One Tree Hill

Season 3 Episode 4

An Attempt to Tip the Scales

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 26, 2005 on The CW
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It's Halloween in Tree Hill and everybody is celebrating at Tric, with special guest band Fall Out Boy. The masquerade ball gives the opportunity to Haley to win back Nathan, while Brooke is trying to seduce Lucas. Also, Peyton decides to face her new mother and get to know her. Meanwhile, Dan uses blackmail to become mayor but things don't turn out as easy as he thought they would when Deb gets in his way.moreless

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  • Chris Keller!!

    Tric is having costume party with special musical guest, Fall Out Boy!!! Watching Haley help Lucas pick out a costume is so funny. They are such great friends. I love seeing them together. It was also really funny that Lucas asked Haley for help in figuring out what Brooke wants him to be. He is trying so hard to prove that he is the guy for her, but because of all the pain she went through before, Brooke is hesitant and I don't blame her.

    All the costumes are amazing. Brooke's is incredible!! She is so talented!! It's perfect that instead of just loving clothes and shopping she is also an amazing designer! I love that she is trying to help get Nathan and Haley back together especially since she kind of got them together in the first place by setting up their first date.

    It was so sweet seeing Nathan and Haley together at the party. And while it's weird I'm glad Nathan called Chris to help her with her music. He loves her and wants her to have what's important to her which is he music. It's also a way of him to prove that he isn't jealous.

    Although technically it is stealing, it's not that big of a deal that Lucas has been taking money from the cafe because after all it's his mom's cafe, but I wish he would come clean to everyone about his HCM. I'm glad he told Haley, but he does need to tell everyone else, too.

    Dan is running for mayor. Great!! Just what Tree Hill needs is Dan Scott in charge. I love that Deb isn't going to make it easy on him though!! The pranks are hilarious!!

  • Costume party at tric!

    I loved this episode. One Tree Hill is all about the drama so it was nice that it was more on the comedy side. All the costumes were great.I loved everything about this show from Chris Keller coming back to Dan and Deb pranking each other. My favourite prank was the tazer, I also loved Lucas and Haley at the beginning and Peyton and Mouth dance routines. There was a hope for Naley fans when Nathan helps Haley with her music career by contacting Chris. It goes to show that deep down Nathan still cares about Haley and wants her to be happy.moreless
  • A fun filled episode with hilarous costumes.

    The school is having a costume party at Tric, where Lucas wants brooke to re-think the non-exclusive relationship. Fall Out Boy are the musical guest performing at Tric for the party. Dan decides to run for mayor. Both Debz and Dan play childish games to get back at each other. Haley's having trouble writing songs. So Nathan tells Chris to come back to help Haley with her music. Lucas steals money from the cafe for his heart medicine. Lucas tells Haley what he needed the money for and that he has the HCM heart disease. Nathan and Chris dress up as Batman for the party. Chris kisses Haley but she thinks it was Nathan.moreless
  • Dan and Deb are hilarious!

    There is a costume party at Tric and Fall Out Boy is performing. Brooke tries to help Haley get Nathan's attention. Lucas tries to get Brooke's attention with his costume and also by making her jealous with another girl. Nathan goes to Chris for help with Haley and her music. Chris kissed Haley, but Haley thinks it was Nathan. Peyton goes to see Ellie. Ellie lies to her by saying that she can't draw when she really can. When Haley sees Lucas stealing money from the register at Karen's Cafe, she covers for him with Karen. Lucas tells her that he needs medicine for his HCM. Dan wants to run for mayor and blackmails a strong competitor. He asks Deb to pretend to be a happy wife until he wins the election. They start to try to drive each other crazy!

    This episode was so great! Deb and Dan were so funny! Deb with a tazer and Dan with his glue and the phone. They seem like kids pulling pranks. The costumes were cool and the sequence in the beginning with Lucas and Haley was funny also! I don't really like Chris, so I'm not happy that Nathan went to him. This episode gets a 10 from me!moreless
  • A Halloween in Tree Hill!

    It's Halloween in Tree Hill and there is a big party at Tric. Lucas is Tommy Lee who meets his Pamela Anderson in order to annoy Brooke. Brooke herself is a red devil who tries to seduce Lucas. Peyton is the Angel of death. Nathan dresses up as Batman and Haley as Olivia Newton John in Grease. Mouth is dressed as John Travolta. Apart from the fummy costumes and the party, there is much more deeper parts of that epsiode. Lucas steals money from Karen's cafe in order to buy his pills for HCM. Haley realises that Lucas has the heart disease and as a great friend she lies to Karen that she is stealing from her cafe. Nathan deals with Chris Keller to help Haley with her music career. Peyton and Ellie time is wonderful again. At the end of the epsiode Peyton decides to stop wondering who her real father is and we,the viewers,realise that Peyton has taken from Ellie not only her like for music but also the talent to draw.

    Favorite storyline: Nathan helps Haley with her music career

    Favorite character: Peyton and Haleymoreless
Mark Joy

Mark Joy

Mayor Mullins

Guest Star

Johanna Jowett

Johanna Jowett

Store Manager

Guest Star

Jody Quaranta

Jody Quaranta


Guest Star

Tyler Hilton

Tyler Hilton

Chris Keller

Recurring Role

Kevin Kilner

Kevin Kilner

Larry Sawyer

Recurring Role

Danneel Harris

Danneel Harris

Rachel Gatina

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: Peyton reveals to Larry that she knows about Ellie's breast cancer (she found out from Lucas). However, in previous episodes, Ellie doesn't tell Lucas what kind of cancer she has.

    • Halloween costumes:
      Peyton-Angel of Death
      Brooke-The Devil
      Haley-Sandy from Grease
      Lucas-Tommy Lee
      Mouth-John Travolta
      Rachel-Pamela Anderson

    • Johanna Jowett, the actress who plays the Suburban Filth store manager is the same actress who played a bidder at the Boy Toy Auction in Episode 1.18.

    • In season one, after messing up things between Nathan and Haley, Brooke tries to patch things up by getting them together again. In this episode, Brooke tries to get Nathan and Haley together again by convincing him to go to the Masquerade Ball at TRIC.

  • QUOTES (36)

    • Lucas: Hey (Shutting the door) I wanted to make sure you were ok I saw you… take the plunge and-
      Haley: Nathan kissed me.
      Lucas: What?
      Haley: I didn't even know what was happening. It just, it happened and then he was gone.
      Lucas: Did you go after him?
      Haley: No. It was just so romantic and perfect and I just wanted to come right home and not mess it up, you know?
      Lucas: Well, then I guess you're OK.
      Haley: Yeah. It was like… a totally out-of-body experience for me.
      Lucas: Then, maybe I should get Nathan to kiss me.
      Haley: Oh, shut up (Slaps him on the arm)
      (Lucas laughs)
      Lucas: Alright, then, uh… I'm gonna head home.
      Haley: OK.
      Lucas: Thanks for the costume advice. Remind me to never have you spy for me.
      Haley: I'm sorry.

    • Haley: Hi
      Nathan: Nice costume.
      Haley: Do you like it?
      Nathan: Not really. I mean, it's just not… really you.
      Haley: Yeah. I… Brooke thought I could I just wanted you to… want me again. I… (Looks down and shakes her head)
      Nathan: That's not the problem, Haley. Trust me
      (She looks up at him)
      Nathan: I mean… the sexy makeover's not gonna fix us, right?
      Haley: Yeah, you're right. I mean, I… I look ridiculous, don't I?
      Nathan: Haley, no
      Haley: (Shakes her head) I'm sorry. (runs off)

    • Dan: (to Deb) You stick around for the next two months... I'll leave him alone. I could turn him against you, Deb. But if you stay, with me, I'll back off. For as long as you like. Who knows... after sixty days, you may fall in love with me again.

    • Larry: Hey, knock-knock. I'm making lunch. You hungry?
      Peyton: Not really.
      Larry: Come on. I've seen enough after school specials to know that you gotta eat.
      Peyton: I know. I will. I just… not right now.
      Larry: OK. What're you going as?
      Peyton: An angel. Brooke's gonna be the Devil.
      Larry: Oh, imagine that.
      Peyton: I'm just… not really feeling it.
      Peyton: Alright, well, if you get hungry, let me know.
      Peyton: Hey, um, look, I know, alright, about Ellie.
      Larry: What?
      Peyton: The breast cancer. Did you think like I could handle it or... because if you were keeping it from me then...
      Larry: I wasn't.
      Peyton: I...
      Larry: I wasn't. I didn't know.
      Peyton: Oh. Well, now you do.
      Larry: I'm sorry.
      Peyton: No. Guess my moms are just dropping like flies, huh?

    • Lady: Interesting, but the devil doesn't have feathers.
      Brooke: What is with you people? So she's a feathery devil.

    • Dan: (talking to himself) Mayor Dan Scott. I like it.

    • Haley: Your mom thinks I stole money from the Cafe.
      Lucas: Why does she think that?
      Haley: Because I told her I did. Cause I was covering for you. I saw you take it, and... what's going on Luke?
      Lucas: I needed to buy some medicine.
      Haley: For what?
      Lucas: For my heart, Hales. I have HCM.

    • Rachel: (dressed as Pamela Anderson, to Lucas, dressed as Tommy Lee) I heard we got back together again. Tommy Lee, Pamela Anderson.
      Lucas: Right.
      Rachel: At the very least we could just have a hot weekend in Vegas together. You wanna dance? Unless you're seeing someone.
      Lucas: (looks at Brooke) No, not exclusively.

    • Haley: Hey, you look great. Are you talking to me yet?
      Peyton: Not really, but I guess you're talking to me.
      Haley: Peyton I don't understand why you're so pissed off.
      Peyton: Really? You come back to town after months of being away and try to pretend like nothing happened.
      Haley: I'm not pretending anything. I'm sorry I didn't stay in touch with you it was hard to keep up with people.
      Peyton: Haley, it wasn't me, okay, I'm not that needy. But you didn't even call Nathan.
      Haley: I did call.
      Peyton: And anyway I just don't like what you did. But you know what, you're husband just said you look hot, so if you do still love him, there's your in.

    • Mouth: I'm not gonna spend my senior year chasing after someone that doesn't care about me anymore.
      Haley: (Adjusting her costume) Yeah.. that's really smart.

    • Larry: (Walks in to find Peyton ih her black angel costume). I thought you were going as an angel?
      Peyton: I am, I'm the Angel of Death. Thought it was... appropriate.
      Larry: Honey... you know the worst part about your mum dying?
      Peyton: I have to pick just one?
      Larry: How suddenly she was gone. I mean, it was like, one minute she was there talking about what we were going to have for dinner, and the next she was just... gone.
      Peyton: Forever.
      Larry: I kept thinking about all the things I would have said to her if I had known. And then I realised what I really had to worry about was all the things I was gonna say to you. Peyton: Daddy...
      Larry: You were so little, and there was so much left to talk about with your mom... so many things she would have told you as you grew up. So I started writing it all down, whatever I could think of, her favourite colour, her favourite food, our first date, first kiss. But all that did was make me realise all the things I didn't know. Things I couldn't know. Girl stuff. Like what she would have said to you about sex, or the day you got your first-
      Peyton: Dad, I just...
      Larry: I know honey, but, don't you ever just wonder.
      Peyton: Yeah, all the time. Larry: Well, now Ellie, has the one thing your mother didn't. She's got a fair warning. There's time. Time for no regrets, time for no... wondering. Maybe you should go see her, talk to her, let her answer any questions that you might have.
      Peyton: Like what? Larry: Like, who your real father is...

    • Larry: Is it true? Do you have cancer?
      Ellie: Yes.
      Larry: Is Peyton at risk?
      Ellie: She might be, but only 10% of all breast cancers are genetic.
      Larry: Is yours one of them?
      Ellie: I don't know. So at some point down the line you should get her checked.
      Larry: And what about you?
      Ellie: I was in remission for a while. Not anymore.
      Larry: I'm sorry.
      Ellie: Yeah, it's not how I pictured my life turning out, that's for sure. I know it's crazy, but I can't help feeling like it's some kind of karmic payback. You know?
      Larry: Yeah, I don't think it works like that. Is this why you came back, to make things right with Peyton?
      Ellie: I wanted you and her to be aware of her genetic history, and sure I wanted to get to know her, I wanted her to get to know me.
      Larry: So she could lose another mother.
      Ellie: No. That is exactly what I didn't want. I was still in remission when I first got here. And don't worry, I am not about to let her watch me die.
      Larry: Look, Ellie, I am sorry for everything that you are going through, but you understand that I have to think about Peyton first, last, always.
      Ellie: Oh, you mean, now that you're back in town. Like me.
      Larry: No, nothing like you, actually. Turns around and storms out.
      Ellie: Larry! I'm sorry. If you want me to leave for good this time, just say the word. She's your daughter now. It's up to you.

    • Lucas: No way, Hales!
      Haley: Let me see it.
      Lucas: I look like an idiot.
      Haley: Dude, I saw you in your headgear.
      Lucas: Don't call me dude and I thought we promised not to talk about that in public.
      Haley: Whatever, dude.

    • Lucas: Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote: There is no privacy that cannot be penetrated. No secret can be kept in the civilized world. Society is a masked ball where everyone hides his real character, then reveals it by hiding.

    • Karen: Haley? Are you OK?
      Haley: Yeah, if ok's, like,… heels that are killing me and underwear that's digging into my ribcage and I'm about five minutes from going home and binging on cookie dough.

    • Peyton: Hate to say it but… your wife looks pretty hot.
      Nathan: Haley always looks hot.

    • Dan: Where is all my stuff, Deb?
      Deb: I gave it away.
      Dan: You what?!
      Deb: I had to. It was all wet and smelly.
      Dan: And how did that happen?
      Deb: The sprinklers came on… by accident after I tossed everything out the window. That part was on purpose.

    • Brooke: Really? Well a girl can dream. But I thought you were playing hard-to-get.
      Lucas: Actually, I believe you're the one playing hard-to-get.
      Brooke: Doesn't mean we can't have a whole lot of fun in the meantime.
      Lucas: Just means we'll be wearing a whole lot more clothes while we're having it.

    • Brooke: I just whipped it up. Now what're we gonna do for you? I was thinking... sexy nurse, catholic schoolgirl, Playboy bunny...
      Haley: Uh, no, no and forget it.
      Brooke: Haley, it's a costume party, you just go as a sexy whatever.
      Haley: All right, sexy not slutty.
      Brooke: Fine. Oh, I know, the classic "get my man to see me in a new light" costume.
      Haley: How about a classic "get my man to come to this thing" costume. You got one of those? Cos I'm not even sure Nathan's showing up at this thing.

    • Haley: You know, the Devil doesn't have sequins, or feathers or… breasts for that matter.
      Brooke: Well, in my universe, she does.
      Haley: Did you even follow the pattern?
      Brooke: No.
      Haley: Brooke, you have to do that!
      Brooke: Says who?!
      Haley: Says like every sewing teacher ever. Otherwise you'll end up with something like...
      Brooke: Like this?
      Haley: That looks really good.
      Brooke: Thank you.

    • Chris: (to Nathan) Well, this is gonna cost you. I mean we've got studio space, first class accommodations, my time, which is worth a lot...and I'm kinda digging that watch.

    • Haley: (to Brooke about Lucas) Be careful. His heart's more fragile than you think.

    • (Three men wheel in racks and boxes of clothes and shoes)
      Dan: What the hell is this?
      Deb: New campaign? New wardrobe. And that candidate's wife look doesn't come cheap. (hands Dan a bill) Appearances are everything, right Dan?

    • Deb: (to Dan) Run for Miss Teen North Carolina for all I care.

    • Dan: Well, well, Mayor Mullins. Handcuffs, what have we here? Sex Scandal 101. Handcuffs, cocaine, skanky offense ladies. So what's your preference? Video or stills? Then again I'm a business man, we could make a deal. You drop your bid for re-election, and resign immediately. And this video goes away.
      Mayor: Nods
      Dan: Good boy. At least you're a smart pervert. Oh, by the way, you're gonna endorse me for Mayor.

    • (Lucas walks over to Brooke, dressed up as Tommy Lee)
      Brooke: Oh... no you didn't.
      Lucas: I did.
      Brooke: You are SO gullible... Tommy Lee?!
      Lucas: What?
      Brooke: He's like forty - and looks like that.
      Lucas: You set me up?
      Brooke: You should've been a pirate. You know, nothing like a little Johnny Depp to make a girl wanna commit.

    • Chris: Well, well... we meet again.
      Nathan: Thanks for coming.
      Chris: How could I not? You must got my letter?
      Nathan: Yeah I got it.
      Chris: You like the perfume? I'm kinda sexy like that sometimes. So what can I do for you?
      Nathan: You can help Haley with her music.

    • Mouth: Having fun?
      Peyton: Not really. I mean, I'd just like to see the band but I still had to force myself to come here tonight.
      Mouth: Me too.
      Peyton: I'm just dealing with some personal stuff.
      Mouth: Yeah, me too.
      Peyton: And someone spilled soda on my wings.
      Mouth: I think that was me.

    • Larry: What are you going as?
      Peyton: An angel. Brooke's gonna be the devil.
      Larry: Hmm... imagine that?

    • Brooke: (Nathan slam dunks the ball) Well, you're going to make my job easy this year. Nothing worse than cheering for a bunch of losers.
      Nathan: Well, it's all about you Brooke. What's up?
      Brooke: Are you going to this masquerade party at Tric?
      Nathan: Wasn't planning on it. Why?
      Brooke: Just figured it might be the perfect occasion to stop punishing your wife. Haley's really hurting Nathan. I mean, come on, how hard would it be to stop by and smile at her and tell her she looks cute?
      Nathan: Harder than you think.
      Brooke: Well, she hasn't written a song since you guys split up. Guess her talent was tied to you. No Nathan, no music.
      Nathan: She put you up to this?
      Brooke: No, but if I hear one more accidental cover of Wind Beneath my Wings I am going to slit my wrists! So please Nathan, do it for me. And besides, when I get through with her, she's gonna look hot as hell. You can trust me, I'm the devil.
      Nathan: I'll think about it.
      Brooke: Okay.

    • Ellie: (to Peyton, in her costume) Angel of Death. You're a little early. Pause. How was the show? Do you wanna come inside.
      Peyton: I'm, I'm not staying.
      Ellie: I'm still glad you came. You, not the Death part.
      Peyton: Look, I don't wanna be curious about you, but I can't help it, I am.
      Ellie: Well, selfishly that's one battle I'm glad you're losing.
      Peyton: I'm just scared.
      Ellie: Of what?
      Peyton: Forgetting my mom, okay, Anna. I used to have one of her t-shirts, that smelled like her, and I slept with it every night, until one day it started to smell more like me than it did her. And so I took it out and I tried every detergent I could find, just trying to find that smell, and I couldn't, it was gone, and... and so now sometimes I test myself, you know, just to see if I can find that smell, and once in a while I can, but it's getting harder and harder.
      Ellie: I understand.
      Peyton: It's bad enought that you're really into music, okay, I don't wanna find out you're an artist too...
      Ellie: Peyton...
      Peyton: Cos I know there are some things I got from her, I had to... and I don't wanna, I don't wanna change that.
      Ellie: Well, uh, the tendancy towards drugs, which I would love to yell at you about, that's from me, but I can't draw to save my life. Those sketches I saw in your room, that's from your mom. Know that. And, as far as your dad's concerned, when he sent me away all those years ago, it was the right move. I've done some pretty questionable things in my life, Peyton, I would have sent me away too.
      Peyton: But you're here now
      Ellie: That's right. And if you wanna know things, then I want you to know them. I'll tell you anything, everything. And if you don't wanna know, that's okay too. It's up to you.

    • Lucas: Maybe I should get Nathan to kiss me.

    • Haley: This Grease thing is a lie. I mean what, you turn into some spandex wearing, cigarette smoking hussy and you get your man? That doesn't work.

    • Brooke: What are you doing? The band is playing, you're missing it.
      Haley: This is such a bad idea.
      Brooke: But Nathan totally talked to you. He swooped in like some kind of knight in Batman armour.

    • Brooke: (about Haley) When I get through with her she's gonna look hot as hell. You can trust me, I'm the devil.

    • Deb: You want us to live together? Fine. I've been pretending to love you for a long time now Dan. Sixty days is nothing.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 on CNBC-e

    • This episode was nominated for the 2006 Image Award for "Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series".

    • Mark Schwahn and Danneel Harris introduce the additional scene for this episode featured on the season 3 DVD set.

      It is a scene between Nathan and Peyton talking about Haley and other things.

    • Although credited, Barry Corbin (Whitey) and Craig Sheffer (Keith) didn't appear in this episode.

    • This is the first episode in which we see the new character, Rachel, played by Danneel Harris.

    • Featured Music:
      "Invincible" by Ok Go
      "Girls Girls Girls" by Motley Crue
      "Empty Room" by Marjorie Fair
      "Dance, Dance" by Fall Out Boy
      "If I Handle You with Care" by Trembling Blue Stars
      "Trondheim" by Tom Freund
      "More of the Shame" by Buddy
      "Bombs Away" by Paris Texas
      "She's a Sexy Thing" by Andromeda
      "Wanna Move You" by Erica C.
      "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps
      "In Your Head" by Rob Grad


    • Grease:
      Haley is dressed as Sandy from the last scenes of Grease. She's upset about her costume, which Brooke dressed her up as to win Nathan back.

      Grease is a movie from the 1978. Sandy and Danny love each other but are very different people in their high school. Danny wants to keep his reputation as a badboy so Sandy changes herself for him.

    • The OC:
      Lucas is talking to Haley about Brooke picking up a "California thing in the OC".

      The OC is a FOX show, which some compare to One Tree Hill. It starts off with a boy from the wrong side of the tracks who ends up living with the Cohens, a rich family, who live in the OC.(Orange County, California)

    • Episode Title: An Attempt To Tip The Scales

      An Attempt To Tip The Scales is a song by Bright Eyes off the record, Fevers & Mirrors.