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Retro Recaps: One Tree Hill: 1×17, 1×18, 1×19 & 1×20

Happy OTH Wednesday friends!! I just love these days. Before we get started, don’t forget to follow the best Rob Buckley fans on the web: we love @Robaholics!!! Now then, after a batch of some of my not favorite episodes, we are back with the good stuff. Basketball, cheering, fighting, stripping Ravens and three magical words. So excited to share this with all of you!

1×17 – “Spirit in the Night”

Overview: During a road trip for a cheer competition and basketball game, Peyton continues to try to get back into Brooke’s good graces as Haley tries to balance her relationships with Lucas & Nathan.

Random Observations:

  • “Psycho hose-beast.” Great Wayne’s World reference. An insult I still love using to this day.
  • The scene with Lucas & Nathan makes me think ahead to S6. Nathan comes full circle when he is the one who has to coach a jerk on the basketball court.
  • “I thought one of you was bad enough.” Poor Keith. I’d like to help him set that Dan cardboard cutout on fire. Right after putting it through a wood chipper.
  • Whitey is the greatest. All the yelling and insulting and stirring the pot. What a crack up. I’d totally hang out with him.
  • Do they really take points off for complexion? That seems kind of harsh. And rude. Especially when dealing with teenagers.
  • “I’ll give her a jazz finger.” I LOVE HALEY JAMES. That is all.
  • Mouth’s amazing cheer routine still makes me laugh. He’s really good! Who knew?
  • I DIE at Nathan’s face when the male strippers come out on stage. At all the guys’ faces actually. Absolutely hilarious.
  • It’s so great that they make you think that Whitey is yelling at his team when really he’s yelling at Karen & Larry. Perfect.
  • Love, love, LOVE that Nathan calls Lucas out for his dick treatment of Haley. It says so much about his feelings for her. He wants her and he wants her to be happy.
  • Things are softening between Lucas &Nathan, poor Keith has lost Karen and his business and Brooke is still having a hard time forgiving Peyton. Oh, and Dan is still a huge ass hole.
  • Poor Nathan, all alone in that empty apartment. My GOD his parents suck.

Best Bit: It’s a tie between Nathan pulling Haley into his hotel room for a little kissy time and when she jumps into his arms after the cheer competition. What can I say? I just cannot get enough Naley love!

Ugh! Moment: Lucas telling Haley she looks ridiculous in her cheerleading uniform. SO RUDE. What a jerk.

Fave Quote: Haley: “I’m a born klutz; I almost drowned in the ball bin at Chuck E. Cheese.”

Biggest Question: Didn’t Dan drop out of college his freshman year? What right does he have telling Keith to go to college?

On My iPod: “100 Years” by Five For Fighting and “All Kinds Of Time” by Fountains Of Wayne

 1×18 – “To Wish Impossible Things”

Overview: The Ravens basketball team is up for auction and the ladies are willing to pay, not knowing that everyone will be getting a bit more than they bargained for.

Random Observations:

  • I love that each of the basketball players come on stage showing their real personalities. It’s brilliant. Tim is a dunce, Jake is adorable, Lucas is awkward, and Nathan is perfectly cocky.
  • Dear GOD help me. This entire bit with Nathan on the auction block is flawless. The flexing of his beautiful body, Haley’s facial expressions and of course Peyton’s comments. “It smells like sex in here.” And “That’s a creepy threesome.” I DIE A MILLION TIMES. Which is also about how many times I’ve watched it.
  • Poor Haley. Her face as she watches Nathan & Peyton walk away is kind of horrible. Her vulnerability is written all over it.
  • “I slipped.” And his laugh. GAH. I cannot.
  • I don’t know y’all. I love Mouth and Brooke getting to be closer friends, their relationship is so great, but the side by side lap dance kind of skeeves me out a bit.
  • OMG. Deb & Tim and Dan walking in? PRICELESS!! Talk about WOOPS!
  • Ugh. Lucas. SHUT UP. Quit yelling at Haley for crap you’ve done yourself. Such a hypocrite. But the way Haley explains it to him, how she’s falling for Nathan, how she feels turned inside out by him, it’s just amazing. Her fear and her excitement. She perfectly explains what it feels like to fall in love for the first time. I get butterflies myself just hearing her talk about it.
  • I HATE NICKI. SHE SUCKS SO MUCH. I just want put her in a canon and shoot her far, far away from Jake.
  • Poor Brooke. She breaks my heart in that scene in the car. And then she has to tell Lucas her big secret. Horrible!
  • Brooke isn’t the only one with a bomb to drop. GO KEITH!

Best Bit: Seriously? Nathan strips. Need I say more?

Ugh! Moment: Lucas catching Peyton & Nathan kissing. OF COURSE that’s when he walks up. I can only be thankful that he didn’t blab about it to Haley.

Fave Quote: Haley: “If I look at this tattoo 20 years from now, and it reminds me of how I feel today, I think I’ll be okay with that.”

Biggest Question: Did Nathan actually come on to Peyton? He tries to play it off, and then kind of admits it, but whether out of fear or stupidity, it still feels like he really did.

On My iPod: none (much to my surprise)

 1×19 – “How Can You Be Sure?”

Overview: Brooke and Lucas deal with the aftermath of having sex while Nathan and Haley deal with the issue of not having it.

Random Observations:

  • Damn it Karen. You’re making a HUGE mistake!!! TOO SAD!!
  • Here Lucas, let me shove the stick I just peed on in your face. Poor them though. Super scary.
  • “I am up.” Yeah Nathan, I’ll bet you are. Looks like everyone is getting a surprise! Nathan does not seem stoked about Haley’s tattoo.
  • Ugh. Nicki. Go die in a deep dark hole.
  • Oh Haley. “You can get a tattoo removed Nathan.” Yeah. With a ton of really painful skin grafting. I can’t really blame Nathan for being confused.
  • “I can’t breathe when I’m around him and when I’m not around him, I want to be. I’m just… I’m totally in love with him.” Butterflies. AGAIN. As always, Haley finds a way to perfectly express those falling in love feelings. If only I could find a way to bottle them and sell them on the black market. I’d make a fortune. If I didn’t use them all up myself. And even though it should be weird, considering the history, Peyton has been just the right person for Haley to talk to about all of it.
  • Piss off Dan.
  • Fun fact about me: I absolutely LOVE SO MUCH the way James says “comfortable,” pronouncing every single syllable. He still does it in interviews to this day. It makes me swoon. I am weird.
  • Now that THAT’S out of the way, I can only imagine how Haley must be feeling, like she’s not enough, like he doesn’t want her. It must be chewing a hole in her.
  • OUCH. Lucas & Karen. Their conversation (and the slap) is just heart crushing. One of the last things a parent wants to hear from their teenage child.
  • “Wow. There it is.” As;dklfjspdgjsdpgjspdfjspojdspfj!!!!!!!!!!! SO MUCH CLAPPING AND GOOFY GRINNING!!! I just love them. So much. There are no words to express it. It makes me want to explode from the inside out. Also, the song is PERFECT.
  • The Coda for this episode is SO sad. The song does not help. “Everybody hurts.”

Best Bit: Obviously. Nathan and Haley exchanging their first of many “I love you’s.” Is there a sweeter sound anywhere?

Ugh! Moment: Lucas & Brooke. The bitter exchanges, the name calling, the lying about a pregnancy? It’s all terrible. Really terrible.

Fave Quote: Nathan: “Haley, you got a tattoo for god sakes. It just freaks me out a little bit because obviously this whole thing with us means a lot to you. I just don’t want to do anything to pressure you. Or drive you away. Even though sometimes I can’t help it. Just like I can’t help that I fell in love with you. Cause I did. I love you, Haley. And it scares me, a little bit, but, there it is.”

Biggest Question: What was Brooke’s motivation for lying to Lucas about the pregnancy? Just to make him sweat, to punish him?

On My iPod: “Heaven” by The Fire Theft

1×20 – “What Is And What Should Never Be”

Overview: Haley throws her first big party and Nathan gets his first job. One goes slightly better than the other.

Random Observations:

  • FYI, this episode is named after one of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs. Supernatural also has an episode named after it. GREAT tune.
  • I used to have huge, amazing parties at my first apartment but I never remember it getting that trashed. Maybe my friends were nicer than Nathan’s? I don’t blame him at all for escaping to Haley’s house. BTW, it’s like the CUTEST THING that he just crawls in her window to actually just sleep with her. Makes me all squirmy!!! In the good way!
  • At this point, shouldn’t Peyton & Lucas just do it? The damage has been done. Why not get a little something out of it?
  • Before “I love you,” Haley’s tattoo really had Nathan freaked out. Now? Do you notice the look on his face when he sees it? Priceless. “Tim, go home!”
  • I love Brooke but at this point in the show, she’s never really been all that friendly to Haley. Not to mention, she’s currently fighting with two of Haley’s actual good friends. Pretty sure she has no right to be all that butt hurt about the party.
  • Nathan’s pretzels are so sad!! Is it ok that I really want to laugh at him and then give him a great big hug? And how does he make even a pretzel ball cap look so hot? What is up with that? “Isn’t that what they used to call your mom? Hot & Twisted?” Oh Nathan. BE MORE EFFING ADORABLE PLEASE!!!!!!
  • Have I mentioned before how much I love the Lucas & Keith moments? Lucas really was the lucky one of the Scott boys when it came to father figures. And then Karen and Keith and a baby? Excuse me while I go sob.
  • I hate seeing Brooke with Nicki and continuing to be such a bitch to Peyton. I understand her pain but Brooke is better than this and it sucks to watch her get so low.
  • CHICK FIGHT!! Nicki gets in one hell of a bitch slap. Slunt is CRAZY. And Lucas’ slutty secret is spilled. He is so screwed. And this time, not in the good way.
  • Poor Nathan. He works, doesn’t get to party, his apartment gets thrashed, he gets arrested AND has to deal with Dan on top of it. Thank God he has Haley.
  • Brooke crawling into Peyton’s bed somehow feels so right. After everything, they have both been crushed by the same boy. And the song by The Cure that plays is superbly chosen. GREAT scene.

Best Bit: Nathan throwing Dan a pretzel from the floor and watching him take a bite. Awesome. Eat mall dirt ass hat!

Ugh! Moment: Every time I have to look at Nicki’s face. Have I mentioned that I hate her skanky ass?

Fave Quote: Haley: (to Nathan) “I’ll kiss you later.”

Biggest Question: In the very beginning, when they want us to think that Nathan is in bed with another chick, but really isn’t, is that actually James? Or just a really great look-a-like?

On My iPod: “I Belive In A Thing Called Love” by The Darkness & “Apart” by The Cure

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Retro Recaps: One Tree Hill: 1×13, 1×14, 1×15 & 1×16

Happy #OTH Wednesday! How awesome is it that it’s the 23rd? I know, I am such a nerd. This week has been super heavy with the OTH nostalgia as the UK finished up the series and The CW here in the states re-played the final two. One Tree Hill is in the air! Don’t miss all of the OTH goodies at the end of the recap!

1×13 – “Hanging By A Moment”

Overview: Whitey and Haley both get a little help from Nathan, Peyton is guilt-ridden by what happened with Lucas and Keith is anxious for Karen to get home. A little too anxious.

Random Observations:

  • How awesome is it that Nathan is shirtless in Haley’s dream? I mean, why wouldn’t he be? We know where her mind is at.
  • I forgot Dan & Deb were still going to therapy. That’s not a waste of time with Dan or anything.
  • I think it’s kind of ballsy for Lucas & Peyton to make out right there in the hall. Isn’t high school like FULL of blabber mouths?
  • AWKWARD!! Brooke telling Peyton she’s falling for Lucas right when they’re about to drop their big secret? Yikes.
  • “I don’t want to go with my dad. I want to be with you.” *sigh*
  • Dan is just AWFUL to Keith. Makes me crazy. That is not how brothers should treat each other.
  • Haley has every right to be mad at Lucas. I think what he’s doing behind Brooke’s back is terrible. He should have broken up with her right away. And why is he all up in Haley’s business about Nathan again? They’re wonderful together!!! Shut up Lucas.
  • I love the conversation between Nathan and Whitey. It’s so indicative of their relationship. And then Nathan lets his sweet little boy side show and it’s just very heartwarming. He says exactly what Whitey needs to hear.
  • The first time I saw that car accident it made me jump out of my seat. Quite unexpected.
  • I love how that doctor already knows Lucas will need surgery after just glancing at him for a second. He’s good.

Best Bit: Nathan teaching Haley how to shoot a free throw. SO EFFING CUTE. You can tell that he loves that there is something he can help her with after everything she has helped him with. It’s all over his face. And she is so worried about impressing him still. I just love it.

Ugh! Moment: Stupid Nathan. I am not saying that he should lie but maybe telling Haley why he went after her at the start was not the brightest idea.

Fave Quote: Whitey: (to Nathan) “You were in the library? Temperature must’ve dropped in hell.”

Biggest Question: Should Dan have moved Lucas from the accident scene like that? What if he had a broken neck or something?

On My iPod: “Pink Bullets” by The Shins

1×14 – “I Shall Believe”

Overview: Lucas lies unconscious in the hospital after the accident and drama continues to flow around him as Peyton, Nathan, Haley & Keith all feel their own kind of guilt.

Random Observations:

  • UGH!!! I absolutely HATE when Nathan and Haley are fighting. Haley has a right to be upset and Nathan was kinda dumb for sharing the whole truth but can’t they just move past it right away? For me?
  • Oh man. Keith and Karen. Before it all goes bad. They are so sweet. He kissed the top of her head. I love that.
  • Lucas is out cold surrounded by all the women who love him. Except Haley who can’t bring herself to go see him. AWKWARD.
  • Nathan: “How’s Lucas?” Haley: “Like you care.” Nathan: “Haley, come on. That’s not fair. Look, we’re not tight, but I don’t wanna see the guy in the hospital.” Haley: “Why? Because if he’s out of circulation, then you can’t use me to piss him off?” STOP IT YOU TWO!! JUST STOP!!
  • I have to give Brooke props. I am not sure I could ever just hang out with my boyfriend’s mom whom I just met while said boyfriend was in a coma.
  • My mom found out about my first tattoo while I was in the hospital too. Best way to break the news. They can’t get that mad then.
  • Moira Kelly is a really pretty crier.
  • BLECH. Dan. Good God. Just give the woman a damn divorce.
  • Peyton has great conversations in this episode. With Karen, with Haley and with Nathan. She’s kind of a screw up sometimes but she gives good advice.
  • Nathan and Lucas have been strangers and enemies and now Nathan is helping him drink water. Weird.
  • When Haley cries, I cry. Starting when Nathan goes to see her in the café. Even this early into their relationship, Nathan knows that Haley needs Lucas and vice versa and he won’t stop until he helps her. The crying carries all the way through to the end when she crawls into Lucas’ arms. Best friends forgive each other. SOB CITY.

Best Bit: I think it takes a LOT for Nathan to go and sit and talk to Lucas while he’s unconscious in the hospital. It’s great proof of how far he has already come and how much he cares about Haley. It’s also a great illustration of the weight Nathan is carrying. He thinks comatose Lucas is the lucky one?

Ugh! Moment: When Karen tells Keith to leave. I understand why she’s upset, but it still hurts my heart. Keith was so close to getting what he always wanted and then BAM!

Fave Quote: Nathan: “Look, I know that it was wrong to go after you for the reasons that I did. I can’t apologize for it. I’m glad I did it. I’m not that person anymore. It’s because of you.”

Biggest Question: Where does Haley find all of her weird hats?

On My iPod: “I Shall Believe” by Sheryl Crow

1×15 – “Suddenly Everything Has Changed”

Overview: Lucas is home from the hospital and must face the women in his life. All of them.

Random Observations:

  • Poor Brooke. She tries so hard. And she just has no idea. Sucks.
  • Did Deb actually think that Dan would just give her an easy divorce?
  • Oh my God Peyton. The wacked out phone excuse? WEAK.
  • “What’s wrong with the old you?” I love you Nathan Scott. You’re just the sweetest. Ever.
  • Good Lord. Those two ass holes are literally fighting over Nathan. Poor kid. I just want to slam their heads together.
  • Oh Brooke. Hanging out with your ex’s mom? You are not making things easier for yourself. Poor girl needs some love.
  • OMG THE LYING LUCAS!!! So bad!! I cannot deny the chemistry between Lucas and Peyton but what they do to Brooke is so shitty. But Lucas does have a point with Karen about Keith. That sucks.
  • I seriously cannot say enough about what terrible parents Deb & Dan are. The manipulating from Dan? The lying from Deb? They should both be in jail. Right after I stab them nearly to death. Ass hats.
  • It was a nice sentiment Peyton but it was a bit too late. Whether you continue your relationship with Lucas or not, the damage has been done.
  • “Come on! You said you would do anything to help me and this would really take my mind off things.” Who could ever say no to that face? Ever?

Best Bit: Is there a question? When Haley sings to Nathan for the first time, Lord help me. Joy’s voice is just magical. I get chills. And his face as he watches her? KILL ME NOW!!

Ugh! Moment: Realizing that Brooke saw Lucas and Peyton on the webcam. Of all the ways to find out…

Fave Quote: Nathan: “I realized that if I’m gonna live in the moment, I just wanna live in it with you.”

Biggest Question: Did Lucas honestly think he would get away with messing with Peyton behind Brooke’s back?

On My iPod: “Elsewhere” by Sarah McLachlan (sung on the episode by Bethany Joy Lenz) and “I Can’t Make Me” by Butterfly Boucher

1×16 – “The First Cut Is the Deepest”

Overview: Dan continues to manipulate everyone around him as Lucas, Brooke and Peyton deal with the fallout of a love triangle gone wrong.

Random Observations:

  • That look Nathan throws Peyton after she asks about the car is just ADORABLE. Half “shut up” and half “I’m a snotty brat.” Love it. Also, his DSL promises are very charming.
  •  “I’m sorry for the way things ended last time Nate.” “Whatever.” Nathan Scott. Please stop being perfect. It’s really not fair.
  • Lucas is SUCH A BRAT!!! I seriously just want to smack him and put him in time out just like I would a toddler acting the exact same way.
  • Oh my GOD I hate Nicki. So much. She totally wasted a drink and then also is a whore bitch from hell. And why does she keep setting things on fire?
  • Lucas is such a slut. That being said, I would totally have sex on a carousel if no one was around. Kind of awesome.
  • Peyton and Jake and Jenny are darling. And then Jake calls his little girl “Angel.” My word.
  • Friggin A. Poor Nathan. He feels abandoned and betrayed. And has every right to feel that way. Nice one Deb. Thank the heavens for Haley. “How does it  feel to be abandoned mom?” Yay for emancipation!
  • And yay for Brooke slamming the door in Lucas’ face.

Best Bit: Honestly? Not one of my favorite episodes. But if I had to pick one moment I liked it would have to be Haley’s face when Sheryl Crow walks into the café. And then Nathan gently telling her to settle down.

Ugh! Moment: Nicki kissing Lucas’ arm and licking his fingers. Gross.

Fave Quote: Nathan: “Thanks for the car dad. Now I can get away from you whenever I want.”

Biggest Question: I don’t know what the emancipation rules are in North Carolina but at least one of Nathan’s parents has to sign off on it, right?

On My iPod: “The First Cut Is The Deepest” by Sheryl Crow

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My friend and vidder extraordinaire, Kianna (@kiannak23 on Twitter) has created yet another amazing One Tree Hill fan vid. A definite must watch. Have tissues near by!!

Have a GREAT week y’all!!

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Retro Recaps: One Tree Hill: 1×09, 1×10, 1×11 & 1×12

Happy #OTH Wednesday to my OTH Family! Thanks for continuing to make these days happy for me! Before we get started this week, a HUGE Congratulations to Rob Buckley!! His new show 666 Park Avenue has been officially picked up and will air this fall on ABC. Be sure to follow the wonderful ladies over at (@Robaholics) on Twitter for all the delicious Rob details!

1×09 – “With Arms Outstretched”

Overview: With a big game coming up, Nathan needs a little help. The illegal and bad for you kind.

Random Observations:

  • Come on. That cocky grin is on his face from the moment he enters the screen. And then he grabs her and kisses her and then she giggles and then he says “I’ll kiss you later.” If that does not make you want to giggle scream into a pillow while kicking your legs in the air you have problems. SO MUCH SQUEEEEE!!!
  • Lucas does not give Brooke the most romantic or fun book.
  • Dan is such a shit. Every time he tears Nathan down I want take one of his fingers with a pliers and a blow torch. “I’m happy mom. Dad loves me.”
  • I love these little talks Lucas and Keith have. They’ve got such a great relationship.
  • “My heart’s racing too. That’s what happens when I’m around you.” GAH! KILL ME!!
  • Dan kinda has a  point about Whitey. Dan is a total f**k face to his son but Whitey puts a lot of pressure on Nathan too.
  • Brooke’s Weird Science impression is phenomenal. The moment I really fell in love with Brooke Davis.
  • “I’ve been kissing Nathan.” How friggin adorable is Haley James? I’m very relieved that Lucas doesn’t give her more of a hard time about it. He’s growing.
  • “That’s how it works. People are mean. Life’s a bitch.” Beautiful philosophy Nathan. Makes me want to slap him and hug him at the same time.
  • LOL at Mouth for calling Dan: “He who won’t be named.”
  • Oh Deb and Dan. This is where it starts to get really ugly. Can’t really blame Deb for wanting to stab him in his sleep though.
  • That break in his voice, her eyes near tears, his honesty, her concern. I CANNOT. This scene gets me every damn time I watch it. Stunning moment for the two of them. “Haley. Let me stay with you tonight.”

Best Bit: From the moment he enters her doorway until the moment she closes that same door behind them both. If possible, it means more the 2nd time around because you know that that’s the moment he fell in love with her.

Ugh! Moment: Happy, hot kissing!! And then he won’t listen the first time Haley tells him to slow down. So bad.

Fave Quote:  Nathan: “When I fell to the floor tonight, I was so scared, I was so terrified. Then I saw you, and I promised myself that if I could just get up, I’d walk over to you… I’d tell you how much I need you and how much I want you… and nothing else matters.”

Biggest Question: I have never taken “performance enhancers” but would they really effect someone’s aggression levels so quickly?

On My iPod: “Rain King” by Counting Crows, “Fallen” by Sarah McLachlan and “Re-Offender” by Travis

1×10 – “You Gotta Go There to Come Back”

Overview: Lucas makes a choice between the two girls who want him who had no idea who he was a month ago and in the wake of Nathan’s little experiment, Whitey cancels basketball.

Random Observations:

  • How awkward was that scene with Booke and Peyton both in Lucas’ room? The start of ship wars that will go on for years and years and years.
  • Oh Naley. I cannot handle the cuteness of their cuddles and their bedhead. And I am so thankful that Nathan was honest with Haley about his intentions after the last time they were in her room together. It was needed. Go him. And then after she kisses him and when she nestles back into her pillow with that sigh and that HAPPIEST GIRL ON THE PLANET grin (do not get me started on the her little foot touching his back), she embodies every girl on the planet when they are first falling for a guy. Just so perfectly portrayed.
  • Lucas is pretty on point about Peyton. As right as the two of them might be for each other, she is covered head to toe in issues.
  • I would never be ok with anyone packing my bag for me. How do they know what I want to wear? How do they know what underwear are my favorites? What if they forget the proper shoes for each outfit? Dan is awfully presumptuous.
  • While it would be really embarrassing to catch your friend’s kid with whip cream and condoms, I think Deb oversteps just a tad by going Keith. People should mind their business. Brooke is right, maybe she should look at her own son (pre Haley of course).
  • Haley really is the worst artist. Did you see those posters? Yikes.
  • You’re not my mommy! Lucas is such a brat sometimes.
  • Daddy Jake is kinda hot. Actually, not much about Jake isn’t hot.
  • If I ever found myself on the golf course with Dan Scott I would do more than scream at him. I would hit him a few times in the head with that club and then drown him in the water hazard. WHAT A DICK.
  • The start of live music in Tree Hill. And Gavin! YAY!!

Best Bit: All of the boys playing basketball together on the River Court while all the girls watch.

Ugh! Moment: Nathan realizing he’s the fallback choice for what was supposed to be his parents’ romantic weekend away. Gross.

Fave Quote: Nathan: “Hey, look it’s not about sex with me, okay? When you’re ready, I’ll be too.”

Biggest Question: Did I totally forget or black out a conversation Brooke and Peyton had about Peyton being totally over trying to make anything happen with Lucas?

On My iPod: “Re-Offender” by Travis, “Everything” by Fefe Dobson and “I Don’t Want to Be” by Gavin DeGraw

1×11 – “The Living Years”

Overview: Basketball is back on but everyone still manages to find time for other activities.

Random Observations:

  • How awesome would family counseling with Dan be? Answer: as much fun as poking yourself in the eye with a BBQ fork. Or so I imagine.
  • I don’t get Brooke some times. Who doesn’t LOVE the smell of a library and old books?
  • “I’m gonna go put this back.” Lucas is pretty cute with that rake. I wonder where that rake is when a certain someone shows up in season 4.
  • “I think you’re really brave to consider rethinking who you are.” Every single moment they share is just …. I die.
  • Not gonna lie, kinda surprised that Nathan even knows what a ratchet is.
  • Nathan and Haley kind a make me want to go get drunk on the beach with my husband. That shit looks wicked fun.
  • Ugh. Lucas shut up. You can get drunk and get tattooed but Haley can’t skip one class to hit the beach?
  • Is it even legal for Peyton to be home alone that much?
  • I think Brooke hit the nail on the head for their current situation. Lucas is getting something he wants from both girls.
  • “I don’t want to see you change. I like you. And I like the fact that someone like you sees something in me.” Dear Lord.
  • A SWEET MOMENT AND A NICE WORD FROM DAN SCOTT? I must be dreaming.
  • Nathan giving up basketball is kind of emotional for me and I can’t remember if it was the first time I saw him rip off that name sticker or not.

Best Bit: Definitely when Haley throws up on Dan. Nathan said it: “How great was that?” I have pretty severe vomit phobia but for some reason I can watch her barf in his lap over and over and over. And all of their faces!! Laughing FOREVER.

Ugh! Moment: Dan flirting with the waitress in front of Nathan and then yelling at him in public. This guy. Seriously.

Fave Quote: Lucas: (voiceover) “And the little prince said to the man, grownups never understand anything for themselves and it is tiresome for children to be always explaining things to them.”

Biggest Question: Are the people who work at Dan’s dealership in the habit of giving Nathan keys to any car he wants, any time he wants it?

On My iPod: “Harder to Breathe” by Maroon 5 and “Everywhere She Goes” by Across The Sky

1×12 – “Crash Course in Polite Conversation”

Overview: Peyton has a scare when she thinks something is wrong with her dad. Lucas offers to help her with that and a few other things.

Random Observations:

  • Just so all of you know what a old lady I am, I used to watch Nathan’s grandpa on Major Dad.
  • Within the first 30 seconds of meeting Dan’s parents you can almost understand how he became such a twat.
  • Keith is positively thrilled with himself at inviting Whitey to dinner. Love it.
  • Brooke is pretty selfless about sending Peyton off with her boyfriend. And considering what happens…. Makes me feel bad for her.
  • Nathan: “Haley, you got that look.” Haley: “What look?” Nathan: “The look you get when you wanna tell me something, but you don’t really want to tell me.” Haley: “No I don’t and you shouldn’t know that look yet.” He probably knows a lot more about you than you realize Miss Haley James. Just so he can KILL ME.
  • Most uncomfortable family meal EVER. I mean, Royal YELLS at Haley. And everyone is coming down on everyone else and lying and spilling secrets. I would have to be so drunk for that.
  • Dan has an honest moment with Nathan and Nathan snaps back at him. Good for him. Dan earned that after everything he put Nathan through.
  • Poor Peyton. I cannot imagine having to identify a body you think might be your loved one. Makes me think of another time that happens and now I think I’ll go cry.
  • “I have to beat him, Haley. it’s the only way I’m ever going to be free of my dad.” Very sad.
  • Worst dinner party ever followed by the most awkward breakfast ever. Haley really is a genius. Skipping that was very smart.

Best Bit: The Leyton hookup is so hot and intense and emotional. And the song is SO good. I kind of love it even though I know it’s wrong.

Ugh! Moment: Every time Royal digs at Keith.

Fave Quote: Royal: “You answer the door in your underwear?”

Biggest Question: Did Royal give Karen money over the years? Was he aware of what his son had done to Karen? Was Karen ok with Royal while being NOT ok with Dan?

On My iPod: “Maybe Tomorrow” by Stereophonics

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Retro Recaps: One Tree Hill – 1×05, 1×06, 1×07 & 1×08

 Welcome to Week 2 of my Retro Recaps!! Hope y’all are enjoying them! If you would like to see anything different/in addition please let me know in the comments and I will be happy to try to work it in! Happy #OTH Wednesday!

1×05 – “All That You Can’t Leave Behind”

Overview: Dan & Keith join Lucas and Nathan on the court for the Father/Son Basketball game.

Random Observations:

  • I totally forgot that this episode was the first appearance of Peyton’s “People Always Leave,” drawing. DEPRESSING.
  • Nathan is such a cocky little shit. I love it. I can’t help it. It makes me giggle like a 12-year-old. So embarrassing.
  • Karen is so wise. If everyone had a mother like her there would be a lot fewer Dan Scotts in the world.
  • News Flash: Peyton has ISSUES. Poor girl.
  • I wish Keith WOULD have laid Dan out on that garage floor. And then kicked him a few times.
  • PONCHO!!! The wonderful crocheted nightmare that will live in infamy!!
  • Nathan and Haley already have such great chemistry. Even when she’s correcting him and he’s talking about Peyton. It’s just magical.
  • Haley is a LIAR. Just tutoring him MY ASS. I wonder if she is trying to convince Lucas more or herself…
  • I am not trying to make excuses for Nathan (I swear) because here in the beginning he is a real jerk. But everyone around him up until this point is a self-centered ass hole. No one has ever put him first or taken his feeling into account. Is it a huge coincidence that he becomes a better person the minute he has someone to talk to and someone who actually listens to him when he speaks?
  • State Champion Runners Up? Is that even a real thing? And would they really get a banner for that? Haven’t these people seen Top Gun? There are no points for second place.
  • Lucas is such a brat. AmIRight? He has no right to be so nasty to Haley.

Best Bit: Keith telling Nathan that he’s doing fine. Someone ought to once in a while.

Ugh! Moment: Dan’s foul on Nathan. That jerk should be in jail for child abuse. What an ass.

Fave Quote: Peyton: “I don’t really smoke, I just figured since Nathan and I broke up, I got room for a new bad habit.”

Biggest Question: Was Haley already falling for Nathan at this point? “If I break that promise, I’m just as bad as you think he is.”

On My iPod: “I Don’t Want To Be” by Gavin DeGraw

1×06 – “Every Night Is Another Story”

Overview: Lucas & Nathan bond after getting stranded in the middle of nowhere. The girls also bond after getting stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Random Observations:

  • Lucas has a Discman. So cute. I remember having to lug one of those around. As well as a giant pile of CDs if you didn’t want to listen to the same damn thing over and over.
  • “Love rectangle plus one, whatever that is.” Oh Brooke. But she is right. Nathan totally gave Haley the nod.
  • Hey! There’s Nathan’s future dick teammate as the ref! (I’ll get into that when we hit Season 6).
  • I love the barbs Nathan and Lucas exchange. They really know how to get under each other’s skin. Whitey’s is by far the best though. “I don’t give diddlee-squat about your issues with your daddy or your girlfriends.”
  • “Let’s call you Brooke.” Another iconic Brookism. “Answer the question Brooke!”
  • Thing, Thing 1 and Thing 3 are idiots of the lowest order but they do get the boys in their underwear so I feel I owe them some gratitude.
  • Brotherly bonding is SO AWESOME. Makes me warm all over. You know what is not awesome? That story Nathan tells about Dan kicking him on the pitcher’s mound. Makes me want to cry and then beat Dan to a bloody pulp. Poor kid. No wonder he’s such a bully.
  • Haley’s air drumming in the car is ADORABLE. I just want to squeeze her and put her in my pocket.
  • Is it just me or is it super weird to see Nathan in the Keith Scott Body Shop hoodie?

Best Bit: Nathan and Lucas laughing about Thing 3 because he’s the third.

Ugh! Moment: When Haley sees Brooke & Peyton at school and believes that Brooke was right about her and Peyton not being friends.

Fave Quote: This episode is so full of great lines but I have to go with Haley: “Miles from normal.”

Biggest Question: What did Peyton mean about the golf ball when Haley was siphoning the gas? I don’t get it.

On My iPod: “Blueside” by Rooney and “Headlights” by Dispatch

1×07 – “Life in a Glass House”

Overview: Dan Scott hosts a party for the team and their parents where everyone has a good time right up until everyone ruins it.

Random Observations:

  • The smile that Nathan gives only to Haley is so brilliant it could power an entire country for decades. I JUST LOVE IT!
  • So is Karen refusing to acknowledge Keith’s admission of love or is she sparing him the embarrassment if he only said it because of the booze?
  • Brooke is a meddler. And a lying one at that. What a trouble maker.
  • Haley is a better person than anyone. She doesn’t HAVE to tell Lucas about her feelings for Nathan but she does and then he gives her a hard time about it. She doesn’t have to help Peyton with Lucas but she does, knowing that Lucas wants her.
  • Dan is so skeevy flirting with that bartender. GROSS.
  • Awwww!! They’re cawing!! That makes me think of the finale.
  • LMAO at Whitey picking all the cashews out of the party mix. Brilliant.
  • Brooke is a spiteful brat for making them do it but that kiss between Lucas & Peyton has heat.
  • Dan is such a creeper. First spying on Lucas and Peyton and then on Deb and Karen. Everyone’s nice time is his nightmare.
  • Peyton and Lucas ride the line of hot and awkward. Why is she kissing the outside of his undershirt?
  • Poor, sweet Haley. Seeing her crying on the floor of the café absolutely breaks my heart. So does seeing her turn the lights out on Nathan waiting outside.

Best Bit: Nathan telling Haley that he’s glad she came. He looks like he really means that. AWWWWW!!!!! (I might be clapping).

Ugh! Moment: Brooke telling Haley that Nathan passed around the note she wrote to him. What a bitch!

Fave Quote: Peyton: “Are you being self-deprecating?” Nathan: “Probably. If I knew what that meant.”

Biggest Question: Had Nathan really not opened up the package from Haley before Brooke got to it?

On My iPod: “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5 and “Calling All Angels” by Train

1×08 – “The Search for Something More”

Random Observations: Brooke tries to get back on everyone’s good side by setting Nathan and Haley up on a date and taking Peyton to a party.

  • Peyton and Brooke’s new tops are so skanky. And they both look really hot in them.
  • Nathan and Haley both throw some pretty great lines at Brooke but Haley’s wins. Brooke: “What’s your idea of your perfect date?” Haley: “You getting hit by a bus.”
  • What is wrong with Peyton? That guy is so skuzzy looking. Not at all hot and hiding out in his very own corner of creepy. She is so damaged. (In all fairness, I’m very glad no one recorded or live blogged my high school years).
  • Poor Haley. She never had any hope of denying that boy. Just look at the way they look at each other. She tries so hard not to return that grin. I DIE.
  • I know they’re all worried about getting into trouble but I think not taking Peyton to the hospital was on the highest level of stupid.
  • Not gonna lie, I have read some super dirty fanfic involving that nighty Nathan buys for Haley. Kind of ballsy for a first date, no?
  • He is so heart breakingly honest with her when the two of them are alone. Like he just can’t help himself. He’s so starved for someone to really hear him. Such a beautiful thing.
  • “Macaroni and cheese is food of the gods.” This once sentence about food should not give me so many feelings.
  • Cue music. Cue fireworks. Call action. BEST KISS EVER!!!!! I have seen this a billion times and still there is an unhealthy amount of clapping and cheering going on in my living room. I bet my neighbors think i have a social disorder. SQUEEEEEEEE!!!!!!
  • I love finally getting to see this side of Brooke. Sweet and funny. It makes it easier to see why others adore her.
  • That little hair tuck. Lord have mercy.
  • GO KAREN! About time. You know Keith is going to think about nothing but that kiss the entire time she’s gone.
  • Excuse me while I go back and watch that kiss a few hundred more times. Come on. You know you will do the same.

Best Bit: Not when Nathan kisses Haley but when she kisses him back. Seriously epic. Like in an OH EM GEE, LIFE CHANGING kind of way. (BTW, the alternate shots of this kiss in 8×18 are pure gold).

Ugh! Moment: When Nathan refuses to admit to his buddies that he’s on a date with Haley. Dick move dude. I really hate it when he lets his inner Dan show.

Fave Quote: Haley: “You shouldn’t have done that Nathan.”

Biggest Question: Didn’t Brooke pass out in Nathan’s room? How did she wake up in Peyton’s bed?

On My iPod: “Dare You To Move” by Switchfoot

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