Back at Karen's Karping Korner, she sits Lucas down and commands, "Now, tell me why you and Peyton were really together." Luke tries to bluff his way out of it, and Karen says, "Lucas, you're lying to me. And you wouldn't be unless you were doing something you weren't proud of." Lucas admits he went to see Peyton, and gives Karen this weird half-grin as he says, "We want to be together." Oh, please. There's the phone, the IM client, the webcam -- how much more together can they be? Does he want them to splice their genes? Karen breathes, "Behind Brooke's back?" Lucas points out that he broke up with Brooke, and Karen counters, "But apparently, you didn't tell her about Peyton, and that's a shabby way to treat someone who's really been there for you." Lucas tries the pot-kettle-black counterargument, and amazingly enough, Karen sits there and takes it instead of telling Lucas to shut his piehole and go to his room because he is so grounded, he can double as a lightning rod.
Meanwhile, things get worse for Keith as a pinch-faced loan officer tells him he's a poor credit risk, and cleaning out his account to fund his nephew's medical bills may have improved his karma, but it's done nothing for his credit rating.
Jake comes back in to Karen's café with baby in tow, asking to talk to her. Karen makes cooing noises at Jenny, and then Jake launches into another hard-luck story about how much it sucks to find child-care on his allowance (his mom can't watch Jenny right now) and so he can't really get a job. Karen takes this calmly -- she takes everything calmly; she's like the anti-Lorelei with her serene delivery -- and tells Jake she's got something she wants to show him. "This was Lucas's [crib], and I can't throw anything away, so when you need to bring Jenny, it's fine." Jake is stunned that a single teenaged parent all growed up might empathize with him, an actual teenaged parent. Then Karen goes on about she realizes it's hard to ask for help, but "sometimes, it's okay for someone to give you a hand." Keith and Lucas pop out of the woodwork to scream, "Hypocrite! Hypocrite! Have you listened to yourself?" Oh, they do not. Jake deposits Jenny and begins busing tables.
Back at stately Scott manor, Nathan commences a heart-to-heart with Deb: "Look, Mom, you and I both know that no matter what we do, no matter what happens, Dad's not going to let up until he wins. It's just the way he's wired. So I'm going to save us all one huge headache." Then he climbs off his cross and resumes packing. Deb's all, "What did he say to you? What did he do?" Nathan turns the tables and tells Deb if she hadn't been a bad mommy and done some unspecified thing in the past, it wouldn't be all her fault that he has to protect her by living with Dan. And you can tell I've been watching CSI for way too long when I find myself thinking, "The logical solution to Nathan and Deb's problem would just be to kill Dan." I mean, that's the number-one answer to every little dilemma on that show. Anyway, Deb refuses to come clean with her son although she stresses how much she loves him, and Nathan snaps, "You want to keep your secrets, Mom, fine. I'm going to help you do that." Exactly how bad can these secrets be? Did she stomp on kittens for fun in her youth? Engineer a coup in some third-world country? Dan smirks at her as Nathan gets in the car and they drive off.