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One Tree Hill Review: Drug Dealers Beware

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Julian left Baby Davis in the hot car last week. Nathan didn't make it home on "Don't You Want to Share the Guilt?." Indeed, One Tree Hill is not slowing down at all in season nine.

Seriously, how many more of these cliff hangers can we take before we start to black out on the regular like Clay?

I'll get to the latest in a long line of twists and turns for Clay (that I could care less about) later on. First, this Nathan issue needs to be addressed. The stuffed animal he had for Lydia was lying by the curb at the airport, so the most logical conclusion is that harm was done to him after landing in Tree Hill.

Angry Clay

Who would want to hurt Nathan? The only person that we are familiar with that has the means, the history, and the motive is... Dan Scott, the father. We know he can do harm. He has killed in the past, his own brother in fact. Most importantly, if Nathan doesn't make it home, Dan gets to continue to spend time with Jamie and Lydia, the one thing that seems to make Dan Scott happier than we've ever seen him.

The only thing that makes me question this hypothesis is the timing. Haley and Dan had a conversation in the house around the time Nathan was supposed to be arriving home. It is definitely possible that he slipped out and kidnapped his own son in a matter of minutes, but it still would have been tricky to maneuver. I wouldn't put it past him, though.

As much as I can see Dan as the culprit, I would absolutely hate that to be outcome after the little things he has done to help around town. Camping out with Jamie was great, but the double whammy of meetings with the drug dealer and Clay were what really made him a bit of a hero here.

He was so quietly scary when threatening the dealer to stay away from his family, and then so loud and scary when knocking sense into Clay on the beach. He can do it in a variety of ways, and he seems to now be doing it out of love, but Dan Scott will always be frightening.

Do you know who else was kind of scary? "Not Alex"...or Tara as her name seems to be. The last time I saw Chelsea Kane on screen she was playing opposite the Jo Bros on the Disney Channel. I don't think this type of performance is even allowed anywhere near Disney.

Her character of Tara was sexy, she was seductive, she was downright spiteful. Between doing the deed with the recently heartbroken Chase 10 times (or was it 11?) while dating Chris Keller of all people, and being the one behind all of the drama at the Tree Hill Cafe, Tara has been up to a whole bunch of trouble.

That will certainly cause audiences to either love her or hate her. Guess what side I'm on. Of course I love her. I always enjoy the bad ones. Tara doesn't seem to care what anyone in Tree Hill thinks of her, which will make for plenty of entertaining moments. We were already treated to a few of those, like that awkward conversation between Tara, Chase and Chris at the bar, and Brooke yelling at everyone in her path at the cafe because of the sign Tara put it.

After noting that watching Kane interact with real life boyfriend Stephen Colletti on screen just makes it all that much more fun, let's take a look at this week's One Tree Hill Relationship Rankings...

1. Naley
Thanks to Haley's tireless efforts as the Tree Hill motherly figure, this long-time couple takes over the top spot this week. It was great watching her hand out long heartfelt speeches to both Julian and Brooke about her experiences with Jamie, and why those two will continue to be good parents. Sure, Nathan still wasn't around, and he might be in some serious danger in the near future, but it was nice to see him on that super clear video chat.

2. Millimouth
It was nice to see Mouth finally come around on his eating problem, but in the meantime, it was hilarious to watch Skills shoot straight with him. From the second Antwon walked through the door, he was telling Mouth that the kid got fat. The super awkward conversation on camera was the best. Skills talked about his job for two seconds before Millie made it all about exercise, then Mouth started defending himself, and finally Skills jumped in again telling Mouth how fat he was. The house salad with no dressing is a fine choice Marvin, but you should also probably hit a treadmill while you eat it.    

3. Brulian
These two fall back a few spots due to their depression all episode long. It was a very sad thing that happened, but like Haley explained to them, nothing that bad actually went down. Julian made a mistake, but everything is okay. Davis is okay. I just hope the dude gets out of his funk soon. Happy, goofy Julian is a lot more fun to watch.

4. Chrara
Yes, you read that correctly. Chris Keller and Tara. Yes, she's sleeping with Chase, but technically she and Chris are a couple. I don't care if she is a cheating slut, Chris and Tara are still more fun and interesting than the next couple on the list.

5. Clinn
Bring on the hate, people. If you enjoy watching these two, and have enjoyed Clay's sleepwalking/pain medication/black out story, then more power to you. I couldn't have cared less about it. The best part about it is that maybe now that Clay is getting help this plot will be over with and we can all move on to something else...

...like the budding rivalry between Tara and Haley's cafes, or what on Earth happened to Nathan, or how Julian is going to handle what he did to Davis, or what Chris Keller is going to do when he finds out Tara is sleeping with Chase.

There is certainly a lot going on in Tree Hill, and we might be heading down an even darker path than we imagined with Nathan currently missing. How will it all get resolved between now and the series finale? Will Nathan be the one underneath the sheet from the premiere?

I can't wait to find out what happens next on One Tree Hill. What about you? What did you think of "Don't You Want to Share the Guilt?" What was your favorite moment? What do you think happened to Nathan? And who sits at the top of you One Tree Hill Relationship Rankings this week?

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Re: Season 9, Episode 4 - Air Date: 2/1/2012 "Don't You Want to Share the Guilt?"
Does anyone know what Dan says to the drug dealer on the bench?? I got the beginning part, but I cannot get when he asks the drug dealer a question. The drug dealer says – “well you know all kinds of losers, don’t you� Dan laughs and says something back.
Can someone please tell me what he says, because I cannot make it out.
I would really appreciate it.

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can't believe you guys are even considering the idea that Dan is behind the kidnapping. Dan would clearly never hurt Nathan, Haley or Jamie. It seems pretty clear to me that Dan, who may be blamed for Nathan's disappearance in the meantime, will rescue Nathan and die in the process, and be the body that Haley sees in the morgue. From her reaction, I'd guess that she was told to identify a Scott and maybe expected Nathan, but that's just a theory. The fact that it's Dan who dies is blatantly obvious, because the OTH writers don't kill off people for the sake of it; Dan finding some kind of redemption and peace through saving his family allows massive drama, a big ending to the show and yet is somehow meant-to-be and offers closure, whereas the death of any other character would just be too tragic to end the show on. Hurry up and see the obvious!

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After reading a couple of the comments I agree with suspecting the drug dealer or someone in that 'gang'. But I really don't think that it's Nathan under the sheet. That would be just a mean thing to do. These cliff hangers are making me crazy! Want to know now!
I'm ok about Quinn and Clay, but I think it was a good idea to put Clay out. It was a little over the top with the sleep deprivation.. And when is Lucas coming back?! After Haley and the rest finds out that Nathan is missing?! Oh, I hope he'll come back. OTH can't live without the husky voice and squint eyes for too long!

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Ok, I really dont think Dan did anything to Nathan. if you look at the premier snippet, Dan & Chris are in a car, Dan holding a gun etc. So I think that yes Nathan was kidnapped (possibly the drugo)and is being held hostage for money & they team up to go get him. if the writers killed of Nathan in the last season, that would just be redicolous

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After taking the time to go back and watch the premiere, the argument between Clay and Quinn was definitely the exact same scene that was shown in the "flash forward" at the beginning of the season. So now we can probably rule out that any of those moments were dream or movie related, as they will likely start happening to the characters as the episodes continue. Why spread them out like this? Was that just a snippet of what the audience was going to see throughout the season? If so, it's an unconventional choice, but one that definitely got most of our interests peaked.

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I think it was the drug dealer that took Nathan!!!

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Ironically, I paused the video just before the red van pulls up. It was not Nathan that got into the van. Of course, the speed of the video was so fast it was probably a crew person that just walked out and the viewer is supposed to assume its Nathan - after you see the little pink animal on the curb. I think the plane went down in the ocean...hahah! Lafferty wanted out. He can swim with the fishes.

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while i dont think dan physically had anything to do with nathans disappearance, i think he orchestrated it. the way he said to haley "as soon as he gets home" as hes sittin there drinking his liquor, you knew he had no intention of leaving anytime soon. i think he burned down his own diner, used the insurance money to pay for somethin to happen to Nathan, and then he is gonna try to go play the hero as on last ditch effort to get in Nathan's good graces. as for who is under the sheet, my gut says Nathan, but im hoping its part of a nightmare/dream sequence that Haley has when Nathan is missing.

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I think Haley will think it's Nathan at the morgue, but it will turn out not to be. I don't think Dan would do that to Nathan. As for Quinn and Clay that drug dealer could have shot them both and I would have been fine. I have never liked them. They waste way too much screentime on them. Give it to Skills and Mouth. They have been there longer. Plus Clinn was Leyton's replacement, but they can never be replaced in my eyes. I love Brooke and Julian though! They are too cute. Don't like Tara. Shocker lol. They should have brought Chris Keller back a long time ago and made him a regular. He's too funny. And as for them bringing Quinn on as a regular fir Haley's sister. I always liked Taylor more. She and Chris would have gone together.

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I totally agree that it could be Dan. Dan only loves himself and gets what he wants. That would include killing his own son. At first I thought the drug dealer, but Dan is the only one with anything to gain. I think Nathan is who Haley sees under the sheet and his funeral is what brings Lukas back.
OMG, I had the same thought about Chelsea and Disney, even said something to the hubby, who doesn't even watch. She literally has her hands in almost everything in Tree Hill.
Can't wait for next week and the next heart attack.