House returns to the meeting room, where Cameron informs him that despite the fact that Hannah is now fully rejecting the liver, her white count is normal. This is significant: after all Hannah's been through, her white count should be extremely low. So whatever she has, it's making her body produce enough white blood cells to bring the count up to a normal range. It's some kind of infection. Suggestions are thrown around, Cameron scoffing at Foreman's because she doesn't like him right now. Foreman wonders whether Hannah or Max could have gotten something exotic and lied about not leaving the state in the last year. He asks Cameron whether she talked to any of their neighbors, friends, or family. Cameron snaps at him that he should read her notes to find out the answer to his question, and also steal more stuff for his next article. Hey, you know what's morally wrong? Taking time to fight over your personal bullshit while your patient is dying by the second, Cameron. House wonders where that dog has been. Cameron checks the file and reports that they got it from a breeder at the "Blue Barrel Kennels." Fortunately, a blue barrel is the name of a cactus, which gives them a good idea of where those kennels are located.
And with this information alone, House goes over to Hannah and does the "got your nose!" trick. For some strange reason, Hannah is not amused by it. House looks for the nose he pretended to steal from her face in some very strange places, such as Hannah's armpits. He doesn't find a nose, but he does find a bubo. What's a bubo, you ask? I'll give you hint: you can't spell "bubonic plague" without "bubo." Without bothering to put gloves on, House sticks a needle in the horrible red nodule, draws some fluid from it, and gives it to Chase to take to the lab. He should also call the CDC. "And tell 'em what?" Chase asks. Idiot. Even I knew where this was going. "We have a patient with the plague," says House. Before I saw this episode, my mother -- who, by virtue of living on the East Coast, sees it three hours before I do -- sent me an email with a link to a breaking news story about a case of the plague in Los Angeles. "How timely!" she wrote. I hadn't seen the episode yet, and therefore assumed she meant the timing of me moving to Los Angeles and the Black Death being found there, so I was very angry with her indeed until I saw this part of the show and realized what she actually meant. And so I'd like to make a public apology to my mother for all the horrible things I thought about her when I thought she wanted me to die of the plague. Thank you.