Nathan's phone rings. It's Haley. We cut back and forth between the car and the café, where she's making posters for the open mic night. She asks, "How's the Amazing Race?" Nathan replies, "It's about as well as can be expected." Haley says, "I wish you were here. We're doing this open mic thing at the café tomorrow." Nathan smiles, "So, I'm gone for two hours and you go all Hollywood on me?" Haley jokes, "Yeah, that's me -- glamour girl. Hey, do you want to say hi to your mom?" Nathan glances over at his father and says no, it's okay. Then he gets off the phone.
At the café, Deb asks, "How's he doing?" Haley replies, "Well, there's no gunplay or fires, so I guess okay. He said to say hi!" Deb looks at the flyers and tries to be polite, but it's okay, because Haley already knows they suck ass. But wait! She sees Peyton out the window and has a bright idea, blowing by Keith on her way out the door. Deb says, "Hey! I'm glad you're here." Keith jokes, "Yeah, I heard you could use the business." Deb smiles, "Yeah, that too." But wait -- she's got something important to tell him. At first, Keith makes a crack about Dan, to which Deb responds with a knowing smile. But that's not what she means. She tells him that she saw Luke at the store with a girl. Keith says, "Yeah, that's Brooke." Deb pours the coffee as she tells Keith that the pair was buying condoms. As she walks to put the coffee back on the hotplate, Deb adds, "I guess you could take comfort in the fact that he's being safe, but you know, mistakes happen; I'm a walking poster child for it." Keith sighs. He doesn't know what to do, and on top of everything, Karen's calling them tonight: "I want what's best for Lucas, but I also don't want to let her down." Deb says, "Don't. She's three thousand miles away; she trusts you to handle this." Keith cracks, "I could always lock him in the cellar." Deb laughs. She meant it might be a good idea for Keith to talk to Luke. Yeah, Keith deadpans, there's that too.
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.