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One Tree Hill came back with a one-two punch? Followed by three, four, even five punches. How much fun was that opening scene?! Lucas was getting his frustrations out on Dan, who had no trouble defending himself. Nathan rushed to his brother's aid, but Dan pushed them both off with relative ease. It must have felt like just another day in the prison yard for Dan. Then little Jamie ran out to comfort Grandpa, which was quite sweet. He's old enough to know to be thankful to Dan for saving him, and he expressed his gratitude. It looked like he was the only one who did, as the rest of the Scotts are all still too mad at Dan to even talk to him, let alone thank him for rescuing Jamie. No one said coming home was going to be easy, Dan.
After that action-packed opening, it turned out to be a very talkative episode, in which each of the main characters were in need of someone to lend them an ear. Nathan and Haley have been going to couples counseling, and happily it seems to be working. Their therapist with a soothing British accent gave them good advice about recapturing who they once were, as well as allowing themselves to be young again. By the end, they were complimenting each other and sharing the same bed once again (and not just for sleeping). They were also contemplating getting back to basketball and music at their therapist's urging, and maybe this will help them be more fulfilled and not so resentful of one another. So it seems like Nathan and Haley are going to be OK, which is really good, because when these two are out of whack it's like the whole
One Tree Hill universe is out of alignment.
Lucas didn't have a real therapist, but he had his own pseudo-therapist with a lovely accent to give him advice: Andy. Apparently Lucas has been at sea with Karen, Andy and Lily for the past four weeks after the wedding. Well, the non-wedding. Being left at the altar has to be hard to get over, and obviously it will take time. But it doesn't seem like Lucas wants to move forward exactly. Instead, he wants to go back back to before all the mess happened, when he was still blissful with Lindsey. So, he wants to get her back. I was afraid this was going to happen. They're not going to let this triangle die anytime soon, are they? Lucas actually went to see Lindsey, who, not surprisingly, was none too pleased to see him. Then he gave her the ultimatum (what is it with this guy and ultimatums?) "I'll publish the book if you edit it." That's cruel to subject her to that to working with him and working on that book about Peyton's comet. He's not respecting Lindsey's wishes, and his not being able to take no for an answer is getting a little troubling.
Meanwhile, Peyton still wants Lucas of course. But more than that, she wants him to be happy, so she's still trying to muster the "patience, grace and strength" she needs to let him go. She let him go weeks ago, but it sounds like it's still a daily struggle for her to not go after him. She told all of this to Max record-store owner Max, aka creator
Mark Schwahn's on-screen alter ego. It was good seeing him again, as he always gives Peyton such sage advice in a laid-back manner. I'm sure it was good for her to hear that he believes in her music label. But now that he's selling the record store, I don't know when we'll get to see him again.
We didn't get to see Victoria tonight, but that doesn't mean she didn't have an impact on things. The info she gave the woman handling Brooke's adoption evaluation was enough to sabotage her daughter. The woman brought up the fact that Brooke ran her senior class presidency campaign on partying does stuff you do in high school (stuff that doesn't cross criminal lines) really haunt you for that long? That seemed a little ridiculous. But I can see Victoria's comment that her daughter would make a "terrible candidate" as indeed bearing much weight. Yet I think Brooke's heartfelt plea to the woman as she exited may have helped her case. Brooke does seem to be a bit young to be pursuing adoption, but she also seems to really want this, and she may be ready for it.
Similarly, Dan may be ready to be a grandfather. A loving grandfather, and not a controlling one. His scenes with Jamie are adorable, and he seems to truly enjoy talking to the kid. He has to do it secretly because Nathan and Haley aren't about to allow him near Jamie, but I don't think he's using his grandson. He's Dan, so I'm sure he has some malicious plans up his sleeve, but none that involve Jamie...or so I hope. And when he's not talking to Jamie, he's trying to pay his parole officer to listen to him, as he's so starved for company.
In the end, it appears that the talking cure worked. After vocalizing what was on their minds, all the characters seemed to be in a place where they're OK. For now. But this is Tree Hill, where more drama is always just around the corner.
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Is it safe to say that One Tree Hill came back with a one-two punch Followed by three four even five punches How much fun was that opening scene Lucas was getting his frustrations out on Dan who had no trouble defending himself Nathan rushed to his brothers aid but Dan pushed them both off with relative ease It must have felt like just another day in the prison yard for Dan Then little Jamie ran out to comfort Grandpa which was quite sweet Hes old enough to know to be thankful to Dan for saving him and he expressed his gratitude It looked like he was the only one who did as the rest of the Scotts are all still too mad at Dan to even talk to him let alone thank him for rescuing Jamie No one said coming home was going to be easy DanAfter that action-packed opening it turned out to be a very talkative episode in which each of the main characters were in need of someone to lend them an ear Nathan and Haley have been going to couples counseling and hap