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Explores the lives of teenage half brothers Lucas and Nathan Scott, one a golden boy and the other an abandoned illegitimate child as they try to coexist in the small town of Tree Hill. Genre: Television Rating: NR Release Date: 13-SEP-2005 Media Type: DVD
One Tree Hill: The Complete Second Season finds life in an uproar for virtually every major and minor character in the WB series set in One Tree, North Carolina. Basketball sensation Lucas Scott Chad Michael Murray, illegitimate son of One Tree Hill's resident J.R.-like figure, car dealer, and all-around monster Dan Scott Paul Johansson, has left town with his Uncle Keith Craig Sheffer to start a new life. Keith himself has split One Tree to nurse a broken heart after his marriage proposal to Lucas's mom, Karen, played by Moira Kelly, was rejected. It's not long, however, before Lucas has second thoughts, prompted in part by Dan's recent heart attack and the mess he Lucas left behind with two girls, Peyton Hilarie Burton and Brooke Sophia Bush. Meanwhile, Lucas's half-brother, Nathan James Lafferty, has married the former's lifelong best friend, Haley Bethany Joy Lenz, a union approved by the bride's parents but not by Nathan's mother, Deb Barbara Alyn Woods. It should be mentioned that Nathan and Haley, as with nearly every other young person on this show, are not yet high school seniors. They only look much older.
All that's just the first couple of episodes of season 2. In the remaining 21, Dan temporarily fools everyone into believing he's a changed man following his cardiac crisis. In fact, he's worse than ever, trying to wreck Nathan and Haley's marriage, attempting to buy Lucas's loyalties, driving Deb into a drug-addicted stupor, pulling the rug out from beneath Keith who took over Dan's dealership during the latter's illness, and waging a war, of sorts, with basketball coach Whitey Barry Corbin for influence over Nathan's destiny. While all this is going on, Haley leaves Nathan to join a music group, Peyton finds success running an all-ages night at a new club opened by Karen, Lucas finds evidence that Dan is cheating the IRS, Brooke's once-wealthy parents go broke, and actress Sheryl Lee Twin Peaks turns up toward season's end playing a mysterious visitor with a surprising connection to a major character's past. Whew. If One Tree Hill's first season succeeded in part because series creator Mark Schwahn kept, for a while, a tight focus on the early, rocky relationship between Nathan and Lucas, the second season works as a frenetic, ensemble drama with elements of camp and absurdity. The above-mentioned reference to Dallas villain J.R. Ewing proves apt in more ways than one. The final episode of One Tree Hill's sophomore season ends with its own, not-so-subtle variation on the classic who-shot-J.R. cliffhanger, leaving open to debate which of many possible One Tree candidates might have committed a foul if understandable bit of vengeance against a certain bad dude one loves to hate. --Tom Keogh