But before she has time to ingest that gem, Faux-Corday comes in asking who's there for Lucas Scott. Karen announces that she's his mother, and asks if he's okay. Corday tells her that Luke's stable and now in recovery. The doctor continues, "He needed a lot of work. His right lung collapsed and needed to be repaired. I had to remove his spleen but there shouldn't be any long-term repercussions." Does that mean he'll be fine? "He'll need physical therapy to his shoulder; it separated in the crash. But we were able to reset it. Other than that he has a concussion and some bruising." The Dramatic He's Out of Danger Music plays as the doctor tells Karen about how Luke's heart stopped beating, a "complication" that happened during surgery. Now, all they have to do is wait for him to wake up. Karen: "When will that be?" Faux-Corday says, "Could be a couple of hours, could be a couple of days. That's up to him." When my cousin was Luke's age, a couple years after we had lost my mom in a car accident, he had a crash similar to this one. Like Luke, he was in a coma for a bit, and then just like that, he woke up, pulled the tubes out of his arms, and started to walk out of the hospital. Funny how differently the body reacts in different situations; its resiliency is amazing -- perhaps not as amazing as what Luke ends up looking like by the end of the episode, but I'm getting ahead of myself. Anyway, he ended up dead for a millisecond. Damn you, WB, and your misleading promos! Like, that's barely a cliffhanger. But then again, should we be surprised -- everything moves at hyper-speed on this show, and it's totally fitting that Luke's life should really only be hanging in the balance for the first three seconds. Keith embraces Karen and kisses the top of her head after the doctor leaves.
Haley sits on her bed, listening to estrogen-based moping music. Peyton shows up in her doorway and half-knocks on the frame. What time is it? How come the kids can walk in and out of each other's houses like it's nobody's business? Who visits after dark on a school night? I mean, really? Anyway. Peyton says, "Hey. I thought you'd be at the hospital." Haley sort of half-looks at her and says, "Why aren't you there?" Peyton replies, "I dropped Brooke off. It's kind of weird, she's still with Lucas." Um, so when did Peyton tell Haley what's going on? And did Luke tell Peyton in the meantime what happened between him and Haley? Because that's the only way this conversation could make sense. Haley says, "She doesn't know about you guys yet?" Peyton admits that they were going to tell her tonight. Damn. Timing truly is everything, eh? Haley scoffs. Peyton says, "Don't you want to see him?" Haley replies, "Yeah, I do, I just can't." Why not? Haley dodges the question: "If you don't mind, I'd really like to be alone right now." Peyton says no problem, but then she adds, "I'm sure his mom would really like to see you." Haley snits, "Peyton. I'll go when I'm ready." Who knew sweet little Tutor Girl could have so much attitude?