While House is out of town for a few days, the rest of the Cottages tend to the patient of the week, who is coughing up blood and has a house full of crap. Literally -- he's a hoarder and his house is packed with stuff, up to and including raccoon poop. Oh, and his wife, despite her attempts to hide from the Cottages on their usual break-in inspection. The wife is suffering from the same symptoms as her husband, so both are treated for Q fever, presumably caught from the raccoons hanging out and pooping in their house. The husband recovers, but his wife, who, it turns out, is the hoarder and not her husband, continues to decline. When Masters figures out that she's had several secret miscarriages, she comes up with a diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. The hoarding was the wife's way of dealing with her grief over the miscarriages, and then both spouses got sick from the raccoons hiding in the hoard. The wife stayed sick after the treatment because of the Ehlers-Danlos. Somehow.
But we don't spend much time with them anyway, because Hadley is finally back and getting all the camera time. It turns out that she's been in jail for the last year, and House surprises her by picking her up at the gates and bringing her to a Spud Gun competition to try to find out what she went to jail for. Eventually, she reveals that she has a brother who also has Huntington's (that family has NO LUCK). Or rather, she had a brother. She doesn't anymore, because she killed him. That's what she went to jail for. She feels very sad and alone about this, so House generously offers to assist her death when the time comes.
House pulls his beat-up old car into the parking lot of a New Jersey Correctional Facility and pays off a cab driver to leave without the fare he's waiting for. House waits for the jail doors to open and the latest release to be set free. It turns out that this is a women's correctional facility, and the woman being discharged today is Hadley. Sigh. I'm sure there are people out there who like this character and/or the actress who portrays her, but I'm not a big fan of either and was enjoying my time away from her. I'm sad to see it has finally come to an end. I was really hoping Olivia Wilde would pull a Katherine Heigl and leave the show to shoot a few movies and just not come back. In fairness to her fans, I will try not to hate on her all over this recap. "Try" being the operative word.
Despite being in jail for the past six months, Hadley managed to get some bangs and is wearing makeup, even though all the women on those inside prison shows I watch on Discovery Channel always have bad hair and no makeup. Maybe New Jersey jails are different. Hadley doesn't seem particularly surprised to see House waiting for her as she strolls up to him and takes his offer of a freshly-poured martini. She quickly down the entire glass and makes a series of emotionless pouty faces.
While Hadley enjoys the fresh air out her car window for the first time in six months, House asks the inevitable question: what did she do to wind up in jail? Of course, Hadley is going to be all mysterious and not tell him until the end of the episode. All she'll tell him for now is the charge she went to jail for: "excessive prescribing." You can get charged for that? House and the Cottages had better watch out then, because they excessively prescribe unnecessary drugs for all of their patients every episode. House already knows what the charge was, but he doesn't know what Hadley excessively prescribed, to who, and why.
Back at PPTH, the Cottages are pleased to find out that House is planning on being away for three days, as this means they all get three days off, too. Unless, of course, Martha happens to ruin everyone's fun with a new case: a 36-year-old teacher who is coughing up blood. They don't care about him and try to pack up and leave the room, but it's too late: Martha has already called House and has him on speaker phone. House offers the phone to Hadley, who shakes her head and doesn't speak. House decides to respect her wishes and does not tell the Cottages that she's in the car. Instead, he asks for the details on their new patient. Martha says the patient is coughing blood and has other flu-like symptoms, but the ER already ruled out the most likely suspects. Foreman just wants to know where House is. He says he's on his way to the Greater Synecdoche Chili Cook-Off and Spud Gun Competition. Of course. Taub assumes this is House's honeymoon, which gets a raised eyebrow of surprise from Hadley, who apparently did not receive an invite to the wedding. House says Dominica is off somewhere with her boyfriend. Wait, when did she get a boyfriend? Wasn't she just trying to sleep with House last episode? Isn't part of her deal with House that she provides sexual favors? I wonder if we'll ever see her again, or her divorce from House will be casually mentioned in the beginning of Season 8.