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One Tree Hill: Racing Like a Pro

Lucas faces his past as he must choose the path his future will take, all while balancing the demands of being the coach of the Ravens. Haley decides to hire a nanny to lessen her load. Later, her first day of teaching does not go how she had expected. Meanwhile, Skills helps Jamie build a soap box derby racer and Mouth deals with his demanding boss.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x2
Production Number: 3T6802
Airdate: Tuesday January 08th, 2008

Director: Paul Johansson
Writer: Mark Schwahn

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Jun 16, 2008


Guest Stars
Michaela McManusMichaela McManus
As Lindsey Strauss
Torrey DeVittoTorrey DeVitto
As Carrie

Co-Guest Stars
Cullen MossCullen Moss
As Junk
Kelly CollinsKelly Collins
As Alice (as Kelly Collins Lintz)
Robbie JonesRobbie Jones
As Quentin
Shawn ShepardShawn Shepard
As Principal Turner
Vaughn WilsonVaughn Wilson
As Fergie
Steve BarnesSteve Barnes
As Starter
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
Lee NorrisLee Norris
As Marvin "Mouth" McFadden
Antwon TannerAntwon Tanner
As Skills Taylor
Jackson BrundageJackson Brundage
As James "Jamie" Scott
Episode Notes
Paul Johansson (Dan Scott) does not appear in this episode.

This episode aired with "4 Years, 6 Months, 2 Days" as a 2-hour season premiere.

Ratings: 3.59 million viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Ben LeeRipe 
Channel TwoBringa 
Geoff MartynThink It Must Be 
Group 1 CrewForgive Me 
The HoursBack When You Were Good 
Jimmy Eat WorldGotta Be Somebody's Blues 
The Little HeroesThank You 
Magic BulletsLet's Lie To Each Other 
Richard HarrisWill You Be There 
Richard WolfDJ Make It Boom Loud 
Smashing PumpkinsNeverlost 

Episode Quotes
Jamie: Can Uncle Mouth help me pimp my ride?
Skills: I don't think so. See, Uncle Mouth finally got a J-O-B.
Jamie: That spells job.
Skills: Man, you getting way too smart. It was a lot easier when you was three.

Peyton: Well?
Brooke: Well? Oh, don't look away, second and third greatest nights in your life just walked back into your world.
Peyton: You looking all rock star totally does it for me.
Brooke: It's very heroine chic Nate, I like it.
Nathan: What are you guys doing here?
Brooke: Well, Lucas tells me you can walk but you need a little incentive so we have come up with a drill.
Peyton: For every step you take we kiss.

Peyton: I was there Lucas. I was so proud of you but we hadn't talked in a long time and I saw you with Lindsey and I figured you guys were together, which clearly you are. I like her, I do, but do you remember when you first joined the Ravens and you took all my sketches to Thud without even asking? And do you remember what you said that night when you first entered the gym?
Lucas: Your art matters. It's what got me here.
Peyton: Yeah, it's like you touched my soul and a few days ago I was ready to quit again but you saved me with the words you wrote about me in your novel. So if your struggling writing the next one you should know that your art matters Lucas. It's what got me here.

Haley: (to Nathan) He is four and he needed his dad and his dad wasn't there. Nice work Dan.

Nathan: You don't get it, do you? I used to be somebody. Haley, do you understand that? Do you understand what that means? I used to be Nathan Scott and I was great. I should have walked away, okay? I know that. And I didn't do it. And now I'm nothing and I have nothing!
Haley: You have nothing? You have a beautiful son who is here. I am here. You have got to figure out who you're going to be in this, Nathan, 'cause this version of you does not work for us. I can not keep living like this, okay? Do you understand what I'm saying? One more night like this, Nathan, and I promise you -- you will have nothing.

(Nathan pushes himself into the pool, stays underwater for sometime, comes up gasping and then starts to walk underwater)
Nathan: I am Nathan Scott and I have too much to lose.

Haley: (closing voiceover)The rest of your life is a long time and whether you know it or not it's being shaped right now. You can choose to blame your circumstances on fate or bad luck or bad choices or you can fight back. Things aren't always going to be fair in the real world, that's just the way it is but for the most part you get what you give. Let me ask you all a question. What's worse not getting everything you wished for or getting it but finding out it's not enough? The rest of your life is being shaped right now with the dreams you chase, the choices you make and the person you decide to be. The rest of your life is a long time and the rest of your life starts right now.

Nathan: You know son, there's going to be a lot of times in your life when you're afraid. Being afraid is okay but if you don't work through that fear, you might miss out on some pretty great things.
Jamie: Are you afraid daddy?
Nathan: Sometimes. You?
Jamie: Sometimes.
Nathan: (about the soap box car) Well, we'll do this together.
(Jamie and Nathan race down the hill; Nathan is in his wheelchair, Jamie is in his soap box car)

Cultural References
Episode Title: Racing Like a Pro

"Racing Like a Pro" is the title of a song by The National.

Jamie: Can Uncle Mouth help me pimp my ride?

Pimp My Ride is an MTV show in which a body shop pimps a lucky viewer's car.

Episode References
Peyton: Do you remember when you first joined the Ravens and you took all my sketches to Thud without even asking? And do you remember what you said that night when you first entered the gym?
Lucas: Your art matters. It's what got me here.

Lucas submitted Peyton's artwork to Thud Magazine in "The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most".

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