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One Tree Hill Review: Double Baby Alert!

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One Tree Hill was filled with plenty of predictable storylines this week, but also delivered one with a surprising twist that had me itching for future episodes.

Has there been a more obvious ending to a weekly plot than Millie's live, on-screen tirade being a ratings hit? As they played it harder and harder that her social commentary was undoubtedly going to get her fired, it was easier and easier to see that the fans were going to love her. The predictability didn't stop me from enjoying the ride, though. 

For the first time in a while, Mouth came out smelling like roses. His rant, which Millie eventually stole, was both entertaining to watch and completely justified. Why would they spend so much money on those street signs?

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"The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get" also gave us predictable storyline number-two: Kid is bad at sports. Adult tries to help him. Adult figures out that kid needs glasses in order to perform well. 

While I normally would rag on a show for pulling this played-out stunt, I will never tire of Chase and Chuck hanging out. Chuck went from bratty little jerk to sensitive loaner with such ease that it was hard for Chase and the audience not to love him.

Because it became clear that Brooke was going to be adopting a child from a pregnant woman, many have been assuming that Haley and Brooke would have their babies at the same time. That seems to be the case, as both Hales and Chloe went into labor simultaneously. Kudos to those who called it weeks ahead of time.

Of the two mamas-to-be, Haley's plot was far more entertaining. Don't get me wrong, deciding what color to paint the baby's room can be very exciting, but Haley tricking her friends into thinking she was going into labor over and over again was flat out classic. When fooled by Haley, Quinn and Brooke went the normal crazy route, but that wasn't as funny as Julian just passing out as soon as he heard. 

Naturally, Nathan and Clay would try to act all cool because they knew she was joking, but once she turned up the dial and claimed she actually was going into labor, they panicked like the rest. Score one for Haley James Scott.

Finally, the Nathan/Clay/Ian/August story was both the most interesting and the one that kept me guessing right up to the final seconds. It was fun watching Nathan and Clay use their beer pong skills to get Ian to sign the contract to become a client of Fortitude, but as soon as they started talking about a morals clause, I knew something was up. I assumed it was going to lead to Ian passing out drunk, or getting caught with a prostitute - you know, something out of the Charlie Sheen playbook - but I wasn't expecting the car crash on the bridge to be brought into play.

So Ian Kellerman was the driver of the car that slammed into Jamie and the gang, shoving them off the bridge and into the river. This dude is obviously a jerk, and once Nathan figures it out, he will no doubt want to void that contract. But is this why August Kellerman didn't want Nathan to represent his son? Did he know what Ian did that night, and to whom, and determined Nathan might be able to put the puzzle pieces together and send his son to jail for a long time? 

If that's what show-runner Mark Schwahn, who also wrote the episode, was trying to demonstrate, good job. Placing that dialogue between August and Nathan that early in the episode definitely made you forget it until the very end when Nathan found the smashed car with the empty liquor bottles.

Did you foresee where these storylines were going to end up? And are you excited to see what will happen between Ian Kellerman and the now-enlightened Nathan Scott? How excited are you for double babies?

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Thanks for shedding some light on the August Kellerman/Nathan dialogue they have in the beginning of the episode! It's great really, one of the best so far (out of this season) I guess, but the hypothesis you are proposing just makes me so excited about next week's episode!

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Awesome episode and can't wait to see the next one

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If it counts for something, and if anyone can get this to CW TV, I have one last thing to add - Don't end OTH, please don't! :(

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Unlike a friend of ours further down, I totally didn't find the episode boring. I might just say the contrary if you will... ;) Thanks for the awesome review - once again! I have to admit, Mark is a genius sometimes. I totally did NOT see the car/Ian/Jamie plot coming. We all know the extents Nathan goes for the people he loves. He's SO going to ask Clay to nullify the contract. Something tells me that Professor Kellerman had an inclination about all this. There was something wrong in the way he told Nathan not to sign his son - he specially highlighted: he had no problem with someone signing Ian, he just didn't want Nathan to do it. He knows, definitely, or something along those lines... Does anyone else feel another father figure speech kinda thing coming Nathan's way? I do... Haley's AWESOME, to the T. I love that girl since she was simply Lucas's friend, then Nathan's girl friend, then Jamie's mom, then Quinn's sister. She goes through it all, the drama, the tears, the fun. It was awesome watching the fun, teasing side of her after a long time today. And yeah, I still think she's the best part of OTH (yeah, a few inches ahead of Chuck/Chase). Coming to that... why is Chase so amazing? Why can't we all get a Chase in our lives? Thank God Stephen's finally in the running credits in the title song - it was high time! :) They better put that kid playing Chuck too soon, he's freaking cool as well. Recently, he's had more to do than Jackson. That says something! :) Brooke/Julian - adorable, but I find them a tad bit boring. For the lack of drama I guess. Brooke's been through SO much that finding her stable and happy kinds of put you off. Not that she doesn't deserve it though! Cheers to that. I kind of am suspicious of that girl carrying the baby though - something's wrong! But then, it might not be anything if OTH is about to get over! :P P.S - Did anyone else LOVE that guys' scene in the resto/snack bar of whatever it was? Pure bliss... We should have those fun/normal hanging out scenes with just these four more often. I didn't miss Lucas/Peyton for the first time in ages. Funny right? Might be because I've actually lost all hope of seeing them... They won't even fit in here anymore... Everything is just so different/ evolved if you will... ;)

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All I hope is that nothing bad happens with the babies, because that Chloe girl seems weird to me sometimes, like if she was hiding something, or had something planned... Hope it's just my imagination :) How cool is it going to be when both girls are doing stuff with their babies?? xo xo from Spain

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I didn't even realize that, that was the car that crashed into Jamie in the accident.. I didn't even think about it until i saw it in this blog... But now that i know that, im pretty sure Nathan will want to void contract.. the show is more boring without Peyton and Lucas, but i watch every week without a doubt.. Can't wait to see the babies.. I'm excited

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YEAH I want some actual drama.

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Argh. I long for the days of Lucas and Peyton. I will always have a soft spot for OTH, but this show is so boring right now. Not even Quinn and Clay can save it. And they saved it last season!

One Tree Hill Season 8 Episode 17 Quotes

You tried to stuff me into a stingray. You were so not ready.

Haley

You cried wolf, wolf crier.

Quinn