- Peyton... I have loved you since the first time I saw you, and this ring and these words, are just a simple way, to show to the rest of the world what was been in my heart for as long as I have known you, I love you! Peyton Elizabeth Sawyer, I always have, and I always will.
- ―Lucas to Peyton, during their wedding day.
The first meeting between the two, occurs in the pilot episode of the show, when, while Lucas was crossing the road, dribbling, Peyton was in his car, looking for a CD, and nearly invests him. Their love story has never been easy, being full of obstacles right from the start. At the beginning of the show, in fact, Peyton, was the girlfriend of Lucas rival and half-brother, Nathan Scott, while Lucas was the boyfriend of Brooke Davis, Peyton's best friend since childhood. From the beginning Leyton was written to be the central fulcrum of the show in general. Both are the love of life, each other, despite several times, have been separated from "other loves", they are always coming together inevitably, and the two are the central couple of the show.
TimelineWith Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept"), where Peyton is left fighting for her life after being shot in the leg. Lucas goes in search of her and finds her hiding out in the library. She tells him that he's always saving her. He stays there with her while they wait for the lockdown to end. But as time ticks on, so do the fading moments of Peyon's life. Knowing that she could die, Peyton spoke to Lucas, "If I say 'I love you,' right now, will you hold it against me? 'Cause I've lost a lot of blood...come here," which led to them sharing a meaningful kiss. When she finally passed out from blood loss Luke did the only thing he could, he picked her up and carried her out of the school despite the grave risk to his own life, and thus saving hers.
After that, everything changed. Keith was murdered, everyone was blaming Jimmy Edwards (who died), and their worlds were turned upside down. It was Larry Sawyer who made Peyton realize what she wanted by telling her this wise piece of advice, "Just promise me one thing - promise me that when you pick the boy you're really going to be with, that he'll be someone who respects you and treats you well. And, it's someone who makes your heart race and that he's someone you love because of what he is, not what he does. Because, that's how I felt about your mother, and that’s how I want you to feel one day. Use your head and follow your heart." ("I Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy And All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me "). Peyton went to go see Jake, thinking it was what her heart wanted until one night Jake heard her saying "Lucas… I love you," in her sleep causing Jake to realize that she needed to go back home. She did, upset and confused. But on the night of Haley and Nathan's rehearsal dinner, Peyton realizes that she still has feelings for Lucas after all this time, though he is still dating Brooke. This led to Peyton later confessing to Brooke about this, putting a rift in the friendship once again. Brooke not only cuts Peyton out of her life, but she breaks up with Lucas too.
As time rolls on for the rest of their senior year, the two start to have not only a real relationship, but Peyton finds herself truly happy. Along the way they come up with a few bumps like her having issues with PDA (which she gets over with a passionate kiss in the hallway during school) and Lucas suspecting Jimmy Edwards didn't murder his Uncle Keith. But as the school year comes to end, it leaves the two on a high note, happily in love and ready to face the real world together as partners in crime.
The day after graduation, Peyton was supposed to fly to LA with Brooke to spend their summer together. Lucas got Cure tickets the day after to spend one last day with Peyton whilst Brooke spent more time with her boyfriend at the time, Chase. Peyton soon leaves for LA and Lucas spends his time at home, helping his mother take care of his new sister, Lily. Lucas then goes to college with Nathan and Haley. Lucas and Peyton go days without speaking and only trade a few e-mails. Peyton was supposed to come see Lucas at a championship game that Lucas coached with Whitey. Peyton couldn't go because she couldn't get off from work. Lucas and Nathan win the championship and confetti falls. The confetti reminds Lucas of the kiss he and Peyton shared at the state championship in high school.
Lucas sees Nathan and Haley with Jamie, all looking happy. Lucas is on a bus when Peyton sends him a music clip of the song "Heartbeats" and Lucas realizes he wants to go see Peyton. He asks Whitey to drop him off at the airport which Whitey agrees to and leaves him there. He goes to see Peyton which she is extremely surprised about. Lucas notices Peyton isn't living her dream, all she does is give people coffee and work in a mail room all day. He makes dinner plans for the both of them, but Peyton has to leave during the dinner and tells him to meet her at the hotel. Lucas goes back to the hotel and waits hours for Peyton to return, eventually falling asleep. He drops the engagement ring box on the floor which Peyton finds. She waits till he wakes up. Lucas wakes up and sees Peyton with the ring box, sitting in one of the chairs and thinking about how much she loves Lucas. Lucas says he wanted it to be a surprise and starts to propose to her by saying, "Peyton, I love you and I want us to be together forever." Peyton interrupts him and says, "Luke, wait, there's a lot we have to talk about." She tells Lucas she wants to wait and she will marry him someday. Peyton says she doesn't want Lucas to move to LA because she doesn't want him to give up his dreams of being a writer and one day wake up and resent her for it. She said she will feel the same way if he told her to give up her dreams and move back to Tree Hill. Peyton says to wait another year because she doesn't want either of them to give up on their dreams and resent the other one for it in years to come. Lucas starts to say that they've hardly spoken and only trade a few e-mails. They've only seen each other 3 times in the past year and Peyton says, "If you can't trust our love can last a year, I don't know how you're thinking about forever," Lucas takes this as her rejecting his proposal. He departs the next morning without her knowing and leaves behind a CD Peyton gave him earlier.
Peyton is shown at work the next day, crying. She starts to slam the paper copier until a movie producer walks in, tells her it's only a paper jam and attempts to hit on her. She tells him she doesn't want him to hit on her and he gives her advice, "The best thing about a paper jam is it forces you to open it up and see what went wrong in the first place." Meanwhile, Lucas is heading back home when a woman named Lindsey Strauss calls him up to tell him she wants to publish his novel. They meet up for a few drinks and then later that night, Lucas meets up with Brooke. Lucas tells Brooke he proposed to Peyton but she said no. Brooke took Peyton's side saying he shouldn't have ambushed her with a proposal. They spend the night hanging out until Lucas wants to spend the night with Brooke. She rejects him because she realized a long time ago that every time Peyton breaks Lucas' heart, he tries to hook up with another girl. Lucas tells her, "I feel so lost without her, Brooke. I don't know what to do without her."
Brooke tells him to focus on his book and she leaves to go back to her business. Soon, Lucas' book has a signing in LA which he invites Peyton to. Peyton says she will come. She shows up and Lucas doesn't see her. She's smiling until she sees Lindsey kiss Lucas on the cheek, thinking they were together. Peyton walks out in tears but Lucas and Lindsey weren't together at the time. Julian, the movie producer, takes Peyton to a party and they form a relationship. Julian breaks up with Peyton because he realizes she is still deeply in love with Lucas, because she buys Lucas's book every time she sees it and reads it over and over again in front of Julian. Julian is tired of it and says, "I wonder if there'll ever be a day when I'm not sharing you with Lucas Scott." Peyton thought she was in love with Julian but it turned out that he was only a rebound. Meanwhile, in Tree Hill, Lucas is forming a relationship with Lindsey which his best friend, Haley, approves of. Peyton decides that she misses Lucas and returns to Tree Hill.
A few weeks after the wedding gone wrong, Lucas is still hiding out on Andy's boat with him, his mother Karen, and Lily. Andy gives him some insightful advice on how to pick himself up and this causes Luke to fly to New York to try and win Lindsey back. But she declines, and Lucas is more heart broken.
During that time, Peyton helps Brooke get on her feet with her newly temporarily adopted daughter, Angie, which causes them both to feel crazy from lack of sleep. This leads to awkward moments between Lucas and Peyton, one in which he sees her with messy hair wearing her pajamas, consisting of very short shorts and a large T-shirt.
Towards the end of the season Lucas finds out Lindsey had started dating again and goes into an uproar during a Ravens game. He then goes on a drinking binge, from which Peyton later finds him passed out at the bar. She takes him, cleans him up, and puts him to bed. This in turns causes Lucas to wake up drunk and tell her, "Peyton, I hate you. I wish you'd never come back. You ruined my life." ("Hate Is Safer Than Love" - 5.17) Peyton leaves hurt and in tears.For the rest of the week, Lucas just keeps on going back to Tric and gets drunk since he has no job and is constantly depressed. This somehow leads to one morning Nathan and Jamie coming over to surprise him but to find out his hair was shaved into a mohawk (which later makes Jamie think it's cool and causes his nephew to want the same style).
Haley ends up shaving the rest of his head and then they then go out for a drive. She has him stop at a green light and a water balloon crashes on the front windshield of his car. It was from Peyton, expressing how angry she was at Luke for telling her that he hated her.
After all that, Haley breaks her code of silence and shares information from her and Lucas's childhood. Peyton finds out that since he was 13 years old, Lucas has been in love with her. She feels inspired and paints the river court as a way to send a love note to Lucas. He sees it and starts to ponder which girl is for him: Peyton, Lindsey, or Brooke. Haley comes and finds him sitting on the river court and tells him, "You know that romantic notion that all the garbage and the pain is really healing and beautiful and sort of poetic? It’s not. It’s just garbage and it’s pain. You know what’s better? Love. The day that you start thinking that love is overrated is the day that you’re wrong. The only thing wrong with love and faith and belief is not having it."
Later on Lucas goes to find Peyton at her record studio over at Tric and confesses, "I don't hate you. I remember the first time I ever saw you, all skinny arms and tangled mess of hair. It was hard letting you go, Peyton. You know? It was hard losing you and it was hard seeing you again and it's still really hard." ("What Comes After The Blues" - 5.18). The two realize that they had too much history and that it still meant something after all this time. This prompts Lucas to call one of the girls on his cell phone and ask one of them to come meet him at the airport and go to Vegas to get married. The 5th season ends with viewers not knowing which girl Lucas called.Sawyer Brooke Scott. Peyton awakens from her coma and is overjoyed to see her beautiful new daughter. The young family then leaves Tree Hill, and Peyton and Sawyer are never seen again.
Lucas returns to Tree Hill and tells Jamie and Haley that Peyton and Sawyer are doing well, but Sawyer has cold so Peyton stayed behind to take care of her.
- 1x01 - Lucas and Peyton talk for the first time.
- 1x07 - Lucas and Peyton's first kiss. Peyton rejects his confession.
- 1x09 - Peyton confesses her feelings for Lucas but ends up being turned down in favor of Brooke.
- 1x12 - Lucas and Peyton give into their feelings, kiss and nearly have sex.
- 1x13 - Unable to forget this, they begin an affair behind Brooke's back.
- 1x15 - Peyton ends their affair out of guilt for betraying Brooke.
- 3x16 - During the Tree Hill High shooting, Lucas finds a wounded Peyton in the library. She confesses her love for him and the two share a memorable kiss.
- 3x21 - Peyton realizes she is in love with Lucas.
- 4x08 - Peyton confesses her love for Lucas, who was totally unprepared.
- 4x09 - Lucas and Peyton get together officially for the first time.
- 4x11 - Lucas confesses his love for Peyton.
- 4x17 - Lucas and Peyton have sex together for the first time.
- 5x01 - Peyton returns to Tree Hill, making things uncomfortable for Lucas.
- 5x05 - Flashbacks show Lucas proposing to Peyton and being turned down, ending their relationship.
- 5x07 - Peyton admits she returned to Tree Hill for Lucas and they kiss.
- 5x18 - Lucas chooses Peyton over Lindsey and Brooke.
- 6x01 - Lucas and Peyton get engaged.
- 6x23 - Lucas and Peyton get married.
- 6x24 - Peyton gives birth to her and Lucas' child, Sawyer Scott.
- Start Up: Crash Course in Polite Conversation (1x12)
- Break Up: Suddenly Everything Has Changed (1x15)
- Start Up: Some You Give Away (4x09)
- Break Up: Between All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone and 4 Years, 6 Months, 2 Days (4x21\5x01)
- Their 'catchphrase' is: True Love Always. ("Don't Dream It's Over")
- A big part of their relationship is Lucas always saving Peyton from danger. ("With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept") ("I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness")
- Lucas Scott and Peyton Sawyer are classified as a super couple along with Nathan Scott and Haley James Scott.