Foreman's antibiotics appear to be working, as Biana and Foreman are helping Driver to his feet when House stops by his room. Foreman tells House to go home and rest, but House says the antibiotics wouldn't have worked this fast, so Driver's recovery cannot be due to them. Sure enough, Driver suddenly groans in pain and crawls back into bad with severe stomach pain. House starts diagnosing away, saying the stomach pain rules out the transverse myelitis. He's thinking Addison's. Frustrated, Foreman turns to House and tells him that they've scanned Driver's brain for tumors five times already. That's when he notices the blood on House's collar, and it's source: House's ear. You don't have to be a doctor to know that that's not a good thing, but House ignores his own problems and keeps diagnosing. Then he decides to take a bath.
For whatever reason, Foreman doesn't follow House out of the room, insisting that he get his bleeding brain checked out. I think Foreman secretly wants him to die. As for Biana, she at least follows House to his next crazy scheme, although she doesn't do anything for his head wound either. Instead, she just watches as House fills PPTH's sensory deprivation tank with Epsom salts, water, and himself. He says he's hoping the sensory deprivation will put his brain in an alpha-theta phase, which might help him recover some memories. He cites the movie Altered States as an example of this, but Biana never saw that movie since she wasn't born yet when it came out in 1980. "You're too young to be a doctor," House scoffs. "That was twenty-eight years ago," Biana says. "No it wasn't, shut up!" House says, clearly kidding. But Biana thinks he's serious and has forgotten what year it is, because she has no sense of humor. By the way, House has taken his shirt off for this experiment, although the camera won't let us see much of his bare chest. Which is probably disappointing for some, but I'm cool with it. As House prepares to live it up in his alpha-theta state, he warns Biana not to "do anything" while he's in there, making references to the movie to stress this point. Biana actually gets a good line in when she says "'I wasn't born yet' means I won't be entertained by further reference." Ha ha to you, Biana! But you're letting a man with his brain bleeding out of his ear hang out in a bathtub instead of getting him medical attention, and therefore you still suck as a doctor.
House is back on the bus. It's empty except for Cuddy. She says she didn't know House took the bus. House says he used to drive himself home after he got drunk, but then "some mothers got MADD," being sure to emphasize the double Ds at the end of the statement. I love that line. House wonders why Cuddy is even there if this is supposed to be a memory. "It's a fantasy," Cuddy answers. House takes full advantage of this and suddenly, Cuddy's sensible business suit has been replaced by a schoolgirl outfit, complete with short skirt, bare midriff, and a stupid tie around her neck. Also, pigtails. Even in House's fantasy, Cuddy is disgusted with him for wasting time on a sex fantasy when he should be coming up with a diagnosis. House asks why he can't get both at the same time. With that, we're in a strip club. And Cuddy is dancing on a pole. She says Driver was sitting and facing forward, so any symptoms House might have seen from him he would have had to see with the driver in that position. I'm having a hard time paying attention. Not because I'm attracted to what's on the screen, but because I'm both in awe of Lisa Edelstein's body and wondering how far they're going to take this scene. Pretty far, it turns out, as Cuddy loses her shirt and her skirt and is now wearing less clothing that the real stripper at the beginning of the show was. Anyway, I think they're talking about earlobes and how they could be diagnostically important. And then Cuddy takes off her bra! No way! Parental discretion is advised! Much to House's disappointment, it is then that Cuddy realizes she's distracting House instead of helping him, and we're back on the bus and she's back in her proper attire. And I like her much better that way. House does not. "Nooo!" he cries. But it's too late. As Cuddy points out, even House's subconscious would rather diagnose patients than have sex.