Haley catches up to Peyton outside the offices of Thud. She says, "I need your help. Don't worry, it doesn't involve Nathan or orphans or any major equipment of any kind." Is that supposed to mean something? Did we miss the Peyton-bonds-with-the-orphan part of this episode? Haley holds up the terrible posters. Peyton laughs. She asks, "Can you fix them?" Peyton jokes, "Yeah, I can burn them!" Now it's Haley's turn to laugh. Peyton offers to fix them, and Haley's elated. She jokes, "Aw, thanks! You're the best. I take back everything I ever said about you before we met." And you know what? That's a great line. Haley's character has totally grown on me. She was really grating and annoying for the first couple of episodes, but now she's sweet and quirky.
Dan and Nathan arrive at the resort. The man at the front desk is surprised that Mrs. Scott's not there. Dan makes up some bullshit to the effect that it's a guys' weekend. The clerk reminds him that the suite only has a king-sized bed. Dan says, and I quote: "Aw, but I hate to give up the view. I'll tell you what, why don't you bring up a cot." That's right. He drags his son away for the weekend, and instead of letting them each have a bed, he makes Nathan sleep on an uncomfortable hotel cot while he lounges in a huge bed. All for the view? This man takes selfishness to a whole new level. Nathan snits, and rightly so: "Dad, are you kidding me? This weekend was supposed to be for you and Mom?" Dan replies, "Well, it didn't work out that way." Nathan: "So this whole father/son thing was just Plan B?" Dan's attempt to make his son feel better goes something like this: "What difference does it make how or why we got here? The point is we're here, and we're going to have a good time." Nathan's phone rings at this point. He looks at it and says that's it is Haley. Dan cracks, "She's got you on a short leash." Yeah, that's hilarious -- making cracks about your son's girlfriend, the only person, in fact, who helped your son in his time of need. That's nice. Nathan answers the phone, and then brushes Haley off completely. That Dan, he's such a great influence. The clerk asks if he should have their bags sent up. Dan tells him yes, and that he's got some golf clubs in the back as well. "I'll be taking my son to school on the links tomorrow morning." The clerk smiles politely and tells him that the clubs will be waiting for them when they tee off. Hm, sounds like Dan's really changed a whole lot in the last twenty-four hours. He's gone from berating Nathan about basketball to competing with him on the golf course. Nathan sighs. He knows he's in for a rough weekend.