hour of 'House' from her perspective, on a day where the stakes were ratcheted so high that it became comical, almost felt surreal. It was too perfect storm-ish. But in that sense, it had to be or why bother telling this story at all?

We know House annoys the hell out of her. We know the hospital board is always breathing down her neck. We know that being a single mother and dealing with Lucas (who might as well be House's manchild baby brother) has turned her home life into a circus sideshow. We know her life is stressful period.

So what didn't we know? Well, turns out that Cuddy can play hardball just as well as House. She finally got the insurance company to cover more costs, and she completely fooled the pharmacy tech who had been stealing drugs for her husband's meth lab when she recorded their conversation for the DEA. Cuddy definitely has a bitch switch when she needs it.

Unfortunately, though, none of that made up for the fact that House and his team had a far more interesting case going on (this, too, was perhaps over the top for extra punch). Regardless, the guy was covered in boils! House wanted to treat him with malaria and just when he had his "ah ha!" moment, the elevator door closed! The real opportunity was lost when not one second of this intimate look into Cuddy's life explored any of the feelings she has deep down for House.

But even House seemed to realize that he wasn't part of this episode since he spent some of it getting a massage from a tall blonde masseuse. I hope this doesn't became habit, though. Not the massages -- House can keep getting those. I mean the plot. Just thinking about a day in the life of Foreman makes me cringe.

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Dan Buckley

We can clearly see the influence of the DEA in this episode. They've had their writers all over this episode. Need I say more. :P

March 03 2010 at 7:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I dont agree with this review at all

I know I am kinda getting sick of the..

- house gets interesting case

- house and team are wrong about many things and almost kill the patient.

- an ah ha moment, when house saves the day, or they kill the patient.

It been refreshing this season to deviate from the norm a bit.


February 16 2010 at 9:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


The big question, your predilection for LE, justified the distaste for JMO.
Unlike you, I think LE median an actress. I like the performance of JMO.
The fact of not employing the character Cameron, I have only one explanation: there will always be comparisons, because the chemistry between House and Cameron has always been better than between him and Cuddy.
Disagree his assertion that everyone wanted to see this episode.
If you were right, probably we would have a much larger number of viewers.
So, enjoy your show and respect the opinion of others.

February 15 2010 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This was a great episode! I don't know what the rest of you are complaining about.

February 11 2010 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It was an interesting concept for an episode, focusing on a day in the life of Lisa Cuddy. Things were tough for her on several fronts (baby, boyfriend, insurance contract deal, Board, House, House's team, an evil pharmacy tech, and a lawsuit against Chase and the hospital) but she stood on principle and prevailed in all her conflicts. But didn't that strike you as a little too empowered "Enjoli Woman" ?! It'd have been a lot more believable if she lost a conflict here or there.

February 10 2010 at 12:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This episode only served the interests of fandom Cuddy / Huddy.
We are interested to know the personal life of Cuddy, a minor character?NO!
Producers are trying to follow other paths, since that "new team" dont appeal to most fans and many others are not satisfied with the output of the character Cameron ...
The business then is to appeal to the fangirls, note that in this episode the 18/49 rating/share deal fell through.

FOX ... House ........................5.1/13 ................13.55

February 10 2010 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to CleideA's comment

CleideA, I think you may like or dislike an episode but saying that Cuddy is a minor character is just wrong. Cuddy, House and Wilson have always been the most interesting characters on the show.
I think most House viewers were interested in this episode. At least everybody I know found it interesting. And let´s be honest, Lisa Edelstein is the only female who can act on this show. Olivia Wilde is a really bad actress and I can say the same about Jennifer Morrison who was put in the backburner after 3 seasons because everybody was more than sick of her character and her lack of acting skills. Anne Dudek was fantastic too but she stayed just for a few episodes. So the only good actress we have left is Edelstein and it´s good they gave her the oportunity to shine.
Said that, I don´t think they should do more episodes about any other character. The rest are just not interesting enough. But 5 to 9 and Wilson have been great and refreshing episodes.

February 12 2010 at 6:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Review totally, totally missed everything that went on. It's about time that we saw Cuddy in real life situations besides just showing her beautiful legs off. Edelstein was superb. (Granted the ending was a bit too pat.) And I hope we can get some more of these kinds of stories for the other characters. That two-parter about House in the asylum at the beginning of the season was along these lines. We need more of that to keep this series fresh.

February 10 2010 at 8:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Um, does no one else see that the entire episode was a way to get a political point about the need for healthcare reform across? The subplot with the re-attached thumb made that even more obvious I thought.

February 10 2010 at 8:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

First of all, it seems like I'm one of the very few people in the world who not only like Lucas, but think that he is a perfect partner for Cuddy.

Now, I think this episode is amazing. Great in every detail. I was so into this episode, I've really missed the House's "ah-ha" at first. It was a completely unimportant detail. And how is it possible not to love the final "YESSSSS!!!"?

February 10 2010 at 6:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In the review, you stated the pharmacy tech was stealing for the husband's meth lab....did I miss that? How did it all of a sudden become the *husband's* meth lab? Why can't she just be a completely immoral thief without bringing her husband into it?


February 09 2010 at 11:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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