One Tree Hill Review: Planes, Maimed and What She Must Feel

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"A Rush of Blood to the Head," while not perfect, and certainly not at the pace seemingly necessary with only five episodes remaining in the series, was filled with a number of epic moments that pushed One Tree Hill forward on a number of levels.

Clay's revelation, Chase's decision and everything that happened with Haley were some of the most entertaining and emotional moments of the season so far. These characters took some big steps - either backward or forward - and they really have me looking forward to the home stretch.

Haley, Searching

Let's begin with Mr. Evans, who I have been extremely critical of as a character in these reviews over the past two seasons. His monumental revelation coincided perfectly with the monumental fact that I really enjoyed his story this week. What? I enjoyed Clay?

Yup. For the first time since Robert Buckley joined the cast, the writers were able to write a story for him that got the audience involved emotionally. Maybe it was because Logan was so darn cute, or maybe it was because it was a deep-seeded trouble that began before we even met the character, but I felt for him when he found out that Logan was his kid.

Even though some TV Fanatics mentioned that they saw this coming, and I noted a couple weeks ago that I was "wondering if some of our readers [were] right about Logan actually being Clay's kid," it still felt like a huge moment. I felt so happy when Clay got over that hurdle, and then immediately felt so bad when he couldn't accept the responsibility.

I'm sure that he will man up and be the best dad in the world to Logan, but for the time being, he is acting terribly. However that works out, it's a blessing that they were able to make Clay's story interesting for once, even if it did take a million boring sessions with the shrink to get there.

Chase's decision to beat the snot out of Chuck's dad was just as astonishing as Clay realizing Logan was his son. I mean, a tire iron, really? While I am glad that the douche got what was coming to him, I'm angry at Chase for making such a poor decision.

If it was in the heat of the moment that would have been one thing, but the dude actually sat down and thought about the consequences before heading over to Chuck's house. He figured out what punishment he would receive, went over there, heard fighting and beat the tar out of the guy with a tire iron. Dumb. Now Chase is going away and Chuck's dad is probably still going to be around... unless Chase messed him up real good.

The best moment for Chase was the encounter before, when he told Mr. Scolnik what was up. He was an absolute stud when he threatened the abusive father. Well, he was kind of a stud when beating him down, but not in the same way. I don't condone violence... except on TV.

Then there was Haley, who wanted that phone to ring so badly. We all knew this was coming. She was going to have to identify a body under a sheet, but we all knew it wasn't Nathan. Again, just because we knew what was coming, it doesn't mean that things didn't get emotional.

Bethany Joy Galeotti killed it once again as Haley remembered her moment with Nathan. That whole thing was so well done, as the audio was silent except for Galeotti's voice over, and then Haley broke out into tears when she realized it wasn't Nathan. It was powerful stuff. 

Haley began to lose, as she should! She was completely right when she claimed nobody is making this a priority, and it's not just the cops! It's Deb, it's Brooke, it's basically everybody other than Haley and Dan. Nathan's been missing for how long, and his mom just shows up now? Get out of here Deb. You're too late.

Thankfully, by the end of "A Rush of Blood to the Head," the two that care the most about finding Nathan Scott joined forces. Haley going to Dan's trailer and simply saying, "tell me what you know" made me extremely excited for the upcoming episodes.

Do you know what didn't get me excited, though? Like at all? Brooke's current arc. This stuff with her attacker not only feels too familiar, but it also feels forced. That's not a combination that is easy to come by, and it's ruining the final season for Brooke.  

While we are speaking negatively, I could have done without the whole Skills/Miss Lauren/David triangle plot. Do we really care about that? That time couldn't have given to more Lucas material? Oh, and David has been dating Miss Lauren, but has not been seen in Tree Hill until just now? That doesn't make much sense, right?

I am skipping on the relationship rankings until these couples give me something to talk about again. Everyone is really off doing their own thing for the most part, so for now we just have to start looking forward to the final five episodes of One Tree Hill.

What did you all think of "A Rush of Blood to the Head?" Was it an improvement on last week's Lucas-heavy installment? Did you see Clay's revelation coming? What did you think of Chase's decision to take out Chuck's dad? Check out all the best quips in our One Tree Hill quotes section, and then sound off in the comments!  


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really chase is right en no one should judge him wrong lots of love to himmmmmmmmmm


when is the next season because we are really eager.




yeah but it makes Clay and Quinn look kind of fake now you know, because they're showing how heartbroken Clay still is over sarah's death, and how she really was the love of his life. I dont think Clay and Quinn will ever have that. They were all kind of sweet in season 7 and 8, but showing this now and the fact that they didnt get any decent scenes together this season, i dont know, but it just seems like they killed the couple. Honestly.
I used to enjoy them , but just for who they were, funny and kind of nerdy. But Im kind of with you now, if they are going with this deep/depressed clay I would like to see him deal with Logan alone.


Fugue states are real conditions...Clay loved Sarah & Logan but after watching his wife die right IN FRONT OF HIS EYES was too traumatic. He didn't forget Logan specifically. He simply forget apart of who he was. A FATHER. It's messed up. But its real. Can't judge a person until you've been through it urself. Clay I'm sure will embrace Nd accept Logan he just had a bad initial reaction. Haley was amazing as always. And I wish this final season coulda focused more on Lucas and Peyton as well and some of the originals. Or at least give more tv time to Haley Dan Nate Brooke Clay & Logan. Evry1 else just seems like a waist of space.


Why is Clay and Quinn so boring at first it was all kind of nice. Now please a murder and then this child thing. Maybe we think it is boring because it is to much like real life. But that would be different it is never a man that forgets a child. It is always the woman that has some pysco break.
This is a good show but sometimes that have to ruin it with all this drama. It used to be about two brothers and the love of basketball Kind of like Briday night lights but different.


I agree with you guys. I mean Clay just looks like a douche man. How can you forget you have a kid for 6 years!? and than when the doctor says to him "clay, me and sarah's parents told you after sarah died", and clays responce is 'i dont want him'. Come on dude, stand up and be a man. He loved sarah so much that he went into some bulshit unrealistic coma, but the child he has with HER he doesnt want!!? Thats just total crap. My cousine had a wife and 3 kids. he lost his wife and 2 kids in a plane crush at the age of 27, and him and the ramaining child carried on with life, and he never left his child who was 2yrs at the time!! its discusting the way they are telling this story, kids are sooo difensles and innocent, they need their parents to care for them, and instead Clay the selfish bozo, hangs out at the beach with his new girlfriend. @Jarrod Mitchell - Sarah's parents have been taking care of Logan, since dady is a totall shmuck


I couldnt agree more with you. Its horrible thats his child, when I realize where things were going I was like "Please please just go with the adoption storyline", besides it just feels like a crazy story itself , this is not the way to make Clay and Quinn look more interesting. I mean firts was the psyco that looked EXACTLY like his dead wife (they even used the same actress), and then he stars having a psycoogical problem where he turns out to be another person (its a real thing, mas seriously, what are the odds?), and then he discovers that he forgot his child for 6 years , come freaking on! Is it just me or it stars looking like a soap opera? This is why I didnt want them to do it in the first place, since the katie thing.Really disappoint whith OTH
:( I mean this show used to be all about the meaning of things. Books and songs, and creativity.I thought it was going to get better when they started to use Jullian's movies to get back at that , and then they do this!:S


I'm sorry, but the entire Clay-child thing is ridiculous. Was it interesting? Yes. Has it turned out well? No. I liked the idea of Clay adopting him down the line, but it being his child is horrible. Honestly, why aren't his grandparents watching him if Clay isn't? That kid's whole childhood is scarred.
Glad it wasn't Nathan in the morgue. As interesting as it would have been for Nathan to die, I feel as though viewers would feel betrayed for Naley and the characters themselves.
I don't care if people think what Brooke and Julian did to Xavier is horrible. I respect prisoners living in soceity, but harrasing people they've hurt is just plain wrong.
In regards to Chase, I understand why he did what he did. However, there could have been other ways to do it. Nevertheless, glad Chuck's dad got beaten up.
Missed Chris Keller this episode. Loved Dan. Have missed Deb.



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One Tree Hill Season 9 Episode 8 Quotes

Logan: I like him...and those suckers he gives out.
Clay: Oh, those suckers are clutch.

Prisoner: You think we'll ever find redemption for the things we've done?
Dan: I wouldn't count on it.
Prisoner: Then I'll see you in hell my friend.
Dan: I'll save you a seat.