In the meeting room, Chase explains that Mickey had an infarction in his gastro-intestinal tract caused by a clot in an artery. They removed a foot of his bowel, but he could get another clot at any moment, and this time it could be fatal. "And the moron still won't talk," House says. Taub points out that House thought Mickey was really cool until he found out he was a cop and not a drug dealer. Yes, well, House has had much better experiences with drug dealers than he has cops, hasn't he? Maybe if the cops could find out who shot him four seasons ago he'd feel differently. Also, Tritter. Chase says their patient is a hero, risking his life to put dealers in jail. House shrugs that they'll only be replaced by other dealers. Yes, but I'm sure the family of the guy Eddie killed will be grateful to see him punished, don't you think? Foreman gets back to the actual case, listing the symptoms: vertigo, fever, and now thrombosis. He says they've ruled out cancer, an infection, and autoimmune diseases since Mickey showed no improvement after they gave him those steroids for his fever. All they have left is House's environmental theory, but without any samples of Mickey's environment, there are too many choices and not enough time to test for them all. Hadley says if they can't get the information they need from Mickey because he's all noble and stuff, maybe they can get it from one of his more self-serving friends.
And so, she hands Eddie a cup of coffee while he's waiting for Mickey to recover from his surgery. Eddie, meanwhile, is reading up on the latest parenting tips from Generic Parenting Magazine, as he has a six-and-a-half year-old. Right, well, I'm pretty sure that Generic Parenting Magazine does not recommend that parents be murdering drug dealers. That's sort of Step 1 to raising a happy, healthy child. Hadley decides not to comment on this, saying that Mickey seems to be getting worse and they don't think they can help him without knowing where he lives and thus where the coke stash is. Eddie doesn't want to put himself in harm's way, but Hadley points out that if it is environmental, it'll only be a matter of time before what affected Mickey starts making others sick, too. And, in fact, that matter of time is like one second, as Eddie suddenly starts feeling strange. "Are you okay?" Hadley asks with fake concern. She suggests that this could be the same thing that's affecting Mickey, but Eddie is not buying it. "Did you drug me?" he asks. "What?" Hadley asks, so guilty. Eddie figures that Hadley is hoping to trick him into feeling sick so he'll show her the coke stash location. Unfortunately for her plan, feeling drugged and feeling sick are different, and Eddie is kind of an expert on that. Busted, Hadley rolls her eyes and says Eddie will be fine in an hour. She thinks her little ploy has failed, but actually it's proven to Eddie how serious Mickey's condition must be if the doctors are willing to drug him. Um, or it proves how unprofessional PPTH is. Out of concern for Mickey, Eddie agrees to show Hadley the coke stash. Of course, it'll take an hour before he can do so, thanks to Hadley's drugs, but it's not like time is of the essence or anything.