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Lindsey Strauss was an editor who worked and fell in love with Lucas Scott.

While she did try to impress Lucas' family and friends and quickly befriended Haley and Brooke, she clashed with Lucas' ex-girlfriend Peyton because she was jealous of what Lucas and Peyton had together and offended by Peyton's rude behavior towards her. Lindsey and Lucas eventually became engaged but Lindsey realized he would never stop loving Peyton, so she left him at the altar. Lucas tried to persuade her to come back to him, but in the end, Lindsey returned to New York and Lucas admitted his feelings for Peyton and proposed to her. Lucas later visited her when his second novel was released and the two parted on good terms, despite Lindsey's initial annoyance that he and Peyton were engaged.


Before the Series[]

Lindsey attended an Ivy League school. She then followed her father into publishing, as he owned a publishing company. She joined it, although she felt as though she had to prove herself, more so than others. Haley got close to Lindsey as she was unsure about her, though she was rooting for Lucas to be with Peyton or Brooke. And ever since that day they were friends. Ever since Lindsey was young, she was claustrophobic. Her father died of cancer but not before being unable to walk, talk or even recognize her. She had to turn off his ventilator and stated that she could always hear the last breath he took.

Some time after they began working together, Lindsey and Lucas began a relationship. Once she made it as an editor, she got a lucky bamboo which she saw as a symbol that she had made her dream. When Brooke opened Clothes Over Bros in Tree Hill and Peyton opened Red Bedroom Records, she gave both of them a lucky bamboo as a gift. The first time Lindsey met Haley was at a cafe, as Haley wanted to interrogate her, asking her to bring her driver's license.

Season 5[]


Lindsey announces her and Lucas' engagement to Peyton.

Although Lucas lived in Tree Hill while Lindsey still lived and worked in New York, she travelled down to visit him regularly, while also working on editing his second novel. When Lucas' ex-girlfriends Peyton Sawyer and Brooke Davis returned to Tree Hill, Lindsey became insecure in their relationship, though she started a friendship with Brooke. However, due to Peyton's everlasting love for Lucas the two girls were bitter and rude to each other, although Lindsey always had admired the "Peyton from the book". After fighting with Lucas over Peyton, Lucas was forced to propose to her, she accepted and the two began to plan their wedding with Haley as the made of honour and Brooke designing Lindsey's wedding dress. After Haley and Nathan separated, both Lindsey and Lucas aimed to reconcile the couple by hosting a joint wedding shower.


Lindsey leaves Lucas at the altar.

Peyton and Lindsey had a huge fight when they were locked in Tree Hill High's library with Brooke, Haley, Tim and Mia. Peyton told Lindsey not to laugh at Tim, and Lindsey replied by singing a song with the lyrics "Her name's Peyton, fake blond Peyton, she doesn't have a boyfriend cause she's a bitch”. Peyton was offended and retaliated with the song lyrics "Her name's Lindsey, man face Lindsey, but her fiancé proposed to me first with the very same ring”. Lindsey did not believe Peyton as Lucas never told her this particular. Peyton went on insulting Lindsey, yelling at her that "Daddy gave the little rich girl everything she ever wanted”. Lindsey then told Peyton about her father's death, saying that she had to turn off the ventilator because he was so sick he couldn't move or recognize her and that her mother was destroyed. Lindsey run away from the group. The heartbreaking confession drove Brooke to tears and made Peyton feel horrible. She sought Lindsey out and apologized to her, thus deciding to stay away from her and Lucas to not cause other problems.

During the wedding, Lindsey finally linked The Comet to Peyton and realized she couldn't marry Lucas because of his clear everlasting love for Peyton, shocking him. Peyton came to Lindsey's office to try to reconcile, but Lindsey told her that since she hadn't read the book, she obviously didn't know of Lucas' apparent love for her, giving her a copy to make her read it and understand. Later on, Lindsey told Lucas that she was with someone else. Lucas became enraged and took out his frustrations on his basketball game. Lindsey then returned to Lucas' home to retrieve the rest of her stuff and gave back Lucas' ring before leaving.

Season 6[]

When Lucas had to go to New York to meet with Lindsey about his book tour, he told her that he was going to marry Peyton. She asked him why he couldn't tell her this over the phone and was annoyed. However, they eventually left on good terms.



Lindsey was raised in a loving family by her two parents. She held a very strong relationship with her father and aimed to follow his footsteps career-wise. When Lindsey started dating Lucas Scott, he and her father got on well together, although not long after starting her relationship her father became sick and painfully died of cancer, leaving Lindsey devastated.

Romantic Life[]

After starting to edit his first novel and over one year after his break-up with Peyton, Lucas and Lindsey began a romantic relationship and would split their time between Tree Hill and New York. Lucas helped Lindsey through her father's death from cancer during their relationship. The first strains for the two began when Peyton returned to town and the couple would fight due to her obvious still existent feelings for Lucas and the fact that he clearly hadn't moved on from her too. Despite this, the two became engaged, but on the wedding day Lindsey couldn't go through with it, realizing Lucas deep down was still and would always be in love with Peyton and left him at the altar. Lucas constantly called and e-mailed Lindsey trying to repair their relationship, so she had to tell him she was dating someone else to persuade him to stop. This led him to become depressed for a while but had the desired effect: Lucas finally gave serious thought to how he truly felt and finally cleared his mind about Peyton, realizing Lindsey was right all along and he was still in love with her, prompting him to get back together with her. When they met again some time later, he told Lindsey about his engagement to Peyton: she was hurt but not really surprised because, at the end of the day, she knew all along it was meant to end this way, so she and Lucas eventually agreed not to let it affect their professional relationship.


Lindsey began her career as a junior book editor in her father's publishing company. The very first book she edited was Lucas' An Unkindness of Ravens, but she struggled with the image of being the boss's daughter. However, she grew to overcome it when she proved she was good at her job and deserved it.


  • She has the same initials as Lucas Scott, her former fiancé, with both of these characters having the initials 'LES', with this being Lucas Eugene Scott in Lucas' case & Lindsey Evelyn Strauss in Lindsey's case (Lindsey's middle name was revealed to have the same initial as Lucas' middle name during the pairs wedding vows in the episode Hundred).
  • She had the same ring Lucas used to propose for Peyton.