Back at PPTH, House is voluntarily seeing Clinic patients, one of whom, Diane, leaves the exam room smiling and thanking House for his wonderful service. House warmly thanks her for being a wonderful patient. Cuddy sees all of this and doesn't know if she should be happy, horrified, worried, or just pass out from shock. I feel the same way because they actually gave a nurse some lines but it's some effeminate man instead of Evil Nurse Brenda. RIP Evil Nurse Brenda. "He's done six [patients] already!" the man nurse gasps, apparently aware of House's reputation despite there being no reason for him to have met House before since House hasn't set foot in the Clinic since like Season 4. House says he thought the Clinic could use the help, what with the holiday (and cold) season approaching. Cuddy asks if she slipped through the wormhole into an alternate dimension or House did. I'd say it's Cuddy, since, again, there's suddenly some male nurse there we've never seen before who is very much the opposite of Evil Nurse Brenda. Or maybe Evil Nurse Brenda slipped through the wormhole and that's why we haven't seen her in three seasons. Or maybe Evil Nurse Brenda was from the other dimension all along, which would make sense since Star Trek tells us that people from the mirror dimension are just like us but mean. And have facial hair. And overact. Anyway, Cuddy isn't a moron like James' wife so she sees right through House's plan, figuring that he must have some ulterior motive to be doing this for her. "Sexy and smart -- Lucas is a lucky guy!" House says. "Is this a bad agenda or a good one?" Cuddy wonders, ignoring him. Um, really, Cuddy? Is there such a thing as House with a good agenda? Maybe she's from the mirror universe, too. She says House is either trying to screw with her or prove he's really changed. Apparently, she thinks it's the latter, and invites him over for Thanksgiving.
House reports directly to Wilson's office to show off the scrap of paper upon which Cuddy wrote her sister's address. Wilson studies it and says it's three hours away. He's just trying to discourage House from going to Cuddy's sister's so that House will spend Thanksgiving with him instead, I think. House does invite Wilson to come as his date, promising a fun time, and I really don't think Cuddy's sister will appreciate her sister inviting not one, but two strangers to her house for the holidays.
After the break, the Cottages inform House that their patient is probably an alcoholic. Hadley, now 100% in the role of Cameron, cares only about the ties House keeps testing out in front a mirror. House has two to choose from, and both, he claims, will make him look "adorably non-threatening" at Thanksgiving. One of them has cartoon turkeys on it. That one is awesome. And yet, the Cottages choose the ugly brown tie with red Xs (or are they supposed to be turkey feathers? God damn my non-HDTV) on it. Chase thinks James has liver failure from the alcohol, but House says alcoholism is a "pedestrian" addiction for a super-genius. The Cottages disagree, to the point where they're ready to hold off on the liver biopsy until after Thanksgiving because they're that sure of the results. House doesn't think so -- he assigns Taub and Hadley to do the liver biopsy on the holiday just in case the results that come back are not what they expect them to be. That sucks for Taub and Hadley, but it's not unwise, since the results are never what they expect on this show. As for Chase and Foreman who have no one to spend time with on Thanksgiving, they get the day off. So that should be fun for them.