Agnes and Kumar return to PPTH from a round of not breaking into Maggie's house since Kumar, who supposedly loves adrenaline and adventure and doing new stuff, asked Maggie for the key instead of trying to break in. He's also thinking of exceeding the twenty-five-dollar spending limit on his Secret Santa gift.
Back in his office, House is stymied by Maggie's stolen laptop's demands for the correct password before he's allowed in to see anything. Agnes gets in by leaving the password blank, saying it's just more proof that Maggie trusts people. Yeah, and that's gone really well for her so far, what with the getting drugged by the one-night-stand and all. Foreman and Taub report no signs of MS or a vascular problem, and Maggie has now gone into the MRI of DOOOM!! twice without anything bad happening to her at all. Maybe the Christmas-in-January thing has the MRI of DOOOM!! confused this week. House starts to wonder if Maggie is even telling the truth about being blind and having paralyzed hands, prompting Foreman to guess that she has a "conversion disorder." House says that Maggie's promiscuity and obsessive truth-telling could indicate a psych case. Even better, it'll give him a way to force the mother-daughter truth team to lie.
Agnes follows House into the hall so that she can scold him for trying to trick an eleven-year-old into lying to her mother just to prove something to himself. How can she know House so well and still think that lecturing him will have any effect? House just responds by antagonizing Agnes, saying that she's just jellus Maggie was able to remove her genetic time bomb and Agnes can't. I still think she should try, though. I'm sure it wouldn't be too fatal. "You claim to want the truth, and then you screw with people who actually live by it. Pathetic," Agnes responds. Pretty ballsy of her to call her boss pathetic after working for him for, like, two days. Agnes turns to leave, but House says he "needs" her to come with him. No you don't, House.
House calls Jane out into PPTH's gorgeous hallway and tells her that they think Maggie's paralysis and blindness are all in her mind, so they want to give her a placebo and see if it works. But they need Jane to lie to her mother that it's an effective treatment, since Maggie will trust Jane completely. Hmm...well, I'm sure if there wasn't a strike looming, the writer would have had more time to come with a better excuse for the daughter to have to lie to her mom. But there was, so she didn't, so there isn't. Jane won't do it; she says that if her mother were depressed, she would have told Jane. House says that Maggie was doing what "every good mom does -- protecting her child from bad news." Yeah, right. You know what's worse news than your mother being depressed? KNOWING THAT SHE LIKES TO LIE ON HER STOMACH DURING SEX. That's, like, the worst news ever. Anyway, Jane still isn't going for it. So now Agnes has to come into play for her super-essential contribution: distracting Jane with a game of foosball long enough for the Cottages to placebo Maggie up.