So we're in some weird guy's apartment where the colors are dull and muted for symbolic purposes. The man blankly makes several cups of coffee on a line-up of different machines on his kitchen counter, but only sniffs each cup before dumping it down the sink. The weird guy's weird daughter walks in and says she has a make-up test at school today and exposits that both father and daughter are friend-less. I can't imagine why! They seem like such fun. The girl leaves, and the man looks at the clock (8:10) before reaching for another pot of coffee. Except this pot is empty. All of them are. The man is confused, but heads for the kitchen cabinet to grab some more coffee, only to turn around and find the coffee pots are now gone and the camera lens has gone all weird and made everything look distorted. The man is freaking out, and then his daughter returns. "What'd you forget?" he asks, staring directly at the camera. Um, no. Do not have characters staring at the camera, please. Only Zack Morris may do that, and this man is not Zack Morris. The daughter doesn't understand what the problem is, since she's just returning from school at the time she said she would -- 4:30. The man looks at his clock and is shocked to see that it is, in fact, 4:30. He just lost over eight hours. And his coffee machines. Either that, or the daughter and his household appliances are trying to gaslight him. The man puts his coffee can down to rub his face, only to suddenly find himself seated at his coffee table in front of his sweet laptop. Is that a Macbook Air? He seems way too dull for something that flashy.
House arrives at work to find Cuddy waiting for him, slightly annoyed that he's late. She hands House a new case, saying it's a man suffering from blackouts unrelated to drugs, alcoholism, or epilepsy. With that, she looks positively cheerful, and House decides he can't have that at all. He tells her to slow her roll, since even though an adoption agency approved her, that doesn't mean a birth mother will want to give her baby to her. "It is an interesting case," Cuddy says, walking away. House asks her what time her appointment with the birth mother is, and Cuddy is shocked and appalled that he's had his PI following her. I think she's partly happy, too, though, since she may or may not be interested in Lucas. House says he figured it out all by himself -- her non-reaction to him saying no one will want her to adopt her kid means that she must already know that there's someone out there who does. Cuddy is so pleased that she can't help but tell House that she is, in fact, meeting a woman who's due in two weeks. House accuses the unborn child of being a crackbaby, and Cuddy is indignant but has to admit that the mother did use meth in the past. "This is a mistake," House says. Why? Because, House explains, Cuddy is a terrible person and thus will not be a good mother. House is an asshole, but again, Cuddy is too happy to be hurt, and says she won't be changing her mind about this adoption. House is not happy about this.