With crossed arms and a heavy heart, and still wearing that ridiculous red track suit, Nathan arrives at Luke's hospital room. He sits down and says, "Hey man, I kind of need to talk to you." Pause. "So, I'm here because everything's screwed up. I know you don't trust me with Haley, but I like her a lot, you know. She's hurting right now too." The strangest thing about this whole scene is that they're brothers, and that must make Nathan feel awkward. Anyway, he continues, "She needs you to open your eyes, man. She feels like she can't be forgiven, and I'm sort of in the same place." Luke lies there, immobile. Nate glances over at Karen, who is sleeping in a chair covered with a hospital blanket. Nathan leans over and puts his hands down on the bed, next to Luke's hands. And more for his own benefit than for Luke's, I think, he says, "You know, this accident might not turn out so bad. You can take a break from the game, from the pressure, people's expectations." Only that's never really been a problem for Luke. He plays because he loves the game. Nathan says quietly, "I wish I had that chance. This might be hard to believe but maybe you're the lucky one. You can get out." Luke's fingers brush Nate's hand, and his eyes open slowly. His throat is absolutely hoarse as he asks for water. Nathan gets it for him, and then gives it to him slowly. Luke asks, "What are you doing here?" Nathan replies, "Long story. I'll get your mom."
Nathan walks over to Karen and shakes her awake. She too is surprised to see Nathan there. He says, "I think Lucas wants to talk to you." Karen pulls the blanket off and rushes over to her son, saying, "Wake up, Lucas, come on, talk to me." He whisper-sings, "Don't take my sunshine away." Karen smiles, "You heard that." Luke says, "I'm glad you're back, Mom." Karen says, "You too! Now I can kill you for that tattoo." Heh.
When Haley sees Nathan arrive at the Café, she tells him that she's "not in the mood right now." He stands there and says, "Lucas is awake. I was there when he opened his eyes. I went to see him." Why? "Because I knew you couldn't. And I wanted him to know that you were thinking about him." Oh boy, more waterworks, and it's not Brooke. It's me -- can I blame my watery eyes on lack of sleep? Yeah, that's the story I'm going with -- lack of sleep has made my eyes dry, and I'm just giving them a bit of moisture. Ahem. Right, recapping. Nathan continues, "I know it was wrong to go after you for the reasons I did, and I can't apologize for it, but I'm not that person anymore. And that's because of you. Let me take you to him." And when holds out his hand, Haley looks at him with big, crocodile tears in her pretty brown eyes.