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The show's stars look back on their favorite episodes over the last 8 seasons

Shaun Harrison
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James Lafferty (Nathan Scott)

Favorite Episode: "Some You Give Away" (Season 4) "There was so much payoff for the Ravens basketball team, for Whitey and for Nathan as everybody's storyline converged on this one event. It was a blast to shoot, a blast to watch and I'll always remember it."
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Austin Nichols (Julian Baker)

Favorite Episode: "Darkness on the Edge of Town" (Season 8) "It was really challenging to watch your [on-screen] fiancé almost die in front of you. That was hard and satisfying in the end, but it's scary to go to those places. Plus: It was action-packed, and I'm a guy!"
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Stephen Colletti (Chase Adams)

Favorite Episode: " The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul" (Season 8) "I liked the way [the episode] played with time by going back and forth. You're figuring out everything that happened in the beginning of the episode as you're watching the show.
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Rob Buckley (Clay Evans)

Favorite Episode: "I and Love and You" (Season 7) "I love when you find out Clay's past and what he's been going through with [his dead wife] Sarah. It scared the heck out of me going into it because that's heavy lifting emotionally, but the story was so beautiful and heartbreaking."
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Shantel Van Santen (Quinn James)

Favorite Episode: "I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight" (Season 7) "There was a moment when we were in the rain. Clay gets into the car and Quinn was so frustrated with not knowing where the relationship is going. I had a line: 'What are we even doing?' I know that frustration so well, and it was such a real, honest moment."
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Chad Michael Murray (Lucas Scott)

Favorite Episode: The Pilot (Season 1) "Through three Hayleys [the role was recast twice], the River Court and shooting all night long ... my memory of it is so tranquil and so vivid that it'll always be such a warm and great memory."
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Bethany Joy Galeotti (Haley James)

Favorite Episode: "We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)" (Season 6) "I had a blast on the '40s episode [written by Chad Michael Murray] — even though it was a little corny."
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Sophia Bush (Brooke Davis)

Favorite Episode: "Now Lift Your Eyes to the Sun" (Season 7) "My favorite experience thus far was my first episode directing. It was such a great ride and there is something that feels very right about that when you have been such a part of a show for a long time. To be in the position … where my entire job revolved around the behind-the-scenes aspect was a sensational experience and made me even more aware as an actor."
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Paul Johannson (Dan Scott)

Favorite Episode: "With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept" (Season 3) "Our turning point was the episode in the classroom where Dan kills Keith and Jimmy kills himself. It really gave us our second wind. I also liked the early episodes where Dan was really struggling with how to make Nathan happy and teach him how to be a winner. It was hard for me to play, which as an actor, is what you want. You want roles that challenge you."
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Jackson Brundage (Jamie Scott)

Favorite Episode: "Darkness on the Edge of Town" (Season 8) "That episode was awesome! The water was surprisingly warm."
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Tyler Hilton (Chris Keller)

Favorite Episode: "How a Resurrection Really Feels" (Season 3) "My favorite one would be when we had to do a river boat scene, which was so fun because I got to punch Danny [Woodburn] who played Marty. I think it's funny when they put Chris Keller with people totally opposite to him."
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Lee Norris (Marvin "Mouth" McFadden)

Favorite Episode: "With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept" (Season 3) "I'm so proud of the performances and what we did with that episode, which was provide a very entertaining hour of TV, but also speak to a larger social consciousness of something that was really important to our young viewership."