House and the Cottages narrow the baby mystery ailment down to a bacterial infection that is resistant to the broad-spectrum antibiotics they've been administering thus far. Today's disease specials are MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), pseudomonas, VRE (Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus), and H. (Haemophilus) flu. Cultures will give them a definitive answer, but they take forty-eight hours to run, and the babies don't have that long. So House prescribes two powerful antibiotics that cover all four. Well, if those kids don't have one of those antibiotic-resistant infections, they will soon.
Max's parents watch as their baby is wheeled away from them and down a long hall. The director does some Alfred Hitchcock-style zoom-in-while-tracking-back (or is it the other way around? I hope my film professors aren't reading this) separate shots of the baby leaving and the parents watching.
Baby gets an MRI. Or should I say, the animatronic robo-stunt-baby gets an MRI. It's a little more sophisticated than the house band at Chuck E. Cheese, but technology still has not progressed to the point where robo-stunt-babies look real.
Cameron tells a female couple, one of whom is clutching a TEDDY BEAR OF DEATH DEATH DEATTTHHHH in her hands, that the MRIs didn't tell them anything, so they're starting the antibiotics. The Moms ask how sick their baby is. Cameron responds with some numbers that don't mean anything to non-doctors. When they ask for clarification, Cameron stutters and Foreman has to step up and give them the bad news that their baby's low BP means he is having trouble getting enough oxygen to his vital organs. The birth mother asks if this is because she had a cold last month. Cameron has no problem telling people things that make them feel better, so she doesn't hesitate before she says that this is not Mom's fault.
Once they're away from the Moms, Foreman lectures Cameron on her suckiness at delivering bad news. She doesn't really have a problem with her problem, her defense being that bad news is really hard for people to hear. "It's easier to die than to watch someone die," she says. Sure thing, Cammy. I can't really disagree with you, though, seeing as how there are no dead people I can ask to make the comparison. Cameron somehow manages to walk away despite carrying the crushingly heavy weight of her Big Issues.
Cuddy's team of med students swab the hospital decks. Wilson's hanging around for no reason other than to argue the futility of this exercise. Cuddy says it's not like the med students have anything else to do, since there aren't any babies to deliver. Thus far, all they've turned up is the fact that the antibacterial gel dispensers are out of service. Oh, and that the med students haven't been properly instructed on the importance of wearing tie clips, as one of them is stupidly letting his tie dangle into the sink drain while he swabs a faucet. "Put on a tie clip or take the damn thing off," Cuddy warns him.