Season 6 Episode 14

5 to 9

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 08, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

It's a day in the life of Cuddy when she has to deal with her personal and professional life, insurance contract negotiations, a thieving pharmaceutical technician, an ailing daughter, and House and his team.

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  • Finally, Cuddy is the savior!

    I think there's a single word to describe this episode: Wonderful. And when I say wonderful I mean that this episode is much better than some we can see during the season.

    Far from being a classic episode, where House treats a patient, this one is a perfect example what Cuddy's life really is. Problems at work and with the employes. A detailed portrait of the sensations Cuddy feels in her daily routine.

    5 to 9. I enjoyed the way the writer showed the multiple Cuddy's facets in the episode. It was so balanced that we can understand the situation. Cuddy's interactions with others were good enough. I also loved the interaction between House and Cuddy.

    This episode was better than others due to freshness and originality, two things I enjoy when I see a new episode. It's incredible how many problems can disturb to a dean of medicine. Of course, Cuddy, being a well structured character has the ability to solve her problems.

    Despite the many problems we can see during 5 to 9, in the end Cuddy could win. And a smile was the proof we needed to know everything was fine... And that really, 5 to 9 is a good episode.

    Good relationships, interesting problems and a perfect way to show what Cuddy feels are just some of reasons why this episode deserves a 9/10.moreless
  • Well, if nothing else, at least the episode explains the need for socialized medicine.

    My reviews have been getting more and more political lately. I wonder if that reflects on me or on modern television.

    Anyway, yeah, that's really how I felt throughout the episode. Cuddy having to tell some poor guy that she'd take his house to get paid for a procedure that actually cost next to nothing was poignant, because we know she is generally a nice person. Kudos to Lisa Edelstein and the director for playing it straight up, though, letting previous knowledge of the character deliver the point instead of going for the "now look conflicted" shot.

    It's a pity they didn't go the same way in some other areas. Cuddy's final scream in the hall of the hospital was entirely out of character for both the show and Cuddy and poorly edited, making it seem like the insurance rep had not left before her outburst. I really hope they were seriously over budget and running long to justify not doing that scene inside her car, where it was probably written to begin with (or at least should have).

    Also, Cuddy's decision to get rid of the poor guy's check was a bit of a cop out. I'm fine with her being a nasty executive. That's what she is. Doing the fairy tale ending of having her refuse payment after pressing for it only has two results, both negative: first, it dilutes the gritty depiction of the ugly side of health care, which does the episode no favours; second, it creates a bit of a plot hole about who is going to deal with the cost. Overall, it was an interesting take on the by now usual "House from another perspective" episode that worked so well in Three Stories and has never reached that bar again. And yes, it does, intentionally or not, show that private health care is a soulless, bureaucratic and inefficient beast that must die. Or, at least, it tackles the issue, which is more than any medical drama in recent history has dared to do. So good for them.moreless
  • it shows cudy's day and the many problems she encounters and has to fix for the sake of her job.

    wow i loved this episode. just focusing on Cuddy and how her day was was fascinating. i think they did everything perfectly and the writing was great. cuddy in the episode showed just how strong on a woman she is and how well she controls the plainsboro hospital.the way they showed the tensions between the other characters was also good because its the first time they have shown what happened the other doctors when house's team returned.probllem on problem on problem but she fixed it all; props to cuddy that is amazing. overall this episode is one of my favorites because it shows a totally different take on things at the hospital.moreless
  • Finally! (This is a review of "5 to 9" as well as of "Wilson")

    This is a review of "5 to 9" as well as of "Wilson".

    Ever since season two people kept telling the creators of 'House' that it might be a good idea to have some real people around him.

    Everyone - the Ducklings, Cuddy, Wilson, just everyone - was incredibly pale and felt more like a recurring role than a regular.

    Finally, in season 6 (!) the creators complied, and the results, "Wilson" and "5 to 9" are the best that has happened to this show in a long time.

    Not only are these two episodes good in their own right, they also give the whole series a long-needed infusion.

  • Wilson had his episode, now Cuddy gets hers.

    The problem between Wilson's episodes and Cuddy's (besides the fact that I don't really like Cuddy, especially now the way Huddy is being handled), is that I never considered Cuddy a main character. The first three seasons she was probably the least important character on the show, especially in season 1 when she was barely around at all. She only started becoming more important when the writers decided that House and Cuddy needed to start dancing around each other. And because of the fact that I don't consider Cuddy a main character, I could care less what she does when House isn't around.

    And of course they have to show Cuddy having sex and in the shower and wearing a low-cut top all day. It has been a few episodes since they showed any shots of her breasts or butt so they have to get that in. Compare that to Wilson's episode where they didn't need to show him getting naked. And does she always have sex with her nanny in the house?

    Aren't cell phones banned in hospitals because they interfere with equipment? Every hospital I have been in has signs telling you to turn off your phone.

    So Cuddy let House have an assistant for a couple days but she doesn't have one? That makes a lot of sense.

    I don't know why the surgeon was complaining about not having Chase, just last episode he was doing a surgery. And apparently he just did a surgery with the guy's thumb.

    And why is Cuddy the only person handling the negotiation? No wonder they weren't getting the contract they wanted. The insurance company probably had people working full-time concentrating just on the PPTH contract while Cuddy has other things going on and she is a doctor, not a lawyer or a background in business. And how did she find the CEO and interrupt his lunch all in one day, in a few hours? I doubt he would be hanging around somewhere within an hour or two of driving distance, waiting for Cuddy to barge in on him.

    And now Cuddy threatens to resign. That is now everyone on the show that has now thought about quitting/has quit/got fired.

    And her scream at the end? Yeah, that really seemed in character … not.

    I was so bored during this episode; I don't even have anything else to write (and I normally finish with a page or more in my word document). House is supposed to be a medical procedure and the medicine (and House's wit) is what got me interested. I don't care about Cuddy's attempt to get a medical insurance contract and everything else she does during her day.moreless
Maurice Godin

Maurice Godin

Dr. Hourani

Guest Star

Patrick St. Esprit

Patrick St. Esprit

Keith Tannenbaum

Guest Star

Celia Finkelstein

Celia Finkelstein


Guest Star

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde


Recurring Role

Michael Weston

Michael Weston

Lucas Douglas

Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Dr. Cuddy: Get out of my chair. And the answer is no.
      House: You ever notice how many porn sites have "mom" in the domain name. Hot moms, hungry moms, mature moms. That ought to make you feel pretty good.

    • Dr. Cuddy: They should be pressuring other hospitals to be more like us, not trying to make us more like them. It's stupid.
      House: Putting your job on the line in an effort to stamp out stupidity isn't?
      Dr. Cuddy: You would.
      House: Probably. But then I also wanted to try and cure cancer by infecting a guy with malaria to win a $50 bet. You really want to be like me?

    • House: They're not going to fire you. And you're not going to quit.
      Dr. Cuddy: Why not?
      House: Because you're an idiot.

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