After breakfast, Dan's helping Deb in the kitchen. He puts a dish in the sink and says, "It's almost over, Deb." She sighs, "Thank God for that." Dan tries to make peace by thanking her for "not throwing gas on the fire." Deb just looks down at the counter. This causes Dan to say flippantly, "Are you okay?" Deb keeps her eyes away from him and admits that she's not at all okay: "All this pretending and lying, I can't really hold it against you -- " He interjects with a short, curt "Deb." She continues, "-- because I realized I've been doing it, too." She leaves the room. And Dan sits there thinking his life just can't get any worse.
On the ride back home, Luke tries to talk to Peyton about what happened, but she stops him. She says, "Don't. It was stupid, okay, you're with Brooke now." Luke says, "Yeah." Peyton continues, "We got carried away; it didn't mean anything." He looks at the road and asks, "It didn't?" Peyton replies honestly, "Of course it did." They look at each other and then look away.
May hugs Deb, Nathan, and Keith, while Dan helps Royal with their bags. Dan expects his father at least to shake his hand, but Royal just walks away. The car drives off, leaving quite a mess for the Scotts to clean up. Deb removes Dan's hand from her shoulder and goes inside. Keith leaves, and so does Dan, leaving Nathan staring after the car.
Somewhere in the distant future, Nathan's back on the team. He sees Haley in the hallway, and then walks back into practice.
Back home now, Brooke runs out and hugs Peyton. Then she hugs Luke, trusting both of them, not knowing anything about what happened. And I bet the two of them feel just terrible.
But not that terrible, because next week Luke and Peyton carry on a crazy, clandestine relationship without telling Brooke. They make out here, there, everywhere, and Haley gives Luke shit, rightly so. But wait! There's a car accident, and the last scene has Dan carrying Lucas into the hospital, because I guess there were no ambulances around and he didn't have a neck injury or anything. But I guess I was wrong about Dan's life not getting any worse, because now he might just have to acknowledge that Luke's his son.