Part I of this article was an open letter to the Emmy voters (for all the good it will do), calling to their attention the rather large oversight that they have failed to thus far award Hugh Laurie with the Emmy statuette. The awards nominations will be announced July 8, and I am fairly confident that he will be among the nominees. (Although I – and most television critics—was floored in 2006, when he was somehow overlooked, so nothing's ever a certain bet when it comes to the Emmys.)
The question arises as to why am I so vigorously advocating for Laurie and not Lisa Edelstein, Robert Sean Leonard—or the writers for that matter. The fact is that they are deserving. Leonard is a great foil for Laurie and he often shows an unexpectedly deft comic touch. Lisa Edelstein, too had a great showing in "9 to 5" and in the season finale "Help Me." I would be delighted to see any or all of them on the nominations list, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. I would be less surprised to see Andre Braugher make the short list for his guest starring role as House’s psychiatrist Dr. Nolan in the season premiere "Broken."
The writers never cease to amaze me, condensing all that layered and rapid-fire dialogue into a 44-minute story. They have created a great hybrid of the procedural format with a fascinating character study. Garrett Lerner, Russel Friend, David Foster, and David Shore deserve a nomination for “Broken,” which has already been honored with a Writers Guild Award for episodic drama. Katie Jacobs and Greg Yaitanes may also score nominations for their work on “Broken” and “Help Me,” respectively. “Baggage,” written by Doris Egan and directed by David Straiton, would also be a worthy entry in the final balloting for its complexity and “off-formula” structure. But to me, the fact that Laurie has yet to win is such a glaring omission that it can’t be ignored.
I re-watched “Instant Karma” the other day. The episode is a good "typical" season six House episode—but not the sort to knock the socks off of Emmy voters. But there is a moment in the episode that reminds me perfectly of what makes Laurie's performance so great. House's team has decided (for the moment) that their young patient is terminal and only has a day or so to live. Everyone looks sad, certainly; this is tough news, and not news one easily gives to a parent. But watch House’s reaction.