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One Tree Hill: The Desperate Kingdom of Love

Lucas and Keith learn about Dan's heart attack and have to choose between staying in Charleston or lending support to their family back in Tree Hill. Deb, dealing with guilt of being the cause of Dan's heart attack, lashes out at Nathan and Haley when she learns that they got married. Meanwhile, Brooke and Peyton work on mending their friendship, both angry at Lucas for leaving without saying goodbye.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x1
Production Number: 201
Airdate: Tuesday September 21st, 2004

Director: Greg Prange
Writer: Mark Schwahn


Guest Stars
Bess ArmstrongBess Armstrong
As Lydia James
Huey LewisHuey Lewis
As Jimmy James

Co-Guest Stars
Joseph GallisonJoseph Gallison
As Minister
Matthew LauranceMatthew Laurance
As Doctor (as Matthew Lawrence)
R. Keith HarrisR. Keith Harris
As Surgeon
Lessa HalsteadLessa Halstead
As Nurse #2
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
Episode Notes
This is the first of two episodes in which Haley's parents are seen during the series, the second time being in "The Truth Doesn't Make A Noise".

The opening scene of this episode featured a recap of the major events of the last season as well as the events that lead up to the current storyline.

Guest star Huey Lewis (Jimmy James) is best known for his musical career as part of the band Huey Lewis & the News.

Barbara Alyn Woods (Deb Scott) is now featured in the opening credits montage.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Emily SparksJust As Well 
Maroon 5She Will Be Loved 
Rob GilesSee Me 
Scissor SistersTake Your Mama 
Trespassers WilliamLie in the Sound 
YellowcardEmpty Apartment 

Episode Quotes
Nathan: Someday, this beach might wash away... the oceans may dry, the sun could dim, but on that day I'll still be loving you. Always and forever. I promise you, Haley.
Haley: (voiceover) I, Haley, take you Nathan to have and to hold from this day forward. In sickness and in health. For richer or poorer. For better or worse. I promise that I will love and cherish you, and will deny all things that come between us. I make this promise for eternity. A promise that I will keep forever. Until the end of time. 'Til death do us part.

Nathan: I could love you forever.
Haley: So could I.

Keith: All right just to recap. On the "reasons to stay" side we got: Dan's an ass, you were an ass, my new teaching job, we both get a fresh start, your mother annihilated my heart, and this apartment has a killer view.

Brooke: Wanna know a secret? I was secretly pulling for you and Jake.
Peyton: Even when I was at the top of your bitch list?
Brooke: Even then, you know why?
Peyton: Why?
Brooke: Because I wasn't into him.

Jimmy: Well if it isn't Haley James. In my house between the hours of 8 and midnight.
Haley: Hello Daddy.
Jimmy: Daddy? Uh-oh. This is gonna be expensive.

Nathan: Mr and Mrs. James, you know that I'm emancipated and that I respect both of you very much and --
Jimmy: I think I know where you're going with this. Now if we adopt you, the making out with Haley is gonna have to stop ... at least in public.
Haley: Could you guys just be serious for like one minute of my life please? God.
Nathan: I'd like the marry your daughter.
Jimmy: I didn't see that coming.

Episode Goofs
When Keith and Lucas are making their list on the cardboard box, the way that "Nathan" is written on the box changes between shots.

The timeline of the flashbacks shown in this episode don't follow with the events of "The Games That Play Us". At the end of "The Games That Play Us", Haley tells Lucas that she and Nathan got married last night. However, in the flashbacks Nathan and Haley got married during the day on the beach.

Cultural References
Episode Title: The Desperate Kingdom of Love

"The Desperate Kingdom of Love" is the title of a song by PJ Harvey from her Uh Huh Her album.

Keith: (to Lucas about his hair) Whatever you say, Felicity.

In the WB series Felicity, star Keri Russell cut her trademark long, curly hair during the final season. Shortly after her hair cut, the ratings for the show fell sharply and the series was cancelled. Some fans attribute the cancellation and ratings drop to Russell cutting her hair, but in fact the ratings drop may have been due to a timeslot change.

Guest star Huey Lewis is best known for his musical career as part of the band, Huey Lewis & the News. Casting Huey Lewis in this role further reinforces the emphasis that One Tree Hill puts on the music and musical references used in the series. The series has featured several musical guests, several songs per episode, episode titles that reflect songs and albums, and characters that have deep interest in music.

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