With that, Wilson walks in to yell at House for putting a possum in his bathtub. House claims to have no idea what Wilson is talking about, while the Cottages sit there and mostly likely think "another prank war between House and Wilson? Haven't we seen this like six times already?" I know that's what I'm thinking! Wilson says the possum "broke tiles, gashed the walls, and pooped everywhere." Aside from the pooping part, I think he's exaggerating. Possums look gross, but they're really not all that dangerous or destructive. For example, when I accidentally ran one over with my car, it didn't even puncture the tire. "Expect a bill for repairs. And payback," Wilson promises. I think he should send that bill to the people who made his condo, as they obviously built it out of paper for a small rather docile rodent to be able to do so much damage to it so quickly. Wilson leaves on that dramatic note, and House orders the Cottages to test Marcus's diagnosis by putting 77 on a treadmill to stress his heart "until it stops." Yes, because that worked out so well for Hank Gathers. But House thinks this is the only way they'll be able to prove to 77 that his heart simply can't handle the demands of football. If he survives it, I'm sure he'll be grateful.
Foreman runs to Cuddy to tattle on House for hiring his brother. Seriously, when has that ever worked? People are consistently telling on House to Cuddy and it only screws them over. How has Foreman not yet learned this? For her part, Cuddy doesn't see how Marcus getting a job can be a bad thing and thinks the problem is more that Foreman is letting House get to him. Foreman sighs and tells Cuddy that he can't trust his brother, since the last time he got out of prison, he stole money from their parents to buy drugs, robbed a liquor store, and stole a bunch of expensive cars. This is his brother's pattern of behavior, and Foreman is not about to give him an opportunity to screw up again. Which I'm sure he'll have since the PPTH Security guards totally suck and lawsuit-terrified Cuddy isn't going to fire a guy because of his past actions. I just want to know why she approved of House getting an assistant in the first place. He doesn't need (nor has he ever wanted) one, and I thought PPTH was all about saving money? Surely he only wanted an assistant to screw with someone, and Cuddy should have realized that and turned down House's request.
Wilson returns to House's office to report that the possum did over $1700 worth of damage. A possum? Really? I wonder if the writers originally put a wild boar in the script but the animal casting department could only get a possum and they forgot to change it. What Wilson really came to talk to House about, though, is something that's none of his business: why he's jerking Foreman around. House says it's fun, then blames Wilson for the possum because he apparently left his window open. Right, because possums are always climbing into people's homes to hang out in their bathtubs. Sure. Wilson begs to differ on the first point, saying House must have a deeper motive than simply enjoying himself. House claims he's trying to get information on Foreman's past that he'll be able to use against him somewhere down the line. Wilson thinks House's motives are much more pure: he's trying to bring Foreman and his brother together. House protests this as Chase and Taub enter to tell House that they failed at the treadmill test off-camera, as 77 is in such good shape that they couldn't get his heart rate high enough to cause cardiac arrest. He's in good shape, and yet he's fat? How does that work, exactly? "Your boss is secretly a very nice man," Wilson informs them on his way out the door. "I know," Taub says, always eager to suck up.