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One Tree Hill: The Games That Play Us

Dan leads the Tree Hill Ravens in their first playoff game and Lucas and Nathan have to deal with the constant abuse that Dan dishes out to them. Dan also confronts Haley about her relationship with Nathan, and his threats lead Haley to rethink their relationship. Meanwhile, Whitey learns the severity of his medical condition and Dan suffers a medical condition of his own when he stumbles into a shocking situation. Elsewhere, Keith packs up to move to Charleston and Nathan and Haley take a surprising step in their relationship.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x22
Production Number: 177520
Airdate: Tuesday May 11th, 2004

Director: Greg Prange
Writer: Mark Schwahn


Guest Stars
Emmanuelle VaugierEmmanuelle Vaugier
As Nicki

Co-Guest Stars
Brendan KirschBrendan Kirsch
As Brendan
Brett ClaywellBrett Claywell
As Tim
Cullen MossCullen Moss
As Junk
Dorothy Recasner BrownDorothy Recasner Brown
As Doctor Hale (as Dorothy Brown)
Lee NorrisLee Norris
As Mouth
R. Keith HarrisR. Keith Harris
As Doctor
Vaughn WilsonVaughn Wilson
As Fergie
James RhodesJames Rhodes
As Thadeus
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
Moira KellyMoira Kelly
As Karen Roe
Barry CorbinBarry Corbin
As Coach Whitey Durham
Barbara Alyn WoodsBarbara Alyn Woods
As Deb Scott


Lucas narrates the opening scene while Ravens are flying through the sky. The scene cuts to the playoff basketball game where Mouth is reporting for ravenshoops.com. Dan gives the team a pep-talk in the locker room before they head to the court...

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Episode Notes
On the season 1 DVD commentary for this episode, James Lafferty (Nathan) reveals that Brendan Kirsch, who guest stars as Brendan the team medical trainer, is his roommate.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
All India RadioEvening Star 
The Beta BandTo You Alone 
DiosNobody's Perfect 
FaraciThe Way You Walk 
Five For FightingNYC Weather Report 
Gavin DeGrawMore Than Anyone 
Lenny KravitzWhere Are We Runnin'? 
Michelle FeatherstoneStay 
Snow PatrolRun 

Episode Quotes
Lucas: (closing voiceover) Some people believe that ravens guide travelers to their destinations. Others believe that the sight of a solitary raven is considered good luck, while more than one raven together predicts trouble ahead.

(about Haley and Nathan spending the night together)
Lucas: It's just, well, I thought you were going to wait until you got married.
Haley: We did.
Lucas: What are you talking about?
Haley: We got married last night.

Haley: Nathan, you're soaked! What are you doing here?
Nathan: I just went for a run to clear my head, I guess this is where I ended up. Look Haley, the picture of Peyton didn't mean anything, okay.
Haley: I did to me. Clearly you still have feelings for her.
Nathan: I saved that picture back when we were still dating. The other ones too. You can go back and look. Her webcam hasn't even been in her closet for months.
Haley: Why didn't you tell me this last week?
Nathan: Because I should have deleted those images a long time ago. I just ... I felt bad because I didn't do it. Besides Haley, I don't want Peyton. I want you.
Haley: Is that it?
Nathan: You know, my pride says "yeah, that's it. Just walk away and let Haley deal with the fact that she's clearly threatened by a sexual relationship". But my heart says "just forget about ur pride you idiot. You love this girl. And even if your going to catch pnemonia, your ass is gonna stand out here in the rain until you convince her to forgive you." So come on Hales, just meet me half way here.
Haley: Why should I?
Nathan: Because I'm sorry. Because I love you. And Because your looking really hot standing out here in the rain and I'm thinking, I have to kiss you.
Haley: Well, If you have to.

Episode Goofs
During the episode, Lucas' hair changes from being short, to being long again, then once again being sort.

After the scene with Nathan and Haley in the rain, Haley takes off her wet top twice.

The timeline of Nathan and Haley getting married doesn't fit within the episode. At the school before they get married, Haley tells Lucas that she's going to spend the night with Nathan. Haley then gets into Nathan's car and they drive away. However, Nathan then visits Lucas at the rivercourt, which doesn't allow much time for Nathan and Haley to get married in the middle of the night.

Cultural References
Episode Title: The Games That Play Us

"The Games That Play Us" is the title of a song by The Blackouts from their Living In Blue album.

Episode References
The undergarment that Haley is wearing when she takes off her shirt after making up with Nathan in the rain is what Nathan bought her at the lingerie store on their first date during "The Search for Something More".

The flashback filled format of this episode is a format that the show will use in future episodes, mainly in season premiere and finale episodes. As seen in this episode, the flashback format of the episodes allows the writers to skip ahead in time, but allow for blanks to be filled in during the episode.