Near the end of last night's episode, Brooke turned to Lucas and asked him, "Do you ever want to go back?...Would you do it differently?" She was talking about going back to when they were younger and doing things differently, but this could apply to so many of the stories that were referenced in last night's episode.
For example, would Lucas handle his relationship to Lindsey differently? Maybe not, because his answer to Brooke was that we all need to go through these difficult things in order to get to the places we want to be in life. So then I guess in his mind, his pathetic attempts to get back together with Lindsey are all part of them eventually getting back on the road to wedded bliss? He needs to wake up from this dream. Lindsey leaving behind her key to his house, after he insisted she keep it, was a pretty clear sign. You need to let this go, Luke. Now.
Similarly, Peyton needs to let Lucas go and move on with her life. Haley and Skills were advising her to do this, and it would be a good thing if she listened to them. Because now she's looking pathetic too, as Skills painted a picture of her reduced to cyber-stalking Lucas and seeing if he updated his online profile from engaged back to single. She's just waiting around for Lucas to want her again, and she deserves better than that. I'm a Lucas-Peyton fan, but the two of them are just too mopey right now. If they do eventually find their way back to one another, it should be because of something exciting not because they were both bored and neither of them had anything better to do.
Mouth and Millicent are hardly at a boring stage of their budding relationship, but if given the opportunity, would Mouth rethink his idea of having his roommates clean up their apartment for Millicent? Probably, because the guys were happier with their messy decor. And Millie felt like she was intruding, which was the last thing she wanted to do since she was moving into their turf. Her solution of bringing home beer and pizza and playing with water guns like one of the guys was a good approach to take, and she and Mouth seem to get sweeter each week, without getting nauseating.
Skills was regretting the beer he had before Lucas' wedding ceremony, and obviously he would love to change how he handled his babysitting duties that day. This was an important incident well worth revisiting. It was good to see that Skills had some feelings of guilt, because how could he not? I think anybody would in his situation. And he didn't talk to Nathan and Haley, instead he was reading things into their behavior that just weren't true this felt very realistic. As it turned out, Nathan and Haley have been so frazzled since the kidnapping incident that they're afraid to leave Jamie with anybody not just Skills. But now that they all talked about it, Skills can hang out with Jamie again and play Wii, because Skills is such a great guy who knew exactly what gift his little buddy wanted (not a boring book like Uncle Lucas gave him).
Speaking of good gifts, anonymous giver Dan (who wasn't allowed to attend the party) scored big with the birthday boy by giving him Nathan's first basketball jersey. Dan is probably the poster boy for wanting to go back and change things. (Though he didn't change a thing about his interaction with Deb he insulted her and referenced her pill-popping days, and she threw him out...it was just like old times!) I do believe that if Dan could go back in time, he wouldn't kill Keith. Maybe he would go back even further in time, and not be such a jerk of a father. He was growing quite nostalgic with Nathan at the beach house, referencing the good times the family had there long ago. Of course, his medical-condition death sentence may be prompting some of this regret. Apparently, Dan's heart condition has progressed, and unless he gets a heart transplant, he has only six months to live. Are they really going to kill him off the show? Because he's almost been killed off several times, and yet he keeps bouncing back. Maybe he will get a transplant, because I really can't picture this show without him. (Even when he wasn't in all of the first twelve episodes this season, his presence was still felt.)
Nevertheless, Dan's attempts to reach out to Nathan by leaving him the beach house in his will and telling him about the developments of his HCM didn't seem to be working. Dan's "I have a bad heart" declaration was met with Nathan's "You're just realizing that, Dad?" Ouch, but well said. Nathan turned and walked out on Dan's shocking news. Yet, he did call him Dad for the first time in awhile he had been calling him Dan most of this season. So, perhaps that shows the beginning of a thaw in this relationship?
Is Brooke regretting her new maternal relationship with baby Angie? I don't think so, though it is proving to be much harder than she thought. She had me worried with her comment, "Aren't I so Angelina?," seeming to equate having a baby as a Hollywood trend she wished to copy. But she handled Angie spitting up on her sketches rather well. And she reached out for help when she needed it. That help involved leaning on Lucas leaning quite literally in those closing scenes, as Brooke, Lucas and baby Angie all snuggled under a blanket on the couch.
Finally, did Deb regret inviting Bucko the creepy clown to Jamie's birthday party? I don't think so I think she rather enjoyed his company, especially her alone time with him. Deb hasn't changed one bit, and I guess now we know what she's been up to these past five years she's been clowning around. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) But I bet Haley would have preferred that this circus-themed guest didn't show up, as her longstanding fear of clowns has only intensified I'm sure.
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Near the end of last nights episode Brooke turned to Lucas and asked him Do you ever want to go backWould you do it differently She was talking about going back to when they were younger and doing things differently but this could apply to so many of the stories that were referenced in last nights episodeFor example would Lucas handle his relationship to Lindsey differently Maybe not because his answer to Brooke was that we all need to go through these difficult things in order to get to the places we want to be in life So then I guess in his mind his pathetic attempts to get back together with Lindsey are all part of them eventually getting back on the road to wedded bliss He needs to wake up from this dream Lindsey leaving behind her key to his house after he insisted she keep it was a pretty clear sign You need to let this go Luke NowSimilarly Peyton needs to let Lucas go and move on with her life Haley and Skills were advising her to do this