This week's episode of One Tree Hill was a special one. Chad Michael Murray penned the script himself and transformed our characters back into the 1940's. Paying homage to classic films of that era, the episode was a tale of love, deceit, murder, mystery and discovery mixing in Tree Hill's reality with complete fantasy.
Going through his script, Lucas can't help thinking back to how it all began. The café, Haley and Nathan, Keith, all memories from the not so distant past. As he's reminiscing with Casablanca playing in the background, he's suddenly transplanted into another era where he runs Karen's Café, now a nightclub or the 40's version of Tric. Skillz is the piano player, Nathan is a bartender and Haley is the singer. While Dan still plays the villain is this world, many of our characters' roles have changed. Nathan has fallen for Haley who he sees as a somebody while he's nobody (quite the opposite of who they were when they met in the present), Brooke owes Dan money, Mouth is a drunk, and both Peyton and Haley seem to be "owned" in some way by Dan. Even Julian and Owen are there, Dan's driver and the town policeman respectively.
Similar to present day Tree Hill, Nathan and Haley are the central couple of this story. Nathan finally works up the courage to hit on Haley and the two talk and seemingly fall in love. He tells her that Karen would be proud to have her singing in her café and then says, "I was wondering if you might want to step out with me sometime?" Weren't men real gentlemen back then? Later the two are dancing and Nathan admits that he's been summoned by the military for duty and has to leave the next night. The two end up staying together all night and run off and get married, just like they did back in high school.
Dan is the town mobster, no surprises there, and seems to run Peyton's life. He and her mother had been in love and when she died, he promised that he'd always look after her. But he is no loving father figure. He takes ownership of her and doesn't even like it one bit when he sees her "making eyes with Lucas." But even in Lucas's 40's dream, him and Peyton always find a way to be together. After Dan drops Peyton at home, she sneaks off to Karen's Café. Pretending that her car has broken down (some things never change) she gets Lucas to walk her home. Lucas is skeptical at first and wants to know why she associates herself with Dan. She tells him the truth that no-one other than she and Dan knows. "You asked me earlier, if you're pretty. You are, but it's your heart that makes you beautiful." Lucas always has such poetic lines. The two kiss but unfortunately it's no happy ending.
Apparently Brooke is penniless and owes Dan money for helping her start up her garment line. He keeps threatening her when she doesn't have the money to pay him back. When she sees Peyton and Lucas kiss, she has just the way to break even. But Dan doesn't believe her and only starts to listen when she mentions him having loved Peyton's mom. He then goes on a rampage, first having Skillz get his hand broken and then beating up Owen. Mouth, the has been Tree Hill City reporter turned drunk, sees this take place and overhears Dan say that he was the one who killed Keith. And just when Mouth thinks he's got his break in a huge story he's caught. He's thrown in the water to die.
Peyton, who Mouth was able to tell about Keith's murder before getting tossed, escapes from Dan's car. She tells Lucas and Skillz what Mouth found out and instead of running away together, Lucas vows to get revenge. There's a standoff that leads to Lucas shooting Julian. But then Brooke steps out of the car with Dan. The one last thing she had to do to break even was apparently to kill Lucas. Just as she's about to shoot him as instructed she turns the gun on Dan. Unfortunately though, it doesn't fire. Dan is about to get the job done when Skillz jumps in and saves the day. Or so they thought. Turns out he shot Peyton accidentally. She falls into Lucas's arms, gasping for her last few breaths. She is able to tell him that she loves him, just before dying. "You're free now Peyton," Lucas says. All of a sudden his phone rings and we're brought back into the present. It's Peyton, alive and well on the other end of the phone. He tells her never to leave him and the two hang up. Suddenly Peyton doubles over in pain, holding her stomach. Can she feel the fatal gun shot that killed her in Lucas's 1940's fantasy?
What did you think of the episode? Too cheesy or an homage to classic cinema?
This week's episode of One Tree Hill
was a special one. Chad Michael Murray penned the script himself and transformed our characters back into the 1940's. Paying homage to classic films of that era, the episode was a tale of love, deceit, murder, mystery and discovery mixing in Tree Hill'
reality with complete fantasy.