House M.D.: Season 5, Episode 20

Simple Explanation (6 Apr. 2009)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery
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Taub treats a patient whose dying husband gets better as she becomes sicker, while the rest of the team deals with a devastating loss.

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Incurable bed-ridden kidney patient Eddie's wife and care-taker Charlotte suddenly collapses with respiratory failure. She insists on returning to his bedside without treatment. Kutner is found at home with a bullet through his head. House seeks motives for suicide, or murder, and Wilson worries why. Taub seems to thrive with his sole friend and brighter rival out of the way. Written by KGF Vissers

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The episode ends with a message from www.nami.org (the National Alliance on Mental Illness), and a phone number (1-800-273-TALK) to call if someone is in crisis and thinking about suicide. See more »

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Dr. Gregory House: I can fix it, but it's going to cost you $3.75. I'm not just going to give you my coffee.
[Offers the coffee to Rosabel]
Dr. Gregory House: Think of it as Costa Rican sober juice.
Katherine: She's drunk?
Dr. Gregory House: That little minty scent hiding beneath the rose petal perfume and the cherry blossum moisturizer, and the morning dew hairspray. You sneak into mommy's bathroom, gulp some of her mouthwash?
Rosabel: Gotta be perfect.
Dr. Gregory House: You spit it out?
Rosabel: Mommy doesn't.
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Probably the best episode ever!
7 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was one of, if not THE, best episode of House I have ever seen! The actors showed so much emotion and were so great in their roles. They finally show House showing true sympathy, grief, and remorse which is rarely ever seen, but of course he has to have his usual insult rant at some point during the episode. Omar Epps (Foreman), Peter Jacobson (Taub), and Olivia Wilde (13) were extremely good at showing the power the situation had and the toll it took on each one of them and their acting was incredible. Even Jesse Spencer (Chase) and Jennifer Morrison (Cameron) were brought into the episode showing true emotion and remorse. The most surprising character in my mind was Wilson because he was effected greatly by the tragedy and gets so emotional and you see a side of him you don't normally see.

Overall, a fantastic episode. The emotion was great behind the tragedy, and the emotion behind the patients ran just as high; and even through the events, the patients still remained a relevant part of the story and really brought out the true emotions of Taub.

The writers got it right with this episode, and the actors portrayed it so well. An intense episode that I would like to see more of, that emotion that was shown made this episode great!


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