As we’ve blogged before, Mad Men’s own Ann Dudek has absolutely stolen the season. I was all about how House had jumped the shark, and I was about to drop it from my DVR subscriptions, but she waltzed in on infinitely long legs and saved the series.

I don’t want to give away anything that happened, it was amazing and, while this blog spoils Mad Men left and right, no one comes here expecting House spoilers. As an episode of House, the writing was top-notch, the willingness to explore new character directions was laudable, and I was on the edge of my seat.

But Ann Dudek. Wow. It’s not giving anything away to say she both plays the character of Amber (aka Cut-Throat Bitch) and a dream version of Amber, so that she’s in various stages of real and imagined throughout the episode. She is by turns gorgeous and glamorous, ordinary and focused, vulnerable and tender, all thanks to superb acting and hey that makeup department.

I believe we know she’ll be back in season 2 Mad Men (do we know that? Should I double-check that?). I am so looking forward to seeing her work there.

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That’s right, last night we had Cutthroat Bitch back on House (Ann Dudek—Francine on MM) and she was awesome.

It was one of the best House episodes I’ve seen in a while, and I laughed out loud quite often (Wilson kills me). Dudek was terrific in it; she looked absolutely gorgeous and she was smart and funny.

I didn’t think much of her when she first showed up on House, and I wanted them to just get rid of her. Then I realized she was Francine, and I realized the actress had some real chops, to be on two shows I watch regularly without me recognizing her right away (although I caught on eventually). My carpool friend also watches both shows, and didn’t realize both characters were the same actress until I pointed it out. Some of it is costume and hair, but it’s still impressive.

By the way, one of my favorite pop culture obsessed blogs is Polite Dissent. An inspiration for a blog like ours, Polite Dissent is written by a medical doctor who examines how medicine and medical issues are treated and mistreated in pop culture; mostly comics, but there’s a weekly write-up of House and of Private Practice (which, ugh, I hate).

Whoahh! Our very own post-partum psychosis dabbler, Francine, (Anne Dudek), is back on House!

After having been auff’d from Dr. House’s bizarre reality show of a recruitment process, we thought we’d seen the last of her on FOX and that we could keep her all to ourselves. But nope! Cut-throat Bitch seems to have a softer side, at least in the eyes of the lovely and talented Dr. Wilson. As Wilson’s new girlfriend, her character outta be in for quite a run (as in, she’ll probably be on the show awhile).

Okay when I grow up I want to be both on Mad Men and on House.  At the same time.