We open on a woman with a Ukrainian accent chatting away while she cuts a man's hair. We can assume she's not a hairdresser, since she's doing the haircut in a fairly dark room. Or maybe she is a hairdresser, but she's also blind. Or maybe she's a sighted hairdresser who cuts hair for blind people and figures they won't know if their hair looks good or not, so she might as well save money on the energy bills. Or maybe she's just a cosmetician at a funeral home, since she stands back to admire her work and we see her client is a corpse. She says it's a shame they're going to cremate him, and while I think it's great that Irene is so into her work and all, I don't understand why she's wasting her time giving a guy a haircut when he's going to be cremated. Do they have a viewing before the cremation? I honestly don't know. I don't go to funerals.
Anyway, Irene leaves the nicely coiffed dead guy behind to grab a cup of coffee (which has got to be against some kind of procedure, considering there are states where it's illegal to swear in front of a corpse), but is startled when a man suddenly appears behind her. He won't answer her questions and he has tattoos, so she grabs her scissors (good for bangs and self-defense) and tells him to take her purse and go. But what he really wants is her, and he quickly grabs her and her scissors, which he then uses to cut off the buttons on her shirt. He doesn't say much, but he is a quite the resourceful rapist! Irene manages to break free of him, only to run into the dead guy from before, who is now up and at 'em and apparently doesn't like his haircut, based on the angry glare he shoots Irene. Also, her wannabe rapist has a big ol' hole in the back of his head. You'd think he'd be more concerned about getting that fixed than raping people. Oh, but of course, Irene's attackers aren't actually real. When her boss walks into the room, he finds them both snug in their beds and Irene seizuring all over the floor.
The Numbers still haven't learned to bring a book to work, so they're all sitting around the classroom trying to find entertainment in coins and paper clips as they wait for House to show up. 24 decides to pass the time by fucking with 13, and she acts all concerned and asks how 13 is doing now that she has the last patient's blood all over her hands, as well as that of his dog. 13 says she's fine, but 24 persists, saying she thinks the death was more the guys' fault than it was 13's. Not to mention the fact that House pitted them all against each other in the first place. Good point, 24 -- the patient's death is ultimately House's fault no matter what, and certainly more so in this case. But 13 just says it's entirely her fault, and then the phone rings.