OK, last scene first. Because in a night full of surprises (Chase! Bevin!), Haley's late-night phone call had my jaw dropping the most. After fulfilling her promise to be Lucas' pre-editor, Haley picks up the phone to make a call as we hear Lucas' voice-over about love and broken hearts mending. I thought for sure that something Lucas had written inspired her to melt a bit and call Nathan. Then when Lucas answered his cell I thought perhaps she was going to ask her best friend for some advice. I did not expect her to say, "You can't marry Lindsey." What?! Is this the same woman who's been singing Lindsey's praises all season long? The same woman who was telling Peyton a few episodes ago that Lucas fell in love while waiting for her and that Peyton shouldn't ruin that? So, did Lucas write another book in which his love for Peyton comes shining through, because clearly something he wrote changed Haley's mind.
I wish she would have changed her mind regarding Nathan, but sadly we didn't get much resolution on that front. Thanks to Lucas and Lindsey's sneaky plan to make their bachelor and bachelorette parties a combo event, Nate and Hales were finally talking and in a calm tone, not yelling at one another. But it's not like all is forgiven yet. Instead, Haley's now putting the blame on herself, saying she should have never tried to change Nathan to begin with, because he is who he is and he's not capable of change. How the hell can she not see how Nathan is nothing like the obnoxious guy we first met in season 1? Aside from his occasional anger issues, he's a completely different guy. But he's also still quiet Nathan, and he said nothing to defend himself when Haley said all of that to him. I guess he was just too floored by it to respond.
As bad as I feel for Nathan and Haley, I feel even worse for little Jamie. So many sad Jamie scenes last night: turning his smiley-faced pancake into a frowny face; trying desperately to get mom and dad to play Rock Band with him; learning that "daddy's on a time out right now" and won't be home anytime soon. During that scene near the end with Jamie and Nathan sitting together on his bed, a look came across Jamie's face was just so heart wrenching. That little kid can really act.
Well, at least Jamie has Brooke and Skills, who both were there to comfort him and play with him during the party. I also liked Skills' chat with Haley about how she and Nathan lost sight of things with Jamie, who was trying so hard to get them to be a family again. Haley needed to hear that. And of course, Skills was there for comic relief during the bunny scene. His former better half, Bevin, also made a surprise appearance. Unfortunately, she and Skills didn't share any screen time and we learned no further details of their breakup. But we did learn she has a little boy named Nathan yep, same name as Tim's kid, and same picture. Bevin and Tim...who would have ever thought? Amusing, but I was always rooting for Bevin and Skills. Based on her "what happened to me" recap, Bevin didn't stay in touch with any of the gang over the past four years. Odd, since she had become such a good friend. As glad as I was to see her, her appearance was all too brief and a little disappointing. She was always perky, but she was little over-the-top last night. And though she had gotten less flaky as the seasons progressed, she was back to being rather ditzy last night.
The high-school reunion wasn't limited to just Bevin. Clean teen Chase also resurfaced, as Owen's good buddy and Peyton's blind date. I always liked Chase, so it was good to see him again. He got more screen time than Bevin enough time for things to progress from awkward to fondly nostalgic between him and Brooke. It was cute how he kissed Peyton when he noticed Lucas was looking, and then Peyton returned the favor when Brooke was glancing over.
The reunion continued with Brooke's new houseguest Rachel. While it was good thinking to keep Rachel away from the party, I have to question Brooke's judgement in not insisting she go to rehab. I know that Tree Hill has an excellent rehab facility, because I remember Deb climbing out if the window trying to break out of it once. Of course Rachel faced an uphill battle trying to kick her bad habits on her own, but then being dealt a one-two punch by Mouth and Victoria was just too much for her. First, Mouth wouldn't sleep with her (aww, he really cares for Millicent!). Yet he did leave Rachel with some good advice about how she needs to believe in herself and realize that she matters. Sadly, any confidence she tried to muster was annihilated by Victoria, who called her a junkie and told her deep down they both knew she wouldn't beat this thing. Exactly what Rachel didn't need to hear. Sure enough, Rachel was soon gone, and she took a wad a Brooke's money with her.
This led to a scene that was a long time coming: Brooke finally fired her mom. Victoria was particularly condescending last night, having meetings without Brooke and telling her (in front of Owen, no less) that things were "Way over your head..... Go play it's what you do best." Brooke kept taking crap like this from her all season, so it was very satisfying to hear Brooke finally tell her off and explain that a daughter shouldn't have to earn her mother's love, that it should be unconditional. This concept was obviously over Victoria's head.
Speaking of beloved parents, Dan's out! There was no interaction between him and his sons yet, as Dan was busy shopping for a basketball and understandably hooking up with a random salesgirl after nearly five years in prison. But I'm sure we won't have to wait long for some Scott family bonding. Next week: Lucas and Lindsey's wedding, which I'm sure will go smoothly...right? Can't wait!
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OK last scene first Because in a night full of surprises Chase Bevin Haleys late-night phone call had my jaw dropping the most After fulfilling her promise to be Lucas pre-editor Haley picks up the phone to make a call as we hear Lucas voice-over about love and broken hearts mending I thought for sure that something Lucas had written inspired her to melt a bit and call Nathan Then when Lucas answered his cell I thought perhaps she was going to ask her best friend for some advice I did not expect her to say You cant marry Lindsey What Is this the same woman whos been singing Lindseys praises all season long The same woman who was telling Peyton a few episodes ago that Lucas fell in love while waiting for her and that Peyton shouldnt ruin that So did Lucas write another book in which his love for Peyton comes shining through because clearly something he wrote changed Haleys mindI wish she would have changed her mi