Oh, Brooke Davis. How sad I feel for you and you don't even exist. Even though I totally agree that Peyton and Lucas belong together and are soulmates for sure, rewatching the show has me aching for Brooke. She adores Lucas Scott. She'd do anything for the boy. And yet in the end he just...I really can't get into this right now. I just can't.
Anyway, the Scott family (Deb, Dan, and Nate) are attending family therapy and it is a hot mess. They're all talking over one another (expect Nathan, who looks annoyed beyond belief) and accusing one another of things. Everything's Dan's fault (probably true), everything's Deb's fault (also probably a little true). Therapy gets them nowhere. This should not be shocking to you, fellow rewatchers. Because the Scott family is broken and never getting put back together.
Brooke and Lucas are living their best lives going skinny dipping in strangers' jacuzzi. This is weird, guys. I mean, I guess good for them? But also this is mostly just really weird. If I had a hot tub and two teenagers just got in naked I would be severely alarmed and very pissed off. But I guess the owners' never find out? Also, I don't think the writers want us to think about it as much as I currently am.
Guys, I feel like it's important to point out now that there are like no gifs that exist on the Internet from this specific episode. I have searched far and wide and have continuously come up short. I am exhausted, so the rest of this recap will be gif-less and I apologize for that. There's probably an easier way to find them, but I just don't know how. Okay, moving on now.
Haley and Nathan ditch school to go the Scott's beach house because they can. They cuddle and drink vodka from the bottle on the sand and it's all very high school. Eventually Dan catches them and is PISSED. Then, the iconic Haley James vomits on Dan Scott's pants. Watch this episode for this reason and this reason alone.
Even though Brooke and Lucas aka Brucas are living it up in other people's backyards, Brooke is feeling down because she can't seem to connect with Lucas on his broody level. She asks for help from Peyton, who does relate to his broodiness. Peyton gives her a CD to tell Lucas to listen to and screws it up when she tells him to listen to a song that doesn't exist on the track list. Oh, poor sweet Brooke Davis.
We meet one of three of Peyton's dads in this episode. He comes around so infrequently that they recast him every time he shows up in Tree Hill. Lucas tries to attack him with a rake, which is weird. Then they end up bonding hardcore which also makes Brooke uncomfortable because Luke fits in so well with Peyton and her family. By the end of the episode, Brooke is ready to break it off with Lucas because she isn't Peyton enough for him, but he says that's what he likes most about her, how un-Peyton she is (he doesn't say this). They kiss and make up.
Oh! And Nathan decides to quit basketball in this episode. His family is driving him crazy and he was just caught taking drugs to improve his performance so he is pretty much over it. Whitey is not happy. Lucas feels oddly indifferent. Dan is about to be PISSED.
Favorite line: "I don't want to see you change, I like you and I like the fact that somebody like you sees something in me." Nathan to Haley. My heart.
Favorite moment: Nathan giving Haley a piggy back ride up the pier whilst they're both a little intoxicated.
Most relatable character moment: Brooke thinking she's not enough for Lucas and feeling insecure.
Random Observation: That therapy scene is SO awful. First of all, the room they're in is super empty and uncomfortable. Also, I think it would have been more beneficial had they gone to individual or couples' therapy before doing a family session. It's all very overwhelming and awkward.
And that's about it for "The Living Years". Question for y'all: Are you more Team Brucas or Team Leyton? Tell me in the comments. Also discuss how awful those ship names are.