Season Five of One Tree Hill aired its first episode on January 8, 2008 on the CW network and ended on May 19, 2008 with the season finale. The season includes 18 episodes, the second shortest season to date, due to the impact the writers' strike had on production.


"Hello again! Four and a half years after the searing and surprising events that marked their final days at Tree Hill High, old friends return to their North Carolina hometown. Some of them reached the goals they set as teens: Lucas published his novel, Brooke rocked the fashion world as an acclaimed couturier and Haley became the teacher she always yearned to be. Some didn't: Peyton crashed and burned in L.A., and Nathan saw his promise of pro hoops glory evaporate in a single, violent moment. But once they're back home, everyone discovers much is still the same: love, friendship, challenges, triumphs, laughter, tears... and dreams. As Lucas says, it's just the beginning."
- Season Five DVD Blurb


The season chronicles the first year of the group's lives after returning to Tree Hill. Some of the key plot points are:

  • Lucas and Lindsey's relationship becoming strained because of Peyton's return to Tree Hill
  • Brooke dealing with Victoria's influence over her company
  • Haley and Nathan trying to parent Jamie while their marriage becomes tense
  • Mouth struggling to find his way into a career
  • Dan being paroled and trying to make amends with his family


Principal Cast


# Image Title
01 501fouryearslater 4 Years, 6 Months, 2 Days
Four years after the season four finale, Tree Hill is a new place. Lucas is a struggling writer who is about to embark on a new coaching career with Skills. Peyton is at the beginning of a budding music venture, while Brooke's fashion line is at a crossroads. Meanwhile, Nathan and Haley are young parents trying to find their way. Much has changed in four years, but in many ways, the journey is just beginning.
02 502jamieraces Racing Like a Pro
Tensions run high as Lucas must face his past and choose his future, while he discovers the demands of being the coach of the Tree Hill Ravens. Haley's decision to hire a nanny brings much-needed help into their home, while her first day of teaching turns out differently from what she expects. Jamie sets his sights on a Soap Box derby race and enlists Skills to help him out. Meanwhile, Mouth's excitement about his new job is tempered by his demanding new boss.
03 503bookelucas My Way Home Is Through You
Lucas' editor wonders about the timing of his recent creative inspiration. Brooke and Peyton make business plans, while Mouth tries to win points with his boss Alice. Lucas and Skills finally make some headway with the Ravens, while Nathan tries to wrestle free from Dan's legacy.
04 504brookepeytonluke It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
As Brooke makes plans for Clothes Over Bros, Peyton has her hands full when the musician she just signed turns out to be problematic. Haley's interest in music leads her back to the recording studio and Nathan's efforts to corral defiant player Quentin are unsuccessful. Meanwhile, Mouth's relationship with his boss grows heated.
05 505lukepeyton I Forgot to Remember to Forget
In an episode set three years in the past, Lucas visits Peyton in Los Angeles with an offer that will change their relationship forever and, under pressure from Victoria, Brooke must make a difficult decision about the future of her clothing line. Whitey is concerned when Nathan's temper flares on the night of the college basketball championship and Haley struggles to balance the pressures of school and being a new mom.
06 506haleyseescarrienathanpool Don't Dream It's Over
Lucas confronts Peyton about her harsh treatment of Lindsey. Brooke intervenes when Victoria meddles with Peyton's record label. Nathan grows closer to Jamie's live-in nanny, Carrie, while Haley is challenged by her difficult student Quentin.
07 507lucaspeyton In Da Club
It's a Tree Hill reunion as the entire gang gathers at Tric to see The Honorary Title perform. While Peyton and Haley see this as an opportunity to introduce their musical act Mia, Carrie sees it as a chance to get closer to Nathan. Brooke forces an unsuspecting Mouth to go on a blind date with Millicent. Lindsey confronts Lucas about sneaking off to see Peyton.
08 508 Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
Peyton admits her true feelings to Lucas. Brookemakes a play for Owen and Mouthtries to convince Millicent he's a better man than she thinks he is. Haley wrestles with whether or not to reveal information that could ruin Lucas' relationship, and Nathan is put in a position that could spell the end of his marriage. Lucas and Skills face the coaching prospect of playing their season opener at a disadvantage.
09 509peytonlindsey For Tonight You're Only Here to Know
At the first Raven's basketball game of the season, Haley, Brooke, Peyton, Lindsey and Mia find themselves locked in the Tree Hill High library. Tensions run high as Peyton and Lindsey face off over Lucas. Brooke tries to stand up for her mother when her friends go on the attack. Haley plays mentor to Mia, who is experiencing the elation and disappointment of fame. Meanwhile, Mouth, who is covering the game as his first official TV reporting assignment, struggles to find a story. Finally, Lucas and Nathan grapple with the decision to tell their loved ones about various indiscretions.
10 510brookerachel Running To A Stand Still
When Brooke takes Owen to New York for a glimpse of her other life, she's faced with a ghost from her past. Haley reels from a devastating blow to her marriage, while Nathan and Lucas muster their courage to attend Dan's parole hearing. A major record label takes an interest in Peyton's recording artist Mia.
11 511haley You're Gonna Need Someone on Your Side
On the eve of Lucas and Lindsey's marriage, they conspire to save Nathan and Haley's. Brooke pairs Peyton with a surprise old boyfriend, while dealing with Victoria. Rachel returns to Tree Hill facing old challenges, while Dan also returns hoping for a fresh start.
12 512wedding Hundred
On the very special 100th episode of "One Tree Hill," it's Lucas and Lindsey's wedding day and Peyton must choose whether to intervene or lose her true love forever. Nathan uses the occasion to attempt a reconciliation with Haley, and the recently paroled Dan shows up for the family reunion.
13 513haleynathan Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace
Lucas picks up the pieces after being left at the altar by Lindsey, while Nathan and Haley deal with the repercussions of Jamie's abduction. Brooke is haunted by her past as she considers adopting, while Peyton gets a visit from an old friend.
14 514brookeangie What Do You Go Home To?
Lucas and Peyton discuss Lucas' aborted wedding, while Brooke gets a phone call that could change her life, and Millicent and Mouth take a new step in their relationship. Haley takes the first tentative steps towards a new career, and Nathan contemplates what it would take to get his game back.
15 515party Life Is Short
Lindsey returns to Tree Hill for Jamie's fifth birthday party, giving Lucas hope for their relationship. Brooke and Peyton prepare for life with a new baby. Meanwhile, Dan tries to insinuate himself back into the lives of his family, ultimately divulging a grave secret to Nathan and Haley.
16 516dannathan Cryin' Won't Help You Now
Lucas investigates Dan's heart condition while Haley struggles with letting Dan into Jamie's life. Nathan urges Quentin to reinvent his game and Brooke juggles her career with life as a new mother. Peyton tries to assuage her guilt over Lucas' breakup, and Mouth gets a shot to be sports anchor.
17 517peytonlucas Hate Is Safer Than Love
Lucas is crushed by devastating news, while Brooke's baby undergoes emergency surgery. Haley wrestles with her decision to record a new album. Skills and Nathan employ a risky game plan to salvage the Raven's season and Lucas stuns Peyton with a shocking truth.
18 518lucas What Comes After the Blues?
Brooke deals with giving up her baby, while Lucas deals with the residue of his actions following his game night scuffle. Haley has a musical breakthrough and Peyton gets news about a ghost from her past. Nathan and Jamie face their fears together.


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