Written by Bill Brown
Directed by Moira Kelly
What's the drama:
The Ravens are headed back to the court wearing black jerseys with the initials K.S. on them. Nathan assures his brother that the whole team is there for him and they've got his back -- but Lucas is still apprehensive as he takes the court, looking at the seat where Keith should have been. When Lucas tells Whitey he cant' play, Nathan opts out as well, explaining that he's just following rules and sticking together -- all for one. The Ravens forfeit their first game back. Later in the locker room, Nathan tells Lucas that the team will walk through fire for him, but asks if he'll really make them do that. They've got a chance at State and it is Whitey's final year as coach.
What's up with Rachel:
After the game, Rachel walks past a poster of a very heavy-set 14-year-old girl in a bathing suit. On it are the words, Guess who? Find out soon. She's obviously disturbed by it, and when Mouth asks her what's wrong, she explains that the girl is someone she used to know -- someone who is gone now. She rips down the poster and declares that she knows Brooke is behind them.
What's up with Mouth:
He immediately confronts Brooke who gives him the original picture, the picture of young Rachel that she stole from her cabin. Then Brooke reminds Mouth of all the reasons the girl deserves a little payback. But he sticks up for his new gal pal, asking Brooke if she didn't she learn anything from Jimmy's death.
What's up with Haley:
Haley and Nathan are happy as ever, finally living together again under one roof. They enjoy their privacy until Uncle Cooper barges in for a surprise visit. But Nathan is pleased to see him. Cooper tells the happy couple that Deb is back in town and that he's met a very hot 26-year-old who is also in town, watching her parents' house. He feels blessed.
What's up with Peyton:
Peyton gets midnight calls from Pete, who just calls to let her know that he misses her. She misses him too and bonus, he's outside her window! But so is Peyton's dad. He sends Pete away and tells both Brooke and Peyton that they need to set some ground rules: No boys in their bedroom, ever; curfew is 9:00 on weeknights, midnights on weekends; call his cell to let him know where they are; no parties without parental supervision; no alcohol. Then he asks about Pete -- the boy. Where did he grow up? Does he hold doors open? He wants to know how Pete will treat his daughter.
Later, the Fall Out Boy tour manager calls Peyton to tell her that Pete has purchased her a ticket to meet him in Chicago -- they'll have a limo waiting for her at the airport. Even though she knows she'll get majorly busted, she agrees to go. Who wouldn't? And why did her dad decide to get all parental all of the sudden after years of not being around?
What's up with Deb:
Deb comes to see Karen at the Café but it's clear she's not been there in awhile, so she heads over to her house. She offers her help, and Karen tells her that she'd done enough. Her son ran into a burning building to fix her mistake when she tried to kill Dan. She's clearly mad at her long-lost buddy.
What's up with Mouth:
Always the good guy, Mouth returns the photo to Rachel. She admits that she had her stomach stapled, starved herself, got a nose job, a boob job and a couple of other things and voila, she's a new girl. She likes the new Rachel. Mouth reminds her that no one really hangs out with her, and reminds her that it's what is on the inside of a person that is important. She disagrees but what does it matter? She knows that Brooke will out her and everyone will look at her like a Frankenstein.
What's up with Lucas:
Lucas heads to the river court to do some thinking. Cooper meets him there for a heart-to-heart. He tells the kid that he won't be joining the racing circuit when it starts up again -- he blew his ride. Things kind of went wrong after his nephew crashed his racecar. But when Cooper found out that racing was over for him he was devastated--figured that his life was over. But the next day the sun came up and he realized that he was going to be okay. He encourages Lucas to remember that it's not what you do in life that matters--it's who you are.
What's up with Nathan:
Nathan takes Haley to the garden of the church where they plan to renew their vows but tells her that the church will not marry them, even in the garden, and even if they are already married, unless they take their premarital counseling course which involves a test. The test that will determine if they are really suited for each other--they figure it'll be a piece of wedding cake.
What's up with Whitey:
Whitey comes to visit Karen in the squalor of her home. He wants her to know how she feels, he lost the love of his life too. But she's bitter. Whitey tells Karen to get over the guilt -- there's no reason for it. He reminds Karen that she gave Keith all that matters in life, her love, and a son for life in Lucas. He tells her to let the guilt go.
Later at practice, Lucas approaches Whitey to tell him that basketball has always been his life, but if Whitey can't tell him why the game matters to him right now, he can't see himself playing. Whitey tells him about how basketball brings people of all races and creeds together, he tells him the story of The Monarchs and how he got his name, Whitey. Basketball does indeed matter. But he tells Lucas to go heal and then come back to them.
What's up with Brooke:
Peyton tells Brooke about the offer from Pete. Peyton is nervous -- why does she always fall for men who leave? Brooke tells her she can't miss out on this chance. She can't look back on this and wonder, what if?
What's up with Karen:
Lucky for Karen, Deb decides to pick up the slack at the Café. When Lucas comes to thank her for it, she reminds him that he needs to take good care of himself now, for his mother.
How does it all wrap up:
Mouth makes the rounds of Tree Hill taking down all the photos of chubby Rachel. He tells her that the night he liked her most was the night of the blackout, when he couldn't even see how pretty she is, but got to know who she is inside. He could have loved the girl in that picture. Rachel wishes that girl could have met him. They kiss. Later, Mouth tells Brooke that he likes Rachel a lot, and Brooke admits that she wouldn't go through with "Operation Fat Rachel." But when a smitten Mouth comes to Rachel's house later with flowers, he's greeted at the door by surprised Rachel and a shirtless Cooper.
When Nathan and Haley get their marriage test results back, the priest tells them that they failed. It's the first test Haley has ever failed. She's dumbstruck, but Nathan stands tall. He asks the Father why he became a priest. The priest tells him, because he believes in God. Nathan reminds him that he can't prove his belief with a test, just like you can't prove love with a test. He and Haley love each other, and not test is ever going to show that. The priest promptly rips up the stupid test and thanks them for passing the real test.
That night, as Peyton tries to decide what she will do, her father tells her to assure him that when she picks the man she will spend the rest of her life with, make sure she picks him for what he is, not what he does.
Later in the locker room, as Nathan and Whitey plan the game, Lucas walks in to tell them he can't play. He tells them the whole truth about the HCM and how he hasn't been taking his meds. He realizes that he has been selfish by playing. The game has meant so much to him and it'll be hard to let it go. After his difficult conversation with Nathan and Whitey, he heads to his mother to have an even more difficult one. He goes home and tells his mother everything and he needs her now more than ever. Then Nathan steps up his game, and so does Karen.
Meanwhile, Peyton walks through an airport. She's made her decision. And out from the crowd walks Jake and baby Jenny!Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times