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At Tree Hill High's annual "Boy Toy" basketball charity auction, Lucas, Nathan, Jake and the rest of the team (as well as Mouth) are sold to the highest bidder. The auction pairs up Lucas and Haley, Nathan and Peyton, Jake and Nicki, and Mouth and Brooke for the night, resulting in Haley confessing her true feelings about Nathan to Lucas and surprising developments in Jake and Nicki's complex relationship.
Brooke: Here's my philosophy on dating. It's important to have somebody that can make you laugh, somebody you can trust, somebody that, y'know, turns you on. And it's really, really important that these three people don't know each other.
Haley: Who is up next? (They look at the program) Oh no.
All The Girls: Tim.
(Tim comes on stage, swirls his jacket around his head, and shakes his butt at the crowd; everyone laughs)
Whitey: Do I hear $30? (Tim does some more bad dance moves) How about $20?
Woman: That boys going to pull something.
Whitey: Can I get a ten spot?
Deb: I suppose I have some chores around the house. $8?
(Nathan is being bidded on; Haley has just won Lucas)
Peyton: It smells like sex in here.
Peyton: That’s a creepy threesome.
Haley: Don’t have fun.
Nathan: I wont. Alright, come on. Let’s get this over with.
Peyton: Funny. That’s what he’d say before we used to have sex.
(about the tattoo)
Lucas: Haley, why would you do that?
Haley: Because I’m in love with him.
Haley: God, what am I going to do, Luke? I’m so, I hate being away from him, I think about him constantly. I was in the middle of a history quiz yesterday and I just totally zoned out on him. Maybe we’re not going to be together for the rest of our lives, but right now I’m in love for the first time and if I look at this tattoo 20 years from now, and it reminds me of how I feel today, I think I’ll be okay with that.
Lucas: Then why didn’t you buy Nathan at the auction? Why hide out with me?
Haley: Because, I wanted to remember for a night the way that things were. Everything was so much simpler when it was just you and me. And I’m used to being self-confident, and sensible and, I just really feel like a mess right now.
Lucas: You’re not a mess. You’re just in love.
Haley: And I’m not sure if he is.
Keith: It’s not too late is it?
Karen: No. Is everything okay?
Keith: Not really. These last few weeks have been the hardest of my life. Being without you and Lucas, on the outside of your lives. I felt, I felt like a shadow of someone I used to be. And I know I let you down. And , I put Lucas at risk, but you have to know, I love Lucas. And I’ve been carrying this around with me since the night of the accident. I love you Karen.
Keith: I always have. Marry me.
Brooke: I spent the entire night trying to avoid this or ignore it, but I can't so I’ve just got to say it.
Lucas: Brooke, what’s up?
Brooke: I think I’m pregnant.
The lyrics to The Cure song that the episode is named for, "To Wish Impossible Things", can be related to Peyton and Nathan's relationship that is reminisced about during their Boy Toy Auction date: "Remember how it used to be/When the sun would fill up the sky/Remember how we used to feel/Those days would never end." During their date, they remember how their relationship used to be. Also, Lucas and Haley talk about how their close friendship used to be before Lucas joined the Ravens and the two were propelled into lives very different from the ones they used to have.