A triumphant Cuddy returns to her office to find Wilson waiting for her. He says they made a mistake coming down on House for the methadone, as Wilson has now realized that it's good for House. Who cares if he has to hire someone to watch him sleep lest he stop breathing? He shaved! And, Wilson says, he's happy. "House doesn't do happy. Pain or no pain," Cuddy reminds him. Wilson says if he isn't happy, he's not miserable. And he thinks it's House's "one chance" to be that way as if cutting off his leg is not an option.
Jackson allows his parents to stay at his bedside. Do you think they told him the truth that he's dying, or are they going to wait until he's a little older?
The next morning, Hadley and Foreman get dressed for work. Foreman tells Hadley that Jackson is already responding well to the anti-inflammatories for his scleroderma. "So he's dying slightly less quickly than we thought? That's great news," Hadley sighs. She sure thought it was when she was taking that Huntington's drug. When she hears about Jackson's latest AST levels, though, she thinks they've gotten way too low way too soon for it to be because of the scleroderma treatment. She thinks it's from the testosterone injections improving his kidney function. But that could only happen if Jackson's kidneys had been damaged by something other than scleroderma.
House reports to Cuddy's office wearing his other tie. "Wow," Cuddy says. He asks for his letter of recommendation, but he should have known better. Cuddy isn't writing any letters of recommendation. She clearly hates doing them, as she manages to get out of it every single time. Instead, she hands House a list of requirements for him to stay at PPTH and on the methadone, including weekly drug tests and supervised administering of doses so he can't screw up or overdose. House demands a raise. He doesn't get it. Ain't no one getting raises in this economy, House. He then demands a bigger office, but in the same spot as his existing office. Heh. He doesn't get that either, since it's physically impossible. "We both know this is where you belong," Cuddy says. House agrees, and sincerely thanks Cuddy. And for all that House did to change his appearance to look all employable and stuff, he still didn't brush his hair.