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An ode to Hugh Laurie's acting....

By way of reply, response, meditation on some of what I've read and said about The Social Contract.



Here's the thing...Hugh is brilliant at letting us see House's pain. One of the most amazing things he does is make House's leg pain absolutely palpable and entirely DIFFERENT than the pain caused by emotions, especially the ones related to Wilson, and for that matter Stacy. And there's even a difference between the way he played "Hello, Stacy" in Three Stories and the various looks of either affection or rejection he's bestowed on Wilson over the years.

Think of the most gut-wrenching moments: The original Monster Trucks rejection in Sports Medicine, the Grace revelation in House V God, "Gods don't limp," the reaction when he realized that Wilson had told Amber about the STD scan, all the way through the traumas in the 4th Season finale and the ultimate "We're not friends" confrontation.

I didn't NEED pages of dialogue about how much House cared and how hurt he was. All I needed was Hugh Laurie's face.

Ditto the times when they were in synch and even putting aside the slash glasses, the affection was completely evident. The hall-walks, the goofing off scene in Love Hurts, the poker scenes in All In, especially the hanging out at the end, even the completely inane moments in (blech!) Whatever It Takes. The ones that give the fluffy crowd their jollies. THE FREAKING CHINESE FOOD SCENE!!!!

None of that needed any dialogue for me to know how much House cared.

When he sat with Wilson looking at the homeless people, I didn't need to hear how much he cared, or how afraid he was of losing Wilson.

Yes, I get that some people feel a need for him to say it out loud. I don't. That's when I start seeing anvils and getting fanservice hives. This show works best (IMAO) when it treats us like intelligent adults and doesn't try to spell things out. It's kind of like having the umpteenth scene where House claims that Cameron only likes damaged people.

Is that you really want from House/Wilson?

I don't. I want scripts that let them show affection (because its there), and let them keep hurting each other (because they always will), without assuming that I've never seen the show. Because I have. Every fucking episode.

If you've got Hugh Laurie, and his talent, and his EYES, and you've also got Robert Sean Leonard who can accomplish a lot with small gestures as well, why not trust them to do the work for you?

I'm honestly not trying to piss on anybody's parade or start wank...although I'm sure I have and I will because that's how the fandom works, but I just feel this episode came so close to being great and blew it by going over-the-top in telling instead of showing.

Tags: fandom, greg house, house babble, hugh laurie, james wilson
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