What a quiet, uneventful little episode of
One Tree Hill. Well, except for Jamie almost drowning. And Rachel almost dying. And Dan possibly getting paroled. And Haley saying she wants a divorce. Seriously, so much happened my head is still spinning!
Let's start with that all-important opening scene. I was enjoying the camera lingering on Nathan in the shower, obliviously thinking, "How nice the producers are providing a little something for the ladies." But then those hands appeared around his chest and jolted me out of my blissful state. Uh-oh. I knew those hands weren't going to belong to Haley. Seeing a soaking wet Nathan and Carrie just come out of the shower had to be one of the worst possible ways for Haley to wake up to the Nathan-Carrie situation.
On the one hand, I'm glad that Haley now knows something was up. Having Carrie simply give her notice and leave would have been way too anticlimactic a send-off after this plot has been building all season long. Seeing Haley's verbal smack down with Carrie when she came to get her stuff was satisfying: "It's in the garage, boxes are marked `whore.' " However, things between Nathan and Haley veered way too far off course. I can understand Haley initially throwing Nathan out the Carrie situation caught her completely off guard, and she needed some time to come to process things. But when she heard about the kiss, she jumped overboard with her reaction. I have two words for Haley: Chris Keller. Remember Haley, he kissed you just as Carrie kissed Nathan while you were married.
So while Nate and Hales were arguing about the concept of fidelity, adorable little Jamie went after his ball that fell into the giant pool, and he nearly drowned. Thankfully, mom and dad saved him, but a moment later Haley was telling Nathan that he's destroyed their family and therefore this marriage is over she wants a divorce. Yes, something very traumatic had just happened. But both of them weren't watching the kid, not just Nathan. And while Nathan handled the flirting nanny situation very poorly (on many, many occasions), it's like Haley's not even giving him a real chance to explain things now.
Nathan's silence is becoming a real problem for him. It got him into trouble with not only Haley last night, but with Lucas as well. Seems that Nate forgot to tell Luke about his little prison visit with Dan a few weeks back. This took some of the punch out of Lucas' otherwise very powerful speech at Dan's parole hearing (I particularly liked the part where he called out Dan's persuasiveness and alluded to his "dark, ugly heart"). Dan's teary-eyed plea to the board was also good he sounded genuinely remorseful. Of course, he also knows what that parole board wanted to hear, and he played right into that. Yet I do think Dan was sincere. I also think he doesn't deserve to get out of prison yet his crime was too awful. But at the same time, I want him to be paroled I love his evil character, so I want him back in Tree Hill, causing havoc.
If Dan does get paroled, Lucas was right in pointing out that he could cause trouble for Jamie. I don't think Dan would ever intentionally hurt Jamie, but he could play with his mind the way that only Dan can. Yet right now I'm more concerned about Jamie when Carrie's around him when she visited him at school, I really thought she was going to kidnap him. Thankfully she didn't, but I don't think we can completely rule her out a potential danger just yet. Ironically, Jamie's safety was at risk not because of Dan or Carrie last night, but because of his neglectful parents.
Meanwhile, Dan's recent absence as a parent in Nathan's life seems to be a real void for Nate, as he revealed to Lucas. During the car rides to and from the parole hearing, as well as the hearing itself, it became clear that Nathan will always be more forgiving of Dan than Lucas, and he will always want Dan in his life more. This is entirely understandable Dan abandoned Lucas as a child, and he took away Keith from him. Lucas' hatred for Dan continues to intensify. And though Nathan will often tell Dan off, he eventually reverts back to looking like a wounded little boy in Dan's presence.
Similarly, Brooke looked like an overwhelmed little girl when confronted with the ugly reality of Rachel's overdose. Brooke was seriously out of her element, so it was a good thing she happened to bring along Owen. The man knows how to handle both junkies and their suppliers because, as we just learned, he's a recovering addict himself. He also knows the value of true friendship, and he convinced Brooke to step up and be there for Rachel. Apparently Rachel was that friend that Brooke fired several weeks ago. She also cut Rachel out of her life, simply because Victoria told her to do so. It was surprising to learn what a crappy friend Brooke has been to Rachel lately, in light of what a great friend she's been to Peyton this season. Though it looks like Brooke's now trying to make amends with Rachel.
Peyton and Mia showed each other extreme loyalty in their friendship when Peyton's old boss tried tempting Mia and guilt tripping Peyton. In the end, they stuck by each other and played him, getting what they wanted from him. A happy story at last. I don't predict that same happy ending for Quentin if he plays without that cast he cut off, but you know he's going to do just that. Oh, Lindsey wasn't in the episode at all this week I just now realized that. I knew Skills and Mouth were missing, but I forgot about Lindsey. Well, I'm sure she'll be back next week after all, she has nuptials to plan. So while one Scott brother will be planning a wedding, the other one will be facing the threat of a divorce.
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What a quiet uneventful little episode of One Tree Hill Well except for Jamie almost drowning And Rachel almost dying And Dan possibly getting paroled And Haley saying she wants a divorce Seriously so much happened my head is still spinningLets start with that all-important opening scene I was enjoying the camera lingering on Nathan in the shower obliviously thinking How nice the producers are providing a little something for the ladies But then those hands appeared around his chest and jolted me out of my blissful state Uh-oh I knew those hands werent going to belong to Haley Seeing a soaking wet Nathan and Carrie just come out of the shower had to be one of the worst possible ways for Haley to wake up to the Nathan-Carrie situationOn the one hand Im glad that Haley now knows something was up Having Carrie simply give her notice and leave would have been way too anticlimactic a send-off after this plot has been building all season long