Reaction: One Tree Hill 7.07

27 10 2009

In lieu of a live-blog Monday, I offer you my old-school reaction post.

Gossip Girl will be posted later in the week.

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EPISODE 7.07: I and Love and You

  • Previously on: Brooke finds out Alex was naked in front of Julian, she fires Alex, Quinn admits to David she went home with Clay, Clay tells Quinn that Nathan is against them hanging out, Clay invites Sara to stay the night, Dan said 14 months ago, he was given days to live, Dan tells Renee he has a proposition for him, Renee says Dan’s plan could ruin Nathan, Rachel says Dan wants to bury Nate and Renee will get paid more, she agrees.
  • This episode was directed by James Lafferty (Nathan).
  • On the set of Dan’s show.
  • People are taking their seats.
  • Dan looks nervous and Rachel says she’s excited.
  • Dan says it will be a big show.
  • Rachel reminds Dan that he reached out to Nathan, who rejected him and “he was never going to forgive you anyway.”
  • Q1: Sometimes the truth is all we have.–Dan
  • Dan walks away and Rachel looks perplexed and nervous
  • Nathan is standing in Jamie’s room looking at basketball jerseys.
  • Haley’s hair looks amazing straight!  But I still don’t like the color.
  • Haley says Jamie is going to stay with Skills and be kept away from the TV–exactly what they should’ve been doing all along!
  • Nathan says his first memory is sitting in Dan’s lap, holding a basketball.
  • He says Dan spent his entire life trying to get him to the NBA and “now he’s going to take it away.”
  • I guess they know Renee is going on Dan’s show.
  • Julian is on their porch, watching Brooke from afar, who is looking longingly out to the distance.
  • Clay wakes up, and sees Sara looking distressed and out the window.
  • He walks outside and there are clothes and other belongings everywhere.
  • He picks up a film cannister.
  • Dan checks on Renee in the dressing room.
  • She’s concerned that the show is live.
  • Dan says it’s better since the audience and ratings will be bigger.
  • And he tells her after today, everyone will know her story.
  • She says she’s nervous and he tells her to “speak from the heart” and smile.
  • Renee asks what happened between Nathan and him.
  • Q2: I murdered his uncle.  Among other things.–Dan
  • Clay is handing Quinn a box of stuff.
  • Apparently it was all her things strewn across Clay’s yard.  David dumped the stuff there.
  • Quinn apologizes and says she’ll talk to him.
  • I don’t like that.  David seemed like a great guy.  I don’t like that they’re giving us reasons now to dislike him and sympathize with Quinn.
  • Quinn asks Clay if he’s coming to watch “the show”–Dan’s show, I guess–and he says he’s going to stay here.
  • Quinn tells him he hopes everything turns out okay.
  • Q3: “You and Nathan are both really great guys.  You deserve better.” “So do you, Quinn.”–Quinn and Clay
  • He watches her go longingly.
  • He goes back inside and Sara is laughing.
  • Sara is naming all of the women in Clay’s love life–the girl from the body wash commercial, Alex and Quinn.
  • Clay takes out a beer and Sara tells him it’s too early.  She says she wants grape kool aid.
  • Clay tells her to stop and…
  • Q4: “It’s okay if you like her.”  “No it’s not because she was somebody’s wife.”  “So?  I was your wife.” “Yeah, but you left me.”–Sara and Clay
  • Yep, this is the wife that was spoiled a while back. And as some people have already said, I think she’s death and he is hallucinating this.
  • Sara says things change, and that Quinn’s beautiful and he likes her.
  • Q5: She’s not you.–Clay
  • Clay says he has to watch “my and Nathan’s career possibly end” and tells her she can go but she says she’s “not going anywhere, babe.”
  • Haley helps Quinn carry her things in.
  • She vaguely explains what happened with David.
  • She says she’ll watch the show from her room, to give her and Nate space.
  • Did Haley just call her “Quinny”?
  • Haley looks a little nervous.
  • She finds Nathan outside and tells him it’s going to start.
  • Q6: “It’s been a good life.” “Yeah, it’s been a wonderful life.  You know when this show is over, it’s still going to be a wonderful life because I love you and your son loves you and nothing that happens in the next hour is going to change that.”  “God, I needed to hear you say that.”  “Good. I  really needed to say it.”–Nathan and Haley
  • It’s really remarkable how far they’ve come and how together they are. I love it.
  • But, if anything ever happened to one of them, I don’t think the other would survive.  They are just too connected to each other to live alone.
  • Dan is introducing Renee (last name Richardson) with pictures of her and Nathan, as well as him and Nathan, on screens behind him.
  • He says she is four months pregnant with “this NBA player’s child” and “that NBA player happens to be my son.”
  • Dan poses the question: “Is she lying or am I about to become a grandfather again?”
  • The intro was so talk-show-like.  Pretty well done.
  • Haley and Nathan are watching from their couch.
  • Dan says people should be skeptical of believing things and you should “test and judge them to be true” first.
  • The audience boos Renee as she comes on stage.
  • Sara and Clay are watching.
  • Sara says she’s pretty and Clay gives her a look.  Well, she is pretty.
  • Dan asks Renee to set the stage, the night they met.
  • Renee says they had been at the same “parties and club” before but were never introduced.
  • Dan says this was 4 months ago.
  • And Renee says she remembers because it was “the night of the Memphis game” and Nathan had a season-high that night.
  • Flashback to Nathan and Clay at a party, celebrating.
  • They take a shot when Renee walks up.
  • Renee asks for a picture.
  • Q7: Dude, having you around is so much better than a puppy.–Clay to Nathan
  • Q8: But seriously, I’m proud of you and I love you and you absolutely deserve this.”
  • I guess we are on Tree Hill time because 4 months ago (whether we’re going from November or September when this storyline started) sooooo wasn’t basketball season.
  • Clay takes a picture of Nathan with the girls.
  • Back to present day, and Clay is telling Sara “we were really hammered that night” and “it was the longest road trip of the year.”
  • Sara interrupts and says…
  • Q9: “You were lonely.”  “I’m always lonely.” “On the count of two…”–Sara and Clay
  • Flashback to Clay and Sara about to jump off a bridge–what we saw spoiled a while back in news articles and photos.
  • A bunch of people are jumping off the bridge.
  • Clay and Sara are both nervous but it doesn’t look like they know each other.
  • Q10: “I’m not really a fan of heights.  Beer pongs, I can do.  It’s a wonderful college tradition.  Streaking through the quad, that’s another one.” “I did that.”  “Really?  Man, did I pick the wrong school.”–Clay
  • So is this college or post-college?
  • They definitely made Sara look younger.  Clay kinda does, too, somehow.
  • He introduces himself to her and says they should jump together.
  • They hold hands and…
  • Q11: “On the count of 2.” “Wait, on the count of 2? Nobody goes on the count of 2.”  “Yeah, I know, but it’ll be our thing.  Something we tell the grandkids abut.” “We can talk about streaking on the quad.”  “Yeah, nobody wants to hear that from their grandparents.”–Clay and Quinn
  • Kind of loving this!
  • They jump, and she kisses him.
  • Q12: “Tell that to the grandkids.”
  • Back to present day, Dan is telling Renee he wants to go back to her childhood.  He says she was a cheerleader and shows a picture.
  • Renee seems hesitant.
  • Dan continues: she was also homecoming queen and a hostess at a club.
  • Renee interrupts and says there was no nudity involved.
  • Dan says he understands and says “My wife was a stripper.  A little nudity.”
  • He chuckles and Rachel looks annoyed and rolls her eyes.
  • Dan asks Renee if she’s ever been married and she shakes her head no.
  • Dan points out that she knew Nathan was married.
  • She says she “felt bad about it” and wishes that he weren’t.  And she says she was attracted to him.
  • Dan points out that attraction isn’t a choice.
  • He asks if Renee has ever been in love (she says yes) and he says it feels good.
  • Dashboard Confessional playing in the background.  Love it.
  • Q13: Falling in love is the easiest thing you’re ever gonna do.  It’s the most exciting thing, the most powerful thing–Dan
  • Scene cuts to Julian walking up to Brooke.
  • Q14: That’s why falling out of love hurts like hell.  But falling in love, there’s nothing better.  It’s the best it ever gets–Dan
  • Cut to Quinn watching and unpacking.
  • Flashback to Quinn in her dark room when David comes in and calls her amazing.
  • They share a lovey-dovey moment, and he promises to get her a real dark room some day.
  • Quinn points to a picture and says how happy he was.  She says she doesn’t need a dark room as long as he’s always that happy because he deserves it.
  • Q15: “How did I get so lucky with you?”  “Technically, you haven’t gotten lucky just yet.  But I think you’re about to.”–David and Quinn
  • That was kinda cute, kinda hot.
  • Maybe I would’ve liked his Quinn.  Still don’t like the version we’re seeing now.  I understand people change, and they change because of other people and other things.
  • Back to present day, with Dan saying to Renee “and then you kissed.”
  • Hmmm. How did they get to the kissing point?
  • Dan says the kissing escalated and Renee kind of shrugs.
  • He says they’re going to talk about “love and loss…and then we’re going to find out if Renee is telling the truth.”
  • Nice way to go to commercial, very meta.
  • Really interesting to see this side of Dan.  I miss him.  In general.
  • Not even halfway through the episode.  Loving it so far.
  • But I’m a sucker for flashbacks, anyway.
  • Gossip Girl promo
  • Quinn is still going through her stuff.
  • She pulls out an envelope–Cinema Grant Application
  • Flashback to her and David in bed
  • David tells Quinn he took a different job (or an added job?  I’m not sure) at work and she asks why.  He says he’s tired of being poor.
  • She asks about his documentary and says she picked up the grant forms, something he’s always wanted apparently.
  • He says he’ll still want it a year from now but money is more important now.  He wants to get her a house and a dark room.
  • She says she only needs him to be happy and inspired.
  • Q16: Well, this will make me happy.  And you’ll keep me inspired.–David
  • She agrees and makes him promise he’ll fill out he forms.
  • Back to present day.
  • Q17: Falling love is easy.  A lifetime of love, now there’s a miracle.–Dan
  • Cut to Brooke and Julian
  • He says he loves her and she points out that she fired Alex and yet he’s still working with her
  • He says it’s about her script
  • Brooke asks: “You like her script or you like her?”
  • I have to say, I don’t think she’s overreacting.  Given her past with Lucas and Peyton, I understand her worry and concern.  She’s seen that being just friends can lead to something more.
  • And Julian swore up and down he wasn’t like that so she gave him a chance.  And now she fears, once again, that betrayal is in fact on the horizon.
  • Dan reminds the audience he is on his second marriage.
  • He says divorce doesn’t just happen and marriages don’t end in an instant.
  • Quinn perks up.
  • Cut to Clay and Sara still watching.
  • She asks him what happened to his wedding ring.
  • He says he doesn’t know and she asks if he just wasn’t to remember.
  • How long ago was that jumping scene we saw?  How long were they married for?
  • Flashback to another scene with them.
  • He is in a suit, explaining this is his “shot.”  I guess this is him trying to get his start in the sports agency business.
  • Sara tells him to go casual for the interview.
  • She pulls put a wedding band from the drawer and puts it on him, saying that it shows maturity and stability.
  • Q18: “Only I’m not married.”  “Then marry me, you knucklehead.”  “Yes!”–Clay and Sara
  • Wow, that was a really great proposal!  I love that a) we got to see it and b) it wasn’t like any other we’ve seen on the show (or any other I’ve seen anywhere!)
  • Back to present day, where Dan says people aren’t happy because “we become experts at sabotaging our own happiness.”
  • Cut to Julian putting his arm about Brooke
  • Dan continues, saying it’s choices that get us where we are and “we’re not victims.”
  • Q19: We’re assassins when it comes to love and happiness.–Dan
  • I wonder if he rehearses what he’s going to say, or comes up with it on the fly (Dan, not Paul Jonhansson)
  • Dan says Renee is beautiful, smart and wants love–“but who did she choose to sleep with–allegedly?”
  • Nice that he threw “allegedly” in there.
  • Dan says Renee may be telling the truth and pay deserve compensation but “she’s not victim.”
  • Renee looks uneasy.  I would be, too.
  • Dan says people need to stop victimizing themselves.
  • Cut to Quinn, also looking uneasy.  Perhaps this hits home for her.  That’s obviously the point.  Not sure how I feel about that.
  • Q20: “Renee, you says my son Nathan is Scott is the father of your unborn child, right?” “Yes.” “I believe you.”–Dan and Renee
  • Cut to Haley looking shocked and Nathan looking stoic and then dejected.
  • First time we’re seeing them in a while now.  I liked that.
  • Dan says he’s going to prove she’s telling the truth with a lie detector machine.
  • Renee, again, looks uneasy.
  • So I imagine Dan knows she’s lying and is going to expose her this way.
  • Are those things really all that good?  I never believed in them.
  • Nathan is dumbfounded and says “this is unbelievable.”
  • Really, he should be happy because the test should expose what he already knows: she’s lying.
  • Unless, of course, she isn’t.  But we we know she is, right?
  • Haley kind of looks intrigued, like she knows where this is going.
  • They are hooking Renee up to the machine, and she snaps at Rachel, saying she never agreed to this.
  • Rachel tells her to relax, that it makes good TV and that if she’s lying, it will come out sooner or later anyway.
  • Renee looks more and more uneasy.
  • Haley follows Nathan outside.
  • Q21: Do you believes this?  The guy shot his brother at point-blank range and now he has a hit TV show.–Nathan
  • Yes!  I love every time they mention Keith and what happened, and Nathan makes it clear what it meant to him.
  • Nathan is upset that Dan is doing this with Renee and he has to “sit 3,000 miles away and just take it.”
  • Haley says “screw him” and they shouldn’t watch the rest of the show.
  • Q22: It’s a nice.  It’s a nice life.–Haley
  • Nathan asks her how he she can be so strong.
  • Q23: It’s a question of character.  Who has better character?  It is Renee?  Or is it Nathan?–Dan
  • I think we already know, don’t we?
  • Flashback to Clay practicing his sales pitch with Sara.
  • Sara says he can do better than the guy he’s going after, that the guy is a bad guy.
  • Clay says he if only represents “good guys,” he’ll have no clients.
  • Sara says the guy is just a great player, not great and “the man I love knows the difference.”
  • She tells him he’ll find clients he believes in, ones that will become friends and have heart, and it will change everything for him.
  • Back to present-day with Brooke telling Julian she loves him.
  • But she says he hurt her feelings when he said they weren’t getting married.
  • Julian’s response: “When did I ever say anything about marriage?”
  • Yeah, when did he?  I don’t remember.
  • Brooke says it was when his father was in town.  I still don’t remember.  It was probably said in passing.
  • Julian says he was just venting and it had nothing to do “with the actual concept of marrying you” and he admits he thinks about it all the time. Aw!
  • She says “Good, because that’s what I wrote in the sand.”  The night he told her about the movie in New Zealand, she wrote “marry me” in the sand (like David did on Beverly Hills 90210!) and then she didn’t show him because he told her first that he was leaving.  “Surprise.”
  • OMG! She was going to propose to him!  That would’ve been a-mazing!
  • But I really like how it’s coming out now.
  • Flashback to Quinn entering an empty house, finding David there.  He says “surprise,” indicating that this is their new home.
  • Back to present-day, with Dan saying  the show’s motto: “Step into the light and get yourself right.”  Lame.
  • Dan explains the lie detector process: he asks a question, she answers and the word “true” or “lie” will appear on a screen behind them.  Very advanced technology, I see.  No more reading reports of squiggly lines, I guess.
  • First question: did you meet Nathan at the party as described earlier?  Yes. True.
  • Cut to Naley’s house where the show is still on but no one’s in the living room watching.
  • Second question: did you flirt with Nathan? Yes. True.
  • Third question: did Nathan flirt back?
  • Flashback to the party scene where Nathan accepts the compliment from her that he smells good.
  • So, third question.  Yes. True.
  • Fourth question: is Nathan the father of your unborn child?  Yes.  True.
  • !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Again, I don’t really believe these things.
  • Cut to Clay looking shocked, Quinn looking shocked, and no one in Naley’s living room as TRUE appears on the screen.
  • Looks like the same font The CW uses in their ad campaigns. Hmmm.
  • Clay is calling Nathan, for the third time, and leaves a message saying he’s watching the show and wants to talk to him.
  • Kind of surprised they didn’t watch together but I guess it was more respectful for Naley to watch alone.
  • Quinn is walking around the house looking for Naley.
  • She walks back into her room and stares at her boxes.
  • Flashback  to David setting up a screening room in their house.  Quinn is taken aback and looks sad.
  • She says they were really happy with their old car and futon.
  • David says those things sucked.
  • Quinn finds the old picture of him that she likes.
  • David says that guy was “struggling, foolish and broke.”
  • Quinn says it’s not true and David says she has “some crazy romantic notion of who I used to be. Who we used to be.”
  • David says he never wants go back to that and she looks sad.
  • I think he changed, and grew up, and their lifestyle changed and that drove Quinn away, longing for the past, and leading her to where she is now.
  • She finds the grant application in the box and says “it’s a really dark room.”  Touche.
  • Back to-present day with Julian asking if Brooke meant it when she proposed and she says she did then.
  • Brooke says she doesn’t know about  now.
  • He apologizes, and says he didn’t know.
  • He kisses her and apologizes again for hurting her feelings, and he holds her.
  • Kind of the right answer but not really.  The best answer would’ve been saying he does want to get married and proposing right then and there.
  • He hasn’t really proven his love, which is what she is looking for.
  • Dan hooks himself up to the lie detector test.  Is he going to prove that it’s faulty or something?
  • Now Rachel looks uneasy.
  • Dan says Nathan is a good man but sometimes people do “funny things” under pressure and truth is absolute and “can set you free.”
  • First statement: My name is Dan Scott.  True.
  • Second statement: I love my wife, Rachel. True.
  • Hmmmm.  I guess I do believe he does.
  • Rachel shakes her head and asks into her headset, “what is he doing?”
  • Third statement: Nathan loves me. True.
  • I suppose he does, deep down.
  • Fourth statement: I am president of the United States. True.
  • Obviously not true.  And the audience gaps.
  • But this only proves that the machine doesn’t work, not that she was lying.
  • Fifth statement: I’m Santa Claus. True.
  • Sixth statement: I didn’t kill my brother.  True
  • Rachel nods her head, satisfied.
  • Quinn finds Naley outside, and tells them they have to come in and watch.
  • Dan is onstage, showing photos of Renee from throughout the show and analyzing her facial expressions.
  • He says she was surprised when he announced the lie detector test and surprised again when the monitor said “true” after she said she slept with Nathan.
  • Dan says she thinks Renee is a good person and something bad happened to her and she was “clever enough to see a way out.”
  • Flashback to the party and Nathan taking the photo.
  • Clay says the photo can’t look to sexy or it’ll “cost us $20 million next year.”
  • Back to present-day, with Dan saying Renee is “afraid, and lose and desperate.”
  • She knew Nathan was “in a contract year” and she had too much to drink that night.
  • Flashback to Renee leaving a bedroom, with a guy still sleeping in it.
  • In the next room, Nathan is sleeping.
  • Whose house was this?  Clay’s?  Was that Clay in the bed she left?
  • Dan’s voiceover asks if someone hurt her, lied to her or she was just tired of being a good person.
  • Renee says “I don’t want to do this anymore.”
  • The show or the charade?
  • Dan says the “good news” is that she can stop it–the charade–right now.
  • He says she wanted security and saw it in someone who had so much.  But he didn’t react the way she wanted, and then she got “angry” and then the press got involved and then there “was no turning back.”
  • Quinn is watching along with Naley.
  • Dan says there’s experts backstage who study body language, heart rate response and other things.
  • Dan says “You were at the party that night.  And you had sex. And you got pregnant.”
  • She nods.
  • By Clay?! Hmm..
  • Q24: “But you didn’t have sex with Nathan Scott and you’ve never had sex with Nathan Scott.”  “No.”
  • Cut to Haley sighing with relief and bursting into tears.
  • Nathan obviously looks relieved as well.
  • Quinn, too, but she’s also teary-eyed.
  • And Clay is shocked and relieved as well.
  • Q25: Well, whattya know?  Character changes everything.–Sara
  • Dan is comforting Renee on stage, saying “it’s okay” and “it’s over now.”
  • Rachel is smiling and nods at Dan.
  • So who did she sleep with?  Who got her pregnant?
  • Nathan is also comforting Haley saying “it’s okay.”  Like father, like son?
  • Gossip Girl promo
  • It’s nighttime now and Nathan gets off the phone as Haley approaches.
  • Apparently Renee is “dropping everything.”
  • Haley intensely kisses him and says she’s sorry he had to go through this.
  • He admits he never should’ve gotten drunk and she points out he’s still young.
  • Um, so are you, Hales!
  • Whew, okay, she added “We both are” and they “forget that sometimes.”
  • So true!
  • Clay is looking at his record player and Sara asks what he’s listening to.
  • He says she knows, that he never changed.
  • She asks him to play it, he says no and she says “for me?”
  • He plays it and it flashes back to it playing in their apartment.
  • She asks him to dance with her and they do.
  • Really beautiful moment.
  • She says she wants grape kool aid and goes to make some.
  • Clay starts talking about pens when she goes pale and passes out to the floor.
  • In slow mo, he runs to her and the paramedics come in.
  • He’s watching in shock and then it goes to a montage of their scenes together from the episode, playing backwards almost.
  • The paramedics cover her with a blanket.  She’s dead.
  • Back to the present-day, when Clay snaps out of it and she’s still sitting there.
  • He says that “sometimes, I can’t see you anymore” and he forgets things and worries that he’s “losing us.”
  • Man, this is just like Andy and Julia from Everwood.  So sad.
  • Me = crying.
  • Sara says he’s worried that by moving on with another girl, he’ll erase her.  She says he won’t.
  • How long were they together?  Why can’t they just tell us that?
  • I guess with a love so strong it doesn’t matter but I’m curious.
  • Clay says he can’t (let someone in) when someone knocks–presumably Quinn.
  • Sara tells him to open the door, “on the count of 2.”
  • He walks over and she counts to 2.
  • He opens the door, and there’s Quinn.
  • He turns around and Sara’s gone.
  • Q26: “You should go home.” “I’m sorry, I didn’t know it was a bad–” “To David. I think you should go home to David.  And I’m sorry, too.”–Clay and David
  • She’s shocked but walks away.
  • Nathan is holding Haley outside.
  • Q26: I love you so much, my beautiful wife.–Nathan
  • Quinn is sitting in her room, crying and holding the picture of David she liked.
  • David is sitting in their screening room, just staring.
  • Dan is in his dressing room, drinking, and Rachel walks in.
  • She tells him he did a good job.
  • Apparently there were no experts backstage, he just made that up to get her to confess. Smart one, Danny.
  • Rachel is unbuttoning Dan’s shirt and asks how he knew she was lying.
  • Dan says Nathan is his son, he raised him and he knows what kind of guy he is.
  • Rachel traces a scar down Dan’s chest.  Guess he did get that transplant after all.
  • He says he knew a con because he’s a con.
  • Rachel says it was a good show and she says “I love you.”
  • He just says “yeah.”
  • I wonder if she really loves him.  And now I wonder, again, if he loves her.
  • Brooke is sketching in the kitchen when Julian walks in.
  • He asks if she’s okay and she says no.
  • She says she needs to know that he feels the same way that she does: that he can see himself being with her forever, because if not, what are they doing?
  • Q27: We’re us, Brooke. You’re the girl I love with all my heart, who I’m going to be with forever.  We don’t have to rush into anything. Forever is a very long time.–Julian
  • She nods.
  • Well, I guess that was nice but doesn’t have the same lasting bond as a marriage proposal.
  • And as Clay taught us, and us Leyton almost did last year, foever may not be a very long time.
  • Not a reason to rush things but still.
  • Clay is sitting on his couch, listening to the music, with Sara across from him.
  • Q28: “It’s not fair. We were supposed to have more time.”  “And you still do.  I don’t want you to be alone, honey.”–Clay and Sara
  • She asks him Clay likes Quinn and why he sent her away.
  • Q29: “I don’t want to lose us.”  “You can’t erase who we were or what we had. We burned so bright together. You won’t lose that.” “I loved you so much, Sara.” “You were perfect for me. And you always will be.  But now it’s time to let go.  It’s okay, honey.”
  • She’s wearing his wedding band.  Awww.
  • Q30: “I love you.”–Sara
  • Flashback to Clay crying over her casket. He puts his wedding banmd on her finger.
  • Back to present-day with Naley still lying together in the backyard.
  • Fade to black.
  • I am hysterical, tears running down my cheeks.  A lot of it is just this episode being super-relevant to me now but just an altogether moving, well-done episode.  The best of the whole season.
  • Wish it ended on Clay, not Naley, though.
  • Preview: Nathan says he wants to spend time with Jamie and “I barely even know this guy,” cut to Julian with camping gear and Chuck asking who he is, Brooke is having a girls night with Haley and Quinn, the guys are camping and Skills brings up Nathan and Brooke’s sex tape

Those are my thoughts.  What’s yours?

Spoiler: Watch With Kristin

27 10 2009


Rebecca: Spill it! Who’s the dead father who’s coming back? My money is on Christian Shephard of Lost!
Nope. It’s actually Bart Bass of Gossip Girl. How crazytown is that?! A source tells me that Robert John Burke (the senior Basshole) will be returning to the show in December, just in time to make it a very special Gossip Girl Christmas. P.S. When I hinted that “two blondes will be atwitter” I was referring to Lily Rhodes van der Woodsen Bass Humphrey and Gossip Girl herself (Kristen Bell), who will certainly Twitter the news!—but of course Serena also would count. Whaddya think of that twist?

Margo in New York: Will Carter be back on Gossip Girl? I loved him with Serena! And is Georgina gone for good?
My friends at the CW tell me there are currently no plans to bring back Carter (boo!). And Michelle Trachtenberg is starring in that other show that’s not Parks & Rec or Community and was just picked up by NBC (Mercy), so she’s otherwise occupied at the moment. We took your question to her, and she answered: “Georgina has taken a little trip. She’s gone off with who she thinks is a Russian prince. But as Georgina goes, you never see the end of her. She always comes back and torments.”

Marcellus: How about something on One Tree Hill? Give us some love!
Someone on One Tree Hill is going to try to commit suicide.

Credit: E! Online

News Roundup: One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, 90210 and More

26 10 2009
  • has an article about tonight’s One Tree Hill.
  • The One Tree Hill Connection posted pictures of James Lafferty (Nathan, One Tree Hill) directing tonight’s episode.
  • Leighton Meester (Blair, Gossip Girl) spoke with MTV about an old Halloween costume.
  • Hilary Duff (Olivia, Gossip Girl) is on the Nov. cover of PEOPLE StyleWatch.
  • Michelle Trachtenberg (Georgina, Gossip Girl) talked to MTV about the upcoming threesome.
  • has a picture of Lady Gaga on the set of Gossip Girl.
  • There’s two Gossip Girl references–and one BH90210–in this article on Melrose Place.
  • 90210 once again had drastic–and the best–improvements in ratings when DVR numbers are factored in.
  • There’s a picture of Jessica Stroup (Silver, 90210) in the Nov. 2 issue of PEOPLE.
  • Also in that issue, AnnaLynne McCord (Naomi, 90210) said she avoids the gym by doing “anything outdoors-y.”
  • Mandy Musgrave has reportedly been cast on 90210.
  • “Tori” (Donna, Beverly Hills 90210) was the answer to the clue “Actress Spelling–The Help costar” of Megan Fox in PEOPLE’s crossword.  Interestingly enough, Tori is also connected by having worked with Brian Austin Green (David, Beverly Hills 90210) who is Fox’s on-again, off-again boyfriend.
  • James Van Der Beek (Dawson, Dawson’s Creek) will appear on The Forgotten.
  • has a cool video showing the style transformation Katie Holmes (Joey, Dawson’s Creek) has had over the years.
  • The same issue of PEOPLE as mentioned above has a picture of Holmes at the Annual Elle Women in Hollywood Tribute.
  • Also in that issue, Selena Gomez said she admires Rachel Bilson (Summer, The O.C.) for her fashion sense.
  • The people responsible for robbing Bilson and some other celebrities have reportedly been caught.  I know I wrote about the break-in when it first happened but I can’t find it.
  • The aforementioned crossword puzzle also had the clue “Actor Brody” to which the answer was “Adam” (Seth, The O.C.).

News Roundup: One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl and 90210

25 10 2009
  • Another reminder that I won’t be live-blogging One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl tomorrow as I will be traveling.  I will do reaction posts later in the week.  90210 is a repeat this week.
  • TV Guide Magazine has a short piece on Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill) and the episode of OTH she directed.
  • Naley (One Tree Hill) are included in E! Online’s TV Couples We Love gallery. Blair and Chuck (Gossip Girl) are included as well.
  • The remake of Footloose, set to star Chace Crawford (Nate, Gossip Girl), has lost its director.  The film is supposedly “still on track,” though.
  • named 90210 one of the most improved shows of the season.  I completely disagree but whatevs.
  • The Oct. 23 issue of Entertainment Weekly has a photo of Jennie Garth (Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210) and Shannen Doherty (Brenda, Beverly Hills 90210) from a recent EW-sponsored event.
  • Hilary Swank (Carly, Beverly Hills 90210) is on the cover of Town and Country.

Who Wore It Better?

25 10 2009

quinn(Quinn/Shantel VanSanten, One Tree Hill)

serena(Serena/Blake Lively, Gossip Girl)

Exclusive: Matt Barr on Going From Psycho Derek to Keith Van Der Woodsen

25 10 2009

Appearing on just one teen drama? Psht. Two? Forget that. If you’re Matt Barr, you have a trifecta going and will settle for nothing less.

Barr is perhaps best-known for playing Ian “Psycho Derek” Banks on One Tree Hill, but has two other teen drama roles under his belt: a young Keith van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl’s 80s flashback episode and Wes, a college student on The O.C.

What could make it even better?  This: Barr couldn’t have been nicer–or funnier–in our interview.  See for yourself below.

TeenDramaWhore: When you were cast on One Tree Hill, were you aware of all the twists in store for your character? Specifically, did you know you weren’t really Peyton’s brother and did you know you were going to go down the ‘stalker’ route?

Matt Barr: I really did go into it pretty blind.  The only information the producers shared with me in the beginning was that Derek had a dark side.  What that meant, I really had no idea.   Little did I know I was going to have time of my life!  I had no clue it would escalate the way it did, and to the degree it did.  I remember, towards the end of that wild character arc, I told creator Mark Schwahn, “Man, you’re really not afraid to go for it!”   Loved every minute of it.

TDW: How did you channel all the craziness you had to display?

Barr: Ha Ha.  Good question.  You know, truth is we all have this instinctual dark side to us.  I’m not saying it’s evil; it’s just this raw survival technique that, when placed in extreme circumstances, or faced with desperate measures, we are all capable of some pretty crazy things.   Ha ha. I remember when I was like 6 years old, it was my birthday, and as my mom brought my birthday cake to the table, my little brother jumped up and blew out all my candles.   I was so mad; I screamed and said something like, “I’m going to kill you, Luke!” Needless to say, I didn’t kill my brother that day.  He’s now 22, and bigger and stronger than me.  But you could say as I tapped into that angry craziness of Derek, it all started with my little bro.  I guess you just have to reach down inside yourself and pull it out.   Thanks, bro.

TDW: What goes in to coordinating fight scenes like the ones you had on the show? You had ones with Chad Michael Murray (Lucas), Hilarie Burton (Peyton) and Sophia Bush (Brooke). Is it different to do them with female costars versus the males?

Barr: So much coordination!  But I have a blast with that suff.  Although I did feel the pressure at times. I remember the stunt crew and the producers saying, “Please don’t injure or kill the stars of our show!” So we practiced plenty.  Funny story, though: at one point in a fight sequence, Sophia jumps on my back hitting me and I’m supposed to slam her into the wall [ed. note: Episode 4.16,  You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love].  Well, during filming, I’m trying to be extra fragile with Soph; I’m really acting here.  But Sophia was really selling it, because she was just beating the living crap out of me.  She’s so physical and athletic. So finally on one take, I got really into it, and slammed Sophia into that wall.  We fell down, and as I was checking to see it if I had accidentally killed Sophia, the director runs over and says, “Looked great guys.  So real!  Yeah, do it like that. OK, let’s go again.”    Sophia and I laughed.  We were pretty bruised by the end of the day.

TDW: Everyone always talks about the “tattoo” of Peyton you had on your back. How long did it take to apply?

Barr: You ready for this……like 2 mins.  It’s basically like the ones you get out of a pack of bubblegum.  Just stick it on, wet it, and peel it off. Well, a really big one of those.  Does that ruin the magic?

TDW: Are you recognized often as “Psycho Derek”?

Barr: All the time.  It blows my mind.  One Tree Hill fans are most loyal, hardcore fans on the planet.  They’re great.

TDW: I don’t know if this is too ‘out there’ but has the “Psycho Derek” rep affected your–let’s say–romantic life at all?

Barr: Ha ha.  Now that’s a question!  Lets just say the the whole “is that tattoo real” debate has come in handy a few times.

TDW: Are you still in touch with the cast?

Barr: I am.  Love those guys and gals.  They really made me feel like part of the family during my time on the show.  Lee Norris [Mouth] really took me under his wing.  Showed me the One Tree Hill ropes.  He’s probably the most genuine guy you’ll ever meet.   In fact, I owe him a call. (Note to self: call Lee back.)

TDW: You’ve actually guest-starred on 3 teen dramas: The O.C. (Episode 3.22, The College Try), One Tree Hill (seven episodes in season 4) and Gossip Girl (Episode 2.24, Valley Girls).  Any interest in joining one of them, or a similar show, for the long-term?

Barr: Well we actually shot the GG episode as a spin-off pilot.  Had the network picked up the series, it had the potential to be long-term. But yeah, if the right opportunity presents itself, I’ll jump at it.

TDW: Everyone expected your GG episode to lead to the spin-off.  Alas, that’s not happening.  Do you know what they had in store for your character and the show, had it been picked up?

Barr: Van Der Woodsen was going to be introduced as a relatively trivial character, but there was more substance to him than we perceived.  I was looking forward to going back to the 80’s.    My experience in the 80’s pretty much consisted of Ninja Turtle underwear, and threatening to kill my younger brother.

TDW: Any chance we’ll see more of you via flashbacks? Or any chance Ian will come back to Tree Hill to taunt Brooke?

Barr: Hey, this is Hollywood.  There’s always the possibility!  There’s worse things in life than taunting Sophia Bush!

TDW: You also starred in the serial killer mystery show, Harper’s Island, which was one of the “it” shows this past spring/summer. What was it like working on a show where you have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen in future episodes?

Barr: It was such a unique experience.  We, the actors, as we read the scripts from week to week, really experienced the show “in the moment.” Just like the audience does. Made it exciting and scary.  We had no clue who was going to live or die week to week.  I think it served us as actors, because just like our characters, we were living moment to moment, fighting for survival.

TDW: You also recently starred in Pedro, the made-for-TV film about a former Real World cast member who died of AIDS.  Was that just another acting project for you or did it have a special meaning/impact?

Barr: It was both.  I play this character named Puck.  One of the most colorful characters you’ll ever meet.  An actor’s dream.  I really wanted this part.  But also, Pedro Zamora’s story is important.   Even as the antagonist, I wanted to help tell the story of this real-life hero.

TDW: What projects are you working on now?

Barr: I’m heading to San Francisco in a couple days to work on this new show Trauma, for NBC.  [Ed. note: The episode will now air Nov. 2]  But I’ve also been producing a movie called Twelve Mighty Orphans, based on the book by Jim Dent.  I optioned the film rights a year ago.  A true story, it’s a Depression-era story set in an orphanage in Texas and this visionary coach/math teacher genius comes there and creates this football program, and inspires a sense of pride and excellence.   Similar to Seabiscuit, and Jim Braddock, this team of underdog orphans goes on to dominate high school football during the 1930s, and in the process, inspires an entire nation that was looking for heroes.   It’s the greatest human interest story I’ve ever read.  It’s going to make a fantastic movie.

TDW: Lastly, are you on Twitter or any other social networking site, such as Facebook or MySpace?

Barr: I’m not.  I’m a face-to-face kind of guy.

Come back next Sunday for another exclusive interview.

Complete TDW Interview Index

Six Degrees of Teen Dramas

24 10 2009

Last Week: Paula Abdul

This Week:

Mel Gibson

Go for it!

Happy Birthday Shenae Grimes!

24 10 2009

Grimes (Annie, 90210) turns 20 today!

Shenae Grimes

Voluntary Viewing Marathon Today!

24 10 2009

From 8am to 3pm eastern time, SoapNet will be hosting a “Voluntary Viewing Marathon” featuring episodes from Beverly Hills 90210, The O.C. and One Tree Hill.

This will air according to the normal “Breakfast in Bed” schedule but with charity-themed episodes.


News Roundup: One Tree Hill, 90210 and Gossip Girl

23 10 2009
  • I won’t be live-blogging One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl on Monday as I will be traveling.  I will do reaction posts later in the week.  90210 is a repeat this week.
  • One Tree Hill and 90210 are both down more than 20 percent in the 18-49 adult demographic since last year.
  • You can vote for Sophia Bush (Brooke, One Tree Hill) in a “Who Wore It Better?” poll.
  • Hilarie Burton (Peyton, One Tree Hill) has 2 new vlogs on the SoGoPro site.
  • Ian Ziering (Steve, Beverly Hills 90210) says he would consider appearing on the new 90210 if the storyline was appealing enough.
  • Tiffani Amber Thiessen (Valerie, Beverly Hills 90210) says she won’t appear on the new show and says Jason Priestley (Brandon, Beverly Hills 90210) is the only castmate she’s still in touch with.  A little surprising since she and Jennie Garth (Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210) used to be BFF.
  • PopMatters has a story on Jamie Walters (Ray, Beverly Hills 90210) being a one-hit wonder.
  • The kiss between Chuck and Josh on Gossip Girl this week made’s list of Top Moments.
  • Reuters has an article on Leighton Meester (Blair, Gossip Girl).
  • Mercy, starring Michelle Trachtenberg (Georgina, Gossip Girl), has been picked up for the whole season.

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