The plumber is back. This time, it's because House set his kitchen on fire to get his pipes fixed for free, since, as House is all too happy to point out, accidental fire damage is covered under his policy. Thus, the pipe that melted will have to be replaced, along with the pipe over House's bedroom. The plumber agrees, and happily notes that while House's pipes were not damaged in the fire, his neighbor's were. So they'll be getting free pipe repair while House is still stuck with a broken shower pipe. And now he has to pay the deductible.
Suffering Jeff montage.
House comes into work the next morning to find Jeff's wife waiting for him. Taking Jeff off of the pain meds didn't work, so House did, in fact, unnecessarily torture him for no reason. They've put Jeff back on them, but now Jeff's wife has finally come over to Jeff and Zach's side and thinks Jeff should be put out of his misery. But House is sure there's an answer for Jeff's condition. The wife isn't. She thought House would understand chronic pain because of his leg and figure this out. But he can't, nor can he admit that he wouldn't kill himself if he was in Jeff's place. The wife tearfully (but without actual tears in her eyes) tells him to discharge Jeff. House agrees.
Hadley doesn't want to give up, but the other Cottages are fine with it. I agree with Hadley. It's stupid to kill yourself if you don't even know what's wrong or that it can't be easily fixed. If you know you're going to die anyway and the pain will only get worse, that's one thing. But to give up because the physical pain is too much to bear without knowing for sure that it won't get better or when is just as bad as the people who kill themselves because they're in intolerable mental pain. It's got to really piss Hadley off to know that there are people out there who choose to kill themselves when she would do anything to stay alive. Meanwhile, House lies in bed, staring up at his broken ceiling.
His shower is working again, thanks to a bribe to the plumber that cost more than the cost to fix it himself. House says it's the principle of the thing -- he paid his insurance premiums for nine years, so when his pipe breaks, they're going to pay for it. Even if it mean he pays, too. The plumber asks if House is happy. "Nope. But I'm right," House says. They both head into House's bedroom, and as the guy scratches his nuts, House has an epiphany. He tells the guy to show himself out and not to touch the piano with his nut-scratchers.