One Tree Hill
I Shall Believe

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A Surreal Sort of Homecoming

Karen visits the billing department. Amy Quinn hands her the receipt -- which means the bill is totally paid. Karen's confused. What's going on? Well, it turns out the man everyone keeps mistaking for her husband, Keith, has paid all the bills. Aw, guilt's a marvellous thing, isn't it?

When Karen gets back to the room, the sun's gone down on Luke's second day in a coma. Brooke's there, holding his hand. She sees Karen's face and asks if she's okay. Karen nods her head and then says, "Ever since I landed nothing's been the way I expected it to be." Brooke drops Luke's hand: "Including your son's new girlfriend, right." Karen tries to make Brooke feel better with a half-hearted "that's not true" and she doesn't really know her. Brooke starts babbling: "I know I talk a lot when I'm nervous, actually I'm pretty gabby all the time, but my stupid quotient kind of goes sky-high when I'm flipped out, and meeting my boyfriend's mother in the hospital with all of this going on is kind of off the stress charts for me --" She takes a breath: "But I'm here for you if you need anything." Karen thanks her. Brooke's waterworks start up again, blah the only thing she wants, blah is to see Lucas laughing again, blah hear him sing off-key, blah roll his eyes at me when I steal French fries off his plate. Brooke is full-on crying now: "I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm crazy about your son, and I hope that's enough for you." Oh boy. Poor Brooke, her heart's going to get trampled like the streets of Spain during the bull run. Karen smiles and says, "Actually, that's more than enough." She reaches over and touches Brooke's hands. It's nice to have Karen back; her character added a subtle sense of reality to the show, and Moira does a good job.

Deb knocks quietly on the door and says, "I figured if I kept bringing by food, you're bound to eat something sometime." Brooke's foot goes right back into its rightful place in her mouth: "I'm starving!" Pause. "But that's not for me, example of that stupid quotient thing, I'm just going to go." Karen asks her to stay, though, and says they can have dinner together. Brooke says she'd like that, and she'll go get drinks. Karen sees the bag embossed with "Karen's Café" and comments, "That looks great!" Deb explains that a start-up company gave them a hundred for free as a test run. She continues, "I know it's the last thing on your mind, but business is fine." Karen starts unpacking the bag: "It's a strange world when the least important thing is doing well and the most important thing is just hanging on." Deb asks if there's anything else she can do. Karen says yes, and wants Deb to thank Dan for her: "I haven't had a chance, things have been so crazy, but as soon as I can leave the hospital, I'll stop by the house." Deb says hastily, "Dan isn't living at the house." Why? "We're getting a divorce." Karen says, "This may sound crazy, but I'm sorry." Deb thanks her, and then leaves. Karen shakes her head, lets out a deep breath, and says, "It was only six weeks?" Our thoughts exactly, Karen, our thoughts exactly.

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