House

Season 5 Episode 12

Painless

1
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 19, 2009 on FOX
7.1
out of 10
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679 votes
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Episode Summary

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House and his team deal with a man living in constant pain. Meanwhile, Thirteen receives treatment by Foreman while taking part in his clinical trial on Huntington's Disease, and Cuddy tries to balance her hospital duties with her new baby.

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  • Foreshadowing

    6.5
    I love Kutner's character and to see him leave later in the season was heart breaking. But this was the first time that he asked Taub about suicide. Outside of work we never see much of Kutner, we knew he had a close friendship with 'Big Love' but we never see him in any relationship with women, men or his co-workers. Its true that he was very childlike and did crazy things but he was lonely and isolated. I am guessing this was the first foreshadowing of his interest in ending his life. but I will continue to watch more episodes. Oh and for everyone saying Kal Penn was leaving the show to do political work in the upcoming season (Yes I know that to be true) but as far as the writers trying to explain why he commited suicide I am doing my research and trying to explain it through the acting and writing of the show. Remember this show is all about the mystery.moreless
  • I agree with some of the other reviewers.. why is this score so much lower than the rest?

    8.6
    I know this isn't the best episode of House ever, but why does it deserve such a low score compared to the others? From a 8.8 to a 7.4? Doesn't make sense to me..



    That being said, this episode sort of reinforced my idea of this season, which is that a lot of the cases are less interesting than the personal stuff going on in the characters' lives. Not to say that the personal stuff is good material, but the cases feel ripped off from previous seasons.. with the Joy to the World episode, Foreman being described as House, the case involving the chubbier girl being teased all the time.. it just felt rehashed. And this episode was basically the opposite of the episode of the girl who could feel no pain, except much less interesting.



    However, House was on point once again. He seems to save the show when it starts to lose focus. Kutner also is an interesting character, although Taub and Thirteen leave something to be desired. If they could've just started getting Chase and Cameron involved in the show much earlier on than this, I would've been happier. It's too bad. Either way, the episode wasn't nearly as bad as the score indicates. It was a pleasant enough episode that was just a little average.moreless
  • Not as bad as the scores suggests...

    9.0
    I am a little at loss to see why the score is so low in this episode. The case was quite sad and disturbing, but also quite emotional- a family trying to deal with their family in pain. Taub's questioning of them was interesting. I didn't like the son trying to help him die- that was slightly overdone. The wifes emotions, however, were good.



    Meanwhile, Cuddy tries to deal with being a single mum- she does so quite well but fails to live up to her own high standard- fitting perfectly with her character. Allowing Cameron to be boss at the end was interesting character development, and gives a good chance for an interesting story arch.



    I wish they included Cameron more this episode- what a **** comment to Thirteen! Meoooow! She brought him the case, and it would have been more interesting to see why, and to see her try to teach him life lessons.



    The episode also makes it clear that House's leg has gotten worse, and that he is worried about the day his pills stop working- he took far too many in this episode. The sideplot with plumber was quite amusing- it was funny seeing House outwitted at his own game, but it didn't really seem relevant to the plotline, apart from it gave the interesting diagnosis at the end.



    Meanwhile, Foreman tries to get with Thirteen. I think Thirteen's suited for the relationship, whereas Foreman seems a little flat. Nevertheless, it was a great twist to find out shes on the placebo.



    Overall, this episode was brilliant in parts and flat in others- not as bad as the score on TV.com suggests, however.moreless
  • Cuddy takes some time to bond with her new daughter

    9.0
    In this episode of House, the following happens. When a wife and her son return home to pick up hockey stick, they find their husband/father in the garage trying to kill himself. His name is Jeff. The case of Jeff is soon brought to House by Cameron. He is suffering with pain all over his body. Cuddy has named her foster daughter, who she later hopes to adopt, Rachel. Soon Jeff's son starts experiencing symptoms like his father. But House soon realises that the son is faking it, so that his father can try to kill himself. Cuddy has a home inspection, which she passes and so she can continue to look after Rachel as her foster mother.

    After a few miss-diagnoses Jeff is finally diagnosed with Epilepsy. We learn that on the drug trail, 13 is on the placebo and not the real drug. At the end of the episode, Cuddy goes to see Cameron. She asks her to take over her job for a while, whilst she stays at home with the baby for a little while longer.moreless
  • Cuddy deals with her new baby, House deals with a patient in constant pain that keeps trying to kill himself, and Foreman works a little too hard to get Thirteen to pay attention to him.moreless

    6.0
    Overall, I would consider this episode to be a good filler episode to connect this episode to the rest of the season. It wasn't terribly exciting or original. In fact, I found it quite forgettable. Cuddy's struggles with changing her life to fit the new baby were expected. Hopefully, she'll find some balance in the next couple of episodes and the baby will take a backseat. I like the fact that the character has achieved a goal she has been desperate for for some time, but the story drags on a little and gets in the way of other subplots.



    I enjoy the little drama between Thirteen and Foreman. Its fun and lighthearted and despite both characters being standoffish and a little unpleasant in their relationships overall, it could prove to be a very fun storyline. I'm still wondering how anything can work out for this character while she has Huntington's disease. There is no cure and without the writers creating a cure for the purposes of the show, she's pretty much doomed. As is any romance between her and Foreman, despite the fact that it takes away from how depressing her character has become.



    The plot involving the man in constant pain was the highlight of the show. Although, the family gave up a little too quickly. I suppose this was for drama's sake, but when they all of a sudden started promoting the guy's cause to off himself in the name of ending the pain, they quickly became annoying. Although, props to the writers for getting the guy's son to help him out in one such attempt. It had a great "slap in the face" effect. Very cool. The answer was, as usual, simple in its complexity and just plain brilliant. And House, as usual, was a pain to anyone who gave him the time of day. Overall, decent, but not my favorite and hopefully not a foreshadowing for the rest of the season.moreless
Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Omar Epps

Omar Epps

Dr. Eric Foreman

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Dr. Allison Cameron

Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer

Dr. Robert Chase

Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard

Dr. James Wilson

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Dr. Gregory House

Jake Cherry

Jake Cherry

Zack

Guest Star

Sarah Danielle Madison

Sarah Danielle Madison

Lynne

Guest Star

Alex Fernandez

Alex Fernandez

Fernando

Guest Star

Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Dr. Lawrence Kutner

Recurring Role

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

Thirteen

Recurring Role

Peter Jacobson

Peter Jacobson

Dr. Chris Taub

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Whenever Cuddy talks about her appointment with DYFS (Division of Youth and Family Services), she calls it D-Y-F-S, pronouncing each letter of the acronym. The administrator of a New Jersey hospital, or anyone else that deals with that state agency, would refer to it as "Dye-fiss," as if the letters spell an actual name.

    • Trivia: House has a rubber duck next to his bath.

    • It is clear that the baby Cuddy is holding throughout most of the episode is a doll.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Kutner: Okay, so if you were being burned at the stake, and someone handed you a gun, what would you do?
      Taub: I'd shoot the people with the torches.

    • Dr. Foreman: So, making out okay, meal's too intimate?
      Thirteen: I don't wanna kiss you again, either.

    • Dr. Cuddy: House, I've got a DYFS home visit on Friday.
      House: And I've got a W-H-O-R-E visit on…

    • Dr. Cuddy: When's the last time you showered?
      House: Scent of a man. I realize you haven't experienced it sober.

    • House: He's had multiple EEGs. All of them cleaner and squeakier than Cuddy's rubber nipples.

    • Dr. Cuddy: (hands Kutner a dirty diaper) Take the garbage out on your way out.
      House: If you want a man to take your crap, you have to marry him first.
      Dr. Cuddy: Or employ him.

    • House: Come on, you're from one of the Twelve Tribes, you must know a ton of shysters.
      Taub: What type of lawyer do you need? I'll bring it up at the next world domination subcommittee meeting.

    • Dr. Cuddy: You preach objectivity, but as soon as a patient comes in in pain, all you want to do is look under the hood. You don't care if there's a one-in-three chance you'll kill him.
      House: If I don't diagnose him, there's a one-in-one chance he'll kill himself.

    • Jeff: You don't have a family, do you?
      House: Left them all back on Krypton.

    • Taub: Assuming you're right.
      House: Yes. I find it confusing to assume otherwise.

    • Dr. Wilson: Why do women always do that?
      Dr. Cuddy: Fail?
      Dr. Wilson: Create ridiculous standards that no human could meet, with your careers, with your kids. You got to be more like us men.
      Dr. Cuddy: Be lazy? Blame others?

    • Fernando: Are you happy?
      House: No, but I'm right.

    • House: Testicles. What do they make you think of?
      Taub: STDs, testerone issues, that summer on Fire Island.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      Latin America: February 26, 2009 on Universal Channel
      Denmark: June 6, 2009 on Kanal 4
      The Netherlands: September 3, 2009 on SBS6
      Germany: September 22, 2009 on RTL
      Poland: October 8, 2009 on TVP2
      Slovakia: November 3, 2009 on STV1
      Czech Republic: November 23, 2009 on TV Nova
      Sweden: February 16, 2010 on TV4

    • Music: I Still Care For You (Ray LaMontagne)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • House: Either I need a new watch, or Mowgli is cutting into your beauty sleep.
      Referencing the boy from Rudyard Kipling's In the Rukh (1893) and later The Jungle Book. Mowgli is raised by wolves in the jungle and soon uses his superior human abilities to master his environment. Most famously, Kipling's story was adapted into an animated movie by Disney in 1967.

    • House: Left them all back on Krypton.
      Referencing the home planet of the comic book character Superman, who first appeared in Action Comics #1 (June 30, 1938) and was created by Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster. He was launched from Krypton by his father Jor-El as the planet blew up due to a natural cataclysm and was rocketed to Earth where he became Superman, the super-powered Man of Steel.

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