House roots through the sick professor's desk, where he finds some pictures of the guy with his kids and a "World's Greatest Dad" coffee mug. The always-doubting StudentForeman says that if the guy were desperate enough for a fix, he'd deal with anything. House says it's much more likely that he'd just go to a different hospital where the staff didn't have a pre-existing relationship with him. House takes the mug and leaves the lecture hall, calling back that their volleyball player is not responding to the thyroid treatment. Way to go, Cammy. House fills the mug with water from a fountain and asks the class if they can still hear him. The three actors who were paid to speak say "no," "a little," and "not really," while the background extras are forced to remain mute.
The volleyball player complains that her arm really hurts, as Cameron tries to stick her with an IV needle. Cameron is very sympathetic and very ineffective. She reports back to others that their patient is now "very sensitive to touch," as opposed to Cameron, who is "very sensitive to anything that reminds her of her own numerous issues." The Cottages rattle off various possible diagnoses for the volleyball player until StudentCameron asks House to "slow down." He responds by spitting the gulp of water he just took back into the mug and making a sour face. We'll find out later that that was not a spit take at the incredible stupidity of medical students. You don't tell House to "slow down" because then he'll repeat himself with exaggerated slowness as if you were retarded.
House does this back in the meeting room, House finishes slowly telling the Cottages to do some bloodwork and a neck scan on the volleyball player, and then announces that it's time to move onto the farmer. The Cottages are confused. House reminds himself that the farmer's case didn't come in until three months AFTER the volleyball player did. In Storyland, however, "time is not a fixed construct." Let's hope that theory extends to my recapping wages, since this episode should really count for like, one and a half recaps. ["Nice try." -- Wing Chun] The farmer is not responding to the second antivenom. They've run out of options.