Later, Cuddy joins House in the OR's observation balcony while he's watching Alice's surgery and says with the vocal equivalent of an eye-roll, "Her son didn't have a brain aneurysm." Yeah, no shit. Even I knew that. Looks like Alice isn't going to ace her House course after all. "She shouldn't have let him drive in the rain," House agrees with Cuddy. "Jack was never very coordinated." Cuddy tells him, "As your boss, I am opposed to you lying to a patient. As your girlfriend, I'm glad you care." As a viewer, I'm getting bored with that construction, but as a recapper, I'm downright irritated with it. House says he doesn't care about Alice, but Jack Cannon. Cuddy says she can see why House likes Jack, since she started reading one of the books he gave her. "I find that very hard to believe," he says. "Why, because I can't like something you like?" Cuddy scoffs. "We couldn't possibly have something in common?" "Because I lied about giving you the books," House says. Busted. Cuddy actually looks guilty about having told one lie, which looks pretty puny sitting there next to the entire skein of whoppers that House has spun this hour. "Wilson told you," House realizes. "He's such a gossip." Derr. Cuddy assures House that she isn't going to dump him because they like different things. "On the other hand, I might dump you if you don't talk to me when you have a problem with our relationship." Or for any one of several dozen perfectly valid other reasons, I might add. House doesn't buy what she's selling, so she continues, "Who cares about common? Common is boring. It's, ugh, common. I like being with you. You make me better." By comparison, I think she means. "Hopefully I make you better. What we have is...uncommon." She concludes that she's never been happier, and heads back to work. That was a pretty good speech, but House doesn't look convinced, probably because he doesn't trust anything but misery. Oops, look what I did there!
After Alice's surgery, House pays her one last visit. Alice asks Christina -- rehired, apparently, so now maybe in a few weeks she'll be able to afford a second cardigan -- to excuse them for a minute so she can thank House. "You can dedicate the next Jack Cannon to me," House suggests. She says she can't -- not because she's still having pain, but because she's ready to move on. "I want to write books for adults," she says. Well, that leaves House out in the cold. House asks what'll happen to Jack, pointing out, "Your last book didn't' answer anything." She insists it's the perfect ending. "Each reader can decide what fate they want for him for themselves." That's great, Alice. Ask David Chase how that worked out for him. House sputters, "You can't just leave it on a cliffhanger. Who does that?" Alice kindly insists that Jack's story is done. "There's really nothing you can say to change my mind." Ooh, she just flunked her House final, and he's about to let her know it. He starts to say, "Your son -- " but then for some reason he happens to turn and see Cuddy standing in the doorway, at which point he manages to force out between gritted teeth, "was very lucky to have you as his mother." Cuddy's even more touched by that than Alice is, and as House stumps out past her, she starts to tell him, "That was--" "Oh, shut up," he spits at her. Chalk up another final minute of House for me! I have to say, it's better when you also see the first fifty-nine.