Of course, Stacy won't be doing anything reasonable like that, so she runs to Foreman, who's in a really bitchy mood. I guess Stacy does have that effect on people. He tells her that Chase "doesn't give a crap about his patients," and always tells them the same story about having his tonsils removed, which isn't even true. Plus, Chase makes fun of his patients the second he's out of their earshot because he wants to be just like House. Foreman -- who wears House's sneakers and is more like House than anyone else on this show -- doesn't think House is someone to aspire to being. Stacy wisely decides that Foreman won't be testifying at the review hearing. Foreman asks her what House had to say about the whole thing.
The incredibly talented Greg Winter is playing House's latest Clinic patient, a guy named Chuck who's had a bad cough for the last two months. I have to say, Greg Winter really sells his performance here. What a talented and handsome young man he is! And my opinion is in no way influenced by the fact that I know him. Anyway, it's really hard to pay attention to House in this scene when you have the magnetic screen presence of Greg Winter, but I'll try. House scolds Chuck for spending money on trivial things like watches and MP3 players and then not being able afford health insurance, thereby forcing him to wait so long to see a doctor at a free clinic. For a guy who owns both a Gameboy DS and a PSP, House is surprisingly unsympathetic to today's gadget-loving man. Stacy -- who we all know is no stranger to walking right on into occupied patient exam rooms -- suddenly enters and demands to speak to House in another room. "It's confidential," she says, like House and his patient aren't. What if House were looking for herpes on the penis of some guy Stacy knows when she walked in there like that? House knows that there's safety in numbers, and refuses to go anywhere alone with Stacy. They compromise when House covers Chuck's ears with his stethoscope and tells him to listen to his loud, crackly lungs so that he and the Misses can have their conversation in private. For some reason, I don't think "preserving patient confidentiality via loud lung sounds" is part of the HIPAA guidelines.