Moving the Chains
During a football practice, one of the players suffers a bout of 'roid rage. House initially suspects steroids, but other doctors suggest that it could also be the result of a pituitary problem.
House is taking a bath in Wilson's bathroom. This prompts a domestic dispute between the two over House's use of Wilson's bathtub. House points out that his bathroom doesn't have a tub. Wilson responds that he who pays the bills calls the shots and orders House out of the tub.
House informs Foreman that his brother needs a ride home from prison. Foreman says he's too busy, but House tells him that he is now "officially unbusy." Family comes first.
In the clinic, a military vet goes to see House. He got a girl pregnant and he wants out to raise his child. He tells House that he waited an hour extra to see House specifically. He noticed House's limp, and thought that House would be sympathetic to him. House tells him that back in the day people who wanted to avoid combat took off to Canada or shoot themselves in the foot. He gives the Military man the brush off telling him to go hug his wife if he wants some sympathy.
The football player is diagnosed as being a steroid user. He insists that he's never used, then suffers a paroxysmal tachycardia episode. Foreman goes to see House and tell him of the development. He's surprised to see his brother sitting with House, apparently interviewing for a job. Foreman tells the brother that House doesn't care about him. He will chew him up and spit him out.
Wilson discovers a Possum in his bathroom. House is busy updating the team. Foreman is again surprised to see his brother present. Wilson bursts in during the meeting to tell House how badly the opossum damaged the apartment, which tallies about $1500.
Foreman seems to be skeptical that his brother, Marcus, is able to be a productive member of society. Wilson accuses House of being nice. He says House is being altruistic with employing Foreman's brother. House says he can't complain about the destruction he caused and call him altruistic in the same swipe.
Attempts to induce a heart attack in the patient through stress testing have failed. The patient seems ready to leave, but House shows up with a vasodilater to chemically induce a reaction. He says the patient is turning white. The patients Mom asks what that means, and House says he can get a job other than football player.
House has given Marcus a desk and a nameplate. Foreman is not happy with this development. Marcus is assigned with the task of following Foreman around and recording his interactions with patients. He tells Foreman that he is a changed man, but Foreman doesn't seem to think so.
Wilson tells House that the demeaning nature of Marcus's assignment is the result of House attempting to prove that he's not just being nice.
The military man is back and he's shot himself in the foot. House says all he's going to get is a band aid and five days off. No deal.
The patient is told that the procedure won't lay him up long and he will still be able to make NFL trials.
House is back to taking a bath . He reaches for the bar to pull himself up, but it rips right out of the wall. Wilson comes home and House is "Lying in wait" for Wilson. He blames Wilson for deliberately rigging it to fail. Wilson says "It's karmic justice, but I didn't do it."
The patient has an inflamed liver, but his spleen is normal. Taub says that he thinks it might be viral hepatitis, due to routine injections of lidocaine in his ankles.
House tells Marcus that if he doesn't get real honest real fast then he's fired. He tells House about Foreman stealing a car as a youngster. It was pretty innocuous, but it caused their mother to be severly disappointed. Foreman has spent the rest of his life making certain not to ever disappoint his mother, who is now deceased.
The patient has too much concentration of cryoglobulins , a protein in the blood. He can be treated, but he needs to stop playing in the meantime. This means he will miss the Football trials. But if he doesn't keep the doctor's advice and tries out, he could die.
House tells Wilson that someone is breaking into their apartment and screwing with them. He says House pranked himself to throw Wilson off the scent. House says he is not a "Master-prankster." Wilson doesn't believe him and thinks it's House playing mind games. Then the sprinkler system goes off, and the Flat Screen TV is ruined. Wilson says, "you would never sacrifice the flat screen." House says, "This guy is good."
House and Wilson accuse Cuddy and the team, CLUE style, of being involved in the mishaps happening in their apartment. One by one, people are eliminated. He then gets to announcing to everyone that Foreman's Mom died and he never told anyone. Marcus jumps in and tells House that he crossed the line. Then he quits.
The patient is getting ready to leave. He says that he doesn't need two or three weeks. He also stopped taking the blood thinners he has been prescribed.
The military man is going to lose his toe to infection. He chuckles, thinking he finally got his out. House informs him a missing toe won't keep him out of action. Of course, he could let the infection just continue to spread.
Foreman goes after the football player to stop him. The player shrugs off Foreman, but as he makes his way down the hall he stops. He tells Foreman that he can't say, and asks him to take him back to the hospital.
Foreman informs House that the patient is returned to the hospital, but he's busy doing something. House says that something else is wrong with the patient because he isn't losing weight. Foreman goes to see his brother. It seems like he's finally ready to accept his brother's intention to become a new man. The two hug.
House thinks the prankster is Foreman, but in the cafeteria Lucas trips him and asks if there are any better pranks than setting off the sprinklers. It seems that Cuddy and Lucas were vying for the very same condo that Wilson bought. He says he's calling off all future offenses. He's both made his point and established superiority.
House asks the patient "You know why you're black?" He says the amount of melanin causes doctors to overlook the possibility of melanoma. He looks at the patient's foot and finds a tumor. The patient says he missed his shot. House says he gets to have the same crappy life as the rest of the students, "minus the student loans."
Wilson tells House that Foreman and his brother are working things out. He says House fired Marcus to get Foreman and Marcus together by becoming their common enemy. House says he fired him because he had no more use for him. Wilson asks what they are going to do to get back at Lucas and House says, "nothing." Wilson says, "I win." Then the soldier rolls by in a wheelchair, obviously having had much more than a toe amputated.
House reflects on whether he really is somehow, in a twisted way, orchestrating all the events around him in a way that is beneficial to others, like Wilson insists.