Oh boy. The crew's assembled at the River Courts when Jake! Arrives, saying, "Well, it looks like we all had the same idea, huh?" Aw, he's adorable -- his jacket is shorter than his t-shirt. He continues, "Better to think of Lucas here than in the hospital, right?" Skills asks, "What, you seen him?" Yup. Jake! sits down on the picnic bench beneath the rest of the River Court Regulars. He says, "No change." Blah it sucks, blah it's unreal blah. Mouth picks up his video camera. All the boys take turns giving Luke their mad props and shut-downs; they're all dogging him, busting his chops until he gets back. Yeah, I'm the street. Dawg. Word. Blah scrawny ass, blah no spleen, blah bust out blah. Mouth turns the camera on Jake and asks for his thoughts. Jake says, "We need you back, man, simple as that." So now no one is playing basketball. Hell, I'd even wish for Luke to come back just so they can toss a ball around for a while; at least that doesn't take any massive emotional commitment -- oh, wait, what am I saying, in Tree Hill sports are life. Right, sorry. I got carried away thinking I was on the set of One Life to Live.
Dan shows up at Karen's Café, and Deb's surprised to see him because he was supposed to meet her at the mediator's office. Dan says, "I wanted to tell you in person, I'm not going." Deb sighs, "We both agreed to mediation." Dan says cuttingly, "We also both agreed to 'til death do us part and you didn't have any trouble backing out of that one." Ouch. Deb doesn't say anything. So Dan keeps talking: "And maybe you're wrong about what's best for this family too." Deb insists, "What family? We haven't been one in a long time." He counters with a little "That doesn't mean we can't be one again." Boy, they are setting the stage for this to be u-g-l-y ugly between the two of them. Dan continues, "We chose each other, we built a life together. Doesn't that mean anything to you?" Deb shakes her head: "Don't put this on me, Dan. We've both made mistakes, it's time we corrected them." They've filmed this whole scene with tight headshots on Dan and Deb. It's unnerving to see him so intense and up close. Dan bites out, "Our marriage was not a mistake. And Nathan is too important to me to just see him on weekends. He needs both of us." And. He's. Slipping. Losing. His. Grip. On. His. Son. Deb threatens, "Don't make me hire a lawyer." And Dan lobs one right back at her: "I'm asking you not to, and I'm asking you to remember when you were the one who needed forgiveness. When you were the one who almost lost this family." Deb whisper-loses it: "That was a long time ago." The Skeletons in the Closet start to shake again. They're dancing. Brushing off the dust. He says, "Exactly. And we made it through that, and I'm glad we did, so don't throw us away. Give us one more chance." Is he threatening her as a way of winning her back? Is this a tactic he thinks will actually work? Deb thinks for a minute and then says, "I'm all out of chances, Dan." His face is stone when he says, "I may not show it the way you want, but this family is my life. I'm not giving up." He insists, "I won't agree to a divorce." And then he walks away, leaving Deb behind to wonder how in the hell she ever fell in love with that creep.