One Tree Hill Review: Mothers and Daughters

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It has been over a month and a half since One Tree Hill has aired a new episode, which is why I found it strange that it seemed like over half of "Quiet Little Voices" was footage from seasons past.

On the one hand, you could say that the numerous flashbacks were a great way of cutting corners so they didn't have to shoot new footage. On the other hand, many of the flashbacks they used were fantastic at building the emotion of the characters.

OTH Hospital Scene

For me, they were mostly a time to relive the glory days of One Tree Hill. You know, the days of the overbearing father and a young couple falling in love. Oh and a pimply faced James Lafferty that had not yet learned how to act. Those were the days people.

I'm not entirely sure what the point was of a couple of those Quinn flashbacks, but the Haley/Nathan and Brooke/Julian flashbacks served two specific roles, each working perfectly in its own right.

Even though it has been a month and a half since Haley and Chloe went into labor, it was still easy to see that "Quiet Little Voices" was about these two long time friends becoming mothers of daughters for the first time.

Each time we flashed back on Haley and Nathan, the romance and the intensity built up, making the audience more and more excited for them to have their own little girl.  When little Lydia Bob Scott came out healthy and happy, it was really great to see the entire family (yes even Jamie, who I'll get to later) so happy.

Meanwhile, the same sort of arc was happening with Brooke and Julian. Every flashback seemed to be about how these two had such trouble, but their love for each other helped them stay afloat.  Ever since we learned that Brooke could not get pregnant - a flashback scene that reminded us of how great Sophia Bush really is - it has been desired by every fan to see Brooke as a mother.

So when Chloe's boyfriend/ex-boyfriend walked into the observation room, I lost it. I knew exactly what was going to happen, but that didn't make it any less heart breaking when Brooke and Julian walked into the delivery room and saw the smile on Chloe's face as she held her new born daughter.

It was all over for Brulian. They were going to have to start the process all over again, and it was truly hard to watch.  This is why Brooke is so awesome though.  Did she go throw a tantrum?  No.  She gathered herself and congratulated her friend Haley and held Lydia Bob in her arms. How so freakin' sad.

Other Thoughts

  • I didn't want to go into too much detail on this subject, because he's just a kid, but Jamie was ridiculously difficult to take this week.  Just so completely lame with one line after the next.
  • The Clay/Quinn dynamic actually really worked this week.  The more these two can stick to ribbing each other, and the less melodrama they get themselves into, the better.
  • I loved that they mentioned how Haley slapped so many people, and then could only flash back to two instances. The third wasn't even a slap, so they literally only had two times when she slapped someone.  Wow! Twice in eight seasons. She's really mean!
  • A lot of players missing from this episode, but obviously the two I missed most were Chase and Chuck.  I can't wait much longer before seeing these two mix it up again.
  • This was Austin Nichols' directorial debut, and I think he did a fine job.  The flashback sequences were done well.
  • The theme song this week was performed by Laura Veirs.

Overall, not a bad return from One Tree Hill, but I'm looking forward to an episode full of new footage.  How about you all?  What did you think of "Quiet Little Voices?"

Review

Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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    i read a statement by hilary burton that she will definitly not be returning for the finale. so my heart is broken. the show doesn't really make sense anymore without lucas and peyton. lucas was who the show was based around! i think they should have ended it before him and peyton left and just left it while it was still good. feels like such a let down holding out hope for 2 years that i would see their return and now its not happening. o well. goodbye one tree hill

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    I cannot stop thinking of brooke becoming pregnant at the end of the show.. and the final scene might be the friends and their babys in five years o.s.l.t....

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    That scene with Brooke and Julian killed me. It made me cry so much. They have to be my favorite characters on OTH. I love this show and really hope they come back for another season. I make sure I watch this show every week on my HDTV in HD. I work and subscribe to DISH Network and have their HD channels. With DISH I get the most HD in the industry. There is nothing better than watching my favorite show in a crystal clear picture.

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    Brooke's flashbacks about her mother were too long! Couldn't they have cut most of it, and show us the important part(s)?!?!?! And why was Haley's new baby a prop to the Brooke melodrama? The end scene was pointless and annoying, that could've easily been NH, Haley giving her daughter to her husband for a daddy/daughter hug. But no. Brooke Tree Hill strikes again. Cant wait for this show to end, 8 years of my life, wasted!

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    I am not trying to be disrespectful to those who love the new seasons (7&8). I love One Tree Hill, and always will but for me it's just not the same without Lucas and Peyton. I grew up watching the show, and I have always been a die hard Leyton fan, but that's not the reason I miss them. For me, it's incredibly sad seeing Nathan, Haley and Brooke be without them. The show was based on Lucas and the five of them. When Lucas and Peyton left, it broke so many important and vital relationships. 2 brothers who developed an amazing relationship after 6 years, 2 sets of best friends (Lucas/Haley and Brooke/Peyton), and then the beautiful bond that all 3 girls made growing up together. We also can't forget the fun relationship that Nathan and Peyton had, and more importantly the love between Lucas and Brooke. Yes he is with Peyton and I love them together, but Lucas and Brooke still shared something special. It's just so sad watching Nathan, Haley and Brooke move on with their lives and have all these things happen to them and not to have Lucas or Peyton there with them. They are all such good friends and the show built such strong relationships for them through the years, and now it just feels like that all went to waste. The hardest episode for me to watch was Brooke's wedding. Peyton really should have been there, it was her place to be the maid of honor for her BF's wedding. I love Haley but that was something they were supposed to do together. It also would have been amazing to see Sawyer Scott grow up and be apart of the Tree Hill family just like Jamie has been. I would have loved to see Nathan and Haley as an aunt and uncle. More importantly I would die to see the impact that Sawyer would have had on Brooke, and the relationship they would build. It would just be amazing. And to see Lucas and Peyton as parents, it would be my happy ending. I know it's just a TV show, but its had such a huge impact on me and it is so important. I guess it's just hard when you become so addicted to something for so many years and then for it to suddenly change on you, it's hard to get used to.

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    the last scenes of this episode are extremely well filmed and heartbreaking !!

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    I knew the flashbacks would be mentioned here, but i realy think they worked! even though it was a substantial part of the episode, I think it really helped to put it all together, and I really enjoyed it! You know, a couple days back I watched a few episodes I was missing and I found myself surprisling enterteined! But still I think what is missing here is a little of focus. I tottaly desagree with you, Chase and Chuck are not needed at all. Or Mia, or mouth, or skills... This episode was great because it was all about the characters that matter : Nathan an Haley (who I think need more screen time), Brooke and Julian and even Clay and Quinn, (even though I think those two need some rethinking). I think it would be easier for us to like them more if we have more details of their stories, at this point I feel like we dont know who quinn really is apart from the goofy lines. Or clay, even though they mentioned the dead wife... I think OTH doesn't need to be what it was in the old days , because it's clearly not, but I really think fans should stop use it as such a negative thing really. If only Mark use a little more focus, this could be a great show again.. That's what I think...(hey! I tottaly loved the comment about haley, and the little comment of quinn about clay's "Big bushy eyebrows", so funny!)

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    did they even show anything of leyton they r a big part of haleey nathan and brooks lifes

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    The scene where Brooke and Julian come to congratulate Nathan was amazingly done. Seeing them trying not to cry in front of their friends was just heartbreaking.