Another week, another good opening scene. This one was both funny and insightful, as we got to hear each character's first thoughts of the day ( I especially loved Brooke's first thought: "Brooke!"). And Jamie's little feet between Haley and Nathan created the picture of a happy family, followed by all their fun early morning spelling.
So then it's time to get back to work. No, I don't mean stop reading this blog and get back to work, I mean it was time for Lucas to finally get back to work, after a month at sea. He came back to a 4-8 record and a still-injured (but pretending not to be) Quentin. Skills had promised not to tell, but of course he's going to discuss the star player's injury with his fellow coach. This led to another cast for Q., as well as some harsh words from him for Skills. His accusations pissed off Skills, but on the plus side, it looks like Skills might finally get a subplot out of this.
When Quentin wasn't mouthing off to Skills, he was either crying or kicking Nathan's ass in a little one-on-one action on the basketball court. Nate was rusty as expected, but it was good to see him take some baby steps at a comeback. However, I think getting beat by an injured Q. crushed his confidence. I'm not sure what it will take to get Nathan back out there now. His bitter confrontations with Dan certainly aren't helping.
Nate's better half also took some steps toward a comeback of her own regarding her singing career, and with better results. It was nice to see Haley and Peyton not only working together again, but acting like friends again, without talk of Lindsey coming between them.
Peyton and Lucas were actually paling around again too, taking a walk and chatting. These two have such an easy rapport together why can't Lucas embrace that? Inevitably, the subject of Lindsey came up, and Lucas told Peyton that he doesn't blame her for any of it, despite how she can't help feeling responsible. Then he talked about Lindsey coming back to him. The way a creepy, obsessed person who's in denial talks. Seriously, I think he's a few steps shy of going up to New York and becoming a stalker.
At least things were looking up romantically for Mouth and Millicent. He gave up a good broadcasting job in Omaha ("a small market" like Tree Hill is a big market?) for her. It was a big sacrifice for him, but I think it shows how much he values this new relationship. Naturally, he then got worried when Millicent was hesitant to move in with him. It turned out this wasn't because she's not as committed to him as he is to her, but because she's a virgin. His no-rush "two beds" suggestion worked, and Millie was rolling her luggage into his place in no time.
While Mouth and Millicent will now be spending more time together, Brooke and Owen will be bonding less. Much less, as in they broke up. They're so distant that Owen didn't even appear on-screen! First we saw the end of Brooke's one-sided argument on the phone, then his buddy Chase arrives and lets Brooke know that Owen won't be showing up. The way they handled this breakup bothered me. I was liking Owen more and more, and this seemed completely out of character for him. He was jealous of Brooke's new foster baby before it even arrived? This is a man who went above and beyond when helping Brooke with her junkie friend, but the mere thought of a baby is too much for him to handle? He's a man who helped convince Brooke to stand up to her mother; he's a bartender who wouldn't let her drive drunk; a guy who wouldn't sleep with her when she practically threw herself at him in the back of his car. His character is the walking definition of responsibility having him cut and run before giving the situation a trial run didn't feel right. At the very least, give us a heated breakup scene with Owen saying he doesn't want kids or yelling at her for not discussing this with him first. This felt way too rushed.
But hey, at least this no-show Owen fiasco allowed us to see Chase again, albeit briefly. He delivered Brooke the bad news about Owen and then said goodbye for himself as well, as he was taking off. But the fact that they made Chase a stand-up guy who says goodbye in person, as well as that lingering look between him and Brooke made me wonder if perhaps this isn't the last we'll see of him. I hope not, because Brooke (and her purple monkey) deserve to be happy. And finally she was, in that closing shot with her and the ill baby that she'll be temporarily caring for. I think this situation will be a good test for her, but her friends are right: It's gonna be so hard to give up this baby after she recovers from her surgery.
Brooke will surely need some help caring for this infant. And Nathan and Haley finally got some help after interviewing a long list of more too-hot nannies (the one male applicant seemed especially fond of Nathan). Ultimately, they turned to family and are going to have Grandma Deb help them out! Oops I mean Nanny Deb, as she prefers to be called. Finally, Deb returned! She was only in the episode for a few moments, so we know nothing about what she's been up to or where she's been. It looks like she'll be sticking around for awhile, so perhaps we'll get filled in on her missing years in the coming weeks hopefully there's a juicy story or two in there. If not, I'm sure the inevitable Dan-Deb reunion scene won't let us down.
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Another week another good opening scene This one was both funny and insightful as we got to hear each characters first thoughts of the day I especially loved Brookes first thought Brooke And Jamies little feet between Haley and Nathan created the picture of a happy family followed by all their fun early morning spellingSo then its time to get back to work No I dont mean stop reading this blog and get back to work I mean it was time for Lucas to finally get back to work after a month at sea He came back to a 4-8 record and a still-injured but pretending not to be Quentin Skills had promised not to tell but of course hes going to discuss the star players injury with his fellow coach This led to another cast for Q as well as some harsh words from him for Skills His accusations pissed off Skills but on the plus side it looks like Skills might finally get a subplot out of thisWhen Quentin wasnt mouthing off to S