When Luke gets home, his mother waits for him in the kitchen. She says, "Please tell me you were somewhere in the Land of No Phones." Luke seems quite contrite when he answers, "I know, I should have phoned." Yeah, with that fancy new gadget you answered Brooke's call with last night. Unless the battery died and none of the phones in Peyton's house actually worked. Karen: "Um, coming home would have been another option." He apologizes again. She bitches, "You looked me in the eye and said, 'Go to Italy, I can take care of myself.'" He insists he can take care of himself. Then he explains what happened: "A guy drugged Peyton's drink at a party. Brooke called me for help. I took her home, waited until she felt better. Truth." Karen admits, "As excuses go, that's pretty solid." Then she asks if Peyton's okay. Luke tells her that she'll be fine. Karen: "Drugs, parties, and I'm supposed to go to Italy." Luke: "Hey, don't not to go Italy because of this, Mom, please." Karen says, "Okay, but if I do decide to go, I'm going to have Keith come and stay here while I'm gone." Luke smiles: "Great! Just as long as you go." Then he pulls out a piece of paper from his front pocket. Aw, he booked her a ticket on the emergency credit card -- it's non-refundable. Aw, that's so cute. Blah he wants her to have something for herself, blah dreams, blah good sons, blah hugs, blah nice relationship blah.
Nathan's chucking pebbles at what he thinks is Haley's window when she walks by him on the sidewalk and says, "Trying to wake up my parents? That's their room." She tries to walk past him, but he runs in front of her and tells her that he wants to apologize. Haley snits, "You should buy them in bulk if you're going to hand apologies out that often." Nathan: "Look, I just, I don't know how to do this, all right? I'm not like you." She snaps, "What does that mean?" He admits that he screws up a lot, and that when he gets around Haley, he doesn't want to be that guy anymore. Aw. She's not falling for it, though. She asks, "Who do you want to be, Nathan?" He says, "I want to be somebody who's good enough to be seen with you." She starts to talk very quickly, which means, as we know, that Haley's kind of upset: "Well, you should have thought of that last night." She throws her arms up in the air. "I keep putting myself out there." Her arms fall back down by her sides. "And you keep blowing it. And it's probably a good thing because at this point there's nothing you can say or do that's going to surprise me." But wait! There is! He kisses her, a big sweet, inspired, he really likes this girl high school kiss. Haley says quietly, "Except that." So cute; she continues, "You shouldn't have done that, Nathan." He answers, "But I wanted to." Haley whispers, "Yeah." And then she jumps up into his arms and kisses him right back. Throws her own arms around his neck, and he catches her, and it's very sweet and honest and quite passionate.