So now Tucker's oncologist and "friend" is on the phone with Emily begging her to come to PPTH. Cuddy stops by and asks Wilson about Tucker, as apparently she knows him as well. Or maybe she remembers him from when he was a patient five years ago? It doesn't matter. Wilson tells Cuddy about his diagnosis of transverse myelitis. "What does House think?" Cuddy asks. Understandably, Wilson doesn't appreciate the lack of trust in his abilities. Cuddy says she's just concerned because doctors shouldn't treat friends. And then she gives up the real reason why she's talking to Wilson: to ask if his ex-wife Bonnie is still a realtor. Wilson says she is, the poor thing. Life can't be going well for realtor Bonnie these days. Cuddy wants to know this because she is in need of a realtor because she's moving in with Lucas and apparently her suburban mansion isn't big enough. Suddenly, the Cottages roll by with their patient, who is in dire straits with Foreman sitting on top of him doing CPR. "It wasn't the tennis!" Taub says. Heh. I am enjoying seeing PPTH from someone else's perspective with House and the Cottages weaving their way in and out of things. Wilson totally calls Cuddy out for being perfectly able to seek Bonnie out herself but going to Wilson to get to her as a way to get his (and thus House's) "permission" to move in with Lucas. "I don't need House's blessing," Cuddy says. Maybe not, but she sure does want him to know about it, doesn't she? Wilson just walks away.
Later that night, Tucker's arm is still paralyzed and now he has a cough. Ashley frets about this until Emily and ex-wife Melissa walk in and probably give her even more to be nervous about. Melissa offers to leave if it's weird, but Tucker claims it's fine. Wilson hugs Melissa because it's never too early to lay the foundation in dating your friend's ex-wife. "You must be Ashley," Melissa says by way of introduction. "Hi," Ashley says. Fortunately for everyone except Tucker, his coughing gets worse and puts an end to what could be an awkward moment. The monitors start beeping and Wilson says this can't be transverse myelitis.
And so, Wilson must head to House's office for help. House isn't in the meeting room but the Cottages are, standing or sitting around and looking bored. Foreman says they solved the case of the Mexican non-tennis pro: he ate ten bags of microwave popcorn a day, causing him to develop "popcorn lung" from inhaling the butter topping fumes. I remember hearing about a real case like this a few years back and wondering when House would get around to giving it to a patient. Now I'm just waiting for someone to get sick from too much muscle cream. Taub says House is off hiding from Cuddy to avoid getting a new case. Hadley guesses he's eating lunch in the morgue. Gross. Wilson takes advantage of the House-less room to get a differential on Tucker from the Cottages, who are more than happy to help out if it means helping Wilson win his bet over House. Although it's not like they can do anything to prevent House from winning or losing. If Tucker has cancer, that's not going to change whether the Cottages help out on his case or not. Hadley comes up with a fungal infection, prompting Wilson to think of aspergillus fungus balls in Tucker's lungs that spread to his spine, causing both the paralysis and the coughing. Oh, I don't like that at all. Fungus balls sound gross.