We’re counting down the days to Thanksgiving by looking at a variety of Thanksgiving-themed TV episodes. Thanksgiving episodes are all different, but they have lots of tropes in common. Today we’re looking at the One Tree Hill episode “Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace.”
Directed by: Bethany Joy Lenz
Written by: Nikki Schiefelbein
Episode Number: Season 8, Episode 9
Where to Watch It: Netflix
Haley Scott’s opening voiceover talks about her plans to enjoy spending the holiday with the people around her. She says, “Dear Lucas, I can’t believe it’s already Thanksgiving. Remember the time we shared the wishbone? You got the bigger side, but you let me make the wish. That day, I wished that we’d always find the good in our lives. I’m pretty sure that can come true whenever we want it to, so I’m gonna make today about the good. Because there’s so much of it.”
Everyone is tense on this Thanksgiving, but Haley brings them together with a speech. She tells everyone, “Maybe instead of focusing on what we don’t have, we can focus on what we do have.”
Brooke Davis struggles through cooking. She’s clearly absolutely disgusted handling the turkey and she ends up setting off the fire alarm in her kitchen.
Meanwhile, the turkey Antwon Taylor orders is delivered to him still alive. He considers killing the turkey himself but decides against it.
Fortunately, Haley has cooked a big meal and was prepared for everyone who ends up joining.
Julian Baker’s favorite food is a “fluff salad.” Several fluff salads appear in this episode.
Chase Adams drinks alone and makes cocktails inspired by Thanksgiving foods.
Everyone plays a game of touch football in their backyard.
This breaks Thanksgiving episode tradition by not mentioning any of the history behind the holiday.