A surgeon removes Carnell's tumor as Chase watches. Suddenly, Carnell's pressure drops. He's hemorrhaging.
Remember what I said about Cameron finally learning the importance of butting out and stuff? Forget that: she is now spying on House's dinner from afar. Foreman walks up and tells her that grown children-parent dinner conversations are never interesting. He walks away. Cameron eventually follows.
Daddy House asks his son what's going on with his life. House tensely replies, "Not much." Daddy House asks about girlfriends. House says he has a motorcycle. Daddy House says he noticed it parked in the handicapped spot. Mommy House tells House to be careful with it. "You know what your problem is, Greg?" Daddy House asks. "You just don't know how lucky you are." Then he asks where the "head" is, because that's military-speak for bathroom, and R. Lee Ermey will never play a non-military character, ever. Mommy House tells her son that his dad was only trying to help. "I don't need help," House says. "I know. You're absolutely perfect just the way you are," Mommy replies. I thought she was being sarcastic like her son, but apparently not, as he smiles and she rubs his arm. And that's all for the Houserents! I was hoping for more. I'm disappointed.
Wilson gives Carnell's father some water and says there's still no word on Carnell's surgery. For some reason, the director decided this scene would have the most emotional impact if the camera were placed under Wilson's nose and behind Dad's chair. Weird. Dad tells Wilson how he had to raise Carnell by himself since his wife died when his son was young. He used to put cold pancakes in his son's lunchbox. At those weren't radioactive, though. Chase enters with good news about Carnell's spinal cord tumor, but bad news about Carnell's intestines, which have perforated again. His white count keeps falling, and there's nothing they can do.
Cameron interrupts House's PSP time to tell him that Taddy and Daddy are doing well, but that Carnell is dying. House thanks her for declining the dinner invitation. "It was none of my business," Cameron says. I laugh and laugh. She turns to leave, but House starts telling her about his parents. Dad's a marine pilot and Mom was a housewife. They've been married for forty-seven years and had one child, which means we won't be seeing a Housister anytime soon, sadly. House says that his father is just like Cameron in the sense that he can't lie to anyone about anything. "Crappy quality for a dad," House says. And yet, he still seemed to have a problem with Carnell's dad lying to his son. So...I don't know what this episode is trying to say.