11:33 AM PDT, September 29, 2010
One Tree Hill got us again -- we knew what was coming, we totally called this twist at the end, and yet we still teared up when we discovered how Clay was saved. We spent much of the episode groaning at the obvious parallels between Mouth's best sports movies and what was happening to Clay, and then damned if we didn't get all wobbly when the voiceover talked about Will donating his organs so others could live. You win this time, show!
Spectral Clay and Quinn
We'd joked in the podcast about how coma-boy had to be the cushiest acting gig going, but not when you do it Tree Hill style. Clay had as many scenes as anyone, and he had to emote his way through coming to terms with his possible death. We loved the thought of him walking around the hospital making comments to people who couldn't hear him ("Old man from 307, your son is still trying to change the will!"), but we were happy when he got someone else to talk to. Will was also in a coma, thanks to texting-and-driving (WHO DOES THAT?), so it was no surprise to us when his donated organs ended up saving Clay. Still -- it got us right in the withered, atrophied organ we call our hearts.
We've never been Quinn's biggest fans, but she pulled it off this week -- at least in part because it looked like she was doing her scenes with no makeup. Makes sense -- you don't tend to curl your lashes and put on three coats of mascara when you're recovering from major surgery -- but it's still a gutsy move for any actress to make.
And yes, we were touched when she told Jamie to lend Clay the Magical Healing Star. Yes, we bought both her putting-on-a-brave-face act and her completely-losing-it act. We have no idea what's wrong with us -- we're TOTALLY getting soft.
Nathan and Haley
We were yelling along with Spectral Clay when Nate talked about donating his kidney. We're really glad he wasn't a match -- it just would have been too much. Besides, unless he's got one hell of a money manager, Nate should probably play at least one more season. Yeah, yeah, we know, his back could be going, but we can't imagine him quitting the game before his time is truly up.
We did have a moment of confusion when Nate stopped by the horse corral after discovering he wasn't a match. Would that be Dan's corral? we wondered. Because, sure, he could demand a kidney from Dan, but a man with that many health problems probably wouldn't be allowed to donate and organ. Or, wait, is he planning on taking a horse kidney? Because that…wouldn't work. But we were so fixated on that idea that we probably didn't give enough credit to his breakdown scene. Sorry Nate, we're weird that way.
Haley had less of an Emmy-reel role this week, but she delivered as always. We can always count on Hales???
Brooke and Julian and Victoria
OK, who saw Victoria's prison stint coming? We were mildly shocked, but it makes sense -- she is the one who committed the crime, so she should be the one to do that time. Plus, come on, you KNOW Bitchtoria will completely run that prison yard. No one would dare cross her!
Brooke and Julian had some touching moments thinking about kids -- and we loved them both punting Jamie's where-do-babies-come-from question. Does anyone else want to take up a collection and send him couple of age-appropriate books? The kid needs some answers!
Mouth and Millie
Well, Mouth and Millie ended up in bed together??? sure, why not. That plotline didn't serve much purpose this week, expect perhaps to set up Mouth's sports-movie podcast, which was thuddingly obvious. But hey, we have to respect a fellow podcaster, so we'll give Mouth a break. Heck, he can come by, podcast with us, and maybe pick up a few more listeners!
Quotes, moments and other thoughts
We loved Julian and Jamie bonding over the prospect of sugary treats in the cafeteria. Jamie: Sweet! Julian: Literally!
We're glad Nate told Haley about his back. We kind of wish he'd told her right at the beginning, but what the heck, we'll take it. Now, Haley, do you have anything YOU want to share?
We're bummed Will died for all sorts of reasons, but mostly for this: When Clay started worrying that he was responsible for Quinn getting shot, Will shut him down: "No, crazy is crazy. Not your fault." Amen to that!
Jamie wanting to buy confetti for Clay's waking-up party was adorable. Clay HAD to live after that!
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