Season 5 Episode 13

Big Baby

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 26, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The team take on the case of a Special Education teacher who spits up blood and collapses in the middle of class. Meanwhile, Cameron finds herself taking on some of Cuddy's duties, including dealing with House, and Foreman has to make a decision concerning Thirteen's participation in the clinical trials.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Good in parts...

    I thought this episode was very good in parts, but not quite perfect. I loved Cameron taking Cuddy's roles; it made an interesting contrast between her under House's rules. However, I am very annoyed she lost the position so quickly! It was a perfect opportunity to involved her more in the show. Also, she seems despondent at the end, when, in my view, she should have helped House figure out the real diagnosis. That's who Cameron is to me.

    The patient once again started off as interesting, but she faded once more into the background. At first, she seemed a patient quite like the ones from Season 1 and 2, but it seems the writers lost interest in her, as they have been with the patients lately.

    Foreman's drama with the drug trial isn't as bad as people suggest. It was quite interesting, especially seeing House's reaction to the news. I thought it showed some good development for both Foreman and Thirteen, and I don't think the drama between them is as bad as some reviewers suggests. It was also a great piece of acting my Lisa Ecclestein as she struggled to cope with being a single mum, but it did take away from the medicine a bit.

    Overall, a pretty decent episode but falls short of the very high standards of earlier Seasons. This seems to be a trait with Season 5.moreless
  • Cuddy takes her daughter to work for the first time

    In this episode of House, the following happens. When a Special Aid teacher collapses in her classroom, House and the team investigate to find out what is wrong with her. Cuddy admits to Wilson that she doesn't feel anything for her daughter, Rachel. Soon word of this gets back to House and he brings it up with Cuddy when Cameron is in the room. Cameron also seems to like her power and control over House. Foreman has to make a decision about 13, if he should or not to change her medicine to the real drug for her Huntington's disease. By the end of the episode, Cuddy has finally bonded with her daughter. Cameron tells Cuddy that she can no longer do the job. Foreman also decides that he should switch the medicine for 13 and does so. We also see Cuddy leaving her daughter for the first time as she prepares go to back to work.moreless
  • Flawed.

    This episode is a fine example of what happens when writer's try to squeeze a large cast into a 45 minute show. While it was nice to see Cameron getting more screen time, allowing her to take over some of Cuddy's duties, which include "babysitting" her former boss, isn't the way to show how much she's learned-or not learned from House. After working with the man for 3 years, one would hope that she knows that House is insane but apparently, she's quite a slow learner in that department. Cuddy's stuggle to decide if she's truly wants to keep her daughter started out as a nice subplot. Her inability to bond with her daughter was something I'm sure plenty of new mothers deal with and showed us that Cuddy is taking motherhood seriously. Wilson's attempt to get Cuddy to reconsider keeping the baby was both sweet and funny. The one thing that I felt was over the top was Cuddy's screaming at the baby. Speaking of baby's-House and the baby seemed to have no trouble in the bonding department which goes to show that even baby's love him.

    Lastly, I did enjoy watching Foreman stuggle with what to do concerning Thirteen's drug trial. While I'm not sold on Foreman and Thirteen as a couple, they do have some great interactions. I also find myself feeling sorry for Thirteen, who wants to believe that she can plan a bit further into the future. All in all, nothing was surprising in the end. Cameron's reign of terror was short lived and hope fully the audience will not have to watch her give into House and his insanity.moreless
  • A lot of mixed feelings and allusions regarding the characters' interconnections, and of course the typical and expected great acting, fast direction and an interesting problem to solve.

    This was an episode that in all was as good as we have come to expect from House by now. Hugh Laurie surpassing himself and making us love the most un-loveable character televised medicine has ever produced (House is like the Black Adder of medicine!), ironic and clever remarks, House - Cuddy clashes, and another riddle of a case to solve. Of course, House handles it excellently performing one of his impossibly illogical operations to come to a completely logical and unexpected conclusion and cure the patient.

    Character-wise I was a bit confused though. First, what happened to House and Cuddy re-animating their interest for one another? I feel the writers shouldn't have abandoned that aspect so quickly. Things were finally beginning to warm up between them, and then they were abruptly ended and now it seems as if none of it ever happened. In my opinion that is a mistake, there should've been more tension and aknowledgement of the fact between them.

    Secondly, this episode was so out of character for Cameron. She came off as this cold, indifferent, confused person that cared more about administration and beating House in his own game than curing the patient. That isn't like her at all and it wasn't believable.

    Finally, there should be a little more warmth between Forman and Thirteen. At the moment they are not at all convincing about being a couple. A little more spark there guys!! Though this is a plot twist I definitely like, and in this episode we see another side of Forman, in that he is willing to give up his medical ethics in order to save Thirteen. There may be something long-lasting there. And the part about Cuddy not loving her baby at first, was a very realistic intake on how career mothers feel with handling children and work at the same time. I was glad they didn't present her as this overly happy soccer mom, that would've been way out of character for her.moreless
  • Good to see so much of Cameron.

    It was great to see so much of Cameron. Now we need more of Chase.

    Cameron knowing House was just testing her for the radiation test was good. All of her scenes with House were great although could have done without House's crude comments, although I guess that is what House does to Cuddy.

    Maybe Wilson should be the one having sex with Cuddy this year, not House. He was really caring towards her while House was telling her she was a crappy mom. It was funny how Wilson came up with the story about the picture of her baby when she was 18 and it turned out it was just a random picture. However, remember when he used to be a doctor?

    Could have done without all of the Cuddy baby drama stuff. Hopefully now Cuddy is used to the baby, it will fade into the background.

    I realize Kutner didn't want House to cut into the woman's brain but as Cameron pointed out, Cuddy knew nothing of the case. Plus, why wait until the woman was in surgery to call? Why not call once he knew the surgery was going to happen?

    So Cameron and Chase tell Foreman not to be an idiot and House pretty much says the same thing except if Foreman loves 13, and Foreman changes the meds? Pretty early to love someone considering they just started dating last episode.

    At least they didn't make Cameron fail just to show how awesome Cuddy is. I can understand Cameron for quitting. When she was on House's team, she could let Cuddy know about dangerous tests but she wasn't actually the one that had to decide. She realizes House is almost always right so she will side with him.moreless
Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Andy Scott Harris

Andy Scott Harris


Guest Star

Saige Ryan Campbell

Saige Ryan Campbell


Guest Star

Tammy Dahlstrom

Tammy Dahlstrom


Guest Star

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde


Recurring Role

Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Dr. Lawrence Kutner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • House: So why are you here?
      Dr. Cameron: Because Dr. Cuddy is not here. She's decided to spend some more time at home with the baby for a while. I'm taking over some of her day-to-day responsibilities, like babysitting you.
      House: Interesting. You have your whole life ahead of you, so why would Cuddy want you to die so young?
      Dr. Cameron: She figured I' spent three years working for you. I was inoculated.
      House: Good. Fun. You get to exercise your newfound power, I squirm under your thumb, resent the student becoming the teacher, and then push comes to shove, and we all get to realize what our real roles should be. Then you put out.
      Dr. Cameron: That's why I took the job.

    • Kutner: Cameron's in charge?
      Thirteen: When did that happen.?
      Kutner: You're going to destroy her, aren't you?
      House: I am going to do my job. If that involves leaving her a rotting pulp...

    • Kutner: You slept with Foreman?
      Thirteen: Sorry, you were busy.

    • Thirteen: How about you just judge our ideas on their own merit?
      House: Oh, you don't want me to do that.

    • Kutner: I'm impressed. You didn't even flinch.
      Sarah: I just went to my happy place.
      Thirteen: We cannot let House anywhere near this woman.

    • Kutner: It's premature, reckless, and potentially lethal.
      House: True. It must be somebody's job to stop me from being reckless and irresponsible. Nobody can stop me from being premature.

    • House: Hmm. Some people thought you were going to be brutal. Marking your territory.
      Dr. Cameron: Who?
      House: Nobody. Just because I call him nobody doesn't make me a racist.

    • Dr. Cameron: I'm not going to play games. If you come to me with a request and it makes medical sense...
      House: I need oral sex. I'm pretty sure biological imperative qualifies as medical sense.
      Dr. Cameron: Can I return my phone call now?
      House: I don't really see how that's going to be possible.

    • Taub: This is going to be convoluted, isn't it?
      House: I figured I'd ask for something really crazy, so she'd shoot me down and get the whole "I can control House" thing out of her perky little system. So the next time I went back and I ask for something marginally crazy, it would seem marginally reasonable and she'd say yes. So, yeah, slightly convoluted.

    • Dr. Foreman: I've been here five years. I can hear your thoughts from my apartment.
      House: (ogling Thirteen's chest) Can you hear me now?
      Dr. Foreman: Move on to another organ.
      House: I did.

    • Dr. Cuddy: House told me I should give her back. Instead of being offended, I've been wondering if he's right.
      Dr. Wilson: He's not. He never is, not when it's anything personal, or human.

    • Dr. Cameron: What do you want me to do? Say yes just because you're House?
      House: I'd certainly like that, yeah.

    • House: That's my old boss. And by "old," I don't mean "former."
      Dr. Cuddy: Insulting me is not going to make me go away.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air Dates:
      Latin America: March 5, 2009 on Universal Channel
      Denmark: June 27, 2009 on Kanal 4
      The Netherlands: September 10, 2009 on SBS6
      Germany: September 29, 2009 on RTL
      Poland: October 14, 2009 on TVP2
      Slovakia: November 5, 2009 on STV1
      Czech Republic: February 10, 2010 on TV Nova
      Sweden: February 23, 2010 on TV4

    • Music: On My Side (Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons)


    • House: Can you hear me now?
      This is a reference to the Verizon Wireless commercials, where a man checks his phone reception by asking the person on the other end of the phone "Can you hear me now?"

    • House: Twenty-nine-year-old Special Ed teacher coughs up blood all over Corky.
      Referencing the TV series Life Goes On (1989-1993), which revolved around the life of Charles "Corky" Thatcher (Chris Burke), a boy with Downs' Syndrome who mainstreamed into regular life.

    • House: Toss out a lame idea, instead of agreeing with Foreman's better idea, because you're worried that'll confirm that he's boldly gone where no man has gone before.
      Referencing the catchphrase and opening narration of the 1960s science fiction program Star Trek, starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. Each episode's opening narration would conclude with "To boldly go where no man has gone before."

    • House: Or as my old mentor, Old Ben, liked to call it, "The Dark Side."
      Referencing the Star Wars movie series, specifically Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi who appears in all six movies and the animated series. The Dark Side is the reflected darkness of The Force, the binding force that flows through all living things and can be controlled by the Sith.