Credit: Michael Tackett/The CW ©2011 The CW Network Photo: Chad Michael Murray Is Back!

Chad Michael Murray left One Tree Hill in 2009 to “pursue other projects” but the former teen heartthrob is making his return to Tree Hill on February 22 to reprise his roll as Lucas Scott.

In Season 9, Episode 7, “Last Known Surroundings,” Lucas returns home to help his former best friend, Haley James Scott, search for her missing husband, (and his half-brother) Nathan Scott, following his bizarre disappearance. Lucas is onhand to help Haley deal with her grief, and comfort his nephew (and Nathan’s son) Jamie.

Credit: Fred Norris /Michael Tackett/The CW ©2011 The CW Network Photo: Chad Michael Returns to One Tree Hill

While we love that CMM is returning to his roots, we couldn’t help but notice that The CW’s former wunderkind (he also had roles on fan favorites Dawson’s Creek and Gilmore Girls) isn’t quite the baby-faced cutie he used to be.

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