Live-Blog: One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl Season Premieres!

14 09 2009

Before You Watch, Read This: OTH Season 6 Recap, GG Season 2 Recap

For last season, I would do reaction posts for each episode.  This year I figured I’d step it up a notch with live-blogs.

Keep refreshing this page throughout the shows for plot developments, quotes and commentary.



  • What we know: This is supposed to be 14 months since the series finale. Leyton is gone.  Brooke declared her love for Julian. Nathan made the NBA.  His agent, Clayton (referred to as Clay), has been with him for a while already.
  • Previously on shows Nathan telling Haley about the NBA, Brooke telling Julian she loves him, Dan asking Whitey to kill him.
  • Instrumental opening–nothing new.
  • Voiceover from Dan, talking about being “alone and waiting for death” as Nathan played his first game.  “That was 14 months ago.
  • Haley singing in the recording studio singing “I’ve been making use of my time while you’ve been away, I’ve been at my piano every day.”
  • Brulian making out on the beach in that widely circulated photo.
  • Someone taking photos.  We know from promos that it’s Quinn.
  • Nathan practicing basketball and Jamie holding an NBA card that features him.
  • Clay on the phone trying to make a deal.
  • I think Haley is singing Everly’s new song, which is weird, because they aren’t showing the other girl in Everly (not that they ever do, really).
  • Julian wants Brooke to come with him, Brooke wants Julian to come back to Tree Hill.  She is visiting him on a movie shoot somewhere.
  • Big Clothes Over Bros office–is this New York?
  • Millicent being bossy and confident.  Very Brooke-like.  Talking to a lower person who is very Millicent-like.
  • LOL Millie just repeated Brooke’s lines from season 5 premiere.  Nicely done, Mark.
  • Clay visiting Nathan in gym.  It’s the off-season but Nate says “pre-season for next year.”
  • So we missed his first year with the Bobcats.  But isn’t with them anymore?  Because he says he needs a contract.  Hmmm.
  • Jamie’s birthday “coming up.”  Clay usually gets him autographs from clients. Up to Jerry Rice.
  • What’s with Nathan’s light mustache?
  • Skills trying to start a new business, he says.
  • Mouth encouraging him to move out.
  • Q1: I’m just going to miss you, that’s all.–Brooke
  • Q2: “What’s keeping you in Tree Hill now that Peyton’s not there?  You came back for her.” “So did you.” “That’s not fair.”–Julian and Brooke
  • Q3: Tree Hill is home.–Brooke
  • Brulian at Julian’s movie premiere.
  • Promo for Gossip Girl season 2 DVD.
  • Promo for Gossip Girl premiere.
  • Haley is so cute with Jamie.
  • Jamie is 7 now.  Stupid messing up the birthdays/dates.
  • Nathan has a locker so he’s obviously playing somewhere?
  • Some girl comes up behind him sexually (foreshadowing?!).
  • Whew! It’s just a commercial for body spray.
  • And Nathan doesn’t want to do it.
  • Q3: Go and get this right so we can eat some cake already.–Clay to Nathan
  • LOL Mouth shirtless and spraying himself.
  • Or is he naked?!
  • LOL He’s trying to get Skills to move out. Kinda funny, kinda mean.
  • Haley setting up for Jamie’s party in the backyard.  This is their new house, apparently.  Will an explanation be given?
  • Quinn shows up.
  • Not the first time she’s seeing Jamie.
  • Q4: “I wanted to see my dorkiest sister.”  “What, Taylor wasn’t home?”–Quinn and Haley
  • Food (cake, specifically) fight between Quinn, Haley and Jamie. Very cute.
  • LOL Now Skill is naked. Kinda funny.  I wonder how much convincing it took to get them to do this.
  • LMAO Millie just walked in.  Now it’s really funny.
  • Brooke home, gazing at pic of her and Julian.
  • Flashback to them at the beach.
  • Q5: So I totally took one for the team and made some closet space–in the spare bedroom.–Brooke
  • Julian says he got an offer for a pic in New Zeland.
  • He says he doesn’t have to take it, but Brooke–obviously sad–tells him to.
  • Promo: 90210
  • Yummy food at Jamie’s party!
  • Joke about Nathan making out with a lingerie model.  Again, foreshadowing?
  • Q6: Step up and get this guy paid, Jerry Maguire.–Quinn to Clayton.
  • Brooke trying to reach Julian and can’t.  Obviously sad.
  • Haley still working in on her record–14 months later?  Guess it does sometimes take that long.
  • Jamie opening present from Uncle Lucas!
  • Luke’s card mentions Peyton and Keith.  Missed exact quote.  Darn.
  • Luke gave Jamie his old basketball cute.
  • Skills gave Jamie his old rap CDs.  Too funny.
  • Skills is still with Miss Lauren!
  • Clay calls Jerry Rice to sign Jamie’s jersey.  We know what’s coming.
  • Yep, Jerry Rice is actually there.
  • Q7: Aw, damn. My gift sucks.–Skills
  • Some girl comes up to Nathan and asks for a pic.  He seems to know her, she suggests that he does and then she’s gone.  Dun dun dunnn.
  • Brooke gives Jamie a check with a lot of zeros.  She’s done this before.
  • Jamie tells Brooke to make a wish.  Julian appears.
  • Q8: Wow, you’re good.–Brooke
  • Julian says he changed his schedule to be here.
  • Quinn says she’s staying for a few days (was it 3?).
  • Haley goes to give her a spare bedroom–but Brulian are making out in there!  Funny.
  • Clay planning on hooking up with the commercial girl.  Suppose this is the first sign of his reported player-ness.
  • Clay says Jamie will look back on this as one the best days of his childhood.
  • Q9: “Your sister is hot, Hales.” “So is her husband, Clay.”–Clayton and Haley.”
  • So Andre is there (Quentin’s brother and Jamie’s friend). What happened to Chuck?
  • Q10: “The beach is becoming our spot.” “I don’t think you can call it a spot when it’s every other month.”–Julian and Brooke
  • Brooke thinks their relationship has changed.
  • Q11: “Peyton always used to say people always leave. Who knew she was talking about her stupid ass.”–Brooke
  • Q12: “I’m just lonely.”–Brooke
  • Brulian going skinny-dipping.
  • Q13: “You coming or what?” “That’s what she said.”–Julian and Brooke  TOO FUNNY!
  • Commercial with Kate Voegele (Mia) talking about her music and psychology and University of Phoenix.
  • Promo: OTH season 6 DVD.
  • So what are we at? 2 Leyton mentions so far?
  • Q14: I have his dad to thank for a great life.–Haley about Jamie/Nathan
  • Q15: Who’s all creepin’ up to my hood?–Jamie
  • Haley just made a bad joke about leaving Jamie on the steps of an orphanage. Not cool.
  • Quinn’s husband is named David.  He is “working on a documentary to save the world.”
  • Strange no mention of Haley’s parents.
  • Obvious Quinn is sad on the inside.  Says Haley “has it all.”
  • Really nice to see Nathan and Jamie playing on the River Court. Wish Lucas was there.
  • Aw, Jamie just asked about him!  Mention number 3!
  • First mention of Dan.
  • Q16: I miss him.  Uncle Lucas, I mean.–Jamie
  • LOL They’re going to play a game of Lucas instead of Horse.
  • Like seeing Nathan and Jamie bond.
  • Julian reveals his movie shoot will be longer than planned.
  • Q17: You’re killing me.–Brooke
  • BUT! Julian says he decided not to do it.
  • Q18: I want to make important movies. And besides, there’s this girl that I’m kind of in love with and I couldn’t be away from her for another day.–Julian
  • Quinn gazing sadly at Scott family photos.  They’re really nice.  Wish we saw more of them.
  • Clay still trying to get a deal for Nate. What is going on? Is Clay making weird demands? Or did something else happen?
  • Q19: Nice place. I assume there’s a bedroom?–Commercial girl
  • Is this scene really necessary?!
  • Quinn doesn’t look older than Haley.  Wonder if Shantel really is?
  • Wow! What a tease! Haley just went to the studio, and you think it’s Peyton turning around.  But it’s India’s character, Miranda.  She’s from the record company.
  • Q20: We lost Peyton to one of those.  Kids family.–Miranda
  • Q21: I’m not here to run the label.  I’m here to close it.–Miranda
  • Another Gossip Girl premiere promo.
  • Haley goes to talk to Quinn, who has been crying.
  • Quinn reveals that she left David.  But misses him?
  • Says he wasn’t the man she fell in love with, hasn’t been and she “didn’t agree to spend [her] life sleeping next to a total stranger.”
  • Cuts to Clay in bed with the commercial girl.  Fitting, of course.
  • Aw, Nathan recalling how his 7th birthday party was canceled for Pee-Wee basketball and Dan was upset that they lost.  Typical.
  • Are we going to see Dan again?  There hasn’t been any explanation for the opener.
  • OH! There he is!
  • Dan says forgiveness is a tough one.  He would know.
  • Q22: Sometimes we do things we can’t take back.–Dan
  • Q23: So we starve ourselves to feed the pain.–Dan
  • Clay gets out of bed to record notes to himself. Clearly preoccupied.
  • Q24: The 14th.  Send flowers.–Clay  Wonder what that’s about. (Weird that it actually is the 14th).
  • Brooke said of “ruining it”–her relationship with Julian now that he’s staying.
  • Q24: What I’ve done is who I am. But what I’ve done is now who I’ll be.–Dan
  • Cuts to Clay.  Hm, guess he did something in his past?
  • Q25: I don’t believe in love.–Clay.
  • Q26: It’s been nearly 37 million seconds…since I realized what I’ve done is not who can you be.–Dan
  • 37 million seconds ago–what is her referring to exactly?
  • Dan on stage during all of this, speaking to someone.
  • Clay called Nathan out of bed at 4:30am.
  • The mysterious girl from the party is claiming she left with Nathan, and she’s “going public.”
  • Nate looks shocked.
  • The girl is played by Kate French, who played Elle last season on Gossip Girl.
  • Preview: Brooke talking about Alex as her face of CoB, Miranda wants to close the label, fall-out from the girl’s accusation about Nathan.
  • Not sure what I thought.  I have to think about it more.  Gut reaction: kinda felt like old OTH just with Leyton not in this episode and some new people.  Need to let it all sink in.



  • Showing Blair asking Chuck to admit he loves him, Serena and Dan talking about their relationship, Nate being pressured by his grandfather, Bart’s death, Rufus confronting Lily about their son, Dan and Serena splitting, Lily and Rufus find out son died, mysterious boy in cafe, Chuck continues to deny his feelings to Blair, the gang graduates, Jenny richer than the mean girls since Lily and Rufus getting married, Carter found Serena’s dad, Chuck says “I love you” to Blair (basically, it was a recap of season 2’s most important moments.
  • This marks the start of Gossip Girl: The College Years
  • Q1: Welcome back Upper East Siders…I see it didn’t take much time for you to dirty up the clean slate I gave you.
  • Chuck talking to a beautiful girl.  She comes on to him, and he seems to be going.
  • Jenny lounging by the pool, fitting into Serena’s “big shoes.”
  • Jenny and Eric hiding something.  Something that’s Serena’s problem.  Hmmm.
  • Q2: That whole Eat Pray Love thing is great but I don’t think Serena can keep her mouth shut for a month.–Dan
  • Nate getting off helicopter, kissing Joanna Garcia’s character.
  • Nate just met her on the plane…and already made out with her.  Wow.
  • Nate and the girl going to Columbia.
  • The girl is from the Buckley family.  Feuds with the Vanderbilt-Archibald family.  Romeo-and-Juliet story coming.
  • Apparently they met when they were young but forgot.
  • Her name is Bree.
  • Blair catches Chuck kissing the girl.  I have a feeling this is a set-up by Chuck and Blair.
  • Well, now they are making out.  So was it a set up? Or Blair’s OK with it?
  • Serena plastered in pics in a magazine.  I guess that’s the secret?
  • Vanessa with the mystery boy.
  • Q3: You left a star but after your exploits in Europe, you came back a supernova.  I wonder who or what lit your fuse.–Gossip Girl about Serena.
  • Promo: 90210
  • Lily is away.  Where?
  • Humphreys are living with Lily now.
  • Still weird to see Serena and Dan and have to look at them as siblings. I still see the romantic connection.
  • Q4: “The little white lies I tell my family are none of your business.” “Rufus is my family.”–Serena and Dan.
  • Dan concerned about her/stalking her.
  • Serena hiding the truth about her summer.
  • Q5: I’m done living in my father’s shadow.–Chuck
  • Chuck needs a place to live.
  • Nate getting “silent treatment” from his family.
  • Q6: Sleeping with the enemy is hot.–Chuck
  • Chuck trying to convince Nate to go on a date with Nate.
  • Blair tells Serena they “keep things interesting” by setting up innocent women and doing the whole cheating gimmick.
  • Blair likes “more sex and less silence.”
  • Serena and Nate trying to convince Blair and Chuck, respectively, to have a normal relationship.
  • Q7: “It’s one of our games.”  “Until it isn’t.”–Blair and Serena
  • Paparazzi following Serena.  She seems to like it.
  • Apparently she slept around this summer.
  • Vanessa making Dan for having “high society” problems.
  • Vanessa says she hooked up with Nate “one night in Prague.”
  • Vanessa says she’s dating (or at least friending) Scott–the mystery guy.  And we all can figure out who he really is…
  • Q8: Oh my god. Dan Humphrey’s been seduced by wealth–Vanessa
  • Vanessa wants to “Brooklyn things.”
  • Dan takes a limo now.  Wowwww.  How far’s he come!
  • Man, I love the doorman at Lily’s building. And his accent.  We need some Dorota.
  • Jenny and Eric trying to hide Serena’s wild summer from Rufus (and Lily, by association) but they eventually given in and show all the scandalous images.
  • The guy Serena is with isn’t identifiable.  Carter?
  • Oh, look.  There he is!
  • Q9: You can’t avoid what happened forever.–Carter
  • Q10: What happened between them when TMZ was MIA?–Gossip Girl about Serena and Carter
  • Nate’s fam bought him a fancy car.  They want him to do the internship he missed over the summer but he’s not interested.
  • Vanessa complaining about Dan to Scott. Upset that Dan’s keeping things “secret.”
  • Q11: I’m his best friend and I support him no matter what.  Even if he dresses like Truman-Capote.–Vanessa
  • Q12: And Blair and Chuck will be there, if the murder-suicide I predicted hasn’t happened.–Vanessa
  • Scott convincing Vanessa to go to the polo match–and take him with her–where Dan and company will be.
  • Chuck and Blair picking out their next victim but Blair obviously being weird.  Serena’s gotten to her.
  • Q13: I want you to be happy.  However that’s achieved.–Chuck to Blair.
  • Jenny stops by the loft which “looks small” now (compared to the “high society” lifestyle).
  • Still alluding to Lily being gone–but why? Where is she?
  • Rufus confronts Serena about her summer, asking for the truth.
  • Serena says she hasn’t “gone off the rails again.”
  • Rufus says they can put it behind them.
  • Polo people asked Serena to throw in the first ball.  That’s just weird.
  • Serena says it was in fact Carter in those pictures.
  • They were together in the beginning of the summer, then “things got weird” and now he’s “stalking” her.
  • Serena asks Dan to keep him away “at all costs” because she’s “worried what he might do.”
  • Dan leaves Blair a message for help.
  • Scott on the phone, talking to his mom but looking at his birth certificate.
  • Another 90210 promo.  Tied in with Jennifer’s Body. Weird.
  • Jenny happy to get her own invite to the polo match (since last year she had to be Eric’s date to the White Party).  Funny.  She used to watch this life, then was over it, and now I guess she wants it again.
  • Nate there with Bree.  Introduces her to grandfather.  She knows now that he invited her purposefully.
  • It’s almost like Blair and Chuck are scouting for threesomes.  This is just too weird.
  • Scott clearly at the match because he wants to meet (or just see?) Rufus.
  • Dan surprised to see Vanessa.
  • Blair and Dan have some kind of plan.
  • Scott goes up to Rufus!  Just says he’s a friend of Vanessa’s and a fan of his music.  Nice save.
  • Blair and Dan confront Carter.
  • Carter is served with a restraining order to stay away from Blair, so she’ll stay by Serena to keep him away from her, too.
  • Carter confused, because Serena is lying about the stalking thing.
  • And now everyone is confused.
  • Rufus and Scott bonding over his music.  Strange.
  • Serena’s riding one of the horses to get attention.  Wow.
  • Carter gets on one, too.
  • Q14: Forget a grand entrance.  Everyone know it’s the exit they’ll remember.
  • Promo for the Gossip Girl clothing line.
  • Bree confronts Nate about why he brought her.
  • Bree admits she’s not talking to her family–but wants to be, unlike Nate.
  • Nate says he still wants to see her but she doesn’t want to risk her family relationship.
  • Q15: Don’t worry. With secret relationships, I’ve had a little practice.–Nate
  • Q16: “Leave me alone, Carter. You’re not my boyfriend.” “But I am the one you tell my secrets to.”–Serena and Carter
  • Apparently they tracked Serena’s dad down but he didn’t want to see her and that’s what she’s upset about so she’s seeking attention elsewhere.
  • Serena kisses Carter.  Kind of nice.
  • Nate tells his grandfather he won’t take the internship.  Grandfather claims it’s OK and he “just wants [him] to be happy.”
  • Grandfather convinces Nate to take the car so he and Bree can leave unseen.  Subtle bribery.
  • Grandfather calls Tripp (Nate’s cousin, remember?) and says he has a way to get the Buckleys.
  • Chuck apparently left with “a woman.” Blair obviously upset.
  • Another 90210 promo, this one touting Rumer Willis’ appearance.
  • Vanessa goes off on Dan for having changed.
  • OH!  CeCe is sick–so Lily is off with her?
  • Q17: I don’t care if you’re rich.  You aren’t, by the way…But if you’re going to be in this world, be yourself.–Vanessa to Dan
  • Carter comes out of woods half-dressed.  Funny.
  • Blair storms in to Chuck’s, looking for the “woman.”
  • He left because of a headache and left Blair messages but she left her phone there.  Stupid.
  • Q18: I’m not Chuck Bass without you.–Chuck to Blair
  • Weird to see them being a couple even though their version of being a couple is weird.  If that made any sense.
  • Scott say the Humphreys seem like good people.
  • Vanessa kisses him!
  • I’m not sure Scott is genuinely interested.  He could just be using her to get to Rufus.
  • Blair and Chuck still role-playing.  This is stupid and painful to watch.
  • Serena leaves another message for her dad, vowing to keep trying “whatever it takes” to ” get [his] attention.”
  • Rufus buys the rights to all the Serena photos so they won’t leak anymore.  But one photographer is still missing.
  • Serena is talking to the guy, and wants to make sure the picture runs everywhere so her dad has a chance of seeing it.
  • Preview: Dorota!  First day of college.  Georgina as Blair’s roommate.  Blair adapting to college life.
  • Typical Gossip Girl, no? Nothing special.

Those are my thoughts.  What are yours?



20 responses

14 09 2009

i wish i could be in the us right now, i need to wait like 10h to watch it…

14 09 2009

That’s where the live-blog comes in handy!

14 09 2009

yeah that’s Everly’s song “Quicksand”

14 09 2009

noo i cant read, thats too much spoiler, but i’m trying to find a stream 🙂

14 09 2009

i thought the skills/mouth scenes were hilarious
ANNND, i also loved the millie scene at the office

14 09 2009

Fair point. Good luck!

14 09 2009

love it so far mouth and skills scenes so funny. Nathan so hott lol

14 09 2009

It was quite funny. And I love when Mark does throwbacks like that. I guess this is the new Millie Lisa hinted at in our interview.

14 09 2009

I didn’t even think Skills was going to be in this episode. IMDB led me astray. Oh wells.

14 09 2009

Shantel is 24 in real life and Bethany is 28

14 09 2009

Ah, there ya go!

15 09 2009

I didn’t like the eps. They don’t deserve to be called “season premiere”…. Were just common episodes…

I can’t believe Dan has a TV Show… Who the hell would watch his crap?
Who would believe that some gal has slept with Nathan because she’s got a picture of them smiling to the camera?

GG was so….. nothing…

I liked 90210 and Melrose Place better.

15 09 2009

am I the only one who’s noticed how they haven’t even mentioned Deb?

15 09 2009

Livin: I agree. The episodes were pretty typical. I can’t believe the Dan thing either. I wonder if his talk of redemption and forgiveness is genuine or motivated by a need for money, power and attention. Time will tell. Regarding Nathan, maybe that girl has some other proof (real or not) besides the picture? Definitely agree that GG was nothing. It just doesn’t do it for me. But, 90210 didn’t either and I didn’t watch Melrose Place.

Kevin: Deb hasn’t been mentioned in a while now. I think the last time we saw her was the season 6 episode where she and Dan babysit Jamie and had a fight about Keith.

15 09 2009
Brandon M

I had mixed feelings about this episode. I missed the first season broadcast of Gossip Girl and ended up watching it with my ex-girlfriend on DVD shortly before the premiere of the second season. Ironically enough, after the relationship ended, so did her interest in the show. I stuck with it though.

I’m a big Chuck/Blair supporter, and I wasn’t feeling their new “game”. In season two’s finale when Chuck finally told Blair he loved her, I figured we’d see them happy with no silly outside influences. Don’t get me wrong, it was probably in character for Chuck but if I were in his shoes, with Blair Waldorf as my girlfriend, I wouldn’t even think about anyone else.

Vanessa’s judgment towards Dan annoyed the crap out of me the entire episode. I love the actress, but I think the character needs something new to do.

The Serena storyline is okay, but switching back and forth from good girl to bad girl is so unrealistic. And why does she suddenly care so much about her father? I hope they go into more detail about that, but I feel like they’re using this storyline to give Rufus/Lily more drama if we do in fact get to see Mr. Van der Woodsen onscreen.

May have been a better episode if they had started off with the college episode, but even the promo for that looked a little boring. I expected more.

Thanks for the recap ;]

16 09 2009

Brandon: I don’t know whether to laugh or feel bad for your GG-girlfriend story!

I do agree that the Blair-Chuck stuff was silly but I think the writers were afraid that if it was just total happiness, the viewers would think it was boring and stale, and yearn for the tension and spice they used to have.

Agree with you on Vanessa. Dan’s “change” didn’t seem that sudden to me, either. It was a long time coming.

Also agree about Serena’s good/bad girl switches. Getting tired of it. I haven’t read anything about actually seeing Mr. Van Der Woodsen, but if we knew more about his background (why he left, where is he, etc.), I think we’d understand why Serena cares so much. I think we’re supposed to believe she’d care along but was just suppressing it.

I also thought about why they didn’t start immediately with college. Looking back, 90210 didn’t either. Why am I blanking on DC and The O.C.? lol

Promo was Blair-centric and I never like when they focus on one character.

16 09 2009

I just can’t believe that Serena is hooking up with Carter. Euuuw! Even if he weren’t a complete jerk, he’s not even attractive. Now THAT is shocking! 🙂

Serena’s getting photographed to attract her father’s attention gives new meaning to the idea of “acting out.”

Scott is definitely interested in Vanessa, and I predict that he will face a dilemma when revealing his identity to Rufus threatens his relationship with Vanessa. My bet is that he will decide to preserve his relationship with Vanessa rather than let Rufus know who he really is. (They can always keep that fact in reserve for later.)

Sorry I haven’t been on. I’m loving school but it’s totally busy and homework-laden. I’ll get on as often as I can.

16 09 2009

Rinth: First off, no apologies necessary! Second, I do think Sebastian (Carter) is quite cute! And I am intrigued by the pairing of him and Serena. Your theory about Scott is interesting but I still think he’s just using her. Perhaps my opinion will change as the storyline progresses. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

17 09 2009

seeing skills on the show, even though the actor did something bad, really makes me hope that they find a way to keep him on the show. him and mouth are the comic relief.

17 09 2009

Skills will be in at least a few more episodes. Antwon faces up to 10 years in jail, though reports say he’s likely to get 6-12 months. The CW hasn’t commented on his future with the show.

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