Luke: I do not know how to thank you.
Reid: Well, how about this — as soon as I’m finished restoring Noah’s eyesight, I never hear from you again, and you throw away the dirt that you have on me?
Luke: It’s a deal.
Reid: It better be a deal. I’m the one that’s gonna be cutting open your boyfriend’s head.

— Luke and Reid

Transcript: Part 21/March 12, 2010

[spoiler name=”Episode Summary”]Luke watches as Reid and Katie say goodbye; Reid reveals to Luke that he’s gay[/spoiler]

Created by: LoveLure

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Reid and Katie standing outside in Old Town, next to Jacob’s baby carriage.

Reid: What’s this? Katie hands Reid a box.

Katie: It’s something to remind you of Oakdale. Reid and Katie laugh.

Reid: Handcuffs?

Katie: Well, a keychain, with little mini handcuffs….I know you’re not gonna keep in touch, but I am. I’m gonna send you pictures of Jacob every month.

Reid: Digital photos only. I can’t get baby pictures in the mail. It’s bad for my image.

Katie: Okay, yeah, well. I’ll keep that in mind.

Reid picks up Jacob as Luke walks by and looks on curiously.

Reid: So long, sport. Bad luck having to grow up in this town. But you sure did ace it the mom department, you know that?

Katie: Aw. Luke eavesdrops while pretending to read.

Reid: You keep her out of trouble, all right? So don’t try to do everything yourself. Make sure to get out, get some “you” time.

Katie: Or what? You’ll come back and kick my butt?

Reid: Don’t get your hopes up.

Katie: I really wish you didn’t have to leave. If Henry would just donate that money to the hospital, you could stay. I don’t understand why he’s being so selfish?!

Reid: It’s just Hank being Hank…All right, don’t get all weepy. I got you something too. I didn’t wrap it, though.

Katie: Okay. Reid hands her a business card. Katie gasps.

Katie: Oh! A business card! You shouldn’t have!

Reid: That’s what I’m thinkin’….Turn it over.

Katie: What’s this? Your home number?

Reid: That’s my beeper number. Nobody has that except the hospital, and now you. Now you call that, anytime. If you have any kind of problem, day or night….You know, Mr Snyder, you’ve been eavesdropping long enough to figure out that this is a private conversation. Reid turns to Luke.

Reid: Go away. Luke pretends to read his book again and tries (very unsuccessfully) to look innocent.

Luke: I wasn’t eavesdropping. I’ve just never seen you be nice like that before.

Katie: Yeah, I’m trying to work on that with him.

Reid: Some people deserve kindness; others are like you.

Luke: Are you saying you’re rude to me because I deserve it?

Katie: No, that’s not what he’s saying. (Whispers to Reid) Just stop! Katie’s cell phone warbles and she looks at it and gasps. Oh my god!

Reid: What is it?

Katie: Um, I’m not sure yet. You’re not leaving for an hour or so, right?

Reid: At least, why?

Katie: Ok, um. I have to go. Just make sure you do NOT leave without saying goodbye.

Reid: I thought we just did that!

Katie: That was a warm-up! Stay put. I’ll see you soon. Bye, Luke! Katie quickly leaves, pushing Jacob’s stroller.

Luke: So. Are you and Noah driving to the airport together?

Reid: Pulling out his cell phone. What am I? His seeing eye dog? Are we joined at the hip?

Luke: Will you be sitting next to him on the plane?

Reid sits down on the bench and starts to check messages and surfing on his phone, ignoring Luke. Luke taps Reid on the shoulder.

Luke: Hey! I’m talking to you.

Reid: And yet I’m not listening…Aw c’mon, you’ve got to be kidding me!

Luke: What’s wrong? Is it Noah? Did something happen to him?

Reid: There’s nothing wrong with your boyfriend, all right? My flight to Dallas got delayed. It’s like this town has tentacles….I need a drink. Reid gets up to leave.

Luke: You know, Dr Oliver? I think I could help you with that.

Reid: Going the rest of the day without seeing your face in this godforsaken town would be helpful indeed.

Luke: I can let you borrow my private plane. That way you and Noah can get to Dallas whenever you like.

Reid: As tempting as the offer is, it has one very large drawback.

Luke: What’s that? Reid: It comes from you.

Reid turns his back and leaves.

Reid is sitting at the bar at the Lakeview when Luke walks by (looking for him), spots him, and enters.

Reid: Seriously? Is there no place in this town that I can go to avoid you?

Luke: Look, if you don’t want to take my jet, that’s fine. But could you, for once, think about Noah.

Reid: Noah can get to Dallas however he wants to; I’m gonna fly commercial. Reid gets up and walks from the bar to a couch.

Luke: Why? Because I’M offering this to you? Do you have any idea how childish that sounds?

Reid: Yup. But it’s nt as ridiculous as you chasing me all over town because I whining that I’m not gonna play with your toy. Luke pulls up a chair and sits down.

Reid: Oh my god, you’re sitting down?

Luke: You know, I think that there’s something else going on here.

Reid: And what would that be?

Luke: Well, you tell me. You’re so anxious to leave Oakdale. I give you a solution that could cut three hours off your travel time and you turn me down because it comes from me. Now who does that?

Reid: I’m unique.

Luke: No. See, I don’t think this has to do with me throwing my money around or how I got you to Oakdale.

Reid: And your keen instinct tells you what?

Luke: You wouldn’t treat me this way if I was the straight husband or wife of one of your patients. You don’t respect me and Noah because we’re gay – that’s it.

Luke: This isn’t funny! Reid: You think I’m homophobic. That’s hysterical.

Luke: Why don’t you let me in on the joke, doctor? What, is your best friend gay? Or your mom? Or your dad? Who?

Reid: Me, Mr Snyder. I’m gay.

Luke: You’re messing with me. You’re not gay!

Reid: You’re requiring proof? How would that work exactly?

Luke: Well you never mentioned anything! Are you really that deep in the closet?

Reid: Mr Snyder, I’ve known that I was gay since I was nine years old. I can assure you that in all that time, I’ve never once hidden, apologized for, or been ashamed of who I am.

Luke: Well, THAT, I can believe. But you never said anything to Noah or me.

Reid: Why WOULD I?

Luke: Because it could have helped.

Reid: What, so that we could share the secret handshake?

Luke: It’s called relating, Dr Oliver. You meet someone; you learn things about them. You find what you have in common and then you get along better.

Reid: So you’re telling me that if I had told you that I’m a Pisces yet ironically allergic to fish, you and I would have bonded?

Luke: Maybe.

Reid: Here’s the thing Mr Snyder – I don’t want to bond with you. And unlike you, I don’t feel obligated to spill my guts all over whoever happens to be within range.

Reid is drinking a coffee on the bench outside in Old Town. Katie arrives.

Katie: What do you want more than anything?

Reid: To wake up and discover that the last few months have been one tragic nightmare.

Katie: Henry decided to donate his inheritance to the hospital. He’s going to build that wing for you! So, I just have to get Bob to sign on and you’ll be good to go…or good to stay, as the case may be.

Reid: I’m sorry you went to all that trouble for nothing.

Katie: What do you mean? Even if they build the wing, you’re not going to stay?

Reid: I don’t belong here. My life is back in Dallas. The sooner I can get the hell out of here, the better. Reid stands up to leave as Katie watches him go.

Note: Part 21 of HappyInChintz72’s Reid Oliver Story also includes additional scenes where Katie and Vienna convince Henry to donate his inheritance to the hospital.

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