One Tree Hill Review: I Can See Daniel Waving Goodbye

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Dan. Effing. Scott. Whether you loved him, hated him, or loved to hate him, it is nearly impossible to argue that he didn't have one of the most intriguing and divisive character arcs of all-time. 

He tormented his sons, his wife and everyone else in town for that matter. He was hit by a speeding car, poisoned, lost out on a number of heart transplants and attempted to hang himself.  Dan Scott even murdered his own brother.

He also treated his grandchildren - we mostly witnessed this through his joyous moments with Jamie - wonderfully.  When it came down to it, and someone he loved was in extreme danger, he put everything (including his life on the line), saving Nathan Scott for his family.

Oh, Danny Boy

We got to relive so much of his journey over the course of these nine seasons of One Tree Hill in "Danny Boy," whether through spoken word or visual flashback, and it created for one Hell of an emotional rollercoaster.

While I merely proposed the idea back in my review of "Catastrophe and the Cure," with only two episodes remaining in the history of One Tree Hill I am now fairly certain that years from now my most vivid memory of the series will be Dan Scott's tumultuous beginning, his heroic redemption and how those two ideas conflicted with each other so effectively.

It was conflicting right down to the bitter end... to us, the audience and to so many characters on screen, including Dan.

He knew how awful he was. The man was not oblivious. Over the course of the past few seasons, we've seen him attempt to make amends; we've witnessed Dan strive to build a strong relationship with Jamie, and we watched him sacrifice his own life to save his son.

But Dan still couldn't even forgive himself for what he did to his brother, to his family, and to the entire town of Tree Hill back in season three. We heard it in his words, and we saw it in his face when he so earnestly apologized to Haley.

It was evident in his entire conversation with Nathan on the hallucinated River Court. That speech in which he left every last feeling on the bleachers they were sitting, was absolutely remarkable. Even in death, and after the ghost of Keith* forgave him for what he did, Dan still assumed he was going to Hell. This was a man who was truly for what he did in life, but even that may never be enough... for him, for them, for us.

*That guest appearance by Craig Sheffer was definitely surprising, especially since they slyly left him out of the opening credits.

Before moving on to a number of other characters who also had interesting developments this week, let's all take one more moment to recognize how wonderful Paul Johansson, the writers and the directors were at creating such a fascinating character.

Nathan returned home, safe from the European mobsters and free of that horrible story line, and it was a great reunion for Naley. As Haley wondered around the hospital hallway the anticipation grew bigger and bigger. The moment still grew larger until Nathan's quiet greeting and their extremely loud (emotionally) embrace.

That wasn't it for the two of them. They both endured major moments in dealing with the death of Dan. Like the rest of us, Nathan struggled with how to remember his father, ultimately forgiving him and reiterating the fact that he loved him. Haley, meanwhile, chose to let Dan's positive legacy live on in the Scott lineage, stating that Lydia would hear only of how much Grandpa Dan loved his grandchildren.

Over in Cutesville, Logan was putting me on cute overload with all of his cuteness. Seriously, even Jamie from season five couldn't compete with how cute Logan is. His "then why didn't you?" was filled with so much little kid anger that it might have been the cutest thing yet.

Seriously, though, it was nice to see the kid and the grandparents coming around on letting Clay in a little more. Clay, Logan and Quinn will slowly develop into a happy family. We won't get to see it happen with only two episodes left, but it will.

Finally we get to our lovely Brooke Davis, who like Nathan, was released from a horrid plot and given something with a bit more depth. She shut the door on Ted Davis, hopefully kicking him out of her house and her life for the last time. Maybe now she can help her hubby Julian cast for the new Ravens television show!

With how they brought it up, and the great promise it might hold for the viewers' imaginations, I expect Julian's idea for a tv show to be a focus of the final two episodes.

How else are they going to wrap up One Tree Hill? What do you expect to see in the final two episodes in the history of the series? What did you think of "Danny Boy?" And how will you remember Dan Scott?

Check out some One Tree spoilers on the series finale, read all the best lines in our One Tree Hill quotes section, and then sound off in the comments!


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Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


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i really love this episode. im a guy and i was crying like a baby specially during the scene where Dan and Nathan were talking at the rivercourt.


I loved Dan Scott from the beginning. I never thought that Dan was evil just screwed up. But when I saw Keith I lost it and when Dan was talking to Keith I knew that Dan had never left that High school hallway after killing Keith. I loved that Dan was Keith plus one. They had a messed relentionship( Sorry no spell check) but they loved each other.


So I just watched this episode for the 2nd time and I can't believe how great the episode was. Even though the logan story line has made me like Clay again, seeing it got him away from quinn, I almost wish they had have back burnered the story for a week because it interfered with the mood of the episode but other than that I don't have one single complaint. Dan scott was a man who I literally wanted to kill for many seasons and the "adult" seasons really turned him around for me and his death affected me more than I could have ever imagined when this show began. I haven't cried that hard bc of a tv episode since the death of marissa cooper. I'm not gonna lie I have been suffering through these last few seasons since chad and hilary left and hoping and wishing for it to just be over already but this season officially saved the show in my head. It may not be the show I used to love anymore but this season made me love it in a whole new way and I will truely miss tree hill.


Perfect having Keith there! Cried for the whole 42 minutes >_


The great thing about Julian making Raven's is once the show is finished you can start watching the series from the beginning like it's Julian's show... haha great episode.. loved the redemption of Dan Scott


(....) I didn’t like it. And last but not least. DAN&DEB! I really laughed at their dialogue, I’ve always loved their fights. Even if I grew to love Dan in S8+S9, I’m glad he died. Now I think I can say goodbye to OTH.


1) Brooke: yey, finally! Some Davispower in OTH again. I’m so glad she throw her dad out of her house.
2) Logan IS the cutest kid ever.. I didn’t think he would forgive him in this episode already, but I was glad he did. And I loooved the way he smiled at Quinn. :D
3) So the main part.
Naley reunion was great, i dropped only a few tears in this ep, but that was the moment to do that. “Hi Hales� – my heart almost stopped. And I was glad Haley cried by the middle of the episode again about the fact Nathan was gone because the others acted weird. Especially Brooke should have been more emotional on his return.
Jamie was so great his ep. “It’s Grandpa Dan.� And then in the end, when he cried and sat on the bed with Lydia, it was so cute my heart broke into pieces. The River Court scene was nice too, Paul’s a great actor. And Nathan forgave him, that was the best thing in the last few minutes.
Sorry, but I think this whole Keith-Dan-Ghost thing was too much. I didn’t like it. And last but not least. DAN&DEB! I really laughed at their dialogue, I’ve always loved their fights. Even if I grew to love Dan in S8+S9, I’m glad he died. Now I think I can say goodbye to OTH.


@Jared: Exactly!!!!!!


My only issue with how it looks like they will wrap the series is that it's already been done before. Not that long ago in fact Dawson's Creek finished the series exactly the same way. Kinda feels like they are cheating a bit.

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One Tree Hill Season 9 Episode 11 Quotes

He'll be okay. It's Grandpa Dan.


You have now saved the two most important men in my life, and I don't know how to thank you.