And now that we’re halfway through Season 1, let’s reflect on the fact that we’re entering into the best of One Tree Hill. (Actually Season 4 is my personal favorite, but I recognize that it’s not the quality that 1 and 3 are.)
Season 1: Episode 11: “The Living Years”
OK, so, Deb and Dan are in family counseling and every time Nathan tries to share he gets stomped on. He doesn’t want to choose between them, but they’re forcing the issue. So instead he convinces Haley to cut school and they get drunk on a beach.
Seriously. I love them.
Meanwhile, Brooke and Lucas are making out in stranger’s hot tubs. Peyton is still pining but she’s trying to be a good friend when Brooke comes to give her advice. I can’t say enough how much I love their friendship, it’s such a unique relationship in media, and I’m glad that it’s here. Although it does make me sad that there are more like in portrayed.
Haley fails a quiz and Nathan tells her that he’s sorry because their relationship is the best thing ever. Also, Lucas meets Peyton’s Dad and Brooke is worried that she and Lucas have nothing in common. Peyton’s Dad decides to stay in.
Also there’s some really cute Jake and Jenny action, and Nathan quits the team.
Right, that’ll last.
Season 1: Episode 12: “Crash Course In Polite Conversation”
You know what gets lost in the later years of One Tree Hill? That it’s actually the story of a family. This is about the Scotts and how they hurt and heal each other. It’s also about Basketball, and friends and music and first love, but primarily it’s about family.
In this episode we learn that the cycle of Scott emotional abuse begins with Dan and Keith’s father, Royal, who used to treat Dan the exact way Dan treats Nathan. GASP! But you know, this show used to have complexity, so he also stops by the cafe whenever he’s in town to catch up with Karen, who’s still in Italy, but he talks to Haley instead.
There’s a disastrous family dinner where Dan and Deb pretend to they’re still together, and Haley tells Nathan about Royal coming by the cafe, Nathan reveals that he quit and we all learn that Dan’s been lying about why he quit back in the day. Then they give him a quilt made of basketball jerseys.
Peyton learns that her dad is caught in a hurricane and gets a call to indentify a body. She and Lucas go, but get caught in a storm and then hang out in a motel and talk all night. It’s not Peyton’s dad, they go back to the hotel and wind up almost having sex. They cut it off because of Brooke. Obviously.
Season 1: Episode 13: “Hanging By Moment”
Yet another Tree Hill Trope born. Someone is happy for about a minute and a half and then something awful happens. In this case, Keith is excited to see Karen again and finally have a real relationship with her and he and Lucas get into a car accident where Lucas in gravely injured.
So that’s that. Also, Lucas and Peyton are sneaking around and kissing behind Brooke’s back and it’s gross and awful and I hate them, but it gives them plenty to give each other long angsty looks about and CMM and Hilarie Burton do specialize in those.
Meanwhile, Nathan continues to be awesome. Whitey is considering retiring and wondering if his career has made a difference. Nathan decides to show him that it has by getting into a heated argument with him.
Haley and Lucas fight about him and Peyton being together. It’s brutal and not the last time they’ll fight I guess but I always hate it when they’re not getting along. When Haley talks to Nathan about it he says it’s weird since their relationship started as him trying to get under Lucas’s skin. Haley doesn’t like that one bit.
After the accident, Dan is the one who pulls Lucas out of the car, at the hospital he says he’s Lucas’s father in order to get him the care he needs.
Season 1: Episode 14: “I Shall Believe”
Lucas is in a coma and everyone has a lot of feelings about it. Brooke is very worried and nervous about meeting Karen, although they bond in this episode in a way that I’ve always found to be deeply moving. Peyton avoids the hospital because it’s too hard for her to deal with her feelings for Lucas and be around Brooke. Haley doesn’t want to go because she’s feeling really guilty about their fight. She’s also mad at Nathan.
Haley has a lot of feelings.
Karen is refusing to see Keith because he was drinking before the accident.
My favorite part of the episode though is that Lucas wakes up when Nathan comes to see him. The fact that these two still hate each other is dissipating and I really can’t wait for the Scott Brothers to be actual brothers. That’s some of my favorite stuff.
Season 1: Episode 15: “Suddenly Everything Has Changed”
Haley sings! I didn’t realize how late in the season this came around. But it’s awesome, and great. Also Nathan decides to move in with Dan in order to make the divorce happen more quickly. It’s wrenching because he really feels torn between the two of them. (So close to Emancipated Nathan!!!!!)
We get another round on the Brooke/Lucas/Peyton merry go round. Lucas breaks up with Brooke to be with Peyton. Brooke is devistated. Lucas goes to see Peyton and collapses, everyone lies to cover their ass, but Brooke finds out what happened anyway, and she tells both Peyton and Lucas that she never wants to see them again.
Keith is having money problems after paying Lucas’s hospital bills, and Jake comes to work at the cafe. SIDE PLOTS!
Overall Thoughts On This Arc:
Now we’re into the meat of things. I feel like the Haley song is a real marker of “This is where we want the show to go,” but Lucas’s hospitalization is also a big step towards full on soap opera-ville. This is also probably the most exhausting Brooke/Lucas/Peyton stuff. I’m a huge fan of love triangles and this is one of my all time favorites. (Favorite-favorite is probably Pacey/Joey/Dawson…) but the early goings is hard to take.
The Naley stuff here is so great though. I like when they’re more integrated into the main plots, but I really do love them at this point, off in their little corner falling in love and being the best things in each other’s lives.
Deb and Dan divorce is much more interesting than I remember it. It’s absolutely bat shit crazy and riveting.
Like I said, this show is crack to me.