House watches from the operating-room balcony seats as Sgt. John's head is prepared for surgery. Cuddy enters and asks how Sgt. John is doing. "He's dead," House replies. Cuddy's jaw drops, and she's really sad. "At least, he will be in a few days," House adds. Cuddy feels like a fool now, but that's what you get for not waiting for House to finish his sentences. He says he still doesn't know how those tumors went unnoticed for so long. Cuddy says that the VA hospital checked, and that they did not mix up Sgt. John's films with another patient's. House doesn't trust the government, but Cuddy asks why the VA would lie. Uh, duh, Cuddy. What are you, naïve like Cameron? Come on! House downs some pills, and Cuddy's all, "Did you just take two Vicodin?!" I guess Cuddy forgot everything about this show during one of the many three-week-long waits between new episodes. She shows House one of Sgt. John's films from the VA hospital, pointing out that it's both tumorless and has the titanium pin Sgt. John had put in his skull, for whatever reason, twenty years ago. Which means that those were his brain films, and that the tumors did magically grow in like a day after all.
House calls Chase and Cameron into the lab and yells at them for not sending Sgt. John's urine out for that special uranium test. Chase protests that House told them not to. House says that uranium is the only thing that can explain how Sgt. John would have such fast-growing tumors. Cameron scoffs at this, but Chase goes to send the urine out anyway. As for Cameron, House orders her to call Sgt. John's uncle and ask if he ever brought his nephew around to any hospital fundraisers. Of freaking course, Cameron refuses to do this without a reason. House's reason is "I'm your boss." "A rational reason," says Cameron. "I'm your boss" is a rational reason, Cameron. It's the only reason you need. House warns Cameron that he will pee on her if she doesn't do what she's told. Cameron apparently knows that House can't do shit with a full bladder right now, and keeps needling him, Muldering that he just can't accept that there isn't a rational explanation for why Sgt. John showed up in his dream. "SHUT UP!" House screams. OH!!!! And the look on Cameron's face was priceless. She looks like the schoolgirl who got yelled at by her favorite teacher for talking during class. She is about to cry. This episode gets plus a half-grade for that. House tells her to do her job, and leaves. Cameron tries to get sympathy from Chase, asking him what he thinks House's problem is. Chase says he doesn't care, which is why he wasn't asking House personal questions and ticking him off. "I'm over him," Cameron insists, even though Chase didn't say anything about that.