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One Tree Hill: You Gotta Go There to Come Back

Lucas is forced to choose between Brooke and Peyton when both show interest in him. Meanwhile, after the fallout of Nathan's collapse on court and other issues plaguing the team, Whitey cancels practice to force the team to refocus. With no practice, Dan takes Nathan on a father-son weekend in order to try to make-up with both his son and Deb; and Deb and Haley work together to organize an open-mic night at the cafe.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x10
Production Number: 177509
Airdate: Tuesday January 20th, 2004

Director: Keith Samples
Writer: Mike Kelley

Alternate Airdates:


Special Guest Stars
Gavin DeGrawGavin DeGraw
As Himself

Guest Stars
Antwon TannerAntwon Tanner
As Skills
Barbara Alyn WoodsBarbara Alyn Woods
As Deb Scott
Bryan GreenbergBryan Greenberg
As Jake

Co-Guest Stars
Brett ClaywellBrett Claywell
As Tim
Cullen MossCullen Moss
As Junk
Drew SeeleyDrew Seeley
As Johnny "Vegas" Norris
Lee NorrisLee Norris
As Mouth
Vaughn WilsonVaughn Wilson
As Fergie
Brandi RyansBrandi Ryans
As Singing Girl

Bevin PrinceBevin Prince
As Bevin
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
Sophia BushSophia Bush
As Brooke Davis
Paul JohanssonPaul Johansson
As Dan Scott
Craig ShefferCraig Sheffer
As Keith Scott
Barry CorbinBarry Corbin
As Coach Whitey Durham
Episode Notes
Though she isn't credited, this episode marks the first appearance of recurring guest star Bevin Prince (Bevin Maskey).

Special Guest Star Gavin DeGraw is the artist that sings the series theme song, "I Don't Want To Be".

Moira Kelly (Karen) does not appear in this episode.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The BandGirlfriendBrooke visits Lucas at the rivercourt
Beth WatersBlue and WhiteOpen Mic Night
Bryan GreenbergMindleakLucas drops by Jake's house
Bryan GreenbergLonely WorldJake performs at Karen's Cafe
Cheap TrickDownedBrooke borrows Peyton's camera
Fefe DobsonEverythingNathan and Haley talking in her room
Gavin DeGrawI Don't Want To BeGavin DeGraw performs at Karen's Cafe
Jon ElliottStarting All OverKaren's Cafe during open-mic night
LockgrooveBullet With Your Name On ItHaley and Peyton talk at Peyton's
Lori DenaeBe DifferentDeb and Haley talk about an open-mic night
TravisRe-OffenderBrooke arrives at Lucas' before school

Episode Quotes
Brooke: (while holding a box of condoms) Hey. Don’t you think it makes more sense to buy in bulk? Plus (holds up whipped cream) for desert. (Brooke notices Deb and laughs nervously) Oh, Hi Mrs. Scott.
Deb: Hi. Um …excuse me.

Lucas: Late night?
Jake: Yeah.
Lucas: Who’s the girl?
Jake: You don’t know her.

Coach: (to Nathan) Nice to see you vertical.

Lucas: (to Brooke) Hey babe.
Skills: Hey Luke. So that means we’re gonna get to see a little bit more of you, i mean you know since you got some time on your hands, right?
Brooke: Not if I have anything to say about it boys.
Skills: See that's whack, dawg. We win the game and he gets the girl.

Haley: So if my parents come home I'm going to pretend I'm going to have amnesia so don't freak out if I pretend I don't know you.
Nathan: So I think I should head back to the madness. If I could, I stay like this all day.
Haley: Nathan. About last night --
Nathan: It's not about sex with me. When you're ready I will be too.

Episode Goofs
When Lucas gets out of his bed he has his shoes on.

When Lucas and Brooke arrive at the grocery store, the top to Brooke's car is down, but when they come back out of the store, the top is up.

At Jake's house when Lucas stops by to visit him, Jake has a notebook lying on the step next to him. When he gets up to go inside the house Jake picks up the notebook, but when he opens the door he is no longer holding the notebook.

Cultural References
Episode Title: You Gotta Go There to Come Back

"You Gotta Go There to Come Back" is the title of a Stereophonics album.

Mouth: (to Lucas) The prodigal son returns.

Mouth is referencing a Biblical parable about the prodigal son who asks for his inheritance early only to spend it all and become poor. When he returns home, his father still welcomes him with open arms despite his mishaps.

Episode References
While watching the Ravens and the rivercourt players play at the rivercourt, Keith comments to Whitey that the boys have come along way since the first time they sat there. In the "Pilot", Keith takes Whitey to the rivercourt to watch Lucas play in order to convince Whitey to give him a chance to play for the Ravens.

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