Outside, Brooke yells after Peyton, and then asks if she's mad at Brooke. Peyton honestly answers that it's not Brooke: "I thought I was cool with this, but I'm not, I'm sorry." Brooke totally misinterprets what Peyton's saying and replies, "Me and Lucas? You do not have to feel like a third wheel." And instead of telling her best friend in the whole world what's bothering her -- that she likes Lucas, really likes him -- she lies and tells Brooke that, yes, she doesn't want to a third wheel. How lame is that?
The open mic night's in full bloom. The café is packed. Haley's on stage begging people to come up and do something -- anything to stop the dead air. Jake! walks in with his portable baby seat, and says, "I'll give it a shot." Haley announces him, and he steps up with Jenny at his side. Jake! gets on the mic and tells everyone that he normally only sings to his daughter, but that a friend told him to open up to a wider audience. He continues, "So this is my daughter Jenny, and Jenny, this is my whole world." Brooke and Luke are sitting on a couch. She says, "Jake has a baby." Wow, she's one for stating the obvious, eh? Jake! starts singing. I won't paraphrase. I'll save you from that. Haley asks Peyton if she's okay. Peyton smiles and nods. Then Peyton turns all of her attention to the one person in the room who might have led a harder life than she's led...and makes googly-eyes at Jake! Dammit! Haley's in the back room trying to call Nathan, but he sneaks up behind her and says, "Jerk never called you back, did he?" They embrace. Nathan relates the whole sordid story of how he got caught in the riptide of Dan Scott. Deb walks in and asks what happened. Nathan replies, "We were keeping score, Mom, what do you think happened?" Deb says, "Oh, honey, I'm sorry." Nate shakes his head and tells her it doesn't matter; he's used to it.
Dan sits outside the café in his car, looking at a world that he has completely alienated himself from -- maybe feeling the consequences of his actions?
Inside, Jake! finishes his song; people hoot, holler, and clap. Peyton ogles him. I have my barf bag ready. She walks up to him and jokes, "So what, are you married, too?" Jake! laughs and says that it's just him and Jenny. The baby is adorable. Peyton jokes, "She's got your eyebrows." Jake laughs, "That's not a good thing." They googly-eye each other. My stomach churns. Gavin DeGraw arrives, sets up, and gets ready to play in a nanosecond -- yeah, the band assembles a drum kit in the time it takes Luke to invite Nathan and the boys to play some ball down on the River Court. Blah theme song, blah. Blah the house rocks, blah. Something about a prison guard's son. Blah.