I started watching House during the earlier episodes of season five.I thought it was an absolutely amazing character study of someone brilliant, suffering physical and emotional misery, and who saved people’s lives despite the supposed human disconnect he seemed to cling to so vehemently. House also helped his Fellows figure out their personal issues in spite of the manipulation in his approach and his supposed desire for them not be happy while working for him.
I kept watching because I wanted to see what happened before season five, but also what was to come next for Gregory House. I also became fascinated with the actor who plays him, Hugh Laurie. Hugh Laurie made his character so real to me, that to this day I can’t imagine anyone else playing him, Jeff Goldblum or Gary Sinise be damned. Comedic or dramatic, subtle or operatic, in misery or moments of solace, Hugh Laurie could do it all and that impressed me so much I‘m still baffled how he did it.
I disliked it when Wilson rejected House after Amber died. I understood why, but it was still painful to see. Wilson and House are the core relationship on the show and for Wilson to just dismiss their friendship so completely really saddened me. House has abandonment and trust issues anyway, so it was doubly hard. Actually Birthmarks is one of my favorite episodes, so it was a relief to see it at least return the friendship fractionally to what it was before.
I loved it when House was alone in his office or apartment with his piano, his cane, his ball, his music, his vicodin, whiteboard, and his personal things. I loved to see him working alone in his office, processing, showing his need to figure the puzzle with his ball or cane to help sometimes. Watching him at home coping with his pain, his books strewn about, playing his piano or harmonica, made me come to love a complex and fleshed out character like no other I‘ve seen. I loved House and Wilson period. I loved their ups and downs, their sparring, their complicated friendship. Sometimes Wilson frustrated me too, not seeing who House truly was good or bad. I loved Gregory House because there will never be an iconic and funny character quite like him again because ,in large part, of the way Hugh Laurie played him. Even when House was manipulative or overly acerbic or seemingly embittered by what was occurring, Hugh Laurie imbued House with so many grace notes, I justified his actions in most cases, wrongly or rightly.
House mattered to me because I was invited on a journey to watch Hugh Laurie bring House to full fledged life. He did it with such aplomb, levity, and care. So many nuances , that I will always consider the producers lucky they got Hugh Laurie to play House, and to play House the way he did. I don’t think there are enough words to describe what it has meant to me to get to see Hugh Laurie portray House.
I will miss seeing Hugh Laurie on television every week. I will miss House and Wilson, two lovable, funny, and complicated characters.I will remember with pride, with awe, with melancholy and joy this show I got to watch called House.
I'll miss that first photo of Hugh Laurie, in June usually, arriving at LAX. I'll miss his Scottish ties and oft times ill fitting clothes at award shows where he seemed have dressed himelf. I will miss his interesting, imaginative promos and especially the ones he created like Snakes on a Cane. I'll miss his insistence on doing things his way, like walking to and from his car after clearly exercising. I'll miss him walking to an award show when he didn't want to wait in the car anymore, and then no one recognized him when he arrived and the photographers had to help him out. I'll miss the Upfronts where sometimes he went and sometimes not, and miss the little funny quirky things he would say when he was nominated for the Emmys talking about yoga and angry squirrels, lucky rabbits feet, saying his wife thinks what they all do is "sick" and hopefully bringing the Emmy home to her to England. I'll miss his motorcycle riding, derringer bicycle riding, red car riding self. I’ll misses his speeches, those funny and humble speeches no one else can duplicate. I'll miss his writing, until he takes time to write again. I'll miss his acting until he acts again .
With gratitude, Sandy