House

Season 5 Episode 23

Under My Skin

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 04, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

While House tries to cope with his insomnia, he takes on the case of a ballerina whose skin begins to fall off after treatment following the collapse of her lungs during a rehearsal.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • This type of episode is what the category "bottom of the barrel" was made for.

    1.0
    I kept postponing watching this one, after I've read some of the spoilers, but finally curiosity caved in. Well, curiosity killed the cat... Imo this type of episode is what the category "bottom of the barrel" was made for.And what was at the bottom of the barrel? A few remains of "No Reason", some leftovers from "Autopsy", "97 Seconds", "Detox", "Wilson's Heart" and quite a lot of lines and scenes gathered from the writers' garbage bin - all mixed up with some of the most illogical medical stories - House's and the patient's alike - and all dusted off by some really really stale Huddy banter and kiss. Even the acting was not as good as it usually is - but of course the actors are not to blame. How many times can poor Hugh Laurie "detox" and "almost die" and still make it look convincing? How can LE still deliver her lines when her character is the least consistent in the show? One minute she has to tell House "this ship is over" the next it's "I've been loving you for 20 years" - seriously... Not to mention how utterly annoying was Amber as House's "subconscious" - one of the silliest ideas - in a season where there's already an abundance of silly ideas. Or how ridiculous was the whole Cameron "I kept my dead husband's sperm..." nonsense. So now she didn't know he was dying? Who cares really if it was totally established that she married the guy when he was already dying? Continuity? What's that? But of course, the writers needed some reason for the most unlikely couple to not get marry, so that the "Hameron ship" is still sailing away. It's so obvious it's just pathetic. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm really glad this season is soon to be over. My nerves are not strong enough for any more of this. :(moreless
  • An AMAZING episode

    10
    In this episode of House, the following happens. A dancer collapses and so House and his team investigates to find out what is wrong with her. House admits to Wilson that he is hallucinating, but tells him that he is seeing Kutner. Soon during the tests, the dancer's skins start to come off. Within only a short period of time she loses over 80% of her skin and it is falling off quicker than the team can replace it with artificial skin. But soon House admits to Wilson that he isn't seeing Kutner, but in fact it is Amber, his girlfriend who died. House soon believes that he knows what is wrong with himself and so he injects himself with insulin. Luckily he phones Wilson before he does it and when Wilson enters his office he finds House on the floor having a fit because of the insulin. House comes round and seems ok, but later that night he again starts to see Amber, and so he has Wilson to com and pick him up. They agree that house should go to rehab, but House realises that it won't work and so he goes to see Cuddy. He quits and soon confesses as to what is wrong with him. So since she secretly loves him, she agrees to help him. She goes with him back to his place and they start his detox. Mean while the dancer gets worse and she gets gangrene and so she has to have both of her hands and feet removed. But luckily the team come up with an idea, that works and so they manage to cure her and save both of her feet and hands. As Cuddy leaves the next morning, House thanks her and a flicker happens between them and they kiss. Then they kiss some more and move into the bedroom and there the episode ends.moreless
  • The Best of House and winner of this season.

    10
    By far the most exiting and captivating episode i've seen for quite a while. There's a variety of plots explained thoughtfully and thoroughly. First House starts to crumble, everyone knows why and it was about time the Vicodin got to him. His halucinations continue but finally decides to ask help from the person he likes the most. Secondly there's Cameron and Chase that have their own issues or should i say Cameron's issues that might lead to an interesting twist in Cameron's point of view. Thirdly the team finally solve their own case, with one of the most interesting diagnosis. (aren't they all?!). And last (the cherry on top), the most anticipated, the cleverly postponed and so long waited night of sex. Feels like a whole new story could start but with House all that can crack in a second. Great episode one of the top best that House M.D. has.moreless
  • I dare say, the best episode the show has produced :)

    10
    And thats no joke. TOP 3 definently! What was NOT to like about this episode? It had it all. - House hallucinating, that armour of his cracking all over

    - Amber (yes i felt sorry for her)

    - HUDDY hooking up decently ;) - An uber cool and sorta messed up medical case



    What makes this episode standout was Hugh Laurie's acting...again! And a warm kudos to Lisa Edelstein, she did good! But Lord have mercy this guy can act! Doing those withdrawal scenes was a work of art, perfect right to the end. I sat mesmerized the ENTIRE episode. Pretty sure I was whistling and pumping my fists in the air after Huddy hooking it. UNDER MY SKIN is one of the episodes I will always highly look upon. It has GREAT re-watachability and is IMO pivotal for the entire series. We've seen House come close to crumbling before, but in this episode, it happened to play it in slow-mo.



    Amazing episode, period!moreless
  • House starts to crack

    9.5
    This episode wasn't quite as perfect as last week's, but comes pretty darn close! House desperately tries to get past his hallucination, and enlists Wilson and later Cuddy to help.



    Wilson and House's dynamics were excellent, and I loved how Amber produced some great moments inside House's brain- she was actually very creepy in the episode, especially when she was singing in the restaurant. It also seems the team are cottoning on the fact something's seriously wrong.



    The patient storyline was handled fairly poorly, but it was clear it was a back burner of a storyline. Something about it uneased me, as this was the first episode that paid so little attention to it- there was simply no character development at all with the patient, and the diagnosis was quite lame.



    Nevertheless, the storyline involving House losing his mind was excellent, and the end part where House detox's and shares a kiss with Cuddy was also brilliantly written and acted.



    I would like to point out that House saying "I always want to kiss you" ISN'T unlike him. He has been known in the past to be quite cheesy- two prime examples are in the first Season with the flower he gives Cameron on their date, and also in the second Season in the note he gives Stacey "the prescription for your heart medication".



    The storyline involving Cameron and Chase about the sperm doner didn't add much to the episode, but I thought the dialogue at the end between them was excellent- Chase has really grown on me as a character.



    Overall, an excellent episode that builds perfectly into the finale.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

Alex Schemmer

Alex Schemmer

Jeremy

Guest Star

Charles Gavoian

Charles Gavoian

Maury

Guest Star

Pamela Shafer

Pamela Shafer

Company Manager

Guest Star

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

Thirteen

Recurring Role

Anne Dudek

Anne Dudek

Amber

Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom

Nurse

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Cuddy snatches the Vicodin pill from the bathroom floor, House turns over to try and stop her. As the shot changes though, he is back face down on the floor and has to start getting up again.

    • Cameron tells Chase she didn't plan on her husband dying. However, in "Acceptance" in Season 2, she told Wilson that she met her husband just after he was diagnosed incurable cancer, so she knew he was dying.

  • QUOTES (10)

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music: Company: II. - (Composed by Phillip Glass), Yankee Doodle Dandy (played by Anne Dudek), Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think) (sung by Anne Dudek), Drive (Dawn Landes)

    • The first episode to be rated 18 in the UK (the equivalent to an R/TV-MA rating).

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: May 13, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Denmark: September 5, 2009 on Kanal 4
      Poland: November 19, 2009 on TVP2
      The Netherlands: November 26, 2009 on SBS6
      Slovakia: December 15, 2009 on STV1
      Germany: March 23, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: April 21, 2010 on TV Nova
      Sweden: October 19, 2010 on TV4

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