After the commercial, CTB has negative six points and is quickly entering super Jeopardy loser territory. Kumar loses ten points for stating the obvious: if a blood clot enters Jimmy's heart or lung, it'll kill him. Aw, that's not fair! Someone has to exposition this stuff to the non-doctor audience! Meanwhile, PS isn't even there, as House figured out that Foreman was following him, so he paged PS somewhere else. PS also lost twenty points somewhere along the line, bringing his score down to eighty. House tells the three that Jimmy has "schistocytes" in his blood, which is causing the clotting. CTB guesses it's drug-related, and Thirteen immediately accuses CTB of stereotyping their patient and refusing to see past his drug abuse. Meanwhile, Thirteen thinks Jimmy has malaria even though he hasn't been out of the country in years. Um...how is that better than CTB's drug-related diagnoses? At least Jimmy is actually exposed to drugs on a regular basis. But House likes it when his fellows think outside the box of reasonable assumptions and tells CTB that she's been wrong up until now, so Thirteen gets the eye model to do her cockamamie malaria test while House has a private chat with CTB.
In his office, he asks her why she hates drug addicts. She immediately says she wasn't talking about House, because the drugs he's taking are a "necessary prescription." If she believed that, though, House wouldn't have been the first thing on her mind when he asked her about drug addicts. House tells her they're talking about the patient, not him. She says Jimmy is throwing his life away. House says at least he isn't living in fear of every pop quiz. That's because he doesn't have to work for a guy who keeps giving them out. "Why are you afraid to lose?" he asks. A tiny little crack in CTB's composure appears as she angrily asks if House is going to fire her because she likes to win. Winners, CTB says, are happy. House shrugs and says their patient seems happy enough as a loser. I'm still not sure how Jimmy is a "loser." He's in an apparently successful band and gets to create and perform music I'm assuming he loves. But CTB says Jimmy is "an idiot." "He's a happy idiot," House clarifies. Is there any other kind? That tiny crack in CTB's composure gets a lot bigger as she says, emphatically and with tears in her eyes that she doesn't see how doing anything to get the right answer is bad for her patients -- or House. And just as she lost it, CTB puts her guard back up and leaves the room with a smug smile on her face. And let me just say that that scene is why I like CTB so much better than Thirteen. Anne Dudek NAILED that scene. She makes a character who could be totally hateable seem interesting and human. Olivia Wilde has not, thus far, shown anywhere near that kind of talent. While Thirteen is a more likeable character whose mysteriousness is supposed to be compelling, she bores me to tears. I'd rather be friends with Thirteen in real life, but I'd rather watch CTB on my television.