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Four years after the season 4 finale, Lucas now finds himself as a writer, struggling to break into the business. He returns to the sport he loves as the coach of the Ravens along with Skills. Peyton, now in the music business, looks to find the next big thing, while Brooke works on her fashion line. Meanwhile, Nathan and Haley are raising their son, Jamie, and trying to find their way as young parents.
Barry Corbin (Whitey), Barbara Alan Woods (Deb Scott), Daneel Harris (Rachel Gatina), and Moira Kelly (Karen Roe) are no longer credited as main cast members and have been removed from the opening credits. Jackson Brundage (James Scott) has been added as a main cast member.
Paul Johansson (Dan Scott) does not appear in this episode.
Though the opening voiceover was given by Lucas, the closing voiceover is made by Peyton, making this the first episode in which a different character makes each voiceover.
Despite the 4 year jump in time after the season 4 finale, only one of the cast members -- James Lafferty who is 22 -- is the same age as their character is said to be.
Ratings: 3.36 million viewers
Lucas: (opening voiceover) Sometimes it feels like it was yesterday. We graduated high school, saying goodbye. That feeling that you get at seventeen or eighteen that nobody in the history of the world has ever been this close, has ever loved as fiercely or laughed as hard or cared as much. Sometimes it feels like it was yesterday and sometimes it feels like someone else’s memory.
Haley: You're daddy loves you. You know that, right?
James: Uncle Lucas loves me.
Peyton: (voiceover) Hi, it's Peyton. Yeah, I'm sorry. I know it's late there, I just ... What happened to us, you know? I don't know who I am anymore. Or how I got here. I miss who I used to be. I wanna have a home again, you know? And real friends, you know, the kind of friendships we used to believe in. I miss that. And I miss you. I guess I just miss all of it.
John Knight: What's the name of the sushi place I like?
Peyton: You were wrong yesterday when you said the kids in the clubs were just there for decadence. I think it's more like romance and hope and inspiration. And that feeling that you get when other human beings pick up basic instruments and make sense of your world. And the day that I think it's just about making money is gonna be the day that I've betrayed everything I believe in. About music and life and myself.
John Knight: Is that a sushi place?
Peyton: I quit, John. I'm going home.
John Knight: You're making a mistake.
Peyton: No. I'm fixing one.
Peyton: Hi. How long has it been?
Lucas: Two years.
Peyton: No. It has been longer than that. Luke, I missed you.
Lucas: I have someone now. I’m with someone.
(Nathan gets up out of his wheelchair)
Nathan: (to Jamie) Daddy's sorry ... for everything.
Episode Title: 4 Years, 6 Months, 2 Days
"4 Years, 6 Months, 2 Days" is the title of a song by Tree Ford Angst.
The footage shown of the NBA draft is actual footage from the 2006 draft in which Mouhamed Saer Sene of Senegal was the Seattle Supersonics actual 10th pick of the year.