One Tree Hill

Season 3 Episode 11

Return of the Future

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 18, 2006 on The CW
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The Ravens lose their second game in a row, so Whitey teaches them a tough lesson. Peyton and Ellie look for support for their album and hope to attract Nada Surf to the project. Meanwhile, both Dan and Haley upset Nathan, while Brooke plans a romantic thank-you for Lucas.moreless

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  • Keith is back.

    Keith is back! Not only does this bring him and Karen closer together, but it also heats the Dan attempted murder storyline in a dramatic way.

    Nathan was ridiculous in this episode - no way should he have fallen for Dan's manipulations in thinking that Haley was trying to trap him by getting pregnant. I'm glad that she didn't just forgive him for that cos he's wrong. Brooke and Lucas are developing nicely and I quite liked how it was Rachel who submitted Brooke's designs. Peyton and Ellie growing closer was nice but you can still tell it's gonna end badly.

    And the main storyline of Return of the Future, Keith returns! It;s funny how now he's back i realise I've missed his presence on the show. It was great to see him interacting with Lucas, giving us a clearer picture of what happened on the night of the fire and finally getting together with Karen. Shame that during their first kiss he's arrested for the attempted murder of Dan. Talk about an dramatic ending. Oh, and i thought Whitey moving the team to a crappy gym was pretty funny too.

    Good episode!

  • Keith is back!!

    The Ravens lose their second game, but Keith comes back!!!! Lucas, Karen, and even Brooke are excited to see him!! Dan is happy to see him, too because now he can have Keith arrested for attempted murder. Dan believes it was Keith who tried to kill him. Keith tells Karen the truth about the fire or at least the part about Deb starting not it, not Lucas saving Dan.

    Things with Nathan and Haley were going well until Dan steps in and suggests to him that Haley may try to get pregnant to keep Nathan around. This causes them to have the biggest fight ever. Ugh..Dan sucks.

    The other great thing about this episode besides Keith's return is that Lucas and Nathan start to become friends again near the end of this episode after they bond over cleaning the crappy old gym that Whitey is forcing them to play in.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the one tree hill the team loses another game and thats two in a row now and coach is tring to teach his team lesson saying if you guys dont come togeather you fail and the tring to teach lucas and nathan a lesson. also in this ep nathan gets mad at haley and dan and also in this ep brook goes and is tring to plan a romantic thankyou for lucas for what he did and peyton is working with her mother on stuff this was a good ep i thought and it was very exciting and that is why i gave it a 9moreless
  • Season 3, Episode 11.

    The Ravens lose their second game in a row, so Whitey teaches them a tough lesson. Peyton and Ellie look for support for their album and hope to attract Nada Surf to the project. Meanwhile, both Dan and Haley upset Nathan, while Brooke plans a romantic thank-you for Lucas. Keith is back. Haha, Lucas read all the letters and quoted Brooke and teased her. LMAO. I still can't stand Whitey.

    Lucas: What are you? Too good to clean like everyone else?

    Nathan: Yes.

    Haha, I also liked this quote:

    DAN: That had all the markings of a Keith Scott operation. First off, it was a failure.

    LMAO! I enjoyed this episode. :)moreless
  • Great!

    Keith comes back to Tree Hill! Lucas is reading Brooke's letters and teasing her. She takes them back. Ellie helps Peyton with her dream of finding artists to put on a compilation CD to help cancer research. Dan talks to Nathan about Haley and pregnancy. He gets paranoid about if they used protection and if Haley was on the pill when they got back together. Brooke lets Lucas read the rest of the letters. Keith tells Karen that Deb was the one who tried to kill Dan. He was going to, but Deb stopped him. Whitey makes the team clean up an old nasty gym and practice in it to build teamwork. At first, Nathan rebels, but after Lucas talks to him, Nathan chooses the right choice. Lucas confronts Karen about her feelings for Keith. She admits to Keith that she was afraid of letting him get close to her. They kiss, but Dan arrests Keith for attempted murder. Peyton gets Jimmy Eat World, Fall Out Boy, Nada Surf, Haley James-Scott and Strays Don't Sleep for the CD so far!

    This episode was so great! It was really good seeing Keith again! I'm glad that Karen and Keith are together now, but it sucks that Dan made Keith get arrested. This episode gets 10 out of 10!moreless
Justin Colvin

Justin Colvin


Guest Star

Austin James

Austin James

Terry (Deleted Scenes)

Guest Star

Narayan Sanders

Narayan Sanders

Basketball Player

Guest Star

Danneel Harris

Danneel Harris

Rachel Gatina

Recurring Role

Sheryl Lee

Sheryl Lee

Elizabeth "Ellie" Harp

Recurring Role

Bevin Prince

Bevin Prince

Bevin Mirskey

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • When Nathan walks into the gym while Dan and Whitey are talking, there is a thick, short line of blue paint on the wall. When the angle switches and comes back to Nathan, and he picks up the paint brush to start painting, the paint is gone and Nathan paints in the same spot.

    • On the back of Lucas' letter he sends to Brooke, he wrote down the words "Please do not burn". That is a reference to the finale of season 1 "The Games That Play Us" when Lucas wrote a letter to Peyton & Brooke before he left Tree Hill with Keith. Then in the premiere of season 2 "The Desperate Kingdom of Love," instead of reading it, the girls burned the letter on the beach.

    • Rogue Vogue is not a real fashion design contest.

    • Lucas' address is:
      Lucas Scott
      1829 Burnette Dr
      Tree Hill, NC 01982.

    • Bands listed on Peyton's "Bands we Have" list on her door by the end of the episode:
      -Strays Don't Sleep
      -Nada Surf
      -Jimmy Eat World
      -Haley James Scott
      -Fall Out Boy

    • When Nathan and Haley are having their birth control argument, Haley takes out a bottle of water. The water bottle is blue, but when Haley goes to get he birth control pills out of her purse the water changes to a clear-ish green-ish bottle, and when she gives them to Nathan the water bottle goes back to blue.

    • Brooke's address is:
      176 Oakmount Terrace Apt 11
      Tree Hill, NC 01982.

    • When Keith and Lucas are throwing the football, in one scene it shows Lucas with the ball, and in the next shot Keith has the ball, without Lucas throwing him the ball.

    • Lucas was coming home and his iPod was hanging at his pocket and his hand holding the earphones. However, when Keith threw the ball at him and he catches it, the iPod and earphones are nowhere to be seen.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Karen: (To Keith). We have known each other a long time, and every time that we have gotten close, I have been stubborn, and scared, and have found ways to let things get between us. And I can't let that happen again.
      (Karen and Keith kiss, and then Keith is arrested for the Attempted Murder of Dan).

    • (Flashback No. 2)
      Deb: Wake up, wake up. Dan's in the hospital. He's been burned.
      Keith: What are you talking about?
      Deb: Like you said, it was the only way.
      Keith: Deb, what did you do?
      Deb: It wasn't your war, Keith, it was mine. I drugged him. I set the dealership on fire. But somehow, he got out. He's alive.
      Keith: Did Dan see you? Did anyone see you.
      Deb: No, I don't think he remembers. Oh God, what should I do?
      Keith: They'll think it was an accident. Just... just let it go, Deb. I'll leave town again, and we'll both pretend nothing happened. Okay.

    • (Flashback)
      Deb: What are you doing?
      Keith: Well, first I'm gonna kill this bottle of scotch, and then I'm going to kill my brother.
      Deb: (Picks up the gun that was on Keith's bedside table). I can't let you do this, Keith. You're better than this.
      Keith: It's the only way. He'll never stop Deb.
      Deb: This is not your war.
      Keith: No. Nathan's next Deb, Nathan's next.

    • Whitey: (As Dan walks into the old gym). I thought I told you boys to kill all the cockroaches.

    • Ellie: (Talking about Peyton approaching the Nada Surf manager). Peyton, you were great back there. Whatever happens, you should be really proud. Your mom would be, too.
      Peyton: Thanks.
      Ellie: She was great. She's the reason I picked your parents to be your parents. The day you were born - 14 hours of labour. You kicked through the whole third trimester, but then you didn't wanna come out. You were stubborn even back then. When you finally did, the nurses took you away. That was the policy of adoption. But your mom was there, and she brought you back to me, she wanted us to spend some time together. She was kind.
      Peyton: Can I ask you about the cancer?
      Ellie: I never had the surgery. I had chemo. It made me really sick, but the cancer went away. For a while.
      Peyton: So what are you doing now?
      Ellie: I'm spending time with you.

    • Brooke: I don't know why it's so easy for me to get naked one way, but not the other.

    • Nathan: Did you think about it, having a baby to stay together?
      Haley: Nathan, I am 17 years old, we're still in high school, you and I are totally in limbo. No. I don't want a baby.
      Nathan: Well you knew you weren't protected that night.
      Haley: Well, first of all, it takes two, guy without a condom. Second, the only thing I was thinking about that night was being with my husband. The fact that you think I was trying to trap you into something is really insulting.
      Nathan: Then why'd you go off birth control?
      Haley: Because I was on tour, and you weren't with me, and contrary to what you were thinking, I wasn't sleeping with Chris Keller.
      Nathan: I never said that. You still should have told me Haley.
      Haley: Told you what, that when you have sex there's a risk of pregnancy?
      Nathan: Haley, I know.
      Haley: You should have told me that having sex turns you into an ass.
      Nathan: Haley, what if something were to happen? Huh. That would have changed our lives forever.
      Haley: Like what, marriage?
      Nathan: I know, I know we're married. I'm talking about basketball, my career.
      Haley: Oh, okay, so let me get this straight, you're the one with goals and dreams, and the only thing I want, apparently, is you back. I'm not that desperate, Nathan.
      Haley: And if you're so worried about it, why didn't you stop us that night. It's just as much your responsibility as it is mine.
      Nathan: You're right, it is my responsibility. Let me see the pills.
      Haley: I cannot believe you still don't believe me. Here. (Hands Nathan her birth control pills). Take 'em. I don't need them anymore.
      Nathan: Haley.
      Haley: Your future as a basketball player is totally secure, your future as my husband, not so much.

    • Keith: (To Dan). I hear you think I tried to kill you. Trust me, if I did, you'd be dead.
      Dan: Oh, I doubt it. In fact, the attempt on my life has all the markings of a Keith Scott operation, starting with the fact it was a failure.

    • Keith: (Walks into Karen's Cafe). You still got the best cup of coffee in town? (Karen drops the pot of coffee). Guess not anymore.

    • Whitey: I hope you boys have had your tetanus shots, because you're gonna be spending a lot of time here.
      Narayan: What's wrong with the other gym?
      Whitey: It's got my name on it. And I'm tired of y'all disgracing it. So it's either find another gym or change my name, and I like my name.
      Nathan: You really expect us to practice in this dump.
      Whitey: Not only practice, until further notice, you're gonna play all your games in here. But first, you got to clean it up.

    • Haley: Nathan, please don't walk out - you do it all the time.
      Nathan: That's because it keeps me from saying things you don't wanna hear.

    • (Haley & Nathan fighting, Lucas & Brooke listening in the next room)
      Nathan: Haley, what if something happened? That would have changed our lives forever!
      Haley: Like what, marriage?!
      Brooke: Ooh, she's good.

    • Lucas: (about Haley and Nathan fighting) It sounds ugly.
      Brooke: I know. Makes me feel like I'm still living at home with my parents. Without the drinking or the death threats.

    • Karen:You are almost 18 years old and I'm almost 36 years old and if you do the maths it's pretty obvious what my concerns are...

      Lucas:Mom, we didn't do that, we're being careful, more careful than you know!

      Karen:It's more than being careful with the chemistry, Lucas, it's about being careful with your heart.

      Lucas:Like you are with Keith!? ... I know, you're right mom and I get it, but maybe if you're always looking for reasons not to be with somebody, you'll always find 'em and I guess in some point, maybe you should let go and give your heart what it deserves ...

    • Haley: Look how cute she is.....Ouch.
      Nathan: You ok, let me see. Aw you just grazed it. Let me get you a bandaid.
      Haley: Ok they're in the bathroom. Kiss First.
      Brooke: What are you doing?
      Nathan: Oh, I was just, looking for bandaids.
      Brooke: Well buddy, you found my birth control patches. Those fix a whole 'nother problem. Next cabinet.

    • Dan: Come on son, time to go.
      Nathan: For you maybe.

    • Dan: You finally grew a pair of balls.
      Keith: I always had a pair Danny. Just ask your wife.

    • Lucas: (voice over) H.L. Mencken wrote "Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."

    • Whitey: Get out of my craphole, Danny.

    • Keith: (to Dan) You can't find something that's not there Danny, you know like your heart.

    • Peyton: I think you're rubbing off on her.
      Brooke: Why? Is being desperately horny contagious? Guess I'll just have to sleep with Lucas.

    • Nathan: You're still on birth control, right?
      Haley: I wasn't that night.

  • NOTES (5)