Hadley's self-serving self-sacrifice earns her an earful from House as he prepares her for the injection in the small of her back. He accuses her of taking risks with her health beyond drugged-up sex with hot girls. "They're patients. I'm a doctor," Hadley says. Yeah, that didn't seem to matter when the patient was a one night stand you accused of faking her symptoms or a man in desperate need of a simple refill on his migraine medicine. House says she has a "degenerative drug unfriendly illness," although I'm not sure if he means that the illness is unfriendly to degenerative drugs or if it's a degenerative illness that's unfriendly to drugs in general or if it's a degenerative drug illness and Hadley is unfriendly. "Everything's not some fascinating character flaw," Hadley says. Too true. This, for example, is a character flaw that's very boring. With that, Hadley feels the effects of Capsaicin and whines in pain. House's sympathetic response? "I woulda bet money you had herpes."
With that, he turns to Jason with his syringe and tries once again to figure out what pushed Jason over the edge. This time, he guesses that Jason's illness caused him to get fired. Jason says he just wants his answer without saying why. Then the pain he feels from the Capsaicin indicates that his illness is still undiagnosed.
Kumar and Taub enter Jason's apartment. Kumar notes several thousand dollars worth of unpaid medical bills on Jason's desk. Taub says he has debt too, but he isn't taking hostages for it. Why does Taub have debt? Isn't he kind of rich? Perhaps he's just really bad with money, as evidenced by how he didn't notice when his wife squirreled away $85,000 in a secret bank account. Kumar says it's not an excuse for Jason's actions, but in America there are millions of people in debt like this, so the chances that at least one of them will try something like this is high. Way to watch John Q, Kumar. Meanwhile, Taub checks out a picture of Jason's hot mom.
Foreman finishes up the lab test on Jason's white blood cell count. It's normal, which rules out infection. Except for those episodes where it doesn't.
Kumar reports in that Jason's mother has a "droopy eye, fat face, thick neck." Cameron says those are classic signs of a brain tumor. House says it's also a classic sign that Jason's mom is ugly. House says things like this because he apparently wants to get shot. Hadley weakly contributes that Jason's got a heart problem, pointing out a distended jugular vein in his neck. House is able to check Jason's pulse in two seconds and reports that it's racing. Nurse NotCarla says they need defibrillator paddles. "Or we could just do nothing," Neanderthal says, clearly not meaning to say that out loud. Jason says he's getting weaker and will start shooting. Not if you're too weak to pull the trigger, you won't! In fact, right now would be a great time for House or someone to tackle him and take the gun away and end this. While everyone outside listens in on their phones, House gives Jason a carotid massage to try to slow down his heart rate. Jason demands the paddles, but House points out that if Jason's holding onto his gun when he gets shocked, then his muscles will contract and he'll pull the trigger. Jason doesn't really care and orders the paddles to be brought in or he'll shoot House. House doubts it, saying Jason won't shoot him because he needs him. Right, House. He'll shoot someone else instead. Remember ten minutes ago? Neanderthal, of course, feels the need to state that they should just let Jason die. Now Jason's aiming the gun at him. Anytime someone wants to jump Jason, who's having, like, a heart attack or whatever, that would be nice.