Simply the Best

Posted by: Julie on October 26th, 2009

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Our top ten One Tree Hill episodes, as chosen by Julie, Meaghan, and Morgan for being well-rounded, awesome episodes. In chronological order!

1.17 - Spirit in the Night
1.17 – Spirit in the Night
Written by Terrence Coli and directed by Duane Clark.

The gang hits the road to Charlotte where Brooke is determined to win first place at the annual cheerleading competition, but when one of her squad falls ill, Peyton begs Haley to step into the cheerleader’s shoes for a day. Meanwhile, after Whitey assigns Lucas and Nathan to the same room, tempers flare and Haley is caught in the middle.

2.08 - Truth, Bitter Truth
2.08 – Truth, Bitter Truth
Written by Stacy Rukeyser and directed by Billy Dickson.

Brooke, Peyton, Haley and Anna have a slumber party at Haley’s apartment where secrets and lies are revealed. Meanwhile, when Lucas and Nathan go on a road trip to a Bobcats game, Nathan reveals he is being tested for the genetic defect that caused Dan’s heart attack and suggests Lucas do the same. After an awkward encounter with Keith and Jules, Karen and Andy share an intimate night together.

3.09 - How a Resurrection Really Feels
3.09 – How a Resurrection Really Feels
Written by Mark Schwahn and directed by Greg Prange.

Lucas reveals that he knows who tried to kill Dan. Brooke, Peyton and Haley find themselves behind bars. Chris Keller convinces Nathan to be his wingman at a high-stakes poker game. The residents of Tree Hill finally choose a mayor.

3.13 - The Wind That Blew My Heart Awaky
3.13 – The Wind That Blew My Heart Away
Written by Stacy Rukeyser and directed by David Jackson.

A violent rainstorm knocks out the power in Tree Hill, leading Haley to Nathan’s doorstep and Brooke out into the downpour for a dramatic confrontation with Lucas. Peyton finally confronts the truth about Ellie’s illness, while Mouth is tempted by his new friend, Rachel. Before morning, secrets are revealed, relationships are tested, and new love gets hotter than ever.

3.16 - With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept
3.16 – With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept
Written by Mark Schwahn and directed by Greg Prange.

A normal day becomes deadly when a despondent student brings a gun to Tree Hill High. While lives hang in the balance, Nathan and Lucas put themselves at risk to protect their friends and loved ones.

3.20 - Everyday is a Sunday Evening
3.20 – Everyday is a Sunday Evening
Written by Mark Schwahn and directed by Billy Dickson.

It’s the weekend of the Coastal Classic, and with Lucas sidelined, Nathan has to step up on the court against an old rival who shows an interest in Haley. Brooke and Mouth plot revenge against Rachel while Dan goes head to head with Nathan’s Uncle Cooper. Also, Peyton makes a life-altering decision.

4.09 - Some You Give Away
4.09 – Some You Give Away
Written by Mark Schwahn and directed by Greg Prange.

As Whitey’s last game approaches, the residents of Tree Hill feel the pressure of a looming State Championship. Peyton reveals to Lucas that she has feelings for him. Haley learns the sex of her baby. Nathan and Lucas clash over personal and team goals. Karen shows Deb tough love, while Dan tries to strike a bargain with Daunte.

4.17 - It Gets the Worst at Night
4.17 – It Gets the Worst at Night
Written by Mark Schwahn and Jim Lee and directed by Greg Prange.

The teens of Tree Hill mount a rescue mission to retrieve Mouth from his ill-advised road trip with Rachel. While on the trip, Haley and Nathan get a second chance to enjoy the prom, and Lucas and Peyton decide to take their relationship to the next level. Brooke tells Haley that she lied about stealing the calculus exam, and Nathan struggles with the residue of a past mistake.

6.03 - Get Cape.  Wear Cape.  Fly.
6.03 – Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.
Written by Mark Schwahn and directed by Liz Friedlander.

Lucas returns from Las Vegas to face a tragedy, as Nathan and Haley struggle to find a way to help Jamie understand the death of someone close to them.

6.18 - Searching For a Former Clarity
6.18 – Searching For a Former Clarity
Written by Mark Schwahn and directed by Joe Davola.

Lucas and Julian hit a setback with the production of the film. Peyton and Haley help Mia with her new single. Brooke must intervene when Sam is arrested. Jamie discovers the truth about Dan and Uncle Keith. And a dog eats Dan’s heart!

Honorable Mention
1.06 – Every Night is Another Story
2.19 – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning
2.20 – Lifetime Piling Up
3.14 – All Tomorrow’s Parties
3.18 – When it Isn’t Like it Should Be
4.13 – Pictures of You
4.16 – You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love
4.21 – All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone
5.09 – For Tonight You’re Only Here to Know
5.17 – Hate Is Safer Than Love
6.13 – Things a Mama Don’t Know

*This entry is named after a song by Tina Turner. Episode descriptions from cwtv.com.

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