Oh shit, it's the anniversary of Peyton's mama's death and it's so so sad. Peyton spends the whole episode running through red lights because that's how her beloved mother died. "She ran one red light," Peyton tells Lucas. "I run them all the time and nothing ever happens." It's so heartbreaking.
When I watched this episode the first time, I thought Peyton was so stupid. I thought she was moody and entitled and overdramatic, but upon rewatching I realized that her actions (while dangerous) are totally justifiable. She's hurting, and she has absolutely no one. She just broke up with her boyfriend, her dad is away on business, and her best friend doesn't even realize what day it is (more on that later).
The main plot of this episode is the father-son charity basketball game. Keith is very much Lucas's surrogate father, so it only makes sense that he would step in for him. Dan makes some asshole comments and plans to do way better in the game than Nathan because he's the worst. Dan being the worst all the time makes Lucas begin to think about changing his last name from 'Scott' to 'Roe' to honor his mama. Again, I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW HE HASN'T THOUGHT OF THIS UNTIL NOW, but once again, this is television.
Brooke and Peyton get into a fight, and by that I mean Peyton yells at Brooke for being an insensitive horrible best friend by not realizing that it's the anniversary of her mother's death and treating her like shit. I wish they would address Brooke not grasping this later in the episode, but they don'. Later in the series, Peyton reminds Brooke that she sat and cried with her the day that her mom died, so like ??? How did you forget, Brooke? I give continuity a pass because Brooke is pretty self-absorbed early on in the show.
Whitey and Peyton have a really cute heart-to-heart as Peyton visits her mother's grave. He tells her all about his wife, Camilla, and how she passed away around the same time as Peyton's mother. He also says that Peyton has her mother's eyes, which is odd considering the fact that she's adopted, but I'm gonna let it slide because it's a sweet moment and maybe they had similar eyes? I don't know, its fine. I love that Whitey gets to have a story that's not all about basketball for once, and I love that he is there for Peyton when others aren't.
Peyton keeps running the damn lights until another car almost hits her, and she pulls over and starts sobbing. She's learned her lesson, I think?
Nathan and Haley have a tutoring session where Nathan talks about his breakup with Peyton. Haley corrects his grammar, which is fantastic. Later on, Haley asks Lucas to respect and support her in tutoring his estranged brother and that she is just tutoring him! Okay, sure, Hales. Before the game, Nathan and Haley share a hug after he does well on a paper, and Lucas watches from afar looking angry. He then confronts Haley AGAIN and she's like "Still just tutoring!" and then he points out her bracelet. She has no comeback. She likes the bracelet.
The father-son game is a shit show. Dan is a show-off and plays like an asshole. He knocks Nathan down, and Lucas picks him up, which is SUCH A GREAT MOMENT. Dan Scott versus his offspring. It's the start of something beautiful.
Lucas decides not the change his name, because he loves Keith and Keith is also a Scott. I respect his decision here completely. Good on you, Luke.
Favorite Line: "My mom ran one red light. I run them all the time, and nothing happens." Peyton :(
Moment that made me scared: When Lucas gets in the car with Peyton while she's running the lights. He's not wearing a seatbelt, she's purposely running red lights. It's a stressful time.
MVP of the ep: Keith Scott. You a real one.