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Four More Years!

''One Tree Hill'''s time jump -- How Chad Michael Murray, Sophia Bush, and the rest of the CW series cast went from playing high schoolers to twenty-somethings

''One Tree Hill'''s time jump

Lucas

THEN
The brooding basketball player and budding writer (Chad Michael Murray) accepted a coaching gig at a tiny local college to stay near his family.
NOW
Working Division 14 hoops naturally led him to write a best-selling novel; now editor/girlfriend Lindsey (Michaela McManus) is pressuring him to finish a second. Whhile dealing with writer's block, he's coaching his old Tree Hill b-ball team.

Peyton

THEN
Setting her love for Lucas aside, Peyton (Hilarie Burton) — the artsy and often dejected one of the bunch — headed to L.A. to intern at a record company.
NOW
Having quit her music job after a run-in with her sleazy boss, she's come back home to Tree Hill to get reacquainted with morality. Conveniently enough, rich BFF Brooke has invested in Peyton's own record label. . .which will be just like an L.A. label, only less handsy.

Brooke

THEN
The fiery, slightly promiscuous cheerleader (Sophia Bush) became an amateur clothing designer and nabbed a contract with Victoria Secret.
NOW
At 21, she's the head of her own multimillion-dollar clothing brand and has her own magazine. Feeling unfulfilled, she decided to pack up her stilettos and leave NYC. But which fashion hub did she move to? Hey, how about the very plot-convienient…Tree Hill?!?

Nathan & Haley

THEN
Married in high school, the basketball MVP (James Lafferty) and the brainy ''Tutor Girl'' (Bethany Joy Galeotti) had a son on graduation day.
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Haley's teaching at — all together now — Tree Hill High, while Nathan's pro dreams were dashed after a bar fights left him temporarily paralyzed. Now son James (Jackson Brundage) is old enough to be off the bottle, but Nathan is sucking on a different one.

Mouth

THEN
Marvin ''Mouth'' McFadden (Lee Norris) lacked talent in the dating department, so he focused on another endeavor instead: sports broadcasting.
NOW
The token nice guy's still hanging with his ubiquitous sidekicks (like Antwon Tanner's Skills) while unsuccessfully trying to land an on-air reporting job. If only he were open to options beyond a three-mile radius of Tree Hill. But no one on this show ever is.

Originally posted Jan 11, 2008 Published in issue #974 Jan 18, 2008 Order article reprints