Episode 2.23 The Leavers Dance

Overview:

In the second part of the this seamless 2-hour Season Finale of “One Tree Hill,” things heat up between Lucas and Brooke since he finally tells her what he feels about her. Nathan and Deb conspire to desert Dan for good, leading to an explosive conclusion when he discovers their plan. Peyton has a shock. Meanwhile, Karen decides to spend the summer holiday in New Zealand. And at the climax of Dan’s numerous deceptions someone sets the dealership on fire with him in it.

Recap:

Brooke gets ready to leave for the summer and so does Karen, who finally decided to go to New Zealand.
Rehab was successful and Deb is back home. She tells Nathan he should not give up on the whole High Flyers thing because he deserves it. Nathan replies he doesn’t want to leave her anymore since Dan hinted her pain problem addiction started when he moved out. Deb tells Nathan Dan lied to him. It turns out she does want to get their family together but she also wants Dan out of the picture.
Peyton asks Brooke about her feelings for Lucas and Brooke points out: “Phantom feelings. Like, when you lose a leg and try to scratch it. Lucas was my gangrene infected amputated limb.”
Lucas has a present for Deb: the ledger where there are reported Dan’s scam activities. As soon as Deb threatens Dan of giving the ledger to the police, Dan reminds her she is a party of the scam, since she is owner of the dealership as much as he is. Yep, it seems Nathan and Deb’s plan to brake free from Dan isn’t doing exactly great. Typically, Dan has found a way to keep Nathan and Deb from leaving him once and for all.
Meanwhile, Nathan finds out Lucas did go and see Haley. He is hurt that Lucas lied to him about it. “We aren’t brothers, not even friends anymore.”
A reporter is interested in writing an interview about Peyton. Later, Goldilocks finds out the reporter lied about what magazine she worked for. Peyton is stunned.
In the meantime, Lucas finally tells Brooke he is in love with her but she just says she has to leave anyway.
Nathan decides to join High Flyers but someone is waiting for him outside his door: Haley.
Major problem for Dan. Someone sets his dealership on fire and he is kind of trapped there, since he has been drugged.
The fake reporter pays Peyton a visit… Surprise… It turns out she is Peyton’s birth mother.

Originally aired: Tuesday May 24, 2005 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: Kieren Hutchison (Andy Hargrove), Lee Norris (Mouth), Sheryl Lee (Elizabeth)

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Episode 2.22 The Tide That Left and Never Came Back

Overview:

In the first part of the two hour second season finale, things heat up between Lucas and Brooke after they head to New York for an overnight stay with Haley. Nathan and Deb conspire to desert Dan for good, leading to an explosive conclusion when he discovers their plan. Peyton is elated when she gets the band Jimmy Eat World to perform at TRIC in time for Jake’s release from jail. Meanwhile, Andy invites Karen to spend the summer in New Zealand.

Recap:

What’s the drama: Peyton gets Jimmy Eat World to play at the end-of-the-school-year celebration at TRIC, but she’s nervous because the last time she got a big band to play TRIC, her friend ran off with them and they haven’t seen her since.
Peyton has been calling Jake’s lawyers over and over and finally they got busy. They went over Nikki’s testimony line by line-and as it turns out, she lied to them under oath. The judge will lift the court order. He’ll be getting out of jail soon. Jake and Peyton can finally be together!
Lucas encourages Nathan to get with it and study for finals or else he won’t be able to play basketball next year–and then he invites Brooke on a road trip to see Haley. They started the school year together; they should end it together.
The gang is given an assignment for their English final: write about loss. They each have some good fodder for that one.
Andy has to head back to New Zealand to care for his mother. But there’s more to it. He’s not a citizen and Dan is trying to get him deported. When Karen storms into Dan’s office to tell him to back off and get out of her life, he grabs her and plants a big fat kiss on her. She’s so disgusted that she throws a chair through his window, telling him that the next time it’ll be his face.
Coach Whitey decides that it’s not too late for Nathan to get to High Flyers. He’s proud of Nathan and he wants to use his pull to get the kid in for the summer. Nathan wants to think about it. His mom is coming home soon and she might need him.
What’s up with Dan: Over dinner, Nathan tells his dad the good news–that he is considering High Flyers for the summer again. Rather than be happy for his kid, Dan gives him the guilt trip and lies to him — telling him that Deb’s addiction started when he moved out.
What’s up with Lucas: Brooke and Lucas kick off their road trip with a chat. She’s clearly jealous of Luke and Peyton’s friendship and figures that is what he’ll write on for their final. Instead he tells her, “I lost myself this year, along with some people I care about.”
When the twosome enter Haley’s backstage dressing room, the surprise is on them. She and Chris are awfully snuggly, enjoying a tickle fight and giggling to high heaven. Lucas tells her that they’re there to bring her the final English assignment.
What’s up with Whitey: Whitey comes to apologize to Dan — he wants the man to bury all his anger and do what’s best for his son — that is, let him go to High Flyers. Rather than be cool about it, Dan tells the old man that he was right, he, Dan, was a great player and he, Whitey, was a lousy coach and still is. Then he slams the door. That didn’t go so well.
What’s up with Mouth: Mouth thinks he flunked his math final because he was hanging with Erica instead and didn’t even bother to study. Since the normally studious Mouth is so involved with Erica and totally not into studying, Erica bribes him. For every sentence he writes of his English final, he’ll get a kiss. He wraps up the essay in no time at all.
What’s up with Jake: Nikki comes to say good-bye to Jake even before the hearing takes place. She wants him to know how it feels to not be involved in his daughter’s life and informs him that if he wants to hide Jenny, he should do better than Florida. Somehow, she found Jenny and she holds the kid up and tells her to say good-bye to Daddy. Aren’t there plenty of cops around? Isn’t she totally breaking the law? Somehow she walks out of the jail with Jenny, and out of Jake’s life.
What’s up with Nathan: He trains and practices at the court, but it’s clear that his basketball game ain’t what it used to be.
What’s up with Peyton: Her happiness is short-lived. When Jake gets out of jail, he comes straight to Peyton to tell her the bad news. He’s got to leave to find Jenny. But she wants to come with him — she loves him. He wants her to forget about him and move on. She’s too amazing to let this ruin her, and he loves her too much. He leaves.
What’s up with Haley: Once alone with Lucas, Haley swears to him that there is nothing going on with Chris. She guesses that Lucas has come to NYC because of Nathan. But Lucas admits that he misses his old friend. Haley stood by him when he left the River Court, and even though he may not understand it, he will stand by her now. While the two have a heart-to-heart, some fans come by and ask for Haley’s autograph.
What’s up with Karen: If Andy leaves the country, he tells Karen that he may not be able to get back. He urges Karen to come with him and she seems to genuinely want to go. She uses Deb and the businesses as excuses. But Andy tells her that he knows it’s Keith. She doesn’t deny it.
What’s up with Brooke: While Lucas plays helpful friend to Haley, Brooke shops like a woman possessed.
What’s up with Andy: Andy tells Dan that he knows all about his tax evasion scam. See, he owns the security company that installed his new system. He has his ledger and he’s going to ruin him. Dan tells him he’s bluffing. As Andy walks out, Dan chucks a trophy through the glass window. Did he just repair that after Karen threw the chair through it?
Later, Dan checks his safe while Andy’s real security system looks on. Dan is pleased to find his ledger still there and Andy is pleased to really have his security code.
How does it all wrap up: While in NYC, Lucas has it out with Chris. He tells him that he needs to keep his paws off of Haley. Chris swears that he is just there for her as a friend, the way he should be, and he is trying to help Haley chase her dreams; the rest is up to her. That night Lucas asks Haley why she isn’t wearing her wedding ring. She explains that she feels like she doesn’t deserve to. She also tells him that she isn’t going home. This is her life now. She asks Lucas to deliver the signed annulment papers to Nathan.
As Brooke and Lucas head home, she asks if he’s into Peyton and tells him about what she found. He doesn’t answer but she says she’s fine with it.
Andy comes to say goodbye to Karen. He’s leaving early. She’s surprised and tells him that she loves him. He gives her a package to give to Lucas. He loves her, too, but somehow it just doesn’t seem to be enough.
Nathan continues to practice and gets better and better. Lucas meets him at the court but doesn’t tell his brother where he’s been.

Originally aired: Tuesday May 24, 2005 on The CW Writer: Mark Schwahn
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: Emmanuelle Vaugier (Nikki), Lee Norris (Mouth), Tyler Hilton (Chris), Katherine Bailess (Erica Marsh), Bryan Greenberg (Jake), Kieren Hutchison (Andy Hargrove)
Guest Stars: Jimmy Eat World (Themselves)

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Episode 2.21 What Could Have Been

Overview:

Nathan is released from the hospital and returns home to a pile of unpaid bills and an eviction notice. Lucas, Peyton and Brooke throw a fundraiser at the River Court to raise money, but Dan is the one that comes to Nathan’s rescue. However, his gift comes with strings – he wants Nathan to ask Haley for an annulment.

Recap:

Nathan is released from the hospital and as soon as he returns home finds a pile of unpaid bills and an eviction notice. Besides he has also to pay the hospital bill. Lucas, Peyton and Brooke plan a fund raiser to raise money. But someone else paid Nathan’s bills: Dan. Unfortunately everything does have a price in Tree Hill… Dan wants Nathan to ask Haley for an annulment.
Brooke and Lucas are literally dancing around each other, but Brooke is too scared to get hurt again and, on the other hand, Lucas doesn’t want to push her. Besides, Brooke thinks Lucas might still have feelings for Peyton, which is not true – well, at least, at the moment.
Nathan finds a letter from his mother, who is currently in rehab. In the letter Deb wrote it would be great if they could be a family again. Nathan is torn. In the meantime, Haley is thinking of coming back to Tree Hill, since a successful career doesn’t mean anything if without Nathan.
Thanks to Brooke and Andy, Lucas finally finds out what lucrative scam Dan is into, but… surprise, surprise: Dan is putting the money into a trust fund which will pay Lucas’ college. Lucas is stunned.
Karen writes a letter to Keith. She lets him know she will always be there for him.
Nathan decides to give his support to Deb, so he moves back in with his dad. Meanwhile Dan pays Haley a visit, bringing the annulment papers. When she sees Nathan’s signature on it, she looks definitely hurt.
Someone else is back home: Lucas. Yep, he left Dan’s house for good and Karen is very happy to see him back. She claims they need to set some new ground rules since Lucas and Brooke had a history, but Brooke, looking sad, shrugs: “Oh, don’t worry Karen. We’re just friends. Nothing more.”

Originally aired: Tuesday May 17, 2005 on The CW Writer: Jennifer Cecil
Director: Bethany Rooney
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), Kieren Hutchison (Andy Hargrove)
Guest Stars: Johnny Alonso (Joey D.)

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Episode 2.20 Lifetime Piling Up

Overview:

Lying in a coma after his race car accident, Nathan dreams of what life would have been like if Dan had stayed with Karen and Lucas instead of marrying Deb. In this imaginary world, Lucas would have had the wealth and stature and Nathan would have been the one growing up on the wrong side of the tracks. After waking up, Nathan phones Haley and tells her he doesn’t want her to come home.

Recap:

While surgeons are operating on him, Nathan is lying in a coma and he dreams of what life would have been if Dan had chosen Karen over Deb.
In this imaginary world, Lucas is rich, snotty and popular – exactly the bad boy Nathan used to be when Lucas met him in the real world. Karen is a business woman, who is having an affair with Keith, although she is married to Dan. Unbelievable but true, in this world, Dan isn’t successful: Keith owns Scott dealership and Dan works for him, even though Dan doesn’t seem good at selling cars. Peyton is Lucas’ girlfriend, but he does not care about her.
Deb is a single mom; she and Nathan don’t have much money. Nathan and Haley are best friends, although Deb is positive they will end up getting married.
Lucas treats Nathan badly; the whole situation gets worse as soon as Lucas finds out Nathan is applying for getting into High Flyers. They decide to challenge themselves to a basketball match at the Rivercourt. Haley tells Nathan he should stand up for himself because he has to fight for his dreams.
Peyton helps Nathan out, since Lucas left him stranded because he didn’t want Nathan to make it to their one-on-one match.
Thanks to Peyton’s car, anyway, Nathan stops by the Rivercourt and their match can get started. Nathan wins.
Back to the normal world… Nathan wakes up! Deb apologizes to him and promises she will be a better mother in the future – yep, it turns out she wants to get over her addiction. It was about time.
Lucas shows up too. Nathan informs him about his dream and, then, Lucas admits he called Haley because “She needed to know”.

As soon as Lucas walks away, Nathan calls Haley up and tells her not to come. She has to pursue her dreams, otherwise she might regret it afterwards.

Originally aired: Tuesday May 10, 2005 on The CW Writer: Mark B. Perry
Director: Les Butler
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: Vaughn Wilson (Fergie), Lee Norris (Mouth), Cullen Moss (Junk), Brett Claywell (Tim), Antwon Tanner (Skills)
Guest Stars: Nancy Moreno (Young Karen) , Austin Carty (Young Dan) , Deja Dee (Nurse) , Ron Clinton Smith (Otis) , Leonard Wheeler (Customer)

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Episode 2.19 I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning

Overview:

Nathan’s Uncle Cooper comes into town to take Nathan and Lucas on a racing trip. On the track, Nathan and Lucas are challenged to a race by the beautiful Daytona and her smart aleck brother Jarret, but things go horribly wrong when Nathan loses control of his car and crashes into a wall. Meanwhile, Deb’s addiction to pain pills intensifies and Dan exposes Andy’s relationship with Karen to his class.

Recap:

Someone has just arrived in Tree Hill: Cooper, Nathan’s uncle, who is Deb’s younger brother. Actually, Deb asked Cooper to come and visit Nathan, since she is very worried about her son. Uncle Cooper takes Nathan and Lucas on a racing trip, where they meet the beautiful Daytona and her know-all brother, Jarret. Daytona and Jarret challenge Nathan and Lucas to a race.
Meanwhile, Dan shows up at Andy’s class and he blurts out Andy and Karen are dating. As soon as the Dean learns the whole thing, he presents Andy with two options. “Either I end the relationship or… I lose my job.”
Brooke is worried about Peyton since Goldilocks keeps moping about Jake, so Brooke decides it’s time they had a girls’ night. Davis & Sawyer spend a nice evening at Tric, with Karen and Deb.
Mouth and Erica Marsh end up spending the evening together and they kiss, which makes Mouth really happy.
The next day, Dan finds Deb sleeping on the lawn. Yep, it turns out her addiction to pain pills has been intensifying lately. At the same time, Nathan loses control of his car and crashed into a wall. As soon as Deb tells Dan they can’t share the same house anymore, a phone rings: it’s about Nathan.
Whitey drops in on Peyton’s. Even though Jake doesn’t want her to visit him in prison – since it’s too heartbreaking – he wants her to know that Jenny is safe and fine.
At the hospital, Deb, Dan and Lucas learn Nathan’s lung collapsed: the boy needs surgery. Before going, Nathan tells Lucas not to inform Haley about what happened to him.

Originally aired: Tuesday May 3, 2005 on The CW Writer: Mark Schwahn
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)
Recurring Role: Lee Norris (Mouth), Katherine Bailess (Erica Marsh), Kieren Hutchison (Andy Hargrove), Michael Trucco (Cooper)
Guest Stars: Dustin Thomas (Pit Crewman) , Henry Darrow (Doctor) , Chris Potter (Ray Green) , Jeff Burton (Himself) , Schuyler Fisk (Daytona) , Stuart Lafferty (Jarret)

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