13 walks alongside House to report that the tilt-table test showed that the patient is recovering now. The threadworm pills must be taking effect, and House can go fire the men now. House would rather know what 13's backstory is, but she says that anything he needs to know, he can find in her file. House says she's hiding something, which intrigues him. If it's a dead husband, I will wash my hands of this show. Also, I find people with mysterious backstories more annoying than intriguing. 13 just wants to report on the patient, but House tells her to wait another hour.
Presumably one hour later, House welcomes the Numbers to "tribal council" while that annoying Survivor flute/ocarina thing plays and we see that he's set up a bunch of Bunsen burners to act as torches. Which is awesome. First, he addresses "Big Love," his new nickname for the Mormon. He says he knows 18 broke the penalty box rules by talking, but 18 says he only talked to tell everyone else not to talk. What a little weasel he is. 39 says they only talked to save a man's life. House says they didn't need to, since the women's team already won it and the men are therefore fired. He does not then go through the spiel of making them extinguish their burners because in this game, fire represents life. Just when the women are ready to bust out the celebratory champagne and cue the tribal singers for the credits, 24 runs in with CT scan results, which don't show the tumor they were expecting but do show a straightening of the esophagus, which 24 believes is scleroderma, which also explains POTW's fainting and choking. 13 asks 24 why she did a CT scan when they already proved she was wrong. "Good for you," House tells 24. I'll bet POTW's health-insurance company wouldn't be as happy about it. House finds fault in 24's diagnosis, however, when he points out that esophageal straightening indicates weakening, not the hardening of scleroderma. SMA explains the weakening, and the threadworm explains the rest. The men's team is still fired.
The men file out, and Weird Beard takes a minute to tell House that these were the "best two weeks of [his] life." "I think I will miss you most of all," House Dorothies. Then House calls Weird Beard a "ridiculously old fraud," just in case you thought House was being nice. Weird Beard lingers for a moment, pursing his lips and kind of looking like he's about to kiss House, but then he walks off. I shall miss you too, Weird Beard. With that, House whips off his do-rag and gives his hair a little toss.
24 won't give up, so she takes the CT scan to Chase for a second opinion while he's trying to scrub in for a surgery. Chase says he thought 24 was fired, as he's apparently been keeping tabs on this situation very closely, even though he claims to be over being House's underling. 24 just says House fired the men, neglecting to add that she was on their team. Chase looks at the films and says he doesn't think House was wrong, but she can run a blood test to confirm the presence of some antibodies that would say for sure. 24 can't run labs, of course, so she asks Chase to do it. He refuses, saying House will find a way to make his life miserable. Then...don't work at PPTH, Chase. If you're still afraid of House, why would you want to work near him? 24 counters that Chase will make House's life miserable if the tests prove she's right. Chase tells her to stop trying to appeal to him and Cameron with what she thinks they want to hear. 24 doesn't deny this, just saying that Chase's motives are more interesting than Cameron's. For real, 24. Chase says he can't believe House fired her. He tells her to get a sample of POTW's blood and he'll run the test for her when he gets out of surgery. Chase just can't say no to anyone.