Question: It's that time of year: October Road's back! Please give me some scoop!

Answer: OK, but just so you know, I'm doing this out of a sense of pity, not obligation. I mean, did you see the ratings for those first two episodes? Ouch. Anyway, next week's episode is fairly action-packed, so let's get to it: Hannah chooses Ray, which leads Nick to finally realize that it's time to move the frak on. It also leads Road to go the flashback route, showing us Nick and Hannah's first encounter as kids and then when they dated as teens. Meanwhile, Owen learns the details of Allison and Ikey's affair by going on Nick's "infidelity tour," and Eddie and Hannah are hiding a big secret from Nick that Eddie is chomping at the bit to spill.