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House and Cuddy: A Love Story Six Seasons in the Making

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It’s been several years in the making, but this year “Huddy” will happen on House, M.D. That is, House (Hugh Laurie) and Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) are about to embark on a relationship. According to the show’s Powers That Be, the two will really try to travel this road, fraught though it may be with potholes and other obstacles (including, I’m sure, House’s considerable issues and attitudes).

Season six ends with the camera focused on House and Cuddy’s clasped hands as they embrace standing in House’s bathroom.courtesy of FOX Nearly a mirror image of House’s season five delusion about Cuddy in “Under My Skin,” Cuddy once again rescues House from the depths of despair, this time with a simple declaration of her love, and more significantly this time for real.

For what it’s worth, I don’t think the House brain trust initially intended for House and Cuddy to wind up together six years after House’s “thin line between love and hate” rant in “Occam’s Razor.” House doth protest too much when Wilson suggests there’s something more than antagonism between House and his boss, hence the “thin line.” House retorts that this metaphorical line is long, deep, and quite heavily guarded.

No matter House’s feelings toward Cuddy at the beginning of season one, television characters often take on lives of their own (sometimes much to the chagrin of the writers and authors who create them), and here we are. The X-Files creator Chris Carter insisted for years that any sparks flying between Mulder and Scully were purely incidental and no romance had ever been intended for the FBI partners. But a mystical ingredient called “chemistry” happened between David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and unresolved sexual tension replaced any other sort of tension between the characters. The characters took on lives of their own, and (for better or worse) at times it drove the series narrative almost as right alongside aliens and the “the consipiracy.”

Some fans (a minority, in my opinion, but a significant minority) are afraid of this thing House creators David Shore and Katie Jacobs have released, calling it the series death knell, the jumping of the proverbial shark (and much worse). But I trust the immense creativity of the writing team to maintain a light touch on this relationship. And by light, I mean not fluffy, but handled gently. I also trust Hugh Laurie not to ever make House too happy, too healed or too hopeful. And I trust Lisa Edelstein to relish the relationship, but not to let Cuddy get too starry-eyed.

The series writers have often played with the conditionality of love; it’s something about which House is certain. “All love is conditional,” House argues in “Son of Coma Guy.” Sometimes we just don’t know where the boundaries lie. House is pretty certain by the end of season six that Wilson’s love is unconditional, and he tells his psychiatrist in “Baggage” he can say anything to Wilson, knowing that he won’t abandon their friendship. That friendship has withstood quite a lot, especially with House’s need to test its boundaries: Amber’s death, House’s incessant game playing and manipulation, and interference in Wilson’s love life. House’s love for Wilson has also withstood a lot of battering, mostly from Wilson’s sometimes destructive meddling and manipulation.

As the relationship between House and Cuddy is about to heat up exponentially, I wonder what the future holds for these two characters. Will they mesh or will it end up being a mess? Will their relationship burn bright, burst into a chrysanthemum of fireworks and catastrophically crash, destroying their personal and professional relationship? Or will it do a slow burn, heat up and settle in, rewoven into the fabric of the series narrative?

About Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett is publisher and executive editor of Blogcritics, as well as a noted entertainment writer. Author of Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D., her primary beat is primetime television. But Barbara writes on an everything from film to politics to technology to all things pop culture and spirituality. She is a contributor to the book called Spiritual Pregnancy (Llewellyn Worldwide, January 2014) and has a story in Riverdale Ave Press' new anthology of zombie romance, Still Hungry for your Love. She is hard at work on what she hopes will be her first published novel.
  • ruthinor

    Interestingly, there is a vocal constituency in the blogosphere (the rabid anti-Huddies) that really dislikes Lisa Edelstein because she apparently had the temerity to discuss a possible back-story for House and Cuddy with the writers of the show. She felt, and rightly so to my mind, that her role in season one was not a particularly interesting one, and would have no where to go w/o such a back-story. In fact, w/o some history between them why would she ever have hired House? While there was chemistry between them from the start, I don’t think it really flowered until, due to that history, one could see that Cuddy was not only his boss, but cared for him too and defended him. Now, who knows where this will all lead? If not happiness, I at least hope for satisfaction!

  • Jay

    You asked a fantastic question Deva! I think that their interactions in season 1 definitely showed that there was more to their relationship than just simple antagonism. Season 1 showed so well that Cuddy knew exactly how to handle House. Even Volger said that Cuddy seems to like House and she doesn’t reply to this comment. But, I don’t think that the writers took this anywhere since it was too early in the show to focus on a relationship between the two leads.

    I remember that David Shore made a quote about House and Cuddy on a piece that was done about him right here on BlogCritics: “To a great extent, you see what’s working, you see where relationships go, because quite often things just happen,” he explained, offering an example: “House and Cuddy, there seems to be a sexuality to them no matter what I write.”

    I absolutely love the scene that you reference, Barbara, in the episode “TB or not TB.” It’s weird that even when House was with Stacy or interested in Stacy, there was still that playful banter between House and Cuddy. I’ve really missed the banter since it was pretty much non-existent in Season 6. :(

  • Flo

    I’m with Barbara, I don’t think TPTB thought things ahead in the first season, for House and Cuddy. Also, I agree that Cuddy was pretty much a one-dimensional character in season one. She started to get really interesting in season two especially since she wanted to have a child.

    Anyway, I already wrote a whole piece about the reason why & how the whole House/cameron thing was written and how it was directly linked to the future House/Stacy thing, so I’m not gonna elaborate here but House interractions with everybody is dependant of the way the other characters are written and acted. We knew more about the ducklings and Wilson in season one, so it is logical that the most interesting interractions took place between all these people.

    When Cuddy stopped being one-dimensional and we got informations about her and her shared past with House, it became more interesting to see them interract. Also, actors were at the time more comfortable with their roles, knowing their character better, and also we’re comfortable with playing with each other. The rest is chemestry which is something you can’t fake or provoked. It is a 100% natural thing that nobody can control. Either it’s there or it’s not. Obviously, for Edelstein and Laurie it is there and the sexual tension went on almost all by itself.
    I think Shore already admitted that the whole House and Cuddy thing was created by Laurie and Edelstein in some ways.

  • Jaim

    I always thought that the casting of a smart and attractive female as House’s boss pretty much had future love interest written all over it. The creators say it wasn’t planned but it seems like a trope often used in series television. There is either a male boss and female employee that eventually have a complicated love relationship or a female boss and male employee in a complicated love relationship.
    I hope that David Shore surprises us with this pairing, by not doing what he usually does, breaking them up in the most awful way imaginable. I think it would be much more clever to let them stay together through the end of the series and discover ways to explore this deepening relationship. Besides it would be really amazing if House, the most screwed up person in the world, could be the one character to maintain a relationship when all the other characters have failed to do so.
    As for the Rachel question, I think that he’ll warm up to her. I never get when people say House hates kids or doesn’t get along with kids because anytime I have seen him interact with children he is kinder, respectful of their curiosity, and willing to understand their point of view. He always seems more comfortable with kids than adults. Although he resented Rachel in the beginning, I think that once he is around her more and sees the effect she has on Cuddy, he will start to let a piece of himself open to the idea of being in the little girl’s life. A real question could be will he be Uncle Greg or Daddy in the future? What role would he feel most comfortable playing?
    Barbara, I would love if you could weigh in on the House/Rachel relationship. One day you should do an article all about House and kids there really is so much there to analyze.

  • Delia_Beatrice

    @savtaof5, Stephanie & Grace: thank you for your appreciation.

    @Janine: i understand what you meant, i just felt the need to clarify it further beacuse… well, i was upset by Sally’s comment and i wanted to defend the writers the best i could:)

    The discussion about the beginning of House and Cuddy as a possibly romantic storyline is very interesting.
    In an analyses I made about The Pilot episode of “House”, my impression on Cuddy was this: joining the rest of the characters in the unbelievable inner coherence and continuity of the show, that stayed true to the essential nature of its characters for 6 seasons and counting, from the very Pilot episode, Cuddy appears to be good-hearted and so sharp, brilliant in her own way. Good sense of humor, she understands and pushes House’s buttons in an unique manner. Very honest, very open, very fair. And the great chemistry, from the first second they share the screen.

    Later on in season 1, what really stands out about Cuddy in relation to House is her way to be as blunt to him as possible. She seems even abrupt sometimes, and that is only just response to House’s own way to insult and tease her, but i think there is more to it: Cuddy’s very direct lines are based on the same mechanism as Wilson’s funny sarcasm – to point out House’s mistakes and push him to correct them, but in a more honest manner and using less manipulation. What stands out most of all at the beginning of season 1 is her very abrupt way, albeit funny, to constantly remind him of his handicap. Notice how often House says „nice…” to her, in response to her blunt remarks about his physical inabilities? I believe that her attitude is (partly consciously, partly subconsciously) destined to get him to acknowledge his infirmity, to accept it and to learn to live with it, to be able to move on. From the Pilot ep, we can see that he is in denial and that he is ashamed of his handicap. He is angry and he is still incapable to face his situation as it is and accept his new, physically damaged self. Of course, he still blames Stacy and Cuddy for it to some extent, and it all reinforced his belief that „the world hates him” and he doesn’t deserve to be happy. „You’d rather let me see your soul than your leg” („Frozen”) is a later reminder of this situation, and his silent call for Cuddy’s help to stand up in „Help Me” is the first real sign that he has made peace with his handicap.

    And then there is also the way she understands his deep, unspoken reasons and the confidence she has in him as a doctor, plus, of course, the always impressive loyalty that shines through now and then, in big and small situations.

    So I’m guessing, some of it was already there: the banter and bickering as the charming under-layer of the conflicts, thus making their antagonism so much more delightful and meaningful and open for development. And the involuntary chemistry of Hugh and Lisa, which is so visible, that it adds subtext to any scene they ever had, from day one. And the deeper layers of Huddy, that are already visible, like the intimacy, the wordless profound understanding, the loyalty and the trust.

    Of course, the real beginning of Huddy as a romantic story was in season 2. My guess is that the original plan involved the writers searching for an interesting way to build this antagonist relationship between authority-fighting-doctor and his unconventional, good natured, sexy boss. Hugh and Lisa’s natural, spontaneous chemistry did the rest. However, at least since Stacy has left House’s life in season 2, the House-Cuddy relationship was built with utmost care, adding brilliant brick by brick, episode after episode, in such a deeply coherent, continuous and well-thought of manner, that I cannot help but think that it was premeditated. Perhaps the writers were not rooting for Huddy per se at that point, but they surely tried hard to continuously feed the option of someday turning their story romantic.

  • http://barbarabarnett.com barbara barmett

    I agree that House has a history of being great with kids (and btw, with the elderly and other “vulnerables” and societal “others.” I may just do an article on that. I’ve thought about it before and just haven’t done it. This year may give me that opportunity (and it’s something I do touch on in CZ)

  • Greenhouse

    Wow. What a great way to make time fly by, waiting for the 20th! Thanks Barbara!

    I really enjoyed reading what everyone has to say about this great relationship. And I hope to read more (12 days to go)!
    I am also really glad I’m not the only who thinks they cannot break up. Their bond has been there much too long. They depend too much on each other. That is, I think House needs/depends on Cuddy and Cuddy loves House too much.
    And also that Cuddy has always accepted him as he is, that Wilson is the one who wants to change him. I really liked D_B’s explanation of the Mother/Father figure. Especially since I ressented WIlson for wanting him to change so much. But that explanation made so much sense!
    I just loved that last bathroom scene for that : it really shows she loves him as he is : “you decide to take the pills or not. you think I can change? I don’t know. I’m screwed up. I know”

    And that’s why I also think Cuddy does love him unconditionally. After all she’s been through with him, after all the mean and harsh things he said to her, she still loves him. And as he is.
    When in Joy, he says she wants a baby to be unconditionnaly loved, I actually think he has it wrong. I think she has the need to love unconditionnaly and having a child will provide that for her.

    Which brings us to the child issue. I think the problem with Rachel is that House may be jealous of her, of Cuddy’s affection for her. She’s competition.
    And that’s why it can be a problem in the relationship. House will have to understand she can love them both equally. Or will he want her just for himself?

    Great insights about when the writers decided to have a go at the relaionship. I love that is has been built very very veerrrrryyy slowly with small hints every 3 episodes.
    I must admit I was surprised at the end of season one to find out that House had been in a long relationship and was still in love (with stacy). I remember thinking “wow, never thought he was the type!” I always thought he was a sherlock holmes kind of guy. It was the first time I started seeing House as a “real” charcater instead of a stereotype.

    Sometimes, I wonder if the writers really had all this in mind (and that maybe we are looking to much into this), or do they plant tons of seeds and see which ones grow?

    I love their backstory also. Star-cross lovers type. It brings a kind a frustration, a “what-if”. It added to the tension. They (House and Cuddy) had to act upon it eventually.
    And I love how absolutely honest they are in that last scene. No games. No lies. Her, about her love. Him, about his leg and screwed-upness

    Hope the banter comes back in season 7. I missed it in season 6. But the lack of it was understandable.

    @Stephanie : Thanks for proposing a fun alternate scenario!

  • sdemar

    Barbara, thank you for writing this delightful piece. I have been waiting to hear what your indepth thoughts were regarding House and cuddy.

    I think you are spot on when chemistry overtakes where TPTB intend to go. DS stated the same in the Paley Event when he said that no matter what he wrote, there was an underlying sexual tension between the two characters.

    I congratulate TPTB for going down this courageous road which has been taboo in the past, thanks to Moonlighting. Why do I think HL & LE will sell it for us? I suspect it is because they know this is inevitable and they know they are in delicate territory. I expect it to work the same way that I suspect their romantic relationship to work. I firmly believe these two characters are meant for each other and both will have a way of having a positive impact on their screwed up way of viewing the world. So far all promos have shown a total comfort they have with each other.

    I can’t wait to read Part 2.

  • sdemar

    One more comment:

    One of my wishes is for a situation where House saves Cuddy. We have seen it numerous times with Cuddy but I want to see the situation when House steps up. I can’t think of a more risky move than when Cuddy perjured herself and I don’t think for one minute it had to do with saving a hospital asset. Cuddy knew in her heart that sending House to jail would be a death nail to him emotionally and physically.

  • ann uk

    Just a few random comments to contribute to this interesting discussion.

    I don’t think we should forget Lydia.I think she had a profound effect on him and without her he would never have been able to confess his feelings for Cuddy. With her he lets down his defenses completely – something he has never done even with Stacy.By loving him and then leaving him she both heals and deeply wounds him, but after her he can no longer reconstruct his defenses. As he says in Lockdown, ” She changed me “.

    About Rachel: House is actually good with chidren and treats them with respect and I think he will be able to make a good relationship with Rachel, but he would find it more difficult with a boy. The trauma of his childhood would inhibit him – he has only the worst of models to follow.

    I DO think that his relationship with his mother and his biological father would be interesting lines to pursue because they clearly had a profound effect on his character and I am sure , like all lovers , they will want to explore each others past,so much of which they share.

    As regards the anti- huddy lobby, I agree that HOUSE is essentially a biography of a unique character , not a medical version of CSI ( a very boring show in my opinion ).

  • ann uk

    B.B., yes , please do an article on House’s attitude to society’s outsiders, one of the things that reveal his essential nobility.Remember his bitter comments on Cameron as a “cicle queen “?

  • Delia_Beatrice

    @Greenhouse: I am also very happy to see that i am not alone in the way i view this. And thank you for your kind comment.

    I think House’s motivation for fighting Cuddy so hard on her desire to adopt a child was based on two things:

    First, his unbelievable insight and deep understanding of her made him certain that her wish for a child was immature on some level. She wanted a child because “what you want, you have no clue. What you need, you run away from” – his simple and true formulation of what we only became fully aware of in “Help Me”: Cuddy was not mature enough and honest enough, to herself, to admit both her love for House AND the fact that she was stuck up on wanting an illusion that did not really fit her. She wanted a child as a last bastion of normality, the illusion of the “normal” family and the house with the white fence… She wanted Lucas for the same reason and it took her a long, long journey of self-awareness and honesty to admit that neither a “normal” partner, nor just a child and a child alone can make her feel truly fulfilled and whole. In other words, she was wrong and House knew it – her motives for wanting a child were tainted with her self-delusion and lack of self-awareness.

    The second reason, of course, is his love for her and his wish to have her all for himself, which, obviously, he himself was not ready to face or admit. Her role as a mother figure in his life made her real child a true threat to him and his jealousy was both that of a child and of a man in love.

    But she has undergone this difficult journey of facing her true self with great courage. She is now at a time in her life when she has managed to develop a true maternal bond with Rachel, despite their bumpy start, and a somewhat functional balance between her professional life and her motherhood. She has also faced and admitted her feelings for House and the vital place he occupies in her life.

    Which means that it is House’s turn to take the same journey towards accepting all that this woman is. At first, his hunger for Lisa will be so (justly) enormous, that he will want her all for himself and he will find it very hard to accept that sometimes she cannot be available for him, because she needs to be available for her daughter. It will make him jealous and frustrated, but I think he will try to tone it down, because he is aware of the fact that fighting against Rachel’s place in her life is a taboo mined zone that he should not attempt to attack.

    So he has to make the effort to find a functional compromise between the two major zones in her life: him and Rachel (let alone the professional zone, another point that requires effort and compromise). He is basically forced to work on that, to work on trying to at least be a part of Cuddy’s life as a mother – even if it’s just as the silent third party during her time with Rachel or the man who stays at home or goes out with Wilson when she needs to take her baby to the park.
    The next step of it is for him to try to actually be a part of Rachel’s life, not just Cuddy’s life with Rachel. It is not easy and it cannot happen fast, no matter how gifted House is for authentic and honest interactions with children.

    The one thing that help make it happen is the healing process that her love will start in him – as he grows more confident in her love and his fear of losing her will diminish under the force of her gift to him, he will grow increasingly capable of accepting that he needs to share her, hopefully to the point where his place in the mother-daughter life will be a natural one, even if at first it only means adoring the mother and merely tolerating the daughter. In time, I think this can grow towards a “mutant” family life, in which House can use his originality, his honesty and his understanding of children and people to be an active part of the child’s life – never the traditional “daddy figure”, but a brilliant and authentic adult that Rachel can trust and open up to, have fun with and maybe even bond with.

    Another thing that can help the process, once House manages to really accept the status-quo, are his childhood traumas and the way they shaped him. He is such an aware and lucid person, that he really understands how a child should NOT be raised. He is obviously aware of the ways in which a child should not be hurt and damaged, and as many other wounded children, now adults, manage to do, he would be capable of fighting hard for a child to be raised as healthily and as beautifully as possible. He understands that children should be treated with respect and honesty, and that makes him a valuable person to have in a child’s life.

  • Janine

    Just an added tidbit to this discussion while we wait patiently for the premier and part two of this article. Do you think House and Cuddy will call each other by their first names now? When she confessed her love she stil called him House. IMO they will only call each other by their first names and stick to last names in the work place and maybe in non intimate outside things (kind of like Chase and Camerson did)

  • DebbieJ.

    @Janine #63 – imo I think an emphatic NO! I think they will always call each other by their last names, intimately as well as professionally.

    When Chase and Cameron called each other Allison and Robert, it sound so forced, so fake.

    Well, we have 10 more days to find out for sure tho!

  • Janine

    I agree it sounded foced between Chase and Cameron (which could have something to do with their real life past) but I always loved when Stacey called House Greg, it somehow made it feel as though they had a more intimate connection.I’m torn because House and Wilson never use first names ,but then again thats a guy thing.I feel you may be right DebbieJ though, perhaps just out of force of habbit they will stick to last names.

  • Jay

    @Janine, Stacy also called Cuddy Lisa. I think she’s the only character to have used both of their first names.

  • Janine

    @Jay
    Good poin, I forgot about that. I guess its just because she wasn’t a doctor.

    Barbara,
    Ausiello just posted that he seen the premier and some scoop about it. Have you seen it yet?? Based on his few little scooplets it sounds really good.

  • Delia_Beatrice

    Personally, i think they will stick to the last names in professional situations and many personal ones, but use “Lisa” and “Greg” in very emotional and intimate moments.

    @Janine: i read that – it sounds fantastic.

    @DebbieJ: I fully agree that it sounded forced with Chase and Cameron, but this is House and Cuddy we’re talking about:) And the kind of chemistry and emotional baggage and intensity they have, they can make a first name sound like the ultimate declaration of love, intimacy and closeness.

  • Greenhouse

    Let’s not forget House’s inscription in the book “To Lisa (and Lucas)” signed “Greg”
    WHich would imply they could use first names in a more intimate background

  • Janine

    @Greenhouse
    I had actually totally fogoten about that.

  • DebbieJ.

    Stacy wasn’t an established character. She came later in season 1. So when she referred to House as Greg and to Cuddy as Lisa, it seemed natural and not forced. We could assume because she’s always called them that. But when all of the established characters have always called each other by their last names since S1:1, for them to change – even when they’ve become intimate – seems fake and somehow not natural. DS and KJ have promised us that things won’t change much in regards to House, so I’m hedging my bet that he will continue to call Cuddy Cuddy – even in the throes of passion! LOL All I know is that I cannot wait to find out!

    P.S. Anyone else having trouble previewing their comment before they post? The adverts below seem to be in the way.

  • ruthinor

    Wilson is the only established character that calls Cuddy Lisa when the two of them are alone. But he refers to her as Cuddy when he and House talk about her. I think House addressed the book to Lisa and Lucas because it would seem very strange to use last names in that situation. (In fact, it was a very strange present, as Cuddy pointed out!).

    I wonder if it sometimes feels awkward for LE to be called by her own name in some of these scenes, so I hope they stick to Cuddy and House.

  • ruthinor

    OOPS, let me rephrase : Wilson is not a “that”. He is the only established character WHO….

  • simona

    Thanks Barbara and all for the discussion!
    You said almost everything! :-)
    I just want to quote @anne uk #60 – “I don’t think we should forget Lydia.I think she had a profound effect on him and without her he would never have been able to confess his feelings for Cuddy. With her he lets down his defenses completely – something he has never done even with Stacy. By loving him and then leaving him she both heals and deeply wounds him, but after her he can no longer reconstruct his defenses. As he says in Lockdown, ” She changed me”.”

    I think that this is a very good point. I liked the Lydia’s arc because it was very meaningful to the process of changing House. It showed us how important it was for him to admit his own loneliness and understand that surrender to another human being could be a way to suffer less (to be “happy” at that time was still a big word). For this reason the House’s feeling for Lydia, even after the rejection of her, never turned into resentment but remained as an intact sense of gratitude to another human being who helped him to unlock, so it’s not accidental that he talks for the first time about Lydia in the episode titled “Lockdown”.
    After the experience with Lydia House probably felt he could better handle his loneliness surviving also a rejection. This experience has left a braver House, a man more willing to risk in the desired relationship with Cuddy.
    And speculating on the possible evolution of the relationship with Cuddy I really can’t see a definitive “end” between them. They are two adults who know and love each other deeply, who have both suffered, who have had past experiences of failed relationships, which have been sought for years and finally found themselves at par in recognizing both weak and unarmed, naked facing each other. I do not see them give up very easily facing the difficulties that surely there will be but that could be overcome if they choose to walk together. I predict there will be ups and downs, big conflicts.
    In the words of a famous Italian song (that I try to translate): “two different characters catch fire easily, but alone we are lost, we feel almost nothing”.

    I’m “patiently” waiting for the start of season 7! :-)

  • simona

    barbara sorry, best wishes for your book CZ! will it be distributed in Italy?

  • DebbieJ.

    @Anna #60 & @Simona #74 – I couldn’t agree more. Lydia was a vital part of House’s recovery and discovery that he is capable of love and to be loved. She was a catalyst in his ability to be with Cuddy. She did change him. And for that I am grateful and thrilled!

  • http://BarbaraBarnett.com barbara barnett

    Janine–I haven’t seen the premiere yet. I’m looking forward to it like everyone else! But, yes, season seven’s start look like it will be great.

    Thanks all for your great comments and keeping things talking while I’ve been away for the Rosh Hashanah. Simona–I think the book (in English) should be available at amazon.it. There is talk of translating the book (and one deal, I believe has been reached), but I don’t know about other languages.

  • Delia_Beatrice

    @Simona: you make excellent point on both the Lydia arc and the future of House and Cuddy. I fully agree.

    The easiest way i could find to get hold of a book is by bookdepository.co.uk. They are amazing, very quick and no taxes.

  • ruthinor

    For those of you who don’t mind spoilers etc, watch the tonight show with Leno tonight. Hugh Laurie is on. I’m on the west coast so I haven’t seen it yet, but someone on another forum said to watch it from the very beginning, i.e. even before Leno’s monologue. I think they are showing some clips from season 7.

  • DebbieJ.

    @ruthinor #79 – ACK! No thank you! I’d rather stick a needle in my eye! I dislike Jay Leno immensely! I’d rather wait to see just the Hugh parts of the show either on youtube or marykir’s site in a day or two.

  • ruthinor

    I’m a Letterman fan myself and never watch Leno, but he wasn’t a bad interviewer tonight. I didn’t see the show (I live on the west coast), but saw a video online.

  • Janine

    hate leno, but I caved and watched. the interview was pretty good but it seemed like leno wanted to talk about himself a bit. fave parts: the watershed joke as well as the 17 inch laptop joke with picture! (won’t elaborate for those who don’t want to be spoiled)

  • DebbieJ.

    @Janine #82 – Leno *always* talks about himself and always interrupts his guests when they’re speaking. It’s very frustrating and the reason I don’t watch him. I will only watch him when someone I really really like is on. I love Letterman’s style much better.

    For those who haven’t seen it, marykir’s clip is very comprehensive, which includes the little sketch before Jay’s monologue and Hugh’s appearance during the next guest’s segment.

  • Janine

    @DebbieJ
    I am a letterman person too

  • Jackie

    I don’t care for Leno either, but I managed to stay up and record Hugh’s appearance. I am hoping that Hugh appears on Craig Ferguson’s show in the near future and on Conan O’Brien’s new show when it premieres in November on TBS.

    Hugh was great as always and a joy to watch. He looked terrific. The 12 minute interview (from midnight on) could have gone til 12:37 as far as I was concerned. I wish someone would have him for an entire hour. I am hoping that one day CBS Sunday Morning or 60 Minutes would have a segment on him before the final series credit roll on “House”.

  • DebbieJ

    I really enjoyed last night’s interview. Jay seemed to behave himself and actually gave Hugh time to answer questions! They seem to gel last night where in previous interviews it felt strained and uncomfortable for Hugh.

    I enjoyed the little sketch in the beginning and am glad he stuck around until the end of the show.

    I cannot wait for him to appear on Ferguson again (and this time of year I would expect him to, to promote the new season). They seemed most at ease with each other and I believe they genuinely like each other. Maybe even know each other from the UK.

    I’d also enjoy an appearance with Conan. But like you said, Jackie (#85), it would be wonderful if a full one-hour magazine type show was devoted to him. Also, could you imagine him on Oprah?!

  • Jackie

    Debbie J – They (Craig and Hugh) do know each other from the UK during their comedic days.

    I know what you mean regarding other appearances on the Leno show that seemed strained and uncomfortable. The only time that he had a full hour (well a bit less if you count commercial breaks) was when he appeared on “Inside the Actors Studio” with James Lipton.

    I am looking forward to season 7. House and Cuddy have been leading up to this since the first episode of the series. Other episodes have delved into their chemistry – “Humpty Dumpty”, the one with the performance review – can’t remmember the title though, her part in “Three Stories”, “Human Error”, “Who’s Your Daddy?”. “Cane and Able”, “Lines in the Sand” and “Words and Deeds”, just to name a few of the more than 130 episodes. I don’t think that it will be the undoing of the series. Katie Jacobs said at the outset that this type of character can have layer by layer peeled away and this is exactly what is happening. With Hugh as an executive producer and having a say in what goes on, I really don’t feel that the plotlines will run amok. Monday, September 20th, should be interesting to say the least.