As Friedman's mom sleeps, Chase tells Friedman that they got the whole tumor, but that his mom's going to need some chemotherapy. He sits down and tells Friedman that his mom is a horrible alcoholic, and that he should come to terms with that. What I can't come to terms with is Chase's hair in this scene, which has become Trump-like in that I'd be more willing to believe it's a piece at this point than his actual hair. Chase, you're so cute! Get it together, here! Friedman asks if he should just give up, and if that's what Chase would do. Chase: "No, I'd do it just like you. Even though I did do it just like you once before, and you all know my mom is completely and totally dead, so look how that turned out." That last part may not be in the episode transcript. He starts to tell Friedman about the details of his mom's recovery, but is interrupted by a stereotypically hard-boiled woman's voice. She's from Child Services, and after informing Chase that Friedman is only fifteen, and allowing Friedman a few tears at his mom's bedside, she takes him away.
Wilsensei asks House whether Cuddy pushed Bergen to finish the surgery. House says that she didn't say anything, and that she's playing mind games. Friedman appears out of the elevator and bitterly reproaches House for reporting him: "You're a real bastard, you know?" He leaves. I guess I should have been using Friedman's character's real name in all this, because from the expression on House's face, it's not going to be long before he confesses, "Luke, I am your father." You know it's going to happen. House tells Wilsensei that he doesn't think Friedman's mom is crazy.
House reads to Friedman's mom out of the book of Yeats's poems that Friedman left behind. He tells her that she called Social Services, and says he understands. He reminds her about her "look what I do to him" line, and says he checked the phone records from the room. Jeez, you could have started with that, House. He finishes, "You're his mother. You couldn't do it to him any more. Good for you."
Wilsensei and House limpeconference out of House's office as Wilsensei tells House that schizophrenics can make rational decisions. House says that's only true of the small stuff, and that the amount of self-sacrifice that went into this action excludes the diagnosis of schizophrenia. He points out that she got clearer when he took her off the psych meds. Wilsensei is surprised to see that they've ended up back at House's office. House: "I like to walk." Heh. He's just a mass of contradictions. Except for the rampant bitchiness -- that's pretty consistent.