And here's where the show takes a turn for the melodramatic. Cuddy shows up on House's doorstep. He's going through withdrawal and looking crappy. Cuddy begs him to help her out with Abigail, but House won't do it without his pills. And on one hand, it's shitty of House to care more about his pills than he does about an innocent patient's life. On the other hand, PPTH really needs to hire at least one more competent doctor so that they aren't forced to go begging to House when they're stumped. I mean, really. It's pathetic. I'll bet St. Sebastian's doesn't do this. They probably have, like, five competent doctors over there. House asks whether Cuddy would rather let a patient die than give House his pills. She says she'd rather lose one patient now than however many will die when House is in prison. That's a good point, although I have a feeling Maddy and Abigail wouldn't be so thrilled with it. House slams the door in Cuddy's face. She's shocked.
Cuddy, Wilson, and the Cottages meet in Cuddy's office to figure out what's wrong with Abigail. Cameron takes a second to gloat over the fact that House was totally right and they're killing Abigail by depriving him of his Vicodin, and then everyone gets down to business. Chase suggests Langerhans cell histiocytosis, and is dismissed by Foreman, who says that usually starts in the brain and Abigail has no neurological symptoms. Wilson suggests Hodgkin's lymphoma, much to Cameron's eye-rolling disgust. She knocks the oncologist for only coming up with cancer diagnoses, and then proceeds to make an autoimmune disease diagnosis when she's an immunologist. House's Christmas present to me: Cameron is her Season 1 ridiculous self and I get to have much fun making fun of her. Thanks, guys! Cameron is so desperate to shoot down Wilson's theories that she even suggests lupus, which it never is. They squabble for a while, and then Cuddy finally breaks up the fight and tells Wilson to do an LP for lymphoma, and has the Cottages run an antibody test for lupus, which it never is. As for Cuddy, she'll be sighing sadly and looking tired and torn.
Wilson tells Maddy that they'll be doing an LP a little higher up on Abigail than usual because of her dwarfism. He says that they're testing her for both cancer and lupus, and she starts to figure out that they have no idea what's killing her daughter. "We have several theories," says Wilson, trying to look knowledgeable. Maddy asks for House, and is told by stammering crap liar Wilson that House "had to go home sick." Maddy says that House had better be really freaking sick to go home instead of saving her daughter's life. Wilson says that he is. Yeah, he's sick, all right. Sick of you!