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One Tree Hill – The Finale

(this is a re-post in honor of the 5th anniversary of the One Tree Hill Series Finale)

This is it friends. Our very last HAPPY OTH WEDNESDAY!!

I usually start my recaps off with a review of what happened last week and what I think might be coming this week but since this is the very final One Tree Hill recap I will ever write, I wanted to say a little something. I have so many tears in my eyes I can hardly see to type this but here goes:
To my OTH family: Thank you. Thank you for reading these recaps and all of my other articles. Thank you for sharing them with your friends. For leaving the most amazing comments. Thank you for talking to me on Twitter. For answering my questions. For laughing with me and crying with me. I am very new to this family but each and every one of you has welcomed me with open arms. I could not be more grateful. The One Tree Hill family has given me one of the most amazing fandom experiences I have ever had. I will always look back on this time with love in my heart and a smile on my face and it is all because of YOU. You have shared with me the love of these characters, the love of these stories and the love for one another. This ride with y’all has been so much fun! I would not trade this experience for anything and I am going to miss this part of my week more than I can express. And while I was late in joining the OTH party, I will be forever thankful that I was able to watch this last season live with all of you. It has honestly been life changing in the very best way. I have been overwhelmed by the love you have shown me. From the bottom of my ever grateful heart, thank you. A million times, thank you.
Now then. Here we go!!! My final OTH recap!!! The wine IV has been set up. Hope you all are mentally holding my hand right now!

***Hour One***

· I know I am not the only one already losing it completely. This first hour is going to be brutal. Absolute murder.
· And the husband’s eyes are already rolling. Also, he’s reminding me that the man doing the voice over is the same guy who narrates Gangland on Spike TV.
· All of these past scenes they are showing are making this so beautiful but SO much harder to watch. Is it possible to love something this much while hating it at the same time?
· RIVER COURT!!!! *sob* I just want to live there!! I would even sleep outside! And I do NOT camp.
· “It’s nice to hear that it’s going to be ok.” SO MUCH WORD MARK!!!
· Is that “Always & Forever” on the title card really necessary? So many feels!!!
· Kate Voegele’s voice is so magical that it makes my heart swell. I have chills.
· Loving all of these stories and all of this fan appreciation.
· And of course they have to talk the most about the episodes that made me cry the very hardest. So many powerful moments.
· KEITH! Holy lord the tears. The way that OTH has handled loss has been such a beautiful thing to me. One of the things I love most about it. And I am so grateful that they did exactly what they did.
· The way that these actors talk about their characters shows so much love and respect. I am in awe.
· This season 9 overview is perfect. I am so thankful for it. I have loved every minute.
· I can’t handle the cast choking up. All of their emotion. THE HUGS. The ache in my chest!
· All of these MOMENTS! GAH! It reminds me that sometimes watching this show is like getting a hug when you really need one.
· BTW, I REALLY need one right now. BAWLING MY EYES OUT!

***Hour Two***

· NATHAN!! Oh my. “Someday is today.”
· And BROOKE!! “Say it. Do it.”
· HALEY!!! GEEZ LOUISE!!!
· NALEY!!!! GAH!! And the predictions!!
· (also, hello arm porn)
· Um, you guys. This just keeps getting harder as it goes on. I am a huge MESS of emotions right now. So, yeah. Sorry for all of the outbursts and exclamation points.
· Laughing my butt off!!! Chris Keller is the best! Poor Chase. I probably would have peed the bed after that little surprise.
· Mouth & Millie. Way too cute.
· I want to rip Nathan’s jersey off the wall just so I can hug it and never let it go. But since I cannot do that, may it hang forever.
· I LOVE Blind Pilot. So great.
· Haley is totally talking to us, isn’t she? I think she is.
· Thank GOD for Chris Keller. I really needed these laughs. Tyler Hilton is so brilliant.
· HEY! What I do matters too!! Right? Can I have $500,000.00?? Mouth totally earned that though.
· HJS singing on stage. It does not get much better than this. Joy’s voice is heaven.
· UGH! Felix! Hate that guy! Love you Mouth. “Doesn’t matter.”
· I am so relieved that Chase’s drinks are still gross. And excuse me while I DIE from laughing at that slap. “Devil’s ass.”
· And then Clay too!! My stomach aches from cracking up so hard.
· Logan. SO CUTE IT HURTS. Also, love Clay quoting himself from season 8 when Nathan called him weird.
· “Dad.” I die.
· Is there anything more beautiful than Nathan’s face as he watches Haley sing? I think not friends. Except maybe the way she sounds.
· Oh my God!!! His guitar! From 3×09!!! Awwww!! Nathan really is the very best there is! As are these Chris Keller/Nathan moments. So sweet and funny and darling!
· LOVE this jam! SO SEXY! I am dancing in my chair. No, really. I’m quite good.
· The web site sales!!! Just like the very first Clothes over Bros!! Where’s the child labor though?
· The father/son moments on this show are some of my favorites. And Nathan is just SO great at this. SO GREAT!!!!! I’m gonna start crying again.
· BEVIN!!!!! SO MUCH CLAPPING!!!! I guess Tim didn’t work out? LOL
· Clay is Ah-Ma-Zing. And extremely hilarious. The crack head show does sound like fun.
· “Mom.” I die. Again.
· This bromance between Chase and Chris: I never saw it coming. And yet it is one of my favorite things. If they ended up with those twins it would be the best thing ever.
· THE NOTEBOOK!!! YES!!!!!!
· “Chris Keller’s work here is done!” Something I will now say every single time I finish something. Even if I’m saying it only to myself.
· The book. From the Pilot. *sob*
· This trip down memory lane that Brooke & Haley are taking together is so heartfelt and comforting and SO much what their friendship is: Beautiful.
· Chris Keller & Haley James Scott are making me want to hug the whole world wearing a rainbow sweater.

· GAVIN!!
· Okay. Here we go. Naley time. I may be a tad hysterical for this bit.
· MAC AND CHEESE AND CRACKER JACKS! AND A NEW BRACELET AND I AM CRYING SO HARD!!!
· Those James girls are just the most beautiful criers. This is so amazing!! It’s perfect for them. For all 3 of them. And there’s confetti. Of course there is.
· Mouth’s speech is hitting me really hard. And his scholarship? Edwards Scott. WOW.
· Aaaaaaaaand here we go. Be still my heart. It’s racing. And not from drugs. OMG. I can’t breathe from the Naley. I can’t breathe from the goodness. From the perfection. Lord thunderin Jesus.
· Brooke. And her house. And she gets to be The Girl Behind the Red Door. Because Julian is amazing. I am crying so hard that there are no longer sounds coming out.
· And the hits just keep coming. Thank you Evans Family.
· The passing of the prediction torch. The next generation.
· OH MY GOD HALEY! “There’s only one Tree Hill. And it is your home.”
· Oh B. Davis. Please don’t cry. I can’t handle it.
· “I DON’T WANNA BE ANYTHING OTHER THAN ME!”
· The whole family!!! They are all together. And every single tiny bit of it is perfect. The singing and the playing and the kids and the sharing. And all at Karen’s. I couldn’t smile harder or cry harder if my life depended on it.
· The future. The song. The flashbacks. The voice over. The old quote. The love. The Ravens. “Believe in it. With all your heart.”

Perfect. Brilliant. Beautiful. Amazing.
Somehow all of these words seem totally inadequate and yet they are all I have left. It was everything and then some. Thank you show.
Good night friends. Good night OTH Family. Good night Tree Hill.

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Retro Recaps: One Tree Hill: 3×08, 3×09, 3×10 and 3×11

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3×08 – “The Worst Day Since Yesterday”

Overview:  Brooke deals with the fallout of sleeping with Chris Keller, Karen deals with Dan and everyone prepares for the first Ravens game of the season.

Random Observations:

  • Lucas is allowed to be grossed out about Chris Keller but he’s not allowed to be mad. He and Brooke were not together.
  • Nathan Scott is my favorite. All protective over Brooke. And threatening Chris Keller. It’s so hot. “I like to think of that as hitting you. Without the hitting.”
  • Who wouldn’t vote for Karen? She is a gem.
  • Just the thought of Dan wanting or trying to hurt Nathan makes me want to throw him off a bridge. Such an abusive bastard.
  • Watching Nathan & Haley have a civilized conversation at this point makes me so happy. I DON’T ASK FOR MUCH.
  • Karen Roe for PRESIDENT. When she messes up that quote about getting under someone? I die. She is hilarious.
  • LOL at Whitey making Tim wear 0 after he gets 55 tattooed on himself. Whitey is kind of the best.
  • If Danneel was cheering for me, I would have a really hard time concentrating. Lady is a bombshell.  I love her.
  • I crack up laughing every time Nathan nails Chris in the face with the ball. And then he laughs at Lucas and is SO cute.
  • So when Nathan calls Haley right away after talking to her so that they can walk together, I start crying and making these strange noises because OH MY GOD THEY ARE SO PRECIOUS.
  • Go Mouth. Getting Dan beating up his kid on tape is super rad.

Best Bit: James’ impression of CMM is SPOT ON and PERFECT and I could watch it forever. Seriously. I just die. Over and over. Also, his buzz cut is so damn sexy.

Ugh! Moment: Dan going after Nathan in the locker room. It makes my blood boil and I just want to KILL him. Such a dick.

Fave Quote: “Quit looking at Keller. We already know he can score.” Snarky Nathan is amazing.

Biggest Question: How come the team didn’t make Lucas join in with the shaved heads thing? He probably needs it more than anyone eles!

On My iPod: “Song Beneath The Song” by Maria Taylor & “The Mixed Tape” by Jack’s Mannequin

 3x09

3×09 – “How a Resurrection Really Feels”

Overview: The election comes to a close, the investigation into who tried to kill Dan heats up, and Nathan hits the road with Chris Keller.

Random Observations:

  • “I guess we know who the cellblock tough’s gonna be.” Brooke is hilarious. I don’t think they would have been put into jumpsuits, though.
  • When I first thought Nathan was telling this stuff to Haley, I got really upset. Thank GOD it was just Chris Keller.
  • I remember wanting to know who was on that tape SO BAD. It was murder waiting to find out. Not sure I ever pegged Deb, though.
  • I love Marty and I LOVE that he was mentioned again in Season 9. Hilarious.
  • The birth of Clothes over Bros!!! Awwwwwww!!!! The unnecessary apostrophe really bothers me, though.
  • Every interaction between Nathan and Chris Keller is priceless. They are incredible together. No wonder James had so much fun filming this episode. It’s so much fun to watch!
  • After hearing “Halo” for the first time, I sang it non-stop in my head FOR MONTHS. Killer jam.
  • “Chris Keller’s work here is done.” Farewell Chris Keller (for now).
  • I can never decide whether or not I like Peyton’s inner conversations with her Halloween self.
  • I feel so bad for Brooke. Lucas really dicked her over and she was just trying to protect her heart and he couldn’t handle it. What an ass. Glad he finally got over himself.

Best Bit: I BET YOU’LL NEVER GUESS. Sweet reunion heaven. Everything about it is perfect. The way they look at each other, their kissing. The recreation of the scene at the door when Nathan asks if he can stay with her in “With Arms Outstretched.” And then oh my God she pulls him down by his wedding ring on the chain. LORD HAVE MERCY I JUST CAN’T TAKE IT. THE FEELINGS ARE TOO MUCH.

Ugh! Moment: I hate being reminded that it wasn’t Nathan who kissed Haley while wearing the batman costume. Bad times, man. Also, Karen should have won the election.

Fave Quote: “Haley. Stay with me tonight.” I JUST DIE A BILLION TIMES OMG.

Biggest Question: Do we really believe that Brooke could have made THOSE dresses, by herself, in that short amount of time?

On My iPod: “For Blue Skies” by Strays Don’t Sleep & “Halo” by Bethany Joy Lenz

3x10 3×10 – “Brave New World”

Overview: Deb confesses to Nathan, Lucas helps Peyton find Ellie and Brooke officially launches Clothes Over Bro’s.

Random Observations:

  • I love starting the episode with Naley kisses. With them in bed together. It just makes me so happy.
  • Dan is so fucking creepy. Picking up Haley’s bra? Talking about Peyton? Stealing Nathan’s note for Haley? Ugh. That guy. Gross.
  • “You called me 17 minutes ago and I DRIVE a bicycle.” I love Mouth. Brooke doesn’t appreciate him enough.
  • I am glad that Peyton sought out and found Ellie. I love this storyline of hers!!
  • On the other hand, I could not care less about Lucas and his friends who are not in Tree Hill.
  • I hate Dan but Nathan is right, what he screams at Deb. “You don’t have the courage to leave him but you have the courage to kill him?” GO NATHAN. Deb will never win a mother of the year award.
  • I love that Haley told Brooke to stop being such a bitch to everyone who was working so hard. Brooke really needed to hear that. She was acting like a real d-bag.

Best Bit: I love that Nathan came home from that horrible time with his mom and wanted to see Haley right away. Be still my heart!

Ugh! Moment: Lucas really left Brooke in bed to go do something with the girl that broke them up in the first place??? I’m all about Leyton but Lucas can be such a tool.

Fave Quote: Ida Scott Taylor once wrote, “Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone and do not be troubled for the future for it is yet to come. Live in the present and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.”

Biggest Question:  Didn’t Brooke make those other dresses in her bedroom in like 3 hours? What happened to her magic powers?

On My iPod: “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” by Fall Out Boy & “Halo” by Bethany Joy Lenz

 3x11

3×11 – “Return of the Future”

Overview: The Ravens are losing, Peyton & Ellie are working on their album and Haley and Nathan try and navigate more rough waters.

Random Observations:

  • Dan is gross. And is so sheisty. Hate that guy so much. SCREW HIM for trying to make problems between Nathan & Haley. UGH!
  • KEITH!! So good to see his face. SO GOOD. I never realize how much I miss that guy until I see him again.
  • “Kiss first.” Haley. You are my spirit animal. Never change.
  • NATHAN! You fucking a-hole. IT TAKES TWO!! Why does SHE have to be in charge of the birth control? DO NOT BE YOUR FATHER’S SON!
  • Did I mention that Whitey is the best? I wish he could coach all of my teams. They would always win!!
  • Lucas is such a douche. Teasing Brooke about the letters that she put so much of her heart into? Fuck Lucas.
  • Karen & Keith make me all melty. They are so precious and sweet.
  • This argument between Nathan & Haley is so rough. Really hard to hear. But I know it has been played out before. I hate that Nathan is letting Dan get into his head. I hate that he is acting like Dan in how he is talking to Haley. Haley made a mistake.
  • “Here’s an idea. If you don’t want to be like Dan, don’t.” I love Haley James Scott SO DAMN MUCH.
  • GO KAREN!! Kiss the HELL out of Keith!! ABOUT DAMN TIME!

Best Bit: Lucas and Nathan finding their rhythm on the new/old court. Just like the old Boston Garden. (I may be Boston biased).

Ugh! Moment: I hate it when Nathan and Haley fight but I especially hate it when they are fighting because he is being a jerk. He’s so much better than Dan. He just needs to remember that ALL the time.

Fave Quote: after seeing Dan, Whitey: (I thought we killed all the cockroaches.)

On My iPod: “Concrete Bed” by Nada Surf, “You Wanted It” by MoZella, “Always Love” by Nada Surf & “The Blues” by Switchfoot

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‘One Tree Hill’ Recap: Every Breath Is a Bomb

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(this recap is a re-posting from 3/7/12)

YOU GUYS!!!!! After today, I only get to say “Happy OTH Wednesday!” 4 more times!!! Can you even believe it? Do you think we could get a group therapy discount when it’s all over? Admit it, you’ll need it just as much as I will.

As a reminder, the only bit we haven’t seen yet from the season’s opening montage is Dan Scott & Chris Keller armed & dangerous. What are those two up to? Will we find out tonight?

I am SO worried about everyone. About Nathan of course, that won’t go away until he is back in Haley’s arms. And when that moment finally happens it’ll take an elephant tranquilizer to settle me down. I am now also very worried about Chase. Did he kill Chuck’s dad? Obviously his Air Force career is over. What a mess. I am anxious to see how Clay moves forward with the knowledge that Logan is his son. Surely Quinn will be 100% supportive. She’s that kind of girl. Right? And last but not least, Brooke. Xavier is SO CREEPY!!! And you have no idea how much I want Julian to kick his ASS. We’ve gotten to see Julian be sweet and sad and goofy and supportive but I don’t think we’ve ever gotten to see him go straight up Alpha Male Bad Ass. I’m READY!

  • Haley & Dan!! This is both crazy and awesome!! And I never thought I would ever say that!!
  • OMG Chuck’s mom is such a SLUNT!! Haley should probably push her and call her a bitch again.
  • I’m glad Clay isn’t trying to keep the truth about Logan from Quinn. Best to just come out and say it.
  • If I were Brooke & Julian I would not let those boys or each other out of my sight.
  • I don’t love Tara (and I really thought we were done with her) but that doesn’t mean I want Xavier the Creepy to do something to her.
  • I love Skills. He always puts a smile on my face.
  • QUINN!!!! I knew she would be awesome. She is a James girl after all! She is so sweet and supportive! Even though that is HUGE news to get from the man you love.
  • Chris Keller just keeps getting better and better. Hard to believe I ever disliked that guy.
  • Ok, remember when I said I didn’t want Xavier to do anything bad to Tara? I changed my mind. HATE HER!
  • WOW!! Haley looks AMAZING. If my husband was missing I would probably be wearing a dirty shirt and a greasy pony tail. Not Haley though! She is SMOKIN!
  • Waiting for Clay to remember Logan on his own does not seem like the best idea ever. That doctor should probably lose his license or something.
  • Chase didn’t kill Chuck’s dad. So that’s good. His mom needs to sack up or pack up though.
  • This parole officer is making my list of people in Tree Hill I would like kick many times in the head. This list is getting longer every week.
  • Holy hot legs Haley James!! Just when I thought she couldn’t get any sexier! And even husband thinks that drug dealer looks skeevy.
  • Awww!! Julian is so cute with his film history lessons.
  • Logan has gotten even cuter now that we know he’s Clay’s son. He’s even giving husband the giggles.
  • Chris Keller gets extra cookies from me. LOVE HIM for talking to Chuck.
  • OMG poor Haley has that skeevy dick hanging all over her!! GROSS!! I would need SO MANY SHOTS to put up with that. And then a Purell shower. BLEURG!
  • GO DAN GO!!!! And again husband reminds me that I have switched to Team Dan and he was on it the whole time. I GET IT!! I WAS WRONG!! It never happens though so I get why he’s rubbing it in.
  • BJG is just blowing my mind with her hotness. I would switch teams for her. Oh Em Gee.
  • Chase is super hot in that uniform!! And I’m not even an Air Force girl! (GO NAVY!) Also, GO CHUCK!! I’m gonna cry!! Over Chase & Chuck!! WHO KNEW?? This damn show.
  • HALEY JAMES SCOTT!!! I AM DOING SO MUCH CLAPPING AND CHEERING AND TYPING IN ALL CAPS!!!!!
  • LOL at Dan’s remark about Deb’s clothes. And he’s gonna get that jerk to talk and we’re gonna get our Nathan back!!! I AM SO EXCITED I CAN HARDLY STAND IT!
  • I am going to have nightmares about Xavier. YIKES!! And where was Julian? Why was Brooke allowed to walk to the car by herself in the dark? HUH? I asked my husband if he would let me out of his sight if I was Brooke he said yes but only if I was heavily armed and promised to shoot first & ask questions later.
  • Clay is doing an amazing job explaining this to Logan. I am impressed. And sad for both of them.
  • Chris Keller, “They’ve weakened our nation today!” He is too much awesome.
  • That is probably not what Julian intended his sound stage for but I am all in favor.
  • OMG. OMG. OMG. Is he in the house? OMG!!! OMG OMG!!!!! I don’t know if I should cry or scream or WHAT? GAH!!!

I feel like this episode was just a great big pile of hold our breath and wring our hands moments, waiting  for when all of the ISH goes down over the next few weeks!!! Holy crap!!! VIP of the night goes to BJG as Mrs. Haley James Scott. Lady knocked my socks off.

Next week is the BAMF Trifecta of Dan, Julian & Chris Keller. THIS I cannot wait to see. Will it all end with the rescue of our favorite boy? And when will Xavier finally get what’s coming to him? And can we finally be done with Tara now? She is also on my kick many times in the head list. Wouldn’t mind if she took a ride in Dan Scott’s chair of pain. GRRRRRR!!!

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‘One Tree Hill” Recap: Last Known Surroundings

Last Known Surroundings

(this recap is a re-posting from 2/22/12)

You guys!!! It’s OTH Wednesday!!! *Happy Dance* *Clapping like a seal* – Not sure I should be this excited though. Do y’all realize that after tonight we are more than half way done with the final season? I can’t even think about it. There is happy to be had though. Tonight marks the return of Lucas Scott in an episode directed by our dear Austin Nichols. It’s gotta be epic right? It will be tough to beat last week’s amazing show though. My favorite of the season so far. Everyone was so on point and the story really moved forward. James Lafferty did an incredible job directing and being tied to a chair. I think I have probably watched it 12 or 15 times already. And I’m not sure I can take many more of Ms. Bethany Joy Galeotti’s tears. They are going to be the death of me.

As you guys know from last week, I am less of a Dan hater than I was two weeks ago. Begrudgingly. The question remains though: if Nathan lives (*crosses self*) will he forgive Dan? Will he let bygones be bygones? I cannot wait to see how the rest of this all unfolds!! GAH!!!

Are you guys ready for this? Here we go!!

  • NOT the face I was hoping to get a close up of. Gross.
  • Nathan’s shirt is all wet. It should probably be removed.
  • And baby is brave to boot. BE HOTTER. All screaming and flexing arms. Sorry. I will try to get a hold of myself.
  • I want to trust this young cop. I want to. He is adorable and seems sweet. But, I don’t know. I can’t trust anyone.
  • Except maybe Dan? Which goes against EVERYTHING that I feel. And I am trying to watch this episode but all I can hear is my husband singing, “Dan, Dan, He’s Our Man! If He Can’t Do It, Nobody Can!” Lord help me.
  • Clay is feeling guilty. This is sad. POOR EVERYONE. *sob*
  • LUCAS!!! I didn’t think I would be excited. But OMG the emotions!! Even with that TERRIBLE hair. My heart swells.
  • If Peyton was really getting her way do you think she’d let him have that hair? Let’s be honest now.
  • HOLY CRAP!!! Did they have a threesome?? I am dying. Chris Keller & Chase cuddle time is THE BEST. OMG FOURSOME!! Cannot stop laughing.
  • Brooke!! Do not forgive him!! Just talking about Quentin is making me cry so hard. That was the worst. Why does she have such a good heart? That guy sucks.
  • “Are you Chuck? From the Gossip Girl? No means no!” I die. Too funny. But funny does not mean that you can hit my Nathan. Creep.
  • And now the husband is ROLLING ALL OVER ME AGAIN because he totally called that the drug dealer Quinn & Clay pissed off would be behind Nathan’s kidnapping. And he is also reminding me that Dan will probably be the one to save him. I HATE WHEN HE IS RIGHT!! CRAP!
  • I like hearing Clay talk about when he first met Nathan and why he decided to represent him. It warms my heart.
  • Damn it. I said I couldn’t take any more Haley tears. Husband is saying, “Don’t cry! Don’t cry!” It’s almost working. Please tell me I’m not the only one getting emotional over her talk with Luke.
  • He’s taking the kids??? That is why he is there?? OMG!!! The tears will not stop!! I was trying to figure out why they weren’t leaving the airport…
  • I am digging the Dan/Julian banter. They are kind of hilarious, no? Who would have thought?
  • Haley!! Please stop crying!! Dan!! Please stop playing the video!! It all just hurts so bad!!
  • Classic Nathan Scott smirk. There is nothing sexier than that smirk. Except maybe choking the crap out of that guy. That is also VERY sexy.
  • Mr. Daniels is not any less creepy. God bless Brooke Davis for what she says to the parole board. Could not love her any more. I wish Haley and Nathan and Lucas could hear her. For Q.
  • Chase leaving actually has me kind of sad. For Chuck and for Chris Keller and for me. I never thought that would happen.
  • Shaking sobs. Haley saying bye to her kids. This is just HARD. So hard. I am ugly crying so grossly. And Jamie hugging Lucas like that. WHY GOD OH WHY!!
  • Husband caught it before I did. That cop! The one I said I didn’t trust switched out the magazine in the gun. SON OF A BITCH! NATHAN!!!
  • Looks like Tree Hill has more than its fair share of villains. Including Chuck’s dad. What a dick.
  • They let that bastard out???? WHAT THE CRAP??? No way. Brooke Davis is going to have to go CRAZY on that ass hole. No doubt. Can’t wait.
  • Haley James Scott is my girl. I cannot even believe she is still standing. I want to hug her and bring her tea and kill everyone who has ever harmed Nathan.

Holy crap, friends. Is it me or do these episodes just keep getting better and better? I cannot believe how amazing this was. Even though I pretty much bawled my eyes out through the whole thing. I can only be thankful that my husband is no longer traveling overseas for work for 6 weeks at a time while this airs. If that were still happening there is no WAY I would be watching this show right now. I am feeling for Haley on a level you do NOT even know. The lady is breaking my heart. And it looks like next week will just get worse in that department.

I would like to thank director Austin Nichols for a job very well done on this episode. I am blown away by the talent of this cast. I would also like to thank who ever decided to put Nathan Scott in that t-shirt for the duration. It fits him very well.

What did you guys think? Were you excited to seek Lucas despite his homeless hair? Did you cry even half as much as I did? Do you want to hug Haley forEVER? I’m off to chug some wine. That one was STRESSFUL!!

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One Tree Hill: One Year Later

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One Tree HillToday marks the one year anniversary of the very last episode of One Tree Hill. And while I was late to the party, I always felt like a welcomed guest. I cannot believe that 365 days have passed since we were all together, in the same place, via our television screens. I was so emotional about losing the show a week after the finale aired (you can read all about that here) and I find myself feeling those same feelings again today. I still refuse to delete the finale from my TiVo. The show has had such an impact on me, I felt it was only right to put together a bit of a tribute in honor of this special day.

The time that we’ve spent together over the years has meant so much. And without you, we would not be here tonight. Thank you. This night is yours, this night is ours, and it’s full of all kinds of surprises.

Before you continue reading this post, I suggest you make a playlist of the following songs, put them on repeat and sing along with me (while we all cry, obviously).

“Half Moon” by Blind Pilot

“Blue Skies” by Bethany Joy Lenz

“Loaded Gun” by Tyler Hilton

“Solider” by Gavin DeGraw
“I Don’t Wanna Be” by Gavin DeGraw

“One Tree Hill” by U2

9x13 1I had the amazing opportunity to recap all of the season 9 episodes and share with you all of my thoughts, feelings, questions, and hopes. Those posts no longer exist but the memory of discussing every moment with you, is fresh in my mind. Being a part of the OTH Family is one of the most positive fandom experiences I have ever had. I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you, again, for making it such a wonderful time for me. I connected with so many friends through this show, friends I continue to connect with a year later. Not many television shows can inspire such loyalty, such love, such devotion. So many of you grew up with One Tree Hill. I was blessed enough to be allowed to tag along for the end of the ride. I thank you for that.

It’s the oldest story in the world. One day, you’re seventeen and planning for someday. And then quietly without you really noticing, someday is today, and then someday is yesterday. And this is your life.

Not only does this show have an amazing group of fans, it also has an incredible cast. So many of them tweeted their experiences during their final days of shooting One Tree Hill, and so many of them were kind enough to share their time with us. My two favorites spoke to us on the night of the finale. Looking back on their tweets makes my heart ache.

Cast Tweets

Sophia Bush shared this today. How great is it that she is still feeling and sharing the OTH love as much as we are?

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One thing the fans of this show brought to me, something that made me love OTH and the fandom even more, were the fan vids. I have posted just a few of my faves for you (in no particular order) below. If you have already seen them, I hope you enjoy watching them all over again. If you have not, get your tissues ready. They still make me emotional  to this day.

If you had a friend you knew you’d never see again, what would you say? If you could do one last thing for someone you love, what would it be? Say it. Do it. Don’t wait. Nothing lasts forever.

9x13 3When I first began speaking to other fans about One Tree Hill, I was taken aback by level of love and devotion that people had for a show that critics loathed and the networked seemed less than excited to hold on to. There is a reason this show lasted as long as it did. It wasn’t just the real and heartfelt stories, told  beautifully by the actors portraying favorite characters, it was because of the passion and adoration of the fans. They worked hard to keep their show and followed it through to the end.

Make a wish, and place it in your heart. Anything you want, everything you want. Do you have it? Good. Now believe it can come true. You never know where the next miracle’s gonna come from. The next memory. The next smile. The next wish come true. But if you believe that it’s right around the corner… You open your heart and mind to the possibility of it, to the certainty of it. You just might get the thing you wishin’ for. The world is full of magic. You just have to believe in it. So make your wish. Do you have it? Good. Now believe in it. With all your heart.

One Tree HillThis last week, in preparation for today’s anniversary, I asked all of you to submit to me your thoughts and feelings about what One Tree Hill means to you, one year later. I was so moved by everything you all shared with me. I loved reading about how this little television show shaped and changed your lives, and continues to do so today. My life has been molded and inspired by getting to talk with all of you. Thank you to everyone who submitted their wonderful words:

@Jennabeans24 – how about one word? Everything. I will carry OTH with me for the rest of my life. This show helped shape me. I wouldn’t be who I am without it. Plain & simple.

@EmilyLatka – I had OTH from 15 to 23. It got me through my cancer treatments, life changes, & friend changes.”Sometimes they come back.”

@yellowmonkey26  – we have all grown with these characters, cried with them laughed with them, this show will always be my favourite 🙂

@kairelovesoth – Seems unfair we have 2 live w/out this perfect show! Life’s emptier 4 sure! I will always cherish my time in TreeHill! #oth

@SophiaBushFan10 – #OTH will always be there like the old friend you turn to for comfort. Mark created something timeless.

@Zhezal –  One Tree Hill still means everything to me. The show has taught me so many things about life.I will never forget OTH<3 #home

@NoelElaineOTH  – #OTH is my heart, my comfort, my therapy, my soul. It makes me brave. It has saved me over & over. It’s everything. Still.

@othsavedme – OTH has made me see that anything is possible. Love happiness pain suffering joy and tears are a part of life that is normal. It’s the best thing to have happened to me. It saved my soul. OTH has made me who I am. I miss it every day. Every single person who made OTH what it is will always mean so much to me.

@AlineBouDiwan – #OTH has gotten me through my happiest & hardest times. It makes me believe in love, hope, happiness & dreams coming true. And a grin like Julian’s (seriously though).

@RiverCourtSML – A year later I still miss it everyday, but all that magic is still with me & all the lessons guide me through everyday life.

@OTHLOVER_ –  #OTH means everything to me! A year without it has been tough, but I will never forget it, it lives in my heart Forever.

@TheStyles83 – We Love One Tree Hill.

@LoVyAMB –  a lot! It means hope, inspiration, emotion… I am who I am thanks to this show…

@s9onetreehill –  it means everything. Maybe now more than ever because the lessons are so meaningful now that the show is over.

@natcfc – OTH CHANGED MY LIFE. i’m a better person because of it, I’ve met awesome people because of it and I’m sure that my life can be separated pre/ pos OTH. I miss it everyday and I’m more grateful everyday that i got to watch it.

@LauraOthLover1 – OTH saved me and gave me hope when I was going give up on this life OTH found words that I felt but was scared to say them.

@ali_lauren1 –  there are now words that describe what #OTH meant to me. :’)

@alovelybean – One year later, One Tree Hill remains the constant in life. whatever comes my way… OTH is there & I find an understanding in it. Not only has it helped to shape who I am by growing up with me, but I will always come back to it when new challenges confront me in life. OTH is my love & my home.

@KristenMichele6 – it still means everything – it was so much more than a show and it always will be. OTH means family, more now than ever.

@JhieWeez – #OTH is simply life changing. The stories and characters are easy to relate to. It will forever be my all time fave show!

@jenileesk8 – it is still a show i will never get tired of. Gave me actors i will always love and music i will never stop listening to!

I still sometimes sit alone, iPod playing my favorite OTH songs (“Do  you take the non believers?”) and I think about where our favorite characters are today. Do Nathan and Haley have more kids? Is Haley still making music? Is Brooke still getting along with her parents? Are Chase and Chris Keller making out right this minute? It was such a joy to become a part of these characters lives, to get so swept up in what they were doing, where they were going and whom they were loving. Are you all still wondering about them, too?

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It’s a magical place, son. I’ve seen that magic in your eyes for the last nine years. There’s only one Tree Hill Jamie Scott, and it’s your home.

Thank you again to everyone reading and sharing with me. Your constant and continued support means the world.  I love you every day. I leave you with one of my very favorite photos, courtesy of my good friend Chelsea who was integral during my OTH mourning period this time last year. Just remember friends, no matter what happens, hold high, have faith. Happy anniversary, OTH Family and once again, Good Night Tree Hill!

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Don’t forget to check out the One Tree Hill Retro Recaps!! Currently working on Season 3 and I will continue to add to them as I have time!!

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Retro Recaps: One Tree Hill – 3×04, 3×05, 3×06 and 3×07

3×04 – “An Attempt to Tip the Scales”

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Overview: Tree Hill is celebrating Halloween and everyone is pretending to be someone they aren’t. 

Random Observations:

  • If I were Lucas, I would have gone with the Captain Jack costume. Or the Ninja.
  • I sometimes forget what an absolute ass hole Dan Scott can be. When he turns the fuckface meter up to 10, he is AMAZING. At being a fuckface.
  • Peyton, rising from the floor as the Angel of Death, is one of the most stunning camera shots of the entire series. It’s gorgeous and iconic.
  • I think it’s kind of adorable how they tried for 3 minutes to convince us that Nathan had another lady in his life.
  • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the introduction of Rachel Gattina. So much trouble locked into such a hot body.
  • When Haley runs off, thinking that Nathan doesn’t want her; I DIE. And not in the good way. I want to sob for her. Ouch.
  • I have so much fun watching Mouth & Peyton’s dance. It’s really so cheesy and set up but I can’t help it. It’s a good time.
  • Lucas & Peyton both make really brave decisions about confronting their fears and their weaknesses. There’s a reason this show is so inspirational to people and these are just two small examples.
  • I never would have guessed in a million years that Nathan’s perfumed letter & secret phone call were both from Chris Keller.

Best Bit: When Nathan lifts Haley off of the floor and carries her to safety.

Ugh! Moment: When Haley gets a kiss from a guy who isn’t who she thinks it is.

Fave Quote: “Be careful. His heart’s more fragile than you think.”

Biggest Question: How did Haley not know right away that it wasn’t Nathan kissing her? She should have known, right? Also? How was Deb’s phone glued to her face but not glued to the charger?

On My iPod: “Invincible” by Ok Go, “Empty Room” by Marjorie Fair & “Dance, Dance” by Fall Out Boy

3×05 – “A Multitude of Casualties”

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Overview: Nathan and Lucas are fighting on & off the court, Brooke finds new competition in Rachel and Haley continues to try and win Nathan back. Oh, and Dan’s an ass.

Random Observations:

  • I am pretty sure my high school didn’t have a smoke machine. We also didn’t have late night pep rallies. Or a good basketball team. My high school sucked.
  • “Damn your sperm, Danny.”
  • “It was a nice moment, Haley. It’s over now.” OUCH. Can you remember thinking being in Haley’s shoes and thinking he was talking about the kiss? Yikes!
  • The official introduction or Rachel Gatina. I think we were all meant to hate her but I loved her right away. I blame Danneel. She’s too amazing.
  • Nathan getting Chris to help Haley with her music is just so sweet and mature and could he be more perfect, please? Though, telling her it’s a test is kind of shitty. Fair, but shitty.
  • Dan & Deb’s battle through Dan’s mayoral campaign is one of the funniest things to ever happen on TV. EVER. “Can you see my ass through this?”
  • Sweet, innocent, little Gigi. Too bad she becomes such a giant whore.
  • “Where’s Lee Harvey Oswald when you need him?”
  • Love that Nathan is keeping an eye on Haley. It has to be so scary for him, though. Wondering if history will repeat itself.

Best Bit: Every time Whitey talks. I need a Whitey in my life.

Ugh! Moment: Did Dan really have to put Deb’s toothbrush up the dog’s ass? BARFING FOREVER.

Fave Quote: Nathan: “My dad just ruined my life, and pretty soon he’ll be Mayor and he can ruin everyone else’s too.”

Biggest Question: Why did Peyton go after the mascot? What did that guy ever do to her?

On My iPod: “Rock and Roll Part Two” by Gary Glitter

3×06 – “Locked Hearts and Hand Grenades”

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Overview: Brooke’s Boy Draft idea comes back to bite her and a few others. Lucas struggles with basketball & Karen struggles with her mayoral campaign.

Random Observations:

  • Dan is so gross. Only babies pee in the pool. And drunk people.
  • Nathan and Haley are TALKING!! And not meanly!! And to each other!! Be still my heart.
  • “If I wanted to watch cheerleaders wrestle, I’d turn on Pay-Per-View!”
  • Rachel’s legalese bailout of Brooke was bitchin. I could have used her back in my day.
  • Chris Keller is such an a-hole and the fact that I love him so much makes me question my morals. Oh well.
  • Peyton’s bitchy attitude with Haley is annoying. She was hooking up with Luke while he was with Brooke so she really has no high horse to get up on.
  • Haley looking out for Luke is really sweet. I just love their friendship.
  • Peyton and Nathan were TERRIBLE as a couple but they are pretty awesome as friends. Their moments are always great.

Best Bit: Haley standing up to Peyton and then scoring her guy in the draft!

Ugh! Moment: All of the girls who are buttheads to Mouth. I want to smack them.

Fave Quote: Nathan: “I’m here to talk about Haley and her music. Not Haley and me.”

Chris: “You still don’t get it do you? They’re the same thing.”

Biggest Question: Did Brooke forget that Bevin is a hamburger shy of a Happy Meal? Shouldn’t she have guessed that Rachel would manipulate her?

On My iPod: “Shadowland” by Youth Group & “Boyfriend” by Ashlee Simpson

3×07 – “Champagne for My Real Friends, Real Pain for My Sham Friends”

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Overview: The Fantasy Boy Draft has taken place and the boys are demanding dates.

Random Observations:

  • I love the sexy dream montage this episode begins with. Especially Chris and Lucas. Fantastic. Though, the Haley/Brooke dream is pretty hot. Go Nathan.
  • It’s okay that I get butterflies every time Nathan and Haley even TALK a little, right?
  • Rachel is so hot. Lucas must really have feelings for Brooke. I totally would have hooked up with her.
  • Karen and Deb’s entire escapade is HILARIOUS!! I love their friendship and I love the way it turns out.
  • Okay. Not to put Brooke down, but her “designs?” Aren’t they just typeface on existing garments of clothing?
  • Mouth and Peyton’s “date” is so adorable and heartbreaking. They are just darling.
  • “I mean, the beach, this balcony. I haven’t forgotten about our past Haley, I know where we got married, I know this is where we made love in the rain. I still feel our past, just like you do. I just thought it might be nice to hang out in the present for a night.”
  • Rachel’s little dance while Lucas is blindfolded is AWESOME. I just love Danneel so much, you guys.
  • I love that Haley wants to show Nathan her prediction. Most of all, I love that Nathan refuses to read it and instead adds his own. Such a lovely moment.

Best Bit: Nathan’s gift to Haley of their flower and the hug on the rooftop where he wraps his arms all the way around her. Be still my heart.

Ugh! Moment: Chris is funny but I cannot believe Brooke hooked up with him.

Fave Quote: “The roots are still there. It just takes time. Don’t say I never gave you anything.”

Biggest Question: Why did the foursome go to the Mall? What a terrible place for a date.

On My iPod: “Tender” by Feeder

Read the rest of my One Tree Hill, Retro Recaps here.

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Retro Recaps: One Tree Hill – 2×11, 2×12, 2×13 & 2×14

Welcome back to OTH Wednesdays! Thanks for being patient with my absence as I traveled the country over the last few weeks. While I had a wonderful time, it feels great to be back on the job of recapping one of my favorite shows! And, not only is it OTH Wednesday, it’s also the birthday of both Nathan Scott himself, Mr. James Lafferty and the beautiful Shantel VanSanten!! Happy Birthday James & Shantel!!!! Let’s celebrate all this goodness by sobbing our eyes out, shall we?

2×11 – “The Heart Brings You Back”

Overview: Jake is back for Peyton and who knows who Haley’s sister Taylor is back for…

Random Observations:

  • I swear to GOD when I thought that first flash to Haley on the bus was real I almost kicked a hole in my TV. Thank the heavens it wasn’t. But she still kissed Chris Keller. Again. DAMN IT. And all the while, her husband is waiting at home with a romantic dinner. DAMN IT ALL TO HELL.
  • Taylor is trouble from the word GO. Wanted to punch that face the moment I saw it. I have good instincts sometimes.
  • I think I had always missed the part where Jakes says that Lucas called him for Peyton. That was pretty sweet of Lucas.
  • I’ve told y’all about my thing with the way James says “comfortable,” right? I just LOVE IT SO MUCH!! It’s like seriously a thing I have that I will never get over.
  • Aaaaaaaaaaand Jake spills the beans about Chris Keller & Haley.
  • Scott brother bonding!! My favorite! I literally laugh out loud every time I watch Nathan launch that ball into the river. And then laugh harder when Nathan tells Lucas about losing the V-card to Haley’s sister. It’s just too damn much.
  • “Usually I get them first.” Poor Nathan. He is a wreck.
  • Peyton is SO great. I get Anna being confused and everything but she doesn’t deserve a friend like Peyton. I don’t really care for Anna. I’ve said that, right? And I care for Felix even less. WANT TO STAB HIM MANY TIMES!!!!!
  • This Nathan and Taylor thing is a giant mess. GIANT MESS. But it’s good for Nathan right now in a way. He has someone to talk to. I guess.

Best Bit: “Hey, do you need some help?” And then Nathan joins Haley in the kitchen and they share that little kiss. And it’s hardly anything. But at the time, it’s everything.

Ugh! Moment: Every time Felix is on screen. That guy is beyond help at this point, no matter how many sweet things he says to Brooke.

Fave Quote: Lucas: (voiceover)”Tennessee Williams once wrote…When so many are lonely…as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish…to be lonely alone.”

On My iPod: none

2×12 – “Between Order and Randomness”

Overview: Nathan has a secret to share with Haley but Haley has secrets of her own.

Random Observations:

  • “We’re family now, we shouldn’t have secrets.” I am pretty sure I would be just fine never knowing how my brothers in law ever lost their virginity. Gross. Nathan’s recovery is AMAZING! “Whoever my first was wasn’t nearly as important as my last.” PERFECT MAN IS PERFECT!!!!
  • I love Brooke but I could not be less interested in her crab job story line.
  • Dan is such a sleaze bucket. Haven’t these people learned yet that they should question every single one of his motives?
  • HALEY IS A LIAR!!!!! Damn it Haley. Don’t be emailing Chris! UGH!
  • Nathan is VERY hot when he’s threatening but it doesn’t seem to be having any effect on Taylor who is a giant slut bag. It must be hard not to hit a girl in his situation.
  • Oh Lord. Poor Nathan. Most awkward convo ever. He’s so brave and adorable. I understand Haley getting upset that it was her sister but can she really hold against him what happened before she came along?
  • I mostly hate Taylor but I love her for calling Haley out on the Chris stuff. Someone needs to.
  • Of course Haley forgives Nathan. She really kind of has to after what happened between her and Chris. But either way, it warms my heart.

Best Bit: Haley and Nathan walking along the water, hand in hand, stopping to share kisses. Such a sweet moment. And knowing what comes next, a moment I wish I could trap them in forever.

Ugh! Moment: Dinner with the elder Scott brothers. Horrible. Uncomfortable. Cringe-worthy. Dan is really THE WORST.

Fave Quote: Nathan: “All right, Haley. We got married so quickly, we never really had the talk that most people have when they get engaged. About past relationships… sexual history.” Haley: “Ah, that’s probably because I can give you mine in under ten seconds, while yours is catalogued in the Library of Congress.”

Biggest Question: “Does this mean you didn’t wait for the ring to give it up either?” “I waited until I was in love.” Is Haley saying that she and Nathan did THAT before they got married? This statement has always confused me.

On My iPod: “Glad” by Tyler Hilton

2×13 – “The Hero Dies In This One”

Overview: Chris Keller is back in town and Haley must make a choice. Lucas makes a choice of his own that upsets everyone except Dan.

Random Observations:

  • If Nathan had to find out about Haley emailing Chris Keller at least he did it in a towel. No reason for it to be ALL torture.
  • HALEY STOP LYING!!! Taylor is definitely to blame for some of it but NOT ALL OF IT!!! DAMN IT!!!
  • LUCAS STOP LYING!!! My GOD these people are all idiots. Lying is never the answer!!
  • Dan is such a shit head. His double meaning is hidden in everything he says. What an ass. And he is SO GROSS. Was he really hitting on Taylor? Ugh!
  • Nathan is wearing a Celtics shirt. And wearing it SO WELL. I want it. GO BOSTON!
  • I love the way Peyton introduces Chris Keller. Hilarious. Like she’s touching something dirty as she says his name.
  • Chris Keller the character is the devil but Tyler Hilton is so talented. I love this song he does so much.
  • Angry, threatening Nathan is SO HOT you guys!!  But I cannot handle his face as he watches Haley watch The Wreckers on stage. He’s so afraid of losing her. OUCH!!
  • GAH!! Nathan!! She was wrong to kiss Chris Keller! Of course she was! But ultimatums are NEVER EVER GOOD EVER!
  • This Keane song makes me cry without fail every time. The flash back to their first time there at the dock does not help at all. This is horrible.
  • *SOB* Will I ever make it through the end of this episode without bawling my face off? GEEZE LOUISE!

Best Bit: There really is no best bit of this episode. The whole thing is painful. But the live music is great. Love both songs.

Ugh! Moment: Must I say it? It just hurts SO BAD!!! The yelling! The fighting! The keyboard throwing! The look on Nathan’s face when he knows that Haley is gone! I JUST CAN NOT!!!!!

Fave Quote: Peyton: “A kiss always means something.”

On My iPod: “When It Comes” by Tyler Hilton, “The Good Kind” by The Wreckers & “She Has No Time” by Keane

2×14 – “Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows”

Overview: Everyone is struggling with loss. Nathan is a wreck after losing Haley and Karen after Lucas has moved in with Dan.

Random Observations:

  • Oh God. Poor Nathan. He’s such a mess. It hurts my soul just looking at him.
  • Erica Marsh is a bitch.
  • Nathan rocking bed head while drinking in class would be hilarious if it weren’t so damn tragic.
  • Jake and Peyton and Jenny are SO DAMN CUTE. I just love them. And whitey babysitting? ADORABLE!!!!!
  • “You got it right Peyton. People always leave.” Break my heart some more why don’t you?
  • Mouth is the sweetest. I just love him. I would totally vote for Brooke after that speech alone.
  • Damn it Haley! GO HOME! Or at least call your effing husband! GAH!
  • Brooke’s scene from the series finale!! SO MANY FEELINGS!!!
  • I absolutely love, love, love this scene with Karen & Nathan. They never get a lot of screen time together but this moment is so perfect. They are both so heartbroken. It’s so painful but so lovely.
  • “Sometimes they come back.” Awwww!! Thank you Peyton!!!

Best Bit: Another super painful episode but watching Nathan punch Dan in the face feels pretty damn good.

Ugh! Moment: Um, every single scene where I have to see the hurt all over Nathan’s face. IT’S SO DAMN HARD!!!!!

Fave Quote:

Ms. Hand: “Okay, please tell me you are not drinking beer in my class.”

Nathan: “Technically, it’s malt liquor…”

Ms. Hand: “Nathan!”

Nathan: “It’s okay, I brought enough to share.”

Ms. Hand: “Come with me, please.”

Nathan: “That’s a nice skirt, Ms. Hand. You know, if more teachers dressed like sluts, attendance in this place would skyrocket.”

On My iPod: “Flying High” by Jem & “Club Foot” by Kasabian

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