Carrot or Stick

Season 7, Episode 10 -  Air Date: 1/24/2011
6 Ratings
Your vote: 4

Synopsis

From FOX: 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 (guest star Tamblyn) and House reveal a unique bond between the sergeant and trainee.

‘House‘ Fan Columnist: Actions Have Consequences

House wants so badly to believe in justice and karma. All last season he tried to change so he could live a more positive life. In tonight‘s episode, "Carrot or Stick," it‘s all about the approach and in the end how that approach led to the appropriate consequences, or justice. This episode did a nice job of moving several plot lines forward and presenting some interesting questions regarding attitude and approach.  POTWWhile I wasn‘t overly sympathetic toward the patient (Driscoll) this week, I did enjoy the parallels he brought to the table and enjoyed that he was a strong military presence. I wish that the show somehow mentioned House‘s father since he was in the military, but maybe this was more of an homage to the way House was raised? Either way, I think a hint dropped for a viewer that isn‘t quite as obsessed as I am about House‘s father‘s way of discipline would have been nice. Driscoll‘s approach of straight discipline for his secret son obviously hasn‘t been working. In the end, the truth and his caring attitude captured his son, and we‘re left feeling some level of content for their broken family and more sympathy for a man who is fearful and misguided but trying to start over. And isn‘t starting over what House has been trying to do this season? Time will tell what kinds of consequences Driscoll may reap from a son he lied to all his life.
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