Post-surgery, Cotter comes to visit with another box of peppermint bark. Ted thanks him but says he's not going back to him. What makes him think Cotter would want him? Cotter can do better than a closet case, even with his bad hair. Cotter just tells Ted not to make the "mistake" of hurting Nicole. "I love her," Ted says. Cotter just looks at him like, "come on now." "Good luck," he shrugs, and leaves Ted's life, probably forever. Cotter passes Nicole in the hall. She looks in at Ted, who is very sad but probably wants everyone to think he's happy. She enters the room, and Ted says it's her birthday in three weeks, so they should "re-book the church" for a "double-header." Do people celebrate birthdays in church? Nicole's not really feeling it. Ted doesn't understand why, saying that just a few days ago they were at the altar and "perfectly happy." Uh ... does he really not see what's changed between then and now? Ted is just weird. Nicole says she really thinks that Ted still loves Cotter. Ted promises her that he's not gay. And he knows he can promise her that because he believes it's a choice, and he made his to be straight. Nicole says she made her choice, too. She leaves. Ted protests, saying he wants to marry her. More importantly, he "has" to marry her. "Nick!" he calls after her, as she exits his room and leaves. He even called her a guy's name. How could he not realize he's gay?
Taub watches Nicole go with an eBay package in his hand. House appears from behind a wall to remind Taub that tonight is Friday night, which means fake pottery class and apparently real sex with Maya. But no, not this time, Taub says. He broke up with Maya and he's really hoping it'll stick. I do too, so we won't have to watch another Taub cheating storyline. With that, Taub hands his package of napkin rings to House to "thank" him for trying to save his marriage. House thinks he should have gotten a better present than napkin rings, but Taub points out that they are very expensive. House leaves them on the counter. Nurse Jeffrey picks the box up for himself because he knows you don't just throw away a perfectly good set of napkin rings.