Cuddy finds House outside the Clinic getting ready to leave work at the early hour of 11 am. Foreman already tattled to her about House's marrow destruction order, and she wants to know what his problem is, and if he's killing his patient because she's dating Lucas. WOW, Cuddy sure is self-absorbed! Having two men after her has really gone to her head. House just leaves, totally undermining Cuddy's authority on his way out the door.
Guess who else isn't at work? Chase, who's sitting on House's front steps waiting for him to say he wants back on the team. After all that, he isn't guaranteed a spot. House says he has four candidates and three openings.
We have some time to fill, so let's show Hank being wheeled to the marrow-zapping chamber in dramatic slow-motion with added bonus upside-down camera trickery!
Okay, that's enough. Hadley gets a call from the Community Health Clinic that shows the people working there are either desperate, poor judges of character, or both, because they "loved meeting" Hadley and want to offer her the job. Instead of calling them back to accept, however, Hadley's eyes drift over to her fax machine and the fax from PPTH that fell on the floor but then somehow floated back up on the shelf where it can be seen clearly. Something else that can be seen clearly is a book called Disease Free at 60 Plus. Way to be optimistic, Hadley! I think if I had a terminal disease that pretty much ensured I'd never see my sixties I'd buy books like Old Age Sucks! Why Dying Young is Awesome or Oh No, Osteoperosis! or perhaps I Drive Slowly and Badly, Can't Hear Anything, Have to Buy Adult Diapers, and Don't Understand Current Technology: There is No Such Thing as Aging Gracefully. But that's just me. And I won't have to deal with any of those age-related problems because I totally bought Disease Free At 60 Plus so I'm going to be in tip-top condition when the time comes. I'll have to, since retirement won't be an option what with Social Security being as non-existent as my retirement savings. Anyway, Hadley reads over the fax.
And over at the plastic surgery office, Taub has to listen to some woman with too many years and too much money yammer on about how she should get rid of her crow's feet until he tells her to sit tight and searches through his garbage for the fax.
House is in the marrow-zapping booth with Foreman, Chase, and Cameron as Hank gets ready to die. House says he thinks they're wrong about this just as his phone rings. It's Taub and Hadley conference-calling in with their diagnosis. Yes, they put their heads together and realized that Foreman's diagnosis is wrong, which isn't that impressive considering the fact that everyone including House has already admitted as much. But wait there's more! Hadley and Taub saw that Hank's condition declined rapidly AFTER they treated him for the worms, which makes them think that those worms were actually helping him. Even though he wasn't feeling so hot when he had the worms in the first place. And also, they are worms. Worms inside your garden are helpful. Worms inside your body are HORRIBLE. Taub and Hadley go on to explain that Hank has extraintestinal Crohn's disease, which he developed as a result of being raised in his overprotective parents' sterile environment. Basically, some scientists really liked Chris Rock's standup act where he talked about how starving people in Africa aren't allergic to food like spoiled fat Americans are and came up with a hypothesis based on it: people in the developed world suffer from much higher incidences of autoimmune disorders than people in the developing world because our immune systems get bored and self-destructive. So the worms actually gave Hank's immune system something to do for a while, thus keeping his Crohn's disease at bay. But when they killed the worms, his autoimmune system came back with a vengeance. They'll give him steroids and a glass o'worms and he'll be just fine.