Locker room. Full of sweaty boys. Full of half-naked, wet, sort of sweaty boys. And Peyton walks right through them all. She sort of notices Nathan and tosses him a half-hearted "hey." And she does look Lucas up and down, but who wouldn't. However, she's got one man on her mind, and that's Whitey. He's chewing on a cigar when she enters his office. There are good things about this show -- Whitey's one of them. He laughs and jokes, "You never know who you're going to see in the boys' locker room." Peyton says, "Or what you'll see." He laughs again. She asks if they can talk. Whitey's not one to turn down a poignant conversation with a teenager in need. That's against the Woda Code, so of course they can talk.
Nathan and Haley hit the books back at his house. Nathan stares off into space. Haley asks him if he's still in denial. She's wearing a tea cozy my grandmother would have put over her kettle. It's this strange-looking afghan shawl, something she would have found at a thrift store. Kudos to Haley for being one of those girls who shops at thrift stores, but wow, knitted daisies aren't really the cutting edge of fashion, especially when you wear a blue t-shirt underneath. Anyway. Nathan replies, "About what?" Actually, it also kind of looks like the skirts of those dolls my grandmother would knit to put over her extra rolls of toilet paper. You know, those things that hospital craft sales are always selling. She says, "About missing her. It's okay if you do." Oh, and didn't we just see Nathan in the gym? How'd he get here so fast? He asks, "What are you, my tutor or my shrink?" Haley says, "Whatever you need." The after-school confessional begins. This whole episode has been about emotional development -- Peyton's mom, Haley's honour, and Luke's relationship with his name. The same cannot be said for Dan; he's about as open to growing emotionally as he is to accepting Luke as his son. So, Nathan tells Haley how poorly he's treated Peyton. He says that it's all his fault, but that he wishes he had another chance. Again, I can't tell if he's genuine or if it's all a ploy to get Haley's sympathy. She says, "Nice work!" He whines, "That was the truth." Haley laughs, "No. On your practice exam, 81." She gets up to leave. Nathan says, "You know, it's funny. I think we've talked more than Peyton and I ever did." The afghan flows around her like a pool of water. Haley quips, "Peyton and I, good job." Then she pats Nathan on the shoulder and leaves the room, only he watches her from behind sort of like how Luke watches Peyton. He asks her if she's coming to the game. Haley says that it depends on how well he does on his exam. If he gets anything less than an A, she's staying home and watching The Office. See, that's another shout-out, because I work for BBC Canada too. I'm telling you, the WB and me have some sort of work-related symbiosis. Nathan says, "Haley. I know this hasn't been easy for you. I just wanted to say thanks." Haley wishes him good luck and then flies out of the room on the magic afghan that swirls around her neck.