House wants to go back to analyzing Carnell's poop, but Cameron won't be deterred! "[House's mom] never calls here; is everything okay?" she asks. To get her off his back, House admits that his parents are stopping in Newark for a nine-hour layover on their way to Europe, and that they wanted to have dinner with him. Carnell might have a gastrointestinal problem and -- Cameron can't believe House just lied to his own mother to avoid seeing her! House says that Wilson invited him to dinner, and that he's not about to turn down a guy who just loaned him $5000. Foreman thinks Carnell has transverse myelitis, which would explain his shocks and sphincter issues. And here I was, blissfully unaware that there were any conditions that could cause your own body to painfully shock itself, when it turns out that there are several. That sucks. House sarcastically, but probably just a little bit sincerely, thanks Foreman for not caring about House's mom, and asks what could cause the transverse myelitis besides cancer and MS. Foreman suggests an infection. All tests have shown no evidence of a current infection, which Foreman explains away by saying that the infection could be long gone, "but the memory remains." "Molecular mimicry. Nice," House says. I'll take his word for it. He orders them to get an immunoglobulin level and electrophoresis. The Cottages leave. "You're good, my friend. I'm sure we'll meet again," House says to the air.
The Cottages walk down the hall, all abuzz about House's mother. Well, Cameron is, anyway. Foreman claims not to care, although he's thought about it enough to guess that House's mom must be a "piece of work" to have created such a monster of a son. Chase's theory is that House was born bad and spent his childhood tormenting his parents. Cameron asks them to do her work for her while she snoops around her boss's personal business.
Cameron's first stop is Wilson's office, where she asks him if he can cancel his dinner plans with House so that House can see his parents. Wilson grumbles that this is the fourth time he has loaned House a significant amount of money, which is interesting, but not to Cameron, who steers Wilson back to the subject at hand. Wilson agrees to cancel the dinner, but Cameron has a better idea: she asks Wilson to add a few names to the invitation. She probably meant her own name, but Wilson seems to think she meant the Houserents. Now, normally, I'd be making fun of Cameron for being such an annoying busybody, but I really want to meet House's parents, too, so I'm cool with it. And it's not like House hasn't pulled this stuff on other people before.