Back to Luke and Peyton outside. He says, "So, I'm confused. You want to be anonymous, but you let the world watch you on a webcam." Hallelujah. Finally, someone brings up the absolute "paradox" at the centre of Peyton's character: she wants to be an artist, not a popular cheerleader. Yawn. She says, "The world isn't watching me, but I guess you are." Luke cocks his head back and smiles, "Okay, the point is, you want to express yourself, but you don't want people to know it's you." Okay, I just thought I'd take the time to tell you all that my name isn't really Ragdoll. Um, I'm not really hiding behind this pseudonym or anything. I'm just afraid of the world. I'm afraid to expose myself to the hurt that comes from making my art public. I'm scared to death that you all won't accept me for who I really am. Peyton and I are really two soul sisters making the same journey toward artistic acceptance. Zzzz. Peyton replies, "I guess I'm just a riddle, wrapped inside a mystery, in a bitch." Yeah, that comeback, it doesn't even really make that much sense. Damn, TPTB really need to work on their dialogue in certain places. They know where to find me if they need some help. I've got some pointers. Luke says, "Maybe you're just a tortured artist." Yeah, and I'm really Picasso reincarnated. Peyton: "Look, I don't need you defending me or my work. I don't need you analyzing or interpreting me either. In fact, I'm pretty sure I don't need you at all." For some reason, her cold shoulder doesn't faze him; he sure is cocky for someone who seems to be a sort of unpopular, nerdy loner. He says, "Pretty sure?"
But before they can further explore their obvious connection (double yawn), Luke hears the television. Surprisingly, it's another narrator -- this time, it's some sort of high school newsmagazine reporter. She's talking to the Tree Hill High Snowball Dance King and Queen, Dan Scott and Karen Rowe. The silly girl asks, "Karen, what's the secret to your success?" Good grief, you can't make this stuff up it's so embarrassing. The fake Karen and Dan look about as real as the young Lorelai and Christopher from that truly horrible episode of Gilmore Girls. It's Moira's voice, but it's definitely not her on the tape. She says, "The secret to our success, hum, I don't know; good question, Dan?" In true Scott fashion, fake Dadzilla says, "Good sex!" And there goes the apple, see, it really doesn't fall far from the tree. Brooke exclaims, "Ew! The hair!" The silly fake news reporter asks, "Karen, do you think you guys will get married?" For heaven's sake, it's the mid-'80s; you can't tell me that thinking hadn't advanced past marrying your high school boyfriend and living happily ever after. She's not that much older than I am. Karen's voice floats into the room: "He really is the sweetest guy in the whole world. So, I'm thinking yes. Come and see us in ten years and I'll bet you meet the kids and get a tour of our big house and see how happy we are!" Tim asks, "So, who's the girl?" Luke looks like his heart just broke into a million pieces. He says quietly, "That's my mom." Nathan snits, "At least their dreams came true for one of them." Luke retorts, "Except for the happy part, right?" Nathan laughs. Luke walks up and pushes him back into the wall. Again, Nathan laughs; in fact, so does Tim, and well, a lot of other people at the party laugh too, except Peyton and Brooke. They both actually seem horrified that Nathan could actually be that cruel. But you know, if Dadzilla's had this tape kicking around for the last sixteen or so years, he must have some feelings for Karen. He doesn't seem like the kind of man who would just leave this tape lying around so he can pop it in for fond memories -- it has to be there for a reason. I guess Luke never realized that his mother and father actually had a good relationship before he came along, and Nathan just made him feel like he's the reason why his mother never had her happy ending. Man, I can't imagine how bad that would make a kid feel. I really can't.