Ugly Husband is not thrilled to hear that his wife might have syphilis. Taub thinks he's just worried that he got it from her and reassures him that it's at a stage where it is no longer contagious, and hasn't been for a long time. But Ugly Husband, unlike everyone else on this show, is more concerned about someone else than he is himself. Hadley breezily tells him that Valerie could have been born with this syphilis, and so wouldn't have gotten it by cheating on him. Valerie suddenly starts coughing. This is usually leads to blood all over the place, but this time she just waits for Ugly Husband to go off and fetch her a glass of water before stopping and turning to Hadley in a most creepy manner to ask if she feels threatened by her. Hadley's taken aback, but says no. Valerie says she should be, because if Ugly Husband finds out what Valerie told them about Russ, she will make sure that Hadley never practices medicine again and sue the pants off of her and the hospital. Meanwhile, Taub is just standing there all, "I am so glad I wasn't stupid enough to get on the psychopath's bad side." Hadley looks sort of startled, and Valerie tells her to freeze with that expression so she can use it for herself, as she has to imitate other people's emotions since she doesn't have her own. She moves her face imperceptibly and gasps in a perfect imitation of Hadley. I love Valerie! I know she can't love me back, but that's okay. I love her so much that I don't even mind that she's giving Hadley lots of camera time. Ugly Husband returns with a glass of water and Valerie goes right back into fake loving wife mode. Hadley abruptly asks for Valerie's arm to take some blood, but when she turns it around, only the lower half of Valerie's forearm goes with her. The other stays in place. OOPS! Hadley just broke the hell out of Valerie's arm.
After the commercial, the Cottages and House return to the meeting room. House says Valerie called Cuddy, who apparently has free time to take calls from patients, to demand that Hadley be taken off her case for breaking her arm and stuff. House says he backed Hadley up to Cuddy because he has faith in her. This is clearly a load of bullshit, but Hadley is too freaked out by her amazing arm-breaking superpowers to notice and just says "thanks" sincerely. Taub, on the other hand, takes one look at Valerie's latest test results and notes that she's in kidney failure, thus causing her to have brittle bones. So Hadley isn't a superhero after all. But how freaking bad does kidney failure have to be to make someone's bones that brittle? And for how long? And no one noticed this before? Maybe Cuddy should have taken Hadley off the case. And House and the other Cottages. Kidney failure isn't exactly hard to detect.