Taub waits for the stripper in his car. He asks his car to call Ruby. His car, actually sounding annoyed with him, asks if he wants to call her cell phone. He decides not to call her at all. His car is like "whatever, asshole."
Hadley tells House that Darrien was taking interferon while she was in prison, which Hadley guesses was for an advanced case of hepatitis C. They can't really ask Darrien to confirm that, though, as she is now in a coma. Oops! House notices that his leg is starting to bleed through the towel Cuddy wrapped around it. He takes a few more Vicodins and asks Hadley about Darrien's life pre-jail. Hadley now knows that Darrien was a cop who shot someone in self-defense. House says that all Hadley needs to do is find out when exactly that happened to figure out how long Darrien has been doing drugs, which should then give her a decent estimate on how long she's had hepatitis C. Chase doesn't think that's going to be very important to the case, but House points out that they don't have anything else to go on before hanging up on them as Cuddy arrives with a nurse.
Taub asks his car to call Rachel. I'm assuming he means his ex-wife, but he may very well mean Cuddy's daughter. Why not? It's not like she hasn't been exposed to everything else tonight. His car is like, "are you serious? You're going to tell your ex-wife that you got another woman pregnant? Why would you even do that. You're so awful." Taub cancels the call when he sees his stripper heading to the parking lot. He gets out of the car, which makes a comment that this looks like another one of its driver's awesome ideas, and runs towards her. Shockingly, she is not happy to see him there. In fact, she's pretty freaked out. She doesn't care that he claims to truly be a doctor. She doesn't care about her mole. She whips a gun out of her pocketbook and aims at him. Well, I can't say I'm surprised. Or that I really care. Go ahead and shoot Taub, stripper! I'm pretty much over him on this show. Then swing by PPTH and shoot Hadley and Cuddy! I'd put House on that list, too, but I guess you really can't have this show without him. And shoot Foreman and Wilson for being useless for like three seasons now. Chase can stay, but only if he stops sleeping with lots of women and being such a scumbag.
Stripper orders Taub to turn around and get down on his knees. Taub thinks he's going to die now as the stripper starts yelling at him for thinking he's special and can do whatever he wants to her, just like someone else did to her in the past. While Taub silently begs for his life and possibly wets his pants, she jumps in her car and takes off.
Hadley is having a hard time finding news articles on Darrien's shooting. Chase notices a bruise on her neck and feels bad since he put it there. Hadley says he had to do what he did, and he was right to do it. And, apparently, right about everything else. Hadley finally finds the article. Darrien had a different last name at the time, as she was apparently married when she shot that guy. Wow, so not only did the job that she was doing when she shot that guy turn its back on her, but a husband did, also? That sucks. Hadley is surprised at how recent the incident was -- only three years ago. That means there's no way Darrien had hepatitis C for long enough for it to become as chronic as it would need to be for her to be taking interferon. Which means whatever she has now, it can make a new case of hepatitis C look like an old case in lab work. Hadley says a parasite could do that -- the hepatitis somehow made Darrien more susceptible to the parasite, which then sped up the liver damage and made it look like she'd had hepatitis for a longer time than she actually did. Chase says if Darrien had an Entamoeba infection in her liver, then the stab wound would have released the parasites into her blood stream, causing all of her complications. They just have to give her some parasite-killing medicine and she should be on the road to recovery in a few hours.
Cuddy sits with House as he's prepared for surgery. The nurse says they're ready to operate, so Cuddy gets up to leave. But House asks her to stay and watch. "Make sure that idiot butcher doesn't cut more than he needs to," House says. Um, wasn't Cuddy the doctor in charge when House's leg lost that muscle in the first place? Why on earth would he trust her now? Although I guess if I had made a habit out of pissing off as many surgeons as House has, I'd want someone looking over their shoulder while I was unconscious, too. "I don't trust him. I trust you," he says/begs. And Cuddy, naturally, gives in.
Hadley is at Darrien's bedside when she wakes up, feeling and looking much better. Hadley tells her that she was suffering from a parasite infection, but she'll be fine now. Except for the fact that she's handcuffed to the bed and there's a cop watching from the hallway. Hadley says they had to give her real name to save her. Darrien doesn't care about that; she's mad at Hadley and says she never should have trusted her. Oh, and she says she never liked Hadley and only hung out with her because they were kind of stuck in prison together and Hadley was just a "distraction" for her. Yeah, I'm sure Hadley's feelings are so hurt that you don't want to be her friend anymore, Darrien. Who wouldn't miss the company of a woman who shows up unannounced bleeding from a stab wound with her stolen car parked in the front door of your apartment building? Hadley assures Darrien that she'll thank her for this, eventually. And even if she doesn't, Hadley knows that she did the right thing. Also, get some therapy, Darrien. Geez.
Cuddy and Rachel wait for House to wake up. Rachel says she wants House to come over to play with her like he used to. Cuddy doesn't feel like explaining why that's not going to happen right now, so instead she gets Rachel's hopes up and tells her to write a letter to House about her feelings. Yes, three-year-olds just love writing letters.
Taub shows up at PPTH to see Ruby. He says that when he was a plastic surgeon and made good money (unlike now. Way to hit the doctor jackpot, Ruby!), a middle-aged man came in for a tummy tuck. Preliminary tests showed that wouldn't be happening, since the guy's stomach was "full of cancer" and he was going to die. Taub had to tell him this, and the guy surprised him by not being that upset about it, saying that it was cool he was going to die at age 50 because he raised his kids well. Um, yeah, and now he won't get to see them graduate or get married or have kids of their own, but apparently he doesn't mind that. He knew he was going to leave the world a better place with his kids in it, and when Taub's life flashed before his eyes outside the strip club, he realized what a good thing that could be. This feels like a really selfish reason to want a child, somehow, but whatever. "I want to have this baby," he says, barely able to believe the words that are coming out of his mouth.
Chase finds Hadley in the locker room, thinking about how Darrien did the right thing by killing that guy, but she still couldn't deal with her guilt over it. Understandably, Hadley is worried that the same thing will happen to her. Chase says she should talk to a therapist, and Hadley surprises me by saying that she did, but it "didn't help." Well, it's only been, like, a few months, right? She really should have given it more time to be helpful. Plus, you know those therapy sessions were just the therapist asking Hadley about her life and her feelings and Hadley refusing to answer him because she loves her privacy. "Do you really think you have any idea what it's like to live with something like this?" Hadley asks Chase. As it happens, Hadley isn't that special. Lots of people on this show murder people for what they believe are the right reasons. And Chase is one of them. "Let's grab a coffee," he says. Hadley's eye makeup stays perfect, even with her tears.
Morning finally comes to PPTH. Chase and Hadley arrive for work. They can talk about killing people while they wait for the others to arrive. By the way,