Could somebody hand me a tissue because boy was this week's episode a tear jerker. After Quentin Fields was shot dead, the town of Tree Hill was left to pick up the pieces and try to cope with what had happened. Sometimes it seems like tragedy strikes this town way too much but this time, it felt especially sad.
Nathan kept trying to call Q from the river court where he was waiting to play some basketball. Finally Haley showed up instead to deliver the awful news. This was the first of many of these conversations, that Quentin was gone. Haley didn't know how to tell her four year old son Jamie, but when she finally does he doesn't seem to quite understanding. These scenes were so heart-wrenching. Jamie asks if Q will still play with the ravens and about the cape. "He's gonna like it, you'll see," he says.
At Clothes Over Bros, Brooke is amidst a breakdown. Peyton arrives to her throwing all of her inventory out the door. She lashes out at Peyton and even asks for her key back saying that "she can't have people coming and going like it's some Rachel Gatina crack den." Humorous yet disheartening that this still doesn't clue Peyton into the fact that Brooke's fearful for a reason.
Meanwhile, Psycho Carrie is still torturing Dan and has come up with a new plan in the wake of learning about Dan's failed heart. Carrie tells him that instead of taking Jamie, she'll get Jamie to come to her to see his dying Grandpa Dan. Dan tries to remind her that when he's dead she'll become a fugitive but she's decided that she doesn't mind being on the run.
Perhaps the most heart-breaking scene of this episode was when the group visited Quentin's mom and brother. Jamie and Dre appear to be the same age and immediately starting talking to each other as kids can easily do. "Quentin was my brother," says Brandon Andre. "Quentin was my friend," Jamie replies. I loved when the kids went back and forth about their lives and Jamie tells Dre that "my grandma Deb wears really tight pants." Q's mother thanks them all for believing her son and especially thanks Haley for inspiring him to read and strive to do well in school. Before they all leave, Jamie gives Q's brother his jersey, a gesture that shows not only how sweet the boy is, but that he understands that he needs to say goodbye.
Brooke's descent into darkness seems to be spiraling out of control. First she has drawn words like "payback" and "avenge" on her mirror. Then she starts spewing out facts about how many rapes and assaults happen a year and that life sucks and then you die just as Jamie walks in. At this point you have to wonder how her friends can not know something serious has happened to her. Outside she talks to Haley who suggests she sees a therapist. Brookes gives her an okay and perhaps can soon be on a path to recovery.
Back at school, Haley has a new student, Samantha Walker, who looks and sound awfully familiar. Hint- she was the shoplifter at COB as well as the voice-over in the beginning. Haley tells her students that she shouldn't have told them "there is no point." Instead she should've said she didn't know why tragedies like these occur and she often still doesn't understand. Haley instructs her students to start writing about Quentin because stories are the things that people leave behind when they go and perhaps they can find peace or clarity in those words. She then writes on Q's desk, "He who does not weep does not see," a line from Le Miserable meaning, in my own simple explanation, that it's okay to mourn and be sad.
The interesting thing about this episode was that it showed how everyone was dealing with loss, even the unexpected. We learned the motivation behind Carrie's obvious pain and plan to kidnap Jamie. When Dan unlocks himself and escapes to the backyard, he sees a grave. Carrie stops him before he gets away but discovered that she has lost a child. As Dan tells Carrie that her son is never coming back, she cries possibly making a breakthrough in her craziness.
At the funeral everyone is devastated. In a moment that I was waiting for all night, Deb puts her arm around Skillz to be there for him regardless of the fact that everyone, especially Nathan, will now know about their relationship. After the funeral is over, Jamie goes up to the coffin to drape Q's cape over it. It is in this moment that Brooke finally breaks down and cries, allowing herself to feel the pain of her attack.
The episode ended with Samantha's voice again and her paper to Haley about how she didn't know Q but knew that he was loved. This is clearly not the last that we'll be seeing of her.
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Could somebody hand me a tissue because boy was this weeks episode a tear jerker After Quentin Fields was shot dead the town of Tree Hill was left to pick up the pieces and try to cope with what had happened Sometimes it seems like tragedy strikes this town way too much but this time it felt especially sad Nathan kept trying to call Q from the river court where he was waiting to play some basketball Finally Haley showed up instead to deliver the awful news This was the first of many of these conversations that Quentin was gone Haley didnt know how to tell her four year old son Jamie but when she finally does he doesnt seem to quite understanding These scenes were so heart-wrenching Jamie asks if Q will still play with the ravens and about the cape Hes gonna like it youll see he says At Clothes Over Bros Brooke is amidst a breakdown Peyton arrives to her throwing all of her inventory out the door She lashes out at Peyton a