One Tree Hill/Nathan Scott

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Nathan Royal Scott
One Tree Hill
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Actor James Lafferty
First Appearance 1x01 - Pilot
Last Appearance (series regular)
Series Billing Billed
Episode Count 152
Notable Episodes 1x01 - Pilot
1x17 - Spirit in the Night
2x20 - Lifetime Piling Up
3x16 - With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept
3x22 - The Show Must Go On
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Basic Information

Nathan Royal Scott is the son of Dan Scott and Deborah Lee, His middle name, Royal, comes from his paternal grandfather, Royal Scott. He has an older half brother, Lucas Scott on Dan's side. Nathan and Lucas both start out hating each other and Nathan takes pleasure in taunting him, mainly about Dan's abandonment of him. Nathan seems like an aggressive, unfriendly, arrogant boy, who is only interested in tease others and playing basketball and dating lots of girls. But if you look closer, you see him as what he is. A boy who thinks a lot. Towards the end of the first season, he and Lucas start to become close and in the first season finale, he finally calls him his brother, something he had always refused to do. Throughout that season, he falls in love with, and in the season finale marries, Lucas' best friend Haley James Scott,. Together, they have a son, James "Jamie" Lucas Scott, born at the end of season 4. He graduated from Tree Hill High School where he was the star player of the Ravens basketball team. His jersey number was 23, the same number he carries in the sixth season during SlamBall. Just like Lucas, he has had a rich dating life which often comes back to haunt him. Throughout the series one of his main life goals is to become a better person as he fears of ending up like his father. His other goal is to be a great husband and father which has been tested on various obstacles. Haley and Nathan get married in Season 1. Lucas and Keith return to Tree Hill and Lucas, Peyton and Brooke throw Nathan and Haley a wedding reception while Keith, filling in for Dan at the dealership, takes Nathan on as a mechanic. Haley starts to blossom as a musician but Nathan is jealous of her closeness to fellow musician Chris Keller and warns Chris to stay away from Haley. When Haley's older sister Taylor James comes to Tree Hill, Nathan realises that Taylor is the girl to whom he lost his virginity several years ago before he had even known Haley. He and Haley fall out about this but later make up. When Haley mentions that Chris wants her to accompany him on tour, Nathan asks her if she kissed him and she finally admits it. Nathan tells his wife to choose between him and the tour. Haley chooses the tour and leaves Tree Hill. Nathan is devastated and goes on a downward spiral, drinking in class, punching his father and letting Lucas take the fall for his drunk-driving. Nathan finally gets his act together and goes to visit Haley in an attempt to get her to come home but this doesn't work out and he comes back to Tree Hill alone. When Nathan's uncle Cooper (Deb's brother and Nathan's role model) pays a visit to Tree Hill, he takes Nathan and Lucas to a racing track but tragedy strikes when Nathan attempts suicide by deliberately crashing the car. He ends up in hospital where he has a dream of what life would have been like if Dan had married Karen instead of Deb and Nathan and Lucas had grown up in each others' shoes. This dream makes Nathan realise how much he loves his mother. They agree to be strong for each other and Deb goes to rehab to overcome her pill addiction. Nathan decides to move home and Dan pays his medical bills in exchange for Nathan getting an annulment from Haley. In the 2nd season finale, Haley returns to Tree Hill.Nathan has not yet forgiven her or Lucas. Nathan learns that Haley is suffering musicians' block and pays Chris to come back to Tree Hill and help Haley with her music. Nathan and Haley grow close again and eventually have make-up sex and get back together. Dan is crowned Mayor of Tree Hill and Deb tells Nathan that she started the dealership fire in an attempt to kill Dan; Nathan is angry with his mother and sends her away for a while to get her life in order. He patches things up with Lucas and when Jimmy Edwards brings a gun to school, Nathan races inside to find Haley. They are held hostage in the Tutor Center and the deaths of Edwards and Keith leave Nathan and Haley realizing that life is too short. Nathan and Haley's wedding receptionThey move back in together and Nathan asks Haley to 'marry' him again, to renew their vows. While planning their (second) wedding, they receive a visit from Cooper but are dubious about his relationship with the younger Rachel. Deb returns and she and Nathan take out a restraining order against Dan while Nathan beats old "High Flyers" rival Damien West in an all-important game. On the morning of his wedding, Nathan is traumatised following a nightmare where Haley was drowning and he couldn't save her. He gets Lucas to keep a close eye on Haley but all goes well and they renew their vows, though Rachel causes a scene at the reception over Cooper sleeping with her despite her age. Nathan and Haley head to London for their honeymoon and Haley has something to tell Nathan but before he gets to hear it, they have a near-collision with Cooper and Rachel (in the wedding limo) on the Melinana Bridge. Nathan dives into the water to rescue his uncle but becomes trapped and is left gasping for air and fighting for his life.Nathan wakes up in hospital and is hailed as a hero for saving Rachel and Cooper. However, Nathan does not believe that he did save them - he thinks Keith did as he believes he saw Keith in the water. Rachel develops a crush on Nathan for saving her and sets out to seduce him, using his confusion over Keith to her advantage. Haley tells Nathan she is pregnant on the same day that he gets a scholarship to Duke University. He is initially annoyed that she kept it from him but is later delighted and tells Rachel that she never had a chance with him. Nathan and Haley face even more money difficulties now that they have a baby on the way and when Dan refuses to help, Nathan turns to a loan shark, Daunte Jones. He provides Nathan with money in exchange for Nathan losing the State Championship. He's nervous about doing it, knowing how much the championship means to the Ravens. He agrees though and ends up playing badly, causing his team to trail behind drastically in points. Haley talks with him and reveals the sex of their baby by saying " long as you're a good husband and father.... to your son.It's a boy, Nathan." Nathan, excited to hear he's going to have a boy, decides to play his best for his son and the Ravens win the championship with Lucas scoring the winning shot. Afterwards, Daunte, angry about Nathan's failure by not losing, tries to run him over with his car. Haley sees the car and yells, "Nathan, watch out!" as she pushes him out of the way. Daunte ends up hitting her. She rolls off the car and onto the ground, badly injured and unconscious. Nathan rushes to her aid. Lucas, seeing them, runs over asking, "Nate, what happened?!?" Nathan replies "They just hit her, man!" As Lucas calls 911, Nathan looks over at Daunte's car which he had crashed into a roadwork site. Angrily, Nathan tells Lucas, "Lucas, stay with her." He runs over to Daunte's car and drags him out, yelling "Son of a bitch! What did you do?!?" He savagely begins punching Daunte, splitting his knuckles until Dan grabs his arm in midair. In the distance, sirens are heard. Quickly thinking, Dan instructs him to leave the scene saying, "Haley needs you, Nathan. Your child needs you. Go!" Nathan is hesitant at first, but then goes over to Lucas and Haley. To cover his son, Dan starts pounding the ground, breaking his hand. He is arrested. (It's later revealed at the autopsy that the crash is what killed him, not Nathan's beating.) Meanwhile, as the paramedics are working on Haley, Lucas falls unconscious after a heart attack. They are both rushed to the hospital. As Nathan watches Haley being taken into surgery, he sits down on the floor, crying over his guilt for Haley and his son being put in danger when it was supposed to be him who got hit. The doctor informs him about Haley's condition and he asks if they baby will be alright since Haley took a severe blow to the abdomen. The doctor tells him that they will do all they can for Haley and their baby. The next episode, Haley wakes up and they both anxiously wait while an ultrasound is done to check the baby. Haley bursts into tears of and hugs Nathan when they hear the heartbeat, proving that the baby is indeed fine. After Deb attempts suicide by taking an overdose, Nathan is racked with guilt. He and Haley decide to help Deb by moving out of their apartment and into the Scott Mansion.

In his first year of college, Nathan won his first National Championship, coached by Lucas and Whitey, trying to make people forget he had shaved points back in the days. He almost got into a fight with rival fans after it but Lucas held him back and Whitey advised him to control his temper or he would end up like Dan. Eventually Nathan Scott played for the University of Maryland, where he was a First Team All-American. Three Years later Nathan was all set to be the tenth pick in the NBA draft by the Seattle Sonics. One night he went to a party at a bar with Lucas and Haley to celebrate his new shoe deal, shoes called "the NS 23's". When Haley left to watch their son Jamie, fans of Portland, a rival NBA team, pretended they wanted an autograph from Nathan, only to mock him. When things escalated, he almost walked away thanks to Lucas but the rival fans made a nasty comment about Haley and he defended his wife and a fight ensued. Thrown through a plate glass window he screamed he couldn't feel his legs and consequently his NBA career was over before it started. After his accident that left him paralyzed, Nathan has become an angered, alcoholic. He's grown his hair long and has a scruffy beard. He gets into an argument with Haley, saying that he lost everything and has nothing. Haley angrily tells him that he still has her and Jamie, but if he keeps this up, he will definitely have nothing because Haley says that she can't keep living like this. When he realizes that he failed Jamie by not being there for his soap box derby, Nathan decides to get his life back to what it used to be. He also teaches Jamie how to not be afraid. He then pays a visit to Dan to tell him he is over with him for good. To prove that he is going to get his family back, he cooks Haley dinner, and shaves. Haley, happy to see her husband back, tells him that she missed him and they all sit down to eat. Nathan also starts playing basketball with Jamie.

Nathan, Haley and Brooke at TRIC.Nathan decides to assist talented yet troublesome Tree Hill High School student Quentin Fields as he reminds him of his former self. He even confronts him, telling how much he regrets his own mistakes, actually convincing him to go back to school.[6] His temper get the best of him again when Jason, a musician in a band touches Haley's behind. Quentin comes to her aid, punching Jason which also damages his hand, putting him out of basketball for some time. Haley, however, is disappointed about Nathan's tempe

After he has been hit on several times by Jamie's nanny, Carrie, Haley walks in on them in the shower. He tells her that Carrie snuck into the shower without his knowledge. But Carrie insists that she and Nathan are in love, angering Haley which gets them both kicked out. Some time later, Nathan has an argument with Haley. During this time, Jamie falls into the pool, nearly drowning. Nathan and Haley soon look out the window to see him lying face down in the pool. Rushing to his aid, Nathan jumps in and pulls Jamie out. As Haley is sitting on the ground with Jamie in her arms, she angrily tells him that she wants a divorce. Later at Lucas and Lindsey's bachelor(ette) party she realizes she can't change him, leaving him distraught on the spot.When Jamie is kidnapped on Lucas' wedding day, Haley and Nathan turn to each other for comfort; They believe that it was Dan who took him and aren't aware that it was actually Carrie. They fear that they will never see Jamie again. However, Jamie returns home and Jamie tells his parents that it was Dan who brough him home.Nathan and Lucas attack Dan outside after he walks in with Jamie. After they reconnect, Nathan and Haley start marriage counseling. In counseling, Nathan admits that he wants Haley to look at him the way she used to and that the only reason he allowed the nanny to go as far as she did is because he needed her flirting for his ego. He realizes all his mistakes and tell Haley he loves her and they make up[11]. After Jamie's birthday party he learns Dan is dying but tells him he is done with him, proving that he really doesn't care if Dan dies.[13]. He then begins working on his come-back, although he refuses to have it called so[14] and eventually faces his fear of failing it thanks to Jamie and manages to score against Quentin. With Quentin's help, Nathan quickly gets back into shape with his basketball technique. Quentin has also befriended Jamie, who looks up to him. Unfortunately, Quentin is fatally shot whilst interrupting a store robbery. Nathan and Haley tell Jamie together and they also decide to take him to the funeral because Jamie wants to say goodbye and he didn't get to before. Nathan also offers Brooke his support after her attack, saying that they both didn't have the support of parents growing up, but he will be there for her whenever she needs him and they hug. During this time, Nathan finds out that Deb and Skills are in a relationship which disgusts him. The revelation strains his friendship with Skills but after a talk with Jamie, he comes to terms with their relationship. To help ease it, Skills decides to help Nathan with his comeback. Nathan soon gets a call from the general manager of an NBA D-League basketball team in Fort Wayne (the Fort Wayne Mad Ants) who says that they are interested in recruiting him. Once Nathan gets there, he is disappointed to hear they wanted him as a coach, not as a player. Nathan turns the position down, but is soon asked to play Slamball by Owen (Brooke Davis' ex). After some hesitation, Nathan starts to play Slamball, in which he is cheered on by Jamie, his son. Haley is reluctant about it, afraid he'll hurt his back. Her worry intensifies when she sees some severe bruises on his back and during one game when an old rival is on the other team. After winning the game, his rival charges at Nathan and shoves him through a glass window in front of his wife and son. Scared that his father almost ended up becoming what he once was, Jamie makes him promise that he will stop playing Slamball, which he agrees to for Jamie's sake. On the night of the USO concert, Nathan is at his home talking with the spirit of "Q" as he watches the Slamball championships on television. Q asks if he really gave it up for Jamie or because he stopped believing himself. Q angrily tells him that this was second chance and that he should be grateful he got on because he didn't. Q also tells him that he still has a chance to follow his dream. After Q's pep talk, Nathan asks Haley to promise him that they won't be afraid of chasing their dreams to which she does. Nathan attends a trial for D-league basketball and after initially getting turned away for not belonging to a team he is called back by the general manager who offered him a coaching postion, saying that Nathan is with them. After a successful trial Nathan is selected to play for the Charleston Chiefs but when he shows up for his first training session he discovers that he has been given the number 15 shirt instead of the number 23 as another team mate named Devon Fox, who plays in Nathans postion, already has the number 23. Devon threatens Nathan, and says he's not going to be taking his spot. After struggling during the training session he returns to see the photos of Haley and Jamie ripped up, as well as one of him and Quentin. Angered and spurred on by this Nathan threatens the member saying that he's going to take his spot and he can have it back after Nathan is called up to the NBA. Nathan also ask his coach if he can wear the number 12 instead as a tribute to Jamie.

Memorable Moments

In the Pilot Episode, Nathan and Lucas go against eacother, a similar situation in Season 4. They were basically strangers in Season 1, but in Season 4, with the same scenario, they have grown close. They became more than brothers, they became best friends.



-People think that if you love somebody hard enough then everything is just going to work out. People are wrong. 50 years from now, I hope you got what you wanted Haley, but getting married to you was the worst mistake of my life. Here's a little advice, never get married. In the end, you'll only be miserable.

-Life's funny sometimes; can push pretty hard like when you fall in love with someone but they forget to love you back, like when your best friend and your boyfriend leave you alone, like when you pull the trigger or light the flame and you can't take it back. Like I said, in sports they call this 'stepping up'. In life, I call it 'pushing back. You know it's been said that we just don't recognize the significant moments of our lives while they're happening. We grow complacent with ideas, or things or people and we take them for granted and it's usually not until that thing is about to be taken away from you that you've realized how wrong you've been that you realized how much you need it, how much you love it. God, I love this game. You ever heard the expression 'The best things in live are free.' Well that expression is true.' Every once in a while, people step up they rise above themselves sometimes they surprise you and sometimes they fall short. Life is funny sometimes. It can push pretty hard but if you look close enough, you can find hope in the words of children, in the bars of the song and in the eyes of someone you love. And if you're lucky, if you're the luckiest person on this entire planet, the person you love decides to love you back.

-Realize now that when your heart breaks, you got to fight like hell to make sure your still alive. Because you are. And that pain you feel? That's life. The confusion and fear? That's there to remind you, that somewhere out there is something better, and that something is worth fighting for.

-When you turn out the lights it's all the same darkness.

-If she loves me and I love her... What's there to figure out??

-When I fell to the floor tonight, I was so scared, I was so terrified. Then I saw you, and I promised myself that if I could just get up, I'd walk over to you... I'd tell you how much I need you and how much I want you... and how nothing else matters.

-you got it right Peyton, people always leave.

-Someday, this beach might wash away…the oceans may dry…the sun could dim but on that day, I’ll still be loving you. Always and forever. I promise you.

-people think that if you love somebody hard enough, then everything's gonna work out. people are wrong.

-Its been said that we just don’t recognize the significant moments of our lives while there happening…we grow up complacent with ideas or things or people and we take them for granted an its usually not until that thing is about to be taken away from you that you realize how wrong you’ve been…that you realize how much you really need it…how much you love it.

-The roots are still there, it just takes time. Don't say I never gave you anything.

-People are mean... life's a bitch

-You know for most of my life I would have gone through this alone, but then I met you. And I finally found someone I could depend on like I've got this. So I guess I called you 'cause I wanted to know if that was still there.

-You realize I wouldn't be in this situation if it wasn't for you. If you'd stayed in your place at the river court I never would have met Haley. You ruined my life, man. You'd better watch your back.

-I think there's something in your heart you're running from. you know there's a girl you have feelings for. you can be mad at me all you want, you can say your heart's fine, but until you tell this girl how you feel, your heart's gonna be flawed.

-I like the fact that somebody like you sees something in me my scar stopped hurting once my heart stopped hurting right around the time you came home.

-Right. Kind of like with you and Lucas? You see! It's not so easy getting back in the ring. Especially with the one who knocked you out in the first place

- I was hurt, Haley. But I was still proud of you. Everyday

-No. Think about it. Dan and Karen. You and Lucas. Me and Haley. You got it right, Peyton. People always leave.

"So how naked do we have to get?"