House then wipes the smirk right off of Thirteen's face when he tells her to stand and fires her. She's shocked. All that work she put into carefully constructing a wall of alluring mystery around her, and it was for nothing. Oh well! Don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya, Thirteen! House says he only has two spots. If he had three, he would have kept her. That should make CTB feel awesome right now. So I guess Foreman is good for something after all. Thirteen just smirks to accentuate her perfect cheekbones. Such acting. Meanwhile, CTB is, like, throwing up in her grief. Kumar sits there with his mouth hanging open. "Game over!" House says. Wow. Okay, I knew Kumar was going to make it, because I was at Subway a few weeks ago and some woman was talking on her cell phone about how her friend "Kal" was going to be a series regular on the show. I yelled at the woman to put spoiler bars over her phone conversations and tried to give her a 20% warning, but she just looked at me weird. I really thought Thirteen was a shoo-in for the second spot, though. And I hoped against hope for CTB. I never dreamed it would be PS.
But it's not over yet! Jimmy wakes up from his biopsy to find CTB hovering over him. She tells him they're treating his measles (is this the first time House has repeated a diagnosis? Not that it matters, since even a repeat diagnosis presents entirely differently) so he'll grow old after all. And she got fired. Jimmy asks her why she's hanging around his room, then. "Trying not to care," she says. "That's not easy," he says. CTB just laughs mirthlessly and shakes her head, thinking that anything would be easier than feeling like she does now.
Cuddy enters the classroom and says House can't hire two men. She only recommended Kumar and PS because she knew he would do the opposite of whatever she said. So it's okay to hire two women, but not two men? Cuddy says House has to hire a woman. You know, it's affirmative action policies like this that get otherwise incompetent people like Cuddy hired to positions they don't deserve. House wants to hire both women, but Cuddy says he can only have one. She suggests "the one that gives a crap about people." Oh please please pleeeeease let that be CTB. "They both do," House says, sincerely. You know, despite how much he professes to hate and/or not care about people, I really do think it upsets him to fire people. That is, when he isn't making a funny production out of it. "Hire Thirteen," Cuddy says. House nods seriously, but smiles as soon as Cuddy turns around. She can sense it. "This was your plan all along," she says. He just keeps smiling. "Well, at least the games are over," Cuddy says, clumsily shoehorning the episode title in there. "How long have you known me?" House asks. Not so long that she can't fall ass-first into every single one of his traps. But as long as she gets what she wants -- a female Cottage for the sake of a female Cottage, regardless of apparent skill -- and House gets what he wants -- the three best Cottages for the job, even if one of them had to be fake-fired three times to make it happen -- they're both happy enough. Then again, CTB says only idiots are happy. Sigh.