And cut to Nathan and Peyton in the pool, dissecting their own relationship. Now, they're floating by the side, just talking. And damn, it would be cold. He asks, "What happened to us, Peyton? We used to be good together." Peyton says honestly, "No we weren't. We just had sex a lot." Nate wants to know if she's sure about that. It's a good thing wood floats in water or else Peyton might have been in trouble. Peyton replies, "Trust me, you're the only guy I've been with, you knew that." Nathan says, "Yeah, it's just, I figured since we broke up, maybe." Peyton says, "Nope." Wow. Teenagers all over this episode are actually acting like teenagers. I'm impressed. Nathan says, "Yeah, me neither." He drifts closer to her in the water and says, "It's just sex, right?" And hell, they're already wet, why not re-enact the worst scene from Showgirls? Peyton shakes her head and stands up for herself, and for Haley: "You know what, Nathan? Haley really deserves better than that, she really, really likes you, and she's good for you. And more then that she trusts you." He interjects a small, withered "I know that." But Peyton's on her own rampage: "And yeah, we could do it right here in the pool and no one would know, but I would know and you would know, and I wouldn't do that to Haley, or myself, or to you for that matter." Peyton! "Because if you screw things up with your relationship with her, then you're a bigger jackass then even I thought." Nate shakes his head and says, "I know it would hurt Haley, the only reason I mentioned it was to let you know that I wasn't pressuring her." Peyton stutters for a minute about how she knew that; then Nate says something about how she told him he was good in bed. He laughs; she's mortified and dunks herself under the water. Wow. That's the most acting Peyton's done all season!
Nikki and Jake have finished their "meal" where she ate dessert and he sat with a sour expression on his face. As they walk back to the car, she says, "So I left school for good, you know. I thought I might transfer here." So, um, where's she staying? With her parents? The ones who didn't approve of Jake or Jenny? Does she have a job? What's she doing back in town, other than trying to get back with Jake and macking with Lucas? Jake opens the door as Nikki rambles on, "Can you at least tell me how she's doing?" He's totally silent as he gets in the car. She continues, "So I guess asking you how you're doing is out of the question. You look good." But before Jake can make his getaway, she pulls the keys from the ignition. Jake says coldly, "Give me back the keys, Nikki." She leans on his shoulder and starts coming in closer and closer. He says sternly, "Stop it!" But she's a vamp, she doesn't know how to stop it: "But I missed you, Jake, remember how good we were, I know it's been hard for you, I do, let me make it up to you." They start kissing, because he just can't resist her. She's irresistible, that one, that lopsided face just wants to be loved. Blah smooching, blah baby talk, blah heavy breathing blah. She whispers, "Come back to me." They make out. She whispers, "We can be a family." And reality comes crashing down onto the hood, breaking the windows before they get too steamed up. Jake pushes her off him and says, "Dammit!" Pause. "Dammit, Nikki. You almost had me again." Pause. "You want to impress me with your maternal instincts? Get out." They both get out of the car. Jake stands on the driver's side and says, "Why don't you go and buy all the things you think Jenny might need." Nikki says, "Okay." He continues, "And by the way, she's nine months old, just in case you forgot." Nikki says coldly, "I'll be fine." Before she heads into the grocery store, she tosses the keys back to him. Then she struts off like the little strumpet we all know she is -- what kind of game is she playing?