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


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


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


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: One Year Later


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?


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?


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!


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”


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”


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”


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”


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 – 2×23, 3×01, 3×02 & 3×03

We’re here!! We’re finally here!! Happy OTH Wednesday and happy Season 3 day! I am so excited to have finally made it to this point. Season 3 is my favorite for so many reasons. Can’t wait to jump in!

2×23 – “The Leavers Dance”

Overview: Season 2 comes to an explosive (literally) end as secrets are revealed and plans are made.

Random Observations:

  • Ellie seemed kinda off right from the start, didn’t she?
  • “We’re gonna be a family again.” Ugh. Dan. Don’t speak about things you know nothing about. Ass.
  • I still cannot believe Dan tried to blame Nathan for Deb’s problems. Go Deb. Get away from your dick of a husband.
  • Brooke in her cheerleading uniform reminds me part of why season 2 is so difficult: No basketball!
  • I KNEW it had to be a dream between Lucas & Brooke. It was too easy otherwise. Lucas’ cold shower is pretty freaking hilarious though.
  • I effing LOVE Nathan’s face when Brooke accuses he and Peyton of foreplay. Darling. Hilarious.
  • I always forget how intense this fight between Dan and Whitey is. Yikes.
  • GREAT timing Lucas. Tell her right before she leaves for the summer? Nice job buddy. And I am SO sure that is why he kept the Peyton stuff. Yeah right.
  • Poor Peyton. Now she gets a bomb dropped on her as well.
  • You have NO idea how badly I wanted Dan to die in this fire. I actually cheered. It was so exciting.
  • “Hi.” *SOBBING*

Best Bit: Haley! Haley is at the front door! For Nathan! In Tree Hill!!!!!!

Ugh! Moment: “We’re not brothers. We’re not even friends.” I hate it when Lucas & Nathan are fighting!!! I understand why Lucas did what he did but he shouldn’t have lied to Nathan. Nathan already has serious trust issues.

Fave Quote: Brooke: “Phantom feelings. Like, when you lose a leg and try to scratch it. Lucas was my gangrene infected amputated limb.”

Biggest Question: Is “WATCHMEWATCHU” on Peyton’s IM Creepy Derek already?

On My iPod: “The Good Kind” by The Wreckers & “Wires” by Athlete

3×01 – “Like You Like An Arsonist”

Overview: It’s time to find out what happened with the fire and how everyone in Tree Hill spent their summer vacation.

Random Observations:

  • I absolutely love how they set everyone up as the possible arsonist. It was a real mystery that was so fun to try and figure out.
  • They’re holding hands!! NALEY FEELS!!! SO MANY!!!!!
  • Damn it. Dan made it out alive. What a bummer.
  • Oh God!! Poor Nathan!! He’s so angry and hurt. At least they’re talking?
  • What a huge thing for Peyton to find out. World rocking even.
  • Nathan and Haley keep having the most difficult interactions and it’s so painful but I can’t help but just feel thankful that they’re in the same room again.
  • “Pretty angry huh?” I love the “pain stain.” But what happened to the clown?
  • Brooke is awesome to invite Haley to move in. “I got room for you but not a lot of pity. You did what you did.”
  • Anybody else totally think Nathan’s letter was from Haley? Or hoped that it was? Especially after she didn’t sign the annulment papers!!!
  • Dan is kind of scary. And I don’t doubt any of his threats.
  • This is probably one of my favorite Codas of the entire series. So beautifully done. And a GREAT surprise at the end. Nathan has his ring around his neck. *SOB*

Best Bit & Ugh! Moment: How can a moment feel so good and hurt so bad at the same time? The hardest part was thinking for one second while they were kissing that everything was just going to be okay.  “Always and forever. That’s what sucks Haley. I still do love you. I always will. I just can’t trust you.”

Fave Quote: Peyton (voiceover): “At this moment there are 6,470,818,671 people in the world. Some are running scared. Some are coming home. Some tell lies to make it through the day. Others are just now facing the truth. Some are evil men, at war with good. And some are good, struggling with evil. Six billion people in the world. Six billion souls. And sometimes…all you need is one.”

Biggest Question: Where did Haley spend her summer? Where did she live? She wasn’t at the apartment. Did she go back on tour?

On My iPod: “Feeling a Moment” by Feeder & “Street Map” by Athlete

3×02 – “From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea”

Overview: It’s time for the end of summer party but not everyone is in the mood.

Random Observations:

  • The infamous list of boys on the door. This list gets a lot of play over the next few years. Peyton’s face when Brooke points out her dad and Dan on the list is PRICELESS.
  • Nathan is ANGRY. And so hot playing basketball. It’s like early S1 Nathan all over again.
  • Larry is kind of a great dad. Glad that we’re getting to see more of him. Peyton’s situation totally sucks though. Poor thing.
  • Have I said yet how great it is to have Haley back? “How about never o’clock, or maybe quarter after stab out my eyes… either one would be good by me!”
  • Karen is the CUTEST. And I have really missed her and Lucas’ sweet mother son time. What, What!
  • Real time Naley time!! Their first chat in MONTHS. It’s not sweet but it’s words! Right? And arm porn. Mmmm…..
  • Peyton’s “music to slit your wrists to” soundtrack is kind of funny. Sad. But also funny.
  • “Well at least she won’t drown naked.” BAHAHAHA. Haley is the best.
  • Lucas’s speech to Brooke on the beach is pretty sweet. “I’m the guy for you.” How could she say no to that?
  • Peyton confronts Ellie about drugs and Dan has a revelation. Shit is getting REAL!

Best Bit & Ugh! Moment: One and the same again. Nathan and Haley finally have a heart to heart but everything is left up in the air. JUST MAKE UP ALREADY!

Fave Quote: Larry (to Peyton): “I understand you’re upset, but don’t be slamming doors and stomping your little chicken ass around this house when I’m talking to you.”

Biggest Question: Come on. Brooke really redecorated the entire apartment while Haley was sleeping?  Sure.

On My iPod: “Move Along” by The All-American Rejects, “Sugar We’re Going Down” by Fall Out Boy &”When The Stars Go Blue” by Bethany Joy Lenz and Tyler Hilton

3×03 – “First Day on a Brand New Planet”

Overview: It’s the first day of their senior year and it brings with it all kinds of surprises.

Random Observations:

  • The roof of Karen’s Café. The brick. The predictions. It’s ok if I cry, right?
  • Surprise #1! Dan is going after Whitey’s coaching job. Again. God he sucks.
  • Surprise #2! Ellie has cancer and that’s why she was buying drugs.  Not sure telling Lucas to tell Peyton is the best way to go about it though.
  • Nathan & Peyton time is always special. “Really, the only thing I missed was skipping algebra and making out in my car. As much as I loathed kissing you, algebra was worse.”
  • Is Whitey the greatest or what? Calling Haley Avril Lavigne, setting up the Naley detention. The first one is a wash but the 2nd one is AWESOME! Nathan speaks to her and then almost cracks a smile at her. HEAVEN.
  • If some lying druggy bitch was in my room when I got home, I’d have had the same reaction as Peyton. That was rude.
  • You know what else is special? Nathan & Karen time. We never get enough of it. “Faith is believing when there’s nothing else you can do. But she’s here now. What are you gonna do about it?”
  • Surprise #3! Karen comes to Whitey’s defense as coach of the Ravens and they WIN!
  • Surprise #4! It was Lucas who saved Dan from the fire. Sure wish he wouldn’t have done that.
  • The scene of Haley working on her predictions brings SO MANY finale feelings. My heart!

Best Bit: He puts his hand. On her back. In front of everyone. Can’t. Breathe.

Ugh! Moment: Nathan says the “D” word to Haley. NOOOOO!!!!!

Fave Quote: Brooke: “Sometimes people play hard to get because they need to know the other person’s feelings are real.”

Biggest Question: What is the exact reason all of those bitches are being such slunts to Haley? Because of the tour? Because of Nathan? They suck.

On My iPod: “Always Love” by Nada Surf & “This Is For Keeps” by The Spill Canvas



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Retro Recaps: One Tree Hill – 2×19, 2×20, 2×21 & 2×22

Happy OTH Wednesday! So sorry for all of the absences. This summer has been nuts! The good news is that I think I’m done traveling for a while and the other good news is that this is the last full post of Season 2 episodes!!! Praise heaven! So ready for some Season 3 goodness next week!

2×19 – “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning”

Overview: Nathan’s uncle Cooper shows up to help him take his mind off of things and then it all comes crashing down.

Random Observations:

  • Cooper insisting on looking at Nathan’s junk really grosses me out. It’s just a joke, right?
  • Dan is such a shit. Just intent on destroying everything he can’t have.
  • Hey!!! Stu-Pac!!!! I love it when they have their little “brotherly” moment. Also, Lafferty Jr.’s shirt is awesome, “That ain’t frosting.”
  • I love Brooke Davis. “I really don’t miss Felix much at all.” None of us do Brooke. None of us.
  • Day drinking and a dance party. I could totally be down for that.
  • Is it just me or is that Daytona chick REALLY annoying? Even before she plays “When the Stars Go Blue.”
  • I probably shouldn’t, but I die laughing every time I see Deb passed out in the bushes. Hilarious.
  • GAH! Poor Nathan!! He’s so broken! It just kills me. I probably should hug him. Shirtless.
  • Whitey is just the best. Have I mentioned that lately? And LOL at his comment about Peyton keeping her door locked or creepy guys will get in. Foreshadowing?

Best Bit: Even though they cause him to crash into the wall, I love the Naley flashes in Nathan’s mind. He can’t stop missing her.

Ugh! Moment: When Nathan won’t let Lucas call Haley. How can near-death not put a stop to this nonsense?

Fave Quote: Dan: “Well, well. It’s my wife. The lawn gnome.”

Biggest Question: So, did Nathan lose control while thinking about Haley? Or did he crash on purpose?

On My iPod: “Son’s Gonna Rise” by Citizen Cope & “Like a Man Possessed” by The Get Up Kids

2×20 – “Lifetime Piling Up”

Overview: Whilein a coma, Nathan dreams of what might have been.

Random Observations:

  • Though not one of my favorites, the episode did do a good job of fooling me in the beginning. Right up until I saw Karen. Then I was just really confused.
  • Gotta admit, it’s kind of fun to see Lucas be the dick while Nathan’s the sweetie. It’s hard to believe that Keith would ever be smarmy.
  • It’s nice to see Nathan and Haley in the same place but it sucks big balls that they’re doing that whole friend thing. What a letdown.
  • Nathan’s reaction to Brooke in the shower is just THE BEST! Also, he’s naked.
  • No matter what the reality is, Dan is always trying to put one of his sons down and Whitey is always standing up to him for it.
  • Of course in Nathan’s dream, Haley can’t carry a tune in a bucket.
  • Alt universe Peyton is a LOT nicer to Nathan than she was in real life to Lucas. Kind of awesome.
  • It’s way more believable that Nathan would make the winning basket.
  • Deb’s on drugs, blah, blah, blah. Gonna get help, blah, blah, blah.
  • Damn it Nathan for telling Haley not to come! Damn it for saying that you both have to follow your dreams. Damn it for making sense! No dreams! Just togetherness!!

Best Bit: HALEY’S PONCHO!! And their scene at the dock! Is it weird that it makes me sob, even in this alternate universe?

Ugh! Moment: Nathan & Haley just friends? Eff that!

Fave Quote: Nathan: “Don’t say I never gave you anything.”

On My iPod: “Hands Down” by Dashboard Confessional & “Rest In Pieces” by Saliva

2×21 – “What Could Have Been”

Overview: Nathan struggles to make ends meet after his accident and help from Dan comes with a scary ultimatum.

Random Observations:

  • Brooke is pretty awesome. I’m not really into the whole “bring Dan down” storyline, mostly because I knew it would never happen, but I’m glad Brooke is now helping.
  • What kind of hospital billing staff says, “She sounds like a keeper. Don’t let her get away.” Mind your own beeswax biatch.
  • Annulment papers!! AHHH!!! Run!! BURN THEM NOW!!!
  • Nathan seems almost cheerful. It’s been so long since we’ve seen a legit smile on his face I hardly recognize it. It’s absolute heaven.
  • Haley’s manager guy is a dick.
  • I absolutely LOVE Nathan’s face when he tells Brooke about the shower dream. Half smile, half cringe. So priceless and adorable.
  • Dan trying to convince Nathan that he’s anything other than a giant, douche bag, a-hole is some kind of joke.
  • Poor Karen. She just wants to talk to Keith. Their situation sucks.
  • Is Brooke allowed to be upset about Lucas keeping things that remind him of Peyton? Has she never kept anything from an ex?

Best Bit: I completely love Nathan and Peyton’s heart to hearts. They were terrible as a couple but their friend moments are some of the best.

Ugh! Moment: Dan going to see Haley with the annulment papers and a bag of lies! OMG I hate that guy! He ruins everything!!

Fave Quote: Nathan: “Lucas is THIS close to tucking me in and singing me a lullaby.”

Biggest Question: Did Nathan really sign the papers? Or did Dan forge his signature?

On My iPod: “Overcome” by Better Than Ezra, “Scar” by Missy Higgins & “Walking with the Ghost” by Tegan & Sara

2×22 – “The Tide That Left and Never Came Back”

Overview: Lucas and Brooke bond during a trip to New York to bring Haley home.

Random Observations:

  • Karen’s fit at Dan’s dealership is AWESOME!! I wish she would have taken that chair to his face instead of to his window though.
  • Dan is the fucking WORST. Blaming Nathan for Deb’s pill problem? I just want to stab him in the throat with a spork!
  • AWKWARD!! Walking in on Chris & Haley in a tickle fight? Nice Haley.
  • I cannot handle Nathan’s sad face staring at the Tutor Center sign. “Sometimes they come back, right?” *sob*
  • Is it possible to want to punch Chris Keller in the neck while laughing at him non-stop?
  • I don’t know who stitched Nathan up but pretty sure they did a terrible job. That thing bleeds an awful lot.
  • Haley! Go home! Go to your home! Are you too good for your home?
  • Poor Peyton. No wonder she is always crying. Poor girl can’t catch a break. And neither can Jake for that matter. Or Karen. Geez Louise.

Best Bit: Watching Nathan get back to basketball is kind of magical.

Ugh! Moment: Nicki showing up at the jail to show Jake that she’s taking Jenny. HORRIBLE BITCH!

Fave Quote: Nathan: “As far as I’m concerned, Shaw was a punk, ’cause you know what? Tragedies happen. What are you gonna do? Give up? Quit? No. I realize now that when your heart breaks, you gotta fight like hell to make sure you’re still alive. Because you are… and that pain you feel, it’s life. The confusion and fear, that’s there to remind you that somewhere out there is something better… and that something is worth fighting for.”

On My iPod: “Hear You Me” by Jimmy Eat World, “How Love Should Be” by Tyler Hilton & “All I Want” by Susie Suh


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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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Retro Recaps: One Tree Hill: 2×07, 2×08, 2×09 & 2×10

Happy OTH Wednesday!!! And such a happy day it is!! Not only is it an OTH day, it is also my dear friend Jenna’s birthday!! And not just ANY birthday!! It’s her 23rd!!!!! I wish I had happier episodes to share on her special day but I do think it’s appropriate that Jimmy Eat World’s song “23” makes it’s first appearance within this group. Be sure to find her on twitter (@Jennabeans24) and send her happy birthday wishes. LOVE YOU JENNA!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

2×07 – “Let the Reigns Go Loose”

Overview: The opening of Tric creates drama and an opportunity for dreams come true.

Random Observations:

  • “Can I be honest with you Dan? You’re creeping everybody out.” I love Karen.
  • Nathan going to visit Whitey in the hospital to talk to him about High Flyers is adorable. I still don’t understand how him going to camp would prevent Haley from pursuing music but it’s sweet just the same.
  • LMFAO at Keith’s face when he sees that Andy bought Lucas a little kid’s shirt. And then Andy calls him “Little Lucas.” Hilarious.
  • Aaaaaaaand Nathan meets Chris Keller for the first time. Then gives him the first of many “I am going to kill you,” glares without Chris Keller even noticing.
  • Tric’s opening night gives me SO MANY FINALE FEELINGS. It makes my heart ache.
  • Oh Karen. “Free round on the house… of juice!”
  • Nathan’s Haley pride is just OVERWHELMING. My heart can’t take it. I want to SQUEEZE HIM.
  • I feel bad for Brooke and what she’s going through but I feel worse for Mouth. He deserves better.
  • Have I mentioned how much I hate Felix & Anna? I feel that it’s worth repeating. Blech.
  • I love that Nathan is already giving Chris Keller the shifty eyes, even before Chris Keller opens his mouth about everyone wanting to screw Haley. He’s no dummy.

Best Bit: Haley’s first public performance and the look on Nathan’s face as he watches her on stage. Her happy little smile when everyone starts clapping? Beyond wonderful. And I could listen to Joy’s voice forever.

Ugh! Moment: Nathan laying in bed in the middle of the night, wondering where Haley is. I can feel his anxiety and I don’t like it.

Fave Quote: Chris (to Nathan): “You have any idea how many guys in the room wanna nail your wife right now?”

On My iPod: “Alive and Amplified” by The Mooney Suzuki

2×08 – “The Truth, Bitter Truth”

Overview: Nathan and Lucas take a road trip with a dual purpose and the girls have a slumber party where the secrets come pouring out.

Random Observations:

  • Nathan and Haley cannot be any effin cuter. “It’s our first night apart since we got married.” GAH. I just love them more than words.
  • Brooke is so gross sometimes. I would KILL anyone who had sex in my marital bed. KILL. With weapons.
  • I know that it’s bad for Haley to be working with Chris Keller behind Nathan’s back but they sound so damn good together.
  • I get tears in my eyes watching Nathan and Lucas watch that basketball game. Y’all know why. “That could be you some day.” SO MANY FEELS!!!!!!
  • I’m glad that Haley knows that lying to Nathan is dumb. She should also know that Nathan wants for what her whatever she wants for herself. It makes me sad that she doesn’t see that.
  • I cannot handle the way Nathan talks about Haley. “Basketball was the most important thing to me. Now Haley is.” His love for her is SO HUGE. Just thinking about it is enough to make my heart explode.
  • That slumber party would be perfect. Perfect for bonding, a perfect memory. There’s even a pillow fight! If only Anna weren’t there. Ugh.
  • Nathan and Lucas are so adorable on their road trip. And that SONG? So funny. When they sing along I DIE!!!!! Love me some Scott brother love.

Best Bit: Haley, Brooke and Peyton all screaming at each other over each of their respective wrongs. It’s pure comedy. Especially when Haley rips off Brooke’s nose strip and Peyton squeals. HILARIOUS!

Ugh! Moment: When Haley lies to Nathan about working with Chris Keller. Absolutely NOTHING GOOD will come of this.

Fave Quote: Peyton: “Okay. How wasted does one have to be to go home with one shoe? It’s like, at what point do you look down at your foot and say hmmm… ?”

Biggest Question: What would you do? Have the HCM test or not?

On My iPod: “When The Stars Go Blue” by Bethany Joy Lenz and Tyler Hilton & “Every Ship Must Sail Away” by Blue Merle

2×09 – “The The Trick Is To Keep Breathing”

Overview: It’s the night of the Tree Hill High Formal and a lot of kept secrets will find their way onto the dance floor.

Random Observations:

  • I swear I cannot stop my eyes from rolling every single time Felix talks. He is RIDICULOUS!
  • Can’t help but kind of implicate Peyton in this Haley & Chris Keller mess. She insists that they play, right away, and doesn’t say anything when Chris Keller says that rehearsal might dip into the Formal. RUDE.
  • I can’t handle Nathan’s face or his whine/yell. “Hales!?” When Haley tells him that she has to be late to the formal. His heart is already breaking. I don’t like it.
  • I want to know what kind of budget Tree Hill High has. My school NEVER had the money to create THAT kind of dance. The half Eifel Tower? COME ON!!
  • Shut up Deb. Showing some concern. Right. Next stop: Mother of the year. No doubt.
  • I think that’s what I’ll name my first album: “Better Than Crap.”
  • NEVER, in their entire time in Tree Hill do I want to stab Felix and Anna more than when they take turns using “gay” and “lesbian” in order to insult Peyton. NOTHING about it is ok. The two of them were clearly raised by psycho bigots. I would have said raised by animals but I would never insult animals that way. They are just HORRIBLE human beings. I expect it from Felix but Anna? After Peyton went out of her way to make her feel welcome? WEAK AND DISGUSTING!
  • Brooke is a bit harsh on Mouth. She totally takes him for granted, is oblivious to his feelings and then blames him for Felix’s crap. Not cool.
  • Nathan and Haley fighting causes me actual, physical pain. It’s really unhealthy. For all of us. I may be too invested.
  • I feel pretty bad for Peyton most of the night but it really comes to a head when a drink gets spilled on her mother’s amazing dress. I cannot even imagine. On top of everything else.
  • GRRRRR!!!! The whole music vs. basketball camp thing is SO AGGRAVATING!!!!! Why is it a choice between the two? WHY do they keep lying to each other???? AAAAAHHHHH!!!!!

Best Bit: Nathan getting so excited about surprising Haley at the dance. He just wants everything to be perfect for her. He’s nearly giddy at the thought. “I actually have a pretty incredible night lined up for her.”

Ugh! Moment: Where do I start? When Nathan has to tell the carriage to leave without them. When he finds out that Haley lied. When they fight at the Beach House. It sucks. IT ALL SUCKS SO MUCH.

Fave Quote: Brooke: “Think of all the taffeta that had to die to make this thing. Ew.”

On My iPod: “When The Stars Go Blue” by Bethany Joy Galeotti and Tyler Hilton & “What You Waiting For?” by Gwen Stefani

2×10 – “Don’t Take Me for Granted”

Overview: Drama abounds after the Formal festivities. Peyton deals with hateful rumors and Nathan and Haley’s relationship continues to take hits.

Random Observations:

  • That “Formal on a Sunday” stuff is hilarious. And total Tree Hill nonsense. Like, what?
  • “Ew. You two realize you’re related, right?… Double ew if Tutor Wife is here.” Brooke is HILARIOUS! And Nathan’s: “Hi, Brooke,” is the most adorable thing. Why is it so cute? Two meaningless words and the boy kills me. I must be damaged.
  • Nathan demanding Haley to stop working with Chris? WRONG. Haley refusing? WRONG. Nathan turning around and walking out? WRONG!!!
  • I probably should NOT find a threatening, violent, jealous Nathan so damn hot. But I do. I’m sorry. I can’t help it.
  • Jules is trying to tell Keith to get out, away from Dan. Away from her. I wish he would have listened.
  • Karen: “Oh, grow up. That tragic hero crap only works in the movies. And you know what they don’t show you after they fade out? The hero’s mother putting her foot up his ass.” It’s so great that Karen even scared the River Court boys into not letting Lucas play. Lady has powers.
  • I absolutely LOVE the statement Peyton makes with her “DYKE” t-shirt. It is strong and brave and powerful and still so relevant. Makes me want to stand up and cheer.
  • I was HORRIFIED when I first learned that Dan had something to do with Jules and her relationship with Keith. He is a truly despicable person.
  • JAKE!!!!!! Have never been happier to see his face!!
  • Nathan waiting with a romantic dinner for Haley while she goes to see Chris absolutely tears me apart.

Best Bit: Nathan and Haley’s little make up doesn’t fix the overall problems but I still feel it all over. My heart SWELLLS. Why can’t they always be that way?

Ugh! Moment: Chris kissing Haley. OMG SO BAD!!!!! SOOOOO BAD!!!!!!!!!

Fave Quote: Lucas: (voiceover) “Nathaniel Hawthorne once wrote: No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.”

On My iPod: “When It Comes” by Tyler Hilton, “Shoot Your Gun” by 22-20’s, “Sideways” by Citizen Cope & “23” by Jimmy Eat World.

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