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During the Tree Hill High semi-formal dance, Lucas brings Anna as his date but ends up with Brooke instead. Nathan plans out the perfect night for Haley, but his plans are ruined when Haley comes late to the dance because she was with Chris. Meanwhile, Peyton continues to deal with the mounting pressure to do drugs, especially after Anna lashes out at her during the dance.
Brooke: I almost believed you were a decent guy, somebody that could care about me, but you know what? I have been lied to before, Felix, and it almost killed me.
Felix: Brooke, I'm not like Lucas.
Brooke: No, you're not. You know why? Because I am not going to let you in! You don't get to have me, not my body and sure as hell not my heart. We're done!
Anna: Why do relationships have to be so hard?
Peyton: Because the only thing harder is to be alone.
Lucas: Is this beach taken?
Brooke: There's plenty to go around.
Lucas: Don't worry, I'm not gonna ask you if you're okay.
Lucas: Know any good jokes?
Brooke: You're looking at one. Why does everybody lie? You know, the bad guys lie to get in your bed and the good guys lie to get in your heart. And I'm the idiot that falls for it every time.
Lucas: Hey, Brooke, you are not an idiot. Not even close. You know who you are. Most people don't, you know. I mean, that's why they lie. They're afraid people might find out who they are before they figure it out themselves.
Peyton: Anna, it's not about who I am, okay. It's about who they are. They are people who hate, and they divide, and they feed off of people who don't fight back. Yeah, I could laugh this off, but what about the girl who can't? Who's gonna help her? Silence only makes them stronger.
Lucas: Hey, I'm sorry about this. I, I just, I had to see you.
Anna: Lucas, what's wrong?
Lucas: You know how much I care about you, Anna? Because I do. But there's somebody else and she's a part of my history that came before you. And I've been lying to myself about the way that I feel about her and I need to see her tonight because I feel like she's slipping away. I'm sorry Anna.
Deb: The song is not over, Nathan.
Nathan: Yeah, well the dance is.
Episode Title: The Trick Is To Keep Breathing
"The Trick Is To Keep Breathing" is the title of a song by Garbage off of the album Version 2.0.
When the Stars Go Blue
Haley and Chris's duet "When the Stars Go Blue" is a song originally written and performed by artist Ryan Adams from his Gold album.