The next day, Brooke and her Pom-Pom Posse strut down the exterior walkway of the school. Luke faces her and tells her not to shut him out, that they'll get through this "together." Brooke says, "But we're not together. Guess you dodged the bullet on that one." She taps him on the chest twice and walks away. Peyton sees Luke and jokes, "Hey! Nathan told me about the fantasy kiss scenario you thought you saw." They start to walk together. She continues, "That kiss didn't mean anything, I wouldn't do that to Haley." Luke looks back after Brooke and mutters, "Yeah, I guess I overreacted." The girls go into the gym. Luke stares after them. Peyton says, "She's gone, you know." Pause. "Brooke." He stutters, "Why, why do you assume I'm looking for Brooke." Peyton: "Because you are." Holy crap! There's intuition all over this episode! Peyton's got it. Nathan's got it! Hell, even Dan's got some of it. Blah boring drama blah. Peyton asks, "She still freezing you out?" Luke admits that she is, sort of. She says, "Yeah, me too." Does he want to talk about it? Luke: "No, I think I've screwed things up enough as it is." Peyton jokes, "What? Worse than the death-wish best friend love triangle? What'd you do? Tell her she was fat?" Peyton continues, "Look, she's pissed at me too, but she's still my friend." Pause. "What's going on?" Luke looks philosophically at Peyton for a moment. Poignantly. Like his life has come to a crashing halt and all the things he's ever screwed up have culminated in this one horrible moment: "What were we thinking, Peyton?" She's confused: "You and me or you and Brooke?" He answers, "All of us." She admits, "I guess we weren't." Luke walks away, leaving Peyton as confused as ever.
Later that afternoon, when Peyton totally isn't dropping her strip off at the magazine and Haley totally isn't working at the café, the two of them hang out in her bedroom. Peyton draws. Haley puts polish on her toes. Peyton says, "I like that? What's it called?" Haley says sardonically, "Shag." Pause. "Did Nathan ever cheat on you?" Peyton looks up at her and says, "Where'd that come from?" Haley tells her that she's worried Nathan will start looking for what he needs elsewhere when he can't get it from her. Peyton says, "Oh, the big, bad sex issue." Haley passes the polish to Peyton as she says, "Yeah. I mean, we start making out, and it's great, and I totally get into him, and then I just hit this point." Peyton says, "I'll bet he loves that." She starts painting on her wall with the nail polish. Haley sighs, "I guess I just always thought I would wait until I fell in love and get married. Then I met Nathan and everything got so confusing --" Peyton continues to paint on the wall as Haley babbles, "It was never something I had to deal with right away. It was always a few years off, and then all of a sudden --" The wall says, "H.J." Peyton interrupts: "It wasn't?" Peyton continues, "I've been down that road." Haley: "Maybe I'm not ready, Peyton." Peyton: "Or maybe you're not sure if Nathan's the right guy." No, she can safely rule that out. Enter the very same speech she told Lucas in the Café, it's almost verbatim -- blah she can't breathe, blah she always wants to be around him, blah she's totally in love with him blah. Peyton says, "Well, then you've gone further with him than I ever did." Peyton puts the finishing touches on the heart that contains Haley and Nathan's initials. Oh. The. Symbolism.