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Published on March 1st, 2012 | by Melody Simpson


‘One Tree Hill’ Season 9 Episode 8 Review: A Rush of Blood to the Head

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This week’s episode of One Tree Hill was magnificent, perhaps the best of the season so far. “A Rush of Blood to the Head” brought many old faces back to town, making Tree Hill more at home than it has been in awhile. There were plenty of tears shed, much to momentarily fear, and still plenty to smile and laugh about. It gets better and this episode was a beautiful look into the journey to that better.

“Have we really had our last conversation? Our last kiss?” – Haley

No time was wasted getting to the part that nobody ever wants to experience. Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) going in to identify what was believed to be Nathan’s (James Lafferty) body was one of the most painful scenes to watch since we did not know how the scene would end. Every second seemed to last forever and each second was not one worth experiencing for so long. It was terrifying. Thankfully, the writers have their fans’ best interests at heart and Nathan was not in the morgue. Nathan’s disappearance has opened the door for quite a few re-appearances…

Deb’s (Barbara Alyn Woods) return was a surprise, even knowing that a great number of original cast members have signed on to guest star for the final season. Deb is a great reminder of the good old days of One Tree Hill, screwed up as those days were, they were the best. We never did get enough of Deb even back in the day, don’t you think? It looks like she’s here to stay in Tree Hill until Nathan returns, so in a surprising request, it would be great for Nathan to not return for another episode or two if it means getting more Barbara Alyn Woods screen time. What do you think?

“Pregnant’s the girl you’re see – Lauren’s the girl you’re seeing?” – Quinn

Even David (Scott Holroyd) showed up to support Quinn (Shantel VanSanten) and the family in the midst of Nathan’s disappearance. How sweet. But of course that would be too simple of a return. That brings us to someone else… Skills (Antwon Tanner) has been worked into this episode only for him to find out that Lauren (Allison Munn) is pregnant. It was hysterical watching Skills approach Lauren to take responsibility for the baby, not even confirming with her first that it was his child! The writers sure know how to throw us curve balls, that is for sure. Who would have ever expected that Lauren and David would have gotten together? How and when exactly did these two meet? Back to Skills for a moment.. There was no Mouth (Lee Norris) or Millie (Lisa Goldestein) this week and while it was slightly disappointing not to get a classic scene from Mouth and Skills to add onto the greatness of this episode, everything was as it was supposed to be. It does make you think how Skills, Mouth, Millie, and others will be incorporated into the next few episodes, the final episodes of the season. Certainly, we have not seen the last of them?

Speaking of pregnant… Clay (Robert Buckley) had quite a breakthrough with his most recent session and it revealed some very shocking news. Guess it comes in good timing, what with Quinn talking to Brooke (Sophia Bush) about the possibility of kids. Skills was the one who said that he didn’t expect to wake up and learn he was a father, which it turned out he wasn’t. But it looks like Quinn will be the one to unexpectantly become a mother. How One Tree Hill has shown so many different paths to parenthood, it definitely has not gone unnoticed and is very much appreciated. Forget the cookie cutter boy finds girl, falls in love, gets married, has kids, and all is well with the world. You will not find that here and we will be forever grateful for how much depth the writers have given these stories, these characters.

Which brings us to Brooke who has made such a transformation since we were first introduced to her in season one and has a wonderful husband who is by her side, ready to take down her attacker. Xavier has officially been released from jail and decides to spend his time harassing Brooke. Why? He really has nothing better to do? Even Dan (Paul Johansson) has no empathy for this man. That’s saying something. Though he knows firsthand that no matter how much time is served, the victim has to come to forgiveness in their own time. Haley has forgiven Dan for his prior actions but she will never forget them and that is why it took her so long to surrender it all and go to Dan for help in finding her husband, his son. With what Dan and Julian (Austin Nichols) have gathered so far, it looks like they will be the heroes here, not the police. Wonder how often that happens… and if the dirty cop we all know about is the only dirty one at the station. Hmm. There’s only so much that can take place in the final five episodes of the series… so now it’s really about what battles to choose to focus on more, dive deeper in.

Chris Keller (Tyler Hilton) has never particularly been a deep character but he attempted to be a voice of reason for Chase (Stephen Colletti) this week. Too bad Chase was right and Keller was wrong in this instance. Of all of the instances for Keller to be wrong. So sad. Chase made sure to give Chuck’s abusive dad what he had coming to him before shipping off but what does that mean for not just Chuck and his mother but Chase? As much as the wrong thing done for the right reason is correct, nobody wants to see Chase behind bars. Who knew we all cared about Chase so very much? Mark Schwahn, what do you have planned for Chase? Hands down, this was one of the best executed episodes of the season and the surprise appearances were the icing on the cake. They’ve got us asking all of the right questions, but not as many what with the series wrapping and all. Does anyone else kind of want to see one or two story lines left open ended? Based on this week’s episode, it had better not be Nathan, Brooke, or Chase’s. What do you think? Brilliant episode. Stay tuned for more.

Watch One Tree Hill The Final Season Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

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