Season Review-House Season 5

by whifferrack | created - 14 Aug 2012 | updated - 02 Jan 2013 | Public

9-amazing

Well, that was a great season. We entered it with the characters dealing with Amber's death, which I thought was well done. The first high point of the season, though, came at Birthmarks, a fun, moving episode that focused on the relationship between House and Wilson. Then, the next high point came at Last Resort, which was an episode bashed by critics and viewers alike. However, I don't care about ridiculousness. I enjoyed it a lot, and that's what matters. After that, the show entered a stretch of good, but not great, episodes in which we had stupid storylines, especially the relationship between 13/Foreman. That was a tired, meandering story line that ultimately was just boring. I didn't really enjoy Cuddy's baby story line earlier, but still, that wasn't as terrible as this.

Of course, then we get to Locked In, the start of the final stretch of episodes that bumped this season grade up from an 8/8.5 range to a 9. It was an interesting, refreshing episode with a fantastic performance by Mos Def. Then, Simple Explanation, an episode which, I think, dealt with Kutner's suicide in a beautiful way.

The suicide led House to start losing it, in a final 3 episodes that were some of the best House episodes ever. Amber came back in hallucinations, and Hugh Laurie did fantastic work with portraying a sad, desperate man. The finale was kind of disappointing until the end, when House found out about his hallucinations and the fact that he's still on Vicodin. The last 10 minutes were beautifully directed, and it's definitely a great ending to a great season.

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1. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Dying Changes Everything (2008)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

House's preoccupation with Wilson leaves his team without direction and endangers the patient, a female whose exhaustive work schedule and demanding boss may have caused her condition.

Director: Deran Sarafian | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 1,877

8-great

2. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Not Cancer (2008)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

Years after receiving body parts from an organ donor, five out of six recipients die within a few months, but not from organ rejection. House and the team race against time to figure out ... See full summary »

Director: David Straiton | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 1,614

8-great

3. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Adverse Events (2008)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

House's investigator gets information on everyone, which House uses to stir the pot of their lives while the team tries to cure a portraitist whose artistic view now looks like Picasso.

Director: Andrew Bernstein | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 1,526

7.5-good

4. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Birthmarks (2008)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Mystery

House tries every delaying tactic available when Wilson forces him to attend his father's funeral. Meanwhile, the team tries to find the cause of a young woman's abdominal pain and hemorrhage that occurred in China.

Director: David Platt | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 2,042

9.5-amazing

5. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Lucky Thirteen (2008)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Mystery

Thirteen's one night stand collapses at her apartment, and her symptoms are so misleading that the diagnosis may be terminal. Meanwhile, revelation about Wilson and Thirteen occupy House.

Director: Greg Yaitanes | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 1,771

9.5-amazing

6. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Joy (2008)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Mystery

House takes on a case where the patient has unexplained blackouts, and his daughter may hold the key to the diagnosis. Meanwhile, Cuddy prepares for her new arrival until there are complications with the birth mother.

Director: Deran Sarafian | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 1,698

9-amazing

7. House (2004–2012)
Episode: The Itch (2008)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

House takes time to dabble in Cameron and Chase's love life while he treats an agoraphobic patient she's brought to the team.

Director: Greg Yaitanes | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 1,524

8-great

8. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Emancipation (2008)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

The team tries to treat a patient who keeps lying to them, and Foreman exerts some independence.

Director: James Hayman | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 1,449

6.5-okay

9. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Last Resort (2008)

TV-14 | 50 min | Drama, Mystery

A person takes House, Thirteen and others as hostages. He's seen several doctors but none have found what ails him. As they work towards finding a solution, Thirteen makes decisions which leads her to think about her own condition.

Director: Katie Jacobs | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 2,167

10-masterpiece

10. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Let Them Eat Cake (2008)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

The drug trial brings back memories for Thirteen; Kutner and Taub scramble as they try to salvage a scam and save the team's patient whose gastric bypass may not have saved her life.

Director: Deran Sarafian | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 1,514

8-great

11. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Joy to the World (2008)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Mystery

A teenager collapses on stage, and the outcome will lead to a surprise for Cuddy. Wilson convinces House to be nice to his patients during the holidays. Foreman and Thirteen have issues when a trial patient drops from the program.

Director: David Straiton | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 1,682

8.5-great

12. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Painless (2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

House treats a patient who's worn out by chronic pain. Cuddy tries to do her job and take care of her new child. Foreman and Thirteen's relationship stalls.

Director: Andrew Bernstein | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 1,491

8.5-great

13. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Big Baby (2009)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery

House maneuvers against a measured Cameron when she takes over Cuddy's duties, Foreman faces an ethical dilemma, and Cuddy has trouble bonding with the baby.

Director: Deran Sarafian | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 1,413

7.5-good

14. House (2004–2012)
Episode: The Greater Good (2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Mystery

A physician who gave up her career comes in for treatment, leading to tense encounters with the team. Meanwhile, Cuddy exacts revenge and Foreman's choice has devastating consequences.

Director: Lesli Linka Glatter | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 1,405

8.5-great

15. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Unfaithful (2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

House treats a priest who's lost his faith, issues an ultimatum to Foreman and Thirteen, and plays with Cuddy's desire to have him attend - or is it not attend? - her baby's naming ceremony.

Director: Greg Yaitanes | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 1,567

7.5-good

16. House (2004–2012)
Episode: The Softer Side (2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

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.

Director: Deran Sarafian | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 1,588

8-great

17. House (2004–2012)
Episode: The Social Contract (2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

The team tries to diagnose a condition that leaves the patient saying anything that he thinks, no matter whom it hurts, and Wilson raises House's antennae when he passes up a monster truck rally.

Director: Andrew Bernstein | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 1,621

8.5-great

18. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Here Kitty (2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

House treats a patient who is convinced she's dying because of a death predicting cat. Meanwhile Taub catches up with an old High School classmate and contemplates leaving the team.

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 1,527

7.5-good

19. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Locked In (2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Mystery

House is injured in a motorcycle accident. While recovering, he finds an accident victim suffering from a brain injury. House tries to prove the brain damage caused the accident, not vice versa, so he can treat the patient.

Director: Daniel Attias | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 2,434

9-amazing

20. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Simple Explanation (2009)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery

Taub treats a patient whose dying husband gets better as she becomes sicker, while the rest of the team deals with a devastating loss.

Director: Greg Yaitanes | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 2,674

9.5-amazing

21. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Saviors (2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

House worries he's lost his mojo when he can't determine the reason for Cameron and Wilson's changed behaviors or his new patient's diagnosis.

Director: Matthew Penn | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 1,547

7.5-good

22. House (2004–2012)
Episode: House Divided (2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

House's Amber hallucination becomes more aggressive as sleep deprivation takes its toll endangering a patient, and Chase's bachelor party ends in the emergency room.

Director: Greg Yaitanes | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 2,094

9.5-amazing

23. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Under My Skin (2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Mystery

When all of House's efforts to rid himself of Amber fail, he turns to someone unexpected for assistance. Meanwhile, the team is left to fend for itself as they try to save a ballerina's life and career.

Director: David Straiton | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 2,231

9.5-amazing

24. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Both Sides Now (2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Mystery

House and his team treat a patient who had his brain split in half, now it seems like one side of his brain is causing some health/behavioral issues. House plays games with Cuddy over the ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Yaitanes | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 3,892

9-amazing



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