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.

Sweet One Tree Hill Scene

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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I've loved OTH for years but I have to say, the 8th season has been a serious disappointment. Everyone was always so sad. As much as I hate to say it, I think the show has run its course and the writers have simply lost ways to keep me creatively (as opposed to tragically) intrigued. I'll be back for next season to give them one last chance to redeem themselves & say goodbye on a high not.

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James Lucas Scott
Sawyer Brooke Scott
and now Davis Baker..
Why do they need to name the kids like their mothers last name.??
i dont get his.. i mean james is normal name but who names their kid sawyer (no offense to people who have that name or whos kids have).. they all stole that idea from haley..just saying

Tvjunkie

I thought this episode was okay. What I didn't like about it was that the entire episode felt like a montage. Everyone was getting their happy endings etc and I get that the reason for that was probably because they assumed this could've been their series finale but it still lacked dramatic conversations. There were hardly any substantial conversations between characters. I'm glad they have season nine to do better and they can go out with a better series finale. Btw, did Brooke name one of her sons Davis? What's up with these characters naming their children after their last names like Peyton did with Sawyer? Just a thought.

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i thought it was a great episode, ends the season very well and now they can start off the next one however they want, can't wait

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I thought that the episode was good but it did lack a bit of drama. It felt like a very long montage that would be shown at the end of an episode and they could have done certain moments like Brooke's birth better. Considering this could have been a series finale it could have been a bit more epic.
That said, the actual story and how they tied everything up was very good. I am happy with how the characters ended up and thought some moments were very touching and funny. I just hope they make sure that season 9 goes out with a real bang.

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loved it i hope that wasn't the series finale i think the final season should have an appearance with peyton and lucas only cause when they left it left some unanswered questions about them!Like ya they got married and had a baby but where did they go and why did they go what have they been up to type deal!
And whats gonna happen between quin and clay?Like i think more should happen!
come on now it cant be over now!

Lovingmotherchucker

Omg what a beautifull episode not much drama but a nice perfect end! i liked it when you see jamie at the end basketballing just like Lukas in the 1st episode and in the beginning credits. And Brooke and Julian very happy i love that. But i would have been a great end of the show.. but im curious what they would do for season 9?

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I loved One Tree Hill...but the series should have ended with Lucas and Peyton drove off into the sunset. Everything since then has lacked the appeal of the series before that time....

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I thought it was such a good episode, and such a fitting ending had the show not been picked up. Nathan on stage with Lydia was just so cute, I love it when they throw some funny stuff at James to work with (and this happens rarely, so I'll take what I can get). Brooke and the babies were adorable. Dan!! Oh my I have missed this man so much. I love this character to death and I'm so happy we saw a bit of him this episode. That, and Karen's Cafe re-opening, really brought back some of the good ole' OTH feeling. The only thing I don't get is why Chase picked Alex. This is a woman who continues to live her life her way, does not think twice about Chase or what it would do to him, never keeps a promise and then comes back with this stupid smile on her face, expecting everything to be okay. Yet, at the same time, Mia continues to be there for Chase, cheers him up, and seems like such a good fit for him. So why, WHY did Chase pick to be with someone as selfish as Alex? I'll end this post on a positive note; the ending with Jamie on the bridge? Just perfect. A little Lucas Scott that brought me right back to the pilot of this show.

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I really liked the episode i mean like somebody said it's lacking of drama but it was maybe going to be the finale i think the fans deseved some dramaless happiness in the end. I didn't find Jamie so annoying this time, i guss that the fact they let him go alone to the river court is because of the small town I mean it shuld be safer. I loved the nathan and Lydia scenes (can't beilive we had to wait so long). I really liked Mia comming back I agree the scene with her and chace felt so real i really liked it! however I don't agree with the fact that the endding between alex and Chace was realistic, I mean i understand they needed a happy ending too (incase it was the end of the show) but it was like really forced, they deserved a better get together process not some rush unrealistic one. Brulian was great! I loved the fact they had twins and as we've been saying it was nice to see a happy brooke. i would have to desagree with everybody saying they missed leyton this episode, I did't feel that way, yes in others, but this one no! I really liked the process we've seen trougout the show in Naley, love them! The music was great loved the HJS and Mia catalano performance! LOVED the original theme song!! Of course it's always good to see Dan Scot! Clay and Quinn I found them boring, together, and why does Quinn have to be all sexy dressed up in ALL their scenes together! The ending the Haley-Jamie Karen-Lucas was perfect! Don't no how they're going to top that ending scene next season! I'm really happy for the season 9 :)

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.

Doctor
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