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"Things I Forgot at Birth" is the second episode of the fourth season of One Tree Hill and the 69th produced episode of the series. It was broadcasted on October 4, 2006. As Nathan, Rachel and Cooper's lives remain precarious following the car accident, Brooke celebrates her 18th birthday but finds it diminished by her struggles with Peyton. Lucas and Karen come to terms with her pregnancy and with the pregnancy of someone close to Lucas, while Deb's past addictions intersect with Haley in an explosive manner.


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Brooke looks through her birthday photo album

Nathan remembers being underwater, he swims through the limo and remembers as Cooper grabs his hand and says to him 'we're both dead.' He wakes up on the bridge shocked at where he is. Lucas is telling Peyton how him and Brooke broke up, and as she is about to tell him she has feelings for him, the lights switch off. She tells him it normally happens once in a while and it freaks her out. Lucas assures her it is ok as he is there and takes her hand, sharing an intimate moment together as he tells her you can’t choose who you love. As the lights switch back on, Peyton unsuccessfully tries to talk Lucas out of it, as Peyton realizes it is midnight, Brooke's birthday, telling Lucas, who is very embarassed because he didn’t even even remembered. Brooke meanwhile, unpacks all her stuff and looks through an old photo book thinking of the mess she's made. Nathan gets home and lies to say he has been with Cooper all night. Haley tells him she remembers Rachel grabbing the wheel and if Cooper dies, it is her fault. Nathan asks if she saw anyone else in the water, but Haley is confused by that comment but the phone interrupts them as Cooper wakes up. In the hospital, Rachel and the detective go in to ask questions. He remembers Rachel grabbing the wheel as they argue, just as the limo swerves out of control and they crash off the bridge after seeing Haley and Nathan. He tells the detective that it was his fault as he was going too fast, and then as he leaves he asks Rachel how the baby is, not her. Rachel confesses she is not pregnant and Cooper kicks her out. Dan receives a package and the man asks him to sign for it and addresses him as ‘Mr Mayor,’ but Dan mishears it as ‘Mr Murderer.’ At the river court, Skills and Lucas are talking about how he is going to get Brooke back, just as Peyton arrives and asks him who he wants next to him when all his dreams will come true and Lucas, totally unprepared for such a question, says some random names and then, at Peyton’s insistence, he replies Brooke despite not having thought too much about the answer: if this is what he really wants, Peyton suggests a way to try to win her back.

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Peyton, Skills and Lucas plan for Lucas to get Brooke back

Peyton, Lucas and Skills go back to her room and they talk about how she nearly got in touch with her brother. The conversation then moves onto how Lucas will get Brooke back, by doing a ritual that the girls normally do every year. Lucas wonders why she is helping and why Brooke would even go, but Peyton clarifies she is helping him not her and that if she does show, then there is hope for her as well as him. Rachel gets home to find Brooke trying on a pregnancy bump, as she asks what she is doing, Brooke tells her that she is thinking of designing a maternity line for her fashion line Clothes Over Bros as everyone seems to be getting pregnant lately in the celebrity world. As Rachel puts her bag down next to some flowers, Brooke assumes they are for her birthday, but it is from Rachel’s parents saying they are glad she didn’t die. She gives Brooke the flowers as her parents had forgotten her birthday, but Brooke is less than pleased to receive the ‘second hand death flowers.’ In Karen’s cafe, a customer complains about their food being wrong, and the wait to Deb. As she does, Deb insults her size and begins eating the salad, as Haley watches in disgust and shock. Nathan goes to see Cooper who thanks him, but Nathan assures him he never saved anyone and panicked when he couldn’t get anyone out, and then blacked out. He tells him that people think he is the hero when he isn’t, it is Cooper for taking the blame. Cooper tells him he is the hero as he jumped in the river, and even if he doesn’t remember it, he saved them. Peyton calls Derek and speaks this time. As she introduces herself as the daughter of Ellie Harp, he tells her not to call again and hangs up.

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Rachel kisses Nathan as she finds him a lookalike to Cooper

Whitey finds his tire flat just as Lucas drives past and offers him a ride. He drives him to the river court and shows him Skills and tells him the situation, but Whitey is stubborn due to Lucas letting down his car. Brooke goes to see Haley and tells her that Rachel caught her trying on maternity clothes. Haley drags her into the kitchen and tells her out of all the people who know about this pregnancy, Rachel should not be one of the them. Brooke promises her she didn’t suspect anything as Haley thinks it is best them two only know. Brooke wishes she didn’t know, but Haley says it is a bit late for that and asks if Lucas and her ever talked about pregnancy and Brooke said they had and he promised to be there, even though she could tell he was scared. Brooke then asks the same question about her and Nathan, which Haley reminds her of the night he freaked out about her not being on the pill. As Haley goes back to work, Brooke checks it will be ok, as Haley promises it will be, as she walks off, Haley says she hopes. She goes back to the cafe to talk to Deb, as she does, Deb knocks the gun out of her bag and it fires in the cafe. Haley screams and ducks, like the rest of the customers, but Deb smiles and says ‘oops.’ Dan is watching a news report where he hears himself claiming himself a murderer, but as he re-watches, he finds he misheard himself again. Rachel goes to see Cooper and only finds Nathan who tells her he has left Tree Hill. Rachel apologizes to him for her actions and promises to find a way to thank him. She kisses him on the cheek and realizes he has Cooper’s eyes.

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Peyton begins a new podcast about her new found brother, Derek

Peyton begins another podcast and reveals she has a brother and says she understands why he hung up as she is like that. She asks to reconsider if he watches this and asks to talk. Karen is throwing away a crib as she tells Haley how daunting it is to be pregnant, but Haley tells her it will be easier than being pregnant at 17 this time. Karen then asks Haley if Brooke is pregnant, but Haley says she doesn’t know, but needs to talk to her about Deb. As they go in, Dan watches from his car. Karen goes to the cafe and demands Deb gives her the gun, and as they fight for the handbag, they find the pills in her bag. Deb tells her it is a little slip, but Karen tells her it isn’t and asks her to go to rehab if she wants a joint company. Deb tells her to have the cafe and quits, not before picking up all the drugs off the floor and putting them back in her bag. Lucas goes to see Nathan and he asks to know what happened at the bridge. He tells Lucas he swam into the car and got trapped, and someone saved him as he blacked out. He asks Lucas if it was him, but Lucas tells him that people black out during adrenaline rushes and other extreme emotions. Nathan then tells him he saw someone else in the car, Keith.

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Haley promises Nathan they will work through his distress as a couple

Peyton and Lucas are in the car waiting to see if Brooke shows up as they continue to share more and more intimate moments together, talking about Nathan’s revelation and about how much their lives have changed and how highschool is nearly over. The two openly flirt with each other as Lucas tells Peyton how he’s always used to watch her all the time over the years since the beginning of high school and they laugh about it, with him clarifying it’s a compliment. Lucas then tells Peyton it would be her to go inside for her and Brooke’s friendship, which is more important, but Peyton insists for him to go, telling him that this is her birthday present for Brooke as she sends Lucas out saying she’ll wait, wait for him. Haley gets home and tells Nathan about the gun incident at the cafe. Nathan tells her he will talk to his mom later, but he is going to the river court as he is sick of acting like the adult and will let his parents cope on their own for the minute. Dan goes to see Karen and receives the cold shoulder once again. As Karen tells him he will never be the guy to be there for her child, he brings in Lucas’ old crib that she threw out, and surprises Karen. Rachel and Brooke are at a club as Rachel begins defending her and Peyton’s friendship. She says that if Peyton is willing to hide her feelings for Lucas not to hurt her while she instead broke up with him and doesn’t have any for him anymore, then to her that sounds like she is a good friend and also adds that, although she kissed Lucas the day of the shooting, if you think you’re about to die, then you certainly get a free pass. As Rachel finds some boys for them to chat up, Brooke refuses to insisting it is too early for the both of them. At the mall, Lucas is watching all the lights being

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An unhappy Brooke spends her birthday night in a bar drinking out of a Posh Spice mug Peyton gave her

turned off as someone walks up to him: it’s Peyton. She tells him that there is still hope for them as Brooke didn’t know he would be there, but there is no hope for them two. As the two walk away together very happy and hugging after Peyton stole a gift for him, Brooke watches from a distant, hurt with the sight, having yet another proof she was always right about them being in love with each other no matter what.

Back in the car, after spending some more happy time together remembering their favourite birthdays, Peyton offers to drive Lucas to Rachel’s to see if Brooke is there, but Lucas says no and asks to go to the river court. Rachel leaves her one night stand in the middle of the night as Whitey tells Lucas he is putting Skills on the team. Brooke looks through all the different birthdays she has had in her album, all photos of her and Peyton together. Peyton gets home to find a boy on her doorstep, introducing himself as Derek. Rachel brings Brooke a cupcake with a candle as Brooke asks if there is anyone her age she could fall for, which Rachel replies maybe too and looks at a photo of Nathan. Haley joins Nathan at the bridge and asks him to talk to her, but he tells her he is trying to, but he doesn’t understand it enough to tell her. She tells him they will work it out together as she is there for him. Brooke looks at the bottom of her cup, which is from Peyton, as Rachel apologizes for her birthday asking if anything memorable happened, which Brooke says one thing did and on her eighteenth birthday page in her album, she puts a picture of Lucas and Peyton together in. She blows out the candle unhappily on the cupcake.

Memorable Quotes[]

"She broke up with you? Did she say why she broke up with you?"
"She said she loved me, but she just didn't miss me anymore. I don't know, she said it wasn't cause of you"
Lucas Scott tells Peyton Sawyer about him and Brooke Davis breaking up

"Happy birthday Brooke. Welcome to eighteen, you've certainly made a mess of it"
Brooke Davis

"Cooper, when we were arguing, I was so angry, I was hurt. So when I said I was pregnant, I was just...”
”Get out”
Rachel Gatina confesses to Cooper Lee she is not pregnant

”Imagine a moment in your life where all your dreams come true. You know, it’s the greatest moment in your life and you get to experience it with one person, who’s standing next to you?”
”Kate Bosworth”
”Come on, I’m serious... I mean, it could be anybody. You know, your mom, Haley... who’s it gonna be?”
”Ok, if that’s what you really want, then I have a way for you to get her back”
Peyton Sawyer asks Lucas Scott what he really wants

”Ever since Brooke turned nine, we kind of had this ritual on her birthday, where we go to her favorite store at the mall half an hour before closing. She picks out a gift, and I steal it for her”
”You shoplift Brooke’s birthday present?”
”Yeah, sort of. That’s the, okay, so my Dad’s friends with the manager so I would just come home and tell him what we’d took and we’d pay for it, but we never told Brooke. She was all crazy for the juice, so I just figured maybe if you go in my place this year and you’re not a complete bonehead in the romance department then maybe you got a shot... This would be our tenth year”
Peyton Sawyer tells Lucas Scott

”They’re from my parents. They came with a card that basically said ‘Glad you didn’t die. The Italian Riviera misses you.’”
”At least they sent you flowers, my parents forgot my eighteenth birthday”
”Here you go. Happy birthday, and you didn’t even have to almost die”
”Second hand death flowers. Thanks. Shoot me now”
Rachel Gatina and Brooke Davis talk about their distant parents

”Look, I’m really sorry, Nathan, for the way I acted at the reception and everything else. I know that you saved my life, and I’m gonna find a way to thank you.”
”You don’t have to do that”
”No I want to. You have Cooper’s eyes”
Rachel Gatina finds a new victim, Nathan Scott

”Deb! What happened? Haley came by and told me that...”
”Haley. I knew that little bitch couldn’t keep her big mouth shut. I need the gun for protection Karen”
”Gun? Tell me you didn’t shoot out the window, with customers? ...You could’ve killed someone other than your ex-husband. What the hell is wrong with you?”
”It was an accident”
Karen Roe gets a drugged up Deb Scott to talk about the cafe shooting

”Well, you’ve been quiet. Getting your game face on? Working on your Brooke Davis mojo?”
Peyton Sawyer to Lucas Scott

”I used to watch you”
”What? When?”
”Freshman year, sophomore year… Both summers actually…”
”Stop it… What did you watch?”
”Your legs mostly… No, I’m serious! You know, from up close they’re a little chickeny…”
”Shut up!"
”From where I was hiding they were pretty awesome”
”I’m not sure that’s a compliment…”
”Oh it is, trust me”
Lucas Scott and Peyton Sawyer flirt with each other

”Are you Peyton? I’m Derek. I guess I’m your brother”
'Derek' to Peyton Sawyer

"I found your ball at home."
"I was kind of hoping you would."
"I need you to talk to me."
"Haley, I'm not trying to shut you out okay, I just don't understand it enough to let you in yet."
"Whatever it is, we're going to get through it through it together. I'm right here Nathan. I'm not going anywhere."
Haley James Scott and Nathan Scott


"There are moments in our lives when we find ourselves at a crossroads. The choices we make in those moments can define the rest of our days. And, of course when faced with the unknown, most of us prefer to turn around and go back."
Lucas Scott (opening voiceover)

”There are moments in our lives when we find ourselves at a crossroads. But, once in a while, people push onto something better. Something found just beyond the pain of going it alone. And just beyond the bravery and courage it takes to let someone in or to give someone a second chance. Something beyond the quiet persistence of a dream because, it's only when you’re tested that you truly discover who you are and, it's only when you're tested that you discover who you can be. The person you want to be does exist; somewhere on the other side of hard work and faith and belief. And, beyond the heartache and fear of what lies ahead."
Lucas Scott (closing voiceover)


  • "Currents" - Dashboard Confessional
  • "No Turning Back" - Tom Freund
  • "The Way You Do" - Five Time August
  • "One More Night (Your Ex-Lover Remains Dead)" - Stars
  • "Westgate" - Buddy
  • "Born On The Cusp" - American Analog Set
  • "Le Disko" - Shiny Toy Soldiers
  • "The Man Who Told Everything" - Doves

This episode's title originated from the album Things I Forgot At Birth, originally sung by Absentee.


  • Mouth does not appear in this episode.
  • According to Brooke's birth certificate, she was born at New Brunswick County Hospital on March 4, 1989, to parents Richard Edgar Davis and Barbara Anne Davis (née Montgomery). However, her parents' names were later retconned and changed to Robert Theodore "Ted" Davis, Jr. and Victoria Anne Davis (née Montgomery).
    • Brooke’s birthday date creates confusion in the timeline of season 3 and 4, which together cover the main characters’ senior year of high school. In fact, both Karen and Haley find out they’re pregnant (thus probably being at most two months) in the last episode of season 3, then the two go into labor on graduation day, which supposedly takes place in June 2007, meaning that the beginning of season 4 should take place at the end of 2006 or at most at the very beginning of 2007 (coherently with the timeline of season 3, which begins at the end of the summer 2006 and then covers the fall 2006), so this episode should take place at least about two months earlier than March.
  • When Nathan wakes up on the bridge he has the number 02 on his shirt, but in the previous episode it was the number 20.

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