Stacy finally breaks under House's interrogation. She and Mark had a fight and she left the house without her cross or her makeup. She stopped by a drugstore to get some more makeup, although she may have also stopped by Cuddy's wardrobe trailer if that color of lipstick is any indication. I expect to see flowers blossoming out of her lips any moment now. I'm sure collagen injections make for great fertilizer. Stacy whines that she and Mark have been fighting over the silliest things lately, mostly because Mark won't drop it when Stacy orders him to. He accused her of being "condescending." Go, Mark! As House and Stacy's Theme of Broken Relationship Sadness blares, Stacy decides that Mark is trying to push her away, just like House did. House tries to be sympathetic by saying that, in ancient Greek, "Stacy" means "relationship killer." And in Assyrian, it means "face of stone." They stare at each other meaningfully for a while, and then Stacy gets a call on her cell phone. It's for House.
Wilson accurately predicted that he could reach House through Stacy's phone, since House's phone batteries died. House dryly comments that he didn't know cell-phone batteries could recharge, and that he just kept buying new phones. I can't tell if he's serious about that or not. It sounds like sarcasm, but it would explain why a doctor with a dying patient wouldn't charge his own damn cell phone. The Fletch Update is not good -- Fletch's kidneys are failing, and more organs are sure to follow. Sources say that Cuddy is not pleased.
In this vein, Cuddy's called a meeting with the Cottages, who don't have much to tell her and have not yet learned the delicate art of faking like they do to get her off their backs. Foreman says that they have to do the lumbar puncture, and then the phone rings. It's House, whose psychic powers have figured out what his Cottages are talking about. He's calling to give them the solution: they have to do the lumbar puncture "very carefully." House then detects the presence of Cuddy, which is confirmed when she starts screeching at him. He tells her to leave, and she walks all the way to the doorframe, and gestures to the Cottages not to reveal her presence to House. This would have been even better if Cuddy had loudly stomped out of the room and then let her footsteps get softer and softer to make it sound like she left, but Lisa Edelstein's facial expression here is quite suitable for my needs. House explains that what he means by "very carefully" is not, of course, doing the lumbar puncture well (LPs are not House's specialty, as we have seen), but by making sure that Fletch is aware of how dire his prognosis is in order to get him to 'fess up whatever he might still be hiding from them. Cameron is specifically told not to be a part of this. She opens her mouth to protest, then realizes that when it comes to giving her patients bad news, she sucks more than House does at the LPs, and closes it. House asks Cuddy, who he knew was standing there all along (because she didn't make those sound effects I suggested earlier, I'll bet), if she's okay with this. Cuddy isn't really surprised that her little ruse didn't work, since she is the Trix Rabbit of putting things over on House.