It was a different church and a different couple, but I was experiencing serious deja vu to Keith's wedding. Ultimately, the end result was the same: a Scott man was left standing at the altar.
Throughout this season, the writers have been driving home the point of Lucas following in Keith's footsteps, especially in the active role he plays in being Jamie's uncle. Tonight's opening scene didn't even try to be subtle, with Lucas' voice-over talking about the local road trips he, Karen and Keith used to take, all while we were seeing scenes of Jamie, Haley and Lucas in the car as a Bruce Springsteen's "My Hometown" played in the background (this Jersey girl would like to thank the producers for that). Of course, the one major difference is that Lucas isn't pining for Haley he's pining for Peyton, only he still doesn't quite realize that. Wake up Luke! Haley saw what was going on, and eventually, so did Lindsey: The boy in the manuscript had his life changed by a comet, and he waits for the comet to come back; Peyton drives a Comet. You would think a guy who's always quoting poetry and analyzing literature would be able to see this. But I guess what they say is true: You never see what's right in front of your face.
We viewers got to see what was going on in the minds of a lot of the characters courtesy of some daydream scenes. For a minute, I thought the scene in the beginning in which Nathan grabbed Haley and kissed her was real, but I soon realized it was just too good to be true (I did catch on before the indoor rain started). But when Peyton stood up in the church and proclaimed her love for Lucas, I wasn't sure what was happening. I was praying that this too was a figment of her imagination, as I cringed when she exclaimed, "You fixed my car." Thankfully she did not really do that. I want Lucas and Peyton back together, but that was just painful. As was the look on Peyton's face all night, which was occasionally masked by a strained brave front. I don't know how she did it I get that she wanted to support Lucas as a friend, but I don't think I could attend the wedding of someone I was still in love with.
Speaking of love, it looks like Karen has found the strength to move on and rekindle her relationship with Andy. I was always fond of him: He's cute and he has an appealing accent what's not to like. Karen also gave Peyton and Brooke some good advice about finding love in places you'd never imagine, such as in work or a new relationship. Of course, this was the point when Brooke chimed in with "children," and we later learned that she wants a kid in order to fill some of the emptiness in her life...but that seems like a plot that's merely been hinted at and will be fleshed out down the road. Back to Karen's advice I couldn't help but feel bad for Lindsey throughout this episode, because she had no one like Karen to go to. I realize she's not one of the regular characters, but could they have cast a mom for her for at least this one episode? Perhaps a cousin and a fellow editor coworker too? They didn't even have to have lines merely let them stand near her. She just seemed so alone. Her wedding party consisted of one person: her newish friend Haley. When she ran out of the church, no one ran after her. When she went back to Lucas' to get her things, no one went with her. Half the church was filled with her family and friends, yet no one was there for her after experiencing a devastating non-wedding? Perhaps one of them could have stopped her from saying "I could be your comet" to Lucas (I was hoping that was a daydream too, but no, she really said that).
When Lindsey finally left Lucas' house, her exit felt pretty final. I hope it is let this triangle be over. Let the woman leave with some dignity. But there'll be no such dignity for nanny Carrie, who tonight officially joined the long list of
One Tree Hill psycho characters. As many of you predicted, she did indeed kidnap Jamie, and Dan saved the day. Though a bit predictable, I prefer this to the alternative popular theory of Dan and Carrie being in cahoots (that would have really echoed the Keith and Jules/Emily's non-wedding). Why did Skills let Jamie go to the bathroom alone? Why didn't Haley and Nathan ever tell Jamie that Carrie was a bad person that should be feared? The kidnapping plotline quickly eclipsed the wedding story, and thank goodness Dan didn't do as Haley said and stay away (loved their scene together, with Haley intensely yelling at him and Dan being all smarmy and acting like it was a turn-on).
I'm not sure how Dan got a frightened Jamie to let him in that hotel room. After all, the kid had nightmares about his grandfather. But Dan can be a pretty convincing guy. As well as a pretty terrifying guy: When he had his hand around Carrie's throat, I wasn't sure whether he would actually kill her. Then he threatened her and told he about how he killed his own brother in cold blood. That was a powerful scene, and I was so mad at Carrie I was kind of cheering him on. By the end, I was worried that no one would believe Dan they already all thought he was the one who took Jamie. But then Jamie explained, "Grandpa Dan saved me," and they have no reason not to believe the kid. Then Dan entered, looking all smug as usual. Everyone was shocked, but Karen's face was just priceless. I hope we see more of her this season.
So in the end, one Scott boy reconnected with his wife (though it was a shame it took something as drastic as their son's kidnapping to bring Nathan and Haley back together), while the other lost his wife-to-be. I was surprised that Lindsey was the one who ultimately said "No" at the altar, but I'm glad one of them did. Although, it might have been more fun if, as Skills suggested, Lucas said the wrong name "just like Ross did on
Friends" (who knew Skills was a
Friends fan?!). I'm glad they didn't leave us with a cliffhanger. For the next two weeks, consider One Tree Hill off on its spring break. Then it moves to Mondays (I can't picture it not on Tuesdays!): April 7th is a repeat of this episode, and April 14th is the start of six brand-new, post-strike episodes. See you then!
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It was a different church and a different couple but I was experiencing serious deja vu to Keiths wedding Ultimately the end result was the same a Scott man was left standing at the altarThroughout this season the writers have been driving home the point of Lucas following in Keiths footsteps especially in the active role he plays in being Jamies uncle Tonights opening scene didnt even try to be subtle with Lucas voice-over talking about the local road trips he Karen and Keith used to take all while we were seeing scenes of Jamie Haley and Lucas in the car as a Bruce Springsteens My Hometown played in the background this Jersey girl would like to thank the producers for that Of course the one major difference is that Lucas isnt pining for Haley hes pining for Peyton only he still doesnt quite realize that Wake up Luke Haley saw what was going on and eventually so did Lindsey The boy in the man