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Bernstein is Cuddy, Finkel is Einhorn, Einhorn is Finkel

Lisa Edelstein

Einhorn is a man! Lisa Edelstein, on the other hand, isn’t. Well, I don’t have first-hand knowledge of that but all evidence I’ve seen suggests that it is true.

The true gender of Edelstein is not the point of this. The point is that Lisa Edelstein—who plays Dr. Lisa Cuddy on House—has always looked familiar to me. I could never put my finger on it. Every scene she’s in gives me that feeling like when you have a song lyric stuck in your head. It left me quite vexed.

Recently I tossed in an old Sports Night DVD to listen to, idly, while I caught up on emails and did some work. It was the episode called “Eli’s Coming”—one of my favorites—which centers around a bad day at work for co-anchor Dan Rydell (Josh Charles). One aspect of that bad day is that a new girl will be sitting at his side for the night’s broadcast, an alleged former paramour named Bobbi Bernstein who is played by none other than Lisa Edelstein.

That was the forehead slapping (more specifically, desk slapping) moment where it all clicked. I used to watch this show religiously in college so this episode, along with one or two others featuring the Bobbi Bernstein character, explain why Edelstein looks so familiar to me on House.

Edelstein has appeared in a couple other shows that I hear some people like to watch.

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Justin Dickinson

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