Season 5 Episode 10

Let Them Eat Cake

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 02, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The team takes on the case of a fitness guru on an all-natural diet who collapsed while filming a video. Meanwhile, Foreman conducts Huntington's Disease drug trials and Thirteen signs on as a subject, Cuddy is forced to move into House's office, and Kutner uses House's name to run an online medical-advice website.moreless

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  • This is more a review of the last few seconds than of the entire episode, so it's basically a spoiler in its entirety.

    I'm as cynical as the next guy, scratch that, more cynical, but that last scene made me sad. She shouldn't have expected any different, but she looked so disappointed.

    They say that a series goes down hill when the lead couple finally get together because all the sexual tension is gone, etc, etc. I think that's just a cop out. I'd like to see the writers take on the challenge of House and Cuddy as a couple. I think they NEED to take on the challenge. We're not surprised when the person who looks sick isn't the one who is sick in the opening, we're not surprised when the diagnosis is wrong. Nothing much in the show happens that we aren't expecting. Do I know how they could make House and Cuddy work? No, and that's why they need to do it.moreless
  • Back to form

    I thought this was a nearly absolutely perfect, right until the end when they runined with Cuddy not meeting with House- a cheap ploy by the writers there! Quite annoying.

    Nevertheless, after the previous episodes disappointment, this was a much need return to form. The patient had a good character and some great development- I loved her scenes with Taub. She was a geuinally interesting patient, and House's diagnosis at the end was also entertaining.

    House and Cuddy, meanwhile, play games on each other as Cuddy waits for her office to be redecorated. Their scenes (right until the end) were filled with sexual tension. House being completely inappropriate was so frustratingly like him, but we saw a change in his character as he gave her a present in the form of a desk- very touching.

    Thirteen, meanwhile, starts the drug trials and we see more of her human side as she remembers her mothers deterioration- it was nice seeing that side of her, although Foreman's position was a little flat.

    Taub and Kutner are hilarious, however- their scenes was very funny, especially as House tricks them both in the end. It was a classic House trick, and it was good to see him team up with Cameron and Chase.

    Overall, a brilliant, witty episode that was marred just slightly by the tease at the end- keep with the wit and interesting patients/character development, not cheap drama tricks.moreless

    This was a great episodes and one of my favorites overall (not just of the season but the series.) The prank that House played on Taub and Kutner was hystericel, i never expected that. I liked the story about Thirteen (i know the majority dont like her but i do). i thought it showed more about her character, revealed her past and showed us her future. The interaction between House and CUddy was brilliant. i loved the part where he grabbed her boob and then he gave her the desk but in his own special House way, screwed up a good thing in the end. As if that were not enough The Woman Was Cured By CHOCOLATE CAKE! if i had to have a disease that would be the one id pick!! :)moreless
  • Another good one

    In this episode of House, the following happens. The patient in his episodes is a fitness trainer who is shooting a new TV fitness show. We soon learn that the fitness instructor had a gastric band fitted in order to lose weight. Since Cuddy's office has to be re-done, she has decided to use House's office until hers is all sorted out. 13 is taken part in a clinical trial with Foreman, for her Huntington's disease. House and Cuddy come really close to kissing again, but both back out at the last moment, although House does feel her breast instead. The team soon learn that she has a genetic condition in which she needs to go back to the way she was before her surgery. But she refuses to have the gastric band removed, and so they have to try to come up with something else. Cuddy's office is finally finished and when she goes in, she sees that the desk is not the one which she ordered. She soon sees that the one now in her office is the one which she had from medical school. Only one person knew where it was and that she was redoing her office, House. She goes to see him, but sees him with another woman and instead, just walks away.moreless
  • Review

    How many times are we going to have to sit back and watch the writer's tease us with House and Cuddy? The ending of the episode was uncalled for, with Cuddy walking in on the fake patient. I'm so sick of the storyline they tease us with but never happens. If the show creators want it to never happen, just end it all ready and stop doing the week by week thing. The only problem being is that they have devoloped this relationship since season one, which makes it too perfect not to try and this point. The rest of the episode was okay. Foreman and Thirteen being off on their own means nothing to me. I don't connect with the relationship that they have nor did I ever really care about Thirteen and her issue. Cutner's fake website idea was kind of cool and I thought the trick House pulled was pretty funny. The entire episode was about House and Cuddy and right now its looking like it just won't ever work. I don't know, the show still has its moments where I'm interested but other then that its gone pretty much downhill this year.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

Becky Baeling

Becky Baeling


Guest Star

Brad Grunberg

Brad Grunberg


Guest Star

Lori Petty

Lori Petty


Guest Star

Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Dr. Lawrence Kutner

Recurring Role

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde


Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (21)

    • House: (seeing a photo of a fitness trainer) Wow! Muscles and curves. My penis is so confused

    • Emmy: When I got the surgery, I got healthy, and when I got healthy, I got happy.
      Taub: I'm not sure you're happy, but if you are, being healthy didn't do it, being pretty did. Poop in the bedpan.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Any idea why we are getting half as many requests for you as usual?
      House: Democrats' health care plan?

    • House: I'm in an elevator, can't run away.
      Dr. Cuddy: Can't run away anyway.
      House: That's just mean. Why are we still together?
      Dr. Cuddy: We are going to our office.
      House: Pronoun confusion. Starts kicking in once you pass child-bearing age.
      Dr. Cuddy: Now that's just mean.

    • Taub: How come you haven't said anything about this?
      Kutner: It's no big secret. I guess I'm just not very chatty.
      Taub: You told us when you renewed your subscription to National Geographic.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Other doctors actually use their offices for crazy stuff like seeing patients. Not throwing a ball against the wall and calling it work.
      Dr. Wilson: It's his process. That ball saves lives.

    • Kutner: It's not funny.
      Taub: It is. You just can't appreciate it because it's gonna destroy your career.
      House: What happened? He call Foreman "clean and articulate" again? That is surprising.

    • House: Are you screwing with me?
      Dr. Cuddy: Are you screwing me?
      House: That depends on your answer.

    • Deedee: Did you see their faces?
      House: I think we may have an anal hygiene violation there.

    • Dr. Cuddy: My office was recently destroyed. I thought I'd use the office of the doctor directly responsible.
      House: I think the patient holding a gun to my head was actually the one directly responsible.
      Dr. Cuddy: My desk won't fit in his cell. You can use our outer office.

    • Kutner: What's Cuddy doing in your office?
      House: Other than throwing off the feng shui with her ass that faces all eight sides of the bagua at once?
      Dr. Cuddy: These walls aren't soundproof.
      House: I'm well aware.

    • House: Come on. Before the shrieking harpy melts my brain.

    • Taub: You're insane. With two days to live.
      Kutner: House is never gonna to find out.
      Taub: He will if I tell him… or you cut me in for 30%.
      Kutner: That's blackmail.
      Taub: Yes.

    • (Cuddy is talking on the phone)
      House: Have you seen my balls?
      Dr. Cuddy: Um, can you hold on a second?
      House: My balls. Have you seen my balls? Giant one and a red one.
      Dr. Cuddy: Your plan isn't gonna work.
      House: Of course it is. I try to make you miserable to make you leave. You deny that it's making you miserable. You try to make me miserable so I'll stop making you miserable. And eventually you will leave, citing reasons that have nothing to do with misery.
      Dr. Cuddy: You're not bothering me.
      House: Step one complete.
      Dr. Cuddy: I'm gonna call you from my cell. (Cuddy hangs up the phone) And then I will come back in here. (Cuddy dials her cell phone) Hey. Yeah, I just had to explain to him that I had his balls and he's not getting them back. (Cuddy pats House on his arm) 'scuse me.

    • Dr. Wilson: Don't take his office and pretend like all you're doing is taking his office. You chose his room because you want to be there. But, sitting near him and hoping isn't gonna get it done.
      Dr. Cuddy: Leave here now, or I'll take your office.

    • Taub: I don't think sabotaging your boss' office is a wise counterattack.
      House: All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing.

    • Taub: Why aren't we doing this in your office?
      House: Obviously because it would be stupid to do this in an office with no furniture. Cuddy… overreacted to my overreaction.

    • Dr. Wilson: You did do the math on this, right? Screwing with her office means the renovations will take longer. Means she will be in your office longer.
      House: See there? I'm having a bidet put in instead of a toilet. Not in addition to, instead of. You want to know what happened to the old toilet?
      Dr. Wilson: She'll be with you, where you claim to not want her.
      House: I smashed it with a sledgehammer.
      Dr. Wilson: I think in some ancient cultures that was actually considered a proposal of marriage.

    • House: Where are you going?
      Thirteen: Sorry. Treatment.
      House: Does Foreman schedule your appointments by numbers on the clock or just by when I'm in the middle of something?
      Thirteen: Sorry if I'm dying at a bad time for you.

    • House: You're not stopping me for medical reasons. You're stopping me… because you have the hots for me.
      Dr. Cuddy: You're still here because you have the hots for me.

    • Taub: House is gonna kill us.
      (House comes up behind them)
      House: Slowly… and painfully.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music: Coconut (Harry Nilsson)

    • International Airdates:
      Latin America: February 12, 2009 on Universal Channel
      The Netherlands: March 12, 2009 on SBS 6
      Denmark: May 23, 2009 on Kanal 4
      Germany: September 8, 2009 on RTL
      Poland: October 1, 2009 on TVP2
      Slovakia: October 27, 2009 on STV1
      Czech Republic: November 9, 2009 on TV Nova
      Sweden: December 1, 2009 on TV4


    • House: She sends one of yours to the hospital, send one of hers to the morgue.
      Referencing the 1987 movie The Untouchables, a remake/update of the 1959 TV series of the same name. Sean Connery plays Jim Malone, a veteran policeman, who helps Eliot Ness bring Al Capone to justice. The line references Malone's advice to Ness about responding to the Mob's escalation with more escalation.

    • House: What else floats? Correct answer is a duck.
      Referencing the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The line echoes the explanation Sir Bedevere gives for determining how to detect a witch. Since witches float and ducks float, Bedevere detects a witch by weighing her and seeing if she has the same weight as a duck.

    • Taub: But I wouldn't call a meeting of the Lollipop Guild and tell them they can grow if they work real hard at it.
      Referencing L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) and subsequent movie adaptation. The Lollipop Guild of Munchkinland welcomes Dorothy to Oz when she first touches down.