We pick up directly where we left off last episode to a very emotional and vulnerable Brooke Davis confronting Lucas about the fact that she might be pregnant because she is very, very late. He reacts like I suspect most teenage boys would, he's flustered and kind of defensive, but also trying to be supportive. He takes her to the drug store to get a test (because she hasn't taken one yet) and back at her house, she reveals that it's positive.
Keith is still standing in Karen's doorway professing his love for her. He shows her the engagement ring and asks her to marry him. She turns him down, saying that Italy changed her perspective on things and she has realized that there is more out there for her. Booooooo.
Sophia Bush's acting in this episode is superb. As she shows Lucas the positive pregnancy test, she breaks down in tears and pushes his supportive hand off of her. He takes her to the women's clinic the next morning and Dan Scott sees them outside as he drives by. He laughs to himself because he's an evil son of a bitch. He later confronts Lucas and tells him that he asked Karen to have an abortion and that she was "too emotional" and that he should consider asking "that girl" (being Brooke) to do the same. Guys, I cannot stress this enough, Dan Scott is the worst.
Nikki is still here for some reason and tries to see Jenny, but luckily Peyton is over helping out Jake and is able to keep her away. Eyeliner Whore makes me so uncomfortable. She's always just popping up and making herself at home. She picks up a picture of the basketball team and recognizes Lucas instantly.
Haley goes to Nathan's to wake him up for school and he notices her '23' tramp stamp. He doesn't say anything then, but later he addresses it, saying that it confuses him that she's willing to get something that permanent but won't have sex with him. Yikes. We are going into unfair territory. Haley tells him that those two things are not the same, and that she's just not ready for sex yet. This is so messy! The pressures of sex are insane, so of course Haley is going to be hesitant, plus her boyfriend has slept with one of her closest friends, is related to her best friend, and is a notorious player. Then again, she did just get his basketball number tattooed above her ass. But she's young! And in love!
Peyton tells Haley that by saying how head over heels she is for him, she's already a lot farther into the relationship than her and Nathan ever got while they were dating. Haley James, here's my advice: do what's right for you. Do not succumb to the pressure but also don't not do something out of fear and fear alone.
Brooke and Lucas get into a heated argument at school where he calls her out for sleeping with multiple guys. Dick move, Luke. She gets a call from the doctor who confirms that she's pregnant, and she runs off telling Lucas to leave her alone.
Lucas tells Karen about Brooke, and she SLAPS him!!! She immediately apologizes, but is still freaking out because she wanted better for him than what she had, and she's so scared for his future. Karen is having a rough week because later Keith comes over and basically says that because she turned down his marriage proposal he's going to leave Tree Hill. At the end of the episode he heads to a pawn shop to sell the ring.
Nathan and Haley are in a really awkward situation, with neither one of them wanting to step on the other's toes when it comes to sex. While discussing the importance of their relationship and Nathan still wrapping his head around the fact that level-headed Haley got a part of him tattooed onto herself, he confesses that he is in love with her. She says she loves him too, and it's about damn time because she's practically told everyone else but him. They kiss and it's super sweet and they still don't have sex and that is okay!
Nikki visits Lucas and asks him not to tell Jake that they slept together because she's trying to get her family back together. For the first time, she is actually acting human and she's not wearing too much eyeliner. It's so hard to take, though, because she doesn't really deserve the life she wants to have, and even if she did, there's just no chance she's getting it back. She creepily stares at Jake, Peyton, and Jenny through their window in the dark and I get chills because she's crazy.
Lucas goes over to Brooke's to talk to her about all of his newfound realizations about how he came to be and the father he wants to be, and she is forced to finally come clean; she isn't pregnant. She lied. The test WAS positive, but when the doctor called he said it was a false alarm. Lucas is rightfully pissed that she lied to him about something so life changing, but I can't help but feel for Brooke as she explains herself. When the doctor called, Lucas had just slut shamed her and made her feel, once again, unloveable and inadequate. Should she have lied? No. But watching her hold herself sobbing at the end of the episode just makes my heart break. We have all been there, Brooke Davis. Your pain is felt and known.
Favorite line: "In the end, it all hurts just the same." Brooke to Lucas after he says that he never meant to hurt her. This line made me tear up, because it's so unbelievably true.
Important moment: First "I love you" exchanged by Naley!
Random Observation: Deb is annoying the hell out of me because whenever she talks she sounds like a whiny baby. I feel like I needed to let this be known.
Next time: There's a party! And parties always go over so well!