And it all comes down to this: House goes before a judge who will decide if the state has enough evidence to charge House for his various felonies. He finally realizes that he's in a real bind and, after some prodding from Cuddy, apologizes to Tritter. But Tritter says he trusts people's actions, not their words. So House actions himself on over to rehab, where he professes a belief in the higher power of AndrÃ© the Giant and enjoys arts and crafts. He even apologizes to Wilson for the past few months of crap he put him through, although an apology to Cuddy does not appear to be forthcoming. But even rehab isn't enough for Tritter, and House's case continues. Until, that is, Cuddy is called to the stand and she totally lies and says those drugs House stole from the dead guy were sugar pills. And even though the judge hates House, she has no choice but to let him go -- after, that is, he spends a night in jail for contempt of court, where Cuddy tells him off for forcing her to save him by lying on the stand (not so loud, Cuddy!) and Wilson realizes that House has been paying off a rehab worker to sneak him Vicodin this whole time. So he didn't change as much as everyone thought he did, and that is great news for the rest of us. There's also something with the Patient of the Week where the only way to save him is to zap all of his memories of his love for his co-worker and brother's fiancÃ©e -- along with his memories of everything else -- away. They do this, and then it turns out to be completely unnecessary. WHOOPS! That's what you get for strangling Cameron, I guess. Anyway, to sum it all up: House is still on Vicodin, Cameron is still a sap, Cuddy is still awesome, and Tritter is GONE! Rejoice!
The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire. As is everything else. Two firefighters emerge from the blaze, only to be yelled at by their boss for going into it without permission. The female firefighter, Amy, says they thought they heard someone in there, and the guy, Derek, says this is his fault -- Amy was just following him. The boss tells him to stop taking all these risks or he'll be killed, like he almost was last year. Amy, by the way, doesn't look like any firefighter I've ever seen. Unless she's one of those strippers who dresses up like a firefighter. Seriously, if my apartment was on fire and Amy showed up to save me, I'd be like, "nice try, girlfriend, but there is no way you can carry me out of here. I'm so screwed." Anyway, she goes off to seek medical attention while her partner is called to deal with a ladder. Suddenly, he starts having difficulty breathing and the music gets all weird, letting you know he's disoriented. Instead of doing something about that, though, he just puts his gear back on and staggers back towards the flaming building. No one really notices or cares until Amy starts yelling at him. She tackles him before he gets into the building and asks him what his problem is. "I'm freezing," he says. Oh, well then, I can't really fault his logic. Once when my heater didn't work, and it was really cold, I turned my iron on and huddled up next to its life-giving warmth. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
After the credits, Derek has been admitted to PPTH, where he has the misfortune of being examined by Cameron. We see that he's got some gnarly burns, which I guess is what his boss was referring to before. Derek insists that he's fine, but Cameron points out that his temperature has been going up and down all night, so, not so much. Amy and Derek's boss is also there, although the boss soon takes off so Amy can sit on Derek's bed and get some exposition going. She thanks him for covering for her last night, and Derek says that the boss is also his brother, so he's experienced in getting chewed out by him. Amy promises to visit when her shift is over and leaves. She may also want to stop by a shower at some point; her face still has soot all over it. I know she's worried about Derek and all, but you'd think she could at least wash her face off in a water fountain. Or maybe they're just trying to conceal her ridiculously un-fire-fighter-like supermodel looks. Derek asks Cameron where Dr. House is. "Speaking engagement," Cameron claims. I'm going to assume that speaking engagement is House's funeral, since the last time we left him, he was ingesting massive amount of oxycodone and ODing on his floor before mysteriously recovering a few hours later.