The next day, Keith Scott (Craig Sheffer), Dan’s elder brother who is close friends with Karen, asks Whitey Durham (Barry Corbin) the Ravens coach, to let Lucas be part of the team. Keith is positive that the kid deserves it. The coach tells Lucas he can join the Ravens. Nathan then challenges Lucas to a basketball match, with the stipulation that the loser will walk away from the team. Later, Peyton’s car breaks down and Lucas comes to her assistance. During a discussion, Lucas relays his history with Dan and Nathan.
Dan shows up at Keith’s motor shop and they start talking about Karen. Lucas enters the shop and over hears them talking about his mum, in a pit of rage Lucas throws keys at Keith and storms out. Following this, Lucas makes up his mind and accepts Nathan’s challenge. After winning the game, Lucas lets Peyton know that Nathan has to stay on the team because "it's the last thing he wants".
Before the episode ends, the last scene shows: Lucas entering the school’s gym whilst everyone is staring at him, while a last close-up of the park where Lucas used to play, shows that it’s finally empty.
In this episode of season one, the viewer is able to see more of Lucas’ relationship with Keith his uncle and his mother, especially after playing the challenge game of basketball against his half-brother Nathan.
Problems seem to arise in this episode, especially when Lucas first joins the basketball team, but in their first game of the season Lucas ends up failing in the game. Due to this loss and teasing from other members of the team, he ends up deciding to leave the team completely.
It appears that the relationship between Nathan and Peyton, which at first appeared to be a cheerleader dating the typical popular jock of their high school, isn't everything it seemed to be. There are so many differences between them that even though people say opposites attract, in some cases it's not always true. For example, their taste in music is completely different as Peyton has more of an eclectic taste in music that ranges from rock to pop from different decades, and Nathan prefers hip hop. The further you watch into this episode you see the strains within their relationship, especially with Nathan continuing to make jabs and remarks towards Lucas for being around and trying to be on the basketball team.
When Lucas eventually goes back to playing basketball again he asks all of his close friends and family to be there to support him. However, it takes a little convincing from his uncle Keith for his mother Karen to go along with it. This is because of her past with Lucas' farther Dan. Thank god she does actually go and support him no matter what the situation is and watches from the crowd with Lucas' best friend Hayley.