The chief medical administrator of House not evil or malevolent, not by a long shot. But she's not a leader. She's not particularly clever or shrewd. As a medical practitioner, it's been made clear she is nothing special. Her triumphs are depicted as almost accidental ... surprising, one could say. And most of all, there's no consistency in her actions or responses - she comes across as a cipher, serving whatever purpose the writers need in a given scene. Nothing defines Cuddy except that she's a wall for House to bounce off of.
Spoilers from tonight's episode follow.
Now, given the fact that the House writers have my respect, am I just wrong about this? Is Cuddy just brilliantly human? She did, after all, engineer House's escape from prison tonight - though she did so in a method that was either unbelievable or nonsensical. Does she have the pedigree of street smarts for us to really think she could effectively lie about the drugs House took that were prescribed to a dead man? Did it make sense that she would not confide her actions in anyone, not even Wilson?
I don't know. All I know is that when Cuddy appears in a scene, it's even money that she'll say or do something very dim.
Though tonight's episode was the least satisfying of the season (Unlike others, I enjoyed the David Morse arc in its entirety except for the ending), and though House is structurally a formula show, it's one of the best in its genre in television history. Is Cuddy the program's big flaw, or a subtle sign of its genius? I'm still leaning toward the former.