The Softer Side

Season 5, Ep 16, Aired 2/23/09
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  • Episode Description
  • A patient with both male and female DNA has the team stumped. Meanwhile, House starts acting nicely, raising Cuddy's and Wilson's suspicions that something is terribly wrong.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kal Penn

    Dr. Lawrence Kutner

  • Lisa Edelstein

    Dr. Lisa Cuddy

  • Omar Epps

    Dr. Eric Foreman

  • Olivia Wilde


  • Bobbin Bergstrom


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  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • A really good episode

    By vicky24c, Dec 06, 2009

  • Two thumbs up!

    By detorio, Oct 07, 2009

  • Much more like it.

    By DonStants2, Aug 14, 2009

  • House tries out a dangerous but effective method to alleviate his pain, and we get to observe the results.

    By Lyta_499, Feb 25, 2009

  • A painless House worries everyone and paranoid parents with a secret almost kill their child using the nice House.

    By behshad_d_god, Feb 25, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • House: You gonna eat that? Dr. Wilson: Have at it... You just asked my permission before you took my food? House: Yes we can.

    • House: (to Jackson's parents) You gave birth to a freak of nature. Doesn't mean it's a good idea to treat him like one.

    • Dr. Cuddy: The parents haven't told their son that he could have been their daughter. They want assurance that we won't either. House: Less fun, but still.

    • House: Our new patient. Part girl. Part boy. All Thirteen's dream date.

    • Taub: Here's my impression of Foreman on the happiest day of his life. (stares) Now the saddest day of his life. (stares)

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    Notes (3)

    • Original International Air Dates: Australia: March 18, 2009 on Channel Ten Latin America: March 26, 2009 on Universal Channel Portugal: May 11, 2009 on TVI Denmark: July 18, 2009 on Kanal 4 The Netherlands: October 1, 2009 on SBS6 Germany: October 20, 2009 on RTL Poland: October 22, 2009 on TVP2 Slovakia: November 19, 2009 on STV1 Czech Republic: March 3, 2010 on TV Nova Sweden: March 16, 2010 on TV4

    • Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer are credited but don't appear.

    • Music: $300 by Soul Coughing, Bobski 2000 by Galactic

    Trivia (1)

    • After House asks Wilson which tie he should wear, Hugh Laurie makes an English slip: he pronounces "St. Sebastian" as "Seb-ast-I-an," rather than the American pronunciation of "Se-BAS-chen."

    Allusions (2)

    • Taub: If by professional you mean he's a T-1000 built by Cyberdyne Systems. Referencing the liquid-metal cyborg played by Robert Patrick in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Despite Taub's description here, the AI programming of the T-1000 allows it to at least mimic human emotions even if it doesn't actually feel them. A T-1001 liquid-metal cyborg has been introduced on Fox's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles the same season this episode premiered.

    • Jackson: We were supposed to write a poem in the style of Sylvia Plath. Referencing the American writer (1932-1963) famed for such works as The Bell Jar, Letters Home, Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams, and several collections of poetry. She killed herself using gas, and was known for her use of metaphor just like House.

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