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House Episode: "Moving the Chains"

Season 6, Episode 13
Episode Synopsis: An ailing college football player has a variety of symptoms that might keep him from an NFL tryout---at the very least. Meanwhile, Foreman's brother (Orlando Jones) visits the hospital.
Original Air Date: Feb 1, 2010
Guest Cast Shon Little: Scout Trevor O'Brien: Jim Dunnagan Orlando Jones: Marcus Foreman Denise Dowse: Glenda Bobbin Bergstrom: Nurse
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Season 6, Episode 13
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Length: 44:05
Aired: 2/1/2010
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House Episode Recap: "5 to 9" Season 6, Episode 13

Cuddy is faced with a difficult decision that could jeopardize the future of the hospital. In "5 to 9," a Cuddy-centric episode, viewers get a glimpse of a day in life of Princeton-Plainsboro's Dean of Medicine. In addition to dealing with House, Cuddy must make a very important decision regarding a new insurance contract that could jeopardize the fate of the entire hospital. Plus, a thieving pharmacy tech makes her already crazed day even worse.

It's 5 a.m., and Cuddy's alarm clock goes off. She rises, does some yoga poses and rushes over to tend to her screaming baby. She tries to shower and get ready while dealing with her sick daughter, and the single mom winds up running late in the process. Just as Lucas enters from an overnight stakeout, he tries to convince Cuddy to have a quick romp in the sack since she's already late. She gives in to his advances, and just as they're about to get down to business, Cuddy gets an emergency page from House that she ignores. Unfortunately for Cuddy, Lucas lasts all of two minutes and now she's late for work "and frustrated." Ha.

Cuddy arrives at the hospital and is getting pulled in every direction. House gets on her case bright and early, and he reveals that he was assisting Lucas on his stakeout last night to help diagnosis someone. During the stakeout, the two made some childish bets — including one that questions whether Cuddy would answer an emergency page from House during morning sex. But Cuddy has much more important things to deal with today.

Her main concern is to negotiate a new contract with a giant insurance company that covers the bulk of the hospital's patients. Cuddy is pushing for a 12 percent reimbursement contract, and the money-hungry insurance company refuses to grant more than 4 percent because they're a small hospital and have no leverage to make those demands — even if they are one of the best hospitals in the country. Being the tough cookie that she is, Cuddy tells the insurance exec if they don't come back with 12 percent by 3 p.m., she will terminate the contract. Ballsy move, but is she bluffing?

Meanwhile, Cuddy has to deal with a pharmacy tech named Gale who has been stealing ephedrine from the hospital. When Cuddy confronts her, Gale gives her a sob story about how she's been taking the ephedrine in order to lose weight because her husband will no longer look at her. Cuddy feels some sympathy for her and says she won't report her theft, but has to fire her. But when audits of the pharmaceutical orders come in, Cuddy learns she's stolen over $50,000 of drugs over several years. Looks like somebody's supplying a meth lab! Cuddy calls her back to her office, but Gale's tune has certainly changed. Cuddy says she's aware of what's been going on, to which Gale vindictively replies that she'll make up a lie that House made her steal drugs for him and that Cuddy was covering it up because she's sleeping with him. Cuddy asks her if she really thinks she can lie her way out of this. "Yeah, I do. Anything else you want to know... bitch?" she asks. Wow, she's a feisty one!

On top of all this, Cuddy has to deal with House's obsession with trying to treat a sick patient by using malaria (another bet), a lawsuit against the hospital concerning the time that Chase chose to reattach a man's thumb rather than toss it out and a fistfight between Chase and another surgeon.

As time is ticking away, Cuddy worries the insurance company won't budge and she'll be forced to make a termination announcement to the hospital. Lucas helps her track down the CEO of the insurance company, and she barges in on the head honcho during his lunch at a nearby restaurant. She presents her case and reiterates her ultimatum. He basically says go for it because at the end of the day, he'll still be rich. But her words must have resonated with the CEO because the exec calls her shortly thereafter to say that they will offer 8 percent. Cuddy says that's not good enough: 12 percent or nothing. The exec says she's nuts to turn down this offer, and let's just say the board isn't too keen on the fact that Cuddy is playing poker with their futures.

Cuddy is at her wit's end and seeks advice from House about holding out for the 12 percent. He tells her it's not wise, but when she says he'd do the same thing in her position, House replies, "Do you really want to be like me?" Valid point. House later finds her sitting in her car in the parking garage. She confides in him more about her decision with the insurance contract and her thieving pharmaceutical tech. In his own way, House consoles Cuddy, and it's enough to get her back into the hospital to face the music.

Drug-dealing Gale is called back to Cuddy's office yet again, and this time Cuddy tries the sympathetic approach, but she doesn't make much progress. Instead, Gale admits she's been stealing since she started working there and says, "If I'm going down, you're going down." Gale leaves, but lo and behold, Cuddy had the whole conversation taped on a recorder disguised as a flower. Guess having a P.I. boyfriend has rubbed off on her.

Feeling good that she finally came out on top with something during her horrendous day, Cuddy mentally prepares to file her resignation now that she lost the insurance contract. But just as she misses the elevator, the insurance executive stops her in the hall to hand her the new contract. Cuddy got her 12 percent. She literally screams for joy and later announces the good news to the hospital staff. Everyone applauds her great negotiating skills, and even House cracks a smile at the sight of her glowing with happiness.

What did you think of the Cuddy-centric episode? Were you happy to get another perspective? What did you think of the House-Cuddy moment in the car?

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Cuddy is faced with a difficult decision that could jeopardize the future of the hospital. In "5 to 9," a Cuddy-centric episode, viewers get a glimpse of a day in life of Princeton-Plainsboro's Dean of Medicine. In addition to dealing with House, Cuddy must make a very important decision regarding a new insurance contract that could jeopardize the fate of the entire hospital. Plus, a thieving pharmacy tech makes her already crazed day even worse.

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