Remember when I said I wanted to see the Cottages doing their Clinic hours? Well, I was wrong. Cameron's patient is a young woman with a "little cough" who needs a health clearance to start her job at Princeton. Cameron asks for a family history, and the patient -- Cindy -- brightly replies that her mom died of cancer when she was little and that her dad's heart "gave out" a few years ago. She grins at this, as if she were talking about puppies rather than dead loved ones, and adds that there are no brothers and sisters, although she did have a husband once, "but..." and Cameron assumes the face of Bonding with a Fellow Tragic Young Widow until Cindy concludes that it ended in divorce. Cameron just stands there staring at Cindy until Cindy asks if her test results are in the file Cameron's holding. Cameron's all, "Oh yeah! My job," and she looks at a chest x-ray and makes a face. "Is everything okay?" Cindy asks.
I'm gonna go with no, since Cameron's next stop is Wilson the Oncologist's office for a consult. He takes one look at it and scoffs that Cameron doesn't need a consult for a clear-cut diagnosis. "All she has is a cough," Cameron protests. Wilson wishes he were taking care of that Death Row inmate he saw on the hospital mainframe (password: canesarehot) instead of getting stuck holding this whiny little girl's hand.
LL's not looking good. His fingernails and lips have a bluish tinge, and House says that he needs to be put on a respirator right away. Warden says that's too bad, since they don't have any respirators here, making me wonder what, exactly, they do in that hospital infirmary anyway. Warden says he'll request one at the next budget meeting, and reminds House that LL is on Death Row as House whips out his cell phone to call for an ambulance. Warden says that's a waste of a call, because no Death Row inmates leave his prison -- "at least, not through the front doors."
Looks like House cleverly took LL out through the back door, since the next thing we see is House, a bunch of cops and paramedics, and LL leaving the elevator. Actually, it was Stacy's lawyer magic that got LL released to the hospital. Stacy says that Judge Markham is a "sucker" for eighth-amendment arguments, which is all well and good, until it turns out that Cuddy can't be convinced quite as easily. "House!" she barks. "Ruh-roh!" House says, doing a hilarious imitation of Scooby-Doo. That and the "partypants" thing might be enough to get this episode an A+. Cuddy wants to know why a simple consult has resulted in an entire floor of her hospital's being shut down. She's very disappointed in Stacy, who's all pissed off because House told her they had Cuddy's permission to do this. Ha! Hey, Stacy, at least when House lies to you, it doesn't result in chronic leg pain. Cuddy tells them to send LL back to prison, but they can't -- they're bound by the court order Stacy got to treat LL until he's better and can be released back to Death Row. "Is it just me or is that weird?" House asks, because while he would love to see a few humans be wiped off the face of the planet, it's just the stupid ones he wants to get rid of, not the ones who are smart enough to kill three people while under armed guard. That kind of problem-solving should be rewarded. LL is wheeled away, and Stacy puts a hand to her forehead and wishes she hadn't paralyzed all the muscles there so that she could know whether she was cutting her face open with her fingernail or not.