Inside Jeff's room, the conversation is not going as Taub planned. Jeff doesn't get suspicious or admit that he's been caught. Instead, he says the STD test he took for the Peace Corps. must have been wrong. I'd be kind of upset if I'd been walking around for at least ten years with syphilis because the Peace Corps. couldn't get their STD-testing act together, but not Jeff. He's nice. Deb doesn't seem to mind too much either, even though this should mean that she, too, has syphilis. "What other explanation is there?" Jeff says. Kumar invites Deb to talk in the hall, where she is quick to deny sleeping around. If that's the case, Kumar says, then shouldn't she be really mad at Jeff, since he must have? That's a good point, but Deb only non-answers that when you meet someone who's "too nice," you get annoyed because he reminds you of everything you're not. And then you ask yourself why you can't be too nice as well, and fall in love with the "naïve idiot" and become a better person. A better person who doesn't mind her husband sleeping around, apparently. Then she asks the real question, the one that's been on her mind from the beginning; "do you really think I've been in love all these years with a symptom?" She's upset, but it could be worse. What if she was really shallow and fell in love with a guy because she found his huge balls really sexy, only to find out it was elephantiasis? At least she fell in love with something worth falling in love with. It is embarrassing that it's an STD, though. Kumar just says that as they treat the syphilis, the lesions on Jeff's brain will clear up and his personality could change. Deb says she knows her husband is truly nice and isn't worried, except that she sounds really worried. Kumar reminds her that she probably has syphilis, too. Double worries for Deb! And no nurses around to do the blood test, either.>
At the cafeteria, Kumar doesn't understand why when House is super-mean, it's healthy, but Jeff is only super-nice because his brain is ridden with syphilis. Taub says he can prove it, and asks Kumar for five bucks. Kumar hands the money over readily and Taub keeps it, thereby displaying how "niceness" is a shortcoming. I wouldn't call that "niceness," though. Niceness would be if Taub said he needed five dollars for food for his starving children in Africa and Kumar gave it up. This was just Kumar being a dope. There is a difference. "Being an ass generally turns a profit," Taub concludes. Foreman pretends to chuckle and gets down to business, asking Kumar to take off so he can give Taub his performance review. Taub tells Kumar to stick around, as there will be no performance review because Foreman is not their boss. If he wants to give Taub a peer review, he's more than welcome, although Taub gets to give his first: "you demonstrate a great air of confidence, which is really pissing me off." Heh heh. I like Taub. He has no need for performance reviews. He's been a doctor longer than Foreman and Kumar put together. Foreman says he was authorized by House to do this, to which Taub tells Foreman to buy a clue and realize that House only did that because he knew the New Cottages wouldn't go for it and it'd just make Foreman feel like a nothing: "he gave you authority to keep you in your place," Taub summarizes. And really, Foreman should've known that by now. Kumar isn't paying attention to either of them, as he's had a brainstorm about Jeff: if there's something wrong with Jeff, then there must be something wrong with House. I agree! House has a bad case of notsurewheretogowiththeshowitis. Symptoms include deviating from the medical mystery platform that made it a success and veering off into cartoon sitcom plots like House and CTB fighting over custody of Wilson that make you question the competence, sanity, and likeability of all characters involved. Also, a having a character dye her hair blonde and not telling anyone why.