Cuddy prescribes orange juice to her latest epidemic patient, who is the same guy Foreman saw earlier, as the Florida Orange Growers Association makes its check out to Fox. House comes up and requests an operating table and a neurosurgeon for Mary. Cuddy relishes the opportunity to say that the current meningitis epidemic crisis and House's crappy attitude mean that she won't be doing him any favors at all, but House steps on her flow and says that Mary is bleeding into her temporal lobe, which immediately changes Cuddy's facial expression from smugly triumphant to shocked and concerned. House says he can get Mary prepped for surgery in twenty minutes. "You'll have a surgeon and the room in ten," Cuddy says, and rushes off to make it so. She is so awesome. House stands around watching her leave, because he's cool like that, and hopefully Chase and Foreman are already taking care of the surgery-prepping.
Mary's skull gets drilled.
Foreman comes out to meet with Mary's parents, who have finally arrived. Unfortunately, the change from Central Time Zone of their Chicago hometown to East Coast time has given them a strange case of jet lag that renders them unable to act very well. They might even be worse than Brandy. I only point this out because this show has a pretty high caliber when it comes to casting, so it's unusual when they use the same casting pool as, say, 7th Heaven, a pool that was too shallow for diving, but everyone did it anyway and now look. Foreman tells the parents and Coach that they stopped the bleeding in Mary's head, but that they still don't know what caused it. He doesn't add that they might want to take a few anti-meningitis pills while they're hanging out in the quarantined epidemic area, but I guess that's implied.
House studies the Whiteboard of Symptoms and fills about half a minute of time.
After the commercial, Foreman and Chase have joined House in the meeting room, where everyone is frustrated at the lack of a diagnosis for Mary's case. House says that they must be missing something, and prods them to focus on what they already know. They say that Mary is twelve, spends a lot of time in the pool and traveling around the country, and...that's it. "Come on!" House barks, but they have nothing.
The meeting resumes outside Mary's room, which is finally a real one and not a space in the hallway surrounded by curtains or down in the morgue. I hope Cuddy kicked Nurse Brenda's ass to get that. House says they're missing something. "What?" Chase asks stupidly. ["Someone has to fill the void Cameron left." -- Wing Chun] House says that if he knew what it was, it obviously wouldn't be missing, and Chase takes a minute to inhale a deep breath or two and calm down before he does something he regrets even more than telling Vogler about the ipecac. House notes that there are a lot of balloons in Mary's room, and asks Foreman who gave them to her. He says that some of Mary's female teammates brought them when they visited. House asks why the male swimmers haven't been around. Mary's "cute" and "nice" and a "kick-ass diver," so shouldn't she have a line of admirers out the door? Foreman says that the youngest guy is sixteen, so, no. House says that could be why, or maybe..."they're avoiding her," Chase finishes. Yes, that just could be it! Surely the only reason people would have for staying away from a quarantined den of meningitis germs is that they have a personal issue with one of the patients trapped therein. House orders Foreman and Chase to re-test Mary's blood cells for fragments.