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One Tree Hill Episode: "Don't You Forget About Me"

Season 7, Episode 15
Episode Synopsis: An homage to John Hughes finds loved ones forgetting Haley's birthday, Jamie being left home alone, and Nathan and Clay getting stranded far from home. Meanwhile, Julian recalls his dorky teen years as he watches Brooke attend a dance with Alexander.
Original Air Date: Feb 1, 2010
Guest Cast Mitch Ryan: Alexander
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Season 7, Episode 15
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Length: 42:09
Aired: 2/1/2010
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One Tree Hill Episode Recap: "Don't You Forget About Me" Season 7, Episode 15

This week's One Tree Hill takes a trip into the 80s and opens up with that familiar "hey, hey, hey, hey" song — actually called "Don't You (Forget About Me)" — we all know and love from The Breakfast Club. As a tribute to the late John Hughes, Tree Hill High set the stage for shoulder pads, crimped hair and neon makeup as the gang holds a fundraiser with Haley and Quinn serving as hosts.

Julian and Brooke are chatty again now that they're working together, but Brooke's subtle invitation to the dance needs some explaining from Alex to make Julian realize that Brooke actually wants him there. But since Julian told Brooke he wasn't going to the dance, Brooke decides to take up Alexander's offer to go as friends, which makes matters worse when Julian actually shows up with Alex (who says she's so pro-"Brulian" now).

Meanwhile, it's Haley's birthday and not one person remembers except her husband, who is stranded on the road with Clay. What was supposed to be a little guys' road trip becomes a wrong turn and followed by flat tires causing the boys to be stuck miles away from home without a phone. (Clay accidentally left it in the towed car.) After hopping into the back of a pig pen on wheels, the boys finally decide to hoof it on foot until they can make their way back towards the highway. Arguing along the way, Nathan continues to put Clay down and insists he doesn't understand how important it is that he makes it back for Haley's birthday. With one last foot in the mouth, Nate mocks Clay's confession that he used to be married, so Clay finally reveals that he was indeed married, but his wife died. Nathan apologizes, and the two find the main road and a woman driving a Porsche to take them back to Tree Hill. The only problem is that she has room for only one. So what does a wealthy basketball star do in such a situation? He drops off the woman (to some unknown location) and buys the car off of her in order to ride back home with Clay as his co-pilot.

Back at the fundraiser, it's an 80s movie mash-up as the "endings" all come together. Julian, aka Duckie from Pretty in Pink, fawns after his girl that he thinks has got away. When Brooke later finds him in the shop room, he admits that being back in high school brings him back to being the geek. "I've seen enough 80s movies, and nothing boosts the geek's confidence than a kiss from the cheerleader," Brooke says before giving him a peck. At this point I thought, "Yay, they're going to have a hot makeout sesh and get back together." But no. Brooke walks away, and Julian asks, "Hey Brooke, this isn't going to be easy is it — you and I being friends?" She responds, "No, but it's better than not being in each other's lives at all." I guess she's right.

After pulling a fast one on his mom and babysitters, Jamie has the house all to himself. He goes wild in the kitchen, and when he tries on all of his dad's shoes and a big box of decorations falls from the top of the closet, he remembers it's his mom's birthday. Nathan finally makes it back in time and in his red-hot car. Jake Ryan picks up his Sam Baker ala 16 Candles. The two head home to find Jamie asleep on the couch but the house fully decorated for Haley's birthday. There's even a cake made, so they sit on top of the kitchen table where they kiss over the cake just like the final scene of the film.

The episode ends with Day 1 of Julian's directing career with his two women, Alex and Brooke, by his side. He gives the big pep talk he's been practicing and sits in his director chair. He looks down at his script that reads, "How would Hughes do it?" and yells action.

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This week's One Tree Hill takes a trip into the 80s and opens up with that familiar "hey, hey, hey, hey" song — actually called "Don't You (Forget About Me)" — we all know and love from The Breakfast Club. As a tribute to the late John Hughes, Tree Hill High set the stage for shoulder pads, crimped hair and neon makeup as the gang holds a fundraiser with Haley and Quinn serving as hosts.

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Premiered: September 27, 2006, on CW
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