Back at PPTH, Taub asks Foreman how things went with Cuddy. Foreman says she shot him down, and he has no choice but to hope for a raise in August. "That's what I would do. But I'm a coward," Taub says. They're within three feet of the exit when their pagers go off. Eddie brought Mickey to the PPTH ER with a fever of 105. Meanwhile, where are Chase and Hadley? Did they just give up and go home after the ticket or did they get sent to jail?
Back from the break, Taub says they got Mickey's fever down with the help of "soft steroids," whatever those are. Chase says this only proves that House was right and Mickey's problem is environmental after all, since he got worse when he went home. Hadley exposits that her car was impounded by the police. The hell? For going through a red light? Did she have major unpaid parking tickets or something? That sucks! It's also, as House says, "amusing." I hope she got her car back, or else she'll have to take the bus. A cab is right out, since all area cab drivers hate her. House takes note of Foreman's absence and guesses it must have something to do with the paycheck practical joke he already figured out the Cottages are playing on him. He congratulates them on a job well done, then gets back to the patient. He says he's abandoning his environmental theory since Mickey wasn't at home for long enough to get sicker from something there, and the fever suggests an infection. And that means it's lumbar puncture time!