One Tree Hill (season 3)

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One Tree Hill (season 3)
One Tree Hill - Season 3 - DVD.JPG
One Tree Hill Season 3 DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original network The WB
Original release October 5, 2005 (2005-10-05) – May 3, 2006 (2006-05-03)
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List of One Tree Hill episodes

The third season of One Tree Hill, an American teen drama television series, began airing on October 5, 2005. The season concluded on May 3, 2006, after 22 episodes. It is the final season that aired on The WB television network. Season three regular cast members include Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz, Paul Johansson, Sophia Bush, Barbara Alyn Woods, Lee Norris, Barry Corbin, Craig Sheffer, and Moira Kelly.

This season focuses on the first half of senior year at Tree Hill High School. Starting three months after the second season finale, Dan Scott (Johansson) tries to figure out who tried to kill him. Brooke and Lucas (Bush and Murray) enter a relationship, and Haley (Galeotti) returns to save her marriage.Peyton (Burton) gets to know her biological mother, Ellie Harp (Sheryl Lee). The season continues to the renewal of Haley and Nathan's (Lafferty) wedding vows, and the consequences of Cooper Lee's (Michael Trucco) relationship with the new girl Rachel Gatina (Danneel Harris). Season three dipped in ratings, averaging 2.8 million viewers weekly.[1]


Haley returns to Tree Hill and tries to save her marriage with Nathan. Peyton gets to know her birth mother. Lucas and Brooke begin a relationship. Keith and Karen get engaged. Nathan patches things up with Lucas, while Mouth begins a complicated relationship with newcomer Rachel, who also spreads a lot of drama through the core characters. After a shooting at the school things between Lucas and Peyton heat up despite Peyton's proposal to Jake.

Cast and characters[edit]


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
U.S. viewers
46 1 "Like You Like an Arsonist" Greg Prange Mark Schwahn October 5, 2005 (2005-10-05) 2T6151 3.46[3]

In the third season premiere, we finally discover Dan's fate after the fire. In addition to the situation with his father, Nathan also has to deal with Haley's reappearance in Tree Hill and the future of their relationship. Peyton tries to find the truth about the mysterious woman claiming to be her mother. Lucas looks forward to Brooke's return after a summer apart.[2]

This episode is named after a song by Paris, Texas.
47 2 "From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea" Kevin Dowling Mark Schwahn October 12, 2005 (2005-10-12) 2T6152 3.12[4]

Brooke has an end of the summer party on the beach. Nathan is home from basketball camp. Lucas deals with Brooke's rules for non-exclusive dating. Brooke ends up having a ball with many guys whereas Lucas spends the night alone and then tells Brooke that he is the one for her, which marks the beginning of his mission to become exclusive. Peyton deals with family issues, by confronting her mom about her drug problem, after Lucas witnesses her buying. Haley tries to tell Nathan how she feels, however he is not ready for a relationship yet and is still angry with her.

This episode is named after a song by The Cure.
48 3 "First Day on a Brand New Planet" Billy Dickson Terrence Coli October 19, 2005 (2005-10-19) 2T6153 3.12[5]

It's the first day of senior year for the Tree Hill gang. Lucas tells Dan he saved his life. Peyton discovers Ellie's secret. Nathan tells Haley he's considering a divorce. Dan accuses several people of starting the dealership fire and tries to get Whitey replaced as Ravens coach.

This episode is named after a song by the band Jesse James.
49 4 "An Attempt to Tip the Scales" Janice Cooke Stacy Rukeyser October 26, 2005 (2005-10-26) 2T6154 3.36[6]

It's Halloween in Tree Hill and everybody's celebrating at TRIC, with special guest band Fall Out Boy. The masquerade ball gives Haley the chance to win Nathan back, while Lucas keeps trying to convince Brooke to be exclusive. Peyton decides to face her new mother and get to know her. Dan tries to use blackmail to become mayor but things don't turn out the way he thought they would when Deb gets in his way.

This episode is named after a song by Bright Eyes.
50 5 "A Multitude of Casualties" Thomas J. Wright R. Lee Fleming, Jr November 2, 2005 (2005-11-02) 2T6155 3.03[7]

The Ravens begin basketball practice. New team captain Nathan clashes with Lucas over Haley, and a new cheerleader named Rachel Gatina sets her sights on Lucas. Dan's mayoral bid takes a surprising turn when an unlikely opponent emerges in Karen.

This episode is named after a song by The Hold Steady.
51 6 "Locked Hearts & Hand Grenades" Marita Grabiak James Stoteraux and Chad Fiveash November 9, 2005 (2005-11-09) 2T6156 3.42[8]

Brooke starts a "Fantasy Boy Draft", after the cheerleaders start fighting over the same guys. Haley and Peyton continue to argue about Nathan. Dan butts heads with Karen as the election draws nearer. Lucas tries to keep up with the fast pace of basketball.

This episode is named after a song by Plan A Project.
52 7 "Champagne for My Real Friends, Real Pain for My Sham Friends" Paul Johansson Mark Schwahn November 16, 2005 (2005-11-16) 2T6157 3.52[9]

The fantasy draft dates begin, Lucas finds himself with Rachel and a very familiar setting. Brooke is on a double date with a surprising person and a surprising couple. Skills goes to Bevin's house for the night, but isn't quite interested in what she has in mind. Mouth and Peyton hang out. Karen and Deb take the campaigning for mayor to a new level, to bring down Dan. Nathan gets mad when Chris gets close to Haley.

This episode is named after a song by Fall Out Boy.
53 8 "The Worst Day Since Yesterday" John Asher Mike Herro & David Strauss November 30, 2005 (2005-11-30) 2T6158 3.41[8]

As the town readies for the Ravens’ first basketball game, Lucas worries that his head and heart aren't in it. Nathan accuses Lucas of being the Ravens' weak link. Peyton and Haley mend fences to support Brooke in her time of need. When the mayoral race tightens, Dan resorts to a smear campaign.

This episode is named after a song by Flogging Molly.
54 9 "How a Resurrection Really Feels" Greg Prange Mark Schwahn December 7, 2005 (2005-12-07) 2T6159 3.33[10]

It is revealed that Lucas knows who tried to kill Dan and he confronts the guilty party. Brooke, Peyton and Haley find themselves behind bars. Peyton is annoyed by the presence of her guilty conscience. Chris Keller convinces Nathan to be his wingman at a cash poker game. The residents of Tree Hill finally choose a mayor.

This episode is named after a song by The Hold Steady.
55 10 "Brave New World" John Asher John A. Norris January 11, 2006 (2006-01-11) 2T6160 3.23[11]

Lucas and Peyton take a road trip together to find Ellie. While out of town, Lucas reconnects with a friend from the past. Brooke, Haley and Mouth successfully launch the Clothes Over Bro's website, only to find that demand far exceeds supply. Deb reveals to Nathan that she tried to kill Dan. Nathan and Haley finally get back together.

This episode is named after a song by Iron Maiden from the album of the same name.
56 11 "Return of the Future" Bethany Rooney Terrence Coli January 18, 2006 (2006-01-18) 2T6161 2.67[12]

The Ravens lose their second game in a row, Whitey decides to teach them a tough lesson. Peyton and Ellie look for support for their album and hope to attract Nada Surf to the project. Both Dan and Haley upset Nathan, while Brooke plans a romantic thank-you for Lucas.

This episode is named after a song by Scooter. This marks the return of Craig Sheffer (Keith) after being absent from the series since season 2.
57 12 "I've Got Dreams to Remember" Stuart Gillard Mike Herro & David Strauss January 25, 2006 (2006-01-25) 2T6162 2.70[13]

As the students meet with the school counselor to plan for the future, Nathan and Haley realize they want to attend colleges across the country from one another. Brooke discovers Rachel's reasons for submitting her designs to Rogue Vogue. Meanwhile, Ellie and Peyton bond as they finish the benefit album.

This episode is named after a song by Otis Redding.
58 13 "The Wind That Blew My Heart Away" David Jackson Stacy Rukeyser February 1, 2006 (2006-02-01) 2T6163 3.01[14]

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. Mouth is tempted by his new friend, Rachel. Before morning, secrets are revealed, relationships are tested and romance heats up.

This episode is named after a song by Fruit Bats.
59 14 "All Tomorrow's Parties" David Paymer Anna Lotto February 8, 2006 (2006-02-08) 2T6164 2.89[15]

Brooke is forced to grow up in a hurry when her trip to a New York City fashion show prevents her from attending an annual cheerleading tournament. Nathan and Lucas are influenced by the father of a friend. Skills tells Bevin he can't swim to trick her into giving him a swimming lesson. Struggling with her birth mother's cancer, Peyton joins Rachel for a night of blowing off steam. Haley and Nathan use their hotel room as the honeymoon suite they never had.

This episode is named after a song by The Velvet Underground and Nico.
60 15 "Just Watch the Fireworks" Billy Dickson James Stoteraux & Chad Fiveash February 15, 2006 (2006-02-15) 2T6165 2.85[16]

When someone unleashes the students' time capsule on Tree Hill High, Lucas and Mouth must confront a person from their past. Brooke deals with the revelation that secrets aren't the only things she exposed in the time capsule. Dan tries to forgive Keith. Haley is forced to reconcile the man Nathan was before with the man he has become. Peyton's Breast Cancer Benefit Concert at TRIC features performances by Haley and Jack's Mannequin and the return of Fall Out Boy.

This episode is named after a song by Jimmy Eat World.
61 16 "With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept" Greg Prange Mark Schwahn March 1, 2006 (2006-03-01) 2T6166 3.36[17]

In the aftermath of the release of the time capsule, chaos breaks out, Jimmy Edwards holds students of Tree Hill High School hostage with a gun. While lives hang in the balance, Nathan and Lucas put themselves at risk to protect their friends and loved ones. Young lives are shattered and two will end. Dan takes revenge on a close relative.

This episode is named after a song by Explosions in the Sky.
62 17 "Who Will Survive, and What Will Be Left of Them" John Asher Mark Schwahn March 29, 2006 (2006-03-29) 2T6167 2.82[18]

The aftermath of the school shooting and the death of Jimmy Edwards force everyone in Tree Hill to examine their lives. Nathan reassesses his relationship with Haley, while Brooke and Rachel join forces to heal the student body. Dan must deal with the ramifications of killing Keith. Lucas and Peyton consider the implications of their kiss in the library.

This episode is named after an album by Murder by Death. The title is also the tagline of the 1974 horror movie The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
63 18 "When It Isn't Like It Should Be" Paul Johansson R. Lee Fleming, Jr. April 5, 2006 (2006-04-05) 2T6168 2.93[19]

Rachel invites the gang for a weekend getaway at her family's cabin. Craziness will ensue, including a game of "I Never" which will cause people to do things they normally wouldn't. A nasty little issue Mouth has been harboring toward Rachel will surface. Meanwhile, Karen confronts Dan about Keith's death.

This episode is named after a song by Saves the Day.
64 19 "I Slept with Someone in Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me" Moira Kelly William H. Brown April 12, 2006 (2006-04-12) 2T6169 2.76[20]

Lucas attempts to play in the first game after Keith's death, but he cannot bring himself to do it. After seeing Lucas's pain, Nathan asks Whitey to forfeit the game. Lucas finally tells Whitey, Nathan, and Karen about his heart condition (HCM) after Deb convinces him to be there for Karen after Keith's death. Nathan and Haley prepare to renew their vows. Mouth tries to get closer to Rachel. Peyton gets an invitation to go to Chicago, from Pete. Brooke gets revenge on Rachael, by making posters of Rachael who got multiple surgeries to become attractive, because she was obese when she was 14.

  • This marks the return of Barbara Alyn Woods (Deb Scott) after being absent for a few episodes.

This episode is named after a song by Fall Out Boy.

65 20 "Everyday Is a Sunday Evening" Billy Dickson Mark Schwahn April 19, 2006 (2006-04-19) 2T6170 2.67[21]

Nathan deals with a player who is a rival both on and off the court. Dan is given a restraining order from Deb and Nathan. Brooke and Mouth look to get even with Rachel, who has tricked Cooper into thinking she is 26 and a model. Dan has a run-in with Cooper. Peyton makes a major decision and goes to see Jake and Jenny who are in Savannah. At the end of the episode Peyton asks Jake to marry her.

  • Chad Michael Murray (Lucas) does not appear in this episode. It is his only absence in the first 6 seasons. *Moira Kelly (Karen) does not appear in this episode.

This episode is named after an album by The Blackouts.

66 21 "Over the Hills and Far Away" Thomas J. Wright Mark Schwahn April 26, 2006 (2006-04-26) 2T6171 2.87[22]

Haley argues with Brooke about her wedding dress. Brooke plans an engagement party for Nathan and Haley. Karen and Lucas get back in town. Peyton is surprised by her own feelings when she mumble she loves Lucas in her sleep and Jake overhears.

This episode is named after a song by Led Zeppelin and another by Gary Moore which was covered by Nightwish.
67 22 "The Show Must Go On" Mark Schwahn Mark Schwahn May 3, 2006 (2006-05-03) 2T6172 3.06[23]

Nathan worries about Haley as they prepare to renew their vows. Deb confesses to Dan about the fire. Peyton and Brooke's friendship becomes strained when Peyton confesses she still loves Lucas. Nathan, Cooper and Rachel's lives hang in the balance after a car accident. Someone might be pregnant.

This episode is named after a song by Queen.


Season Timeslot Season premiere Season finale TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
3rd Wednesday 8/7C October 5, 2005 May 3, 2006 2005–2006 #137 2.8[1]

DVD release[edit]

The DVD release of season three was released after the season has completed broadcast on television. It has been released in Regions 1, 2 and 4. As well as every episode from the season, the DVD release features bonus material such as audio commentaries on some episodes from the creator and cast, deleted scenes, gag reels and behind-the-scenes featurettes.

The Complete Third Season
Set details[24] Special features[24]
  • 22 episodes
  • 937 minutes (Region 1);[25] 968 minutes (Region 2);[26] 900 minutes (Region 4) [27]
  • 6-disc set
  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles:
    • Spanish and French (Region 1)
    • English, Danish, Finnish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Swedish, English for the Hearing Impaired (Regions 2 and 4) [27]
  • Audio commentaries:
    • "With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept" - with creator/executive producer/writer Mark Schwahn, executive producer Joe Davola, actors Colin Fickes, Sophia Bush, Lee Norris and music supervisor Lindsey Wolfington
    • "The Show Must Go On" - with creator/executive producer/writer/director Mark Schwahn, executive producer Joe Davola, actors Sophia Bush and Lee Norris
  • Deleted scenes:
    • Episodes: 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20 & 22
  • "Anatomy of an Episode: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Creation of "With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept"
  • Gag reel
Release dates
 United States  United Kingdom  Australia
September 26, 2006[24] October 23, 2006[26] July 4, 2007[27]


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