One Tree Hill saw many amazing romances, friendships and family relationships over its nine seasons, but at the center of it all was Lucas and Peyton, for six seasons at least. Looking back on the show, it easier to see that the two really did have an epic romance and more than a few heart-wrenching, heartwarming and sometimes tear-jerking moments that fans can watch over and over and still have the same reaction to. Many times it seemed that Lucas and Peyton were never going to make it work, but somehow they always found their way back to each other and because it is too hard to rank their moments, here are Lucas and Peyton’s most memorable moments in order from first to last.
10. You Don’t Know Me (Season 1, Episode 1)
Through all of the epic moments, both good and bad, that happened between Lucas and Peyton over six seasons, it all had to start somewhere. It was made clear that Lucas had been interested in Peyton from afar for awhile and she was in a toxic relationship with Nathan, but their first real interaction is ingrained in fans’ minds. After her car breaks down beside the lake and Nathan is too busy working out to come help her, Peyton calls a tow truck of course driven by Luke which leads to one of Peyton’s most iconic lines. The moment not only revealed what great chemistry the two had, but also demonstrated Peyton’s guarded nature, and Lucas’ ability to understand it, but also show how much further they had yet come with Peyton pointing out they don’t even know each other after Lucas opened up about Dan being his and Nathan’s father which made him quit basketball. After Peyton states they don’t even know each other, Lucas responded, “Maybe that’s the point.”
Lucas: “Why are you a cheerleader? I mean, no offense or anything, but you’re the about the least cheery person I know […] Come on let me give you a ride. I’ll let you insult me.”
Peyton: “First of all, you don’t know me. Second of all, you don’t know me.”