House 8 Seasons 2008

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Season 5
(35) IMDb 9.1/10
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House gets back to his roots and a patient falls ill searching for her own.

Starring:
Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein
Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
October 14, 2008

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Season 5

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Very creative writing.
Shannon Fisher
In my professional life, as an engineer, I also have to solve puzzles so they interest me.
Dirk J. Willard
House gets better and better with every season and every episode.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Derek on September 17, 2008
I never bought into the criticism that the new characters were the problem with the drifting of Season 4. The new characters really do show promise as evidenced in this 1st episode of 5. My contention all along is that there was some sloppy writing in some of the episodes of 4 and that the characters are really what the writer makes of them, and good acting.

This 1st episode is more reminiscent of the classic House. I would have liked to have seen House more involved with the medical decisions here, but it's understandable that time needed to be devoted to build the personal story involving Wilson.

It really leaves one wondering how House can hold his life together. He is the extreme case of a person, or people, each of us have known, or know. This is what partly drives the popularity of this show.

I look forward to seeing how his character unfolds, or unravels, throughout this season and hopefully many more to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Penny J. Kroh on June 26, 2009
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BOTH SIDES NOW ends Season 5 of HOUSE the only way it can--badly for House. Every time he might be happy, it doesn't happen. His Sherlockian use of drugs has finally caught up to him, since he is experiencing hallucinations. His diagnostic mind is hurting from his over-indulgence. But at least one thing is learned--he DOES want to be happy. His imaginings tell us that. He likes Lisa Cuddy: This is NOT a bad thing. My mind is already wondering where this will lead the writers in Season 6 of this groundbreaking show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Paul on May 13, 2009
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What looked like positive solutions for House's current problems turn tables. House's mental instability causes major misdiagnoses of his patients. Chase and Cameron previously caught cold-feet on an impending marriage in the last episode; thus the conclusion of their relationship is exemplified in this episode.
In recent episodes House's medical career appears to be at stake due to his diminishing mental faculties. One has to wonder if House will continue or not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Algadget on September 23, 2008
Wow! Kudo's to the writers cast and crew! House gets better and better with every season and every episode. Our whole family hopes it lasts as long as The Simpsons. We look forward to every new episode and own every season on DVD.
Thanks for hours of drama, suspense, laughter and tears.
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Next to the episode in which House and Cuddy tongue wrestle, or the first episode in which Wilson tells House he doesn't want to be friends anymore, "The Social Contract" is by far the best episode from season 5 so far. For one, it once again tests the friendship of House and Wilson to the limit and secondly presents a whole new more human side of House which I've never seen before, but knew it would one day happen and I'm glad it did.

The episode features patient Nick, a book publisher who suffers from frontal lobe inhibition, which basically means he speaks everything he thinks. This leads to the guy not only insulting the entire House team, but also almost losing his wife and child thanks to him saying what's always been on his mind. On the House side of things, he becomes suspicious of Wilson as he claims that he never liked monster trucks as a way of avoiding going to see them with House. He starts to snoop and finds out that there's more to it which actually involves Wilsons mentally ill brother. House also pays Cuddy a great compliment by using Nicks brain problem as a way of telling her what House really thinks of her. She pretends not to like it, but she cracks a cheeky little smile.

From the get go I became sincerely aware that this episode wasn't going to be the typical mischevous House insulting everybody in sight. Sure, it's based around House entire curiousity complex, but what it does is it takes that and really allows it to push Wilson to the point of sincerely opening up to House. This really takes House by surprise and in a real way brings them both to realise something about themselves.
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By Caleb Williams on June 2, 2009
House the show, holds a very special place in my heart. It's a show I discovered late but managed to bring myself up to speed by watching every single episode in a row in the space of one long weekend. How does a person manage this without becoming bored? Well that's simple. When you have a show as consistently brilliant as House, it's almost impossible to become bored of it.

Well we're now up to episode 19 and there's no doubting the anxiety for the end of the season is everywhere. I don't want it to end any time soon and I know many other dedicated fans don't want it to either. Episode 19 has topped the charts for a number of reasons, but the main reason is also the most obvious. A very unique concept is what makes this episode special.

The story this time focuses around the patient Lee (Mos Def) who after a bicycle accident is considered to be brain dead. Luckily he lands himself in a hospital bed next to the infamous Gregory House who is there after a motorcycle accident. House discovers that Lee isn't brain dead and his current state isn't the result of the accident but the cause. Also in this episode the question is raised about why House himself was in Middleton where he had the accident in the first place.

The general idea of the character is that he has "Locked In" syndrome and the episode is unique in the way that it displays the first half of the episode from the patients point of view. I don't know why, but I loved the idea of Mos Def being in this episode and somehow seemed the perfect fit. He is a fine and in some ways an unrecognised actor deserving of much more praise than he gets.

Taub was made to really prove his worth in the House team and Kutner showed he's not as useless as he appears to be.
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