Retro Recaps: One Tree Hill – 1×01, 1×02, 1×03 & 1×04

Four weeks ago today we said goodbye to One Tree Hill for good and I wrote my final recap of the show. Or so I thought. Like many other OTH fans, I’m having a hard time letting go. So, starting today, I will be writing up the first eight seasons of One Tree Hill  from the beginning. I had such a great time recapping season 9 and have missed my OTH Wednesdays and my OTH Family so much that I’ve decided to go back and recap them all, 4 episodes at a time, every Wednesday for 44 weeks. I can’t seem to make myself stop watching it anyways so I may as well, right? I’m really looking forward to writing them and hope you guys enjoy reading them as well! XOXO

1×01 – “Pilot”

Overview: Half brothers Nathan and Lucas Scott find their separate worlds colliding when Lucas is invited to join the high school basketball team.

Random Observations:

  • Good LORD James looks so young. It’s rather shocking after watching season 9. Baby boy grew up very nicely.
  • Every time I see one of the players take off their over shirt thing, I think of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie and the coach that was always folding them on the sidelines. How awesome would it be to see Whitey folding shirts?
  • Peyton is gross. “Don’t bother showering tonight.” So she WANTS him to be stinky and sweaty when they bone later? No thanks (ok, maybe. It is James we’re talking about).
  • Junk is hilarious. I wish we would have had more of his commentary throughout the seasons.
  • So many iconic scenes in the Pilot. The bridge being the most iconic of them all I would say. I get chills every time I see it.
  • Karen has always been an HBIC.
  • Nathan’s nipple piercing. Who thought that would be a good idea? Hilarious.
  • Also, I am going to need to ask my guy friends if their girlfriends were allowed to shower with them in high school.
  • I love that Nathan has his own entrance song. It makes me laugh and roll my eyes at the same time. And it’s kinda hot.

Best Bit: I loved Lucas and Peyton’s convo on the side of the road. Knowing NOTHING about the show, I knew after seeing that, they’d end up together.

Ugh! Moment: Every time Dan Scott opens his mouth. What a douche bag.

Fave Quote: Lucas (quoting Shakespeare): “There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune but omitted, and the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat and we must take the current when it serves or lose the ventures before us.”

Biggest Question: How exactly did Tim & Nathan escape punishment for the bus thing? Was it Dan? Principal Turner? Can anyone tell me????

On My iPod: “Hands Down” by Dashboard Confessional, “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?” by Jet, “Lapdance” by N.E.R.D, “Rest In Pieces” by Saliva.


1×02 – “The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most”

Overview: Lucas struggles to find his place with the Ravens and with Nathan’s girlfriend.

Random Observations:

  • Nathan’s headphones make me laugh. As does the way he wears them. Thank GOD for ear buds. Did we all look that ridiculous back then?
  • How awkward is it when Dan yells “Son!” and Lucas turns around? Makes me cringe.
  • Nathan and Peyton appear to be trying to eat each other’s faces off while making out.
  • Nearly everything that comes out of Whitey’s mouth makes me laugh: “I’d stand up, but every time I do somebody kicks me in the ass for putting you on the team.” “Jagielski, when you find the pumps to match your skirt, you might meet us in the gym.”
  • “THUD Magazine” sounds like porn. Every time I hear it my first thought is some kind of Penthouse spoof.
  • How cute is it that Haley had a pet bunny as a kid? Hee!
  • The first two episodes have included a Dawson’s Creek references. Way to pay homage.
  • “Your art matters.” Another Lucas & Peyton moment that makes me smile.
  • Hearing Gavin’s “Belief” puts me in such a different OTH headspace that I forget that it plays on this episode. GREAT song.

Best Bit: Lucas turning to reveal that he had taken his last name off of his jersey. Such a bold move and proof that actions speak louder than words.

Ugh! Moment: “I didn’t invite you to come in. I just asked if you wanted to.” Peyton is such a bitch! And a total tease!

Fave Quote: Haley: “She doesn’t want to go. She doesn’t want her high school sweetheart, slash your brother Dan, slash the jerk who abandoned Lucas, slash the father of Nathan, the team’s star player… Slash my wrists if I have to hear the story again. Let’s go!”

Biggest Question: I don’t think I ever realized that it was Whitey who told Dan to take the scholarship even though Karen was pregnant. Did Dan decide on his own not to ask her to come along?

On My iPod: “Belief” by Gavin DeGraw

1×03 – “Are You True?”

Overview: Nathan takes his hazing of Lucas to the next step by asking Haley to be his tutor.

Random Observations:

  • Even though Nathan is still a total dick at this point, I feel bad for him when he misses that basket. Fricken Dan, man. Blech.
  • Keith and the hissing. I DIE LAUGHING. Can’t believe I had forgotten about that.
  • Naked people in the back seat count now sits at 1.
  • Ok. How hilarious is Nathan’s pouting and whining? He looks and sounds like such a toddler. Arms crossed and everything. Someone call the waaamulance.
  • Haley is pretty much the cutest thing ever.
  • How did I never see Lucas throw his name sticker thing on the burning boat? It’s amazing what you notice on the 8th rewatch.
  • Still amazed that they were allowed to show that much nakedness on The WB. That is a LOT of skin not being covered by basketballs. Wowzers.
  • Nathan’s black socks with his black shoes make it look like he’s wearing dress socks with gym shoes. Drives me nuts. Don’t ask me why. And no, I will never get over it.
  • There it is!! THE moment! *squeeeeee!!!!* Our favorite couple has now locked eyes for the very first time.
  • Every exchange Nathan and Haley have between now and 1×08 makes me a bit giddy.  Just so you know. (Ok, fine, I’ll admit it, they ALWAYS make me giddy).
  • GAH! That cocky smile. KILL ME NOW.

Best Bit: I bet you’ll NEVER guess! “Don’t say I never gave you anything.”

Ugh! Moment: Dan. Again. His constant yammering to Nathan makes me want to kick him in the nads. When I’m done with that, I’ll kick all those booster women in the box. What a bunch of slunts!

Fave Quote: Haley: “The point is at the end of the day, all your bluster and BS don’t mean anything to math because math don’t care. And neither do I.”

Biggest Question: Why does Haley apologize to Lucas before she goes to see Nathan? For the lie she hasn’t told yet? For helping the enemy?

On My iPod: “How Good It Can Be” by The 88 and “You Dance” by Eastmountainsouth.

1×04 – “Crash Into You”

Overview: As part of his deal with Haley, Nathan invites Lucas to a party where he does exactly what Haley told him not to.

Random Observations:

  • HA! This is the game Nathan tells Haley about in 6×02! Finally I figured it out!
  • LOL at Haley’s hat. She’s too cute.
  • Haley is so smart. And so sweet. Trying so hard to get those Scott boys to walk in the other’s shoes.
  • Nathan sees Lucas outside with Peyton before he decides to put the Dan & Karen video in. Not sure I realized that before. Still, not nice.
  • Haley: “I am really fine.” Nathan: “You’re a little high on yourself aren’t you? Goin around telling people you’re all fine?” CORN BALL CITY!
  • I really loved Deb for reaching out to Karen that way. She “seemed” so stable and normal and sweet.
  • Nathan is the worst liar. If some guy gave my car to ANYONE I would beat his ass. And then he wants sex. Adorable (not really cute at all though).
  • I cannot help but laugh at Nathan & Peyton’s last fight. He legit seems floored that she would break up with him. He even includes a lovely, high pitched “WHAT?”
  • EEEP! Haley is caught in a lie! All for a good cause though, right?

Best Bit: Nathan’s moments of honesty with Haley. First, about the possibility of life being easier without basketball and then about needing basketball to get away from his dad . The first glimpses of his vulnerability.

Ugh! Moment: Also Nathan. The party game, the video, the car accident. Dick moves. Majorly.

Fave Quote: Peyton: “I guess I’m just a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a bitch.”

Biggest Question:  Does Nathan know that Peyton is the one who drew the comic because he’s the guy who left his hat on during sex?

On My iPod: “Empty Apartment” by Yellowcard



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9 responses to “Retro Recaps: One Tree Hill – 1×01, 1×02, 1×03 & 1×04

  1. Kaire

    Erin, this is going to be a great 44 weeks. Helps numb the pain a little bit!

    I love the pilot i’ll always love it. It was the start of this magical place that I have lived in for 9 years and my heart just burst with OTH pride when I see it. I loved the Dawsons refrences being that show was the only reason I watched OTH in the first place.. I had to see what was replacing my beloved DC and Im so glad I did. It really has changed my life. Dick Nathan was hot but Thank God our bb grew into the most amazing man ever! Haley has been perfect and cute from day 1 and gosh I sure miss the Scott brother days! How can anyone forget the moment our Naley locked eyes.. it was and is one of the best moment of the show for me, who would have guessed 9 years later they would still be my OTP!! #epic

    Im looking forward to these recaps Erin, more than id even like to admit! haha Happy OTH Wed!!!!

  2. I’m loving these recaps. And I love that you included 4 all in one post! It does ease the pain of not having OTH on every week 😦

  3. Noel Breaux

    Oh. My. God. Woman. I love this. I did this exact same thing the weekend after the finale. It’s SO amazing to go back and rewatch knowing how it all ends. It’s a whole new perspective. My favorite thing to do. I literally feel like I’m seeing some of it for the first time again. I adore you for doing this! Can’t wait to discuss everything all over again!

  4. Lee

    I love this. It’s making me want to rewatch and catch things I missed the first around. Also, NOSTALGIA. I was in my freshman year of college when OTH started. I watched because it was the WB and I collected teen shows like it was a hobby. Nathan’s swag and the first Lucas/Nathan game won me over. By the time Nathan and Haley had their first tutoring session, I was a goner. Le sigh.

  5. Cill Davis @cilldavis

    Erin! This was the perfect thing to wake up to. OTH Wedbesdays have returned! I can’t wait to embark on this 44 week long journey! Your recaps are seriously the best.

    You inspired me to rewatch from the beginning again, too. I did this today in part to see if I could answer your questions and so I could relive the the magic that is One Tree Hill.

    The pilot is so perfect. I love the Laley friendship. And jackass/jerk Nathan is so hot. Baby James! Hard to believe that he was only 17 when he shot the pilot. Baby James has aged VERY well. The battle to see which Scott was the better basketball player? Epic. And I love the beginning when they show Nathan making the winning basket in the gym and Lucas makes the winning basket at the river court. To answer your question, if you pay close attention, you’ll see that the cop that stopped them for stealing the bus nods and motions for Tim and Nathan to go ahead and leave. Therefore, they were never involved. Part of the star player getting special treatment. One more thing, the Julius Caesar quote. So iconic to the show and it comes full circle in the finale! Daww. Now I’m gonna cry.

    1×02 introduces us to the great Brooke Davis. Nathan’s headphones. I had a pair of those. Lol. Thud. Very provocative name if you ask me. Lucas’ heart was in the right place. I wasn’t a big Leyton shipper, but their lines are so iconic 9 the show. “Your art matters. It’s what got me here.” Haley is just all kinds of adorable. The porn names and her line about Karen not wanting to go to the game because of Dan. So spot on. But the way she says it makes me LMFAO. As for your question, I think Dan did decide to not ask Karen to go to college with him. He was more focused on his life and dreams. Conceited jerk. And Belief playing as the coda for 1×02? That song holds so much more meaning now. I want to squee while replaying Naley’s last rain scene in my head. Lucas taking his name off his jersey is so iconic and speaks volumes.

    1×03 The episode that made me fall in love with the show. Naley. The epic romance. From the time they first locked eyes to “I just wanted to let you know that I’m going to be fine. I mean, F is for fine, right?” And our always iconic and perfect “Don’t say I never gave you anything.” And ever since seeing CMM in his big debut, I can’t help but think of what it’d be like if it was James who had to do that scene… Oh and you definitely just made me rewatch 6×02, well, YouTube it at least. That is also the game they flashback to for Haley and Brooke in the finale. So many connections. Naley. The perfection. Can’t deal. I squeal obnoxiously every time I see them on screen. The booster moms are bitches. And slunts. I love the burning boat. Lucas burning his last name from his jersey, also iconic. And Haley talks about how she lied to Lucas about tutoring Nathan when she’s talking to Brooke in 9×12. This episode is all kinds of awesome. And to answer your question, I do believe that Haley apologizes to Lucas before she goes to see Nathan because she feels bad that she has to help him in order to get him to leave Lucas alone and stop the hazing. And she may have a feeling that word about her tutoring Nathan may get out. You know how Tree Hill is. Especially with high school gossip.

    1×04. Nathan back to his douche ways with both the drinking game and putting in the video of Dan and Karen. Whether he was pissed because of Peyton and Lucas or not. I do love how vulnerable that Nathan is able to be with Haley though. I squee so much. Makes my heart happy. He’s a real douche for wrecking Peyton’s car and trying to blame it on Lucas. I never understood his relationship with Peyton. So I was glad when she broke up with him. His gave when she does it is priceless. And Haley getting caught in her lie… Rug-roh. That’s what she gets for trying to do a nice thing. I think that’s allowed though. As for Nathan realizing that Peyton was the artist based on her drawing him keeping his hat on during sex, I’m pretty sure that you’re right about that. It’s played out to be that way anyways.

    Other comments: I remember you commenting on James’ black socks with his basketball shoes back when you were watching it the first time around. Lol. Oh and Whitey definitely has the best lines. I love him so much. And Junk. Nathan may use corny lines on Haley, but he’s still so precious. And the nipple ring! LMFAO. Makes me think of the 1×22 commentary. And I love how you include music that’s on your ipod from each episode. Wasn’t Good As It Can Be by the 88s on The OC? I’m pretty sure that’s on one of my OC soundtrack mixes.

    As usual, I laughed until I cried whilst reading this and rewatching it for myself.

    Thank you, Erin. I believe we all need this. 🙂

  6. Andrea (@andreaheffernan)


    You have made me so excited by doing these re-caps. It is like having OTH Wednesday all over again! Thank you!

    So I have to tell you a story. I have probs to you before but it works so well in this situation so I shall repeat it. M roommate asked me once why and how I can watch an episode of a show more than once and I gave her a simple answer. It is because you always pick up on something new with every re-watch and it makes the episode just a little more interesting. I would like to thank you for proving that to me. Like I told you on twitter, I never knew the 6×02 thing. That is AWESOME. It changes the way I look at that scene.

    I am so super excited to re-watch these episodes with you! I can not wait to see the little things you can catch for me and I will have to youtube 😛

    I feel “Happy OTH Wednesday” is now back in a new and awesome way 😛

  7. onlymystory

    What a fabulous start to your retro recaps! I loved it. I have so much fun reading old recaps to my favorite shows to learn about things I missed or see if other people loved a moment as much as I did. And there are so few for One Tree Hill which makes yours all the more special. Plus only 4 episodes a week means I can totally keep up and watch other shows. Because obviously I can stop with just watching 4 OTH episodes. I have self control. Or something.
    You highlighted so many great moments. I can’t wait for the next one!

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  9. Haley is so precious:
    “She doesn’t want to go. She doesn’t want her high school sweetheart, slash your brother Dan, slash the jerk who abandoned Lucas, slash the father of Nathan, the team’s star player… Slash my wrists if I have to hear the story again. Let’s go!”

    “The point is at the end of the day, all your bluster and BS don’t mean anything to math because math don’t care. And neither do I.”

    Those are some of my favourite funny Haley quote moments lol. Perfect.

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