Episode 16: “Screenwriters Blues”
Lucas, Adam and Julian are casting the movie and a few other small things happen. Adam and Lucas can’t agree on a Peyton, as Lucas can’t make decisions without a Haley pep talk, and Adam just wants the hottest one who will sleep with him. The rest of the gang is tripped out by seeing their dopplgangers.
Particularly Brooke, who’s actress takes to following her around and to learn about her. She’s very focused on the sex aspects, which makes Brooke very angry, particularly because she thinks this is how Lucas and Julian think of her. Julian explains that the Brooke character has an arc, and he’s not actually interested in Brooke as she was at 16.
Haley is beginning a conflict with her new principal, she wants to publish an essay Sam wrote in the school paper, and the principal says it’s inappropriate. She publishes it anyway, because she wants Sam to know that she matters.
Peyton is having trouble doing baby stuff on her own because Lucas is busy with the movie. Nathan feels guilty for taking another guys roster spot, and Jamie has a crush on his teacher, and Dan, not realizing it’s his teacher encourages to pursue it, which then leads to an adorable interaction between all three of them. In the end everyone makes up and is together, and the movie moves forward. (Oh also they cast Lucas’s choice for Peyton, because obviously.)
Episode 17: “You And Me And The Bottle Makes 3”
First of all, great song, second of all, OK episode. Peyton collapses because you know, it’s Lucas and Peyton, the can’t be happy for longer than 5 episodes in a row without something awful happening. Turns out that there’s some vague problem with the pregnancy, and the doctor is recommending they terminate it. Peyton doesn’t want to, Lucas’s the worst-ness comes out and he tries to guilt her into it because he doesn’t want to lose her. They decide to keep the baby.
Haley and Nathan celebrate their anniversary in an old house in Charleston, that Haley is thinking about buying. They discuss moving, changing their lives, and Haley possibly touring again. It’s pretty great.
Deb is babysitting Jamie and he invites Dan over for dinner. They all actually have a lovely evening, until Jamie goes to bed and Deb and Dan talk about, you know, that whole “he murdered Keith” thing. He points out that he only did it to get revenge for Deb sleeping with Keith and then thinking Keith set him on fire when Deb set him on fire. (God, that seems like so long ago…) Anyway, then Dan’s pager turns off and he
Mouth and Millie try to get back together, but don’t quite get there. Brooke and Julian talk about how Brooke closes off her heart when he says that he loves her. He winds up backing off, when he realizes that the last time she was in love was Lucas and he is not interested in getting back on that ride.
This is why I love Julian, he cuts right through the crap of the Tree Hill people.
Episode 18: “Searching For A Former Clarity”
It’s the greatest moment in the history of television. You know the one. When Dan is supposed to get his new heart, but then the EMT drops it and a dog eats it. It’s just so great, and then Lucas looks at him, like “see, see what Karama does?” Anyway, then Dan does his goodbye tour, you know, after throwing himself in the ocean and screaming at God for a while.
I love this show.
Lucas, Julian and Adam learn that Julian’s dad has been fired and Ravens has been put into turnaround. Adam celebrates, because he gets paid either way, Lucas and Julian are devastated. In the final scene of the episode, Adam lays down some Capeside wisdom for the two kids, it’s not about making the movie, it’s the beauty of the attempt, also he points out that he shot one scene, a sunset. This Dawson-esque moment allows for Julian and Lucas to at least get their production bonuses.
But because there’s no movie, Julian needs to go back to LA. This is a wrench in the works for him and Brooke even more than the unreciprocated, “I love you.” She freaks out and winds up taking it out on Sam, who gets caught shoplifting again, this time because she’s covering for Jack, who Brooke eventually takes in as well, because Brooke is a big softy.
Haley is facing repercussions for publishing Sam’s essay in the school paper, and is offered the chance to get her job back if she publicly apologizes. She’s about to and then changes her mind and walks out. She decides to become Mia’s full time producer. Oh also, Skills and Deb break up, because she realizes that once again he wants things that twenty three year olds want in the future, like children.
Episode 19: “Letting Go”
So much crying. Julian asks Brooke to come with him to LA, and to bring Sam, so that they can all be a family. She thinks it over and even has a heart to heart with Sam about it. But in the end she decides that she needs to stay in Tree Hill, because Sam needs the stability and she’s not quite ready to open up to him.
Sam and Jack stage a walk out when the new principal is basically abusive and awful, and all the kids show up at Haley and Nathan’s and they have a class on Catch-22 even when they don’t have to. In the end, Haley sends them back to school and turn the principal down when she offers her her job back.
Peyton is making an “in case I die” box for the baby, which is just the most Peyton thing ever. Lucas and Nathan take Jamie to Keith’s garage and teach him about cars and guy talk. Also Mouth and Millie get back together after Skills takes him to see Gigi and he realized how much he needs her.
Episode 20: “I Would For You”
I watched this episode twice and I barely remember what happens in it. Seriously, it’s not that memorable. I know Victoria’s back and wants Brooke to come back to Clothes Over Bros because without her the brand is tanking. Peyton gets into a car accident and has to be on bedrest for the rest of her pregnancy, and Lucas’s protective douche mode is activated. Jack gets placed with a new foster family in Charlotte and he and Sam are adorable. (They’re also adorable in the various ways they frustrate Victoria.)
Haley and Mia come visit Peyton, I think? Seriously, I don’t know why, I just can’t retain this one, you guys, I’m sorry.
Oh, and Mouth and Millie go to see In The Heights, because, like me, One Tree Hill was on the Lin-Manuel Miranda train early. Why don’t you tell me everything you know?
Overall Analysis Of This Arc
God I love the movie arc. Aside from introducing us to Julian, who really is truly great, it gave us a glimpse of James Vanderbeek’s comic genius that would, a few years later, be fully unleashed on Don’t Trust The B in Apartment 23. (Sadly cancelled too soon, but without its cancellation, we probably wouldn’t have gotten Kristen Ritter as Jessica Jones…so…) I also love just everything about Sam and this is her prime episodes. Also, I always wished the show had actually killed Dan, I mean I get why they didn’t, because there would have been an even larger gap to fill in with Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton’s imminent departure if you also lost your main antagonist, but God, the preparing for death stuff is so good, and to not get the logical end to that story (you know, death) is such a buzz kill.