One Tree Hill

Season 2 Episode 9

The Trick Is To Keep Breathing

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 16, 2004 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Lucas takes Anna to the formal night but at the end of the night, someone else is in his arms. And when Brooke finally learns the truth about who took care of her the night she got drunk, her relationship with Felix comes to an immediate end. Haley arrives late to the formal which angers Nathan, especially when he discovers that she's been spending time with Chris. Meanwhile, Peyton struggles with pressure to do drugs.moreless

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  • Should have been better.

    For an episode that couldh have been high in quality drama The Trick Is to Keep Breathing fell short. Mainly because the current storylines aren't the most interesting and the characters aren't either.

    I could care less about Felix and Brooke 'breaking up'. He's always been as ass so why the writers would think we'd care is beyond me. I wasn't a major fan of Anna anyway and so when she tells Peyton not to 'be so gay' because she's insecure about her sexuality I dislike her even more. And again, I could care less about her and Lucas. While the Haley/Nathan drama is much more entertaining I still don't think that Haley would just ditch the formal like that - and right now, Chirs Kellar isn't even funny. He's just a dick.

    Peyton becoming emotional about her moms dress and Jake was probabnly the most engrossing part of the episode, otherwise it was actually a little dull. Except I quite liked Lucas bonding with Brooke a little, that was a nice development.

  • Tree Hill High has a formal.....

    .......and tensions run high for everyone.

    Nathan is so sweet. He acts like he is not interested in going, but is secretly planning the perfect night for Haley because they are going to be crowned king and queen. It sucks that he spent the whole night waiting for her show up. I hated Chris for keeping her from the formal. I know she doesn't have feelings for Chris, but she really needs to think about Nathan in this. He has every right to be jealous. Chris may be a jerk, but he is cute and you can't blame him for being jealous. The song is amazing though. I love it, and while it was sweet that Nathan wanted them to play it at the formal he really shouldn't have.

    I like Lucas and Anna together, but I really just want her and Felix to leave. I hate new people. They always screw everything up. I'm glad Brooke ended her friends with benefits crap with Felix. I've never been a big fan of Brooke and Lucas as a couple, but it was nice to see them together at the end. They are great together as friends.

    Peyton's dress was absolutely beautiful. It really sucked how Anna acted towards her at the formal though, but we later find out way so it's kind of okay, but it still really sucked. It was really funny when Anna came to Peyton's to get ready and asked her and Brooke what Lucas would prefer for her hair "curly or straight" and the two of them come up behind her. Brooke with straight hair and Peyton with curly hair. lol. It's nice that they can joke about it now.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show one tree hill lucas is having a formal night with anna but later on during the night someone eles is in his arms and haley is spending time with chris and so nathan is mad at her for being late to the recelption .and when brook finds out who really took care of her after she was drunk she right away leaves felix and ends it with him this was a good ep i thougth and it had alot of drama in this ep i thought and that is why i gave it a 9moreless
  • Season 2, Episode 9.

    Lucas takes Anna to the formal night but at the end of the night, someone else is in his arms. And when Brooke finally learns the truth about who took care of her the night she got drunk, her relationship with Felix comes to an immediate end. Haley arrives late to the formal which angers Nathan, especially when he discovers that she's been spending time with Chris. Meanwhile, Peyton struggles with pressure to do drugs. I loved that Peyton bought the dress for Brooke. Haha, Anna. "Do you think Lucas prefers straight hair, or curly?" LMAO. Brooke looks hot in every dress she tries on. I just wasn't crazy about her hair in the purple dress. Aww Nathan got a chariot for Haley. :( And the Naley scene in the beginning was HOT. :)moreless
  • Awesome

    Lucas takes Anna to the semi-formal but by the end of the night ends up with Brooke. Haley arrives late to the formal which angers Nathan; because he finds out that she has been spending time with Chris. Meanwhile, Peyton struggles with pressure to do drugs. This episode is named after a song by Garbage (band). Guys in tuxes, girls in evening gowns, and everybody in emotional turmoil. The Tree Hill High formal should be the happiest night of the year, but drugs, lies, jealousies and memories ruin the fun. I didn't really know what to think of this episode when I read about it, but it was better than I expected. I thought there would be little fights and things like that but it was better than I thought it would be. I really, really enjoyed it to be honest. A very great story line in the episode, it was too little or too big. It was awesome to watch. All in all a very good episode, again.moreless
Michael Copon

Michael Copon

Felix Taggaro

Recurring Role

Tyler Hilton

Tyler Hilton

Chris Keller

Recurring Role

Daniella Alonso

Daniella Alonso

Anna Taggaro

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: When Tim and Nathan are at the formal and Tim spots Nathan's parents, he says "Phoenix and Psycho, on your twenty." The term "twenty" in military language actually means "location"; what Tim actually meant to say was "Phoenix and Psycho, on your six." which is military slang for the term "tail" (or behind).

    • When Haley has her back turned getting the coffee pot from the machine as Peyton come's into the cafe there is a clear shot of Haley's lower back where again her tattoo of Nathan's jersey number is missing.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Peyton: Think of all the taffeta that had to die to make this thing.
      Brooke: Eww! Oh, look! Maybe I could just buy it, keep the tags on, and return it the next day. I mean it's formal. I'm not going to be wearing it for that long anyway. I hope.
      Brooke: What do you think?
      Peyton: No.
      Brooke: Really? Just as well. It's too much, anyway. (Peyton takes it off the rack and over to the counter) You are so not my best friend anymore.
      Peyton: And what if I told you I was buying it for you?
      Brooke: You are so my best friend again!

    • Haley: Listen, I want you to know something. I don't have feelings for Chris, ok? The only reason I didn't tell you about the song is that I know you don't like him. I don't get you Nathan. You encourage me to do this music thing, and now that Chris is involved...
      Nathan: You don't need that guy Haley.
      Haley: He helps me. You don't need to feel threatened by that.
      Nathan: You think I'm threatened?
      Haley: I know it must be hard for you, seeing me have something like this, when you didn't get into basketball camp. But it's just not fair for you to take it out on me.
      Nathan: I'll tell you what Haley. Go home and look in my top drawer. You'll see a letter from high flyers. Read that. Then talk to me about fair.

    • Nathan: You know, I'm having a hard time getting my head around how you could be pissed at me.
      Haley: Because you deliberately did something I asked you not to.
      Nathan: Whatever. I spent the whole night waiting for you... planning everything, dodging my parents, all while you were with Chris.
      Haley: Can we leave him out of this, please?
      Nathan: Why? Are you into him?
      Haley: You know what? It really hurts me that you even have to ask me that.
      Nathan: Not as much as it hurts me.

    • Haley: I told you this song isn't ready yet.
      Nathan: I know, but you're too critical. Everyone's going to love it. I told the DJ to play it if you won. This is your night, Hales. I want it to be perfect.
      (Chris part of the duet starts playing)
      Nathan: Wait, is that... Is that Chris? You told me that I was in Charlotte when you recorded this. You were with Chris then, and you didn't tell me?
      Haley: Nathan, I was going to tell you, I swear.
      Nathan: Yeah, well you're a little late. Second time tonight.

    • Felix: I guess I'm not used to seeing my little sis in anything other than a Catholic school uniform.
      Peyton: I think she looks gorgeous.
      Felix: Wow, I didn't know this was a lesbian mixer.
      Anna: Yeah. Don't be so gay, Peyton.

    • Lucas: Your doc told me you aced the test. Guess you were planning on keeping that to yourself.
      Dan: All right, I deserved that. But I lied cause I'm trying to get my wife back. And I can't do that if I'm not in her life.
      Lucas: Sounds like a good way to rationalize. But even though you can blur the lines, it's still a lie. And you don't lie to the people you love.
      Dan: Is that right? Then tell me something. Does your mom know you backed out of your heart test, or is that part kind of blurry?

    • Deb: The song is not over, Nathan.
      Nathan: Yeah, well the dance is.

    • Brooke: It's not who you take to the formal. It's who you take home.

    • Brooke: I almost believed you were a decent guy. Somebody that could care about me. But you know what? I have been lied to before, Felix, and it almost killed me.
      Felix: Brooke! I'm not like Lucas.
      Brooke: No, you're not. You know why? Because I am not gonna let you in! You don't get to have me. Not my body, and sure as hell not my heart! We're done!

    • Lucas: Know any good jokes?
      Brooke: You're looking at one. Why does everybody lie? You know, the bad guys lie to get in your bed. And the good guys lie to get in your heart. And I'm the idiot that falls for it every time.
      Lucas: Hey... Brooke, you are not an idiot. Not even close. You know who you are. Most people don't, you know. I mean, that's why they lie. They're afraid people might find out who they are before they figure it out themselves.

    • Anna: Why do relationships have to be so hard?
      Peyton: Because the only thing harder is to be alone.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Featured Music:
      "Shining Stars" by Morella's Forest
      "(I'm Gonna) Steal Your Girlfriend" by Teen Machine
      "All My Life" by Vegas De Milo
      "When The Stars Go Blue" by Bethany Joy Galeotti and Tyler Hilton
      "What You Waiting For?" by Gwen Stefani
      "Hope Springs Eternal" by John Gold
      "Higher" by Vegas De Milo
      "Let's Go" by The Rag City Dolls
      "You're A Day" by Mitchell
      "The First Single" by The Format
      "Allot Like You" by Pete Droge
      "Be Be Your Love" by Rachael Yamagata
      "Trying" by Master Source
      "Runaway" by Trailer Park Pam
      "Start It Over Again" by Thornhill Broom Exp.
      "Rowing Song" by Patty Griffin


    • Episode Title: The Trick Is To Keep Breathing

      "The Trick Is To Keep Breathing" is from the band Garbage off the album, Version 2.0.