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Except for basketball, Nathan and Lucas Scott have nothing in common, but their mutual father will forever connect their lives in ways they could never imagine. Their father, Dan Scott, chose to abandon Lucas and raise Nathan in his image – a life of luxury and Tree Hill High Ravens basketball. Lucas, on the other hand, was raised by his single mother, Karen, and shares Nathan’s love for hoops, but keeps his game to the river court park. However, when the Tree Hill High coach, Whitey Durham, is in need of another player, Lucas and Nathan’s lives are forever entwined as the brothers face off on the court where Lucas battles for a spot on the team.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 177500
Airdate: Tuesday September 23rd, 2003

Director: Bryan Gordon
Writer: Mark Schwahn

Alternate Airdates:

DE (Pro7) Oct 07, 2007


Guest Stars
Antwon TannerAntwon Tanner
As Skills
Bryan GreenbergBryan Greenberg
As Jake

Co-Guest Stars
Lee NorrisLee Norris
As Mouth
Colin FickesColin Fickes
As Jimmy Edwards
Brett ClaywellBrett Claywell
As Tim
Cullen MossCullen Moss
As Junk
John KeenanJohn Keenan
As Officer Waymon
Shawn ShepardShawn Shepard
As Principal Turner
Melissa Claire EganMelissa Claire Egan
As Melody

Vaughn WilsonVaughn Wilson
As Fergie
Marley SheltonMarley Shelton
As Julie Belmont
Main Cast
Chad Michael MurrayChad Michael Murray
As Lucas Scott
James LaffertyJames Lafferty
As Nathan Scott
Hilarie BurtonHilarie Burton
As Peyton Sawyer
Bethany Joy LenzBethany Joy Lenz
As Haley James Scott
Paul JohanssonPaul Johansson
As Dan Scott
Craig ShefferCraig Sheffer
As Keith Scott
Moira KellyMoira Kelly
As Karen Roe
Barry CorbinBarry Corbin
As Coach Whitey Durham


Lucas dribbles the basketball across the bridge as Peyton is driving in her vintage car. Students rush into the Whitey Durham Field House as the Tree Hill Ravens warm up for their basketball game. Nathan tries for a three-pointer and his father, Dan Scott, tells him to take 20 shots, no less. Cut to the game where Peyton is cheering for the Tree Hill cheerleaders as the Ravens play. Nathan steals the ball and scores. Dan smiles in the stands as Nathan sinks another three-point shot...

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Episode Notes
Development Changes: In the first version of the Pilot script, Haley's character was named Reagan and was played by Samantha Sheldon instead of Bethany Joy Lenz. When the series was picked up, the name of the character was changed and the role was recast.

Sophia Bush (Brooke Davis) does not appear in this episode.

This episode didn't feature the normal opening credits.

This series was originally supposed to air mid-season, but the WB show "Fearless" had production difficulties, so One Tree Hill took its place.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The AtarisYour Boyfriend SucksPeyton listening to music; Nathan comes over
Ben LeeAftertasteLucas at the rivercourt; Lucas challenges Nathan
BosshouseNever EnoughPeyton drives by the rivercourt
Dashboard ConfessionalHands DownNathan and Peyton both avoid car accidents
FinchWhat It Is to BurnNathan and Lucas' one-on-one
Forty Foot EchoDriftOpening scene
JetAre You Gonna Be My GirlNathan, Peyton and Tim arrive at the rivercourt
N*E*R*DLapdanceThe one-on-one begins
Pete YornEZEnding montage
Runaway CabMoney BagsNathan and Tim talk about the deal with Lucas
SalivaRest In PiecesLucas shoots the winning basket
Songs: ohiaFarewell TransmissionKeith and Whitey talk about Lucas
T.I.24sNathan and the Ravens joyride in the bus

Episode Quotes
Dan: Nathan. Remember, 20 shots - no less.
Nathan: Got it, Dad.
Whitey: Quit yakking and warm up.

Dan: Letting the dreams of this team just vanish. You're full of crap!
Whitey: It comes with old age Danny. Constipation.

Lucas: Did you change your hair?
Karen: If by change you mean drag a brush through it, then yeah.

Nathan: (to Lucas) What do I want? What do you want, man? I mean, other than my girlfriend and my spot in the lineup, huh? None of us want you on the team, man. I don't want you. The guys don't want you. My girlfriend sure as hell doesn’t want you ... but here's the deal. You and me, one on one. You can name the time and place. If you win, I'll quit the team. If I win, you crawl back in your little hole and you remember your place in all this. Time and place, baby. Time and place.

Keith: Why wouldn’t you play?
Lucas: I do play. Every night.
Keith: It’s not the same, Luke.
Lucas: Why? What makes it less of a game if people don’t see it?
Keith: I'll tell you why. When I was a kid, my father took me to Raleigh to see David Thompson play. I was 9 years old. I couldn't have cared less about basketball. But when Thompson stepped on the court, he was so young, so quick, and just so graceful that I was mesmerized. I couldn't take my eyes off him until late in the game, and I look up at my dad, and he's got tears in his eyes. 14,000 strangers and my father's crying because he's so beautiful. He played with such poetry that he made us feel like we were a part of it. You have a gift, Luke, and it's a crime not to let people see it, to hide it in the park. It's a damn shame. That's why.

Lucas: Can I ask you a question?
Peyton: It's a free country.
Lucas: Why are you a cheerleader? No offense or anything, but you're about the least cheery person I know.

Lucas: (to Peyton, about basketball) Guys kept teasing me about it, about how Nathan’s dad was my dad, too. So I asked my mom, and she said he wasn't. But I'd get home, and I hear her crying in her room. I knew it was true. So I never went back. I told my mom it was because I didn't want to have to see his face. But, it was mostly because I didn't want her to have to.

Dan: Yeah, and this bet tonight, is that a joke too? Or would you really quit the team? Because let’s be honest, you have everything to lose here and nothing to gain.
Nathan: Well, sometimes what you call everything, I call nothing.

(to Nathan after an obvious foul)
Lucas: No foul, basket counts, besides you won't score again.

Peyton: So, what did you bet?
Lucas: I win, Nathan stays on the team.
Peyton: Why?
Lucas: Because it's the last thing he wants. And anyway, it's not about him.

(to Dan after losing to Lucas)
Nathan: Don't worry, Dad. Your dreams are still safe.

Lucas: (voiceover) There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune but omitted, and the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat and we must take the current when it serves or lose the ventures before us.

Cultural References
Series Title: One Tree Hill

The series title is a reference to the U2 song "One Tree Hill". The song in itself is a reference to One Tree Hill, an area of Auckland, New Zealand.

Haley: It's not some type of Joey loves Dawson scenario.

In the WB series Dawson's Creek, Joey Porter (played by Katie Holmes) is best friends with Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek).

Lucas: (to Peyton) "It's me inside your head". (pause) You know, the song ...

The line that Lucas is quoting is from the NOFX song "Lenoleum" off of their Punk album that Peyton had a sticker of on her notebook.

The script written for this episode was originally intended to the script for a full-length movie. Creator and writer Mark Schwann was approached by producers to transform his movie script, which was originally entitled Ravens into a television series. After writing this pilot episode, production of a series, now entitled One Tree Hill was greenlighted.

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