Then House catches a glimpse of another file: the man we saw in the pre-opening credits who House kindly calls "Stephen Hawking." Wilson the Oncologist of Suck says that's a dead-end case: the guy had brain cancer, and was given surgery to remove it that left him in his present condition. Way to remove that cancer and make life better for your patient, there, Wilson! I'm sure the last eight years of communicating solely through blinking and almost complete paralysis have been a real blast. Despite Wilson's protests, House takes his case as well.
Wilson follows House into the Clinic to ask him whether he's second-guessing Wilson's mad cancer doctor skills. Meanwhile, my nemesis, director Deran Sarafian's name pops up on the screen, which means we can all look forward to people falling out of frame while speaking and shots of the backs of people's heads during important moments and other poorly-chosen conspicuous directorial decisions. Sure enough, as House and Wilson walk down the hall, the camera tilts slightly and Wilson hovers around the very edge of the frame. I guess ketamine comas don't work for directors. House says he isn't doubting that the guy had cancer, but he does find his suicide attempt odd. Wilson doesn't; he calls the guy a "lump" and a lost cause, so why wouldn't he want to die? House says that he's changed since being shot twice and wants to help the guy by operating on his atrophied muscles and alleviating some of his pain. Then he runs up the stairs and away from Wilson. Because he can.
After a shower, a rather nattily-dressed House enters the Meeting Room to brief the Cottages on their newest case. Cameron, of course, wants to exchange pleasantries like "welcome back" and "you look..." which Foreman finishes with a "healthy." Will Foreman never stop ripping poor Cameron off? For his part, Chase gives House the most awkward pat on the arm/back area ever. Thanks for your silent contributions, Chase! I see we can look forward to yet another season of non-existence from you. House tries to get back to business, but Cameron wants to grill him on the particulars of the criminal investigation against the guy who shot House, who, it seems has never been caught. UNBELIEVABLE. Chase and Foreman get the hint and start diagnosing the yoga patient, but Cameron's got some new bangs and hot Capri pants and she will not be stopped! While House gets a good look at the bloodstain PPTH's inept cleaning crew failed to remove in the two months since it got there, she asks House about his new pain-free and completely functional leg. PPTH's cleaning crew is still one million times better at their jobs than the security team, by the way. Or, for that matter, the New Jersey police. How does someone walk into a crowded public area, open fire, and not get caught?!