Cameron has taken advantage of her boss's tardiness to take over the whiteboard. She uses a tiny blank section in the bottom corner to write down Cindy's symptoms, and Foreman and Chase almost have to use magnifying classes to see them as they come up with differential diagnoses. They're spared from the eye strain when House comes in and tells them not to bother with Cindy, who only needs to be informed of her impending doom. He takes the marker away from Cammy and erases her mini-differential as he proceeds with the real case. Cameron says that she won't tell Cindy she's dying until she has a confirmed diagnosis. House ignores Cameron and says he thinks suicide is a symptom of LL's Mystery Illness. LL just filed an appeal, House points out, and New Jersey hasn't killed a Death Row inmate in thirty years. Apparently, they've come really close, since we did see that guy order his second last meal at the beginning of the episode. Maybe it's a game the governor likes to play, where he sees how close he can cut it before ordering the stay. His personal best is sixteen seconds, but he's hoping to shave at least five seconds off by having the execution room line pre-programmed into his phone. Chase wonders if LL drank the toner to get to a hospital he might have better luck escaping from, which House points out doesn't make sense if you take into account that LL's heart problems started before he ever got near that copier toner. House's theory is that there's something wrong in LL's head, and he orders all kinds of tests to check for it. Since the state is paying for them, they can "go nuts." If I lived in a state where you couldn't pump your own gas, I'd hate the government, too.
Foreman notices scars on LL's back as he prepares LL for what will probably be a painful spine-puncture thing. LL says that he was shivved his first month in jail, and that he got his revenge as soon as he healed up. At least, I think that's what he said; those fake teeth aren't doing LL's already marbled-mouthed sense of diction any favors. LL asks Foreman why they don't just let him die, and Foreman says he's different from LL. Oops! A nurse told LL all about how Foreman stood around and watched LL die before, so he knows that's not exactly true. Surely it was Evil Nurse Brenda who ratted on Foreman, hoping to get him killed as revenge for his pushiness during the meningitis epidemic. As Foreman sticks a needle into LL's back, he asks if there's any family history of mental illness. LL says he heard that his dad was crazy, but that he never met him. His mother was a drug addict, leaving him to raise his brother. Foreman assumes that the brother is in jail, too, and LL bristles and says that he's a good kid and that Foreman shouldn't judge what he doesn't know. But...but...Foreman's black! LL's black! They both have criminal records! Don't they automatically know everything about each other? This show needs to stop sending me mixed signals. LL's brother hasn't seen or talked to his brother since LL went to jail, which LL thinks is ungrateful, since he did change the guy's diapers and everything. "Can you imagine your whole life being about the worst thing you ever did?" LL says. Foreman can, because in this episode, his is. But before he can be sympathetic, he remembers that LL murdered four people.