Stacy returns to Mark's room, where the Cottages report that Mark is stable. This is consistent with AIP, where everything is hunky-dory until the next attack. Stacy begs Mark to get the combo plate, but he won't do it until they're "sure." Except that they can't be sure without the combo plate, so...just get the combo plate, Mark. Most of it is alcohol and barbiturates anyway, so it'll probably be a fun time. Stacy says that she knows House, and that he is right about this. Mark says he doesn't know House all that well, having met him the night the guy drugged him, so Mark shouldn't be all that surprised when House appears in the doorway, syringe in hand, ready to start "cocktail hour." Mark tells House to get away from him. Stacy says that she would bet Mark's life on House's medical opinion. Mark says that he would not. And since, you know, it's Mark's life, Stacy should really respect that. But no. "It's too bad you're paralyzed," House says, and goes to inject the syringe into the IV tube. Chase and Cameron just watch him, but Foreman steps up and knocks it out of his hand, because Foreman is the only Cottage capable of forming his own opinions and acting on them. "Bing! Paging Dr. Foreman!" House falsettos, but he isn't a very good ventriloquist, so Foreman doesn't buy it. Meanwhile, Cameron wonders why Foreman won't answer his page. "Leave the room," House tells him. Foreman says that House needs the consent. Cameron the Follower steps up next to Foreman and says that if he can't get a consent, he has to have a court order. House tells her to go get one, and he'll just stay behind and wait and not inject anyone with anything. Chase is the last to step up, and he's all reluctant to do it because he just got out of dogHouse and doesn't want to go back. Plus, he always agrees with House's medical actions, if not his legal ones. "Give me the syringe," Cameron says, holding her hand out. Come on, House! Inject her! Do it! Doit! DOOOO IT!!!!
House doesn't do it. And the Great Wall of Cottages is not enough to prevent House from seeing Stacy who, devoid of the helplessness and desperation Sela Ward was probably supposed to infuse her character with, says that the injection could be Mark's only hope of survival, so House should totally risk his medical license and whatever else to do it. If this is so freaking important to Stacy, why doesn't SHE just grab the syringe away from House (I'm sure he'd give it up easily enough) and inject Mark herself? It's really unfair to expect someone to risk so much for your own selfish needs, which is exactly what this is about because Stacy is the person who wants the combo plate, not Mark. House asks Stacy how she thinks he can do the injection, short of winning a physical altercation against three people. He proposes that Stacy take "the little girl," he'll take the "dark one," and the "Aussie" will run away like a "scared wombat." At first, this seemed equally offensive to everyone until I realized that Cameron actually does act like a little girl and Chase really is Australian, so it's really only offensive to Foreman. I'm surprised House didn't call him a Mandingo. That would have been so adorably snarky!