Back in the past, Chase gets his phone call. His expression changes from confusion to shock as he listens to the other end. "What did he die of?" he asks. Pause. "That's impossible. I saw him two months ago. If he had lung cancer he would've --" and then his stepmother apparently tells him that his father didn't want to tell him about the cancer. Numb, Chase starts to put the phone down. Kayla walks in.
House says he's figuring that, now that both of Chase's parents are dead, the chances of a grief-over-parental-death-related mistake not happening again are pretty good. It then occurs to Chase that House shouldn't have had any reason to think that Chase was distracted because his dad died. Except for the fact that Chase the Elder was supposed to be a world-famous doctor whose death would, I'd assume, be widely reported in the medical community. House sighs and admits that Chase the Elder told House about the cancer and asked House not to tell Chase. Chase is kinda pissed that House "hung [him] out there to be blindsided," and it's probably House's guilt over that that's the reason he didn't fire Chase in the first place. House tells Chase that he can either tell the committee about his dad, which will let him keep his job and still give Kayla's family enough money to keep their house, or Chase can keep lying and lose his job. Just like he did with Chase's dad, House will keep his mouth shut about the truth, even though, as he points out, it's much better for House legally if Chase lies. I think he only said that because he figured Chase would be mad enough at House to tell the truth just to get House in more trouble.
House twirls his cane. Chase talks to the review board. Stacy takes a seat and asks House if Chase is telling the committee about his dad. How does Stacy know about that? Did House tell her? Didn't he just say he wasn't going to tell anyone the truth if Chase didn't want him to? House asks Stacy what happened to her advising Chase to sell him out. Stacy says she would never do that; House is her client, too. Where was this professional stance when Stacy was refusing to deal with House and telling him to sign papers that she then told Chase he shouldn't? House asks Stacy how they're supposed to deal with each other as co-workers when they have feelings for each other, be they positive or negative. I'm guessing they'll do it the way they've done it all season so far: by asking each other this question in every episode and resolving absolutely nothing until Sela Ward's guest-starring contract is done. It seems to work well enough for them, if not the viewers who are subjected to the same freaking scene over and over and over again. Stacy says her feelings for House aren't "all" negative. She loves and hates him. He will always be the one. WE KNOW. Man, I was really hoping this crap would end when Stacy found out about the therapy file theft, but no. Nothing has changed. "So, what do we do?" House asks. "I don't know," Stacy responds. Well, neither do the writers, apparently.