Nathan runs into his grandfather in the hallway. Royal stops him and, although it's hard for him, says, "Listen, Nathan, whatever you're going through, I'm sorry about your dad." Nathan turns around and says, "I understand why he did it, Grandpa. He must have really loved you, you know that -- cause anything seemed better than disappointing you." Royal heads upstairs wondering how his grandson got so damn smart.
Peyton and Luke are in the coroner's office. They lift the sheet. Strange twangy music plays in the background. Peyton looks at the body. Luke puts his hand on her shoulder. She says, "It's not him!" They embrace.
Once outside, Luke tells her that she did "good." Peyton admits that she thought her chest was going to explode. Lucas calls Brooke, who for some reason answers, "Peyton's Place." Which is strange, because I'm assuming Luke called her cell phone and not Peyton's house, but whatever. Luke tells her the good news, but Brooke already knew, because someone called to tell them that they made contact with Larry's boat, and that Larry is fine. Luke tells Peyton the good news. She jumps into his arms. Luke tells Brooke that he and Peyton are headed home. Brooke says, "Love you." Luke says, "You too." Like it's no big deal! Holy crap. They just said the "love you"s. That takes most teen dramas about six angst-filled episodes to actually get through, but whatever; it's like hyperspace sometimes on this show, time moves so fast. Peyton's happiness is short-lived; she notices that she must have left her bracelet in the hotel. Luke, jumping into Super Teen mode, says, "Okay, let's go!"
Nathan shows up at Haley's house. It must be early, because he hasn't even had breakfast yet, and Haley's already doing homework. Nathan sits down and says, "Grandma's making breakfast; show starts at 9." What teenager gets up before 9 AM on a Sunday to visit with his girlfriend who herself is already up doing homework? Does real time not exist for anyone on this show? Haley passes; she had enough fun last night. She turns around and says, "You know, I've been thinking: now that you know the truth about your dad, you're free. I mean, he's been lying to you all this time; you don't have to listen to him anymore." Nathan wishes that were true. Now, more than ever, he has to beat Dan; he has to go back, just to prove he can beat him for the last time, once and for all. "It's the only way I'm ever going to be free of my dad." And then he leaves, almost as quickly as he got there. I wonder how far apart they live from one another?