Sick Miss Radfafa lies in her sickbed sickly. The camera tracks in on Miss Radfafa's face. And in...and in...and it's getting kinda close there...and we're up her nose. Robin Tunney nose hair enthusiasts, this is your lucky day! The Magic School Bus Cam continues its travels and we pass either a booger or Miss Radfafa's brain, and then go inside that and through blood vessels and into the neuron-y section and then we're looking at the latest CAT scan of Miss Radfafa's head, which only shows that she has a lesion. House's team of young, hot, infectious disease doctors are gathered around, and, led by Dr. Eric Foreman, played by Omar "Dr. Trainface" Epps, are kind of put off by House's policy of avoiding talking to the patient at all costs, because patients, like all humans, LIE.
House says he doesn't think Miss Radfafa has a brain tumor. Any other suggestions? Hunky Aussie Dr. Robert Chase, dressed in an unfortunate plaid-on-plaid shirt and jacket ensemble, says it could be aneurysm or a stroke. That's cute, but I'd think that after a MONTH, both of those would have been ruled out. Dr. Allison Cameron, the impossibly beautiful female member of the team, suggests Mad Cow Disease. Foreman suggests Wernicke's encephalopathy, but House says that the blood tests have shown that her thiamine level was normal (the cause of WE is acute thiamine deficiency). Foreman points out that labs screw tests up as much as people lie. As someone who worked in a medical lab, I have to say I'm a little offended by all this talk of incompetent labs and faulty test results. Then again, as someone who worked in a medical lab, I have to say I'm completely in support of all this talk of incompetent labs and faulty test results. House takes a minute to be impressed by the distrust of fellow man that he has created in one of his underlings, and then orders the blood tests to be redrawn and a contrast MRI to be scheduled. And so it was.
House tries to leave for the night, but he's caught at the elevator by some angry woman wearing the kind of power business suit that screams...well, "POWER BUSINESS SUIT." She's Dr. Lisa Cuddy, and House totally skipped out on a meeting he was supposed to have with her. House says he had no intention of being in any meeting, and walks into the elevator, considering the matter closed. He's greatly annoyed to see her follow him in, and becomes even more so when she starts in on how, as his supervisor and the signer of his paychecks, she's getting a little sick of the fact that House hasn't really been doing any work lately. And by "lately," she means "in the last six years." Six YEARS?! You have to respect a guy who gets away with that much slacking off for that long. House defends himself by saying that he comes to work five days a week, eight hours a day, and his eight hours are up for today so he's going home. "To what?" Cuddy retorts. Ouch. The elevator opens, and House tries his best to escape the annoying woman with a quick limp by the large Benefactors board. But she follows him, saying that his stellar reputation has gotten him by this long: "But your reputation won't last if you don't do your job. The clinic is part of your job. I want you to do your job." And I want a job where my employer has to beg me to do work. "But, as the philosopher Jagger once said, 'you can't always get what you want,'" House retorts, and off he goes. "I can't get no (DA NA NAAA!) satisfaction," Cuddy says.