One Tree Hill

Season 1 Episode 13

Hanging By A Moment

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 10, 2004 on The CW
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On their way to pick up Karen from the airport, Keith and Lucas' car collides with an oncoming vehicle and an unconscious Lucas is left fighting for his life. Having witnessed the accident, Dan races Lucas to the hospital and must acknowledge that Lucas is his son in order to save his life. Meanwhile, a guilt-ridden Peyton decides to tell Brooke about the kiss she and Lucas shared.moreless

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  • Karen comes home

    Lucas and Peyton deal with what happened between them in the previous episode. They both want to be with each other, but don't know what to say to Brooke. Haley sees them kissing and confronts Lucas about it which ends up in a fight.

    Nathan and Haley also end up in a fight when he tells her the only reason he went out with her in the first place was to mess with Lucas.

    Karen's coming home from Italy and Keith is nervous because they kissed before she left. He has a couple beers a few hours before he goes to pick her up. On the way to the airport Keith and Lucas get into a really bad car accident. Lucas is knocked unconscious. Dan witnesses the whole thing and rushes them to the hospital where he gives the doctor permission to operate on Lucas by telling them he is his father.

    The cutest part of the episode was Nathan trying to teach Haley to make a free throw. It was so sweet!!

  • Hanging By a Moment

    This is the first One Tree Hill Episode I've watched. I was appalled by the sheer lack of substance. It's definitely a soap opera dressed up as a show for high schoolers. This is not reflective of what high school is even like, and the poor morals displayed are literally heartbreaking. The magnitude of relationships that are based on 'feelings' is not only inappropriate, but also a very poor example to viewers. America needs to move past their 'if it doesn't make me happy, it must not be right'. The whole Lucas and Peyton thing made me cringe. I can honestly not understand what moves people to continually watch this show. You may not understand how much what you pollute your mind with will seep into your life, but I promise you it's more than you'd like to know. Lord, if this is what our high schoolers are really like and what they really watch, please help them.

    I watched it for an assignment (I'm in college), and will never watch it again.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show one tree hill on the way to the air port keith gets into accident and lucas is tring to fight for his life in there and dan must say he is the father to save lucas life. also in this ep emotions are high between peyton and brook so peyon who feels guitly decides to tell brook about the kiss she shared with lucas when they went to see the remains if they were his. this was a good ep i thought . and that is why igave it a 9 it was that goodmoreless
  • Lucas and Keith in car accident. Karen comes back. Deb decides to divorce Dan. Dan finally admits Lucas is his son when Lucas needs emergency surgery.

    Oh man. This episode was amazing. When Lucas and Keith get hit, it just hits me in the gut. It makes me cry when Dan tells the doctor that Lucas is his son. Haley and Nathan great together, so far, until Nathan screws it up. Peyton and Lucas cute together, and Lucas wants to tell Brooke. Haley angry at Lucas because Lucas kissing Peyton while still with Brooke. Keith drinking before car accident upsets me, because he shouldn't have been drinking- Keith admits to Deb how he feels about karen.... but never gets a chance to tell Karen himself. Awesome show!moreless
  • Season 1, Episode 13.

    On their way to pick up Karen from the airport, Keith and Lucas' car collides with an oncoming vehicle and an unconscious Lucas is left fighting for his life. Having witnessed the accident, Dan races Lucas to the hospital and must acknowledge that Lucas is his son in order to save his life. Meanwhile, a guilt-ridden Peyton decides to tell Brooke about the kiss she and Lucas shared. Cool episode! I liked when Lucas wouldn't wear the necklace. I also liked Haley's little basketball dream. I think they'll use any excuse to get James Lafferty naked. I liked when he was teaching Haley how to shoot a basket. Brooke is so hot. I feel so bad for her. :( Great episode.moreless
Ann Cusack

Ann Cusack

Family Therapist

Guest Star

Paula Trickey

Paula Trickey


Guest Star

Andrew Masset

Andrew Masset

Doctor Ryan

Guest Star

Barbara Alyn Woods

Barbara Alyn Woods

Deborah "Deb" Scott

Recurring Role

Brett Claywell

Brett Claywell

Tim Smith

Recurring Role

Lee Norris

Lee Norris

Marvin "Mouth" McFadden

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Whitey's Life List:

      Coach for 20 Years
      Win 500 Games (which he later in the episode changes to "Win 600 Games")
      Make a Difference

    • In the last shot, when the heart monitor is on-screen, the monitor says "adult", even though the doctor explicitly asked Dan if Lucas was a minor.

    • In this episode we learn that Whitey's real name is Brian.

    • Camilla Durham's grave says she was born on December 10th 1938 and died on October 12th 1996, making her 57 when she died.

    • Before the accident, you can see Lucas is wearing his seatbelt. When Dan was pulling Lucas out of the car he wasn' t wearing the seatbelt.

    • When Dan comes to the cafe to say to Deb that he needs to come home, you can hear someone say "No" before Deb says no, like some one off screen is saying it.

    • At the end of the episode the heart monitor says "Asystole", then they start to shock him...... you can't use the paddles when someone is in asystole.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Keith: It seems like just yesterday I was kissing her goodbye at the airport.
      Lucas: Wait, you were kissing my mother?
      Keith: Yeah, saying goodbye.
      Lucas: Okay Keith, could you just do me a favor and keep the PDA to a minimum?
      Keith: You think maybe you could keep that tattoo covered up for a while? Like, say, the rest of your life...

    • Whitey: I promised Camilla I'd win 500 games then walk away. We were going to grow old together.
      Nathan: You're already old, coach. Besides, who's going to yell at me, huh?
      Whitey: I'm not supposed to yell at you, Nathan, you're supposed to learn things.
      Nathan: Yeah, but what fun would that be? You love yelling at me.
      Whitey: I do not!
      Whitey: Yes, you do. You love to yell at me and I love to make you yell.
      Whitey: Well, if you'd listen once and a while, you knucklehead!
      (Nathan gives him the "I told you" look)

    • Nathan: Knock down this shot like I know you can. (Haley shoots and misses) It's okay. This calls for drastic measures, though. You're gonna be fine. Try it granny style.

    • Keith: This game is what keeps you young. Without it you'd... I don't know, you'd be off somewhere babbling, wearing a dress.
      Whitey: You haven't seen me at home.

    • Brooke: (to Peyton) You, me and Broody in your bedroom all night. The web cam pervs will love it.

    • Brooke: (to Lucas) People that are meant to be together always find their way in the end.

    • Whitey: (to Nathan) You were in the library? Temperature must've dropped in hell.

    • Brooke: And P. Sawyer, please don't hurl too much. Because if you get any thinner, I'm going to start looking fat.

    • Haley: So, I need to borrow a couple things from you like your basketball and you.
      Lucas: Ok, why?
      Haley: Because I'm totally flagging P.E. and I need you to show me how to throw a stinkin free shot.
      Lucas: (laughs) Free throw.
      Haley: Whatever.

    • Peyton: Brooke, you're my best friend.
      Brooke: So...
      Peyton: No, I mean it. You're my best friend, you know that right?
      Brooke: Yeah crazy, what drugs are you on and can I have some?

    • Peyton: Lucas, Brooke and I have been best friends since elementary school. We've always put our friendship before guys. Do you really think I'd risk losing my best friend over a fling? Cause I wouldn't do that.
      Lucas: Okay. Look, I don't want to hurt Brooke. And I don't want to come between the two of you. But I have to be with you.

    • Peyton: Lucas, you're dating Brooke.
      Lucas: I know. And she's great. Ok? But she's not you. Look, ever since you came to my room and you told me how you felt about me, I've been hiding with Brooke. Ok? I've been trying not to get hurt again. I don't wannna hide anymore.
      Peyton: Even if we could be together, what makes you think it would work?
      Lucas: Cause I feel it in my heart. Don't you?

    • Doctor: (about Lucas) He's a minor?
      Dan: Yeah.
      Doctor: He's gonna need surgery.
      Dan: Do whatever you need to do, doc.
      Doctor: You're his legal guardian?
      Dan: He's my son.

    • Lucas: I kind of need to talk to you about something.
      Haley: What's going on?
      Brooke (bouncing into the room): Hey Tutor girl!
      Haley: Tigger! What's up?

    • Haley: to Lucas It's not complicated, it's simple. It's really simple. What you're doing is wrong. And if you can't see that, I don't like the person you're becoming.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Featured Music:
      "The One You Want" by The Get Up Kids
      "Inside Of Love" by Nada Surf
      "Everybody Wants You" by Josh Kelley
      "Leaving Trains" by James William Hindle
      "Don't Confess (This Thing That Breaks My Heart)" by Tegan and Sara
      "All I Can Do" by Sandstorm Thomas
      "Pink Bullets" by The Shins
      "Brief Intermission" by Rob Momary
      "Most Of The Time" by Josh Canova


    • Dan: (to therapist) Hey, doc, did you ever read the article about the mountain climber who had his arm wedged beneath a boulder?

      Dan is talking about Aron Ralston, who, in 2003, was hiking in Blue John Canyon in Southwestern Utah, while big boulder trapped his arm and he had to cut off his arm to survive. Ralson wrote a book about his accident called Between a Rock and a Hard Place.

    • Episode Title: Hanging By A Moment

      This is a song by Lifehouse from the band's first album, No Name Face, released in 2000.