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"House M.D." The Softer Side (2009)

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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
23 February 2009 (Season 5, Episode 16)
House's team resents being made complicit in a web of lies parents have told their son when he's brought in for treatment that may be related to his intersexuality. Meanwhile, no one's content that House is happy. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Deran Sarafian 
Writing credits
David Shore (created by)

Liz Friedman (written by)

Produced by
Paul Attanasio .... executive producer
Eli Attie .... co-executive producer
Peter Blake .... co-executive producer
Leonard Dick .... co-executive producer
Doris Egan .... co-executive producer
David Foster .... producer
Liz Friedman .... supervising producer
Russel Friend .... executive producer
Sara Hess .... co-producer
David Hoselton .... producer
Julie Hrebec .... associate producer (as Julie A. Hrebec)
Katie Jacobs .... executive producer
Lindsey Jaffin .... associate producer
Marcy G. Kaplan .... producer
Lawrence Kaplow .... co-executive producer
Garrett Lerner .... executive producer
Thomas L. Moran .... executive producer
Allen Marshall Palmer .... co-producer
Deran Sarafian .... co-executive producer
David Shore .... executive producer
Bryan Singer .... executive producer
Gerrit van der Meer .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Jason Derlatka 
Jon Ehrlich 
Cinematography by
Gale Tattersall (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dorian Harris 
Kimberly Ray 
Casting by
Stephanie Laffin 
Amy Lippens 
Production Design by
Jeremy Cassells 
Art Direction by
Lynn Christopher 
Set Decoration by
Natalie Pope  (as Natali Pope)
Costume Design by
Cathy Crandall 
Makeup Department
Janis Clark .... hair department head
Carlton Coleman .... makeup lab supervisor, W.M. Creations
Dalia Dokter .... special makeup effects artist
Chris Grondin .... special makeup effects artist: WM Creations
Toby Lamm .... key makeup artist
Robert C. Mathews III .... hair stylist
Robin L. Neal .... makeup department head (as Robin Luce)
Sharon Simon .... makeup artist
Production Management
Gerrit van der Meer .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Stoia .... first assistant director
Janet Van Etten .... second assistant director (as Janet K. Vanetten)
Jessica Faires .... additional second second assistant director (uncredited)
Gregg Simon .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Michael A. Casey .... property master
Stephen Howard .... construction coordinator
Gary Isbell .... leadman
Carl Jones .... assistant property master
Simon Knights .... video graphics artist
Thomas Lauifi .... construction general foreman
Elizabeth R. Rosenbaum .... assistant property master
Launa Staehle .... props assist
Liz Wilson .... set dresser/2nd unit (2009)
Chris Brewster .... set dresser (uncredited)
Yvonne Garnier-Hackl .... set designer (uncredited)
Jamie Walker McCall .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gerry Lentz .... re-recording mixer
Brad North .... supervising sound editor
Ken Strain .... boom operator
Von Varga .... production sound mixer
Rich Weingart .... re-recording mixer (as Richard Weingart)
Juan Cisneros .... production sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
Luis Galdames .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Kirk Herzbrun .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Gary Monak .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Dan Lopez .... visual effects artist
Kurt McKeever .... CG supervisor
Elan Soltes .... visual effects supervisor
Derek Herr .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Jeremy Jozwik .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Tom Kendall .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Doug Spilatro .... visual effects (uncredited)
Jim Vickers .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Bode .... first assistant camera
Matt Bosson .... video coordinator
Hector Javier Canales .... Rigging grip
Donald Carlson .... first assistant camera
Robert C. Carlson .... camera operator (as Rob Carlson)
James Dillinger .... chief lighting technician (as Jim Dillinger)
Anthony Gaudioz .... camera operator (as Tony Gaudioz)
Johnny Martinez .... rigging grip
Dave Mendez .... key rigging grip
Shawn Whelan .... key grip
Gary A. Williams .... dolly grip
Daniel Bracamonte .... additional chief lighting technician: second unit (uncredited)
Daniel Bracamonte .... best boy electric (uncredited)
Brian D'Haem .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Roberto Schein .... additional assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Roberto Schein .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Gregory Shummon .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Adam L. Taylor .... still photographer (uncredited)
Dan Urbain .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Ajay Dass .... extras casting
Janelle Scuderi .... casting associate
Elana Staehli .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy Dodson .... costume supervisor
Matthew A. Hoffman .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Lawrence Curtis .... assistant editor
Marisa Lederman .... post-production coordinator
Kris Vinkovic .... telecine engineer
Scott Fox .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Derek Herr .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Crystal Rose Holmes .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Christine Seino .... assistant on-line editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Nancy Haecker .... location manager
Stevie Nelson .... key assistant location manager
Music Department
Michael Baber .... music editor
Gary Calamar .... music supervisor
Jon Ehrlich .... composer: theme music
Lynn Grossman .... music supervisor
Massive Attack .... composer: theme music
Alyson Vidoli .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
Steve De Leon .... transportation coordinator
Gina August .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Simran Baidwan .... assistant to executive producer
Bobbin Bergstrom .... medical advisor
Geoffrey Colo .... publicity & clearance coordinator
Jamie Conway .... assistant to executive producer (as James Conway)
Pam Davis .... executive story editor (as Pamela Davis)
Ira Hurvitz .... script supervisor
Elisabeth James .... production coordinator (as Elisabeth James Rhee)
Harley Liker .... medical technical advisor (as Harley Liker M.D.)
Robyn Marrow .... assistant to executive producer
Don McNeill .... main title
Dustin Paddock .... script coordinator
Tommy Paul .... assistant to executive producer
Lee Perez-Gonzalez .... production assistant
Barbara Pullan .... first assistant accountant
Lisa Sanders .... medical technical advisor (as Lisa Sanders M.D.)
Meg A. Schave .... assistant production coordinator
John Sotos .... medical technical advisor (as John Sotos M.D.)
Megan Taylor .... assistant: producers
Jane Williams .... production accountant
Dan Horstman .... stage manager: Centinela Stage (uncredited)
Paul Matthaeus .... creative director: title sequence (uncredited)
Parneille Walker .... assistant: writers (uncredited)

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Shore  creator

Makeup Department
Miia Kovero .... key hair stylist (season 1)
Art Department
Mark Pallatt .... set dresser (season 2)
Visual Effects by
James Lima .... visual effects supervisor: pilot episode
Greg Tsadilas .... CG supervisor (multiple episodes)
Other crew
Jim Vickers .... fight choreographer
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Additional Details

44 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Julia Campbell's real life husband, Jay Karnes, appears in the episode, "The Social Contract."See more »
Continuity: When Kutner grabs a telephone to call for help in House's office you can see that the telephone display was not edited with visual effects. In one of the interviews the producer said that the display of all the telephones were visually improved.See more »
Dr. James Wilson:Cuddy, he's happy.
Dr. Lisa Cuddy:House doesn't do happy. Pain or no pain.
Dr. James Wilson:Okay, maybe... But he's our friend. And this is his one chance to not be miserable.
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Movie Connections:
References Touch of Evil (1958)See more »
Bobski 2000See more »


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7 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Hard to like, 26 February 2009
Author: ctomvelu-1 from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

House treats a boy who may be a girl, and whose parents have kept this information from "him" for years. The kid has severe stomach pains, which turns out to be a lot of nothing. But things get complicated when an MRI of the boy throws everything for a loop. House meanwhile is acting way too mellow, to the point of passing out on the job, and everyone suspects him of using heroin. They're close. The episode is too much of a soap opera for me. Foreman and 13 are still hiding their affair from House, or so they think. Cuddy emotes way too much over House's odd condition. And so on and so forth. The case itself isn't all that interesting, either. It almost seems like a rehash of an episode from way back when, involving a girl who turns out to also be a boy. Only good thing about that episode was the girl was played by a very attractive young model who flashes her very lovely teats at House to make a point. Make that two points.

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