House: Season 5 (2008 - 2009)


Season 5

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Five seasons in, Hugh Laurie continues to find new emotional wrinkles to the complicated character that is Doctor House.



Critic Ratings: 12


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User Ratings: 240

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Air date: Sep 16, 2008

As the fifth season opens, Wilson returns from an extended leave following Amber's death and announces he's leaving Princeton-Plainsboro. House thinks it's a terrible idea, and he isn't shy about saying so. Wilson's announcement also distracts him from the case at hand, that of the workaholic 37-year-old assistant to the leader of a major feminist organization who collapses during a business meeting. Thirteen takes a special interest in the case, and House questions her reasons for doing so.

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Air date: Sep 23, 2008

When people who received organs from a donor who was killed in an industrial accident five years earlier die suddenly, House must figure out why to save a recipient who's still alive. To track down information about the donor and the dead recipients, House hires a P.I. named Lucas (Michael Weston). But House also uses Lucas to snoop on Wilson as well as a colleague House is considering to replace Wilson as his friend.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2008

A struggling artist (Breckin Meyer) taking part in three drug trials to pay his bills is also suffering from something that's altering his perception and threatening not only his livelihood but his life as well. Meanwhile, House has Lucas (Michael Weston) look into the private lives of his team, including Taub, whose marriage is in trouble.

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Air date: Oct 14, 2008

House learns that his father (R. Lee Ermey) has died but must be coaxed into attending the funeral. Back at the hospital, the team struggles to treat a young Chinese-American adoptee who collapsed in China while searching for her birth parents, and House has to diagnose her over the phone. Meanwhile, flashbacks recall House's first meeting with Wilson.

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Air date: Oct 21, 2008

A woman with whom Thirteen had a one-night stand has a seizure at Thirteen's apartment, prompting intense curiosity (both professional and otherwise) about the women's personal lives from House and Foreman. Adding to the intrigue: Thirteen discovers why the woman wanted to sleep with her. Meanwhile, Lucas (Michael Weston) continues to snoop on Wilson.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2008

A middle-aged single father who tests consumer products for a living and has been suffering unexplained blackouts turns out to be a sleepwalker. And soon his daughter falls ill as well. Meanwhile, Cuddy plans to adopt a child, but her birth mother falls gravely ill two weeks before her due date.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2008

House and the team make a house call when an agoraphobe won't leave his home, but the patient's deteriorating condition makes it imperative to get him to a hospital. Meanwhile, House copes with a troublesome itch, and Cameron and Chase continue to refine their relationship.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2008

During an examination of a teen's heart problems, the team begins to doubt her claims of being an emancipated minor. Meanwhile, Foreman defies House's rejection of a proposal to conduct a clinical trial.

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Air date: Nov 25, 2008

A gun-wielding clinic patient (Zeljko Ivanek) takes House, Thirteen and several other patients hostage in Cuddy's waiting room and demands that House diagnose and treat him. The hostage taker also demands that House use other patients as guinea pigs for any medication he is going to receive. Thirteen volunteers for the treatment.

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Air date: Dec 2, 2008

A fitness guru known for her "natural" lifestyle collapses while shooting an infomercial. Meanwhile, Thirteen participates in a clinical drug trial for Huntington's disease led by Foreman; Kutner operates an online medical-advice clinic under House's name; and Cuddy moves into House's office while hers is being repaired, much to House's dismay.

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Season 5 finds medical misanthrope Greg House more irascible than ever. As the season opens, House's best (well, only) friend James Wilson returns after three months of grief leave following his fiancée's death, only to announce he's leaving again. Relationships develop between Cameron and Chase (Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer) and Thirteen and Foreman (Olivia Wilde, Omar Epps). The season takes a darker turn toward its conclusion, as the good doctors face a tragedy that affects them all, but House in particular, who also turns to stronger medication to control his pain.


Hugh Laurie
as Dr. Greg House
Lisa Edelstein
as Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Robert Sean Leonard
as Dr. James Wilson
Jennifer Morrison
as Dr. Allison Cameron
Omar Epps
as Dr. Eric Foreman
Jesse Spencer
as Dr. Robert Chase
Peter Jacobson
as Dr. Chris Taub
Kal Penn
as Dr. Lawrence Kutner
Charlyne Yi
as Dr. Chi Park
Odette Annable
as Dr. Jessica Adams
Carl Reiner
as Eugene Schwartz
Jimmi Simpson
as Daniel Bresson
Jamie Tisdale
as Penelope
Diane Baker
as Blythe House
R. Lee Ermey
as John House
Marcus Eley
as Larry Ruseckas
Yolanda Rubio-Soto
as Sophia's Mom
Jose Chavez
as Sophia's Dad
Judy Greer
as Morgan Zane
Colleen Camp
as Charlotte
Judith Scott
as Dana Miller
Salvator Xuereb
as Jerry Harmon
Ben Reed
as Joseph
John Kapelos
as Dr. Kurtz
Tim Conlon
as Dr. Laibson
Joanna Koulis
as Samantha Harmon
B.K. Cannon
as Natalie
Elaine Kagan
as Belinda
Al Damji
as Paramedic
Tracy Vilar
as Nurse Regina
Drew Powell
as Anthony
David Purdham
as Chef Anthony
Paul Haitkin
as Another Suit
Ed Brigadier
as Richard
Bob Sherer
as Patient
David Lengel
as Video Director
Sherilyn Fenn
as Mrs. Soellner
Helena Barrett
as Woman With Thirteen
Sam Gregory
as Screaming Kid
Janet Song
as Surgeon
Meagan Gordon
as Young Woman
Carlos Arellano
as Nurse Gonzalez
Lorene Noh
as Woman in Business Suit
Grinnell Morris
as Mine Employee No. 1
Jack Conley
as Sheriff Costello
Phyllis Lyons
as Dr. Schmidt
Anthony Montgomery
as James Carlton
Paul Benz
as Mine Employee No. 2
Sheri Foster
as Cashier
Debbie Campbell
as Katherine
Tyler Patton
as Neurosurgeon
James McAndrew
as State Trooper No. 1
James Ingersoll
as Chris Carrick
Ho-Kwan Tse
as Fang Dong Wen
Cory Blevins
as State Trooper No. 2
Julia Putnam
as Thirteen (Age 9)
Aisha Kabia
as Nurse Rita
Raymond Ma
as Wu Zheng
Esther Kwan
as Wu An Lan
Danielle Petty
as Anne Hadley
Jack Guzman
as Security Guard No. 1
Taylor Dooley
as Rachelle
Ben Shields
as Jonathan
Mark Beltzman
as Tibalt Oyylant
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Critic Reviews for House Season 5

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

"House" is Hugh Laurie. So long as he's around, the show will be eminently watchable.

Sep 16, 2008 | Full Review…

Laurie makes you care about Dr. Gregory House, that nasty, condescending genius -- no easy acting feat.

Sep 16, 2008 | Full Review…

Maybe it's premature to say the best antihero doctor on TV has regained his equilibrium after last season,

Sep 16, 2008 | Full Review…

It's wonderful stuff, and we all seem to be on a voyage of discovery.

Sep 16, 2008 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Most welcome it is.

Feb 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The show has set almost impossibly high standards. It's never not watchable, but I couldn't escape the feeling that there were scenes missing from Tuesday's season opener.

Sep 16, 2008 | Full Review…

Lucas the PI (Michael Weston) is such a good addition, I really hope he stays. He's an investigator like House - and as acerbic, if not as jaded.

Sep 16, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Each time you think you know how House will react, Laurie and the writers take you to a deeper level - just as each time House thinks he's prepared for the worst, the even worse arrives.

Sep 16, 2008 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Despite my issues with certain aspects of this season, House remains one of the ten best shows on television.

Feb 5, 2019 | Rating: 8.1/10 | Full Review…

House's writers have hit on a formula-tweak to freshen up their grumpy doctor's schtick.

Mar 6, 2018 | Full Review…

My favorite sort of cliff-hanger is the emotional crisis, and House delivered a whopper in the shattered bromance of doctors House and Wilson.

Sep 16, 2008 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

It remains a terrific showcase for a terrific performer.

Sep 16, 2008 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for House: Season 5

  • Aug 14, 2020
    Some predictable story elements drag it down a bit, but the show is still a lot of fun and well acted.
  • Apr 30, 2016
    House: Season 5 get's 5 stars, because it has the best season finale I have ever seen. I'm not kidding. Season 5 is the best House series.
  • Aug 20, 2014
    Season 5 of House is largely a disappointment due to its writers unwillingness to change the shows worn formula. However, the performances are all top notch and it ends on another high note. Even it's the writers are as stubborn as the shows protagonist!
  • May 08, 2014
    Continuing on from season four's improvement over two and three, season five of House fosters overarching themes and story-lines in a way that makes the show less episodic and more serial. This season follows Thirteen's struggle to cope with her disease and her relationship with Foreman, Cuddy's awkward relationship with House, and Wilson coping with the loss of Amber. Up through episode nineteen, this season was average, but the last five episodes were so incredibly well written, that it forced me to up the rating half a star. The narrative of Kutner's death and House's vicodine addiction finally reaching critical mass is incredibly powerful and possibly the best story of the series.
  • Jan 26, 2014
    Hugh Laurie is riveting as House. It is an addictive, very well done medical drama
  • Dec 16, 2013
    House and his team take some serious turns in this season, you shouldn´t miss out on it.
  • Dec 14, 2013
    That Was The Best Season In My Opinion .... Amazing Story Telling ... This Season Comes as a Result For Establishing The Whole Drama in The Other 4 Previous Seasons . David Shore Is a Masterclass Writer .

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