"You Get To Basically Be An Ass On Paper And Channel Your Twelve-Year-Old Self"
SM: Yeah, you guys are doing sixteen-hour days, pretty much, right?
GL: Not quite that, but long. Thirteen, fourteen hours.
SM: I'm curious, what did you think of the Stacy character? She was a big part of Season 2, which is when you started working on the show.
GL: Yeah, I was a fan of some of the stuff she brought. I mean, through her we got to see a different side to House. I'm generally a fan of having a window into different parts of House. And she was a big part of "Three Stories," and that was sort of inspired by her reappearance, so without Stacy we may not have had that episode. And Sela [Ward] was fantastic, but as it went on, you sort of realized we don't want to have House live in a vulnerable place, because it's starting to take the edge off a little bit. So I was happy to have her, and then I was also happy to have House sort of reemerge and start hitting Wilson in the leg with his cane. So it was fun to be able to put that edge back on him after she was gone.
SM: Which then kicked off, as you said, some great episodes in the second half of Season 2. We also saw that when House regained his edge in this season after spending the first two episodes seeming happy, only to lose his leg again.
GL: It was, yeah, it was fun exploring that terrain and it was equally fun take his cane back off the shelf at the end of Episode 2.
SM: Yes, that was an awesome, beautiful scene.
GL: We know House is gonna be House and that's how we want him, [and] whom we're riveted to.
SM: It's tricky, because while we like the character and want to see him finally be happy, we also like him best when he's being House, which means with the pain and the cane. So it really was, like you said, a bittersweet moment to watch.
GL: It's true, it was. And very well-directed, I thought. By Daniel Sackheim.
SM: And when we will be seeing Evil Nurse Brenda in the opening credits?
GL: Oh, I'm a big fan of Nurse Brenda.
GL: That's a good question, she's definitely a favorite of all the writers.
SM: Yeah, she's gotten some great moments so far this season.