Tonight we got a visit from Tree Hill's favorite convicted felon. More specifically, Nathan visited him. Danny boy, we missed you last week. I'll admit, I've always been a fan of Dan's. Not in the sense that I was rooting him on in his evil schemes, but from the perspective that shows like this need a good villain. I was always sorry they had him kill Keith and actually cross
that line and become a murderer. Because now it's like the writers have backed themselves into a corner: Dan's in jail (no word on the length of his sentence), so how often are we going to get to see him? Oh well, I'll take whatever visits we can get.
I loved the prison visit scenes they provided some classic Nathan-Dan bonding moments (and they had almost-matching facial hair how cute). I can't say that Dan's changed all that much, excluding some new hobbies such as ceramics. He didn't appear bitter, though he did sound regretful for losing his family, especially Jamie. So I guess there's some growth there. Although he just had to bring up Nathan's accident (sore spot, Dan), and he didn't seem to regret how he raised Nathan, as evidenced by his proclamation that his controlling approach is what gave Nathan the strength to walk away from him now. Nathan's response was chilliness at its best: "Lesson learned."
Also chilly (but tinged with dark humor): Nathan's story of Jamie coming across a picture of Dan and telling the tyke that his grandfather was dead. Nevertheless, it was touching that Nathan left behind a photo of Jamie for Dan with the guard it showed that despite what Nathan said, he does still care about his father. All things considered, it was a good visit. Dan even gave Nathan some sage advice about the damage he could do by not allowing Jamie to play basketball, and Nathan followed it. (Jamie was so sad when he explained to his nanny, "Daddy doesn't like me to play basketball," and full of such pride when he showed her his basketball shrine for his father.) The only surprising thing About Dan and Nathan's prison-yard chat was the fact that neither of them mentioned Deb where she is, what's she up to, etc.
Now for the night's other big visit: Budding thespian Kevin Federline stopped by Tree Hill. I missed his much-talked-about guest appearance on
CSI in 2006, so I have nothing to compare this to, but I think he did a good job playing a cocky musician. Granted, the role isn't much of a stretch for him, but he had a natural, confident presence. And I was glad to see Peyton regain her confidence by her second meeting with him, which ultimately sold him on her offer.
As if K-Fed and his ego weren't enough for Peyton to deal with, she also had to face "Lucas' Lindsey" and her lucky bamboo. I like that Peyton was prickly and suspicious of Lindsey's overly nice actions of course there's going to be tension between these two. And who can blame Lindsey for wondering if perhaps Peyton is the source of Lucas' sudden inspiration, so playing offense was a good move on her part. But...I'm still not warming up to her character. I hope I'm not disliking her just because she's not Peyton. Maybe I'm being too hard on her, but I just find her to be kind of...blah.
Another new character, Mouth's boss Alice, is nowhere near as nice as Lindsey, but she provides some nasty humor with her constant put-downs. And she did make a valid point when she told Mouth that he was given a good opportunity but didn't want to pay his dues. It's true that even entry-level jobs at TV stations can be hard to come by, so suck it up and do the work, Mouth. Or, you could take Skills' (joking) advice and suck your boss' face. And that's exactly what Mouth did in a very funny scene. At first these actions got him fired, but then like Peyton, he gained some confidence and his next meeting with Alice went much better (I guess he's rehired?). I'm enjoying this as a secondary story line Mouth and Alice have a fun, antagonistic relationship that differs from the rest of the relationships on this show.
So, Alice told Mouth their kiss was hot, while high-school student Quentin suggested to Haley, "Maybe you're just hot for me, Mrs. James-Scott." This after Haley went out of her way to reach out to Quentin, who's been nothing but disrespectful to her. Haley's certainly a better person than me, because I would never have bothered to go after him after the way he treated her last week. And I wasn't sure why she was so surprised he didn't come back to her class she did say that anyone who walked out her door would fail the semester. Last week he walked out the door, so why we he come back for the rest of the semester if he just took actions that bought him a failing grade? But Haley's a save-the-world kind of gal, so I'm sure this isn't the last we've seen of this troubled student.
Although apparently we've seen the last of a self-pitying version of Nathan. How sweet was the scene of a clean-shaven Nate and Jamie in neckties sitting at the candlelit dinner table waiting to greet Haley? And then Nathan, who still struggles with standing and walking, stood up to pull Haley's chair out for her. The blissful family moments continued after dinner, when Jamie and Nathan finally played basketball together by the pool.
As pretty as their pool was, it couldn't compare to the marina view from the upper-level deck of Brooke's new home in Tree Hill. I was drooling when I saw that. Only Brooke buys a house-furniture-and-roast combo, and gets the owner to leave within the hour (for an extra $30 thousand, which is no big deal for her). But of course there had to be some rain on this parade, and that cloud arrived in the persona of Victoria, aka, Brooke's mom. As some of you correctly predicted last week, Victoria is indeed mommy dearest I mean mommy Davis. And what great casting, as there is a bit of a resemblance between Daphne Zuniga and Sophia Bush.
So, Victoria said she did not "approve" a Tree Hill location for a new Clothes Over Bro's store...I wonder how important Victoria's approval is with matters concerning this company. Does she own part of it? Does she make all of the big decisions, while Brooke smiles and looks pretty for the press? This will be interesting to find out. I loved one of Victoria's lines to Brooke in the beginning of the episode: "Are you doing drugs? Because if you are, it's OK. I can spin this in a good way." As Peyton said at end the Brooke, "Your mom's still a bitch." So while Dan's still incarcerated, it looks like we found a worthy applicant to step up and fill the villain void in Tree Hill.
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Tonight we got a visit from Tree Hills favorite convicted felon More specifically Nathan visited him Danny boy we missed you last week Ill admit Ive always been a fan of Dans Not in the sense that I was rooting him on in his evil schemes but from the perspective that shows like this need a good villain I was always sorry they had him kill Keith and actually cross that line and become a murderer Because now its like the writers have backed themselves into a corner Dans in jail no word on the length of his sentence so how often are we going to get to see him Oh well Ill take whatever visits we can getI loved the prison visit scenes they provided some classic Nathan-Dan bonding moments and they had almost-matching facial hair how cute I cant say that Dans changed all that much excluding some new hobbies such as ceramics He didnt appear bitter though he did sound regretful for losing his fam