Over at Brandon's room, things are not going well at all. Brandon's head and neck have swelled up and he can't breathe. Someone went a little overboard with the swollen neck makeup job, by the way. He looks like a bullfrog. Or like Gwyneth Paltrow in her Shallow Hal fat suit. Foreman's having trouble finding a place to cut for the tracheotomy with the neck so swollen. Hell, people are going to have trouble fitting in the room if Brandon's face gets any bigger. Kumar tells him to just start cutting and hope he finds the trachea, because they don't have much choice. That's risky, since one man's trachea incision is another's throat-slashing murder. But after all that, Foreman easily finds it and Brandon can breathe again.
After the break, Kumar explains that Brandon's face is so swollen that his tear ducts have been squeezed shut. Yikes. Various steroids and creams to reduce the swelling have had little effect and Brandon's tested negative for face swelling-related diseases. But House isn't paying attention to any of this since he just found out that Hadley paid for a three-year-gym membership but has only gone twice. He wants to know why. Well, clearly Hadley isn't very good at spending money and probably buys lots of things she doesn't really need or use. Also, she's busy working for you, so maybe she doesn't have time for the gym. The Cottages just stare at him and wait for him to finish. He says he's not going to bother wasting his time with their diagnoses since he already knows what Brandon's problem is: drugs.
Foreman reminds House that Brandon's been on dialysis to rid his system of the drugs. House thinks the swelling is a symptom of Brandon's rapid detox. You know, I watch Intervention a lot and I don't even think I've seen that happen. Hadley calls it withdrawal, and House quickly takes a bunch of Vicodins just to reassure himself that they're there. House says either they need to find a better way to detox Brandon so his face doesn't swell up again or they have to be sure that the new symptoms aren't because some of the drugs are somehow still in his system. Either way, they have to detox Brandon. House's plan to do this? Put Brandon back on the drugs that are killing him. This time, though, they'll wean him off of the drugs gradually. Having now lost faith in House, the Cottages look to Foreman for guidance. "Try it out," he shrugs. On their way out, House calls Taub aside. Taub just says he didn't talk to his wife and keeps walking. Aw, House almost looked sincere there.