The subject of parenting dominates this week’s episode of “House,” creating conflict for the doctors both inside and outside the hospital. The search for Thirteen’s replacement continues, with the responsibility now falling to Foreman and Taub. Overall, this week was not House’s finest, but it had its moments.

Check it out in this weeks episode below.

The Players:

  • Director: Greg Yataines
  • Writer: David Foster
  • Cast: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Jesse Spencer, Omar Epps, Peter Jacobson, Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Grey

The Plot:

Guest star Jennifer Grey  (Dirty Dancing) portrays a mother whose newborn baby’s illness prompt a revelation about her own health. House and Wilson babysit Cuddy’s daughter, and the doctors continue to have trouble finding a female doctor to add to the team.

The Good:

  • Cool plot twist: *SPOILER* Jennifer Grey’s character gives birth to a baby girl, who immediately needs serious medical attention for breathing problems which, initially, the team believes is caused by a liver problem. This leads to one of the best “discovery’s” that has ever been on the show. Very cool.

The Good/Bad:

  • House as babysitter: House baby-sitting Cuddy’s little girl, Rachel, is predictably disastrous. The kid eats a dime, which prompts slightly funny reactions from a concerned Wilson and a freaked-out House. However, the poop inspections got old really fast, and it was kind of unbelievable that House would not tell Cuddy what happened to her child because he wanted to get laid.
  • New doctor search: Cuddy orders House to hire a new female doctor. House delegates this task to Foreman, who hires a cute brunette whom House fires over the phone almost immediately (one of the few times I laughed out loud at this episode). House then tells Taub to find a replacement; he finds the witty Dr. Cheung from the NICU, who is eager to get away from the unruly children and annoying parents in pediatrics. Unfortunately, Cheung turns down the job at the end of the episode.

The Bad:

  • ‘Mom and baby in danger’ plot line is tired, predictable: “The “my life or my child’s” conundrum is a staple of prime time dramatic television, and this iteration fails to distinguish itself in any capacity from those which have come before it. *SPOILER* Its never good when a mother chooses death in order to save her baby and you’re too busy cringing at the sappy dialogue to care.
  • Weird House/Cuddy dynamic: The sexual tension between these two has evaporated. For a new couple, Huddy’s interactions lack pizazz; the constant “sex bargaining” is awkward, not sexy.

Rating: 4/10

“House” airs Monday nights at 8 p.m on Fox.


Outside of the cool medical stuff and a few classic, funny House moments, this episode was ultimately predictable and boring.