Hugh Laurie: Dr. Gregory House
House M.D. 5.16 Softer Side, The (2009)
House seems to have forgotten that Thirteen left his department last week but of more notable concern for everyone is that House is being nice to everyone, including the parents of patient-of-the-week.
House is in an unusually good mood (perhaps it was a good cup of coffee or a tremendous bowel movement suggests Wilson) and this sparks concern amongst his friends. The result is not necessarily convincing and retreads character ground that sees House confirm he’d rather be great than happy or pain-free. He doesn’t feel he can have both and that his cynicism makes him sharper. While this is fine for a fictional character, it does get one to ponder whether such an attitude is acceptable or desirable in real life. Should we accept or encourage, in ourselves or others, unsociableness or any other negative behaviour in order to foster a talent? Or, to put it another extreme way, if Hitler could have brought true peace and unity by becoming ruler of the world, should we have accepted his extermination of those he saw unfit to populate it?
This House M.D. episode contains adult dialogue and gory scene.