Apparently the answer was more than Foreman, as he runs to Cuddy's office to demand a raise. Cuddy totally blows him off, rudely texting away on her phone as she says they can discuss this in August. Foreman says he's making less than the other Cottages and now that they know it, they'll never respect him. I don't think they respected him in the first place, though. Cuddy says she can't discuss her employees' salaries. Also, doesn't PPTH have an HR department for stuff like this? I think the Dean of Medicine should really be considered too important and busy to deal with petty shit like this. Then again, there are only six people who work at PPTH, so she might as well. "It's not fair," Foreman whines. Cuddy says salaries aren't about fairness, and since Foreman isn't hirable anywhere else, he should take what he can get.
Taub and Hadley return to House's office to say the test for Carotid Stenosis came back negative, of course. House is too busy listening to the bug he planted in Mickey's room, hoping Mickey will reveal where they can find his stash and thus what is making him sick. Yes, he's still stuck on the coke-lacing diagnosis no matter what the Cottages say, and only agreed with Hadley's diagnosis because it gave him an opportunity to plant a bug in Mickey's room while they took him off to test for it. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Mickey doesn't have health insurance, so I'm sure he'll appreciate the extra thousands of dollars House's little ploy just tacked onto his bill. Which there's no way he'll be able to pay anyway, which is why Cuddy has to implement these cost-saving measures that ultimately screw Foreman over. Anyway, the bug quickly fires back some nasty loud feedback and House decides to give up on it and lie to Mickey that they'll test his blood for weeks until they find the toxin they're sure he's been poisoned with. Unless he tells them the truth now, in which case he'll save a lot of time and money.
Mickey responds to this by demanding to be discharged. Well, that's one way to avoid weeks of tests. He drives away in his Land Rover and is followed by Hadley and Chase, who were apparently expecting this reaction. Hadley is enjoying the adventure, saying it's better than sitting in a lab all day. Chase begs to differ, then criticizes Hadley's following ability, saying she's too close to Mickey's car. She backs off, and then they reveal that they don't make more than Foreman after all -- this was all a big practical joke they planned to have fun at his expense. Yeah, that's a lot of fun. I'm sure Foreman thought it was just hilarious when his boss's boss told him he wasn't worth anything. Also, this isn't a surprise to me because my stupid DVR said in the episode info that this was going to happen. Thanks a lot, DVR. Hadley says they're doing it to take Foreman down a few pegs, although Chase wonders if this isn't her little mission to get back at her ex-boyfriend. At this point, she's forced to run a red light in order to stay with Mickey's car and is promptly pulled over. Chase snickers adorably. "Shut up," Hadley says. And really, it's not funny that drug dealers are free to drive the streets of Princeton and ply their illicit wares because the police are too busy pulling doctors over for minor traffic infractions.