Chase is surprised to see House waiting for him in the locker room and seems to wonder if he's about to get mugged. No, House just hands him Nick's file. Chase looks at it and points out that he isn't a neurosurgeon. Except that he is. He's an everything surgeon. Why pretend that isn't the case now? House says Chase's boss is a neurosurgeon, and he's sure Chase can convince him to take on this case, since the boss is an egomaniac and Chase is a suck-up. Chase sips from an empty cup of coffee and asks House why he cares about this patient after the medical mystery has been solved. House says it's a quality of life issue -- if Nick goes home with the disinhibition, then he'll lose his job and his family and be lucky to find one friend who will put up with him until he drives him away as well. Is House talking about himself here? Because we've been there and done that with the "House is afraid he's driven Wilson away for good" storyline several times over. Come to think of it, we've been there, done that, with the "someone close to House is hiding something, and he's determined to find out what!" storyline several times over as well. Either House learns to stop nosing around in his friends' business, or they learn to stop being friends with him or stop trying to hide things from him. I may find it all tiresome, but it convinces Chase.
And so, the surgery. House watches it from the OR balcony. Wilson decides to join him. Either it's freezing in the OR balcony, or else Wilson is just trying to avoid another grandma lecture from House, as he's wearing both his coat and his scarf. He's also wearing his heart on his sleeve, as he apologizes to House for overreacting in the cafeteria. I don't think he overreacted, though. If House doesn't want to get yelled at, he shouldn't pry into things that his best friend is obviously trying to keep from him. He should respect that Wilson has a reason for his secrets. But he doesn't, so he says he's figured out what Wilson has been trying to hide from him. Wilson only snaps when he's afraid of losing someone. CTB is already dead, so it must be someone else. House went back to Mercy and found another J. Gonzalez employed there -- Javier, a nurse in the psych ward. Yes, it's the triumphant return of Wilson's long-lost brother, mentioned only once waaay back in Season 1. How can the writers remember that, but forget that Wilson was Jewish in Season 1 at the same time? The brother's name is Daniel, and he's Mercy's newest psych patient after being found sleeping in an office building. Wilson says that Daniel is on some new drugs that were developed after he ran away, and by tonight he should be ready for guests -- if he wants to see them. House asks Wilson why he kept this from him. The answer is another reference to the title, as Wilson says he and House don't have the normal "social contract." House doesn't lie to make Wilson feel better, or when he needs help deceiving himself. Anyone else would tell Wilson that everything will be okay and his brother will be happy to see him. House wouldn't. And Wilson didn't want to hear that. Too bad, because he's going to get it anyway: "it might all go horribly wrong," House says. But then he turns human and offers to keep Wilson company. Meanwhile, there's footage of Nick's surgery playing behind Wilson, and the surgeon is being awfully careless. I'm pretty sure I just saw him scrape away Nick's ability to breathe on his own. Bummer.