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




For the last 9 season of oth I've only been shocked with two scenes 1 is when Dan shot kieth. 2 is when I didn't see James laferty ( Nathan ) on the credits i mean what the fuck




Am I the only one who thinks the Brooke story line is ridiculous! Yes he is a free man and he has the right to be in Tree Hill. But he doesn't have the right to harass the woman he was convicted of attacking. Why doesn't she get a restraining order. Plus I'm sure he is probably violating his parole by stalking her. Even for One Tree Hill this story is just a little too over the top for me. It's the last season...there has to be better material.


I could see this Clay thing coming from the moment he spoke to the kid, I even wrote it here about here. And to be honest I was really hoping they didnt do it. Because it was too predictable. And besides, if this season only has like 13 episodes why do this to Clinn now? Season 8 finale was good to them..This changes things for them because no matter how nice they are to each other Quinn will never be Logan's mom, and they used to be fun and sweet
As for Naley , I dont get either. I know they couldnt get James for the whole season but this adds nothing. I grew up as a teen with OTH,and although I'm enjoying the season it just feels like they are developing storylines for a whole season when its not. If there are only 13 episodes, make 13 epic episodes! I mean, why mess it whith tragic crazy things when they all got their happy ending on season 8? I'm sorry , but it just feels disappointing to screw up things up when there are like 5 episodes for this to end for good.


I really loved the mood of this episode. The clouds were grey but I felt that nice spring weather atmosphere - I can't explain it. It seemed to fit so well with the plot of this episode. I really love it when Tree Hill episodes are quiet with a calm playlist. Indie music is great but playing the loud ones as background score is like trying to watch your favourite movie while having unwanted noise in the background. It's reminding me of Season 5, which was very much like that. I just don't like the cheasy "stalker" score they use. The only time it was used well was when Julian hugged Brooke and saw him by the window.


I completely agree about Clay. Those are my exact feelings on that storyline. I also agree about Chase's storyline. Brooke, who is normally my favorite, has a horrible storyline right now. I could care less about the whole Xavier storyline. I actually fast forwarded through a little part of it.
I would've liked to see more of Lucas so that was a disappointment, however I did enjoy seeing Deb. I do wonder why she didn't show up earlier though. I love Haley teaming up with Dan, however while I knew it wasn't going to be Nathan under there and I do love Nathan, it was also kind of disappointment that it wasn't. The show doesn't have many episodes this season and it's a disappointment that we aren't seeing much of Nathan. Xavier is getting more air time.


The Brooke and Xavier was first interresting, but in the end when Brooke was closing the cafe and Julian telling Brooke to call every time X showed up was unsettling. Because when Julian saw X outside the cafe and ran after him, I couldn't shake that feeling that X had run to the back of the cafe to kidnap Brooke. But then how many kidnapping can this show take? But I don't have a good feeling about him, I really don't.


And then over to Chase. Like I've said before, I have fallen more and more in love with Chase. And when Chase showed up at Chuck's house the first time this episode, talking to Chucks father the way he did, made him totally stud and hot at the same time. He actually was looking up what penalty he would get for beating up someone was one thing, but to actually just find a tire iron and beat someone with it, WOW.. Even though that guy kind off deserved it I couldn't help to think about what was happening to Chase. When I saw the blood on Chase's face I couldn't help myself to think that maybe he killed him, but then again no, Chase would never kill someone. Or would he? You know, in the heat of the moment almost everything can happen.


I loved Clay in this episode! I was actually getting tired of all the Sarah talk by now, but when he found out Logan was his son, wow.. I agree with Dan Forcella, Clay will become a great dad to Logan and I actually wished he went into Logan's room and gave him a hug. Big moment for Clay. Haley... She's amazing, and I was so truly happy when I found out that it wasn't Nathan under the sheets. But the breaking moment for me with her was when she went to the police station and shoved the coffee off the table. And yeah? Where have Deb been? And all Skills has been worrying about is Lauren's baby.. People should be more caring for goodness sake. Even Julian cares more then Brooke.

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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.