Upon entering Apple's room, House is greatly annoyed to find her chart missing. So he rings the emergency button. A nurse comes running and is pissed off when House tells her he used the emergency button because he needed someone to fetch him a chart. Meanwhile, PPTH is a pretty damn good hospital if its nurses actually come -- and quickly! -- when a patient presses the emergency button. In House's defense, the chart is not at the end of Apple's bed where it's supposed to be and his leg hurts when he has to limp around looking for it. On the other hand, when the nurse does give him the chart, he asks her to bring him some peppermint tea. Cute, but I can't help but think how much better that scene would have been if it was Evil Nurse Brenda House bossed around. She would have taken that chart and shoved it up House's ass and then thrown scalding hot peppermint tea on his crotch. Whatever happened to her? I miss her so.
House tells Apple he needs her to sign a consent form for chemo. Apple is alarmed to find out that she has cancer, to which House says she doesn't. Instead of lying to her that they definitively found evidence of cancer, he goes the confusion route and says that he won't tell her anything one way or the other because he's worried there will be a placebo effect if Apple knows for sure that she has cancer. But Apple goes for it, thinking she has cleverly figured out that there are tests saying she has cancer but House won't tell her so that the chemo can work on its own and they don't think it's working when it isn't. Apple signs the consent form. That was way too complicated. He should've just lied that she had cancer.
As Apple signs the papers, she decides to chat with House about her life before the transplant. She had 20/200 vision and was practically blind. House tells her he doesn't want or need to hear anything about her even though that's what always solves the case for him. He says she's a math teacher now and he figures she was a blind math teacher then. Oh, but wait -- Apple says she was an architect before the transplant. This seems to get House's interest why would she give up an architect career after she was able to see? Apple says the world she saw was ugly. And therefore didn't deserve her building designs, I guess. She asks House if he thinks the world would be any different if his leg was fine, or if he would be any different. He says no to the first question and doesn't have an answer to the second. Apple continues that the doctors told her the world would be amazing once she could see, but it wasn't. Her parents were still dead and she was still alone. Yeah, but those parents named you Apple, so they kind of deserve to die. "You're fun," House says. Ha ha ha. "You don't seem all that different," Apple says. "I haven't given up," House says. Except for all those times when he kinda did. Three cheers for House actually spending time with his patient and connecting with her! I always like that, unless it's a rape victim. Then it sucks.