Disclaimer: I’ve seen precisely two episodes of One Tree Hill, and I don’t even know why. There might be backstory of which I am not aware.
Viewing 1: There are shooters in the high school. Several students are held hostage, most noteably a curly-haired moppet named Peyton. Bad things happen, she gets shot. The Big Damn Hero of the show, Lucas, literally carries her out of the building and saves her life.
Viewing 2: Peyton’s long lost brother’s in town. Only the Big Damn Hero suspects brother isn’t really brother and something hinky’s going on. As it turns out, he’s right. Brother isn’t really brother, but some sick stalker who eventually chases Peyton around her house and tries to kill her. Big Damn Hero shows up to rescue her again. At one point in this episode, she actually says the words, “You’re always saving me!”
So, is this Peyton woman (I’d say girl, because this show’s supposed to be about high school kids but I’ll be damned if any of them look or act like any teenagers I know; that’s another story) fulfilling only the damsel role? She doesn’t seem to have many other qualities, though I highly suspect she and the Big Damn Hero are destined to be together, as in One True Pairing. So she might have Love Interest in her future, or have already achieved that illustrious status. I’d like to think I made a snap judgement, and that there’s more to this show than horrid stereotypes (there are more I picked up on, male and female).
Somehow I doubt it. I’d love for someone to tell me I’m wrong.