02x01 - The Desperate Kingdom of Love

LUCAS: (v.o) Previously on One Tree Hill.

[INT. WHITEY DURHAM FIELD HOUSE]

(Whitey and Lucas walk in.)

CUT TO:

[EXT. TREE HILL RIVERCOURT - EVENING]

(Lucas and Nathan playing basketball with a large audience.)

WITEY: (v.o) Look, I’ve got an opening in my line-up; varsity. What do you say?

DAN: (v.o) So if this new kid is taking you position, he’s no longer your team-mate

is he?

CUT TO:

[INT. SCOTT RESIDENCE - KITCHEN - MORNING]

DAN: He’s your opponent.

CUT TO:

[EXT. RIVERCOURT - EVENING]

(Camera shifts from Lucas to Peyton.)

NATHAN: (v.o) I can describe Lucas in one word…

CUT TO:

[INT. CLASSROOM - MORNING]

(C.O. of Nathan)

NATHAN: b*st*rd.

(Lucas charges at Nathan and proceeds to punch him.)

PEYTON: (v.o) So what if he wins,

CUT TO:

[EXT. SCOTT RESIDENCE - DOORSTEP - EVENING]

PEYTON: What does he get?

NATHAN: He gets you.

CUT TO:

[INT. SCOTT RESIDENCE - DAN AND DEB’S BEDROOM - EVENING]

(Lucas and Peyton kissing.)

BROOKE: Lucas.

FADE TO:

[EXT. RIVERCOURT - DAY]

(Lucas and Peyton kissing.)

BROOKE: (v.o) I don’t know what hurts worse; you and Lucas sneaking around behind

my back or you

CUT TO:

[INT. PEYTON’S BEDROOM - EVENING]

BROOKE: Lying about it to my face.

CUT TO:

[INT. HALEY’S BEDROOM - EVENONG]

(Haley on the phone, speaking to Nathan’s answering machine. Nathan enters.)

NATHAN: (v.o) If I could just get up, walk over to you, and tell you how much I need

you.

(Haley smiles, relieved, and kisses him.)

CUT TO:

[EXT. HALEY’S DOORSTEP - MORNING]

(Nathan kissing Haley.)

CUT TO:

[INT. NATHAN’S APARTMENT - BEDROOM - DAY]

(Nathan and Haley are wet.)

NATHAN: Haley.

HALEY: It’s ok.

CUT TO:

[EXT. KAREN’S CAFÉ - THE ROOF - EVENING]

LUCAS: (v.o) But that’s just like him. To get you branded with his jersey number right

about your ass!

HALEY: He doesn’t even know about it!

CUT TO:

[INT. WHITEY DURHAM FIELD HOUSE - BASKETBALLY GAME - DAY]

(Close up of Dan. Cut to Lucas)

KAREN: (v.o) You have to right to think of him, not today or any other

CUT TO:

[INT. DAN SCOTT MOTOR SHOP - OFFICE - DAY]

KAREN: day of his life. How dare you!

CUT TO:

[EXT. STREETS - EVENING]

(A drunken Nathan drives Peyton’s car and hits another one.)

DAN: (v.o) If you weren’t out helping your little friend

(Keith and Lucas’ car is hit buy an oncoming vehicle.)

DAN: (v.o) Karen and her café, you might have been there for him like I was.

(Nathan crashes Payton’s car)

CUT TO:

[INT. TREE HILL HOSPITAL - EVENING]

(Dan rushes in carrying an unconscious Lucas.)

DAN: I need a doctor!

CUT TO:

[INT. SCOTT RESIDENCE - LIVING ROOM - EVENING]

DEB: I want you out of this house or so help me god, I will stab you in your sleep.

CUT TO:

[INT. TREE HILL HOSPITAL - EVENING]

DOCTOR: (v.o) You’re his legal guardian?

DAN: He’s my son.

FADE TO:

[INT. OPERATING THEATER - EVENING]

(Lucas lies on the operating table, unconscious and fighting for his life.)

KAREN: (v.o) Where you drinking before you drove Lucas?

CUT TO:

[INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - EVENING]

KIETH: Yes.

KAREN: I want you to leave.

(Keith stands up and fades out of the shot.)

CUT TO:

[EXT. OUTSIDE - DAY]

PEYTON: Were you serious about wanting to get out of here?

(Cut to Payton’s dad helping Jake load cases into his boat.)

PEYTON: (v.o) I’ve got a way that you can go but you have to leave tomorrow.

CUT TO:

[INT. NATHAN’S APARTMENT - PARTY - EVENING]

NIKKI: I asked you if you had a problem.

PEYTON: Yeah, I do, it’s called you bitch.

(Nikki pushes Peyton into the refrigerator and then slaps her. Peyton charges at her

and they fall onto a table.)

CUT TO:

[EXT. OUTBACK - EVENING]

(Nathan and Lucas are wearing only underwear. Nathan punches Lucas)

CUT TO:

[INT. SMALL BUSINESS LEAGUE DINNER PARTY - EVENING]

(Keith lunges at Dan but misses and lands on the table instead.)

CUT TO:

[EXT. OUTBACK - EVENING]

(Lucas takes Nathan down.)

CUT TO:

[INT. SCOTT RESIDENCE - LIVING ROOM - EVENING]

(Dan walks in and sees Deb on her knees in front of Tim who is trying to get his

trousers back on.)

CUT TO:

[INT. DAN SCOTT MOTOR SHOP - ENTRANCE - EVENING]

DAN: They handed me the consent forms, he needed surgery. You have a right to be

upset but…

(Karen hugs him.)

KAREN: Thank you.

CUT TO:

[EXT. RIVERCOURT - EVENING]

(Lucas is sitting on a bench, Brooke walks up looking upset.)

BROOKE: I need to talk to you.

LUCAS: OK

BROOKE: I think I’m pregnant.

CUT TO:

[INT. BEACHOUSE - DAY]

(Dan grabs at his chest and falls to the floor.)

CUT TO:

[INT. LUCAS’ HOUSE - KITCHEN - EVENING]

(Keith opens an engagement ring box and shows it to Karen.)

KEITH: I love you Karen.

KAREN: Keith.

KEITH: Marry me.

CUT TO:

[INT. NATHAN’S APARTMENT - LIVING ROOM - DAY]

(Lucas walks in on Haley in her nightgown.)

LUCAS: I thought you weren’t ready. I thought you were going to wait until you got

married.

HALEY: We did wait.

LUCAS: What’re you talking about Haley?

(Haley laughs and hold up her left hand, showing her wedding ring clearly. Nathan

puts his arm around her.)

HALEY: We got married last night.

CUT TO:

[INT. LUCAS’ HOUSE - MORNING]

(Lucas looking sad.)

LUCAS: Mom…I want to leave Tree Hill.

FADE OUT:

OPENING CREDITS ROLL:

FADE IN:

[EXT. BLOOMER & CARGIOLI FUNERAL HOME - DAY]

(People are walking up the steps into the funeral home.)

FADE IN:

[INT. SITTING AREA OF THE FUNERAL HOME - DAY]

(Someone is writing in a book. Camera pans to show Brooke and Peyton standing,

dressed in black to Lucas and Keith; with dark sunglasses sitting in armchairs to

Haley then Karen and lastly Deb. The camera stops at Nathan who is kneeling in front

of the open casket, looking at his father. Nathan kneels there until Lucas pats him

on the shoulder and they stand to walk away. Deb takes his place in front of the

casket, cheeks tearstained, and puts one hand on it. Dan grabs her hand.)

(Close up of Dan’s face.)

DAN: You killed my you bitch!

CUT TO:

[INT. DAN’S HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY]

(Deb wakes up from the nightmare with a start and gasps. She looks at Dan who is

still alive but unconscious.)

CUT TO:

[INT. NATHAN’S APARTMENT - BEDROOM - DAY]

(The camera pans from the foot of the bed to the head. Nathan is propped up on an

elbow, watching Haley sleep. She opens her eyes.)

NATHAN: Hey you.

(Haley covers her face with a pillow and laughs.)

HALEY: Hi. I had the strangest dream; I dreamt we actually got married yesterday.

NATHAN: That’s weird…I had the same dream.

HALEY: No.

NATHAN: Hmm.

(He leans over and kisses her.)

NATHAN: Oh, that’s right, we actually did get married.

(They interlock their fingers; showing Nathan’s wedding ring.)

HALEY: We did get married. (Laughs)

NATHAN: It’s pretty wild huh?

HALEY: Yeah. How do you feel?

NATHAN: I was just watching you sleep, thinking; let’s always be like this.

HALEY: Yeah.

(The phone rings.)

NATHAN: And then I turn my cell phone back on.

(Haley protests.)

HALEY: No! no no no no no no.

NATHAN: Argh…it’s my mom. She’s been calling like crazy.

HALEY: Do you think she found out about us?

NATHAN: No. She probably just wants her car back.

HALEY: Oh. I that case, (She grabs the phone.) don’t worry about it.

NATHAN: Gimme that. (He takes it back. Haley laughs. He listens to the message.)

CUT TO:

[EXT. CHARLESTON - BEACH - DAY]

(Kites are flying and people a having fun.)

(Cut to Keith wearing dark sunglasses and walking on the beach. He takes them off)

KEITH: Holy cow! (He laughs at Lucas.) What happened to your head?

LUCAS: (smiles as he feels it.) Yeah. I figured; new town, new look.

KEITH: (nods.) OK, whatever you say Felicity.

(Lucas laughs.)

KEITH: At least the town looks nice.

LUCAS: (nods.) Yeah, it does. I think we’re going to like it here.

KEITH: Yeah…you know, not many people get a chance you know, just to - to start over

you know? I mean just leave Tree Hill and reinvent themselves.

LUCAS: And it all starts today.

KEITH: Yeah… (His phone rings; it says ‘private caller’ in the screen.) Hello? (He

walks away to take the call in private.)

(Lucas looks out happily across the sea.)

CUT TO:

[INT. KAREN’S CAFÉ - DAY]

(The café is empty and Karen is picking up dirty dishes off the tables. She sees a

small boy of about ten playing with a basketball and wearing a hoodie and shorts

like Lucas. She walks slowly to the front of the shop and watches him pass by the

front door and turns the ‘Open’ sign to ‘Closed’. She turns to look around sadly at

her now empty life.)

CUT TO:

[INT. PEYTON’S HOUSE - BEDROOM - DAY]

(Peyton is writing lyrics to a song on her bedroom wall in gold pen. She sticks up her

sketch of Jake and Jenny and looks at it. Brook walks in.)

BROOKE: Hey girl!

PEYTON: Doesn’t anyone ring the doorbell in this town?

BROOKE: (Brooke shrugs.) Some do; I don’t. Let’s go.

PEYTON: And where are we going?

BROOKE: It is day two of the Brooke and Peyton ‘Hoes over Beaus’ reunion tour. Move

it. (Exits Peyton’s room.)

(Peyton gets off of her bed and opens her bag, pulling out a letter addressed ‘Brooke

and Peyton’.)

FLASHBACK TO:

(Peyton leaves her house, closes the door and sees the letter taped to it. She pulls it

off and looks around herself, making sure nobody is around.)

END OF FLASHBACK:

(Peyton continues to look at it.)

BROOKE: (v.o) Come on you fake blonde goldilocks. Let’s go.

(Peyton stuffs the letter back into her bag, puts it over her shoulder and leaves the

room.)

CUT TO:

[INT. NATHAN’S APARTMENT - BEDROOM - DAY]

(Nathan is holding his phone looking bothered. Haley walks in.)

HALEY: Bad news?

NATHAN: (pause) My dad’s in the hospital. (beat) He had a heart attack.

HALEY: (shocked) Oh no(!) Is he going to be OK?

NATHAN: I-I don’t know, my mom just left it on my voicemail.

HALEY: I’m sorry Nathan.

NATHAN: (getting up) Yeah I gotta go see him.

HALEY: Yeah, I’ll go with you. Ah Nathan um…maybe we shouldn’t tell them about us yet.

I mean maybe we should just wait until he recovers.

NATHAN: They’re going to find out Haley.

HALEY: I know; it’s just that I saw your dad before the game and he wasn’t happy about

us dating…what’s he going to say now?

NATHAN: It’s not about him. We’re married now Haley. I’m never going to hide that.

(Haley smiles.)

CUT TO:

[EXT. THE DOCK - DAY]

(Peyton and Brooke are walking down the dock, among many other boats.)

PEYTON: Brooke, what are you up to?

BROOKE: You’ve been on my dad’s boat before.

PEYTON: Yeah, with you and your dad.

BROOKE: Details. It’s like driving a car just on water and without a speed limit.

PEYTON: Brooke.

BROOKE: Peyton…look at us. Look at this day. We are practically a beer commercial.

It would be wrong not to take it. So let’s go.

(Brooke walks to the front and Peyton watches, smiling.)

BROOKE: Hop on bestest friend.

(Peyton gives in and gets on. We see Peyton and Brooke sailing away.)

CUT TO:

[EXT. TREE HILL HOSPITAL - DAY]

CUT TO:

[INT. TREE HILL HOSPITAL - DAN’S HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY]

(Deb is sitting beside Dan’s bed, looking at him as she addresses the doctor.)

DEB: Is it normal for him to be unconscious like this?

DOCTOR: Well, yes and no. Your…husband is sedated from the angioplasty but he suffered

major heart failure, he could be unconscious for a while yet.

DEB: (looks uncomfortable as she looks from the doctor to Dan.) Would it have

mattered if I had found him sooner?

DOCTOR: Well in medicine, earlier is always better…but you called as soon as you

could, right? (He leaves)

(Deb stares after him.)

FLASHBACK TO:

[INT. BEACHOUSE - DAY]

(Dan is on the floor, holding his chest in obvious pain.)

DEB: (v.o) Dan? (She sees him on the floor and, upset, panics.) Dan! Dan! Can you

hear me?!

DAN: (Gasping) Deb?

DEB: What?!

DAN: You better hope I die(!)

DEB: (beat) You’re threatening me? (Pause) Here. (Throws the phone at him) Dial it

yourself. (Stands up and away from him.)

DAN: (looks at the phone.) Deb.

DEB: You know; I came here to apologise. To tell you I was sorry, even though

you’ve been the assiest ass on the planet for the better part of our married lives.

DAN: (o.s) What are you doing?

DEB: I’m considering, Dan.

DAN: Please. (Struggling to breath.) Help me. (gasps once and then goes limp.)

DEB: (falters and starts to panic again.) Dan? (Reaches for the phone and calls 911.)

END OF FLASHBACK:

DEB: (looks at Dan guiltily.) I’m sorry.

(Camera pans to Dan still unconscious.)

CUT TO:

[EXT. CHARLESTON - BEACH - DUSK]

(Keith is looking out at the sea on a now deserted beach. Lucas walks up to him.)

LUCAS: Keith. Gee who died?

KEITH: It’s Dan. He had a heart attack. (Walks away.)

(Lucas doesn’t know how to feel about that.)

FADE OUT:

COMMERCIAL SET:

[INT. NATHAN’S APARTMENT - BEDROOM - DAY]

NATHAN: Haley, have you seen my grey t-shirt?

HALEY: um… (Picks it up from the chest of drawers.)

HALEY: (v.o) I wanna do something ok?

FALSHBACK TO:

[INT. NATHAN’S APARTMENT - BEDROOM - DAY]

(Haley takes off her wet shirt.)

NATHAN: Haley.

HALEY: No, it’s ok. It’s ok.

(She kisses him and pushes him back on the bed.)

NATHAN: (whispering) I could love you forever.

HALEY: So could I.

NATHAN: You’re my family now Haley. The true thing I have. I never wanna lose you.

HALEY: You won’t.

(Nathan looks at her, debating whether to say something.)

HALEY: What?

NATHAN: Marry me.

HALEY: (smiles, embarrassed, thinking he’s joking.) Stop it.

NATHAN: What, would you?

HALEY: Oh you’re embarrassing me. (Sits up.)

NATHAN: Why not?

HALEY: Because…we’re in high school.

NATHAN: So what? I’m emancipated.

HALEY: Is this about s*x, because I wanna wait?

NATHAN: No, I can see you caving on that one already.

HALEY: (laughs) Well maybe so. Nathan, couples don’t get married in high school.

It’s just…it’s not normal.

NATHAN: So? I’m not normal. What I’m feeling is definitely not normal and to be

honest with you Haley, I don’t ever want to be normal. Not with you. (pause) I’m

serious.

HALEY: I know you are.

NATHAN: OK, so I’ll say it again. I could love you forever.

HALEY: Nathan, so could I but-

NATHAN: So then why can’t forever start today?

(Camera pans to the window.)

END OF FLASHBACK:

FADE IN:

(Haley is still holding the t-shirt and smiling.)

CUT TO:

[EXT. CHARLESTON - KEITH AND LUCAS’ APARTMENT - DUSK]

(Keith walks up to Lucas leaning on railings.)

KEITH: Ah, Don’t have a view like this in Tree Hill. (pause) You wanna talk about Dan?

LUCAS: Do you think my mom knows?

KEITH: I don’t know.

LUCAS: Think she cares?

KEITH: Do you? (Lucas doesn’t know how to respond.) You know Luke, Dan’s your

birth father and um…even though he’s never been in your life it wouldn’t be wrong

to be concerned.

LUCAS: Would it be wrong to hope he dies?

CUT TO:

[INT. TREE HILL HOSPITAL - DAN’S ROOM - DAY]

DOCTOR: (o.s) Dan has a heart condition known as HCM. It’s a genetic mutation and

causes the heart muscles to thicken…eventually; it prevents the heart from pumping blood.

DEB: But why now?

DOCTOR: (o.s) Sometimes cardiac arrest…is bought on by excessive physical activity,

even excessive stress.

(Dan is still unconscious.)

FLASHBACK TO:

[EXT. EST SHOT - SCOTT RESIDENCE - EVENING]

CUT TO:

[INT. DAN’S CAR - EVENING]

(Dan is sitting in his car, rehearsing a speech.)

DAN: I’ve made so many mistakes Deb, with you and with Nathan. I’m willing to

change…I’ll do anything. I’ll do everything to keep you in my life. I’m not proud of who

I’ve been…but don’t give up on me…because I still love you.

CUT TO.

[INT. SCOTT RESIDENCE - HALLWAY - EVENING]

(Dan walks into the house, down the hallway and into the living room where he sees

Deb and Keith, on the floor, covered in a blanket. Deb wakes up, notices Dan and

sits up startled. Keith also looks at Dan. Upset, Dan turns and leaves the house.]

END OF FLASHBACK:

FADE IN:

[INT. TREE HILL HOSPITAL - WHITEY’S ROOM - EVENING]

(Karen walks into Whitey’s room. Whitey is pretending to sleep.)

KAREN: Coach Durham?

WHITEY: (opens one eye immediately and laughs.) Karen. I always pretend to be

asleep when the nurse comes in here. She looks a lot like Death…only uglier.

KAREN: (laughs) How are you doing?

WHITEY: Ah you know, they want to…operate…but it’s a long story full of medical

mumbo jumbo.

KAREN: Well I’ve got lots of time. I closed the café for the day.

WHITEY: Huh…well…I guess your nest is feeling pretty empty huh?

KAREN: (Laughs sadly) I guess so.

WHITEY: You ever think, maybe that’s what Lucas wanted? You know, that silence

would close in on you and you’d have to go out and make some noise yourself.

KAREN: Well…I was thinking that maybe I’d take some classes over at the University.

WHITEY: Well stop thinking about it, damn it, and do it! You know what I’d do

if I was your age? (Karen shakes her head.) Everything…and then by golly, I’d

turn around and do it again. I wouldn’t give a rat’s ass who disapproved or what

I looked like doing it. (beat) Karen…take it from me…when you’re my age, you don’t

want to be here…tangled up in that road you never travelled. Make some time. (smiles)

Take a few chances.

CUT TO:

[EXT. BROOKE’S BOAT - DAY]

(Brook and Peyton are lying at the front of the boat, sunbathing. They are talking

with their eyes closed.)

BROOKE: Listen, do you hear that?

PEYTON: Here what?

BROOKE: Silence. It’s nice.

PEYTON: Yeah. At least it was until you started talking.

BROOKE: (laughs) So what do you want to do after this? I was thinking; maybe some

ice-cream, a little lingerie, facial.

PEYTON: It’s OK to miss him Brooke.

BROOKE: Miss who?

PEYTON: Lucas.

BROOKE: (lying) I don’t…miss him (pause) really, I mean maybe a little, you know,

now that he moved but (breathes deeply) whatever, there’s other fish in the sea.

We’ll find new boyfriends. It shouldn’t be hard considering you’re you and I’m me.

PEYTON: (laughs) Yeah. His loss. Jake’s too.

BROOKE: Wanna know a secret?

PEYTON: Hmm.

BROOKE: I was secretly pulling for you and Jake.

PEYTON: Even when I was at the top of your ‘Bitch List’?

BROOKE: Even then. You know why?

PEYTON: Why?

BROOKE: Coz I wasn’t into him. (Peyton and Brooke laugh.)

(A boat full of topless men roars past. Brooke and Peyton sit up on their elbows.

Brooke lifts her top and flashes the men. Peyton cries in shock.)

BROOKE: Boys are so easy. We could swim if we had suits.

PEYTON: When’s that ever stopped us?

(Dissolve to Peyton and Brooke’s clothes strewn all over the boat and them

skinny-dipping in the water.)

FADE OUT:


COMMERCIAL SET:

FADE IN:

[INT. CHARLESTON - KEITH AND LUCAS’ APARTMENT - DAY]

(Keith walks in carrying a box.)

KEITH: You gonna give me a hand or you gonna live in the truck?

LUCAS: Seems like a waste. We’re going back right?

KEITH: (Pause) Why, you a heart surgeon? Look Luke…I want Dan to get better too you

know I mean I’m really pulling for him but…you know my future’s here now, I can’t

just…go back.

LUCAS: No I get it. I don’t wanna go back either but…it just doesn’t feel right.

KEITH: OK. (He opens a box and takes out a marker.) Alright, I’ll tell you what;

gimme reasons to stay.

LUCAS: (sighs) Keith.

KEITH: (Writing ‘Stay and ‘Go’ on a big box.) No I’m serious. OK? We’ll make a list.

Give me one reason why, why you don’t wanna go back.

LUCAS: (stands up and paces while he thinks.) Dan.

KEITH: Ah Dan, see? Dan’s an ass. That’s good. (Writes Dan under the stay column.)

What else?

LUCAS: I um…screwed up with Brooke and Peyton. You know, I didn’t even say goodbye.

Not so much as saying it, I just wrote it in a letter.

CUT TO:

[INT. BROOKE’S BOAT - DAY]

BROOKE: You having fun P. Sawyer?

PEYTON: Hell yes B. Davis, you?

BROOKE: Yeah. I’ve been thinking about Lucas. It’s not that he left its…kinda how

he left. Just can’t believe he didn’t say goodbye.

PEYTON: (uncomfortable) Brooke, there’s something that I need to show you. (Reaches

into her bag and take out the letter from Lucas.) It was taped to my front door

yesterday.

BROOKE: (looking at it) This is from Lucas.

PEYTON: (nods) I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have hid it from you.

BROOKE: But you did. I’ve been carrying around the fact that he left without a word

and you’ve had the words the whole time and didn’t tell me?

PEYTON: I was going to.

BROOKE: When?! After you read it first?!

PEYTON: NO! I wouldn’t do that I promise.

BROOKE: (standing up) Whatever Peyton, we should head back.

(Peyton looks upset.)

CUT TO:

[INT. TREE HILL HOSPITAL - OUTSIDE DAN’S ROOM - DAY]

NATHAN: Listen, Haley, if you want, I can do this alone. You don’t have to come in.

HALEY: No, I’m OK. I want to.

NATHAN: Oh good. I was hoping you’d say that.

HALEY: Besides we…stuck together with my parents. (They enter)

FLASHBACK TO:

[INT. HALEY’S HOUSE - HALLWAY - DAY]

(Haley and Nathan walk through the front door.)

HALEY: Hey, anybody home? Mom? Dad?

MARION: (o.s) In the kitchen Haley!

HALEY: (whispering) OK. (She kisses Nathan.) No matter what happens next, I want you

to know…my parents say yes…I will marry you. (Smiles) OK. OK, yeah I would. (Pull him

into the kitchen.) Mom?

MARION: Hey baby.

HALEY: Hey.

MARION: Well don’t just stand there; give me a hug. (Hugs Haley) You must be Nathan,

I’m Marion.

NATHAN: Hi. (They shake hands.)

HALEY: (uncomfortable) Is my mom here?

MARION: She’s around here somewhere.

LYDIA JAMES: (o.s) Here’s that article Marion. You know, how someone can actually

type with their head up their ass is beyond me. (Turns and sees Haley and Nathan.)

Nathan. Did you climb through Haley’s window again or did you actually locate our

front door this time?

HALEY: Mom.

NATHAN: I came in the front door Mrs James.

LYDIA JAMES: Atta boy. You hungry?

HALEY: Actually ah, can we just talk to you and dad?

LYDIA JAMES: Are you pregnant?

HALEY: (shocked) What!?

LYDIA JAMES: Pregnant, with child, bun in the oven.

HALEY: Mom!

MARION: Lydia stop. You know that Haley’s a virgin.

HALEY: (warning) Marion.

MARION: And it’s a damn shame if you ask me. (Looks pointed at Nathan. Nathan

doesn’t know whether to be pleased or discomfited.)

HALEY: (Turning back.) Can we just talk to you and dad. (Mouths ‘alone’.)

MARION: Alright, I can take a hint. (Picks up the newspaper.) Besides, your mother’s

going to tell me every word of it. (To Lydia.) Call me with the details Lydia. Lydia

winks.)

HALEY: (Mortified) Is dad here?

LYDIA JAMES: (Calling out of the window.) Jimmy! Kitchen! Haley’s pregnant! (Turns

back to them.) Shall we sit?

HALEY: I think we better.

END OF FLASHBACK.

FADE IN:

[INT. TREE HILL HOSPITAL - DAN’S ROOM - DAY]

(Nathan and Haley walk into Dan’s hospital room.)

NURSE: Can I help you?

NATHAN: I’m his son. (Stands and looks at his father for a while, void of emotion.)

Is he going to die?

NURSE: (o.s) You should talk to your mom. I think she’s in the chapel.

CUT TO:

[INT. CHARLESTON - KEITH AND LUCAS’ APARTMENT - DAY]

KEITH: Alright, just to recap on the ah…reasons to stay side, we got; Dan’s an ass,

you were an ass, my new teaching job, we both get a fresh start, your mother and I

laid out my heart and this apartment has a killer view. So what else?

LUCAS: Nathan.

KEITH: (beat) Oh. Yeah, that marriage thing must have been tough for you. (Begins to

write Nathan on the box.)

LUCAS: No, I meant for reasons to go back. (Keith looks at him in confusion.) I was

wrong about him. He’s a good guy and…yeah, OK, him and Haley its, it’s kinda weird

but…I’m glad for them.

KEITH: (Smiles) You know Luke, I’m really proud of you for getting to know Nathan.

If you think you should go home…then you should but there are…things in Tree Hill

that I’m not sure I can face.

LUCAS: Like what?

KEITH: Just…something I’m not proud of. (beat) look um…I’m gonna take a little walk.

(Walks to the door.)

LUCAS: Keith!

KEITH: I’m good, I just uh…just gotta get a little air. (Shuts the door behind him.)

CUT TO:

[INT. TREE HILL HOSPITAL - CHAPEL - DAY]

(Deb is sitting at the front of the chapel, hunched over, with her head down. Nathan

and Haley walk in.)

NATHAN: (quietly) Mom.

DEB: Nathan. (Stands and hugs him.)

NATHAN: What happened?

DEB: Um, I found him in the beach house on the floor. I called 911 (pause) but they

said I might have called too late.

NATHAN: Mom, it’s not your fault.

DEB: Remember when you were little and you had to have your tonsils out? I came to

this chapel that night and sobbed because I had the worst feeling that something was

going to go wrong; that I was going to lose you.

NATHAN: You didn’t lose me mom.

HALEY: Yeah, we’re here for you Mrs Scott. Whatever you need. (Puts her hand on Deb’s

shoulder.)

DEB: (Pats Haley’s hand.) Thank you Haley. I guess I’m not ready to let go. (Looks

down at Haley’s hand and sees the wedding ring. She grabs Nathan’s hand and sees

his wedding ring too.)

NATHAN: We were ah…gonna tell you today.

DEB: Tell me what?

HALEY: I love your son very much Mrs Scott.

DEB: Tell me what, Nathan.

NATHAN: We got married.

DEB: (Laughs distressed) I must be losing my mind.

NATHAN: Listen mom, we’ll talk about it later. When dad’s well.

DEB: (o.s) When dad is well? Your father is unconscious Nathan, plus he may or may

not be my husband at this point, who the hell knows and now you’re telling me that

you got married? This has got to be a joke.

NATHAN: (shakes his head.) It’s not a joke mom.

HALEY: Mrs Scott, we’ve thought about-

DEB: Shut up Haley. (to Nathan) You did this to your father. You’re the reason he’s

here.

HALEY: Mrs Scott I-

DEB: I said shut up. Shut your selfish little mouth!

NATHAN: Mom! (Haley looks down upset.)

DEB: You walked away from him. (To Haley) And you helped him do it. You’re both to

blame. (Leaves the chapel.)

(Haley looks at Nathan. Deb stands in the hallway and cries. Karen comes round the

corner and sees her.)

KAREN: Deb, Deb what’s wrong? What happened?

DEB: (Sobbing) He’s gonna die.

KAREN: Who?

DEB: Dan. He had a heart attack.

KAREN: Oh my god! (Hugs Deb) Oh my god.

DEB: He’s gonna die…and it’s all my fault.

FADE OUT:

COMMERCIAL SET:

FADE IN:

[EXT. KAREN’S CAFÉ - EVENING]

(Karen and Deb are sitting at one of the tables.)

KAREN: They got married?

DEB: Um hm.

KAREN: That…is not the Haley James that I know.

DEB: You mean the Haley Scott. I just, I-I-I don’t know whether to laugh or cry

or…throw up. I mean Dan’s in the hospital and Nathan is apparently married and Keith…

KAREN: Have you called him?

DEB: Yeah.

KAREN: Talk about your bad timing. Oh, it’s just it would be better if he were

here. Keith is good in a crisis.

DEB: (Changing the subject.) Ho-how is it possible that they could even get married?

FLASHBACK TO:

[INT. HALEY’S HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY]

(Jimmy enters the kitchen.)

JIMMY JAMES: Well, well, Haley James in my house between the hours of 8am and midnight.

NATHAN: Hi Mr James.

JIMMY JAMES: Hello Nathan. Did you come in through the window?

LYDIA JAMES: He found the front door.

JIMMY JAMES: Nice work Nate. (Lydia smiles at them) So, to what do we owe this surprise?

HALEY: Well, we wanted to talk to you daddy.

(Lydia looks at Jimmy in surprise.)

JIMMY JAMES: (o.s) Daddy? This is gonna be expensive.

HALEY: (Closes, her eyes.) Ok, look. You guys know that I am an extremely cautious

person…and I consider things from every angle and I don’t just, like, jump into things.

LYDIA JAMES: Like getting to the point of this conversation?

NATHAN: Mr and Mrs James um… (stands up) as you know, I’m emancipated from my parents

and…I think you also know that I respect both of you very much-

JIMMY JAMES: I-I-I think I know where this is going and-and here’s the thing Nathan;

you see, if we adopt you, the making out with Haley is gonna have to stop. A-a-at

least in public.

HALEY: Could you guys be serious for like one minute of my life please?

(silence)

NATHAN: I’d like to marry your daughter.

(Lydia and Jimmy pause for two seconds and then burst out laughing. They stop at

the look of seriousness on both Haley and Nathan’s faces.)

JIMMY JAMES: I didn’t see that coming.

HALEY: (sad) Dad, mom-

LYDIA JAMES: I will discuss this with your father.

HALEY: You will?

LYDIA JAMES: If this is what you want.

HALEY: (Looks at Nathan for a second.) It is.

END OF FLASHBACK:

[EXT. THE DOCK - DAY]

(Brooke gets off the boat and walks away angrily.)

PEYTON: Brooke, wait up.

BROOKE: You shoulda told me about the letter Peyton.

PEYTON: I know.

BROOKE: Then why didn’t you? Why would you hide it from me?

PEYTON: Coz we were having fun again. (Brooke calms down slightly and contemplates.)

Brooke, having our friendship back has been really, really great. You know I…I figured

Lucas is gone so it didn’t matter what was in the letter because it was just gonna

come between us.

BROOKE: Why would you think that?

PEYTON: Remember when we used to get up every Tuesday morning and ride our bikes to

the Mall?

BROOKE: So you could buy some stupid CD’s.

PEYTON: Yeah, and you could buy make-up your mom wouldn’t let you wear. We’d spend

half the day in my bedroom just listening to music and putting on awful eye shadow,

and that was just the Tuesdays. We used to do a lot of really great stuff until guys

got in the way.

BROOKE: I was actually just going to the mall with you to check out Roy.

PEYTON: Brooke, we were nine.

BROOKE: What’s your point?

PEYTON: (Laughs and so does Brooke.) OK, I am sorry, I should’ve shown you the

letter but…considering our history, it scared me so…I just…I just wanted my friend

back for a little while.

BROOKE: (Shakes her head, giving in.) Come on. God! (They laugh, shoving and hugging

each other good naturedly.)

CUT TO:

[INT. KAREN’S CAFÉ - DAY]

(Haley enters the café and spots Karen. She walks over to her.)

HALEY: Closed during the day?

KAREN: (Turns and looks at her.) Oh, I guess my heart just wasn’t in it today.

(Haley stands at the door, wondering if she’s going to get the same reception she

got from Deb.)

KAREN: (Waving her forward.) Come on in Mrs Scott.

HALEY: (Hugging Karen.) I’m sorry, I really wish you could have been there but it

was so sudden.

KAREN: Yeah.

HALEY: Is Deb here? I figured you must have talked to her.

KAREN: She had to go back to the hospital.

HALEY: She was really upset.

KAREN: Dan’s not doing so well.

HALEY: I know, but I meant with me.

KAREN: Does that surprise you?

HALEY: Yeah, little. I could understand if it was Dan but Deb’s always been really

supportive of my relationship with Nathan.

KAREN: Yeah, when you were dating.

HALEY: Is that how you feel?

KAREN: Haley, it doesn’t matter how I feel.

HALEY: It matters to me.

KAREN: Haley…I know that you and Nathan are in love and you know that I was also

in love in high school (pause) but sometimes, love fades…and, I just hope with

all my heart that…it doesn’t fade for you.

(Haley looks sad.)

CUT TO:

[INT. CHARLESTON - KEITH AND LUCAS’ APARTMENT - DUSK]

(Lucas in on the phone to Nathan.)

NATHAN: (through the phone) Hello?

LUCAS: Hey man. It’s Lucas.

(Cut to Tree Hill. Nathan is sitting outside Karen’s Café.)

NATHAN: Hey man.

LUCAS: (through the phone.) Crazy forty-eight hours huh?

NATHAN: Yeah, Yeah I guess so.

(Cut back to Charleston.)

LUCAS: So listen, um, (uncomfortable silence) I know this is weird for us but…I

just wanted to call because-

NATHAN: (though the phone.) Oh yeah. (Cut back to Tree Hill.) Yeah he’s ah, he’s

still unconscious but, you know him, he’s just waiting to wake up on his own terms.

LUCAS: (Through the phone) Well look, (Cut back to Charleston.) I’m here for you

OK? (pause) For you and Haley both. (pause) Just call if you need anything.

(Cut back to Tree Hill.)

NATHAN: Thanks Luke.

(Cut back to Charleston.)

LUCAS: (Another uncomfortable silence.) So listen. How did this marriage thing

happen anyway?

FLASHBACK TO:

[INT. HALEY’S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY]

(Lydia and Jimmy are sitting on different couches as they discuss Nathan’s proposal.)

LYDIA JAMES: The boy’s emancipated Jimmy. Haley just needs our permission.

JIMMY JAMES: Need I remind you that up until an hour ago, this boy came and went

through a second story window like a horny cat burglar. How can you even be

considering this?

LYDIA JAMES: Jimmy, you know our daughter. (Shot of Haley’s legs as she comes down

the stairs quietly.) (v.o) She has never done an impetuous, hasty thing in her life.

Most days, she’s more mature than we are. They’re in love.

JIMMY JAMES: They’re in high school. Besides, if it’s meant to be, it’ll still be

meant to be after college.

LYDIA JAMES: OK; we forbid her to do it. She hates us. She keeps seeing him, maybe

she gets pregnant, she drops out of school, she turns to a life of prostitu-

JIMMY JAMES: Oh stop it.

LYDIA JAMES: tion. Oh! There she is, smoking crack and sleeping in the gutter.

(Shot of Haley smiling.)

LYDIA JAMES: Did you know that my parents forbid me to marry you?

JIMMY JAMES: Why?

LYDIA JAMES: Because they thought that we were too young.

JIMMY JAMES: Well why didn’t you listen?

LYDIA JAMES: (holds him.) Because I loved you. And in the end we got married all the

same and we’ve made quite a life together. But I always loved them less for not

seeing what I saw in you.

END OF FLASHBACK:

FADE IN:

[EXT. TREE HILL BEACH - BONFIRE - EVENING]

(Brooke and Peyton are sitting in front of a small bonfire.)

BROOKE: So I’ve been thinking I’m done with boyfriends for a while.

PEYTON: (not believing.) Right. Brooke Davis, solo?

BROOKE: Relationships are just too hard. Hooking up with boys is so much easier.

PEYTON: (Sighs) So I’ve been thinking, (Picks up the letter.) I don’t wanna read

the letter. I mean you can, I just (shrugs) whatever it says, I don’t wanna know.

BROOKE: Are you sure?

PEYTON: (Nods) I mean it’s not gonna change how I feel.

BROOKE: About Lucas.

PEYTON: Yeah, about him. Or you, or me. I don’t know, aren’t you tired of measuring

yourself by what guys think? I just…I need to stop chasing boys and focus on myself

more so. (Shrugs)

BROOKE: (Nods) I hear ya. (Throws the letter into the bonfire.) Hoes over Beaus?

(Holds her fist out.)

(Peyton smiles and bangs fists with her.)

BROOKE: (Frowning) I hope it wasn’t money. (Peyton looks shocked and they both laugh.)

FADE OUT:

COMMERCIAL SET:

[INT. CHARLESTON - AUTO SCHOOL - EVENING]

(Keith walks into his new job and sees the whiteboard bearing the words ‘Welcome!

Mr. Scott’. He looks around at the work benches and equipment and a car with a

broken windshield.)

KEITH: (v.o) This hasn’t been going on OK, it just, it just happened.

FLASHBACK TO:

[EXT. BEACH HOUSE - EVENING]

DAN: Listen to me you son of a bitch! Those are the last words you’re ever gonna

speak to me. You are no longer my brother. You understand that?! You do not exist

to me. (He smashes his car window with his fist.)

END OF FLASHBACK:

FADE IN:

[INT. CHARLESTON - AUTO SCHOOL - EVENING]

LUCAS: (o.s) Hey Keith? (Keith looks at him, startled.) I thought I might find you here.

KEITH: (look about him as if he doesn’t know where he is.) Yeah I was just, uh,

standing here, listening to that voice in my head.

LUCAS: And what’s it saying?

KEITH: It’s saying if we leave this place today, we may never come back.

LUCAS: (nodding) And what’s the voice in your heart say?

KEITH: Luke, you know that’s not fair. I mean, you know Dan’s a-he-he’s a bad guy.

You said it yourself; you hope that he would die.

LUCAS: I said that for you. I know how bad you want this.

KEITH: Yeah, yeah I do want this, don’t you?

LUCAS: Yeah, I do but it jus-

KEITH: But what?! Why should we have to give it up?! I mean he was never a father

to you, he-he leaves your mom when she’s pregnant, he rides Nathan until he cracks

under the strain. Whitey, Deb, every single life that he touches is worse because

of it. And now we’re just supposed to, you know, give it all up in his hour of need.

(sighs) I’m sorry Luke but just give me one single reason…why I should go back.

LUCAS: (smiles as he realises why he’s going back.) Because he’s your brother.

(Keith sighs, looking down. He knows Lucas is right.)

FADE IN:

[INT. HALEY’S HOUSE - HALEY’S BEDROOM - EVENING]

(Haley is packing up all of her CD’s and knick-knacks. She carries her things and

stops at the door, looking around at her empty, old room. She turns the light off

and walks out.)

FADE IN:

[INT. TREE HILL HOSPITAL - RECEPTION - EVENING]

(Karen walks up to the patient informant.)

KAREN: Excuse me. Uh, could you tell me what room Dan Scott is in?

PATIENT INFORMANT: I’m sorry, he’s in intensive care. Only immediate family allowed.

KAREN: (pause) He’s the uh, father of my son.

FADE IN:

[INT. TREE HILL HOSPTIAL - WHITEY’S ROOM - EVENING]

(A doctor is talking to Whitey.)

DOCTOR: The tumour is pressing on your brain and affecting your vision. So…in the

morning, we wanna go in and remove it. But there are risks involved.

FADE IN:

[INT. NATHAN’S APARTMENT - LIVING ROOM - EVENING]

(Nathan walks into his apartment and finds a tearful Haley.)

NATHAN: (concerned) Haley. What’s wrong?

HALEY: (crying) Um…I was just alphabetising our CD’s (Takes CD’s off the table)

and um…we don’t have any doubles. Not one.

NATHAN: (He sees that she had taken off her wedding ring and put it onto a CD case.)

So what?

HALEY: So, ‘Natalie Merchant’ after ‘NOZ’ and ‘Wilco’ before the ‘Wu-Tang Clan’?

NATHAN: (shrugs) So you listen to crummy music. I can live with that.

HALEY: (sadly) We made a mistake Nathan.

NATHAN: Haley-

HALEY: No. I’m-I’m not ready for this. I just, I just really wanna go home to my

room (Starts dumping CD’s in boxes.) You know, I’m not a wife; I’m not even a senior!

NATHAN: Haley. Haley, listen this is not a mistake.

HALEY: (crying) How can you be sure because there is nobody that thinks this thing

can work.

NATHAN: I do. (He picks up her wedding ring.) I promise you Haley. I will always

be there for you, I will always protect you. OK? (Haley nods slightly.) I will

always protect you. Always. (He puts the ring back onto her finger.

FLASHBACK TO:

[EXT. TREE HILL BEACH - MORNING]

(Haley and Nathan are standing on a beach with a priest and Haley’s parents.

Nathan slips a ring onto Haley’s finger.)

NATHAN: Someday, this beach might wash away…the oceans may dry…the sun could dim

but on that day, I’ll still be loving you. Always and forever. I promise you Haley.

(Haley smiles.)

PRIEST: (o.s) And now, Haley, please repeat after me; I Haley, take you Nathan.

HALEY: (Smiles at her parents.) I Haley, take you Nathan.

PRIEST: To have and to hold, from this day forward.

(We cut back to present day but still hear Haley’s voiceover as she gives her vows.)

[INT. KAREN’S CAFÉ - DAY]

(Karen is about to speak into the phone but turns as the café door opens. She sees

Lucas and smiles.)

HALEY: (v.o) To have and to hold, from this day forward.

(Karen hugs her son happily.)

FADE IN:

[INT. TREE HILL HOSPITAL - WHITEY’S ROOM - EVENING]

(Whitey looking sad and alone.)

HALEY: (v.o) In sickness and in health.

FADE IN:

[INT. SCOTT RESIDENCE - KITCHEN - EVENING]

(Deb is looking at her divorce papers.)

HALEY: (v.o) For richer or poorer.

(Deb flips to the back page and sees Dan’s unfinished signature.)

HALEY: (v.o) For better or worse.

FADE IN:

{INT. TREE HILL BEACH - EVENING]

(Brooke and Peyton are chasing each other playfully, on the beach, around their bonfire.)

HALEY: (v.o) I promise, that I will love and cherish you-

(The letter is still burning in the bonfire. The camera pans and we see Lucas’

legs, then his face. Brooke and Peyton see him and stop dead.)

HALEY: (v.o) And will deny all those that would come between us.

(Brooke and Peyton look at each other and then back to Lucas, not knowing what to

say to him.)

FADE IN:

[INT. TREE HILL HOSPITAL - DAN’S ROOM - EVENING]

(Keith walks into Dan’s hospital room and touches Deb on the shoulder.)

HALEY: (v.o) I make this promise for eternity.

(Deb stands and hugs Keith. He’s shocked but hugs her back.)

HALEY: (v.o) I promise that I will keep forever…

(Pan across to show Dan regain consciousness and open his eyes.)

HALEY: (v.o) Until the end of time.

(He sees Deb hugging Keith.)

HALEY: (v.o) Till death do us part.