House

Season 5 Episode 15

Unfaithful

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 16, 2009 on FOX
8.3
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House struggles with his own beliefs as he takes on a case of priest with a disturbing past who runs a shelter for homeless people and sees a vision of Jesus.

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  • beautiful

    10
    This episode is so beautiful and really portrays human emotion so subtly. The last 10 minutes are so special. If only television was more often like this. I commend the makers on transmitting the awkwardness of the moment between Cuddyand House at the doors, as well as House's intangible emotions at the bedside. The beauty of the final scene left me in tears. Hugh Laurie is a genius.
  • A good episode

    9.0
    In this episode of House, the following happens. House tells Foreman and 13 that they either have to end their relationship or they have to quit. The team also work on a priest who says that he saw Jesus. Since Foreman and 13 can't make their minds up, House fires Foreman. So Foreman goes to see Cuddy in the hope she will give him a letter of recommendation. But she says she can't due to what happened in the clinical trials. They soon find out that the Priest has a genetic condition, which has caused him to get ill. Cuddy has naming ceremony for baby Rachel. She invites House, and she really wants him to go, but acts as though she doesn't. And alas he doesn't go. We also see that Foreman and 13 are still a couple, even though they have been acting as though they have broken up.moreless
  • Finally back to form...

    10
    I thought this episode was absolutely fanatastic, and certainly a Season classic. The episode focussed on the priest and his lack of faith, as well as addressing House's faith and issues.



    This was probably one of the most interesting cases so far this Season, purely as the character development was superb with the patient. The writers didn't lose interest in him, and it was one of the first patients House connected with in a while. The acting and dialogue was electric in this episode.



    House screwing Foreman and Thirteen around was classic as well, and it was an even better twist at the end when they turned out they were playing him.



    The Cuddy drama was also interesting after a slow start, although the writers are annoyingly teasing us with the Huddy relationship. They really should make up their mind, as its beginning to get too soapy in that department.



    Nevertheless, overall it was a brilliant episode, and certainly one of the stronger episodes recently.moreless
  • Another Great Installment of House.

    9.5
    A Priest sees Jesus and is admitted to the hospital. House takes on the case initially as a distraction, but when the patient starts showing more symptoms the whole team dives in to try and figure out what the problem is. The first symptom is that a toe falls off. His symptoms keep getting worse and worse. During the course of his stay the team find that the priest had moved alot because he was accused of molesting a boy, which turns out to be false. The team start treating the priest for AIDS without a blood test because the priest refuses one. During the treatment the teen he accuses of molesting comes into the priests hospital room and apologizes for everything. As it turns out the priest has a disease that shows all of the symptoms of AIDS without being AIDS. House tells the priest he is not going to die.



    House gives Forman and 13 an ultimatum. Either split up or quit. Forman gets fired. 13 looks for another job so Forman can get his job back without letting him know. The result is that Forman and 13 almost split, Forman gets his job back, 13 keeps her job and they stay together.



    Cuddy plays mind games with House to keep him from coming to a religous ceremony for her baby. She claims throughout that she wants him there, but on the flip side telling Dr. Wilson she doesn't. She finally tells House she doesn't want him there and he agrees. At the last minute she tells Wilson that she does want him there, but it is to late. In the end the party is going on and House is at home alone playing piano.moreless
  • House is unconvincingly called to re-examine his faith by an unattractive priest. 13 & Foreman unconvincingly tussle over House's dictum that one of them must split or quit. Everyone ends up with their jobs back.moreless

    4.5
    House is not the same. By this point in the season even the most comatose viewers must have noticed. OK, we are thrown the odd bone now and again to remind us of what he once was, but suddenly he is less about the truth and all about the love: Rebuilding the family, giving relationship advice to Foreman and 13, kissing Cuddy and (horrors) empathising with the patients. Have the show's producers got themselves a bunch of "ER" writers on the cheap, or are focus groups now telling them that viewers want to see a more human side to House? If it is the latter, they are wrong. This is not character development. At worst it is wanton vandalism of a unique TV character. At worst it is simply lazy writing which, given the show's recent moments of emotional triteness, feels more likely. If I'd have wanted babies, faith and self-actualization I'd have gone to Oprah.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

Jimmi Simpson

Jimmi Simpson

Daniel Bresson

Guest Star

Jake Thomas

Jake Thomas

Ryan

Guest Star

Janet Haley

Janet Haley

Eileen

Guest Star

Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Dr. Lawrence Kutner

Recurring Role

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

Thirteen

Recurring Role

Bobbin Bergstrom

Bobbin Bergstrom

Nurse

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Wilson confronts House in his office about Cuddy's hypocrisy, just prior to his Eureka moment (approx. 37mn into the episode), Hugh Laurie holds his watch so that the time is clearly visible. In between sentences, the watch jumps from '10:34' to '1:12'.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Daniel: You want to talk hypocrisy, what about you? You act like you don't care about anyone, but here you are, saving lives.
      House: Solving puzzles. Saving lives is just collateral damage.
      Daniel: Yeah, nice try. I don't think you're looking for somebody to prove you right. I think you're looking for somebody to prove you wrong, to give you hope. You want to believe, don't you?

    • House: I detect a stink of leftover faith.

    • Thirteen: We are adults. We can handle this. You just have to give us a chance.
      House: No you are not. No you can't. And no, I don't.

    • Dr. Cuddy: Are you doing anything Friday?
      House: Taking a lovely young lady to the Philharmonic.
      Dr. Cuddy: Is that your way of saying you're having sex with a hooker?
      House: Two. Can't create a harmonic with just one.

    • House: (to Wilson) You're a wuss. Part wimp, part puss.

    • Taub: (about Thirteen) She's not a nympho, she's bisexual, which by the way means she's accustomed to partners who don't need a map to find the treasure

    • Kutner: God gave the Church and the kid free will. Their exercise of that free will hurt you, means you're just a victim of God's gift to mankind.
      Daniel: Oh yeah, God wants life to have meaning. Life's meaningless without free will. With free will, there's already suffering. So God wants suffering. I got tired of that argument before I even finished saying it.

    • Dr. Chase: Office romances are a bad idea. We beat some very long odds.
      Dr. Cameron: Wow, why don't you save the gushy stuff for the wedding.

    • Daniel: You want to believe, don't you?
      House: Yeah, I want to walk out and find myself in a forest of whore trees. But I don't think it's a good idea to tell people to go fornicate with fruit.

    • House: (to Cuddy) Hey, I was just talking about you. Not you specifically--whores and hypocrisy.

    • Dr. Wilson: If you want to go, just go and act like a human being.
      House: Wow, solid advice, except for two things. I'm acting like I don't want to go because I don't want to go and... (takes food from a kid's tray) I'm incapable of acting like a human being.

    • Dr. Wilson: Any second thoughts about Cuddy?
      House: Nope. But please, feel free to blather on.

    • House: Religion is not the opiate of the masses, it's the placebo of the masses.

    • Daniel: Einstein said, "Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous."
      House: A woman in Florida said, "Look, Jesus is on my cheese sandwich."

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: March 11, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Latin America: March 19, 2009 on Universal Channel
      Denmark: July 11, 2009 on Kanal 4
      The Netherlands: September 24, 2009 on SBS6
      Germany: October 13, 2009 on RTL
      Poland: October 21, 2009 on TVP2
      Slovakia: November 12, 2009 on STV1
      Czech Republic: February 24, 2010 on TV Nova
      Sweden: March 9, 2010 on TV4

    • Music: Firesuite (The Doves), Cuddy's Serenade (Hugh Laurie), You Can't Always Get What You Want (Rolling Stones, played by Hugh Laurie), Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison, played by Hugh Laurie)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • House: To put it in terms you might better understand: if you don't split, you must quit.
      Referencing an iconic line from attorney Johnny Cochran's closing argument in O.J. Simpson's murder trial related to the bloody glove found at the crime scene, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit."

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