Peyton and Haley’s friendship

I know that I said, that Peyton’s character was my next post, but I decided to do this one first, because after rewatching season 5, I’m really not feeling the Peyton/Haley friendship and it was forever tainted for me after this season. I posted the below on a OTH forum.

In season one, Peyton befriends Haley after an away basketball game where she misses the bus home. Peyton has to drive Brooke’s car home, because Brooke got injured in the game and was on super high sedatives. For that season Haley/Peyton started a tentative friendship. Brooke wasn’t all that interested in being friends with Haley and in fact tried to put Peyton/Nathan back together so she should get Lucas and hurt Haley deeply.

However, in season 3 Paley’s friendship sort of hit a stalemate. They basically replaced Peyton with Brooke to prop Brooke/Haley as this epic friendship that could rival Brooke/Peyton, while also tearing down Peyton/Haley and having the ridiculous storyline of Peyton treating Haley like crap for multiple episodes after Haley abandoned her friends/husband to go on tour. Then Haley/Brooke move in together and it’s like they were always bffs. And literally Paley don’t interact for almost an entire season. Then she makes Brooker her maid of honor. Then season 4 hits and even when Brooke does something extremely crappy to Haley by stealing the calculus exam and getting Hale fired, she still make Brooke godmother. That is what bothers me so much. Brooke gets treated like she’s Haley’s best friend and they barely acknowledge the friendship Peyton/Haley started in season 1. Not to mention that she threw all her support behind Brooke/Lucas and encouraged Lucas to be with Brooke multiple times. However Peyton is just the girl that Lucas cheats with and when Lucas and Peyton get together in season 4, Haley doesn’t really give Peyton that same benefit.

Peyton/Haley had some good scenes in season 5. I’m not saying they didn’t, but the propping of Lindsey and tearing down of Peyton’s character to make Lindsey a likeable character did not sit well with me and I’m never going to be okay that Haley was a part of it. In addition, in the first episode when Brooke/Peyton show up, it went back to immediately being Brooke as sister like and the godmother to Jamie. So immediately, she’s back to being Haley’s #2. Peyton on the other hand is basically told she’s a failure and Haley decides to “help” her out to not actually help Peyton but to continue the music career she gave up. The entire time, however, she’s using it to prop up Lindsey. To get Peyton to think that Lindsey can be another “best friend” in the core 5. Does she take into account that Peyton lost the love of her life? That Peyton was still in love with Lucas? Nope. Again, it was all about Peyton just giving up everything she had dreamed of, hoped for and wanted so that a new random character could get what she wanted. And Haley wasn’t kind about it. She didn’t soften her approach or try to help Peyton through it. Instead it was about judging her, making her feel like the crap on the bottom of her shoe, and about defending Lindsey. When Lindsey made the comments about kicking Peyton’s ass in front of her friends I might add, Haley said nothing and actually laughed along. And when Lindsey made the awful comment about Peyton bleeding for a second time in the library, Haley did not defend her. That’s the biggest issue I have right there. Peyton almost died in that library and it was a disgusting thing to say and Lindsey got away with it. In fact, Haley turned around and defended Lindsey again about the dead dad thing and about how she lost her dad to cancer. Cause you know Peyton could never understand losing a parent to cancer. ….. UMMM, did you conveniently forget about Ellie, Haley? I just really don’t like how hypocritical Haley was written, especially because it was to tear down Peyton and her feelings. And that’s why I don’t like P/H during season 5.
In addition, her reaction to Peyton’s feelings for Lucas are ridiculous considering it’s Peyton’s ex’s new girlfriend. Talk about awkward, but Haley basically took no consideration into Peyton’s feelings about this and instead threw all her support behind Lucas/Lindsey. That’s not to say that she shouldn’t be supporting Lucas. But wasn’t Peyton one of her closest friends? Does she not deserve to have a little bit of empathy? This is where I have the biggest issue. Peyton/Haley’s friendship comes down to Haley. Haley decides when Peyton is worthy of understanding/friendship and withholds it when she gets mad at Peyton. Yelling at Peyton and telling her that she doesn’t have a right to be sad/upset about Lucas choosing another girl, is where Haley lost me in season 5. She come around later and tells Lucas not to mary Lindsey, but it still doesn’t negate that fact that for a whole string of episodes in season 5, she basically made Peyton feel like crap on the bottom of her shoe, because it wasn’t that easy to give up on the love of her life.

In season 6 when Haley calls dibs on godmother, I laughed out loud at the ridiculousness of that. I’m sorry but you ask Brooke to be your number one at 2 of the most important things in your life, forgive her for getting you fired, but treat Peyton like crap multiple times, judge her for something that you aren’t actually a part of, yell at her when she’s going through something heartbreaking, call her a failure multiple times (even a joke that’s not cool) and expect to be the godmother to her kid? NOPE.

I might be alone on this, but I really stopped shipping the Peyton/Haley friendship after season 4 when I realized that they demolished it to prop up Brooke’s character transformation.

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Brooke Davis

I love One Tree Hill. I watch the show on Netflix at least a few times a week.  I’m currently rewatching season 6.  I have many thoughts and feelings on the show. I am currently off of work for a few days and so I did some research. I wanted to know what the general consensus on the Internet was concerning Brooke Davis, or  Brooke Penelope Davis as Jamie calls her, is.

I scoured the internet for messages boards posts from the mid 200os. I read the Brucas threads, I read the Anti-Peyton threads (in which they called her Seyton), and I read the Brooke threads. Overwhelmingly, these threads tended to turn into a hate fest of Leyton and of Peyton, but didn’t actually talk about why they loved Brooke or even why they shipped Brucas. It always came down to preferring Brucas and Booke over Peyton because she kept Brooke/Lucas apart.

It honestly was a super frustrating two days of reading. I am a HUGE fan of One Tree Hill. I adore Peyton, probably more than I adore anyone else on the show. I didn’t care for Brooke in high school much, because she was super immature and shady and at times downright cruel and vindictive. But she grew on me. She matured, she stopped being insecure, and she was an overall great person. It took until season 5 for me to really LOVE her and root for her as a person.

I never once found myself wishing Brooke would die a painful, horrible death or hoping she’d be written off or wanted to leave the show. I’ve been there with characters from other television shows before, but not her. I’ll be honest. I hated Brucas. They did not work as a couple.

In season one when Brooke decides that Lucas is hot and she wants to get with him, she decides she’s going to try to get her best friend Peyton (who Lucas really likes by the way) back together with Nathan. A guy who was horrible to Peyton. He treated her like crap and basically verbally abused her. They were a terrible couple and he constantly cheated on Peyton with anything in a skirt. Peyton finally got up the courage to dump him and here comes Brooke deciding that it’s okay for her to be selfish and to go after the guy who really wants to be there for Peyton and to be with her.

And thus starts the triangle that lasts for five more seasons on the show. Peyton is intrigued by Lucas. He tells her her art matters and it’s what got him to play basketball. He tells her he wants to be with her and have a relationship with her. She gets freaked out, because the only relationship she’s known is with a huge douche. And now his older brother is wanting to be with her too. So she runs away. She makes a mistake.

Meanwhile, Brooke is pressuring Peyton into admitting her true feelings for Lucas. Peyton doesn’t want to be vulnerable like that, so she lies. But deep down, Nathan knows. It’s why he was so angry when he discovers his older brother is in the popular crowd now. Brooke knows it’s why she’s keeping Nathan away from finding true love with Haley, Lucas’s best friend, and why she’s urging Peyton and Nathan to get back together.

This is where Brooke lost me. She pulled an incredibly shady move that literally hurt Peyton, Lucas, Nathan, and Haley. She hurt four people with her selfishness. It left a sour taste in my mouth what she did to Haley and Nathan the most, honestly. I was super into Naley.

And then Peyton got date raped and Brooke ended up making that entire night about her and how upset/sad she was. Lucas fell for it. They ended up going on a date and pretty much sleeping together right away. This was the 2nd strike for Brooke to me, if I’m being honest. Not only do you know your best friend has a thing for Lucas and vice versa, you basically skip multiple levels of standard dating etiquette to bed him. You get him drunk and then you fuck him.

I lost a lot of respect for Brooke here and even more for Lucas. He literally only did that because he was hurt by Peyton rejecting him. She said no, she he went with the next girl who wanted him. She made it all to easy for him to.  I was pretty disgusted by both Lucas/Brooke after that.

When Lucas gets in a car accident not long after she basically makes Keith/Karen comfort her and forces her attention and company on them, even to the point of being a nuisance. When she realizes that Lucas and Peyton still have feelings for each other, despite her constant machinations, she goes off on them.

Listen, getting cheated on is no fun. I’ve been cheated on. But I also didn’t pull the shit Brooke did to get a guy. If I did that and I found out later he cheated on me with the person I knew he liked. I’d be like, “Okay. I probably shouldn’t have interfered and gone after a guy my best friend was into and I knew that.” Brooke brought that on herself. This is where Brucas fans lose me. They claim that Peyton alone is to blame for this whole situation because she didn’t just tell the truth. But refuse to blame Brooke for pulling a super shady, fucked up moved on her supposed best friend. If I found out that my best friend pulled what Brooke did, they wouldn’t even be an acquaintance anymore.

That move was fucked up and led to what happened at the end of season one. I’m not even sorry for saying it. Brooke was a shitty person and a friend to do that to Peyton, Nathan, Lucas, and Haley.

Should Lucas and Peyton have snuck around behind Brooke’s back? No. That wasn’t cool either. I guarantee though that if they had handled it the way Lucas wanted to by just telling Brooke, Brucas fans would still be livid. The fact remains that Brucas was over in season 1 because of a shitty, shady move pulled by their “queen”, Brooke.

 

Season two Brooke wasn’t nearly as annoying to me, but I really disliked her story with Felix. He was gross, chauvinistic, and clearly not a good person. I also didn’t like how mean she was to Anna in season 2 for no real reason when Peyton became friends with her. Not to mention when she decided to throw a fundraiser only to keep the money for herself so she could buy new clothes. And honestly she wasn’t there for Peyton during season 2 during the drug fiasco or when Felix spray painted her locker. She was busy having sex with a terrible guy and defending him. The thing that really bothered me the most was when she decided it would be appropriate to take naked pictures of Peyton in the shower and post them on the internet. As you recall, it wasn’t long after those pictures made their way to the internet that Peyton’s psycho stalker started contacting her. I honestly blame Brooke for a little of that. People always want to bash Peyton for being a bad friend, and Brooke was as bad.

 

In season 3, I fucking loathed Brooke. Her friends with benefits, non exculsive thing with Lucas was seriously the most fucking immature thing I’ve ever seen from anyone on the show, including the actual children on the show. She was horrendous and it was painful to sit through her scenes of acting like a 12 year old. I just couldn’t with her. The thing that pushed me firmly on the #teamPeyton boat forever, was when she attacked Lucas for going on a date with Rachel. Brooke had pushed him and pushed him for weeks to just hook up with someone else and when he did, she went full on crazy. Like, bitch, please. You don’t get to tell a highschool boy to go be with someone else, because you don’t want to commit and think he’s going to be, “No. I’m cool with not having sex with anyone until you realize that I’m the one for you.” Grown men wouldn’t do that. And for the record, no man is a mind reader. You’re expecting a high school boy to understand that you want him to run after you and profess his undying love for you? Don’t be a cloyingly annoying bitch to him then. And EVEN when she was being over the top ridiculous with her expectations, Lucas tried to give her what she wanted.

And even when Lucas finally got her to stop being dumb, and they started dating, she was always worried about Peyton, who wasn’t even thinking about that. And then the school shooting happened and she made that about herself to. Her best friend nearly died in the school, her boyfriend went in to rescue her, and her other two best friends were also in there with the shooter. And when Peyton gets to the hospital, guess who doesn’t visit her AT ALL? Brooke. Her supposed best friend, really needed to be there with her boyfriend and his mom 24/7 because Keith died. Really she didn’t, but whatever makes her feel less guilty about basically abandoning her best friend that ALMOST FUCKING DIED.

And then she has this brilliant plan to throw a party in the school where Lucas lost the only father figure he ever had. And SHE gets offended when he doesn’t want to participate. And also a little jealous that Lucas saved Peyton’s life. She was actually upset that the “boy she loves saved the girl he loves.” Like she chose that time to tell Peyton, hey by the way, don’t steal my boyfriend, k?’ Cause you know going through a traumatic school shooting for the person who was shot, takes back seat to your insecurities and whininess.

And then it all falls apart for Brucas, because she realizes she and Lucas have nothing in common, she doesn’t really miss him when they’re apart and their conversations aren’t deep and meaningful. Of course, she blames Peyton for them breaking up, because Peyton tells her she’s actually in love with Lucas and never stopped being in love with him.

And then it bleeds into season 4, where she’s over Lucas, but continues to punish Peyton by telling her she’s gonna steal Lucas back and she can do whatever she wants with Lucas whenever she wants. She makes fun of Peyton’s dead mothers. She calls her names and makes her feel like a shitty friend. The only thing Peyton had the audacity to do was tell her she was in love with Lucas, but wasn’t going to do anything about it. And she didn’t. She kept her word, but being honest with your best friend and vowing to move on and put it behind you makes you a devil, according to Brucas fans. Even in season 4, everything was blamed on Peyton. She was vilified more than Dan. She was bashed, called ugly, anorexic, and made out to be satan himself, all because she did what Brooke had asked to be honest with her.

And then we find out she not only slept with Nathan during the time that Peyton dated him, she slept with him when they were together. This bitch had the audacity to bitch Peyton out for stealing her boyfriend twice, neither time did Peyton sleep with Lucas, by the way, but actually did worse. Like did you just bitch about Peyton for stealing a guy in season 1 that was actually in to her first? Or for the 2nd time when you dumped him because you knew that you weren’t going to last? Because last time I checked Peyton didn’t steal Lucas the 2nd time. You gave him up and shoved him toward her. My favorite part of this is that Brucas fans were sooo upset that Brooke did something wrong with the sex tape that they made petitions to try and make Mark Schwann take it back, because Brooke would never do anything wrong.

Brooke did some really selfish, dumb things over the course of the next season, but by the end of season 4, she was on her way to growing up.

Then comes the adult years. In season 5-9, I ADORE Brooke. She was funny, sweet, caring, and she was a GREAT friend to Haley, Nathan, Peyton, Lucas, Millie, Rachel, Mouth. She grew up. She stopped doing things for selfish reasons. She stopped being so insecure. She knew that she was worthy of love and she wasn’t going to settle to be the footnote in someone else’s love story. Her words.

And so, Brooke Davis is a deeply flawed character. She did some really awful, cruel, and selfish things. Mostly for the wrong reasons. She grew up and did amazing things for the right reasons. I love Brooke Davis. I love her success, I love her journey, and I love her arc. I just didn’t like her for most of her high school years.

Despite how many Brucas fans bash Peyton unnecessarily and refuse to acknowledge any of Brooke’s flaws or shortcomings, I’m not going to take that out on the character of Brooke. She was a very well written character, and I believe I’m better off for having experienced her story.

 

Up next… Peyton Sawyer, why she’s the best character on the show.

 

Lucas and Peyton

I find it hard to really explain why I prefer Leyton over Brucas. I think it stems from me beginning the show in season 5. I started watching One Tree Hill my sophomore year in college. I vividly remember having the television on in my dorm room and I saw a preview for the new season of One Tree Hill. They kept saying how it was all new and I read some internet articles where they said it would be a flash forward into their futures. I decided to check it out. I literally had no clue who anyone in the show was. I had randomly seen the scene on tv when Peyton ran into the room to turn off the sex tape. I saw Nathan and Brooke looking shocked and I had mistakenly thought Peyton and Nathan were together. I switched the channel literally right after that scene and had never seen another scene let alone episode again. So my first foray  into the One Tree Hill universe was episode one. As soon as I saw Lucas and Peyton on the rivercourt and it was SUPER awkward, I was hooked. I knew there was history there and I saw chemistry in spades. I mean the angst and pain radiated off the screen from both of them. I have never understood how anyone, especially in season 5, could ever claim Hilarie and Chad do not have chemistry. They have it for sure. I got the flu a few weeks later and I ended up borrowing my friends dvds from down the hall in my dorm and as the rest they was history. I was HOOKED on the show and I was in love with Lucas and Peyton. I wanted them to work out so bad. I remember seeing the first episode and seeing their first interaction. I remember being stunned in season one when they almost had sex when she as looking or her day. I remember feeling my heart rip out a little when she told Lucas they couldn’t be together and he went off and slept with someone else. I remember watching season two and seeing her fall in love with Jake and he with Anna and wondering why they spent so little time together, even as friends. I felt Peyton’s pain in season 3 as she realized she was still in love with Lucas and he loved her best friend. I remember going into season 4 thinking they’d pair them up at the end of season 4 and the majority of their love story would happen off screen in order for the fast forward to happen (trust me, it’s been my experience as a tv watcher to have my otp pair up in the literal last episode of a show). Imagine my shock and delight when it happened in 4×09. I truly fell in love with them and saw how he chose her time after time since season one. He chose her over every relationship he ever had. He chose her over Brooke, repeatedly and over Lindsay. No one stood a chance because he was in love with her and she turned to him when she needed help. Season 5 when it was clear they were in so much pain and still loved each other, just solidified it for me. I fell in love with them in one episode and stuck around for what came after. I wasn’t disappointed. Leyton was also the first relationship that I straight up ADORED that ended up together in the end. Leyton was my good luck charm with other shows that ended later with my OTP together. Leyton is my OTP for pretty much every OTP and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

One Tree Hill 1×02 Recap

The opening scene is the boys at the River Court messing around. I can already tell you as someone who has gone to a shit ton of high school basketball games, Luke would have been forced to be at the school already watching the junior varsity game if he was actually on a high school team, but this isn’t reality. And it slightly pisses me off.

Haley has a hilarious diatribe about Karen not wanting to go to the game because of Dan and speak of the devil he is in the next scene giving Nathan pointers.

Whitey in an awkward moment yells for “Scott” and both Lucas and Nathan turn to look at him. And Nathan is pissed when it’s not him.

Tim refers to Lucas as the bastard spawn.

Mouth and Jimmy get kicked out for being “media”, it’s hilariously adorable at the basketball game while trying to get a quote from Lucas. I really love Mouth and Jimmy.

Nothing like a bunch of white guys chanting off key and clapping out of rhythm.

Dan is shocked to see Keith at the game and assumes he’s there to watch Nathan, but really he’s there to see Lucas.

We finally get a glimpse of Brooke who is intrigued by Lucas.

And then we get one of the iconic Leyton quotes with

“Nice Hands”

“Nice Legs” bit between Lucas and Peyton, as Lucas plays the worst game of his life and looks like an idiot on the court.

Dan is excited to see his other son, the one he doesn’t love or actually acknowledge, get benched.

Peyton and Nathan make out in a super awkward scene in the car. Nathan starts making fun of Lucas sucking and Peyton gets mad. She tells him he should be focused on her instead of celebrating a public humiliation and that it was “played out”, and he implied that being with her was also “played out.”

She gets angry and she gets out. He leaves her at the River Court after throwing her c.d. out into the dark.

Keith and Karen argue about what he did to get Lucas on the team. Karen feels guilty for not going to the basketball game, but she just can’t go back to the gym after everything that had happened.

Peyton finds Lucas forlornly shooting the basketball and says that misery loves company.  She gives him a really depressing pep talk. He offers her a ride home in the tow truck.

Nathan, meanwhile arrives home and his dad is angry at him for giving up a scoring opportunity when he passed the ball to an open teammate.  Nathan is clearly upset and tells Dan there’s a reason why his mom extends business trips and doesn’t come home.

Peyton asks Lucas why he joined the team, since he doesn’t fit in. He tells her he wants to know if he’s good. Peyton says that basketball is a waste of time. He asks her why she does cheer leading then if she feels it’s a waste of time. She says if she says she likes it, she’s a liar, but if she says she’s doesn’t then she’s a fraud and it’s a lose lose situation either way.

She asks Lucas if he’d like to come in to her house. He asks about Nathan and she says, “What about him?”

She gets out of the car. Lucas stares in stunned silence for a few seconds and then gets of the truck. He follows her up the steps and as she’s unlocking the door she turns around and asks him what he’s doing.

He stumbles over his words about her inviting him, and she says,

“I didn’t invite you to come in. I just asked if you wanted to. Thanks for the ride.”

She then shuts the door and Lucas is left on the doorstep looking pissed and like an idiot. (And every time I see this scene, I can’t help but think that Michael Kelso is waiting in one of the bushes and will pop out and do this:

Kelso-Says-Burn-That-70s-Show)

Lucas arrives home and Karen tells him she’s sorry that she missed his game. Lucas goes to his room to pout.

Nathan calls Peyton and apologizes for taking his frustration and anger with his dad out on her. He tells her he knows that he hasn’t been very good to her and she’s sorry. He asks her to just say okay so that they can go back to being them. She reluctantly says okay.

The next morning Lucas is at the River Court practicing, but continues to miss all his shots. It cuts to English class and the teacher is discussing Hemingway and the idea that “less is more.”

The teacher asks Peyton describe Lucas in one word and she says “choke”. Lucas describes her as “lonely.”

Nathan clearly pissed raises his hand describes Lucas in one word as “bastard.”

Lucas attacks Nathan and the rest of the class cheers them on.

Whitey is furious at them for fighting and is especially mad at Lucas for doing it when he took a chance on him. Lucas tells him he doesn’t think he can be on the team. Whitey is frustrated.

Meanwhile in the locker room, Tim was asking Nathan what he did after he tackled Lucas. He tells Tim that he would’ve kicked his ass if Mr. Kelly hadn’t broken them up.

Jake Jagielski laughs and says, “Or he would’ve beaten your ass first.”

Nathan asks him what he would know about it.

Jake says he’s pretty sure that Lucas tackled Nathan first and when it was broken up he was on the bottom being hit by Lucas.

Whitey breaks them up and tells them to get to practice.

Nathan stops and tells Lucas that “This is just the beginning for him.”

After practice, Haley asks Lucas why he wouldn’t tell her about getting into a fight. He tells her he’s fine, but he just wants everything to back to normal before all of this started.

Brooke and Peyton are in Peyton’s room listening to music and Brooke tells her she’s glad that Nathan and Peyton are fighting again, because Peyton always buys new music when it happens. Brooke tells Peyton that she knows she’s all “Plaid skirt, Gwen Stefani, I’m a badass, but we love you and you know why? Because when it’s Friday night and it’s game time and there you are. One of us.” Peyton doesn’t seem to excited to hear that and tells Brooke that “Gwen Stefani is not a badass.”

Peyton asks Brooke if she’s past it, high school,  the cheer leading, the basketball, the popularity drama. Brooke says that yeah, but the future scares her, but she’ll go to college and join a sorority and marry a rich guy, “unless I get fat.” (I want to like high school Brooke. I really, really do. But when she’s written like this, it just makes me want to slap her.)

Lucas is at Keith’s body shop. Keith is telling Lucas that even Michael Jordan had off games. His first game as a rookie wasn’t very good. Lucas tells him that Michael Jordan scored 16 points and Keith laughs and says he didn’t think Lucas knew that. Lucas tells him that it’s not just basketball, but it’s everything, the pressure, the popularity. He tells him he’ll never fit into their world. Keith tells him to talk to his mom about it. Keith takes the cover off Peyton’s car and it’s really messy inside. Keith says it’s a rule of life, “The prettier the girl, the messier the car.”  (Some shows have continuity! This is reference to the first episode when Peyton’s car overheated by the lake and Lucas had to tow it).  He finds her sketchbook in the backseat and looks through her artwork. And of course Peyton would walk up at that exact minute and start yelling at him for invading her privacy and then makes a really mean comment about how she doesn’t read his diary about how much his dad doesn’t love him and to stay out of her stuff. (I don’t like this early version of Peyton either. She’s such a bitch to Lucas and other than looking at her sketches, he had never done anything to her).

As he watches her walk away I’m always trying to imagine what he’s thinking, because his face goes from

“Holy shit that girl is crazy” to smirking and being like, “but that’s cool, because I like crazy.”

Meanwhile, Nathan is at home lifting weights and Dan comes home and yells at Nathan for getting into a fight with “that kid”.

Dan tells him to not get into fights over stupid things like girls. He asks if Nathan got hurt and he says “No. Did you?”

Dan looks stunned at that and Nathan tells him that Lucas wasn’t swinging at him, but at Dan.

Karen yells at Lucas about getting into a fight with Nathan and the he never fought before that. She tells him she doesn’t care what happened or what Nathan did, nothing was worth fighting and Lucas asks her how she could possibly know considering she never even to the game.

He felt bad and the next morning he apologized for being a jackass and she explains why she couldn’t go to the gym. She tells him she never regrets anything about Lucas, but it still hurts to know that Dan chose basketball over Karen and Lucas. He tells her he’s sorry that she had to live it.

Dan tells Nathan that Whitey won’t kick Lucas off the team because of one game and it’s because Whitey hated Dan and he’s only keeping him on the team to punish him. Apparently, Dan was on the championship team in high school and Whitey benched him. Dan says that he refused to go back in the game, because he though Whitey’s way of coaching was stupid and he’d rather watch his team lose, than give Whitey the chance to think he was the reason they won the game.

Lucas is in the school library looking for a book and Jake comes up to him. He asks him if he reads a lot and Lucas tells him he does. Jake tells him he has something for him. Jake tells him that Nathan is a great player, but Lucas scares him and everything changes when fear is involved. He tells Lucas he’ll be fine as long as he doesn’t let Nathan take it. Lucas asks him what that means, and Jake tells him he’ll find out when he reads the book.

Back in English class, Mr. Kelly tells them he’s going to do the project again, but instead of doing it out loud, he gives them a piece of paper. He tells them each to write down what they want out of life most at  that very minute in one word.

Lucas is back at the river court practicing and Nathan shows up. Lucas is still missing all of his shots and Nathan tells him “You do it like this” and shows him how to shoot various shots. He tells him it’s fascinating to watch someone lose their talent and he’s enjoying watching Lucas lose his. He tells Lucas to prove him wrong. Nathan says he was looking forward to taking him down slowly, but now Lucas has made it easy for him and won’t show up to practice just to humiliate himself.

Whitey goes down his roster and realizes Lucas didn’t show up for practice. Peyton shows up to get her car and asks Lucas about missing practice. He hands her the keys and her sketchbook. She tells him that he knows nothing about her and her drawings don’t mean anyone to anything. She wants her art to be meaningful and if it’s not, she doesn’t want to ruin it. Lucas tells her that’s how it is for basketball and him too.

Dan shows up at Whitey’s office and tells him to get over the high school championship and to stop taking it out on Nathan and that he’s only humiliating “Karen’s son.” Whitey tells him how it feels to father and abandon a child. Dan laughs at that and tells him to move Nathan back to shooting guard and maybe they’ll win more games. Whitey tells him he’s making it a career to ruin kid’s lives. Dan tells him that Whitey already made that his career.

Mr. Kelly is in his classroom reading the answers from the earlier class activity. We find out that Peyton wants truth in art, Nathan wants revenge, and Lucas wants answers.

Lucas sits on the picnic table at the River court when Whitey shows up. Lucas tells Whitey he can’t do it. Whitey tells him that he has had 35 winning seasons and the only thing that keeps him up at night is the college jobs that he never took. He says that it’s the missed opportunities that haunt us. He tells him that once he figures out what he’s afraid of he can beat it and better yet he can use it to conquer his fears. He tells him he’s on the team until the next night’s game.

Nathan is painting Peyton’s toes. He tells her she has ugly toes and they fight about it. Nathan tells Peyton he wants to quit the team because Whitey is never happy and he can’t do anything right according to his dad. She gets excited and says we can both quit, but Nathan laughs at her and says he’s not actually quitting.

Haley and Lucas  talk about their porn names. (This scene is just totally out of nowhere and doesn’t really fit in, but it was cute). Haley tells him that no jersey and nothing will ever change Lucas from who he is inside. She says that they’ll go get pizza later to get his mind off the game.

He looks through Peyton’s sketches again and he finds the “They Are Not You” sketch and his mother walks in his bedroom with laundry. She says this reminds her of when he was in junior leagues and loved playing basketball but he suddenly quit the team. Lucas tells her he quit because of Dan. He didn’t want to have to see him and because he was afraid if he played he’d become just like Dan. He said that when he played in the gym he felt like Dan had a piece of him and it never felt like that at the playground. Karen tells him that Dan has taken enough from them and she’s going to watch her son play the game he loves. Lucas thanks Karen for the words of wisdom. He runs to Thud and gives them Peyton’s sketches.

He makes his way to the gym. Dan tells Nathan to think about no one but himself and let everyone else worry about him.

Peyton shows up to cheer in the game and Brooke says she was worried she wouldn’t show.

Lucas is in the gym and Dan calls him “son.” He turns around and Dan asks Lucas to give Nathan his bag.

Jake sees this and tells Lucas not to let Dan take his talent, because it’s all his, not Dan’s.

Luke in a voiceover shares this quote,

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.”

Karen shows up and catches Dan’s eye. She keeps her head up and finds a seat. Lucas runs out with the team and stops at Peyton and says,

“Your art matters; it’s what got me here.”

Whitey smiles at Lucas and says that he will be okay and Lucas grins and says I know.

Whitey moves and Lucas is left staring at Dan. Dan smirks, but Lucas smirks back and turns around.

His shirt is missing a last name. He had ripped off the Scott name and left it in the locker room and for the first time in two episodes, Dan is clearly upset by something Lucas has done.

And it fades to black….

Songs used in this episode:

1. Overdue- The Get Up Kids

2. Switchback- Celldweller

3. Hard to Find- American Analog Set

4. Beside Me- Forty Foot Echo

5. To Hell With Good Intentions- McLusky

6. She’s Got it so Phat- Bosshouse

7. Echo- Vertical Horizon

8. Further- Longview

9. Belief- Gavin DeGraw

 

Overall Impression: This is actually one of the best episodes in season 1 to me. We are introduced to Brooke, Jake and Lucas meet, Karen overcomes her fears, Lucas and Peyton have some iconic Leyton moments, and we see Dan actually being treated like the jerk that he is.

Favorite Quotes-

“Your art matters; it’s what got me here- Lucas to Peyton

“I’d stand up, but every time I do somebody kicks me in the ass for putting you on the team.”- Whitey to Lucas

“You ever wake up from a really good dream and try really hard to get back to sleep or you’ve got the flu and promise yourself you’ll appreciate normal so much more if you could just get back to it?”- Lucas to Haley

Favorite Scene-

Jimmy and Mouth getting kicked out for being media or Lucas and Peyton discussing her art in the auto shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Tree Hill- 10 Years Later

One Tree Hill. What can I say about this show? I didn’t discover this show until 2007. I started watching in season 5. I saw one episode and the sheer look of despair and sadness in Peyton’s eyes when Lucas shrugged off her hug and her I miss you gutted me. I mean destroyed me. I didn’t know who either of them were. I didn’t care. I knew they had been in love. I could just see it by the way she reacted and by his “I’m with someone” line. I literally teared up for two characters I didn’t know anything about. I think it didn’t help that I had the flu and was insanely sick, but I borrowed the dvds from my college roommate at the time. She let me watch all four prior seasons. I watched all four seasons in six days. I slept, drank chicken broth, blew my nose, and watched One Tree Hill. I fell in love with Peyton and Lucas. I waved my fist at Brooke, then laughed at her, then rooted for her, and then fell in love with her throughout the rest of season 5. I found myself always angry at Lucas for being a gigantic dickwad and hating Nathan, then feeling sorry for him, then being so on board with Nathan and Haley I skipped a class to watch them get back together in the rain. Over the years, my love has gotten stronger. I felt they could’ve ended at season 6, but I loved seasons 7-9 too. I loved Julian and Quinn and Clay and all the weirdass storylines and bizarre psychos that came on through the rest of the seasons. I didn’t always agree with the characters or like them (believe me they ALL infuriated me at one point or another), but I loved them all anyway. They all grew and became wonderful adults and the music and the quotes and everything about it touched my soul. I am a nerd by nature. I have always loved books, I am also a musical learner, meaning I adored Peyton’s music and was so jealous of her collection. I felt like I was a mix between Lucas and Peyton and that’s why their story, more than any other stuck with me and touched me. I cannot believe the show started ten years ago, but I am SOOO SOOOOOO glad it did. Thank you, Mark Schwahn.

One Tree Hill 1×01 (Pilot) Recap

As I wait for my parents to Skype with me today, I have decided to take a trip back to 2003 and watch the first episode of One Tree Hill and make a recap.

In this first episode we are introduced to the world of Tree Hill, North Carolina. The protagonist is Lucas Scott a high school junior. He has a brother named Nathan who is a few months younger than him. His father, Dan Scott, is the town’s jerk, who only acknowledges Nathan as his own as he abandoned Karen Roe, Lucas’s mother when they were in high school. He never acknowledged Lucas or helped them out in any way. Keith, Dan’s brother, was the surrogate father that Lucas grew up with and Karen and Keith are very close. Keith realizes how much Lucas loves playing basketball and how good he is, but won’t play in a gym with Nathan, due to the history. Whitey, the high school basketball coach is convinced to give Lucas a chance because half the team got suspended when Nathan and Tim, Nathan’s dimwitted teammate, stole a school bus. The rest of the team were made the scapegoats and Whitey didn’t have enough players. Nathan and Dan are furious and try all sorts of dirty tricks to get Lucas to stay away, but after a bet made by Nathan that he could beat him one on one at the River Court goes wrong and Lucas wins, he joins the team.  Nathan also dislikes Lucas for other reasons because Nathan’s cheerleader girlfriend and Lucas meet and form a connection when he fixes her car on the side of the road and Nathan foolishly bets Peyton as the prize if he loses.  As Nathan and Peyton hang on by a thread to their relationship, Lucas  presented himself as a viable option as well for Peyton’s affections.

Funniest Quote:

Dan- “You’re full of crap!”

Whitey- “It comes with old age, Danny. Constipation.”

Most cringe worthy moment:

Dan telling Keith that if he could erase Lucas’s life he would as Lucas hears.

Most shocking moment:

Lucas beating Nathan and forcing him to stay on the team.

Favorite moment:

Pretty much anybody giving Dan a verbal smackdown.

Character Observations:

Lucas- Lucas really does squint in every episode. It always made me wonder if Chad needed glasses or he thought the eye squinting think made him look more broody and pensive.  I do like that he basically told Whitey that it didn’t matter if only played at the River Court, he still played basketball.

Peyton- I actually didn’t like her very much in this first episode. First she almost runs Lucas over, then gives him attitude for being shocked and not getting out of her way quick enough. Then she stands up for herself only to take Nathan back 30 seconds after they broke up.  Not to mention her insulting Lucas and making fun of him.  Al though we do find out later all of her issues which makes me like her more and understand her.

Nathan- A gigantic douche. Dan had already made him into a miniature clone of himself. He refuses to even acknowledge Lucas a human being, let alone as his brother.  Offering to give up Peyton and insulting Lucas repeatedly just makes him that much more of a gigantic asshole.

Keith- What is not to love about him? He does everything in his power for Karen and Lucas. He helps get Lucas on the team to help his future and is a great friend to Whitey.

Karen- Already showing that she’s a great mother and that Lucas is lucky that she was his mother.

Haley- Hilarious and quirky, clumsy and nerdy. Pretty much adorable. I love her.

Junk- Hilarious. I wish he had been used more through the rest of the series. He’s hysterical.

Skillz- A seriously good friend to Lucas. In fact, I feel that he stole the scene at the River Court and Lucas was lucky to have someone believe in him so much.

Mouth- Honestly he annoyed me in this episode. But I loved his friendship with Jimmy.

Jimmy- Speaking of Jimmy, one of the funniest moments in the episode for me was when Mouth was unnecessarily telling their fake audience about Lucas’s clothing and Jimmy sarcastically tells him that Lucas is playing without a shoe contract. I laughed out loud at that.

Dan- A big fat jerk.

Deb- N/A

Whitey- I loved that he refused to take anyone’s crap, benched Nathan, and can hold his own against Dan.

Brooke: N/A

Relationship Observations:

Lucas/Peyton- So basically the whole first episode is nothing but foreshadowing for them.  They are the first two characters shown on the show, she almost runs him over, he beats Nathan and technically wins her, he fixes her car, they are by the river (which is basically their spot), she asks him about her dad and they have a bonding moment, she says that Lucas doesn’t know her (even though he really does), Anyone who watches that episode and doesn’t see that Mark was foreshadowing them is blind or just refuses to acknowledge it.

Naley- N/A

Neyton- Most dysfucntional pairing ever.  First tv show where I was rooting for a breakup in the first episode.

Overall, this episode was a great way to peel back the veil into the world of Tree Hill, North Carolina. The quotes were good, music was awesome, and everyone in the core five except for Brooke is introduced.

8/10

 

Happy 10th anniversary, One Tree Hill!