Posted by Amy with 58 Comments
Wow, anyone still have tears from Q? Or at least Jamie asking hard questions about Q? That was tough! Wow, what an episode. Here are my thoughts…
Dan and Carrie - ok, it’s officially old. I’m done with the torture.
Skills and Deb - I think I actually liked them during their real conversation. For half a second there, I saw the old Deb and I liked her. And I didn’t mind that Skills was with her.
Nathan/Haley - Their storyline seems to be slow moving. As much as I like to see Nathan playing ball, I’m a little tired of the high school gym practices. I did like the whole “intervention” with Nathan. I’m glad it was an issue, they dealt with it and it was over. That really could hae been dragged out and painful if the writers wanted to make drama. Haley and Jamie were cute together although it was seemed a little forced knowing what was coming with Q. I did like Naley’s talk at the RC. The whole “Haley James pick up lines” was so cute and to think Nathan was trying so hard to impress Haley even with the way he was back then was so cute. I love when the writers tie in some old school OTH.
Lucas and Peyton – I loved the voiceover at the beginning that turned into Lucas talking to Peyton. I think it’s an interesting idea that at times of his voiceovers, maybe he was talking to Peyton all along. I don’t know if that works, but maybe. In this case, I really liked it. I liked that they were just talking. No drama. No cheesy lines. Just talk. OK, the part about sleeping on the floor was some cheese. But I loved it. It was like asking her to marry him all over again.
Their airplane scene was ewwww..but cute. I love how they’re planning their wedding. They’re just so darn happy and I love it. He’s so sweet to her I awwww at the screen.
They’re moving in together!!! As much as I don’t recommend that…awwww…they’re moving in together. And Lucas packed up her stuff. And Jamie was there. Awwww…
Ok, lets get down to business though.
Brooke-I feel so bad for her. That dark place she’s supposed to go to? She’s there. Down deep. She’s dug her heels in and she’s not going anywhere for awhile. She can’t even tell her best friend how she got hurt. Is she really worried about the media? I think there’s more to it than that. I think it’s a little shocking she called Deb but I think I like that pairing. Something new and it’s really good to see Deb in a motherly role again. Brooke telling Peyton about the stairs was almost funny if it wasn’t so heartbreaking to look at her bruises. Brooke was still trying to be funny Brooke. At first I was surprised that Peyton took Brooke’s word for it that she fell down the stairs but I think when they sat on the couch it seemed Peyton knew that something else was up. With her question about Angie I think she was trying to call Brooke out on what she said hoping Brooke would tell her what was going on and yet not pushing her. It’s going to be interesting to see how this Deb/Brooke relationship plays out. How far will she let Brooke go before she calls the police or at least tells her friends?
And lastly Q – Honestly I was spoiled on Q’s death (I mean, come on, I was at the filming for his funeral) but it didn’t make it any less heart wrenching. All the stuff leading up to it…the cape, the box, Haley’s pep talk and hearing his dreams, the heart to heart with Nathan…was it all a little contrived and obvious? Yeah, but so what. We’re all finally liking Q and we’re being brought to that dramatic peak where we really see him interacting with the other characters and seeing who he really is and then we’re shot down to that valley where his life is taken. Of course the question is who shot him? Was it a random store robbery or something more planned? Did Carrie leave Dan and go off the deep end for some reason?
But the part that really got me and yes, had me in tears was the promo for next week with Jamie asking so many questions about Q! It broke my heart in a thousand pieces and I think I was glad it was the one time I watched the episode by myself. Having two children, I just can’t imagine what Nathan and Haley are going through. Nathan must feel some responsibility knowing he might could have changed it had he practiced longer and then having to explain it all to Jamie. It’s awful.
Was this the best episode ever? No I don’t think you could say that. But I almost see last week’s as an ending to season 5 and then this week as a new start. Brooke has now started this new relationship with Deb, Deb and Skills seem to have gone to a new level, Nathan seems to be at his peak on his practice and ready to move on, Lucas and Peyton now start real life as a couple, they now have to deal with Q, even looks like Carrie needs to make new plans. I definitely see this as more of ground-laying episode but I think it had its share of good moments and count it a winner.