01/30/2008 at 12:00 AM EST
It's like 2005 all over again, when Chad Michael Murray
's four-month marriage to wife (and OTH
costar) Sophia Bush ended
. On Tuesday's show, North Carolina's sexiest bachelor Lucas (Murray) became eligible once again. He's now a soon-to-be-published author, too. In a frenzied, mushy moment, Lucas flies to L.A. and drops to one knee to propose to longtime girlfriend, Peyton (Hilarie Burton
). "You're the one I want next to me when my dreams come true," Lucas says. Surprisingly -- and heartbreakingly -- Peyton turns him down, as the ring's box, still unopened
, falls to the ground from Lucas's hand.
Her excuse? "I am not saying no," Peyton says. "I'm saying not now. I want to marry you someday."
Minutes later, a New York literary agency calls Lucas on his iPhone, offering to publish his first novel. Cha-ching! As Peyton slings coffee for crabby L.A. agents, Lucas hops a plane back East -- and realizes he's single again.
Another former love interest, Brooke (real-life ex-wife Bush) urges him to move on from Peyton. "I feel lost, Brooke," Lucas says. "I don't know what to do without her." Maybe she has some ideas? -- Nicholas White
Tell us: Will Lucas go back to Peyton? Or will sparks fly again between Brooke and Lucas?
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