Back at the Roe/Scott house, Lucas is receiving a PlayStation 2, plus NBA Shootout and NCAA Final Four, from Jake on behalf of the Ravens. Jake explains, "It'll keep you in the game until you can comeback." Lucas mopes, "The doctor says I might not be back." Jake replies, "Don't listen to him. Ultimately, that's up to you, right?" Yes, because a trained medical professional isn't really talking about what she knows; she's just there to rain on Lucas's parade. Jake then clumsily segues into another reason he came over: he needs a part-time job, and wonders if Karen might be hiring down at the café. There's some awkward badinage, and then Keith comes shuffling in, clad in the latest Hollywood Redneck ensemble: immaculate flannel shirt and puffy down vest, beat-up jeans, and Uggs. Those boots must be stopped. Anyway, Jake disappears into thin air so Keith and Lucas can hug, and -- oh, wait. There's Jake. He's just standing around looking awkward. There's some hand-shaking, and Jake takes off.
Lucas asks where Keith has been, and Keith replies, "I was just waiting for a chance when your mom wouldn't be here. How you doing?" "Suddenly remembered I was sick, which is why I'm clutching my arm and panting now," Lucas replies. In body language, anyway. He notes that Keith looks pretty banged up, and Keith replies that he got off easy, then goes into apologizing and self-flagellation over the beers. He explains, "I was just freaked out about your mom coming home. I just kept wondering if Italy changed her or if, after that experience, she wouldn't want to settle for a guy with permanent grease stains." Lucas shrugs, because, really, what's more uncomfortable than having your erstwhile father figure discuss your mom in a romantic context? Anyway, Lucas feebly protests, "I know you weren't drunk, so --" "I wish your mom knew that!" Keith shoots back. Lucas is then put in the odd position of advising ol' Uncle Keith how to put the moves on Mom. This is one kid who's going to read Hamlet as a high school senior and not understand what the prince of Denmark's damage was.
Lucas asks, "So, Dan. Actually saved me, huh?" Keith replies, "I have to say, most of the time, he's an ass, but that night, he was definitely a hero." Lucas gets all troubled-looking -- which, frankly, only makes him resemble Clay Aiken, and gives me a headache from the cognitive dissonance -- and asks, "Where am I supposed to put that?" In a little box labeled "Dan will use you to hurt his own son sometime"? That's where I'd put it. But I'm something of an organization freak. Anyway, Karen comes in and the temperature drops ten degrees, so Keith takes off before he gets frostbite. Lucas goes to put in a good word for the guy, and Karen says, "Get back in bed." She's understated, that Karen.