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One Tree Hill

Season 1 Episode 11

The Living Years

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 27, 2004 on The CW
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Episode Summary

With Whitey's cancellation of basketball practice, Nathan takes advantage of his extra free time to see more of Haley. The couple spend an afternoon at his beach house, where the liquor flows. The Scotts see a therapist to try to fix their family problems, but the distance between Deb and Dan continues to grow. Meanwhile, Brooke grows jealous of Peyton's deepening bond with Lucas.moreless

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  • Story lines are really building up now!

    The biggest thing to happen in The Living Years has to be Nathan quitting the team. It's been a long time coming, and while slightly shocking, it's the right thing for him to do I think. Dan and Deb are pulling him two ways, and even then Dan is still getting on at him about 'the game'. I liked how he told Lucas first because 'you wanted my world, it's all yours'. The side story with Nathan influencing Haley was good because we saw how much they like each other. She was willing to skip class (Her being drunk and throwing up on Dan was priceless!!) BUT he stopped her in the end because he didn't want her to change. He certainly has changed! For the better.

    Everything with Brooke, Lucas and Peyton was interesting. Brooke feels like she and Lucas don't fit and becomes jealous of him and Peyton. I couldn't blame her, Lucas needs to learn to spend a little more time with Brooke than Peyton. I felt sorry for Brooke her because while Peyton claims it's fine, and Lucas says he likes the differences between them, there is a clear spark between the two of them and it's kind of being rubbed in Brooke's face. I'm liking her more and she's slowly becoming the Brooke from the later series.

    Peyton's dad was an interesting character. Lucas trying to rake him was hilarious! He does seem a little clueless though, thinking Peyton won't mind being on her own for so long. I'm glad Luke showed him her comic book strip and makes him realise. It's nice to see Peyton happier these episodes. She was too whiny with Nathan. The writers are also heavily hinting at Jake and Peyton, and as far as I remember, I like them together so this is a good move.

  • Nathan makes a big decision about basketball....

    The Scott family attempts counseling which fails because Dan doesn't see a problem.

    Nathan becomes a bit of a bad influence on Haley as they skip class, go to the beach house, and get drunk. Although seeing Haley throw up on Dan after they get caught was quite funny.

    Brooke tries to connect more with Lucas and goes to Peyton for help, completely unaware of Peyton's feelings for him.

    Peyton's dad is back in town, but leaves soon after he gets back.

    Basketball practice starts up again with one person missing......Nathan. He is rethinking his priorities and isn't sure of what he wants. In the end he decides to quit the team.moreless
  • Don't read if you haven't seen further than this episode. Some spoilers for the rest of the season.

    I really liked this episode. There was some progress between Haley & Nathan (Cute couple 4ever, btw) Haley tried something new, and all though it wasn't Good Haley, who shined through in this storyline, I loved Nathan's revelation in the end, that he just wants the Good Haley to like him, he didn't want another 'bad girl' for him. We also see more of Jake and Jenny, who couldn't be any cuter, in the episode. There's slight flirting between Peyton & Jake, and I just think, that they're so perfect for each other, too bad that didn't last. Then there is the really heartbreaking part of why I really love this episode, and it is the love triangle between You-Know-Who. Brooke was really vulnerable and she finally opened her heart to Lucas. And then it just breaks my heart, when Peyton says: Trust me, Trust Lucas - BS!!

    Knowing how it will end later, them cheating on her! That just made me so angry and sad for Brooke ;(moreless
  • Mixed feelings about this episode.

    This wasn't my favorite episode, but we finally got to meet Peyton's dad. It was awesome how Lucas met her dad; very cool. Everyone can see the bond that Lucas and Peyton have, even Brooke, which is getting stronger by the day. It's sad to say that Nathan is becoming a bad influence in Hayley's life, because she got an F on a quiz, which he noticed. Dan and Deb are fighting about Nathan and the way that he is behaving, of course. Brooke sees the chemistry between Lucas and Peyton, which makes her jealous so she stops talking (which is hard for her) to Lucas. Peyton's dad takes a job which will take him to New Zealand for 3 or 4 months than changes his mind to be closer to Peyton. Finally, Nathan is becoming a good guy; he's actually thinking about someone other than himself. Lucas says that he likes it that Brooke isn't like him, which I think is a lie but whatever. Lucas and Brooke don't make since to me, they don't fit together at all. He should be with Peyton and Brooke should be with someone that is fun and easy going.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show one tree hill with whiteny cancaling practice that means nathan has more time on his hands so decided to spend more time with haley and they go to the beach house and have some drinks also in this ep dan and deb try to bring things back togeather by going to see a therpist on there marige but it seems there growing more apart then back togeather. and peyton seems to be spending more time togeather and so that makes brook really jelious about that . this was a good ep i thought and that is why i gave it 9moreless
Ann Cusack

Ann Cusack

Family Therapist

Guest Star

Erin Cline

Erin Cline

Cute Waitress

Guest Star

Bryan Greenberg

Bryan Greenberg

Jake Jagielski

Recurring Role

Thomas Ian Griffith

Thomas Ian Griffith

Larry Sawyer

Recurring Role

Barbara Alyn Woods

Barbara Alyn Woods

Deborah "Deb" Scott

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • While Lucas is writing his mom an e-mail, we can have a glance at the e-mail address which is "karen'scafe@hotmail.com". This is impossible since Hotmail.com does not accept any characters or signs (such as apostrophes) on e-mail addresses they host.

    • The songs that Peyton mentions to Brooke and then Lucas mentions to Peyton are "Love Will Come Through" and "Walking Down This Hill" by Travis, tracks 8 and 11 of their album "12 Memories".

    • Peyton is trying to help Brooke and Lucas to connect more. She tells Brooke to tell Lucas to listen to tracks 8 and 11 and when Brooke goes to Lucas she says tracks 8 and 13. Later, Lucas tells Peyton he knows it was her who said songs 8 and 11, meaning he somehow understood that Brooke meant 11 when she said 13.

    • The book Lucas is reading while sitting with Peyton is 'The Winter of Our Discontent' by John Steinbeck.

    • Lucas' voiceover at the end of the episode is from the book "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Haley: Hey spirit girl. That cheerleading thing always throws me off.
      Peyton: What?
      Haley: Just the more I get to know you the harder it is to wrap my head around it.
      Peyton: My mom used to cheer and Brooke and I have been cheering together forever so it's just kind of our thing.
      Haley: Oh cool.

    • Whitey: (Whistle) All right, gather around. Where's Nathan? Tim, you're his girlfriend, where is he?
      Tim: I don't know, Coach. He was at school today.
      Whitey: All right. I've got some offensive sets worked out here. Line up at the low stacks.

    • Brooke: So who's the guy?
      Peyton: What guy?
      Brooke: The one that's got you smiling.
      Peyton: That'd be my dad.
      Brooke: Oh, I'd be smiling too, but for entirely different reasons.
      Peyton: Dude, that's my dad! Don't go all horndog on me. There's a line!

    • Nathan: You played basketball in high school, right?
      Keith: Only for a little while.
      Nathan: You didn't enjoy it?
      Keith: What, are you kidding me? I loved it! There was no pressure then. And then I didn't love it so much anymore. Your dad came up, and he just made everything a competition.
      Nathan: So, then you just walked away?
      Keith: Only looked back at the cheerleaders. (Nathan laughs) It's just a game, Nate. Not a life.

    • (Nathan is trying to get Haley to skip school...)
      Haley: We are doing equations on the train.
      Nathan: Alright, it's not exactly risky business but there's always the ride back.

    • Brooke: All work and no Brooke make Luke a boring boy.

    • Haley: I think you're really brave to consider rethinking who you are. I don't know if I could do that.
      Nathan: You could.

    • Nathan: If I didn't play, I might actually have a life.

    • Whitey: Welcome back, gentlemen! Let's see how soft you all got after that little hiatus. Suicides! Now!
      (Jake comes running in with his baby in a baby carrier.)
      Whitey: There better be a basketball in that thing, Jagielski.
      Jake: Coming, coach--it's either this or I miss practice.
      Whitey: All right, we'll find her a spot with a good view so she can watch her daddy throw up.

    • Lucas: (voiceover) And the little prince said to the man, grownups never understand anything for themselves and it is tiresome for children to be always explaining things to them.

    • Lucas: He got you skipping school, and drunk?
      Haley: You know what Lucas, why don't you talk to me when you get your tattoo removed?

  • NOTES (3)


    • Haley: Did you finish The Little Prince?

      The Little Prince is French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery's most famous novel. It tells the story of a little boy travelling from planet to planet, each world populated by a single adult.
      It makes several points about life, death, friendship, love and human nature.

    • Lucas: So what are you doing? Some sort of Cyrano thing for Brooke?

      Lucas refers to "Cyrano de Bergerac", a play by the French poet Edmond Rostand that deals with Cyrano's love for the beautiful Roxane. Cyrano helps woo Roxane by writing the most beautiful love letters to her on behalf of a more conventionally handsome, but less articulate, friend, Christian de Neuvillette, with whom Roxane already is in love.

    • Episode Title: The Living Years

      "The Living Years" is from the band Mike & The Mechanics off of their album of the same name.