Penelope survives the surgery and the abscess is removed. But then a nurse notices that her fingers and toes are starting to turn black. This is typically bad news for people who like their appendages.
Back at House's house (sans Wilson. I guess he let himself out), the detox has begun in record time as House barfs into a bucket. Cuddy rubs his shoulder much more than she has any right to and goes to make him tea. While she's gone, he desperately checks various hiding spots for pills. But Cuddy's already been there and found them all. I guess they've been at House's place for some time, then, since it would take days to find and clear out all of House's Vicodin cubby holes. This also brings up the question of why they're doing this at House's place at all. Go to a hotel room! The worst thing you'll find stashed away there is a Bible. Cuddy asks House where to look for pills in the kitchen. Shaking and sweaty, he stammers out the coffee cup on the top shelf. Ah, but that was only a test, Cuddy says. She already swept the kitchen and found the pills. CTB smiles that House made it through this round. Now Cuddy will think he's come clean about everything, which he obviously has not. You know, if CTB would just shut up, she'd have a much better chance of surviving this. House is likely to tell Cuddy where every single pill is hidden just to beat her at this point. Over CTB's protests, he tells Cuddy to search his shoes in the closet. "It's like I don't even know who you are anymore!" CTB says. Hee. House groans and suffers on the couch. Cuddy holds his hand. This should be good practice for when she'll have to do the same thing for her daughter, whose drug addiction problems can be traced back to a childhood full of abandonment.