One Tree Hill Season Finale Review: Air Force Done

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There have been many times over the course of One Tree Hill's eight seasons when they have unnecessarily made every second on screen seem not only important, but epic in nature. "This Is My House, This Is My Home" certainly straddled that line, but was effective for two reasons.

First of all, unlike some episodes that came before it, much of what happened in this season finale was very important. And secondly, when this was being created it could have been their series finale. The constant dramatic music combined with powerful stories was a necessity for the last ever episode of One Tree Hill.

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Fortunately for us fans, word has been received from The CW that we will be getting a ninth and final season next year. That should give them plenty of time to wrap up the stories that were either teased or wrapped up poorly in "This Is My House."

Between Brooke having twin boys, the re-opening of Karen's Cafe, and everything dealing with Chase Adams, most of what went on worked well. The time jumping plot device was a great move - especially if this ended up being the series finale - in order to have the happy ending of Brooke with her baby boys.  

As has been mentioned before, Mrs. Baker has been through so much on the series that it would be horrific not to allow her to be content.

And Brooke joining up with Haley to re-open Karen's Cafe was both interesting in its own right, and a great nostalgic move by the show.  Every fan of One Tree Hill loved the old days of the original Karen's Cafe, so having the dynamic duo as owners of Karen's Cafe 2.0 is a nice hand out to the fanatics.  Not to mention we got a great Haley James Scott performance out of it.  If there's more of that next season, I'm sure people will be happy.

Once again, props must be given to Stephen Colletti and everyone he worked with this week.  I think he's doing a great job, but maybe it's whoever is writing for his character Chase that just knows their stuff, because his relationships with Chuck, Mia, and Alex all feel as real as life itself.  Then again, maybe it's the chemistry these actors have with each other.  All of them, but especially Colletti and Michael May (Chuck), seem like they've been hanging out when the camera shuts off.

The last aspect that made "This Is My House" worthy of an extremely positive review was the return of Dan Scott!  There is something so sympathetic about this man, and I still don't understand it.  I want so badly for Nathan to let him back into the life of the family, and if the finale was any indicator, we might be heading that way in the final season.  If Dan had never killed Keith, would others love Dan as much as I currently do?

And James Lafferty was great in that moment, as he showed how much Nathan was struggling between hating this man that almost ruined his life and killed his uncle, and wanting to give him another chance and give his kids an opportunity to know their grandfather.  It was a good thing too, because everything Lafferty and Robert Buckley's Clay did during the rest of the episode was a swing and a miss.

Their interactions together as agents seem contrived.  Their idea to travel the road looking for one player that isn't even a top 75 prospect for the NBA draft was ridiculous.  And the fact that Nathan admitted to working out at two in the morning, only to find another kid working out at three, was flat out insulting.  Athletes need rest.  They don't work out 24 hours a day.  If you're shooting in the gym in the middle of the night you either have insomnia or a cocaine addiction.  Don't sign this kid Fortitude.

Getting into how annoying Jamie continues to be is not worth the time, so I will simply say...isn't this kid eight years old?  It works when Manny Delgado acts like he's 40 on Modern Family because it is an unrealistic comedy.  Jamie talking like he is a full fledged adult about his relationship with Madison is kind of disturbing at times.  And how is an eight or nine year old girl going on dates to the movies?

I hate ending on a negative note, so let's get back to the positives.  The Mouth and Millie in the Morning Show actually worked well.  It was a great way to keep the time jumping going, as the pair talked with Alex about her movie and then were there at the opening of Karen's Cafe.  I'm glad that Millie didn't head off to Charlotte, because unlike many times in the past, I actually liked this couple together this week.

So what did you all think of "This Is My House, This Is My Home?"  Was it a satisfying season finale?  How about if it were the series finale?  What do you expect from next year's final season?  And how awesome was it that Jamie was wearing the Keith Scott sweatshirt and dribbled across the bridge?

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Jamie is supposedly 10 right? why in the world is he into romance and shoelaces with hearts on it? He is supposed to be into the whole boys v/s girls thing, not middle school romance!His parents don't say anything? I guess since they got married as juniors, everything comes fast in the scott family!

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Oh I never got the whole deal with Haley's parents and her family, till season 7 we never even saw a glimpse of Haley's sisters/brothers except for Taylor. Then Haley's parents were mostly absentee parents who took off in her junior year and even before that she hardly spent much time at home and was more with lucas and karen (her words not mine).So how come they show this big great bonding between her and her mom. She should be more influenced by Karen. It just looked very unnatural that Haley was devastated last season much more than her sisters who presumably spent more time at home.

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Agree with Taylor and Caitlyn , what's with naming the children with mother's last names or even parents' names? all babies on OTH except Jude have been named like that
James Lucas Scott - Haley's last name
Lydia Bob Scott - Haley's mom's name and Haley's middle name
Sawyer Brooke Scott - Peyton's last name ( Agree with taylor, Sawyer sounds weird for a girl, peyton should have atleast named her Anna as she said in some episode , Anna Scott has a nice ring to it)
lily Roe Scott - Karen's last name (atleast its the middle name here)
Davis Baker - Brooke's last name ..... I am all for respecting parents and values and relationships but pleae they could have come up with some creative names for children and not make them miniature versions of older generation.

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I liked OTH with luke and peyton

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i think character of jamie should be improved. he shouldnt be wiser than his age... karen and dan should come back now... clay and quinn are awesome. but lucus and peyton should come back now. i hate alex. mia should come up wid chase. waiting for 9th season..:)

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Personally I need one more Season, and hopefully a very good ending to a wonderful story. I grew up on OTH. Through high school, getting married and having my first child when Haley got pregnant with Jamie and my second child when she got pregnant with Lydia. (random and ironic) BUT very touching to me, because I had people to look up to. It's not to dramatic and it makes me feel good. I will miss this show when it does end, but I will never forget! :)

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I was so glad they brought back the original theme song for the opening credits! I have hated all the other ones that they have tried to throw in. Bringing back the original was perfect.

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So, I've been reading the various comments here. It's just that my opinion kind of varies from many others. For whatever it's worth, for the first time, I missed other characters way more than Lucas/Peyton. Silly I know huh? I saw the shirt and missed Keith. I saw the cafe and missed Karen and Deb. I saw the little restaurant, knew Nathan was going in to see Dan, but still regret he's no longer an integral part of the show. Saw the gym after ages and missed Whitey. Saw Skills for 5 seconds and realized I missed him, and River Court more than ever. Mark reminds us that above Lucas and Peyton, there were other amazing characters once in OTH, the back story without which none of the present characters would be what they actually are. I wish, now that a season 9 has been confirmed, he gets most of them back. Even for one episode, do it Schwaan. Your fans want it to happen. :) Coming to what-could-have been the finale, I thought it was pretty nice. OTH has always had a special spot in my heart, and trust, I've watched shows. Some people complain about no much drama. But I was really happy there was not much. People, life isn't about drama every single second. There are pauses, and it's important to recognize and welcome those too. Brooke had a closure, finally. I was waiting to see her become a mother, she'd been saying that since the first episode of season 5. It was high time. Haley got back to Karen's cafe, and I loved Nathan got some funny sequence after like what, years? ;) He and Lydia were absolutely gorgeous. I'm not much of a fan of Jamie either these says. Perhaps I think that a child being super genius for his age doesn't make him necessarily mature. Jamie acts way too mature for his age. That bothers me, especially with a Dad like Nathan. On the other hand, I love his sequences with Quinn. I would always want my child to have an adult to talk to except his parents to. I wish they'd explore that storyline more since Quinn is just idle most of the time. Again, I do agree with the review concerning Chase. A LOT. I just didn't understand the Alex bit. So he takes her back? Like that? That too over Mia, who has waited for him so much, and who sure never cheated on him. Mark, we get you like Alex, but at least make it believable. I don't see one guy who'd choose Alex over Mia after this. At least one guy who claims he was ever in love with both. Or perhaps it's just my bias of Mia speaking. I love the girl, and the actress. :) Chuck was cool, but I was hoping he and Chase would have a conversion once Chase came back. Oh well, Mark, I don't mind if you're making Chase a regular next season. Count me in. Just make him choose Mia then though. :P On the whole, I thought it was nice. Again, it's because it's OTH that I keep watching. Amongst all the shows, it keeps me glued because of the basics it portrays so well: Relationships. If they're going to go with a good season 9, better they concentrate on that then unnecessary dramas. That's what I think...

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I hated the episode. I think what Mark Schwan did was ridiculous, considering he knew that this might have been the last episode. I'm so glad there is gonna be a season 9, because this episode did not give any closure at all. Tell me if I'm wrong, but aren't series finales supposed to give you feelings of nostalgia? You know - flashbacks, memories, the like. This episode did not reference the past AT ALL. Absolutely no mention of Lucas and Peyton (are you serious?!) or Whitey or Keith or anything! No reference to Tree Hill High or their childhood or how the show started in the first place. They also focused way too much on characters like Clay/Quinn, Alex/Chase, Mouth/Millie. Doesn't Mark get that all we care about is Nathan, Haley, and Brooke? Also, there were no conversations between Haley and Brooke. They showed all the cast separately and didn't even have one moment where they were all together. They showed Skillz for like a second. It was just really disappointing. I know it's not the finale anymore, but it was going to be. If the real finale is anything like this, I'm gonna cry... and not in a good, nostalgic way. Especially since there's nothing to be nostalgic about. And now that there's another season, CMM and Hilarie Burton BETTER come back. They owe it to us... seriously, they can't come back for ONE episode?! I heard they're asking for more money. Because clearly they're not rich enough.

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I thought this episode would have been perfect for the very last episode. It wrap all the story lines so great. I still think it dose not need another season. Maybe I would watch next season if they bring back lukas And peyton it not the same without them. And the end of the episode with Jamie running with the ball was perfect I cry so hard when I saw it.

One Tree Hill Season 8 Episode 22 Quotes

This is our miracle Brooke Davis, and now it's two miracles. And no girl deserves it more.

Julian

Congratulations, you're carrying twins.

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