It began to dawn on me when I saw Lucas get Lindsey's message on his cell as he literally stood on Peyton's message on the river court: Are we gonna get a cliff-hanger ending? Indeed we were and not just one cliff-hanger, but two. And I'm totally fine with that, because I kind of like the classic setup of a season-ending cliff-hanger, that whole summer-full-of-anticipation feeling. Just as long as the show resolves the cliff-hangers well and comes back strong in the fall.
So cliff-hanger number one: Is Dan dead? If memory serves me correctly, this show has pulled this stunt as a season-ender once...wait, make that at least twice before. With the very same character! This time he wasn't in a fire nor did he have sudden heart failure, but he got hit (quite violently) by a car. And at that exact moment, he got a page that a heart was suddenly available for him. Talk about bad luck. Or, better yet, talk about karma. I guess what goes around really does come around, Dan. Ironic that it happened just as he was starting to put some good karma out there. First, he didn't smother the reverend for Dan, this is quite an accomplishment that shows a lot of growth and restraint. Then he helped an elderly man by picking up his cane for him and telling him to be careful. And then came that car that tossed him into the air.
So, will Dan Scott pull through once again? I certainly hope so. Because as he was explaining to the comatose reverend, he does need time to make amends. And I think it would be beneficial to Jamie, Nathan and Lucas if he could work on his relationships with them. Haley and Nathan kept telling Lucas all night that he had to let the darkness inside of him go, and I think part of that darkness he carries is his deeply fractured relationship with Dan.
But Dan can't be blamed for all of Lucas' problems. Lucas needs to look at himself in the mirror and accept responsibility for his recent crazy behavior. (As well as for that scary Mohawk though it wasn't that surprising, as Lucas has a pattern of taking his pain out on his hair. Case in point: the close-cropped do he sported as Season 2 began, back when he briefly left Tree Hill with Keith in order to escape or find himself or something like that.) Luke has to realize that it's his ultimatums, obsessiveness and inability to let go and move on that are what's hurting him. He can't blame Dan or Peyton or Lindsey for any of that.
So, whom did Lucas call? We won't know that for sure until the fall. We do know that Brooke was expecting a phone call about Angie landing safely, Peyton was waiting on a call from Mia regarding some guy who knew Ellie (Peyton's biological father?), and Lindsey...well, I don't know if anyone in particular was supposed to call her maybe her office? We know it wasn't the new guy she's seeing, because she made him up. She still loves Lucas, and finally admitted it to him in a voice-mail message. And Peyton bravely declared her love for Lucas in a very artistic, Peyton-esque way, sprawled out all over the river court. How she was able to do that after how Luke treated her last week is beyond me. I'm glad that he apologized last night, but she accepted his apology rather quickly. She should have made him work for it a little more. Their one scene together was rather sweet, albeit brief. I just always feel more of a connection between their characters on-screen than Lucas and Lindsey, so I'm rooting for his "I've got two tickets to Las Vegas. Do you wanna get married tonight?" call to be to P Sawyer. But I'm not ruling Linz out as a possibility. As for Brooke, I doubt the call was to her. They have a rekindled friendship, but nothing more I think.
Outside of Dan and Lucas and his many ladies, things were looking up for much of the rest of the Tree Hill gang, who were all facing being brave as an overriding theme of the night. Well, things were difficult for Brooke, as she had to say good-bye to Angie earlier than expected, but ultimately she was able to do it. Mouth was suffering the consequences of disappointing his bosses last week, but then he stepped up and saved the new (idiot) sports guy's day. And then in a triumphant moment, he quit. Seems like he and Millicent are now headed for Omaha. Deb and Skills seemed happy as they continued to sneak around with one another. Haley (and therefore Bethany) was singing again, and she was a really good friend to both Peyton and Luke last night (loved her "Sometimes people write the things they can't say" line). She was back to being helpful Haley, as opposed to the self-righteous Haley we saw earlier this season. And she was happier than ever with her family, as she looked lovingly at Nathan and Jamie frolicking in the pool and told her husband, "You still make my heart race."
As for Nathan and Jamie, they both faced their fears and conquered them, with a little help from each other (and in Nathan's case, Q). Jamie went back into the water for the first time after he nearly drowned (I forgot how many traumas that little kid has been through this season), and Nathan kept persevering on the basketball court, despite wanting to quit at times. Finally, he made a slam dunk just like he did in the old days, proving to himself that he's still got some game.
All in all, I think it was a good season-ender. There were some special moments, such as Jamie singing the old opening theme song with
Gavin DeGraw. And there were triumphs for some characters, mixed with uncertainty for others...things to keep us guessing all summer long, and hopefully enough intrigue to bring us all back come fall.
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It began to dawn on me when I saw Lucas get Lindseys message on his cell as he literally stood on Peytons message on the river court Are we gonna get a cliff-hanger ending Indeed we were and not just one cliff-hanger but two And Im totally fine with that because I kind of like the classic setup of a season-ending cliff-hanger that whole summer-full-of-anticipation feeling Just as long as the show resolves the cliff-hangers well and comes back strong in the fallSo cliff-hanger number one Is Dan dead If memory serves me correctly this show has pulled this stunt as a season-ender oncewait make that at least twice before With the very same character This time he wasnt in a fire nor did he have sudden heart failure but he got hit quite violently by a car And at that exact moment he got a page that a heart was suddenly available for him Talk about bad luck Or better yet talk about karma I guess what goes around really does come aro