There are too many episodes of One Tree Hill that I love to narrow it down to my favourite but in season 2, Unopened Letters to the World is definitely one of them. It’s funny how even though this episode aired almost 10 years ago, so many things are still true; things said about change in 50 years time, now 40, haven’t changed a bit. The time capsules:
Nathan: So you want me to tell you something about myself? I don’t have anything to say, even if I did, you’d be wrong to believe me. Trust is a lie, nobody ever knows anyone.
Peyton: Fifty years right, if you’re young and you’re watching this you guys know what you’re up against, especially if you’re a girl, it’s sex. Even 50 years from now I’m guessing it’s still a really big deal, it’s awkward, right and threatening and thrilling. But in a way it’s like sex is the easy part, y’know it’s giving your heart to somebody that’s the scary part…It’s pretty amazing how temptation can be silenced by a ray of hope but when the face of that hope is a boy’s face then I guess for me, hope comes with trust issues too.
Tim: I’ve pretty much been with all the hot girls. Freshman, seniors, yeah it’s good times, currently I’m dating Brooke Davis. What else, there’s this new girl Anna who’s totally into me and I’m all like, “Girl, be patient, The Tim will get to you eventually!”
Jake: Okay so I’m a single father and until recently a high school dropout and I’m going on my first date since my daughter was born. Am I a great catch or what?…So I’m seeing this girl and I think our experience levels are really different but even then, I think I’m doing something I’ve never done before. I’m falling in love.
Brooke: Let’s see, in 10 years I’ll probably be married to someone like Marvin McFadden. You probably call him senator McFadden, we just call him Mouth…So you’re probably looking at this and making fun of my outfit right? Anyways, here’s all you really need to know about today: if you’re fat, dumb, sexual and a guy you’re okay, if you’re a girl? Not so much. Please tell me that’s changed in the future. Somebody tell me you’ve got love figured out because it’s pretty darn messy right now but I guess it’s always been that way. Wanting to be loved, to find someone that makes your heart ache in a good way, feel understood. So if you’re robots or aliens or something and you’re watching this and that feeling no longer exists well you missed it. And I feel sorry for you because as far I can tell that’s what it all about, that’s what it always should be about.
Anna: My name is Anna Tagaro and I’m a junior at Tree Hill High. And I’m gay. And straight. And a Latina. And I hate labels. And I hope by the time you see this those things won’t be an issue. For now, all you need to know is this: My name is Anna and I’m just trying to find my way like most kids, I guess that part is timeless.
Lucas: My brother’s been going through a hard time lately. I wish there was more I could do to help him. I mean just getting along is new to us but I guess that’s how brothers are, better to each other and worse to each other than anyone else. I also wish I could make things easier for my mom. Even though it’s been a tough year for us, I want her to be happy more than anything. But that doesn’t change the fact that I need to get closer to my father because once I get closer to him maybe I can find a way to beat him once and for all. And set the people that I love free. I just hope I have the strength to tear him down for good.
Whitey: [50 years ago] I suppose a fella just wants to fit in, find a good girl, maybe one day do great things. Tell us about that steady girl of yours Brian. Well her name is Camilla and my wish is that one day she’ll agree to be my wife and we’ll grow old together. I’d like to have a boy of my own one day, heck maybe lots of kids. I’d like to try and teach them: right from wrong, good from bad; I’d like to let them teach me. I think I have something to offer them, I hope so, I guess only time will tell.