One Tree Hill

Season 4 Episode 2

Things I Forgot at Birth

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 04, 2006 on The CW
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Episode Summary

It's her eighteenth birthday, but Brooke soon realizes that she has no one but Rachel to celebrate it with. Meanwhile, Nathan continues to struggle with memories of the accident and Dan continues to be haunted by remorse over his actions against Keith.

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  • Brooke's birthday isn't overly exciting.

    Things I Forgot at Birth wasn't the most eventful episode but there's still stuff I liked.

    I found it really odd that Brooke had no one but Rachel to spend her birthday with. What about Haley or the rest of the cheer leading squad? I got the point that the writers were trying to make - that her friendship with Peyton and relationship with Lucas are over BUT it was a little OTT. Plus, she's starting to be almost like the villain. Not in an all out evil way but right now I'm rooting for Peyton and Lucas and Brooke comes up short. It's a shame because she was so well developed in season three.

    Rachel wanting to go after Nathan is silly. Deb going back to drugs was pretty funny but I prefer her when she's nice. Nathan thinking he saw Keith in the water isn't as interesting as it should be. Peyton finally meeting her brother only happened at the end...but takes a creepy turn very soon. Quite like this storyline as far as I remember. Oh and Skills is joining the basketball team - cool. Dan again tries to earn Karen's respect by re-building Lucas's crib - quite sweet BUT I always think Dan has ulterior motives.

    Overall, not the most exciting episode...

  • Happy Birthday Brooke

    It's Brooke's birthday and she has no boyfriend or best friend to celebrate it. Rachel comes home from the hospital and Cooper wakes up. Peyton attempts to call her brother she just learned she has. Dan sees murderer everywhere he likes now. Deb has lost her mind. And it still appears that either Brooke or Haley could be pregnant.

    Poor Brooke, she basically spends her 18th birthday alone. I'm glad Cooper woke up, but it sucks that he left. I really liked having him around, just not with Rachel. Deb is on drugs again which can only lead to disaster. I already know between Brooke and Haley which is pregnant, but I like that it's still left open that it could possibly be either one, but seems like the storyline is leaning more towards Brooke.

    I love that Lucas and Peyton are spending time together. They belong together and Brooke just needs to get over it. I loved the question Peyton asked him. "Imagine a future moment in your life where all your dreams come true. Who's standing next to you?"

    It's a little weird that Peyton has a brother and very random that he shows up unexpectedly at the end.moreless
  • Season 4, Episode 2.

    Brooke's finally 18! This was a great episode. However, I feel that the Brooke seeing Peyton and Lucas together thing is getting a little overused. Still, I'm loving season four so far. I didn't really like too much that Nathan saw Keith and he saved him from the car wreck, even though I know he wasn't physically there. Brooke's thinking of making maternity clothes for her clothing line, which is pretty cool, since she and Karen are both pregnant. Lucas' old crib was a little small, I think. Rachel sets her sights on Nathan, which won't be pretty if Haley ever finds out. Great episode, and also great episode for Cooper, who leaves in this episode.moreless
  • A big step up!

    Brooke's birthday is here. Rachel is the only one who really acknowledges it. Lucas tells Peyton that he is really in love with Brooke. Peyton tells him of a birthday ritual that she and Brooke do every year on Brooke's birthday. She also tries calling Derek, but he hangs up on her. Later, when she and Lucas wait for Brooke at the store, Brooke shows up to see them having fun. Derek comes by Peyton's house. Lucas gets Whitey to see Skills. Whitey accepts Skills to the team. Nathan tells Lucas that he saw Keith in the water too. Rachel takes an interest in Nathan. Deb is back on her pills and her gun accidentally goes off in the cafe. Dan sees MURDERER everywhere he goes. He also builds Karen a crib for her baby. Cooper leaves. Brooke or Haley might be pregnant. Deb quits from Karen's partnership after Karen wants her to go to rehab.

    This episode was great! I'm liking Lucas and Peyton, but I still feel bad for Brooke. I don't want Rachel to like Nathan. I really want to know what happened in the creek that day. Deb is a real psycho chick. This episode gets a 10 out of 10 from me!moreless
  • Brooke spends her birthday with Rachel whilst Lucas tries to get her back with some help from Peyton.

    So Brooke's eighteen and realised she's screwed up i'm guessing that by that she means getting pregnant or possibly her break up with Lucas ..?

    Rachel is back to her manipulative self after further rejection from cooper.Her sudden interest in Nathan is unsurprising after her comment on his similarities to cooper.An interest because of the latter or genuin interest i'll go with the first.

    Deb is on pills again resulting in a near fatal accident with a gun.I've never really understood Deb, why give up a perfectly successful buisness for the pills..? Karen will be there for her in the end it's inevitable, they've been through too much to spiral out of control now.

    Glad to see Skillz have more involvment , his character adds much of the comedy and like whitey said he's just another Lucas trying to make their way.moreless
Jack Landry

Jack Landry


Guest Star

Tia Brewer-Footman

Tia Brewer-Footman

Reporter #1

Guest Star

Denise Daughtry

Denise Daughtry


Guest Star

Michael Trucco

Michael Trucco

Cooper Lee

Recurring Role

Matt Barr

Matt Barr

Ian "Psycho Derek" Banks)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: When Karen confronts Deb at the diner after the gun incident, some pills fall from her purse onto the floor. At least six pills fall and land near the legs of the stool, but when the camera angle changes only three are visible.

    • Goof: When Brooke is looking through her birthday photo album you can see a picture of her and Peyton on her 17th birthday, in which Peyton has short hair.
      However, Brooke's 17th birthday would have been in the second half of Junior year (season 2) and Peyton did not cut her hair until the end of the summer before senior year. (season 3)

    • At the begining of the episode, we see Nathan lying on the ground of the bridge, and his TV shirt has the digits "20" mirrored backward. In later scenes, you see his shirt normally.

  • QUOTES (31)

    • Lucas: You shoplift Brooke's birthday present?
      Peyton: Yeah, sort of, that's... okay, my dad's friends with the manager so I would just come home and tell him what we took and then we'd pay for it, but we never told Brooke she was all crazy for the juice so I just figured, maybe if you go in my place this year and you're not a complete bonehead in the romance department (smiles sadly) then maybe you've got a shot
      Lucas: And you've done this every year for how many years?
      Peyton: This would've been the tenth.
      Lucas: But she's pissed at you, so A) why would you help her? And B) What makes you think she's even gonna show up?
      Peyton: (softly) I'm not helping her, I'm helping you.

    • Karen: Deb, I'm not playing games with your wacky ass, give me the damn gun!

    • Rachel: The boys in Tree Hill are so boring compared to Cooper.
      Brooke: Isn't there anybody our age you could fall for?
      Rachel zooms in on a picture of Nathan on her camera
      Rachel: Maybe.

    • Haley: ( to Brooke, referring to Deb) She's here; she's literally out to lunch.

    • Skills: So, Brooke just broke up with ya?
      Lucas: Yup.
      Skills: Man, that's cold dawg.
      Lucas: Oh yeah.
      Skills: Although you did kiss Peyton.
      Lucas: You want me to get you a tryout with the Ravens or what?
      Skills: Yes I do. But that still don't mean you didn't kiss Peyton.
      Lucas: I love Brooke, Skills.
      Skills: I know you love her. So what, you gonna try and get her back?
      Lucas: Yeah. (Peyton walks in)
      Skills: Hmm...I'm not too sure that's the way to do it, but hey.
      Skills: (to Peyton) Wassup homewrecker?

    • (Rachel walks in on Brooke with a maternity pillow under her shirt.)
      Rachel: What are you doing?
      Brooke: Uh, seeing what it was like to be you before the surgeries.

    • Brooke: Second hand death flowers, thanks...shoot me now.

    • Lucas: It sucks that your brother hung up on you Peyton.
      Peyton: Yeah. I get it though. You know, the fear of letting people in, getting close to somebody and then it just not working out.
      (they share a meaningful look)

    • Lucas: It's unbelievable, how much our lives have changed since freshman year.
      Peyton: Yeah! It's all gonna end soon, too.
      Lucas: Or begin.

    • (Lucas and Peyton in Peyton's room when the lights go out suddenly)
      Peyton: It's the fuse box.
      Lucas: Or maybe Brooke cut the power and she's come to kill us both.
      Peyton: Funny! It should kick back on in a second. This happens once in a while, still kinda freaks me out.
      Lucas: It's ok, I'm right here. Give me your hand! (Payton takes Lucas' outstretched hand and they stare at each other for a while) I'm gonna get her back.
      Peyton: Lucas are you sure? Cause I mean I know you really hurt right now but -
      Lucas: You can't help who you love Peyton.

    • Dan: I'm Dan Scott. Local businessman, schoolboard member, and murderer. Family first, that's my motto.

    • Skills: Peyton Sawyer, gettin' sexier by the album. Mind if I look?
      Peyton: Have at it. But if you find a Led Zeppelin album with a letter from my second dead mom telling me about a biological half brother I've never even met, just go ahead and skip that one.
      Skills: You know, that sounded like a whole lot of white-girl drama that I really don't understand, but okay.
      Lucas: Speaking of that half-brother, did you call him?
      Peyton: Yes! But I hung up before he answered.
      Lucas: (says condesendingly) Peyton.
      Peyton: Look I was gonna call him back, but you came in here crying like a school girl, so I just, I haven't.
      Lucas: Look, Ellie she was pretty sharp and there's probably a reason she left you his number and there is probably a reason that you called him. And I did not cry like a little school girl.
      Peyton: (laughs) Find anything good over there Skills?
      Skills: Oh I'm actually just pretending to be looking so I can hear all your business. I'm just waiting to hear the plan on how you're gonna get Brooke back for this cryin' little school girl over here.
      Lucas: Yeah I'm waiting to hear that plan too, and I was not crying like a little school girl.
      Skills: Yes you were.

    • Rachel: Happy birthday, you boring old shrew.

    • Skillz: That sounds like a whole lotta white girl drama that I don't want to know anything about.

    • Whitey: (to Lucas) Not long ago, I found a kid out on that very same court. If that young man turns out to be the kind of player and person that scrawny kid turned out to be, it's a no-brainer.

    • Deb: (yelling to the customer) Come again, fat ass!

    • Cooper: (to Nathan) Listen to me, no matter what happened on that bridge, it was still my fault. I knew how old Rachel was, and I didn't walk away. That's not very heroic is it? Anyways, I wouldn't even be alive to say anything if it wasn't for you.

    • Karen: (to Deb) I will not have a gun toting junkie destroy a 17 year old business.

    • Rachel (to Brooke): Okay, let me get this straight. You don't have feelings for Lucas anymore, Peyton does, but she's willing to hide those feelings if you asked her to. Sounds like a pretty great friend to me.

    • Customer: No one's waited on our table in about 15 minutes. I ordered the Reuben, not the tuna salad.
      Deb: Oh, gosh, I'm sorry. But, judging from the size of your ass, you should try the tuna salad and consider it a favor.

    • Peyton: Find anything good over there Skills?
      Skills: I'm actually just pretending to be looking so I can hear all your business. I'm just waitin to hear your plan of how you're going to get Brooke back for this cryin' little school girl.

    • Cooper: Is everything okay?
      Rachel: Yeah, I'm fine. I was just scared that you...
      Cooper: The baby Rachel, I meant is the baby okay.
      Rachel: Cooper, when we were arguing, I was so angry and I was hurt. So, when I said I was pregnant I was just...
      Cooper: Get out! I said get out!

    • Brooke: Happy Birthday Brooke, welcome to 18. You've certainly made a mess of it.

    • Lucas: (voiceover) There are moments in our lives when we find ourselves at a crossroads. Afraid. Confused. Without a roadmap. The choices we make in those moments can define the rest of our days. Of course, when faced with the unknown, most of us prefer to turn around and go back. But once in a while people push on to something better. Something found just beyond the pain of going it alone. And just beyond the bravery and courage it takes to let someone in. Or to give someone a second chance. Something beyond the quiet persistence of a dream. Because it's only when you're tested, that you truly discover who you are. And it's only when you're tested, that you discover who you can be. The person you want to be does exist. Somewhere on the otherside of hard work and faith and belief ... and beyond the heartache and fear of what lies ahead.

    • Lucas: You know I used to watch you?
      Peyton: When?
      Lucas: Well Freshman year, Softmore year, both summers actually.
      Peyton: Stop it!
      (A slight pause, both Peyton and Lucas smile)
      Peyton: What did you watch?
      Lucas: Your legs mostly.
      Peyton: What?!
      Lucas: No I'm serious. You know from up close they're a little chickeny.
      Peyton: Shut up! (Hits Lucas playfully)
      Lucas: But from where I was hiding, they were pretty awesome. (laughs)
      Peyton: I'm not sure that's a compliment.
      Lucas: Oh, it is! Trust me.

    • Peyton: Well I have a question to ask you but before you give me an answer, I just want you to know there is a point to it okay?
      Lucas: Okay.
      Peyton: All right, ummm, imagine a future moment in your life where all your dreams come true. You know, it's the greatest moment in your life and you get to experience it with one person. Who's standing next to you?
      Lucas: Mmm, Kate Bosworth.
      Peyton: Shut up, I'm serious!
      Lucas: Ohh, so am I.

    • Rachel: I know you saved my life. (Nathan looks uncomfortable) I'm going to find a way to thank you.
      Nathan You don't have to do that.
      Rachel: No, I want to. (Rachel kisses Nathan on the cheek) You have Cooper's eyes.

    • Haley: You think your mom's a spy or a pimp, maybe?
      Nathan: Ha! Ha! What?
      Haley: She's got a gun. Yeah, she's packing heat.
      Nathan: What are you talking about?
      Haley: Your mom brought a gun into the cafe today. Oh, and it went off.
      Nathan: What? Was anybody hurt?
      Haley: No! Thank God!
      Nathan: Unbelievable! I'll talk to her.
      Haley: Now?
      Nathan: No!
      Haley: Ok, but she is acting really weird and she is strapped with a nine.
      Nathan: I get it Hales, but playoffs are next week and my mom's an adult. Both my parents are supposedly.
      Haley: Where are you going then?
      Nathan: The rivercourt.
      Haley: Nathan your knee's... your mom's totally freaking out.
      Nathan: I am the kid, Hales and I'm sick of dealing with my parents' problems. If it's not my dad with a restraining order, it's my mom with a glock. They're unbelievable. My one saving grace. My one way out is if I play halfway decent in these playoffs, I can get a scholarship and I can get the hell away from both of these lunatics. Should my mom have a gun? No! But am I going to let her stupidity or anything else stand in the way of my dreams? Not a chance. (Nathan kisses Haley's forehead) See ya!

    • (to Nathan)
      Haley: Whatever it is, we'll get though it together. I'm right here Nathan. I'm not going anywhere.
      (They hug)

    • Peyton is suprised by a person on her porch
      Derek: You Peyton? I'm Derek. (Peyton looks suprised and doesn't speak). I guess I'm your brother.

    • Haley: I need you to talk to me.
      Nathan: Haley, I'm not trying to shut you out, ok? I just don't understand it enough to let you in yet.
      Haley: Whatever it is we are going to get through it together. I'm right here, Nathan. I'm not going anywhere.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Although credited, Lee Norris (Mouth) didn't appear in this episode.

    • There is commentary available for this episode through the OTH Writers Podcast. Mark Schwahn, Hilarie Burton and Lee Norris take part in the commentary.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: Sunday, September 2, 2007
      Turkey: Friday, October 5, 2007 on CNBC-e
      Italy: Wednesday, October 24, 2007
      Greece: Saturday, November 17, 2007 on Star

    • Featured Music:
      "Currents" by Dashboard Confessional
      "No Turning Back" by Tom Freund
      "The Way You Do" by Five Times August
      "One More Night (Your Ex-Lover Remains Dead)" by Stars
      "Westgate" by Buddy
      "Born On The Cusp" by The American Analog Set
      "Le Disko" by Shiny Toy Guns
      "The Man Who Told Everything" by Doves


    • Episode Title: Things I Forgot At Birth

      "Things I Forgot At Birth" is the name of the 2003 album from the band, The Absentee.

    • Peyton: (to Derek) "You know, you can go to my MySpace page."

      MySpace is a social networking website based in Santa Monica, California offering an interactive network of blogs, user profiles, groups, photos, and an internal e-mail system.