Karen and Keith are putting books away in the café. They have a nice, comfy relationship. Blah time passes, blah blink of the eye, blah forever, blah bonding blah. Haley and Luke bond upstairs on the roof. He doesn't know if he should play Nathan, because his mom's so worried. Haley says, "You're a really good guy and I'm glad we're friends, but you and your mom worry to damn much."
Luke laces up his shoes. Tweedledum and Stinky are wearing suits in honour of the momentous occasion. The prattle on as Nathan warms up.
Peyton asks if Nathan's threatened by Luke. He says he's not, that he just wants to prove he's the best. She wants to know what Luke gets if he wins. They stop dead before they get in the car: "He gets you." Now where the hell did that come from, really? God, Nathan's such a jerk.
A huge crowd has gathered. Tweedledum and Stinky are still talking. Nathan arrives. He strips down to his b-ball clothes. The music heats up. They take some practice shots. They show off. They hang off the net. I'd like to shove the microphone right up Tweedledum's ass. The game begins. Who will reign supreme? Who will take over Riverside Court Stadium? Whose ball is bigger? Why, Luke's, of course! Swoosh! But wait, Nathan plays all dirty. He elbows his half-brother, who spits out a whack of blood onto the side of the court. But wait, Luke's all moral, he's not going to play it that way -- he won't call a foul -- game on! "Besides," Luke postures, "you won't score again." The pressure heats up, and Luke's right, Nathan doesn't score again. Game point. Nathan says, "He never mentioned you, man, not once in all these years." Luke says, "This is for my mom." It's all about net, baby, all about net. A crowd of people congratulates Luke as Nathan simmers -- he's not a good loser. Peyton bites her lip. Luke walks over to her. She says, "So what'd you bet?" Luke: "I win, he stays on the team." Why? Because it's the last thing he wants, and anyway, it's not about him. Nathan snits, "Peyton!" She goes to him like the good little girl she is, and Luke surveys his kingdom. Then he starts reading Julius Caesar as he walks away.
Nathan goes home. He greets his father: "Don't worry, Dad, your dreams are still alive."
Luke greets his mother with a hug. Then, later, he spends a bit of time familiarizing himself with Peyton's webcam. Webcams are so 1994.
Finally, Luke shows up at basketball practice. He stands there as the team comes to a complete stop, just staring at everyone. And the tides are certainly turning in the lives of these boy-men.