Okay so before I get to recapping I have to mention that I met Chad Michael Murray in person Monday morning and well it made my week, okay month! But check back with us soon for an exclusive video interview with our favorite Tree Hiller. And onto our favorite show...
Nathan has immersed himself full force into SlamBall, and the gang is at his game to support him. While Brooke keeps heckling Nate's teammate and her former fling Owen, Jamie and Sam make quite a connection. "Hey you're short," she says to him. "I'm 5, what's your excuse?" Jamie responds. Pretty quick-witted for a kindergartener. Haley is there cheering on her hubs and Mouth is taping the game, with Gigi at his side. Also present is Millicent, getting more and more jealous of her boyfriend's hot ex by the second. Lucas, meanwhile, gets a pretty shocking phone call that while his second book isn't faring so well, his first is gaining interest as a movie in the making.
Looks like we have a new hottie in town. Julian Baker, played by Austin Nichols, shows up as a producer interested in optioning Luke's book. When Lucas is a little weary about the offer, Julian tells him to think about it and at least hear him out. But Lucas is nervous about losing control over his story. He talks it over with his brother Nathan who suggests Shia LeBouf play him. "You've seen how old these actors are playing high school." I personally like to call it the Beverly Hills, 90210 syndrome. Lucas also talks to Brooke about the situation, since she takes up half of the novel. She tells Lucas that she's okay with it and reminds him that it's a love story with a happy ending. She is making Peyton's wedding dress after all. And in the second funny, yet extremely obvious, joke to the audience, Brooke says, "I suppose you're getting some snot from the CW. At least they're hot."
Peyton has decided to pay her brother Derek, the real Derek, a visit. It's nice to see them reunited. They talk about their dad Mick and Derek tells her that he asked him to play a USO show once and is still waiting to hear back. Sounds like he wasn't a father to either of them. The two siblings reminisce about the days when little old Peyton was being stalked, almost killed, and Derek saved the day. She's happy that he's found a life that makes sense for him and Derek is pretty sure that his sis has gone and done the same. Peyton also assures him that although Mick isn't the father he wanted him to be, Derek has made it anyway.
I'm starting to get worried about our adorable couple, Mouth and Millicent. Gigi isn't getting less hot but she is getting more flirty. Mouth doesn't appear bothered by it but it seems like that's going to change. Hopefully he listens to Nathan who tells him to never flirt with anyone other than your wife or girlfriend. "Millie is a rock star, don't screw that up." Blunt and right to the point.
Lucas ends up meeting Julian at Tric where he comes off more and more shady. When Lucas wins producer credit in a game of pool, Julian becomes very adamant about him signing a contract that's supposedly only good for 6 months and has the stipulation that if Julian doesn't get the movie made, the rights revert back to Lucas. Instead of calling his agent like he knows he should, Lucas signs. And then the twist is revealed. Julian sees Peyton and says, "Wow, you got even more beautiful." "What are you doing here Julian?" Peyton responds. They obviously have a past but of course only time will tell what it is.
Meanwhile Brooke just can't catch a break. She's lacking inspiration to start her own line and has a problem child at home that she can't deal with. Combine that with Owen's persistent, and somewhat adorable, attempts at winning her back and our main girl is completely overwhelmed. A night of babysitting Jamie becomes disastrous when Sam takes him on a little joyride. Millicent shows up to tell Brooke that the store has been robbed but when they show up to check it out she sees that her wild child Sam, has thrown a party. Not only is Jamie there playing with glow sticks but immediately we realize that Peyton's wedding dress has been ripped apart and spray painted. Brooke is beyond livid. Seeing the good in people, as kids often do, Jamie tells Brooke that Sam's not bad, but that she's like Quentin. She's nice but just afraid to show it. When Brooke returns home, Sam is furiously trying to remove the paint as the tears roll down her cheeks. She knows how badly she's screwed up and apologizes to Brooke before walking towards the door. Instead of letting her go Brooke grounds her. Sam is shocked that she's not being kicked out and Brooke tells her that she hopes one day she isn't so surprised by someone actually caring enough to discipline her. Brooke has turned out to be the opposite of Victoria; she's become an awesomely good mother.
What did you think of the episode? Do you think Julian is going to stir up some trouble? For more about our new guy check out my Q+A with him here.
Okay so before I get to recapping I have to mention that I met Chad Michael Murray in person this morning and well it made my week, okay month! But check back with us soon for an exclusive video interview with our favorite Tree Hiller. And onto our favorite show...