DON'T SAY I NEVER GAVE YOU ANYTHING, readers! Guess what? We're at the very beginning of the best television relationship ever (that's a really high praise that I'm sure I'll take back later, but c'mon, it's Naley you guys!). But not so fast, because a lot of shit goes down before Nathan gives Tutor Girl that bracelet from inside the cereal box.
Lucas redeems himself in his second ever basketball game, with support from his mama and Uncle Keith. He scores the winning basket, and it's so exciting, Brooke Davis strips in his car! Seriously though, how old are these kids? How did Brooke get into his car? I'll give her the benefit of knowing that it's his because it has a whole bunch of stickers that say "Keith Scott Body Shop", but still. Why did she think this was a good idea? Has Brooke seriously never tried to get with Lucas before? Chad Michael Murray is quite the looker, and Tree Hill seems relatively small. Am I supposed to believe that because he's some abandoned child who didn't play basketball his first 2 years of high school that he is something you'd be horrified to be seen with? I ain't buying it, B. Davis.
Meanwhile, Karen is stopped by Tim's step-mom, Sherry, who is a bitch. She invites Karen to join the Booster Club since her son is now on the team and gives her the wrong time so that she looks dumb when she walks in. Sherry seems really judgy for someone who married the father of Tim. This plot is a little boring, but gives Karen the chance to stand up for herself. Also, at the end, Karen donates her cheerleading uniform to be burned at the Burning Boat thing, because she's moving on.
Peyton is pissed at Lucas because he submitted her artwork to Thud Magazine without her permission. They want her to do a comic strip and she clearly wants to, but I still believe she has every right to be mad at Lucas. He should've asked her first. Also, they aren't even friends. Also, she's sleeping with his brother despite having a crush on him. Also, he pulls her best friend's bra out of his locker. So...
Nathan and the rest of the team start hazing Lucas. They take his clothes while he is showering to bless our TV screen with Chad Michael Murray wearing nothing but a basketball. Interesting writing, but it's fine. Nathan notices Lucas talking to Haley and decides his best bet to make him miserable is to make it look like she likes him. He asks her for tutoring, since you know, she's a tutor but she shuts that the hell down. Go Hales!
As the hazing gets worse (they kidnap him, like for real), Haley approaches Nathan and says that she will only help him if he leaves Lucas alone. He agrees. Jokes on you, Nathan Scott! You're about to fall in love.
I'm so happy that Haley finally gets a story here, and that it turns out to be a really interesting one. The first 2 episodes are dominated by Lucas and Peyton and the Lucas v.s. Nathan dynamic that Haley doesn't get a chance to really be a main character. This storyline is one that lasts the entire series and makes me so happy every time I watch it.
Peyton gets her comic published, after having to rework it a little because the magazine tells her she's too moody, or something along those lines. She stays true to herself while still making an awesome comic.
Haley and Nathan have their first tutoring session on the pier (not the tutoring center!) and he sweet talks her although she resists. He pulls out a bracelet ("Please let it be a cheat sheet!") and gives it to her. She rolls her eyes, but later that night when she arrives at the Burning Boat Ceremony with Lucas, she's still wearing it. Hmmm...
Favorite Line: Are you kidding me? "Don't say I never gave you anything," Nathan to Haley as he gives her the cheapest bracelet ever made.
Most Obnoxious Character: Sherry Smith, Tim's bitchy ass stepmom.
Random Observation: Jake Jagalski is beautiful and kind. Also, that hazing got pretty intense. Proud of my boy Jake for not participating.
Next time: There's a party! And Deb Scott is here! (She's not at the party, she's just back in Tree Hill).