Lucas put a twist on the concept of being accidentally in love: He got accidentally engaged. As many of you suspected, Lucas didn't go home with the intention of proposing to Lindsey. But the laundry-obsessed woman found the (old) ring in Lucas' sock drawer, tearfully confronted him about it and then said all the right things (e.g., "I would never regret you...you will always be more than a small-town basketball coach, because you'll be the man that I love"). Next thing you know, Lucas was impulsively down on one knee, stumbling into something that's supposed to be a lifelong commitment.
OK, maybe I'm being too dismissive of Lucas' feelings by referring to this as an accident. After all, he loves Lindsey...right? He says he loves her, yet I have a hard time believing him, because his actions this season seem to say that he still loves Peyton. He's always worried about Peyton; he doesn't fight off her advances (he kissed her back last week); and he kept that ring the ring he proposed to Peyton with in his sock drawer for
three years. He would pull it out and just think of her (via convenient TV flashbacks). Maybe he loves them both. But then why rush to "get married right away"? It's like he's trying to convince himself this is the right thing to do, and he thinks that all of his ambivalence will magically go away as soon as he says his vows.
The funniest line of the night was when a genuinely confused Skills asked, "So who's the lucky girl?," followed by Nathan's valid point that "It's a legit question." We also got the full context of the "Lindsey is always going to be number two" line shown in last week's preview. Haley will always be number one. Ha ha. Of course Peyton will always be number one, but Lucas can't allow himself to admit that yet. Like Brooke said, "Lucas has a history of throwing himself into the wrong relationship." And Skills reminded Lucas that he always follows his heart I'm hoping he gets back on track with that, because choosing Lindsey seems like more of a safe, follow-your-head decision for him.
As for the brokenhearted Peyton, she ultimately made her decision about what to do thanks to answers she found at the cemetery (I love the bittersweet scenes whenever Peyton visits her mom there). She decided to emulate Keith and be a self-sacrificing friend to Lucas, the way Keith was to Karen for so many years. It was heartbreaking when she once again declared her love for Lucas, wished him happiness and then let him go. As the saying goes, if you truly love something, you have to set it free and see if it comes back to you.
Not only did Peyton have to deal with losing Lucas, but Haley was being super bitchy towards her. Calling her out for "lying and cheating" and telling her she said "no" to Lucas when she had the chance (as Peyton tearfully pointed out, she said "someday"). Then she accepted being Lindsey's matron of honor! Ouch nice job rubbing salt in that wound, Haley. And really, doesn't Lindsey have any of her own friends or family to fill this esteemed position? I loved the scene where a shocked Brooke and Haley managed to utter a very forced "Congratulations!" to Lindsey. Haley was in full self-righteous mode all night (one of her less appealing qualities). I'm glad she heeded Nathan's advice and didn't tell Lindsey about the Lucas-Peyton kiss that she witnessed last week.
This week's big kiss involved two other people: Nathan and Carrie. So she finally made her big move (after uttering that line to Jamie we heard in a preview several weeks ago: "Sometimes I pretend you're my kid"). And what did Nathan do after the nanny kissed him? Absolutely nothing. He just stood there, stunned. See, that would have been the perfect time to say something like, "You crossed the line. You're fired pack your bags and get out." Or better yet, earlier in the episode, when Carrie asked if her inappropriate actions at the club ruined her nanny career, he should have yes they did and fired her then on the spot. She gave him an easy out, and he didn't take it. For weeks I've been making excuses for Nathan's behavior, saying that he's clueless or that he's trying too hard to play the good-cop role. Well now I'm out of excuses for him. Carrie's latest actions are neither subtle nor drunken. Does he want something to happen with Carrie? Because he's not trying hard enough to stop it. I hope he snaps out of this before things escalate, because you just know that Haley's going to find out.
Meanwhile, Mouth certainly found out a lot about Alice and her extracurricular activities with Rick...and Carlton...and Jerry. I guess we won't be seeing anymore of his now-fired boss, and I'm glad he redeemed himself with Millicent. That charming ballet stunt was something the old, high-school Mouth would do I missed seeing that Mouth all season. Similarly, getting naked in a backseat is a stunt typical of the old Brooke, and I love that Owen continues to play hard to get with her. How sweet that he was proud of her for getting out of the car and not going home with him. Their banter is fun, but it's even more enjoyable when little ice-creamed mouth Jamie repeats it, "What's underneath all the clothes, Brooke Davis?" Owen got one answer tonight, but I'm sure he'll get the answer he was looking for in due time.
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Lucas put a twist on the concept of being accidentally in love He got accidentally engaged As many of you suspected Lucas didnt go home with the intention of proposing to Lindsey But the laundry-obsessed woman found the old ring in Lucas sock drawer tearfully confronted him about it and then said all the right things eg I would never regret youyou will always be more than a small-town basketball coach because youll be the man that I love Next thing you know Lucas was impulsively down on one knee stumbling into something thats supposed to be a lifelong commitmentOK maybe Im being too dismissive of Lucas feelings by referring to this as an accident After all he loves Lindseyright He says he loves her yet I have a hard time believing him because his actions this season seem to say that he still loves Peyton Hes always worried about Peyton he doesnt fight off her advances he kissed her back last week and