One Tree Hill (Season 1)

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1.01 – Pilot (September 23, 2003)
Directed by: Bryan Gordon | Written by: Mark Schwahn



Nathan Scott is Tree Hill High’s biggest basketball star and is dating Peyton, a cheerleader. Nathan’s half brother, Lucas, joins the team – and threatens to take both Nathan’s spot in the lineup and his girl.


1.02 – The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most (September 30, 2003)
Directed by: Bryan Gordon | Written by: Mark Schwahn



Lucas plays his first game as a Tree Hill Raven…and chokes. He isn’t the only one confronting insecurities: Peyton can’t find the courage to submit her drawings for publication.


1.03 – Are You True? (October 7, 2003)
Directed by: Michael Grossman | Written by: Jennifer Cecil



Frustrated by Lucas’ growing popularity at school, Nathan searches for Lucas’ weak spot, and has the team begin to initiate hazing incidents against him. Nathan also tries to seek tutoring help from Haley. Brooke begins to fall for Lucas. Meanwhile, Peyton is furious with Lucas for submitting her drawings to the local newspaper without her knowledge.


1.04 – Crash Into You (October 14, 2003)
Directed by: David Carson | Written by: Mark Perry



After Lucas crowns another good game with the winning point, Nathan switches to plan B, inviting him to a party at his dad’s luxurious beach house where he cleverly humiliates him with a truth game and a video of Lucas ma calling Dan her dream husband. After Lucas walks out livid, Haley is stranded, accepts a ride back from Nathan in Peyton’s car and accepts to keep tutoring him since failing grades would kill all his and Dan’s dreams. On his way back Nathan crashes into Lucas in the car of one of Keith’s clients; Nathan thinks he can bluff his way out making Tim his false witness, but there are nasty consequences for both brothers, their girls friends and their parents.


1.05 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind (October 21, 2003)
Directed by: Duane Clark | Written by: Ann Hamilton & Mark Schwahn



After the disastrous party and car crash, things still look bad for everyone. Peyton meets coach at the cemetery and exchanges grief and memories about her mother’s death in a car accident the one time she ignored a red light and his late wife Camilla. With the benefit match between the Ravens boys and their fathers coming up, captained by Nathan and Dan Scott, Keith is honored to be asked as substitute by his nephew Lucas, and joins in with his mother asking him to reconsider his intent to change his last name to hers after Dan barged in at Keith’s auto shop saying Lucas is unworthy of the name. At the game, Dan is the only father who can’t just enjoy being creamed by their heirs- he even barges in with the boys after their glorious first half, barking so badly Keith has to defend even Nathan. Dan’s behavior on the court is no more sportsmanlike, even at Nathan’s expense- the golden boy’s filial loyalty gets shocked in both senses of that verb.


1.06 – Every Night Is Another Story (October 28, 2003)
Directed by: Jason Moore | Written by: Mike Kelley



Things are so bad between the Scott half-brothers that they are thrown off the court for rolling over the floor fighting each-other during a game in a North Carolina hick-town, Pinkerton. Brooke is hurt and scams a strong painkiller from a med student, but takes an overdose which forces Haley and Peyton to give the ‘drunk’ a ride; despite car trouble, they’ll have it relatively easy getting back home. Coach decides to punish Nathan and Lucas by making them walk some 30 miles, which turns out just the ‘fraternal’ male bonding they needed as they are not given a lift but abducted by local hicks who force them to go shopping in their undershorts marked ‘Ravens suck’ on their backs; even after doing so, their ordeal is far from over… On the home front, Dan and Keith seize the evening without the boys to take Nathan’s mother, Deb and Lucas’s mother, Karen out, but land in the same restaurant where they get into a fight of their own.


1.07 – Life in a Glass House (November 4, 2003)
Directed by: Robert Duncan McNeill | Written by: Mike Kelley



Now Nathan is taking the heat off Lucas in the team, after their common escape from the hicks and as agreed with his attractive tutor Haley, the kids’ attention shifts to boy-girl relationships. This time the battleground is Dan Scott’s house, as he hosts a fancy party for the successful Ravens team and supporters, and his wife Deb makes sure even Keith, Lucas and Karen actually come. If anything doesn’t help young couples forming or making up, then it’s Brooke’s nasty games such as truth and dare.


1.08 – The Search for Something More (November 11, 2003)
Directed by: John T. Kretchmer | Written by: Jennifer Cecil



Brooke takes Peyton to a college party but the night takes a bad turn when someone drugs Peyton’s drink. Nathan and Haley go on a scavenger hunt date set up by Brooke in an attempt to make up for her actions at the party the night before.


1.09 – With Arms Outstretched (November 18, 2003)
Directed by: Greg Prange | Written by: Mark Schwahn



Tension mounts now the Ravens may get their first ever undefeated season if they win against Cove City, but instead of encouraging his son, Dan barks at Nathan he doesn’t go deep enough while ordering him to convince his mother he’s not unhappy, thus blaming the poor kid for her punishing him by running Karen’s place. He decides to take amphetamines supplied by Tim’s brother, which make him so aggressive coach throws him out at training; when he gently tries to take the next step while kissing Haley, she also shows him the door. Brooke gets Lucas to go out as ‘reward’ for recommending a book she lobes, then makes him drink and- get a real tattoo, to Keith’s in loco parentis despair and fury. At the crucial game, Nathan’s second pill dose lands him first on the bench and next in hospital. Dan doesn’t believe the doctors correct substance diagnosis; he didn’t even call Deb, who tells him to leave home for good.


1.10 – You Gotta Go There to Come Back (January 20, 2004)
Directed by: Keith Samples | Written by: Mike Kelley



After Peyton walked in on Lucas kissing Brooke the night she got him drunk, they all feel uncomfortable but decide to stay friends; Haley and Peyton even team up to organize live entertainment in Karen’s café. Because of Nathan’s pills-disaster, coach cancels basketball practice till further notice, telling livid Dan -who fears for the Ravens’ shot at a perfect season- ‘the game is no fun any more’ so he takes off pressure. Nathan feels happy again taking things easy with Haley, but Dan decrees they’re ‘going to have a good time’ on the golf weekend he planned with Deb till she threw him out, leaving the boy no escape from worrying about his parents plausible divorce in between humiliating golf ‘lessons’ in his dad’s arrogant style, till he walks off shouting nobody can be happy with a bully like Dan. Jake shows Lucas why coach cuts him slack: his 6 months old baby Jenny, abandoned by her mother, and gets the advice not to keep that secret any longer. Jake uses the ‘open mike’ at Karen’s to out his baby; afterward Lucas invites Nathan to the Rivercourt where all the kids enjoy informal basketball, putting coach and Keith’s worries to rest.


1.11 – The Living Years (January 27, 2004)
Directed by: Thomas J. Wright | Written by: Mark Perry



After Deb drags Dan and Nathan to a family therapist, where they only fight and each expect Nathan to take their side, Nathan looses faith in everything except Haley. Brooke begins to feel jealous about Lucas, but insecure as they have almost no common interests; Lucas and Peyton both reassure her. Lucas finds Peyton’s dad home for once; he tells her another, even better paid job will drag him for months to New Zealand… Nathan talks to Keith and coach, who both tell him to do what’s best for him, even if that means dropping basketball; he cuts practice and classes, even takes Haley with him playing hooky, to Dan’s disgust in more then one way…


1.12 – Crash Course in Polite Conversations (February 3, 2004)
Directed by: Sandy Smolan | Written by: Jessica Queller



On Dan’s birthday, his parents turn up unannounced; Dan tries to make everybody keep Nathan’s quitting from them, and Haley offers to come for moral support. Just when she was counting off her dad’s return home, Peyton gets a call a storm knocked four men off his ship, and she must identify if a corps is his, so Lucas drives her, but the roads are blocked too so they must spend the night in a motel, but Lucas doesn’t forget Brooke. At the Scott diner, the mothers tell the truth, how grandpa Royal Scott also pushed Dan too hard till he took his mother’s advice to use a knee injury to quit basketball altogether; like coach Nathan walks out disgusted, losing all respect for the man he always tried desperately to please, and decides how to deal with it.


1.13 – Hanging by a Moment (February 10, 2004)
Directed by: John Behring | Written by: Mark Schwahn



In therapy with Deb, who by now wants a divorce, Dan tells he cut Lucas out of his life like a trapped man amputates his arm to survive. Haley gets basketball lessons (to pass PE) from patient Nathan, who to everyone’s relief is back with the Ravens. Coach tells Keith he promised his wife 35 years ago they would ‘start living’ after 20 years of coaching; he just won 500 matches, but what about his most important intention: to make a difference? Strolling on the beach Dan meets Carrie, who fails to seduce him when invited to eat his spare steak as Nathan declined, but just then Deb walks in. Now Brooke believes Lucas is her first true love, he and Peyton don’t come clean about the motel; but Haley overhears them and has a row with him. Nathan convinces coach he does matter for boys like him who still need guidance. While driving with Lucas, Keith is hit by another car. Dan is nearby and rushes Lucas to the hospital.


1.14 – I Shall Believe (February 17, 2004)
Directed by: Greg Prange | Written by: Jennifer Cecil



The people closest to Lucas are dealing with his unconsciousness in different ways; Haley can’t get herself to see him after their argument earlier, Peyton still feels bad for kissing him and recalls the time when her mother was in the hospital and died from a car accident, Brooke unsuccessfully tries to lighten up the mood while becoming neurotic for Lucas not waking up, and Karen grieves, blames Keith for being drunk before the accident and is thankful towards Dan for saving Lucas. Common for all of them is that they feel guilty about it and struggles to deal with it. Meanwhile, Nathan and Haley gets into an argument on the way he first approached her, Deb tries to be there for Karen, Keith pays Lucas’ health insurance without Karen’s knowledge, and Deb is sure that her marriage to Dan is definitely over, while Dan still is in denial.


1.15 – Suddenly Everything Has Changed (February 24, 2004)
Directed by: David Carson | Written by: Mark Perry



After his near-death experience, Lucas decides he made the wrong choice between Brooke and Peyton so he breaks things off with Brooke and secretly rekindles his romance with Peyton. However, the truth becomes obvious after he is rushed to the emergency room again and the girls come face to face in the hospital. Meanwhile, unable to pay his mortgage after paying Lucas’ hospital bill, Keith puts his garage up for sale.


1.16 – The First Cut Is the Deepest (March 2, 2004)
Directed by: Robert Duncan McNeill | Written by: Mike Kelley



Nathan must choose which parent to live with after Dan and Deb’s divorce. Dan forces Nathan to make the decision by threatening to reveal Deb’s darkest secrets in court unless Nathan chooses him. Meanwhile, Lucas meets a beautiful stranger who challenges his perceptions of life since Lucas’ car accident.


1.17 – Spirit in the Night (April 6, 2004)
Directed by: Duane Clark | Written by: Terrence Coli



Nathan must choose which parent to live with after Dan and Deb’s divorce. Dan forces Nathan to make the decision by threatening to reveal Deb’s darkest secrets in court unless Nathan chooses him. Meanwhile, Lucas meets a beautiful stranger who challenges his perceptions of life since Lucas’ car accident.


1.18 – To Wish Impossible Things (April 13, 2004)
Directed by: Billy Dickson | Written by: Mark Schwahn



Nathan has moved into his own apartment, away from both parents. To prepare for a match away, Coach orders Lucas to coach Nathan’s weakest points, and makes them uneasy roommates; in the evening the boys sneak out but the strip joint Tim ‘could get them in’ turns out to be queer. Peyton and Sparkle Classic cheer-leading coach Brooke also find themselves bunking together; when Theresa falls sick, Haley is recruited and gets a crash course. Mouth spies the other teams -he demonstrates with more talent then most girls!- so they rework both choreography (Brooke) and music (Peyton); after training Brooke gets the hot pool opened, the boys jump in and coach grills chaperons Karen and Peyton’s dad Larry Sawyer, but nobody minds. The new routine rocks, so Brooke wins the choreography prize. In the game Nathan uses the fade-away Lucas proposed and scores the winning point. At the home front manager Keith feels smothered by Dan and his men, and makes a drastic choice.


1.19 – How Can You Be Sure? (April 20, 2004)
Directed by: Thomas J. Wright | Written by: Karyn Usher



Lucas believed he saw more then an auction slave’s duty when Nathan kissed Peyton, but confronted Nathan is convincingly indignant. Brooke and a test kit tell Lucas they’re expecting a baby. Jake still refuses Nikki any part in Jenny’s life. Nathan tells Haley he doesn’t understand she won’t share his bed but tattooed his jersey number on her backside. After 15 years Keith proposes to Karen, who ‘isn’t ready’, and decides to leave. Dan tells Lucas not to let Brooke ruin his life as Karen did by having him; and bursts in at Nathan’s to tell him the beach-house will be waiting ‘when’ he hits rock bottom.


1.20 – What Is and What Should Never Be (April 27, 2004)
Directed by: Perry Lang | Written by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz



Keith has a solicitation as auto-shop teacher in a Charleston school; Lucas is heartbroken his surrogate father may move that far away. Haley and Nathan finally feel cozy living together, but when Dan finds out he sold the car he gave his poor son, he demands the money it fetched unless he moves in with him again- so the kid chooses to stay poor and takes a lousy job serving food in the mall, where a kid he never even noticed in his history class is now the sports heroes’ vindictive boss- one visit by Dan convinces even him to go easy on the long-envied golden boy whose silver spoon came at such a price, so he won’t miss his own housewarming party. When he gets there, Mouths music and Nikki literally fighting with Peyton have alerted the police, so Dan -who just got in bed with Deb- gets a call from the sheriff to bail him out.


1.21 – The Leaving Song (May 4, 2004)
Directed by: Davis Carson | Written by: Jennifer Cecil & Mark Perry



The knowledge that Dan actually requested joint custody over Lucas but was turned away by Karen makes Keith doubt her and the Scott boys, who now train together as friends, how their lives would have been growing up as brothers. Peyton and Brooke lose Jake’s baby daughter Jenny in the mall, and find Nikki picked her up. Haley is furious when she finds porn sites on Nathans computer, even though everybody else considers cyber-sex innocent fun, no competition for her. Since coach Whitey must have an operation, Dan manages -to his fury- to be made Ravens coach for one match, and works the boys like a penal company. Jake thinks he’ll lose a custody battle against Nikki, so he considers moving to family in Savannah and gets Peytons support. Lucas comes to a decision which worries both Karen and Keith.


1.22 – The Games That Play Us (May 11, 2004)
Directed by: Greg Prange | Written by: Mark Schwahn



The game against Masonboro, coached by Dan, can mean a perfect season for the Ravens. Nathan finally gets Haley over the computer images- and in bed. Brooke swears Peyton she’s two-timing Nikki who wants to take Jenny from Jake. Karen is not prepared to see Lucas leave to Charleston with Keith, which makes nearly everybody sad. At the game bully Dan ignores the medical advice to have Lucas’ arm X-rayed and keeps it from him so he’ll play; Nathan overhears him but passes him the decisive last minute shot, and thus shatters the unbeaten season dream. Just before he leaves, Lucas gets surprising news from Nathan and Haley…