House starts talking about their new patient, but Cameron frantically interrupts to ask what he's going to do. "I thought I'd get your theories, mock them, then embrace my own -- the usual," says House. I wonder if I can just cut and paste that line into every interaction House has with his employees. It would certainly save me some time. Foreman says that they all know Wilson "ratted" on House, and that Foreman considers what Wilson did to be a betrayal. And yet, Foreman doesn't seem to consider House's punching Chase in the face to be anything out of the ordinary. Foreman also thinks House should take the deal. House ignores him and tries to talk about the patient. He says that Cuddy thinks the lung collapse was idiopathic, and reminds them that you can't spell "idiopathic" without "idiot." Nor can you spell "take the deal so you don't go to jail. I." Chase tries to talk over his gigantic jaw bruise, saying that he would guess TB, but it's been ruled out. House says that Chase is as much of an idiot as Cuddy is. Chase leaves the room to press charges for assault. Okay, he doesn't. But he could, and House might want to keep that in mind. Then again, Chase might also want to look into working for someone who doesn't attack him. House tells the kids to focus their efforts on the specific type of dwarfism their patient has. Cameron's the first to figure it out, using her Mad Immunologist Skillz to say that CHH dwarves often have compromised immune systems. House awards her a gold star, and she leaves to pin it up next to all the other gold stars she's earned since nursery school that you know she still has. Cameron explains that a compromised immune system could have given Abigail a false negative on her TB test. House leaves to do some other TB test on the girl. Cameron runs after him. Foreman and Chase sit around thinking about how much they hate their lives.
While Cameron explains to Abigail how a gallium scan works, House tries to measure Maddy's height with his cane. With a roll of the eyes, she tells him that she's 4'1", which is 1.5 canes in metric. Maddy is officially awesome. House asks Maddy about Abigail's dad and how his average-sized self went about having sex with her. Cameron gawks. I love how House continues to shock people with his off-color inappropriate comments. Three seasons on, and they're still like "what what WHAT?!" at the stuff he says. It's refreshing. House keeps right on going, asking Maddy whether she stood on a table to have sex. "House!" says Cameron. "He'd lay [sic] flat and spin me," Maddy retorts with a sassy flip of her hair. "Mom!" Abigail cries. Oh, dude, if that were my mom, I really think I would have tried to dig a hole in the ground I could disappear into. House just stares at Maddy admiringly. Is this a love connection I see?