Before we all get our panties in a bunch over the exclusion of Jesse Spencer and Jennifer Morrison from House's 100th episode — which airs this evening — let us consider a couple things: While the situation definitely sucks, tonight's hour is nothing more than a standard ep of the show, just as executive producer David Shore intended. And as this fifth season continues, the promise of more Spencer-Morrison screen time looms. Jesse muses on these subjects, his fans and why he's not a huge Chase-Cameron proponent with KTV reporter, Marisa Roffman…
So, everybody is celebrating the 100th episode, but you're not in it.
Jesse Spencer: It’s not a special episode. It just happens to be the 100th episode.
Even if it isn't a "special" episode, you've got very passionate fans
who will be really disappointed by your absence. They've been asking to
see you more.
JS: Oh really? That’s
awesome, that’s really cool. I hope they still like the show. I assume
they do because the numbers are up. So they’re still watching. So
that’s a good thing.
Will we be seeing you more in the future?
JS: Yeah, yeah. I think so. I think there’s going to be more stuff at
the end of season five, start of season six. Actually, I can say that’s
pretty definite. I haven’t seen [the scripts] yet. I don’t know what it will be exactly. I just know I’m going to be involved in a more substantial way
in the episodes to come.
We saw Cameron briefly take on Cuddy's job. Might we see Chase more involved with the team, even temporarily?
JS: Am I going to be taking Foreman’s place? [Laughs] No,
it’s going to be nothing like that. They
haven’t told me specifically what it is, which is smart of them, because otherwise
I’d just tell you. I just know I’m going to be around more.
If you had to guess…
JS: It’s probably going
to be Chase/Cameron stuff.
Maybe furthering the Chase/Cameron relationship?
JS: Or destroying it. Maybe they’ll destroy it. Maybe they’ll break us up.
Fans seem to have a fondness for this couple, because we've been
watching Chase and Cameron grow into this relationship for the past
JS: I know a lot of people want more relationship stuff, but I’m not a
fan of it. If it's pertinent to the show — and we
are essentially a procedural drama — I don’t mind it. But if it’s just Chase and Cameron going bowling, who
cares? As soon as you get away from that procedural element
and start worrying about relationships between the characters too much,
I think it gets soapy… for lack of a better term. We don’t want to do
that. I think our show works best when we rely and focus on what the
show is, which is House and the procedural element and how these characters
are involved in that.
Since we are celebrating the 100th episode today, what would you say is the biggest change Chase has undergone since the pilot?
JS: Wow. The biggest change? I think it’s just the seasoning of all the
characters. Since season four, [Chase, Cameron and Foreman] have been in different areas and I think it’s just matured them more than
anything. It's given them a sense of self-worth. Being under House is like
being under a dictator more or less — a good one, it’s kind of
the dictator you’d want to be under if you’re going to be under one — but I think over the four years, they did become more confident and
found out who they are a bit more. We’re becoming more like House over
time, except our characters always seem to have [better] bedside manner, I
think, than House. But I kind
of like the position that Chase [has been] in for the past couple of
years. It's a different energy, not being in the differentials and
doing something else. Sort of being on the sidelines, and if House
something, Chase is more than likely going to do it for him and get the
job done. Being on the side, it's more of an even level
than before. I think
everyone has a role to play and it’ll be interesting to see where it
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