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