Chase follows House into the hall to wrap up their C-plot. He apologizes to House for the various facial wounds he caused, and House says "I guess I deserved it." Well, yes, and also Chase owed it to you from when you punched him three seasons ago. But Chase says that he didn't punch House because of what he said about Cameron -- he did it because he figured a display like that would keep the nosy co-workers off his back. Because even though they are now more worried about him, they won't talk to him anymore. Because they're afraid if they do they'll be punched in the face? That's not exactly setting up a great working environment. This doesn't make much sense. I think they just wanted Chase to punch House because it would look cool in the episode previews. Anyway, House respects Chase's ulterior motives and all is well.
James recovers from his sixteen splenectomies and sincerely thanks House for saving him. House says he won't be so grateful when he sees the hospital bill. Seriously -- guess who doesn't get health insurance? Per diem couriers. Although maybe he got it through his wife's job. James also thanks House for the "stimulating talk" they had. The one that lasted two minutes and didn't say anything that he couldn't have discussed with his wife? Okay. James says he's going back to his life of package delivering and robo-tripping. Taub asks how his wife is going to feel about that. "She doesn't have to know. It's worked for twelve years," James says. Um, except that she does know already. She's stupid, not forgetful. But of course Taub finds this especially inspiring and the lesson -- to keep important things from your life partner and be someone you aren't for her benefit -- to be valuable indeed. "Tell your brain I said good-bye," House says, possibly jealous of James that he gets to turn his brain down and be happily married and high and House doesn't.
Taub chases House down the hall (there's a lot of that going on in this episode) and asks how he can be okay with James willingly making himself stupid. "Ignorance is bliss," House sighs. Taub whips out a camera and tells House to freeze. House does so for an abnormally long amount of time because Taub is one of those people who take forever to take a picture. Why would House oblige Taub like that?
Taub runs home and shows his wife the picture he took of House's face. Mrs. Taub grabs the camera for a closer look and asks what happened. Taub doesn't say anything, allowing her to jump to the conclusion that Taub did this to House. And then let him take his picture like that. Mrs. Taub is stupider than Dara. Taub says he demanded that they lay down some ground rules and "things got heated." But he assures her that he won't be fired or arrested for this and suddenly her husband's lack of impulse control (which, by the way, got them into this mess in the first place, both when he cheated on her and when he took the job with House without asking her) attractive. There is making out. Is it too much to ask that one couple on this show can be normal and happy?