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House: A Day in the Life of Cuddy

I'm a sucker for character-based shows, so it's no surprise that I'm addicted to House. But this season in particular has been my own special brand of TV heroin, because it's been devoted to defining the people who surround Dr. House: Wilson got his own episode. Chase received more recognition than usual when he killed a patient (a despicable despot, but still). And last night, Dr. Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) finally got her due.

Until last night's episode, Cuddy had always been a weak link for me. Her character just seemed a bit air-headed (which I realize is unlikely given her position as chief of medicine). But as it turns out, she simply always has a million things to do. (No wonder she has amazing calves. Did you see the amount of walking that woman does?) In "5 to 9," we got to see what Cuddy's life is like outside of Princeton-Plainsboro—as she rose before dawn to practice yoga, deal with her sick kid, consider business proposals, and get out the door while fighting off a boyfriend who was looking for a little morning nookie. And that was all before 8 am.

It's too bad we didn't get to see this side of her before. Cuddy is a compassionate doctor, a loving mother, and ruthless administrator. And she does all three jobs damn well, if not a bit unrealistically so. Periodically, her colleagues, employees, and patients call her a bitch and an idiot. But If I tried to keep up with Cuddy, I'd probably be dead by now. So last night's episode did much to redeem Cuddy in my mind; she's not just an annoyance to House, she's a superwoman whose character finally has some depth.

Mark Twain once said, "You can't reach old age by another man's road. My habits protect my life, but they would assassinate you." And after last night's journey through Cuddy's world, I couldn't agree more.

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I love that they decided to show a different side to Cuddy.
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Great episode.
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Loved this episode. More respect for Cuddy now after this one. Love this show!
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I absolutely loved the episode!
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I absolutely loved the episode!
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I know there were some saying this is 'boring', or they want to see more 'House', but this was an excellent episode to me. I pretty much always like it when they go outside the formula, though. Most of the time, they add to the characters, and give you a better understanding of them (and the show in general).
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hated the episode.thought that was the end of the line for cuddy.would love to see how house would adapt to an adamant boss who can stand up to house and then how will house react.will love to see that.but the writers didnt have balls to "fire" cuddy
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amazing episode. I always loved Cuddy and was happy to finally learn more about her. I loved each moment and was happy to see that all this working to be perfect made her crazy.

the you can do it to the mirror, the almost having a break down in the stairway. this is a mother, boss, girlfriend that has just like most people the crazy idea that she should do everything, for everybody, every time.

Also the cute moments with house when he looked at her with this adoration made my heart stumble.
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absolutely loved this episode.
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I always loved Cuddy and knew she isn't all boobs and no brains like how the show portrays her sometimes. It's great she finally gets to show off some depth here. Still, a pity about the unimpressive boyfriend.
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House is by far the best show on TV right now. The writing is impeccable, and the actors and actress shine on their own. It is being a pleasure seeing them being developed in more depth and making them the stars even if it is only for an episode. I am hopping there is no talks of spin offs after these new character insights, but I was glad to see cast shine on their own!
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It was a great episode! @TheLastBreath. You just dont know what good television is. Its not only about House, but also everyone around him. This episode showed very good what Cuddy has to deal with all day.
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It was a typical filler episode, no story progression whatsoever. And who cares about Cuddy's personal life anyway? I'm watching HOUSE for House. Lately, the writers seem to be going in the wrong direction: get rid of 13 and Taub already! Geez! Bring back the old team, give House a love interest and go from there!
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It was a refreshing episode. We got to see one day in Cuddy's life which is really stressful and we didn't get to see until now how her life really looks like beside approving House's procedures and crazy tests/needs. I enjoyed this episode a lot.
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Good although I was tired after the first 10 minutes. No one can really keep that schedule.
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Some how I have lost respect for her since she got involved with Lucas
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I got stressed while watching Cuddy do all that
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