First rule of
The Breakfast Club: Any time characters are trapped together in a library, they must argue, bond and eventually depart with a deeper understanding of one another.
I'll admit that when I first heard the premise of this week's episode, I was afraid it was going to come off as a little too...contrived. So I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. It was both enjoyable and insightful a lot of questions we've had about Lindsey all season were answered, such as how she and Haley became so close. It turns out that Haley was also initially skeptical towards Lindsey and still rooting for Peyton (or Brooke!), but then Linz explained how concerned she was with getting the school shooting scenes of Lucas' book just right, in order to honor Peyton, Keith and Jimmy. From then on, she and Haley were fast friends. As for Lindsey and Lucas? We learned that Lucas came along during a particularly difficult time in Lindsey's life, when she was losing her father to a type of cancer that got him so sick he no longer recognized her. That was a really emotional scene when Lindsey blew up and explained things in detail. It sounded like she and her dad were very close, and I'm sure Lucas was there for her, for support. So, now we know.
Not only did this episode help fill in the gaps regarding history we didn't know, but it brought up some moments from
One Tree Hill's past that we longtime fans are familiar with. I have to compliment how this show doesn't rewrite its history and acknowledges some of its odder facts. I'm talking about how while defending her mom, Brooke referenced the fact that she, Peyton and Haley were all pretty much motherless in high school. (Yes, Peyton's mom was dead, but the reasons the other two mothers weren't around always stretched believability.) Then there were the sad moments that recalled Keith, Jimmy and that fateful day (one of the series' all-time standout episodes). And finally, there was a face from the past I never thought we'd see again: Tim! I always wondered why his part got smaller as the years went by I thought he'd at least show up at the graduation party last season. Like seeing an old friend, it was good catching up with this guy who's now a pizza-delivery man and a father (to a little boy named Nathan! Hero worship much?). And getting back to
The Breakfast Club, Tim totally reminded me of Ally Sheedy's character when it turned out he knew how to get them out of the library all along: Ally showed up for detention all day because she had nothing better to do; Tim hung out in the library all night because he missed his old friends who had stopped staying in touch with him.
Tim had always provided comic relief on this show, but he wasn't alone in that department tonight. There were a lot of genuinely funny moments, such as Lindsey trying to throw the chair through the window but falling backwards instead; Mia reading on the Internet about how "she looks like she smells like feet" (those nasty bloggers!); and the cannibalism conversation (who knew talk of cannibalism could provide so much tension relief?). Speaking of tension, there were some pretty intense arguments, mostly between Peyton and Lindsey of course. But their nasty name calling had me cracking up, especially the references to Lindsey's "man face" and "fat ass"; and "bulimic bitch" Peyton and her "bony butt." Watch the claws, ladies!
Actually, things did go a bit too far when they were playing Mia's make-up-the-lyrics game, and Peyton talked about Lindsey's rich daddy, not knowing that he had been ill and passed away. Peyton also used the info Brooke shared with her about the engagement ring being the same one that was intended for her to further hurt Lindsey. I had always wondered if it had been Keith's ring for Karen, so at least Peyton told Lindsey that in the end, to make her feel better. It's not like these two kissed and made up (that would have been unrealistic), but at least they got to a place where they're no longer hating each other. And I guess the only way to do that was to have them somehow trapped together in a place where they could hash everything out. This library lockdown also led to an unusual montage where Mia started playing her guitar and then each character sang a bit a very different, creative scene which I think worked well.
In the end, I can't say I'm ready to jump onboard the Lucas-Lindsey marriage train yet, but I don't hate Lindsey anymore. I feel like I know her character better, as well as Mia's character (who's pretty amusing and laid back). As for the boys, they had the night off for the most part. There was an adorable scene where Jamie copied every move Quentin made while taping his arm, and then Jamie got his own mini Ravens jersey. There was a scary slow-motion shot of the team walking to their game. Did they win or lose? Did we even find out I can't remember. Well, as Mouth would say, the outcome isn't what's most important. What is important is that Carrie gave her two weeks notice, just as Nathan was about to confess things to Haley. He did get to confess his kiss with her to Lucas, and it sounds like he's still planning on coming clean with Haley. But that's for next week. That...and Dan's parole hearing!
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First rule of The Breakfast Club Any time characters are trapped together in a library they must argue bond and eventually depart with a deeper understanding of one anotherIll admit that when I first heard the premise of this weeks episode I was afraid it was going to come off as a little toocontrived So I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it It was both enjoyable and insightful a lot of questions weve had about Lindsey all season were answered such as how she and Haley became so close It turns out that Haley was also initially skeptical towards Lindsey and still rooting for Peyton or Brooke but then Linz explained how concerned she was with getting the school shooting scenes of Lucas book just right in order to honor Peyton Keith and Jimmy From then on she and Haley were fast friends As for Lindsey and Lucas We learned that Lucas came along during a particularly difficult time in Lindseys life when she was losin