Several House directors submitted episodes, including Deran Sarafian ("Joy"), Katie Jacobs ("Last Resort"), Greg Yaitanes ("Simple Explanation"), and David Straiton ("Under My Skin"). "Last Resort" was visually interesting, as was "A Simple Explanation." But I really liked David Straiton's work in "Under My Skin." Any or all three could get nominations. Yaitanes is last year's winner for "House's Head."
Several House writers also submitted episodes for consideration: Doris Egan and David Foster ("Birthmarks"); Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, and David Foster ("Locked In"); Leonard Dick ("Simple Explanation") and David Hoselton ("Unfaithful"). All the submitted episodes are Emmy-worthy with intricate, multi-layered plots.
Assuming House receives a nomination for Best Drama (fingers AND toes crossed), David Shore and the rest of the "powers that be" are required to submit six episodes for consideration by the judging panel. (Judging takes place in August). Until nominated, neither the best/supporting actors/actresses submit specific episodes for consideration. (Although many shows send out "for your consideration" DVDs to the voting membership, and House seems to have sent out copies of "Locked In," which is certainly a very good choice.)
But the question will be which six episodes to submit. If I were a "decider," I'd pick "Joy," "Unfaithful," "Social Contract," "Locked In," "Last Resort," and "Simple Explanation."
"But, wait!" you cry out in anger. "What about 'House Divided?' Where's 'Under My Skin?' 'Both Sides Now'?" Mind you, I think the final several episodes were some of the most brilliant television of the year, and some of the best House episodes in six years. The problem with submitting them is they are of an arc. To get dropped into the middle of House's meltdown, say, in "House Divided" or "Under My Skin" — or even the season finale, would confuse panel judges who do not watch the show. I avoided including them for that reason. I do think, however that any one of them would make an outstanding submission for Hugh Laurie's individual achievement nomination.