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One Tree Hill Review: "We All Fall Down"

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No ghosts? No dream sequences? What kind of episode of One Tree Hill was this?  Overall, "We All Fall Down" was a step in the right direction.  Boring at times, but at least I didn't want to hit myself over the head with a frying pan while watching.

There was no Jamie this week, so I can't continue to praise my favorite character dynamic (Jamie and Julian).  I wish I could say that two of my favorite characters, Alex and Chase, slid easily into that spot of most entertaining story... but they were just annoying.

Quinn and Nathan

Sure, Alex being cute and cheesy one minute, and then flipping the switch to her sweet and serious side was nice, but the whole golfing expedition was a bit too heavy on the cheese.  Then again, the outfit she was wearing more than made up for any problems I had with the two of them this week.

I said before that I was a fan of Brooke losing her company so that she could start from ground zero, but the way it came about here seemed forced.  The random guy that came into the store to complain about losing his money because of her?  It seemed way too phony.  Blame bad acting, or bad writing, but it wasn't interesting.

And, seriously, you're going to give up all of your money to pay back complete strangers?  We're not talking about losing the company here, this is everything you have!  For something you didn't do?  Victoria is paying the price behind bars, why do you have to be such a masochist about this, Brooke?

I know that everybody on this show has their own set of issues, but I need some more relationship problems, or at least some single people.  In my soaps, I don't just want a bunch of couples that are happy together.  Everyone is paired off and no one is exploring.  In an eight person cast, it's ideal is to have four of them in two couples, two more kind of dating, but maybe cheating on each other on the side, and the two others getting with many different people throughout the season.  Everyone pairing up just doesn't create enough action.

So our boy Nathan has made the decision to quit playing professional basketball.  We all saw this coming when he was at the doctor a few weeks ago, but boy is that a young age to retire.  His back must be a lot worse than it looked while he was playing out at the River Court because he ripping it up out there.

I know Haley said that cash and things don't matter, but what are you all going to do for money?  Haley hasn't sang in a long while, and what can Nathan do now? Go back to the pretzel cart at the mall?  It doesn't seem like Dan Scott Motors is hiring anytime soon.  He said he's thought about this a lot, but it seems a bit too rash for me.

We were left with Julian looking over some footage he took of Nathan shooting at the River Court.  Is he turning that into his next movie?  About Nathan quitting basketball?  What will happen with the caller Haley is helping at the Crisis Intervention center?  How are Quinn and Clay going to handle going back to the beach house with all those bad memories?

Other thoughts:

  • I'm glad Nathan is the one that turned out to be the basketball player, and it wasn't Lucas. James Lafferty can really play, and Chad Michael Murray's skills left quite a few things left to desire.
  • I loved the opening theme this week. It was performed by Susie Suh, who has had five other songs on One Tree Hill. Check out all the show's music HERE.
  • We began with Dear Lucas again.  Love it.
  • Funniest moment of the episode had to be Julian being all in touch with his flower arranging skills.
  • Browse through the latest One Tree Hill quotes now!

Review

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Hi guys hope Lucas n peyton come back not the same without them, Nathan looks amazing

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ummm u need to brighten up a little bit.. it's a television show... not exactly a life or death situation here that needs to be so critically analyzed. :)

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I think Kaykay was right. He's earned a lot of money! Though he's been in there for only two years actually. And Haley's earned damn well from her concerts too, always can. So I don't think money's anywhere near a problem. Can't say the same for Brooke though! :P

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totally agree with you!! they get tonnes of money!
plus haley does work...at the record label, not as often, probs doesnt get alot of money but still something,.....
pretty sure they'll survive.. its brooke everyone is worried about

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People he was a PRO basketball player MAKING LOTS OF MONEY!
I think they will be fine for the rest of their lives if neither of them work.

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i reckon that nathan should go back and coach the ravens...
i totally missed that !! i mean it just all of a sudden stopped in season 6 ...what happened to them etc...
dudes haley should so teach music or something
i dont know....
but i LOVE NATHAN !!!! i want to marry him
and asif jamie wasnt in the episode!! but still loving the show ...although not as good as it used to be, im still on the edge of my seat wondering what will come next

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Yeah I do remember that. Thanks though. Yes, I do know she got fired. But it's been what, over two years now, isn't it? And Principal Rumcass (that was her name right? :P) was more than willing to take her back before she left in the first place. I understand that she's trying to help with other people, but she has got to get out of her own first. Doesn't that make sense too? And somehow, all Haley scenes are usually top-notch to the detail, but the whole thing about the call center somehow didn't really strike a chord with me. I don't know, perhaps it'll grow with time. Let's hope so! :)

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Pinks, Although Haley's transition to working at the crisis intervention center was forced and choppy, she does have her reasons for being there. Because she got to such a dark place during and after her mother's death, she now wants to help others who are in similar situations. She got fired from her teaching job back in season six, for publishing Sam's semi-inappropriate paper, if my memory serves me right (which it often doesn't). I doubt there is more than one high school in Tree Hill, but I'm sure there are enough in the surrounding areas for her to get another teaching job.

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First thing: I liked the opening song. At least, it was way better than last week's because I hated last week's. Nathan- I actually am getting more and more impressed with James acting skills. The guy's grown over the years, and in what a way. I thought he was bad when he first started out, and by bad I mean really bad, but this season, he's making my heart flip each time he enters a scene. Except some of his scenes with Clay, where the emotion really doesn't come out, he's been exceptional in all his other scenes. I like his story too, and that sub-quote where he talks about how at least he got more than most people ever do: a chance to live his dream. Perfect! Haley- I miss Jamie around, but Haley never stops trying to be a mom. I like her's and Quinn's relationship though, it's sweet and relatable. But why is she suddenly randomly working in a crisis call center? Or did I miss anything? Somehow, that seemed inappropriate to me. I don't know, it just didn't click. I'd rather she get back to teaching instead, she was great at it. Is there only one high school in Tree Hill? And even if there is, why can't she get back there? Julian/Brooke - You're right about Brooke. She's trying to be way too magnanimous, and sometimes it sound too cheesy even if it's a nice gesture. We've seen Brooke starting something when she had nothing. Schwann could at least have tried that in a different way. Seeing Brooke in Court fighting for her rights for example would have been a nice change. Brooke through crisis: been there, done that! Julian, I have to admit, I'm starting to like this guy, he's gelling on me. Somehow, he possibly sounds the perfect man more and more, better than Nate, Luke or any of them ever were. He's up to something with that video cam, and am looking forward to it. Finally someone with a video cam other than Mouth! Speaking of that, where the hell is Mouth? And what happened to his podcast? I miss him and Skills together. Clay/Quinn - I love Clay, but I miss the Clay at the start of season 7. As much as he was a jerk, that's the Clay I loved. Carefree, working on his own terms and definitely a fun guy. Yeah he can be nice and everything, but I want that Clay back. Quinn, I couldn't care less. She's boring... Alex-Chase- Am I the only one loving them? I just love the guy Chase is. I get it why Alex is falling for him. Any girl would. I've always loved his character. Like Alex said, he's the guy every girl is secretly in love with. But Mark could have tightened their storyline. Like Chase actually not going into her bedroom that night and bumping into Mia on his way out. It would have made for a much better fare in my opinion. And where's Mia? I miss her, glad to see she'll be there next episode. Overall, it was an okay episode. I loved Nathan. He's becoming the Lucas of the show and I love it as much as I hate it. I am personally not looking forward to next week that much. Not too much of a fan of musical episodes, especially because it keeps the storyline stagnant. Otherwise, let's wait and watch! Thanks for the review!

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This was an okay episode. Quinn/Clay- I just don't care about them... in the beginning of the episode I just kinda forgot they were even on the show..but I love the sister relationship Haley and Quinn have. Nathan- It seems to me that Nathan has tried playing basketball over and over again and bad things keep happening while he continues playing, I think it's a good idea that he quit and focus on his family, and then in a few more weeks try to attempt basketball again, like we know he will.. Haley-I want her to start singing again.. looks like next week we will get that :) It was so random for the caller to be irish? it was just so weird! They really didn't disclose what her problem was either. Brooke/Jullian- There was no jamie this week, but I loved the scenes with Julian and Brooke, I knew that her visit with Victoria would be comical, but I can't believe that she is going to sell everything she owns to pay back the investors.. I mean is she going to sell her house as well?? Doesn't Julian have money or even have his father help out. This may have something to do with Julian's mom coming back. I loved the scenes with Julian and Haley I think that was my favorite scene of the night. Alex/Chase- I like them, but this was just too much cheese and nothing really came out of it. Also I didn't like the opening song.. where's Tyler Hilton? Maybe Chris Keller should make an appearance and cause some drama

One Tree Hill Season 8 Episode 4 Quotes

Alex: Lets make it a dare.
Chase: Okay. Loser plays the next hole in their underwear.
Alex: Yeah, like I'm wearing any underwear.

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