Peyton knocks on Luke's door. He opens it and is surprised to see her there. She walks in and says, "I heard about Nathan." Luke says, "Yeah, he's going to be okay." He tries to disguise the confusion in his voice when he asks her what's up, because it seems like he sort of wants to get rid of her. Peyton says, "Lucas, I made a mistake. When you said you wanted to be with me, I got scared, and I pushed you away." He says, "Peyton --" But she holds up her hand and continues, "The truth is I want all the same things that you do, I do, and I want them with you." But before Luke can say anything, Brooke comes into the kitchen looking like she's wearing Luke's sweatshirt and saying, "Okay, superstar, are you ready to score?" She sees Peyton and says quietly, "Hey." Luke looks at Brooke, and then he looks back at Peyton. Brooke says, "We missed you after the game tonight." Okay, if she'd been there, cheering, she would have seen Nathan collapse, so was she there or was she not there? Anyway, this episode has forgone all methodical continuity and concentrated on heavy emotional intensity -- I'll forgive them, but just this once. Peyton replies, "Yeah, I guess I just got turned around." Luke says "Peyton" again, and she pauses at the door. Brooke looks at Luke looking at her friend and doesn't say anything.
Dan's got his bag in hand as he's about to leave the house. Deb just stares into space as she hears his heels on the hardwood as they walk out the door. Stay strong, sister, you've made the right decision!
Whitey comes out of the gym and closes the door. He's posted a sign that says, "Basketball Cancelled." He's underlined the "cancelled" for extra emphasis. In brackets it says, "Until further notice."
Back at Haley's, Nathan says, "Haley. I want to stay with you tonight." She smiles at him, and closes the door.
Peyton looks at Luke. Luke looks at Peyton as his voice-over says, "What a frightening thing is the human," then he turns back to Brooke, "a mass of gauges and dials and registers, but we can read only a few, and those perhaps not accurately." Who is he going to choose? My goodness, we just don't know!
And there are no next-weeks, because that's it for new episodes from now until after Christmas, probably. Can you handle the wait?