The predator became the prey in this week’s episode of One Tree Hill which was one of the best episodes of the season. The writers are brilliant but a favorite ability of theirs is how they so cleverly craft the parallels between the stories. Every decision made by a main character is made out of love and while love prevails, there are still going to be a few bumps on the way. Some of the new targets got what they deserve while others were able to outsmart for the time being. “Every Breath is a Bomb” brought quite a thrill to Tree Hill and was able to engage us in every single moment. It’s a good thing the soap opera ending was indeed the ending of the episode. Had it been any earlier on in the episode, the entire flow of the episode would have been ruined. Smart move leaving us with that soapy cliffhanger. That had better not be the tone for the next episode. There are only four episodes left of the season, don’t give in now!
In “Every Breath is a Bomb,” the new team consisting of Dan (Paul Johansson) and Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) head to Demetrius’s hangout and set out on a plan that involves Haley wearing Deb’s clothes. The wardrobe was hilarious. But the circumstances were far from it. How disturbing it was to see Haley in this position, hitting onto this man who may have some knowledge of Nathan’s disappearance in order to get him outside where Dan was waiting to knock the answers out of him. Haley worked her magic but every moment of it was upsetting. Seeing the disgust on her face as she played along explains it perfectly. By the looks of next week’s episode, it looks like all of that will pay off. The things we do for love in the face of death. Well done Galeotti. What a magnificent performance.
Brooke Davis (Sophia Bush) might have her whole family under one roof but that does not make her any more safe than Hales. Watching Brooke and Julian (Austin Nichols) go through those unfortunately inevitable motions and get to the point that we all knew was coming… well, sometimes there is no twist when you want one and the reality we do not want to face comes. Brooke has a right to feel unsafe around Xavier but her dismissive attitude towards this man without hesitation and no hint of grace would push anybody. Whether or not Xavier really was looking for redemption and just doesn’t know how to show it (so he continues to be a stalking jerk until that point), he made things awfully clear when he came into Brooke’s home. We didn’t hear Brooke agree or complain to him about his plea/threat, so why he decided to break into her home and hold her baby while everyone was sleeping is beyond us. We all knew something like this could happen but why now if everything he did say to Brooke was true? Brooke hadn’t made a move since then. What’s his reasoning behind all of this? If he wants to move on and become a better man, letting your hurt feelings over one person in town feeling unsafe rule you is not the way. Getting job across the street from Karen’s Cafe isn’t helping the devil’s advocate clause either. Speaking of, Tara (Chelsea Kane) has gone beyond mean girl and has simply become a cruel, heartless human being. Please get rid of her. Please.
“Did Millie put you up to this?” – Mouth
“No, you did Chubbs.” – Skills
On a happier note, satisfaction hit a high as we were able to see more of best friends, Mouth (Lee Norris) and Skills (Antwon Tanner) as opposed to Mouth and Millie (Lisa Goldestein). Skills is helping Mouth get his health back on track and Mouth is doing it willingly! Go Mouth! He’s taking back control of his life, his being. Because living is not just about surviving, it’s about thriving and he’s ready to thrive. Visiting Jimmy’s grave was important to do before the series’ end because it represents so much that was and so much that should not be taken for granted now. This visit made for a welcome wake up call and reminder for Mouth. Who else headed to their DVD collection and popped in “With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept?”
Not in the picture then but are here now… Clay (Robert Buckley) has told Quinn (Shantel VanSanten) about his son and has been encouraged to go after him. But Logan doesn’t want any part of it at this point. This news is a lot to process for such a young kid, especially after all that he has gone through so making that connection is going to take time. Just when you thought that Logan was going to give Clay a big hug and welcome him into his life with open arms, the walls went up. Surprisingly, this outcome was more satisfying than a happy reunion as that would have seemed far too rushed. If the writers held this out for another episode or two, that would be just fine. Now that everyone is on one accord with this news, waiting to see what becomes of Clay, Quinn, and Logan is actually more exciting than we may have initially thought.
Walls were up with Logan but they sure came down as Chris Keller (Tyler Hilton) finally had a heart to heart with Chuck. It only took Chase (Stephen Colletti) beating up Chuck’s abusive father and bailing Chase out of jail to get to this point. Keller never ceases to amaze. At least he finally paid attention to his heart and talked to the kid because he didn’t have to do that. This talk was after all part of what encouraged Chuck and his mother to speak up. Still, the wrong thing done for the right reason is still the wrong thing, as we have seen play out many times before. Now with Chase discharged, what becomes of him? Is bar tending it for him? Will he ever reunite with Alex? While not an original cast member, we have all grown very fond of Chase over the years. He’s easy to love. The writers have our best interests at heart but that doesn’t make us any less anxious to see what becomes of Chase and the rest of the gang. This was a fabulous episode but it’s not the end yet, so stay tuned for the final four episodes of the season!
Watch One Tree Hill Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.