So. Many. To. Choose. From.
One Tree Hill is one of the cheesiest shows to ever be created. This is just a fact.
And let’s be real: that’s why we watched it.
Because I’d like to reminisce and prove to my dad that rewatching this show over and over again was good for something (take THAT, Dad!), I’ve decided to compile the all-time cheesiest moments from the show that we all still loved anyway.
First up: when Jake said goodbye to Peyton and left her with this line:
When Nathan collapsed on the basketball court after taking drugs and then showed up at Haley’s house to tell her he needed her.
When Brooke realized Lucas was telling her the same romantic things he’d told Peyton the year prior, so she ran out in the rain, and Lucas followed her to tell her why he loved her.
When Lucas refused to tell Whitey he had a heart condition so he could keep playing basketball and Haley yelled at him for risking his life, and this is how he responded:
When Nathan and Haley were driving to the airport after their second wedding, and Nathan said this:
When Lucas realized he loved Peyton and told her as confetti fell.
When Clay and Quinn got shot and were stuck in some weird dream world, and Quinn was forced to say goodbye to Clay as it was her time to wake up from her coma.
When Lucas randomly did a magic trick for Karen after his baby was born.
When Lucas came up to Brooke at her beach party and told her he was the guy for her.
And when, a few episodes later, she brought it up:
When Brooke told Lucas she’d spent her entire summer writing letters to him.
When Keith talked about the beauty of sports in the pilot.
When Nathan got kidnapped and gave this speech that randomly connected to Fortitude, his new agency with Clay.
When Dan was dying and hallucinated telling Nathan why he killed Keith before playing basketball with him.
And then Dan died and got brought to heaven (presumably) by HIS BROTHER, WHO HE MURDERED.
When Haley wanted to pay off Renée to save Nathan’s basketball career, but Nathan said it was okay if he lost it:
When Lucas submitted Peyton’s art to a local magazine behind her back, and then said it was what had inspired him to keep playing basketball.
When Nathan inexplicably dove into the pool after months of alcoholism and depression:
When Rachel asked Lucas how he knew Brooke was the “one,” and he quoted Blaise Pascal:
When Dan asked Julian why he’d risk his life for Nathan and he gave this whole long speech about doing the right thing:
When Nathan and Haley’s wedding location was plowed over and Nathan gave Haley flowers he’d found left behind there as a metaphor for their struggling love:
When Brooke called Peyton a warrior:
When Peyton decided to let Lucas go so he could be happy with Lindsay:
When Peyton told Lucas she dreamed every night that she said yes to his proposal instead of no.
When Nathan told Peyton she was right that “people always leave,” so she made him this drawing:
When Nathan showed Haley that he’d saved all the newspaper clippings from her tour, but then they got ruined in the rain.
When Season 6 ended with the message that dreams come true, after Lucas and Peyton had their baby, Nathan got into the NBA, and Brooke reunited with Julian:
And finally, when the series finale ended with this message:
*Sigh* Man, I miss this show.
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