House (2004–2012)
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Carrot or Stick 

A disciplinary training camp drill instructor collapses with back pain. One of the 24 boys joins him in hospital. Someone has access to Chase's social media account and credit card. Cuddy wants Rachel in a good preschool.


David Straiton


David Shore (created by), Liz Friedman




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Laurie ... Dr. Gregory House
Lisa Edelstein ... Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Omar Epps ... Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean Leonard ... Dr. James Wilson
Jesse Spencer ... Dr. Robert Chase
Peter Jacobson ... Dr. Chris Taub
Olivia Wilde ... Thirteen (credit only)
Amber Tamblyn ... Martha M. Masters
Sasha Roiz ... Driscoll
Tyler James Williams ... Landon
Nigel Gibbs ... Sanford Wells
Kayla Ewell ... Nika
Stella Maeve ... Kenzie
Maite Schwartz ... Bree (as Maïté Schwartz)
Rachel Melvin ... Wynn


A teenage military trainee at a juvenile offender training camp suffers peculiar symptoms after enduring an intense training course, and mysteriously, his drill sergeant is soon admitted for similar symptoms. Unable to track down the cause of the shared illness, the team searches for clues in the trainee's family medical history, and Masters and House reveal a unique bond between the sergeant and trainee. Meanwhile, when an indecent photo of Chase is posted on a social-networking site following three different romantic encounters, Chase is determined to find out which girl is trying to publicly disgrace him. Also, sensing Cuddy's stress over her daughter Rachel's enrollment at a prestigious preschool, House secretly prepares Rachel for observations and reveals a soft spot for the toddler. Written by Fox Publicity

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Mystery


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The website Chase's nude picture appears on is called "Faceplace", obviously based on Facebook See more »


At 9:11 Masters instantly switches her left hand on her neck with her right hand. See more »


Dr. Gregory House: Well done, Chase. Now turn off your phone.
Dr. Robert Chase: You heard that? It's on vibrate.
Dr. Gregory House: I'm assuming it's been ringing almost non-stop since you changed your status update to, "Nothing lights my fire like a lady-of-size. Less than three bills, don't bother calling." Followed by your cell number.
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References Ordinary People (1980) See more »


Falling Dove
Written by Neil Finn
Performed by Crowded House
Plays over the closing scenes
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Warrants a mercy killing
3 November 2018 | by aspectacleofmyselfSee all my reviews

It's almost irrelevant talking abut plots etc no with House as they are all recycled or re-purposed from other shows by now - this one no more or less than any other. what is obvious is that, due to the violation of to of the golden rules of weekly drama (i.e never break the sexual tension and introducing a child = death), the show is no circling the drain in an increasingly tight vortex and needed to be put out of its misery. Ne character Masters is pointless and obvious a quick geek girl grab for the fanwank demographic, Laurie is shambling around doing his best House impersonation but even he can't remember what his motivation is and Taub is possibly the least interesting character ever on any TV show. And yet there's another season and a half to come? I have a sick curiosity to see how they pulled it off, but I suspect they don't and they just stagger on regardless.

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Release Date:

24 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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