Deb and Dan are visiting Faux Florrie again. Dan looks so uncomfortable; he doesn't look at Deb or at the doctor. Deb explains that he has a son from a previous relationship. Dan snots, "She's known about this kid for years and all of a sudden it's grounds for separation." Deb ignores her belligerent husband and continues, "He joined Nathan's basketball team. That's when things got worse." Poor Ann Cusack. Her sister Joan gets to rock out with Jack Black, and she gets to counsel a real contender for Asshole of the Century. Faux Florrie says, "Dan, as I recall, you chose not to be a part of Lucas's life." Instead of answering the question, which might, oh, I don't know, further the healing of his relationship, Dan gets up and walks over to the wall, and starts slamming Florrie's degree because it's from Richmond University. And considering Dan never finished university, he's really not one to talk. But whatever, he gets off on making other people feel small instead of dealing with the issues. It's a good thing Faux Florrie's a trained professional. She responds to his sarcasm by saying, "We were talking about Lucas." Dan starts babbling on about a mountain climber who had his arm wedged under a boulder. He stares off into the distance like Will Ferrell used to do when he was being serious/funny on Saturday Night Live. Okay, so, everyone hold on for a minute, but Dan's using sports as a metaphor for his life: "His arm was caught beneath a thousand-pound rock so he cut it off just below the elbow using nothing but a pocket knife." Florrie turns around and looks at him. She's either aghast or feels like Dan's just made a breakthrough -- I can't figure out which. He says, "'Course, he had to break the bone first. Some people find that hard to believe, but it's simple really, he found himself faced with a difficult situation, and he did what he had to do to survive." Dan turns around to face the doctor. What I can't get over is that he just compared Lucas to a thousand-pound boulder weighing down on his shoulders. The birth of that child makes him feel like he had to cut off a limb in order to survive. How awful is that? Dan says, "I made a choice. To cut away that part of me that had me trapped. You can question my judgment if you want to, but the fact of the matter is you can never really understand it until it's you who's caught beneath the weight." He sits back down, and Florrie nods her head. Yes, she's thinking, breakthrough, definitely. Poor Karen -- can you think how much your heart would break to know that the father of your son feels that way about you and your baby? It's not natural to resent something that much; eventually you're supposed to get over these things and get on with your life. Deb asks quietly, "And was I a weight too, because I got pregnant shortly after Karen?" Pause. "How do you explain being with me and not her." Dan still hasn't looked at his wife. He answers honestly, "Because with you I saw a future."
One Tree Hill
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One Tree Hill