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'One Tree Hill' nostalgia recap: We're all afraid of something

Season 1 | Episode 2 | “The Places You Have Come to Fear” | Aired Sep 30, 2003

Welcome back, Ravens fans! This week, things heat up in Tree Hill as Lucas gears up for his first basketball game as a Raven. But before we jump into that, let’s take note of the presence of two of my favorite Tree Hill residents. Though absent from the pilot, Brooke Davis (Sophia Bush) appears in episode two of One Tree Hill as a series regular. For those familiar with the show, it is nearly unfathomable that Davis was not a part of the series from the moment it was conceived. All we know about Brooke is that she’s Petyon’s best friend, she’s also a cheerleader, and she likes Lucas’ ass.

Jake Jaglieski (Bryan Greenberg) also makes an impression in week two, though we did briefly meet him in the pilot as one of the Ravens who was not involved in the bus-theft incident. He is one of the good guys: a rare member of the basketball team willing to stand up to Nathan and reach out to Lucas. He is also worth mentioning because Greenberg is the dreamiest, and I was always sad that this character wasn’t a bigger part of the show.

Getting back to life in Tree Hill: After humiliating Nathan in their one-on-one matchup, Lucas is officially a member of the Ravens varsity team. He shows up to the gym on game night and he is nervous. The intensity of the situation hits him harder than expected. The father who abandoned him, the brother who got all the things that should have been his, the fact that his mother didn’t even bother to show up to watch him play—it all proves to be too much. Lucas chokes. He plays a terrible game, appearing to have lost all the talent he possesses overnight.

Nathan is visibly elated by Lucas’ poor performance—he’s a real team player, that Nathan Scott. He’s so thrilled by his illegitimate brother’s humiliation that he can’t even hook up with his girlfriend without laughing hysterically. Peyton is understandably turned off and exits Nathan’s car. She runs into Lucas, who offers her a ride home. Throughout the episode it becomes clear that the things that Peyton pretends are important to her are not. Her real love is art, and her real dream is to create something that matters to someone.

Lucas finds some of Peyton’s sketches in the backseat of her car (the car he is working on at Keith’s shop after towing it for her last week). She shows up in time to catch him looking through them and berate him for invading her privacy. He tries to convince her that they’re good, but to no avail. Lucas later sees her outside Thud magazine contemplating bringing in her sketches. He also sees her decide against it and toss the sketches in the trash. (Thud magazine is located directly across the street from Karen’s cafe. It’s a small town.) Lucas immediately retrieves the sketches from the trash and tries to return them to Peyton. She doesn’t want them. They don’t matter to anyone anyway, right?

Meanwhile, Nathan continues to be an awful human being as he torments Lucas. There is room to feel some sympathy for Nathan as we gain more insight into how horrible his father is. Nothing Nathan does is ever good enough for Dan. No matter how well he plays, no matter how much he achieves, his father always wants and expects more. Nathan compensates by putting Lucas down to make himself feel good enough. It’s still pretty hard to like him, but at least we get where he’s coming from.

As Lucas deals with his fears, Karen has to face hers as well. She missed her son’s debut on the basketball team because she’s so terrified of stepping foot in the gym where Dan told her he was going to college instead of staying in Tree Hill with her. She instantly regrets this choice, and vows to be more supportive of Lucas.

Lucas isn’t sure he wants to stay on the basketball team. It’s causing drama in his life—including a fist fight he initiated in class after Nathan used the word “bastard” to describe him—and he just wants things to go back to normal. Ultimately, it is one of Peyton’s drawings that helps him find the courage to return to the court, but not before removing the name ‘Scott’ from the back of his jersey. As he jogs out to take his spot in the lineup, he turns his back on the man who fathered him, allowing him to see that he’d rather have no name than the one that links them. Lucas then looks at Peyton and says the most important words anyone has ever said to her: Your art does matter; it’s what got me here.

Damn, Lucas.

Weekly Beverly Hills, 90210 comparison:

There’s definitely a Brandon/Andrea vibe happening between Lucas and Haley. Is their relationship strictly platonic, or are there feelings hiding in there somewhere?

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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