And we're back in the present as Haley arrives in the gym just in time for the game to start. She sits down beside Keith. Dan barks, "This is YOUR night! This is YOUR gym. Take no prisoners!" He puts his right hand in: "Hands IN!" The boys put their hands in, and Luke says, "Let's win this one for Whitey." The team grunts in approval, but Dan brings them all down: "Hey! Forget the old man. You win this for yourselves." Dim shouts some illegible chant that contains the words "win," "evermore," or "nevermore" or something. Blah ritual blah. Luke's about to take his place on the court when Dan barks, "Hey! There's no name on your jersey." What he's just noticing this now? Didn't Luke cannibalize that "Scott" months ago at the bonfire? Luke smiles cockily at him and replies, "Yeah there is --" He points to the Ravens over his chest. "It's right there." Dunno if Dan's proud of him or not, because he half-smiles at Luke in a strange way. Plus, what does he care if Luke's jersey doesn't say "Scott," it's not like he even wants to be the guy's dad. I guess it's just because he wants the Scott name to have glory tonight? Man, he's hard to read; you think Dan's about to crack, display some human emotion, and then he never comes through, he's just the same cold-hearted, miserable bastard he's been all season.
And speaking of emotion, we flash back to Luke coming into Whitey's office to talk to his father. He knocks on the door and steps timidly into the room: "Listen, um, I talked to my mom, and I guess I'm sorry for resenting you for not wanting to be in my life." Pause. "I didn't know you wanted custody." Luke takes a deep breath: "I also never said thank you for rescuing me from the accident." And Dan doesn't bite; he doesn't even inch one bit closer to his son: "You should be on the floor right now for practice. Go run sprints." Luke doesn't say anything, but obediently walks out the door, and again, Dan looks at him strangely, maybe with a mixture of pride and regret, or maybe with a cold, hard stare of someone who closed his heart off to his kid years ago. I can't honestly tell.