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One Tree Hill: Return of the Future

The Ravens lose their second game of the season and Whitey is forced to use tough love to get his team to work together. Peyton and Ellie work together for their benefit album and are able to recruit rock band Nada Surf to be featured on it. Meanwhile, Brooke plans a romantic night for Lucas to thank him for submitting her sketches to the Rogue Vogue fashion competition, but their plans are interrupted when Haley and Nathan get into a fight over birth control.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x11
Production Number: 311
Airdate: Wednesday January 18th, 2006

Director: Bethany Rooney
Writer: Terrence Coli


Guest Stars
Danneel HarrisDanneel Harris
As Rachel Gatina
Sheryl LeeSheryl Lee
As Ellie
Nada SurfNada Surf
As Themselves

Co-Guest Stars
Austin James HarterAustin James Harter
As Terry
Bevin PrinceBevin Prince
As Bevin
Justin ColvinJustin Colvin
As Policeman
Philip DenovaPhilip Denova
As Band Manager
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
Lee Norris (Mouth) does not appear in this episode.

Nada Surf makes a special appearance and performs on the show.

This is the first appearance of Craig Sheffer (Keith Scott) in season 3 and his first appearance since "Lifetime Piling Up".

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
I Am KlootOver My Shoulder 
Kate EarlFree 
MoZellaYou Wanted It 
Nada SurfAlways Love 
Nada SurfConcrete Bed 
SupergrassLow C 
SwitchfootThe Blues 

Episode Quotes
Lucas: (voiceover) H. L. Mencken wrote, "Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."

(Brooke and Lucas are listening to Haley and Nathan's fight from the bedroom)
Nathan: (off-screen) Haley, what if something happened? That would have changed our lives forever!
Haley: (off-screen) Like what, marriage?!
Brooke: Ooh, she's good.

Karen: You are almost 18 years old and I'm almost 36 years old and if you do the maths it's pretty obvious what my concerns are.
Lucas: Mom, we didn't do that. We're being careful, more careful than you know!
Karen: It's more than being careful with the chemistry, Lucas, it's about being careful with your heart.
Lucas: Like you are with Keith? I know, you're right Mom and I get it, but maybe if you're always looking for reasons not to be with somebody, you'll always find them and I guess in some point, maybe you should let go and give your heart what it deserves.

Nathan: Did you think about it? Having a baby to stay together.
Haley: Nathan, I am 17 years old, we're still in high school. You and I are both in limbo. No, I don't want to have a baby.

Dan: You finally grew a pair of balls.
Keith: I always had a pair Danny. Just ask your wife.

Haley: And if you're so worried, then why didn't you stop us? It's just as much your responsibility as it is mine.
Nathan: You're right. It is my responsibility. Let me see the pills.
Haley: I cannot believe you still don't believe me. I can't believe it. Here take them. I don't need them anymore.
Nathan: Haley.
Haley: Your future as a basketball player is totally secure. Your future as my husband, not so much.

Episode Goofs
While Nathan and Haley are arguing about birth control, Haley takes out a blue bottle of water from the refrigerator. Later when Haley gets her pills out of her purse, the bottle changes to green, then back to blue when she gives the pills to Nathan.

When Keith and Lucas are throwing the football around, Lucas' iPod headphones disappear.

When Nathan walks into the old gym, the part of the wall that Nathan will later start painting when Whitey tells Dan to leave is already painted.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Return of the Future

"Return of the Future" is the title of a song by Scooter from their Age of Love album.

Episode References
"Please do not burn"

In "The Desperate Kingdom of Love", Brooke and Peyton burn a letter that Lucas wrote to them before he left for Charleston with Keith.

The episode title "Return of the Future" refers to the return of Keith to Tree Hill. In future episodes, Keith and Karen are able to rekindle their relationship and ultimately will become engaged, making Keith the "future" that is returning in this episode.