Back in Marissa's car, she's leaving a message for Luke to return the call. A faint siren in the background gets louder as the car slows to the red, flashing lights of an accident scene. Marissa makes unconvincing perplexed faces. Ryan makes more convincing perplexed faces. The camera pans over to show Luke's car, with a bloody-faced Luke being loaded onto a stretcher. If any of this is supposed to shock the audience, our emotions have been blunted by all the falling anvils.
At the hospital, a sassy nurse walks down the hall. She doesn't say anything, but I can spot the sass. Marissa, Ryan, Seth, and Summer sit together in a waiting room; Marissa rests her head on Ryan's shoulder and sniffles that when she saw Luke last night, she wished for something like this to happen. I've been mad at plenty of people in my life, but I'm not sure I've ever wished a potentially fatal accident on any of them. Seth has his head on Summer's shoulder; her legs are spread like a trucker's. She closes them as Luke's father enters with the news that Luke is out of surgery with the worst behind him; he tells them to go home, since Luke will be asleep for a while. When Summer suggests that she and Seth should go so they "can finish," Seth snippily suggests an alternative: sleep. We know who will prevail in that debate. Marissa moves to follow Seth and Summer out, but Ryan says he'll stay behind, just in case. Marissa settles back into the couch; she'll stay, too. Oh, goody!
At The Big House, the conversation is not about Marissa for once, but about Luke. Jimmy enters, announcing that he's less inspired to get that liquor license in light of Luke's drinking. Sandy attempts to change the subject, but Jimmy suggests that he will take over affairs on the matter with City Hall while Sandy "hold[s] down the fort." Sandy argues that it's not necessary, and that Jimmy should stay at The Lighthouse and "man the ship." Jimmy asks whether they're going to "refer to the restaurant as a ship or as a fort," and suggests that they need to tie it down soon. Sandy cuts him off to say that it's best described as a "sinking ship" right now, but couldn't it equally well be represented by a "burning fort," as well? Jimmy doesn't approve of this uninspiring metaphor. Sandy urges him to sit down, but Jimmy insists that he can't because he's got to go figure out what the holdup with the liquor license. Sandy's all, "You're the holdup, Jimmy." He explains all about Liquor Commissioner, causing Jimmy to gasp that the restaurant was supposed to be his escape from his past, but he guesses there's no escaping! Sandy cites "one possible Houdini-esque escape yet," and reveals that he's asked Caleb for help. When Jimmy points out that Sandy hates going to Caleb, Sandy explains that he had no choice. Jimmy presents the obvious choice: asking Jimmy to back out. Sandy firmly responds, "Like I said, I had no choice."