Karen comes into Luke's room, saying that she owes him an apology. Okay, Karen is the parent, Luke the child, so why does she feel the need to make all of her decisions "okay" with him? Isn't there a point where she should just suck it up and tell him to get off his high horse, otherwise known as Silver, and realize this is his life: there's no looking back; there's no fixing things. There's living with it and getting on with it. So he doesn't have a relationship with his father, but his dad's a jackass, you know? Anyway. We're subjected to another saccharine scene of Karen desperately trying to make things okay. Blah she shouldn't have lied, blah she understands he's upset blah. Luke says, "I don't think you do. I just can't turn it off." Pause. "All these years I was sure I should hate him because he didn't want me. And I guess I'm mad at you for making me question that now because I'm not so sure I should hate him. I don't even know him." Karen asks if he wants to know Dan. Luke insists, "You loved him once, Mom, was there ever something there, was he ever a good person?" Once upon a time, he was. Karen continues, "But he hasn't been that person for a long time."
And cut to a power-hungry, basketball-driven man coaching the crap out of the poor team. He's blowing his whistle and driving them to distraction. He's pushing them hard, harder than necessary, which seems counter-productive if you want them to win, but whatever, I'm not the coach. In one fleeting instant, Dan erases all of Whitey's good work. He throws out their offence, yells some crap about players making plays, and then shits on Jake for missing practice because of Jenny. Luke struggles. The whistle blows. The kids do push-ups. The whistle blows. Dan makes the boys do free throws; if they miss one, they need to grab a weight and start jogging. Nathan hits the first one. Dan gives him advice. Nathan snits, "I just made it, didn't I?" Dan blows his stack: "Whitey let you mouth off like that? Bend your knees!" Nathan bends his knees and shoots, but he misses. Yeah, great coaching. Luke's up. He shoots. And misses. He grabs a weight plate. Dan blows the whistle, and the boys are doing "brisk" laps up and down the court. Luke lags behind. He's feeling a bit sick, and keels over. Dan yells, "Lucas, keep moving!" He steps down off the bleachers and comes over to him. He yells, "Let's go! Let's go!" Luke says, "I'm still a little weak from the accident." Dan snaps, "You're a little weak, all right." Luke promptly pukes all over the floor, and hopefully, if there's a television goddess, on Dan's sneakers. Nate's there, and he says, "Aw, Dad!" Dan snaps, "'Coach'! Now get a mop and clean that up." Nathan just looks at him like he can't be serious. Or like he's insane. Both of which must be true, because Dan stomps off like a man who's just gotten married to his mission, realized that it's not going as well as he expected, and now has to prove himself or he gets fired.