Episode 1.22 The Games That Play Us


In the first season finale, Lucas and Nathan bear the brunt of Dan’s abuse as he coaches them into the playoffs, pushing both of them to their breaking points. Lucas is stunned when Haley’s reconciliation with Nathan heightens the intensity of their relationship. Meanwhile, Whitey learns that his medical condition may be more serious than he first expected, and Dan learns a shocking secret concerning Deb and Keith.


The playoffs are near and Nathan and Lucas are still practicing together. They even go and visit Whitey, who can’t help but feel stunned. Before heading for the hospital, he has some words left: “You boys play with your whole hearts. You take your shots, no regrets”.

After trying to convince Deb he has always wanted to do the right thing for their family, Dan threatens Haley: she had better stay away from Nathan. Here is a practical example of doing the right thing, of course. Later, Lucas comes by Dan’s office: he wants to let him know he does appreciate that he tried to get joint custody.

Meanwhile, Nathan is clearly worried about the whole argument he and Haley had, so he catches up with her, proclaiming his love for her. They make up. Someone else isn’t having such an easy time. Keith confronts Karen and tells her he wants to leave because of her, since she kind of destroyed his heart.

Elsewhere, Nikki and Brooke are planning something bad: Brooke will convince Peyton to reveal where Jenny and Jake are so Nikki can go after them.

Karen is upset that Lucas is going to leave Tree Hill, but he doesn’t seem eager to change his mind. Unfortunately, it’s time that Haley learns the truth too. She isn’t enthusiastic: “Who’s going to buy bad music or lie to the campus lost and found and claim dumb stuff?”. Lucas assures her they’ll keep on being best friends, as usual.

The playoffs are finally here and, of course, Dan is always sweeter: “If you win, you’re one step closer to a state championship, and undefeated season and greatness. Lose, and be losers.” Well, the game isn’t the best ever and the Ravens lose after Lucas misses the basket because of his injured shoulder.

Lucas and Keith are ready to leave the next morning. Lucas goes and visits Whitey, thanking him for having believed in his skills. After, he greets Karen, who reminds him Tree Hill will be his home forever, and Nathan, who claims he’s going to miss him. Shocker, uh. And, luckily, it turns out that Brooke lies to Nikki, making up that Jake and Jenny are in Seattle.

Bad news for Whitey: his medical condition is definitely worse than expected.
Meanwhile, Dan shows up at Deb’s, and he sees her and Keith lying together. Keith wants to explain what happened, but Dan tells him he’s not his brother anymore. Then, while he is signing divorce papers, he has a heart attack.

The next morning, Peyton and Brooke’s friendship is blossoming. A mysterious letter is waiting for them, though. Lucas stops by Nathan’s in order to say good-bye to Haley. Actually, Nathan and Haley have big news: they have just married. Lucas is stunned and the last scene we see is him and Keith driving away.

Originally aired: Tuesday May 11, 2004 on The CW Writer: Mark Schwahn
Director: Greg Prange
Show Stars: Moira Kelly (Karen Roe), Chad Michael Murray (Lucas Eugene Scott), Barry Corbin (Coach Whitey Durham), Barbara Alyn Woods (Deb Scott (as also starring; 2004-present)), Paul Johansson (Dan Scott), Craig Sheffer (Keith Scott), James Lafferty (Nathan Scott), Hilarie Burton (Peyton Sawyer), Sophia Bush (Brooke Davis), Bethany Joy Galeotti (Haley James-Scott)
Recurring Role: Emmanuelle Vaugier (Nikki), Lee Norris (Mouth), Brett Claywell (Tim), Cullen Moss (Junk), Vaughn Wilson (Fergie)
Guest Stars: Dorothy Brown (Dr. Hale) , Brendan Kirsch (Brendan) , James Rhodes (Thadeus) , Keith Harris (Doctor) , Marcela Morgan (Nurse)
Production Code: 177521


Episode 1.21 The Leaving Song


Dan becomes temporary coach of the basketball team when Whitey has to have eye surgery; no else thinks this is really a good idea. Haley finds objectional material on Nathan’s laptop and gets offended. Peyton and Brooke are to blame for Nikki kidnapping Jenny and Jake gets upset – and worried. Lucas decides on a complicated decision. Nathan finds that he is pressuring Haley for sex in ways he knows not. And Keith and Karen are at odds on their relationship. Dan finally gives those divorce papers.


To everyone’s utter shock, Dan didn’t always want to be out of Lucas’ life. When the kid was little, Dan did ask Karen for joint custody, but she turned him down. Karen assures Lucas she did that because she did not trust Dan, but Lucas seems a bit disappointed. So is Keith, who can’t believe Karen never divulged this little detail.

It’s playoffs time and Nathan does want to train with Lucas – yep, this episode is full of surprises. As soon as Lucas informs Nathan about the whole custody thing, Nathan is puzzled. “The one decent thing the guy does and he buries it, huh?” Well, that’s a good point, Nate. Anyway, Nathan and Lucas are bonding for the first time. Of course, things are doomed to get tougher as soon as Dan becomes the Raven’s new coach, since Whitey has to be at the hospital for a while.

Haley finds some porn sites on Nathan’s computer favorites list, and even though Nathan, Lucas and Peyton try to convince her that it doesn’t mean anything, she looks hurt, especially when she discovers that Nathan still has some of Peyton’s pictures as well.

Now that Lucas has “out-slutted the both of them”, Brooke and Peyton start mending their friendship: they go shopping with Jake’s little daughter. Unfortunately, Nikki kidnaps Jenny. The cops are called and, in the end, when Nikki eventually shows up, she points out that she wants to ask for Jenny’s custody, since her father and her babysitter are endangering her. Jake is really worried: he has to leave Tree Hill. Peyton finds him a place on his father’s boat. For Savannah. The next day, Jake and Jenny leave, and Miss Goldielocks looks totally sad.

Someone else is planning to leave Tree Hill: Lucas. He wants to “Get away. Away from Dan. Away from this place. And away from all the mistakes I’ve been making.”

Originally aired: Tuesday May 4, 2004 on The CW Writer: Jennifer Cecil, Mark B. Perry
Director: David Carson
Show Stars: Moira Kelly (Karen Roe), Chad Michael Murray (Lucas Eugene Scott), Barry Corbin (Coach Whitey Durham), Barbara Alyn Woods (Deb Scott (as also starring; 2004-present)), Paul Johansson (Dan Scott), Craig Sheffer (Keith Scott), James Lafferty (Nathan Scott), Hilarie Burton (Peyton Sawyer), Sophia Bush (Brooke Davis), Bethany Joy Galeotti (Haley James-Scott)
Recurring Role: Shawn Shepard (Principal Turner), Brett Claywell (Tim), Thomas Ian Griffith (Larry Sawyer), Bryan Greenberg (Jake), Emmanuelle Vaugier (Nikki)
Guest Stars: Henry Garrett Droege (Messanger) , Stephen Delaney (Policeman) , Richard Fullerton (Security Guard)
Production Code: 177520


Episode 1.20 What Is And What Should Never Be


Nathan looks for an after-school job to pay his rent and looks forward to the party that night that Haley is throwing for him. However, Haley panics when things get out of control. Brooke realizes that she isn’t considered a “close friend” so she goes to a bar and meets the infamous Nikki whom she chooses to crash the party with. The news Nikki is the random girl Lucas made out with, leaves Peyton shocked and disappointed in Lucas.


Since Tim seems to enjoy partying all the way at Nathan’s apartment, Haley comes up with an idea: a party for Nathan. Meanwhile, Brooke is always more furious at Peyton, but this time it turns out Miss Sawyer is fed up with the whole situation. Peyton is done trying to apologize. She informs Lucas they don’t have to avoid each other anymore. They agree to go to Nathan and Haley’s party… together.

Nathan needs money for the apartment, so he sells his car. Of course, Dan wants the money back since the car was a present of his. Nathan has to find a job. He starts working for a food stand at the mall. Unfortunately, he and his boss don’t exactly hit it off, since the guy is a highschool major dork Nathan had always made fun of.

Karen tells Lucas about the whole rejected proposal (plus leaving) thing and he immediately heads for Keith’s house. Lucas tells his uncle that he will be sorely missed, if he decides to leave.

When Brooke learns she wasn’t invited to the party, she heads to a bar, drinking all the way. Nikki shows up, asking what brings Brooke out into the big, bad, real world. Brooke’s answer is simple: “Anger, alcohol, and a fake ID”.

The party is turning into a rager, since always more unknown people come by. In the end, even Brooke and Nikki come over: it’s time to crash the party. Meanwhile, at the Scott’s, after the umpteenth argument, Dan and Deb end up spending the night together.

Back at the party, ‘fight club’ can get started: Peyton and Nikki start fighting but Lucas manages to divide the two of them. Everyone in the apartment wants Nikki to leave but she has something to say before walking away. It turns out she’s the mysterious girl Lucas met in the bar. While Peyton is clearly upset, a drunk Brooke can’t help but point out to Lucas, “And you called me easy?”

Finally Nathan – who was stuck at the mall – shows up, just in time to greet the police, who have just now arrived. “Underage drinking. Disturbing the peace.” Nathan ends up in jail, and Dan bails him out. He want Nathan to come back home, but Nathan stands up to him, thanks to Lucas’ help.

Peyton and Brooke are in Peyton’s bedroom and they seem to be on the path to mending their torn friendship. Well, at least they’re not insulting each other, and that’s definitely a start. Keith stops by Karen’s Cafè with some news. He got a job and will be leaving soon. Meanwhile, Dan informs Deb she can have the divorce.

It’s a new morning in Tree Hill and Lucas is waiting for Peyton outside school. She is clearly disappointed in him. “You know, when you and I first met, I was with Nathan. And he was a pretty bad guy, if you remember. Who knew that you two would switch places?” After that, Peyton walks away, leaving Lucas standing all alone.

Originally aired: Tuesday April 27, 2004 on The CW Writer: Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis
Director: Perry Lang
Show Stars: Moira Kelly (Karen Roe), Chad Michael Murray (Lucas Eugene Scott), Barry Corbin (Coach Whitey Durham), Barbara Alyn Woods (Deb Scott (as also starring; 2004-present)), Paul Johansson (Dan Scott), Craig Sheffer (Keith Scott), James Lafferty (Nathan Scott), Hilarie Burton (Peyton Sawyer), Sophia Bush (Brooke Davis), Bethany Joy Galeotti (Haley James-Scott)
Recurring Role: Brett Claywell (Tim), Emmanuelle Vaugier (Nikki), Lee Norris (Mouth)
Guest Stars: Blake Bashoff (Gary) , Richard Bryant (Stoner #1) , Drake Johnson (Party Kid) , Bobby Tyson (Cop) , Adam Heffernan (College Guy) , Dean James (Bartender) , Mike Pnlewski (Mr. Carlson) , David Smith (Vagrant) , Dan Cox (Customer) , Jennifer Owens (Cop #2) , Ryan Kowalski (Stoner #2)
Production Code: 177519


Episode 1.19 How Can You Be Sure?


Lucas finds out that Brooke is pregnant and must make a decision regarding the pregnancy. Brooke gives Lucas the cold shoulder regarding the situation. Haley considers having sex with Nathan.


Brooke’s pregnancy test is positive. Lucas assures Brooke he is not going to walk away but she clearly wants to cut him out. They start arguing and Lucas ends up saying he doesn’t even know if the baby is his because Brooke isn’t exactly a ‘pure soul’. Brooke cannot believe he is actually hinting she is a ‘without moral’ since he is the one who cheated on her. In that moment, the phone rings: Brooke tells Lucas the doctor assures she’s pregnant.

Nathan notices Haley’s tattoo and he’s a bit confused. So is Haley, who doesn’t know if she’s ready to have sex with him. He assures her that he doesn’t want to push her, and she seems relieved. Meanwhile, Dan finds out Lucas is a soon-to-be-father and advises him the best way is the abortion.

After Karen turns Keith’s proposal down, he decides to leave Tree Hill. Elsewhere, a jealous Nikki catches up with Peyton, pointing out that she is only a baby-sitter, and she won’t ever be Jenny’s mother. Peyton can’t help but remark: “All the eyeliner in the world won’t make you anything other than a psycho stalker.”

Lucas tells Karen what’s going on. She is really upset. “This is exactly what I didn’t want for you. You have so much left to do in life.” Anyway, as soon as Lucas tells Brooke that he will support whatever decision she makes, Brooke owns up to the truth: the doctor told her there wasn’t any baby at all. Since Lucas can’t believe she could lie to him like that, Brooke points out that she can’t believe he could cheat on her… with her best friend. Well, good point Davis.

While “Everybody hurts” by Dashboard Confessional is playing in the background, Keith enters the pawn shop, holding Karen’s ring. Brooke is on her bed crying; Dan is in his office. He opens a drawer and pulls out an envelope with a lot of old pictures and some press cuttings about Lucas. It turns out Dan does have a heart, after all. Nikki is outside Jake’s house and is watching Peyton, Jenny and Jake sitting on the couch; Peyton is holding Jenny and Jake is kind of sleeping next to her.

The music is still playing, while Karen catches up with Lucas. He tells her Brooke isn’t pregnant. Karen can’t help but hug her son in happy relief.

Originally aired: Tuesday April 20, 2004 on The CW Writer: Karyn Usher
Director: Thomas J. Wright
Show Stars: Moira Kelly (Karen Roe), Chad Michael Murray (Lucas Eugene Scott), Barry Corbin (Coach Whitey Durham), Barbara Alyn Woods (Deb Scott (as also starring; 2004-present)), Paul Johansson (Dan Scott), Craig Sheffer (Keith Scott), James Lafferty (Nathan Scott), Hilarie Burton (Peyton Sawyer), Sophia Bush (Brooke Davis), Bethany Joy Galeotti (Haley James-Scott)
Recurring Role: Brett Claywell (Tim), Bryan Greenberg (Jake), Emmanuelle Vaugier (Nikki)
Guest Stars: Zachary Hermann (Player #2) , Kwame Heyward (Player #1) , J. R. Rodriguez (Buyer)
Production Code: 177518


Episode 1.18 To Wish Impossible Things


Lucas, Nathan and Jake are auctioned off to the highest bidder in the annual “Boy Toy” charity auction and the night leads to surprising developments with old flames. Meanwhile, having missed out on the auction, Brooke ends up with Mouth and gives him the night of his life. Keith proposes to Karen, after Peyton’s father lets her know he would love to date her. Astonishing news for Lucas: Brooke might be pregnant.


It’s the Annual Boy Toy Auction and here is the drill, as Whitey claims “until midnight tonight, these boys are at your call.” Of course, nothing is going how it is supposed to be.

Peyton bids on Jake, but a mysterious female voice offers more than her – none another than Nikki, of course. Tim’s show is embarrassing, and only Deb ends up offering eight dollars for him. Haley bids on Lucas, but as soon as she sees a bunch of girls after Nathan, she convinces Peyton to “buy” him. Brooke arrives late, and there is only Mouth left, so she offers 200 dollars for him.

Nikki and Jake have dinner together: the girl wants to be part of Jenny’s life but Jake is clear: “You will never break my daughter’s heart because you will never, ever have the chance to.”

Someone else is definitely having a good time. Haley and Lucas are throwing water balloons at each other; Peyton and Nathan are splashing each other in the pool; Brooke is teaching Mouth her philosophy on dating. “It’s important to have somebody that can make you laugh. Somebody you can trust. Somebody that, you know, turns you on. And it’s really, really important that these three people don’t know each other”.

Unfortunately, the spark is ruined. Brooke meets one of her random lovers and looks upset; she tells Mouth she wants to go home. Once in the car, Mouth comforts her, assuring Brooke that she and Lucas will eventually solve their problems.

Tim imagines Deb wants to spend the night with him, even though Deb’s ideas are completely different: she just wanted some plumbing help. Unfortunately, while a partially naked Tim is storming out of the Scotts’ house, Dan comes over. “The lawyers are going to love this one,” he says, delightedly. Evil Dan…
Lucas finds out about Haley’s tattoo, which is Nathan’s jersey number. Haley tells Lucas it was her idea because she’s really in love with Nathan. Meanwhile, Nathan is kind of hitting on Peyton, but they both understand it would be a mistake and they part with a goodbye kiss. In that moment, of course, Lucas sees them, but he decides not to tell Haley. Later, he assures her that he will be always there for her. Mouth has arrived home and he lets Brooke know this was the best evening ever in his whole life.

It turns out that Larry, Peyton’s father, is definitely interested in Karen. In the meantime, Keith, after Whitey’s pep talk, asks Karen to marry him.

Brooke has something to tell too. She catches up with Lucas and tells him she might be pregnant. Ouch.

Originally aired: Tuesday April 13, 2004 on The CW Writer: Mark Schwahn
Director: Billy Dickson
Show Stars: Moira Kelly (Karen Roe), Chad Michael Murray (Lucas Eugene Scott), Barry Corbin (Coach Whitey Durham), Barbara Alyn Woods (Deb Scott (as also starring; 2004-present)), Paul Johansson (Dan Scott), Craig Sheffer (Keith Scott), James Lafferty (Nathan Scott), Hilarie Burton (Peyton Sawyer), Sophia Bush (Brooke Davis), Bethany Joy Galeotti (Haley James-Scott)
Recurring Role: Lee Norris (Mouth), Brett Claywell (Tim), Emmanuelle Vaugier (Nikki), Thomas Ian Griffith (Larry Sawyer), Bryan Greenberg (Jake)
Guest Stars: Julianna Guirl (Money Girl) , Lou Criscuolo (Cryer) , John Driscoil (Boy) , Melissa Bragg Lumaden (Girl #2) , Maya Tai Dorsey (Girl #1) , Lee Freeman (Booster #2) , Amy Parish (Booster Mom) , Julianna Guill (Money Girl) , Maya Tai Dorsey (Girl) , Caitlin Vanhecke (Girl #3) , Johanna Jowett (Girl #1)
Production Code: 177517