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One Tree Hill: The Living Years

When Nathan decides to quit the basketball team, he has more free time to spend with Haley. However, Nathan's old ways begin to rub off on Haley and she skips class to go with Nathan to his beach house where she gets drunk. Meanwhile, Brooke becomes jealous when Lucas and Peyton become closer friends and the Scott family go to a counselor to attempt to sort out their growing issues.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x11
Production Number: 177510
Airdate: Tuesday January 27th, 2004

Alternate Airdates:


Guest Stars
Ann CusackAnn Cusack
As Family Therapist
Barbara Alyn WoodsBarbara Alyn Woods
As Deb Scott
Bryan GreenbergBryan Greenberg
As Jake
Thomas Ian GriffithThomas Ian Griffith
As Larry Sawyer

Co-Guest Stars
Brett ClaywellBrett Claywell
As Tim
Erin ClineErin Cline
As Cute Waitress
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
Barry CorbinBarry Corbin
As Coach Whitey Durham
Episode Notes
Moira Kelly (Karen Roe) does not appear in this episode.

This is the first appearance of recurring guest star Thomas Ian Griffith (Larry Sawyer).

Ratings: 2.4/6

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Across The SkyEverywhere She GoesHaley and Nathan ditch class for the beach
BuvaSimple AgainDeb and Keith talk; Dan interrupts
Kyf BrewerShe's So PrettyLucas has dinner with Peyton and her father
Maroon 5Harder to BreatheBrooke and Lucas in the hot tub
Ryan Adams (1)AvalancheBrooke waiting for Lucas on his porch
Ryan Adams (1)The ShadowlandsClosing scene
WheatI Met A GirlBrooke asks Peyton for advice
World PartyShip Of FoolsLucas shows Larry Peyton's comic strip

Episode Quotes
Lucas: (voiceover) And the little prince said to the man, grownups never understand anything for themselves and it is tiresome for children to be always explaining things to them.

Lucas: He got you skipping school and drunk?
Haley: You know what Lucas, why don't you talk to me when you get your tattoo removed?

Haley: I think you're really brave to consider rethinking who you are. I don't know if I could do that.
Nathan: You could.

(Nathan and Haley are drinking on the beach)
Nathan: I have never seen you like this.
Haley: Well now you have.
Haley: Are you sure your dad isn't here?
Nathan: I told you, he's in Charlotte. Let's go inside.
Haley: One, three, five!
(Haley jumps onto Nathan's back)
Haley: Ugh. Stop moving the pier.
(Nathan climbs the stairs and sees Dan at the top)
Nathan: Nice knowing you.

Episode Goofs
In the scene with Keith, Deb and Dan at the café, it’s obvious that it’s raining outside. However, when Lucas arrives at Peyton’s house that same morning, it’s clear outside.

Cultural References
Episode Title: The Living Years

"The Living Years" is the title of Mike and the Mechanics album.

Brooke: All work and no Brooke make Luke a boring boy.

Brooke's line is a play on the line "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" from the horror film The Shining.

Lucas: (voiceover) And the little prince said to the man, grownups never understand anything for themselves and it is tiresome for children to be always explaining things to them.

Lucas is quoting a line from Antoine de Saint Exuperie's Little Saint.

The song "The Living Years" that the episode is named after was written by Mike Rutherford and B. A. Robertson, members of Mike + The Mechanics. The idea for the song was inspired by the relationship that the writers shared with their fathers, and in this episode, Nathan and Dan's crumbling father-son relationship is one of the main themes of the episode.

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