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One Tree Hill Episode: "4:30 a.m. (Apparently They Were Traveling Abroad)"

Season 7, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: In the seventh-season opener, Nathan faces a career-threatening accusation with the help of his new sports agent (Robert Buckley). Meanwhile, Haley's sister Quinn (Shantel VanSanten) pays an unexpected visit, and Brooke prepares a new fashion line as Julian plans to produce a huge film.
Original Air Date: Sep 14, 2009

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Season 7, Episode 1
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Length: 41:58
Aired: 9/14/2009
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One Tree Hill Episode Recap: "4:30 AM (Apparently They Were Traveling Abroad)" Season 7, Episode 1

After saying good-bye to One Tree Hill couple Lucas and Peyton, many of us have wondered how the new season would continue without them (and whether their departure would be explained). Jamie Scott's seventh birthday served as the introduction to all the new cast members and also gave us the only answer we'd get, for now, about where Lucas, Peyton and little Sawyer have gone. So to all you OTH fans, welcome to Season 7. Now let's start recapping.

Of all the people who could've done the voice-over intro now that Lucas is gone, I was surprised and also intrigued to hear (and see) Dan — looking pretty healthy I may add. It's been 14 months since we last saw him and the gang, and a quick montage shows Haley is singing in the studio, Julian and Brooke seem happier than ever, and Nathan has his own NBA card and agent, Clay (the gorgeous Robert Buckley).

At Clothes over Bros' corporate headquarters, it's Millicent who's the powerful woman in charge with a new and rather nervous assistant. It's all very reminiscent of how the previous season began with Brooke shouting demands to her former assistant Millicent. Millie is pretty demanding for a girl who was in her assistant's shoes just over a year ago.

Back in Tree Hill, Mouth and Skills still live together, but that soon may change. Mouth basically asks his buddy to move out so that he and Millicent can have their own place, but Skills is not so thrilled with the idea. So what does Mouth use for persuasion? Pure nakedness. And coincidentally he's also trying out the new body spray Nathan is endorsing. But Skills won't leave so easily. He tells Mouth his plan to use his "naked ass" to get him out won't work.

Over in L.A., Brooke accompanies Julian to his new movie premiere. They're still madly in love, but distance is their main obstacle. And since Julian is offered a producing gig in New Zealand for 8 months, it seems their time apart is going to be even longer. During this scene, did anyone notice the "Marry Me" written in the sand that then washed away?

Meanwhile, the youngest Scott is turning seven, and it's time to celebrate and see some new faces. First up is Haley's sister, Quinn. She's a  jokester who seems like a kid at heart. She's staying with the Scotts for a few days while her husband is working on a documentary, but it's later revealed that she actually left him. "He's not the man I fell in love with...and I didn't agree to spending the rest of my life next to a complete stranger," Quinn tells Haley.

The first present that Jamie opens up is a basketball from his Uncle Lucas. The note reads "Peyton and I miss you," and explains that this basketball was Lucas' best friend until he met Haley. A sweet gesture, but is that really all we're going to get about Lucas and Peyton?

The next gift Jamie gets is quite the showstopper. After receiving a Jerry Rice jersey from his dad, Jamie is ecstatic when Nate's agent Clay tops it with a phone call to the man himself. Then, like that, Jerry Rice appears. I loved Skills' response: "Oh damn, my gift sucks." Also glad to see that Skills is still with Jamie's teacher, Lauren.

There are also some surprise guests at Jamie's party. A pretty girl walks up to Nathan to take a picture with him and says, "Good to see you again...you don't remember me, do you?" More on her later. Another unannounced guest is Julian, who surprised Brooke by flying in. The two go for a walk on the beach, where Julian tells her that he decided not to produce the film in New Zealand because after all, there's this girl he's in love with. Sigh.

The following scene was a little over-the-top. Clay is in the middle of trying to negotiate a contract for Nathan,  but hangs up when the body-spray commercial girl shows up. Perhaps it's every guy's fantasy, but I don't know many girls who show up to a stranger's place and start stripping. Later that night, Clay goes out on his terrace to record some to-dos; one is to send flowers. Something is definitely up with him — especially since they showed him on the phone with his mom in an earlier scene — but I'm sure all will be revealed in due time.

So where is the man who kicked off this premiere episode? Dan pops back up on screen, speaking about forgiveness. It appears he now hosts a show appropriately called Redemption. "What I've done is not who I'll be," he tells his audience. Perhaps this will be a theme this season.

Clay calls Nathan and tells him to meet him in the middle of the night. He shows Nathan a picture of the girl he saw at the party. "She says she slept with you on the road, Nate." The sheer look alone on his face says it all. Clay warns him that what he's done is out there and she's going public. So will he fess up to it, or is it all some sort of blackmail?

What did you think of the premiere? Do you like the new cast, or do you miss Lucas and Peyton?

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After saying good-bye to One Tree Hill couple Lucas and Peyton, many of us have wondered how the new season would continue without them (and whether their departure would be explained). Jamie Scott's seventh birthday served as the introduction to all the new cast members and also gave us the only answer we'd get, for now, about where Lucas, Peyton and little Sawyer have gone. So to all you OTH fans, welcome to Season 7. Now let's start recapping.

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