At the clinic front desk, Wilsensei finds House, who starts grousing about circles of hell again. Wilsensei says that House must be fun at parties. House: "I think we both know the flaw in that theory." Do I get a bonus for multiple correct answers? House lets up know that the surgery was a success and that Elizabeth Mitchell's kidneys are recovering. He and Wilsensei argue about whether he screwed up, and I'm so glad that Wilsensei has all this time to recap House's episode for us. I mean, I know I'm doing it, but I'll tell you right now it doesn't leave me much time to cure cancer. Wilsensei invites House over for a holiday dinner and, when House predictably declines, says he'll come to House's. House looks perplexed, possibly because he knows his typical rude retort will be ineffective against someone who lacks manners to such a degree that he'll just invite himself over on a holiday. Unless these two are going out, which, as I indicated before, wouldn't surprise me. House asks if Wilsensei's wife won't mind being alone on Christmas. Wilsensei: "I'm a doctor. She's used to being alone." If that's your attitude, Wilsensei, you might want to get some practice in that department yourself. At House's stare, Wilsensei says he doesn't want to talk about it ["and not that she might not care since at least one and possibly both members of the couple are Jewish" -- Wing Chun], and House agrees that would be best. Cuddy enters and smilingly congratulates House on his work with Elizabeth Mitchell. She wishes the doctors a merry Christmas, and walks off. Aw. It's nice that the malpractice attorneys let her say that.
Over a tinkly-piano rendition of "Silent Night," we get a montage. Wilsensei and House eat Chinese food. We don't hear what they say, but given the looks and laughs they're exchanging, it's not even going to take an hour for them to get hungry. In the hospital, a Santa gives presents out to sick kids. House plays "Silent Night" on his piano. Cameron finds a present and a card, presumably from House, and beams. Cuddy attends to a patient. A priest gives a sermon in what looks like the hospital chapel, and the nuns are in attendance. Chase stands in the back, and then walks out. Lo, the prodigal son...oh, whoops. House wraps the song, and we fade to the closing credits.
Wow, this show is pretty good! I wonder why I didn't watch it last year?