Exclusive: One Tree Hill’s Cullen Moss on the Evolution of Junk, Making of Dear John and Blood Done Sign My Name

21 02 2010

Think One Tree Hill is the only place to catch Cullen Moss? Not true, my friends, not true. In the month of February alone, Moss had two movies come out in theaters, the based-on-a-novel Dear John and the based-on-a-true-story Blood Done Sign My Name.

But there’s no denying Moss is most familiar to us TDWs for his role as Junk Moretti, a character we first met way back in 2003 in the One Tree Hill pilot. In our exclusive interview, Moss talks about his longevity on the show, improvising in Dear John and the connection he has to Bethany Joy Galeotti’s The Notebook musical.

TeenDramaWhore: Do you remember what your audition for One Tree Hill was like?

Cullen Moss: Yes, I do. It was a surprise. It started with a call from my agent that the [casting agency] Fincannons wanted to see me. I just this past year found the piece a paper where I wrote the details down. I wrote “Jump McCready, 17-year-old baller.” This was when I was 27! My agent, she even told me, “Now, I asked them if they knew how old are you” and she asked if they were sure they wanted to see me and they did. I went in and I found out it was not Jump McCready. But for some reason, that name, Jump McCready, made me go in and do this character-y New York dialect. I guess they liked it. The line was about somebody stinkin’ and needed deodorant. It sounded like something from The Bowery Boys in a 1940s movie. Or somebody out of The Sandlot. It was weird. But when I went back for the call-back, I said, “You know, I can lose that accent. I don’t have to do that” because I realized that it was supposed to be set in North Carolina, and they were like “No, no, no. Are you from New York?” and I said I wasn’t. I forget who was there. [Creator] Mark Schwahn and…

TDW: [Executive producers] Mike Tollin? Brian Robbins?

Moss: Yeah, I think they were both there. I’m pretty sure Brian Robbins was. Anyway, they were like, “No. Keep it. We like it.” So I did. At the time, I was supposed to go over to Japan to visit my brother who was living there but my agent kept saying, “You’re still in the running. You’re still in the running.” It was this long process. So I had to postpone the trip to Japan and then the final audition was a shoot-out. They set up a basketball hoop outside the casting office. I was by no means 17 and by lesser means a baller. I would play little pick-up games with my friends but I was terrible. I had poor form. I would describe my court-style as frantic. I practiced the night before the shoot-out and I tried to pass to one of my friends and my back went out! I was just feeling decrepit and old and useless. But the morning of, I stretched it out and kind of played through the pain. It was down between me and a black guy for the role. He had played high school basketball and stuff but, for some reason, he wasn’t hitting his shots. I was talking trash, needlessly because I was horrible, but all my garbage I was shooting was going in! I remember Mark Schwahn saying, “Your form is horrible! How are you making these shots?” but I couldn’t miss that day. Then I got the part.

TDW: Did you ever expect all these years later that your character would still be around?

Moss: No, I didn’t. Vaughn Wilson, who is such an awesome and cool dude, plays Fergie. Usually when we would shoot, it was like smoke and fire. One of us wasn’t working unless the other was. They would call us in together, Junk and Fergie, Junk and Fergie. I was working at the studios, actually, during the second or third seasons, in the lighting and grip department. I was in the shop, inventorying equipment and fixing equipment. I would deliver stuff to the set of One Tree Hill and try to get the scoop–was I in the next script? I remember somebody at the beginning of the third season saying, “Oh, yeah. You’re coming up soon” and then they looked at the script later and were like, “No, I think it was just Fergie in the script.” It happened another time, too, where he was working and I wasn’t so I thought maybe they were just done with me and I wanted to find out. So I e-mailed Mark Schwahn and said, “Hey, if you’re done with me, I understand. I don’t want to be on edge here. Just let me know if that’s it. If that’s it, that’s fine and thank you for keeping me around as long as you did.” He answered back–and he’s such a sweet dude–he said “You know, honestly, we really don’t know. We don’t have a point of view for your character. We don’t know where we’re going to go so I don’t have an answer for you but that might be it for you. Oh, and you’re not looking so high school.” And I understood that.

So I wrote him back and pitched an angle. I don’t know if it had anything to with his ultimate decision but I pitched it that maybe Junk was this older loser guy. They had never shot me at the high school. I said maybe he’s the older loser guy who hangs out with the kids on the River Court. He never really grew out of his high school years. He doesn’t have anyone his own age so he’s clinging to this group and maybe he’s the guy who buys the beer. I didn’t know. But I pitched it to him and he brought me back in and I thought it was in that capacity, as the older loser guy who found his niche with these guys. I thought it was that until they had me going to prom [Episode 4.15, Prom Night At Hater High] and graduation [Episode 4.20, The Birth And Death Of The Day]. I was like, “Okay. So I actually graduated. I actually went to prom.” They actually had Fergie and I go together. We didn’t have dates. So we walked in together.

Mark Schwahn, he’s a loyal guy. Our characters certainly have not been so integral that they couldn’t have just been dropped at this point. There wouldn’t have been some huge outcry from the general public that watches One Tree Hill, I don’t think, if Junk and Fergie disappeared. But they did keep us around. I was surprised when I found out that there were people who actually knew who Junk was, that people did watch the show that intently. “They’re the old crew. They’re the River Court kids.” I think Schwahn saw that, too, and felt the need to bring back those roots, every now and then, to the River Court and to where the pilot began, the story began. Throughout whatever changes have gone on, he’s brought us back to represent those roots and certainly occasionally for comic relief. It is kind of a surprise that seven years later I’m still playing Junk and that, in the small capacity I’m in, people know who Junk and Fergie are and appreciate us. It makes me feel like maybe if I was gone, I would be missed. I don’t know.

TDW: I think it’s remarkable because the show has had tons and tons of supporting characters over the years and you two have outlasted nearly all of them.

Moss: Yeah. I think part of it might be due to the fact that we’re local actors. They don’t have to fly us in. So part of it may be a budgetary issue. But Mark’s been loyal and kept us in mind when there’s gatherings and weddings and stuff. He’s like, “Even if you don’t have lines in the episodes, you guys need to be there. You’re part of the crew.” He hasn’t forgotten the roots of the show and that’s cool. While we’ve never come in and had very specific storylines or characters arcs, he’s felt us somewhat integral and necessary, I guess.

TDW: Your most recent episode was the John Hughes tribute [Episode 7.15, Don’t You Forget About Me]. Were you a fan of Weird Science and Home Alone before then?

Moss: I was with Weird Science. I hadn’t watched Home Alone in its entirety until this last year. I showed it to my six-year-old son and we got to enjoy that together. But I was a big fan of Weird Science.

TDW: What was it like filming those scenes with Jackson [Brundage, Jamie]?

Moss: It was a lot of fun. He’s always fun to work with. He was such a cool addition to the show when he came in. It’s cool whenever the cameras stop rolling and we get to horse around with him. Actually in the paintball scene [in 7.15], there was a point in the shooting where they used stunt guys. Vaughn and I took the first few hits with special effects guys firing the paintball guns because they were not entirely trusting of Jackson’s aim, not to hit us in the face or the cracks of our padding. But once they got the stunt guys in our places, they let him have a turn with the gun and he did not miss. He was nailing them repeatedly. He was a good shot.

TDW: On some level, that doesn’t surprise me. He’s proven he’s good at like every single thing the show has handed him.

Moss: He is. He’s such a little fella. I’m sure his percentage on the basketball court is better than mine. He puts up these wild shots and they go in. He’s good. He’s a sporty little fella. He’s just a lot of fun. I’ve been doing this show longer than my son’s been around. He was born [in season 1] so it’s an interesting timeline, just to think I’ve been doing this show as long as its taken to this little human being to become who he is. The point of that being is that I’ve got a six-year-old kid and he’s a little younger than Jackson, but I love kids and interacting with them. So Jackson is also a joy to be around.

TDW: Have you heard anything about the chances of there being an eighth season?

Moss: Probably as much as you have. I’ve got two theories. One, we will get an eighth season and my second theory is that we won’t.

TDW: Very scientific.

Moss: That’s as far as it goes. I really have no idea. I know the show was doing well with ratings towards the beginning of this season. I don’t know quite where it is right now. I don’t know who wants it, who wants to continue. I don’t know who doesn’t. So I don’t know what will factor into it but I’d love for there to be another season, of course for myself and for the Wilmington crew, too. From the PAs to the DPs, the grips, the electrics–that’s kind of the only gig in town right now outside of independents. I’m hoping all the talented guys on the crew can stay employed another season. And hopefully by the time the show has seen its last episode, there will be enough other work in town due to the film incentives that were recently passed so they can stay employed and stay in their own town.

TDW: I have to congratulate you on the success of Dear John. You guys took down Avatar in your first week!

Moss: We did. Our special unit dudes tackled those blue aliens. That was a shock. It was pretty cool to be a part of that.

TDW: For that audition, did you go in for a specific one of John’s army pals or a generic one? Because I thought they all had unique personalities but I wasn’t sure if that was determined by the script or if you brought that to the role.

Moss: Well, it was a little bit of both. To answer the first question, I originally auditioned for one of Savannah’s friends. And then they brought me in for Rooster, who was who I got cast as. As far as what I brought to it, that was something again with the name. When I hear names, I put voices to them and with Rooster I decided maybe he was a Southern guy and brought that to the audition. I got called back and the director Lasse Hallstrom was there and I said, “Now I don’t know if you want him to be Southern” but he liked what I had done. He asked where I was from and I said North Carolina and he said, “Oh, but you don’t have an accent?” and I said, “I do but I don’t have the accent I auditioned with.” I made him a little more Southern.

Hallstrom did let us bring a lot to it. Very little of what you heard my character saying was scripted. I’m trying to think of any of it was. There was “requesting to extend my stay as well, sir”–that was scripted. But he would let us improvise a lot. There’s that scene where John drops his letters in the mud before he burns them off. Hallstrom decided at the last minute, “Let’s pop this shot off” and he asked if I would walk by and say something. I asked, “Anything in particular?” and he said, “No, maybe you can just say something smart-ass to him, make a little joke about it. Or ask him what’s wrong. It’s up to you.”  So we went over a few variations of it and did it. And the scene in the humvee just before John gets in a firefight, there was this whole little written monologue about being a little upset about being a soldier sent overseas and there not being any combat where we were. We tried that and he said, “No, it sounds too soldier-y, too military. Can you just tell a story?” And I said, “What kind of story?” “I don’t know. Any kind of story. Something personal.” So I told part of a story from a buddy of mine, a fishing story about a catfish eating a squirrel and the squirrel getting away and swimming to the shore. So I did that in one take and I was just ad-libbing in the surroundings for other stuff. So we all did get to bring a lot of our stuff to it. Hallstrom would just try to breathe life into it by saying, “Forget the script. Here’s the situation. Act as you would naturally.”

TDW: You also have a new movie out now, Blood Done Sign My Name. What can you tell me about that?

Moss: That was a great experience because it was the only time I’ve played an actual real-life person. It’s a true story. It’s based on the memoirs of Tim Tyson. He observed the racial tensions in Oxford, North Carolina in the 1970s, where riots and protests came about when three local white men–a business owner and his two sons–weren’t convicted of brutally beating and shooting to death a young black Vietnam veteran who had just gotten back. I was cast as one of those sons, Larry Teel. It’s an important story. As a North Carolinian and as well as an American, you don’t hear all these stories. You hear about the civil rights movement and it’s kind of confined to this time in the ‘60s but you find out shit was not fixed in the ‘70s and it’s still not. That should be common knowledge but you don’t hear these little stories. It’s not a part of North Carolina history. They teach North Carolina history in their schools and you don’t hear about this. It was cool to be a part of a true story. There were people on set that were there during the riots, during that time, and saw the tension after these three men went on trial and got off scot-free when there were witnesses. It was really interesting. It was a great experience.

TDW: You also worked with fellow One Tree Hill stars on it.

Moss: Yeah, I worked with Lee Norris [Mouth] and Michael May [Chuck]. It was cool to have Lee there. It was comforting.

TDW: Speaking of One Tree Hill stars, you also narrated The True-Love Tale of Boyfriend and Girlfriend, which starred Hilarie Burton [Peyton] and Austin Nichols [Julian].

Moss: Yes, I did. That was really cool. [Writer-director] Nick [Gray] and Hilarie asked me to come in and do that. I think they both had seen me do really broad kind of character-y voices from different things that I have done so they wanted me to come in and provide them with this crusty narrator guy. It was a lot of fun to kind of disappear into that voice.

TDW: If I didn’t know that you were the narrator, I never would’ve guessed.

Moss: Well, thank you. We toyed around with a couple of voices but that was pretty much the first idea and they liked it. It was like a Southern-fried William S. Burroughs.

TDW: I think I read that your girlfriend was on One Tree Hill recently.

Moss: Yes! She’s awesome. Madison Weidberg. She is an incredible actress and quite a talented actor. We actually met doing a play in Wilmington. We met [in 2008] during Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical–real high-brow stuff. But it was a blast. Anyway, she was involved with The Notebook musical, the workshop that Bethany Joy [Galeotti, Haley] did. She played a couple of characters in that and she did a great job. She and Bethany Joy got along really well and so when the opportunity came for back-up singers for the episode where Haley has her big concert [Episode 7.13, Weeks Go By Like Days], she called upon some of the girls that had been in The Notebook.

TDW: That’s very cool. What’s next for you?

Moss: Since Dear John, I got to do a part in The Conspirator, which is a Robert Redford-directed film about the trial of Mary Surratt after the assassination of Lincoln. I play a senior officer in the war department and I get to have a nice scene with Kevin Kline–and under the director of Robert Redford, so that was amazing! To be there and looking at Robert Redford’s face telling me what to do–that was a real thrill. Then I went down not long ago and had a day on The Hungry Rabbit Jumps, which is a Nicholas Cage thriller. It’ll be out in a year or so. And I just got cast in Army Wives; that’s a Lifetime show that shoots in Charleston. There’s a possibility that that’ll be a recurring role.

TDW: That’s exciting.

Moss: Yeah, I just shot that this past week. I guess that’s the next thing that will be seen. Vaughn and I worked on another One Tree episode about Skills [Antwon Tanner] coming back and some drama there with Mouth.

TDW: Is Antwon in that episode?

Moss: Oh, yeah. He is.

TDW: That’s great. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for that and everything else you have going on.

Moss: I’ve got a couple pilots out there that are kind of little independent ventures that I’m hoping will come to fruition. I shot a pilot called Hardwell with some good friends. It’s a comedy we shot and pitched to FX. Nothing’s happened with it yet but we’re crossing our fingers but not holding our breath. And there’s a golf pilot I shot with some guys in town here about a golf pro. Wilmington is really cool. There’s so many creative, talented people in this town that just drum up [projects] when there’s not any big things in town. The independent film scene in town is thriving and alive and will hopefully get realized and make some dough. When there’s nothing big happening, you can usually find something to do, something to act in, some way to work whether it’s for free and the thrill of the project or what.

TDW: I wish you the best of luck of everything.

Moss: Well, thank you so much. Thanks a lot, Shari.

Come back next Sunday for another exclusive interview!

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Live-Blog: One Tree Hill 7.15

1 02 2010

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EPISODE 7.15: Don’t You Forget About Me

  • Previously on: There wasn’t one…?
  • This is the so-called “John Hughes Tribute” episode. The storylines will all echo his films, such as Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Home Alone, etc. Hughes died in August.
  • One Tree Hill has previously referenced The Breakfast Club. Dawson’s Creek, too!
  • Be sure to stick around after the show to find out how you can win an autographed copy of the new Wakey!Wakey! album. Mike Grubbs, who plays Grubbs on the show, is the frontman for Wakey!Wakey!
  • The opening song is “Don’t You Forget About Me”–the most recognizable song from The Breakfast Club.
  • Brooke is watching them paint Luke’s room. Why would Luke allow this?
  • She tells Julian she spent a lot of time here. He’s not thrilled to hear that.
  • Haley and Quinn have organized a fundraiser dance at Tree Hill High.
  • Brooke sort of kinda invites Julian but he declines saying one HS experience was enough since he was a geek.
  • Alex overhears.
  • Quinn is in Clay’s house making a smoothie when Kylie bangs on the door, trying to get to Clay.
  • Q1: Don’t tell me you’re in there with that miserable slag again!–Kylie
  • Kylie storms off, POed, and then Quinn drops a smoothie on her from the balcony.
  • Q2: Sorry. I’m such a slag!–Quinn
  • Q3: Guys, it’s a little early to be looking at porn.–Mouth
  • Junk and Fergie are on a Web site to find Mouth his “perfect woman” so he gets over Millie. [Weird Science]
  • Clay and Nathan are driving back to Tree Hill from a charity event.
  • Nathan thinks they should be home already and is confused that they aren’t.
  • Clay says he got lost and they’re a couple hundred miles outside Tree Hill. They’ll be home soon…
  • Until the corvette stalls! [Planes, Trains and Automobiles?]
  • Nathan says there’s a reason he had to be home this morning.
  • Haley walks into the living room, surprised no one is there.
  • Jamie comes in and demands breakfast.
  • Haley asks if he has anything else to say. But nope, more breakfast wishes.
  • Q4: I can’t believe it. They freakin’ forgot my birthday.–Haley [Sixteen Candles]
  • Haley is really rockin’ the Molly Ringwald/Samantha hair color. (Though not hair style.)
  • Nate is trying to leave Haley a birthday voicemail when his phone dies.
  • Aw, it’s cute how upset Nathan is. He says he always “goes big” for her birthday.
  • Clay says the car won’t be ready for a while…and he left his phone in the car, which was just towed away!
  • Alex brings up the dance to Julian, saying Brooke wants him to go.
  • Julian says Brooke was just being polite and things are weird since the break-up.
  • Julian is confused that Alex seems to be pushing him and Brooke together.
  • Q8: “Oh, I’m a total Brulian fan now.”–Alex
  • LOL But should we believe her?
  • She says she has to make amends for the past.
  • Haley gives more hints to Jamie that it’s her birthday but it goes over his head.
  • Jamie will be hanging out with the kids tonight.
  • Quinn comes in. She’s excited to “rescue the endangered arts program of Tree Hill High.”
  • The party has an 80s theme. Beverly Hills 90210 had an 80s party in season 10. The episode was appropriately called “80’s Night.”
  • I’m happier it’s a random fundraiser for a specific niche rather than a general Tree Hill High one or an official reunion ’cause then how do you explain Leyton’s absence?
  • Although, Leyton both have a lot to do with art (more Peyton in the high school era than Luke) so I think they would care about this. But care enough to come back home?
  • Lucas should care about them redoing his house, though!
  • Quinn is excited to crimp her hair.
  • Haley says she got part of Nate’s message and the boys won’t be back to join them.
  • Brooke tells Alexander she’s thinking of going to the dance.
  • Alexander jokes he learned everything from watching Miami Vice reruns.
  • He offers to go with her.
  • Brooke is reluctant.
  • He says the best way for him to meet a new girl would be to have a hot one on his arm already. Um, okay.
  • Brooke says okay, they’ll go as “friends.”
  • Brooke stars sketching her own dress. She’ll make it in a day? [Pretty in Pink]
  • Haley asks where Quinn is…
  • Q9: She’s pimping her hair.–Jamie
  • Intentional use of pimping by Jamie, as in she’s trying to make her hair better, or supposed to be cute that he didn’t know crimping?
  • Haley goes to run errands and says Quinn needs to stay with him.
  • Jamie runs to Quinn and says his mom said she can leave whenever.
  • And then Jamie called Junk and said he didn’t need to come over to babysit. LOL
  • Junk and Fergie are doing this database search to find Mouth’s perfect woman.
  • They find a match in Tree Hill but there’s no photo. Fergie is bummed and Mouth guesses it’s probably a guy.
  • He asks that they delete his profile but of course they click the “meet” button.
  • Clay says he found a ride…with a truck full of pigs.
  • Q10: You are about to see just how much I love my wife.–Nathan
  • Jamie verifies that he’s home alone.
  • Q11: I’m all alone in the house? SWEET!–Jamie [Home Alone]
  • Nathan and Clay are on the back of the truck.
  • Clay is talking to the pig, saying he feels bad for liking bacon and pork.
  • Q12: I know you plan on falling insanely in love with that pig…-Nathan
  • LOL Great play on a quote from earlier this season.
  • Nate says he planned on making dinner for Haley.
  • The truck stops. There’s a huge traffic jam that’s expected to last for hours.
  • Nathan suggests they go walk for a bit and then hitch-hike.
  • Clay is apprehensive.
  • Didn’t Nathan already do this with Chris Keller? I forget what season…
  • Haley tells Quinn someone wrote “slut” on her car in lipstick.
  • Quinn says Kylie did it.
  • Grubbs is bartending the event. He says he wasn’t cool in high school.
  • Someone is at the door at Mouth’s.
  • It’s Kylie!
  • She’s the girl Junk and Fergie found on the dating site! [Weird Science]
  • She asks Mouth to go to the dance at Tree Hill High. (Is this a set-up so she can get to Clay? Would she know Clay’s supposed to be there? Am I reading too much into this?)
  • Mouth asks why she’s on a dating site when she can probably date whomever she wants.
  • He questions if she’s a “dude” and she flashes them. LOL
  • Jamie is eating ice cream, pretending to shave, making a giant pancake, dancing around, wearing his dad’s shoes, making his hair into a mohawk and…falls when he tries to reach a big box.
  • The box had birthday decorations and he remember what day it is.
  • Brooke is working on her dress.
  • Julian is giving a speech…to no one. He’s just practicing.
  • Alex walks in and says she’ll start “the slow clap” for him when he gives it tomorrow.
  • He admits he’s nervous being a first-time director.
  • Alex admits she’s been nervous too.
  • Q13: I just keep asking myself what would Julia Roberts do?–Alex
  • Alex asks him who his favorite director is. He says John Hughes and rattles off some film titles.
  • Q14: Those weren’t just movies about teenagers. They were about the struggle people have to find themselves.–Julian
  • He says Hughes had a vision.
  • Alex says to clear his head and find his vision, he should go to the dance and maybe even dance with Brooke.
  • He says he needs to find an 80s outfit but she says she already did in case he changed his mind.
  • Q15: But just so we’re clear, this is not a date. It’s not even date-ish.–Alex
  • Hmmm.
  • Brooke is ready and Alexander is outside with a fancy car. [Pretty in Pink]
  • Q16: Brooke Davis. Stunning in any decade.–Alexander
  • At the dance, everyone is 80-ed out.
  • Quinn actually looks fab in her crimped hair and in her outfit.
  • Haley just looks funny.
  • They introduce Cheap Trick.
  • Why would Cheap Trick play a random high school’s benefit?
  • They are performing “I Want You To Want Me.” Interestingly enough, on Dawson’s Creek, Joey performed this with Charlie–aka Chad Michael Murray, aka Lucas.
  • Junk gets a text from Haley asking how it’s going with Jamie. He realizes he’s been played.
  • Brooke introduces Alexander to Haley.
  • Alexander says he’s a big fan of Haley (as in her music). Aw, sweet.
  • Brooke says it’s a big day for Haley…since she always liked 80s fashion.
  • She’s bummed Brooke didn’t remember her birthday either.
  • She goes to the bar and gives Grubbs her ID. He comments on her height. LOL
  • She takes a shot and walks off.
  • Naley’s house is a mess. Jamie is coloring (LOL, really?) when he hears banging on the door.
  • Junk and Fergie are trying to get in.
  • Jamie gets his light sword and overhears Junk say, “I swear I’m gonna kill that kid.” [Home Alone]
  • Kylie and Mouth are drinking. Mouth asks her to dance but she says after a few more drinks.
  • Kylie spots Quinn and says she’ll be right back.
  • Q17: It took me 4 hours to get smoothie out of my hair, bitch.–Kylie
  • Quinn tries to call a truce but she isn’t having it.
  • Q18: Clay told me he doesn’t believe in love so good luck with that.–Kylie
  • Quinn doesn’t look phased.
  • Clay and Nathan are getting frustrated with each other as they wander around.
  • They start blaming each other for why they’re lost.
  • Nathan says it’s Clay’s fault for insisting on the guy’s road trip and messing up the car, etc.
  • He explains how important Haley’s birthday is.
  • Q19: You’d know that if you were ever married.–Nathan
  • EEK! Nate still doesn’t know about Sara! So sad.
  • Julian and Alex enter. Julian says he feels like a geek all over again.
  • Q20: I was a geek, too. I wore headgear til the middle of my sophomore year.–Alex
  • Q21: So why don’t you take a chance and ask the popular girl to dance?–Alex
  • Q22: It wouldn’t be the 80s without an appear from Crocodile Dundee.–Julian on Alexander
  • He’s POed that Brooke is there with Alexander and assumes it’s a date.
  • Brooke sees them and complains to Alexander that Julian is there with Alex.
  • 90210 promo
  • Junk and Fergie are getting ready to break in when Jamie comes out and shoots paintballs at them.
  • Then he realizes who it is. LOL
  • Q23: Are you going to tell my parents?–Jamie
  • They agree not to because it’ll show what bad babysitters they are.
  • Jamie asks them for help with someone.
  • A Baley scene!!! Maybe they’re starting to listen to the fans? This is 3 episodes in a row!
  • They reminisce about where their lockers are.
  • Brooke brings up Lucas decorating her locker in the beginning of senior year.
  • She finds her old locker and the combination still works. They admire the pictures of the girl and her boyfriend.
  • Haley asks her what really happened with Julian. How have they not discussed this already?
  • Brooke explains that he is always preoccupied with Alex and even if he denies it, she thinks he has feelings for Alex.
  • Q24: What, the love triangle between you, Lucas and Peyton?–Haley
  • That’s the second triangle mention in three episodes!
  • Q25. I guess love is never simple.–Brooke
  • Q26: I can’t be the girl that’s with the guy that’s in love with someone else. Not again.–Brooke
  • Kylie is drunk and sits down in the hallway between them.
  • Her hair gets caught in the locker but they’ve walked off so she’s stuck. [Sixteen Candles]
  • Alexander and Julian meet at the bar.
  • Alexander says he knows Julian is probably upset he’s here with Brooke but he’s a nice guy.
  • Q27: If you ever hurt her, I will hunt you down across the Outback. And I’m not talking about the steakhouse. But I will hunt you down there as well.–Julian
  • Alexander walks away.
  • Q28: I wouldn’t last 5 minutes in the Outback.–Julian
  • Quinn spots Kylie in the hallway. Kylie asks for help.
  • Quinn says she’ll go get help. Kylie apologizes for being a bitch.
  • Quinn says it’s okay but Kylie says it’s not. She admits she’s just hurt that Clay said
  • Q28: He really meant he didn’t believe in love with someone like me.–Kylie
  • Quinn says there’s more to it than that. She must mean Sara.
  • Kylie says guys only see her as a body.
  • She gives Quinn scissors to cut her hair out of the locker.
  • She admits she was going to slash Quinn’s tires. LOL
  • Clay and Nathan have found the road.
  • Nathan admits he was out of line before.
  • Clay says there’s something he never told him and he doesn’t know why.
  • Q29: “I used to be married before you and I met. Her names was Sara.” “Right. She leave after you started sleeping with all those women?” “No, actually, she died.”–Clay and Nathan
  • Nathan is obviously shocked. He asks why Clay never told him.
  • Clay says he was his agent and Nathan says they became friends.
  • Clay says again he doesn’t know why he didn’t tell him but he understands how hard it is for him to be away from Haley.
  • A car comes down the road and Clay stops it.
  • He explains that his friend is desperate to get home to his wife.
  • The woman recognizes Nathan and says she only has room for one.
  • Clay tells Nathan to go but Nate doesn’t want to leave him.
  • Clay insists and Nate goes.
  • Clay walks off.
  • I hope they talk about Sara again at some point. That one convo shouldn’t be it.
  • Nathan comes back in the car and finds Clay. He says he borrowed the car so he could come get him. Aw.
  • Brooke finds Julian sitting in the auto shop. [Sixteen Candles]
  • Q30: It’s funny. I always had a thing for the guys in shop class.–Brooke
  • Is this a Lucas reference? Technically, Luke works in a body shop. We don’t know that he took “shop class.”
  • Brooke tells Julian she wasn’t trying to make him jealous. She didn’t know he was coming.
  • Julian says coming was a “misguided attempt to find clarity before the biggest day of his life.” Instead he feels like a lost geek all over again.
  • Brooke says she’s seen the movies and…
  • Q31: Nothing boosts the geek’s confidence like a kiss from the cheerleader.–Brooke
  • And they kiss! Short but sweet.
  • That’s our first Brulian kiss in how long???
  • Q32: “Hey, Brooke. This isn’t going to be easy, us being friends?” “No. But it’s better than not being in each other’s lives at all.”–Julian and Brooke
  • Not always!
  • Alexander finds Alex outside and introduces himself. He asks where their dates are.
  • Alex says he hopes they’re together.
  • Q33: Some advice from one Alex to another. Don’t fall in love with Brooke. Those two are going to end up together. She’s still in love with him.” “How do you know that?” “Cause so am I.”–Alex and Alexander
  • A car pulls away and Haley sees Nathan standing by a car. He wishes her a happy birthday and she’s thrilled. [Sixteen Candles]
  • Kylie asks Mouth to come home with her.
  • Mouth says he can’t. He wants to but things are messy with his ex.
  • He suggests the go get food.
  • Kylie says he’s a good guy and it’s nice to know there’s still a few out there. [Sixteen Candles]
  • Kylie is sad when she sees Clay and Quinn embrace.
  • Clay apologizes for missing the dance and asks Quinn to show him around the school.
  • Jamie is passed out on the couch. The living room is decorated for Haley’s birthday.
  • She’s happily shocked.
  • Jamie sleepily wishes her a happy birthday as Nathan carries him to bed. Very sweet.
  • Haley and Nathan are sitting over her cake, candles lit.
  • Q34: “What are you going to wish for?” “I already have everything I ever wanted.”–Naley
  • They kiss. [Sixteen Candles]
  • Julian gives his speech to the film crew and everyone claps.
  • Alex and Brooke are there.
  • Brooke and Julian share a smile.
  • The top of Julian’s script says “What would John Huges do?”
  • But did Brooke write that? Or Alex?
  • Julian calls action.
  • Screen says “In Loving Memory of John Huges. 1950-2009”
  • I understand, with the Hughes theme, why the episode ended with Julian and his movie but the Naley scene would’ve been a great ender and still within the Hughes theme.
  • I am going to back and put the film references in brackets for all the ones I could identify. There’s tons I’m sure I didn’t get or missed though. In some cases, I’m only putting the first instance and then the subsequent major instance, rather than every one.
  • Some of the characters and storylines referenced more than one Hughes character and storyline. I’m probably missing some. Haley (Samantha, Sixteen Candles), Nathan (Jake, Sixteen Candles; ???, Planes, Trains and Automobiles), Clay (???, Planes, Trains and Automobiles), Brooke (Andie, Pretty in Pink; Samantha; Sixteen Candles), Alexander (Blane, Pretty in Pink), Julian (Duckie, Pretty in Pink; The Geek, Sixteen Candles), Alex (Sloane, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), Jamie (Kevin, Home Alone), Junk (Harry/Marv, Home Alone), Fergie (Harry/Marv, Home Alone), Mouth (Gary, Weird Science; The Geek, Sixteen Candles), Kylie (Lisa, Weird Science; Caroline, Sixteen Candles)
  • Now go enter my Wakey!Wakey! contest!
  • Preview: Haley’s mom, Lydia, is back. Jamie is happy to see her. Alex asks why Julian put everything into the movie and he says it’s because she put everything into the script. Brooke says all girls understand the moment when there’s another girl as Julian and Alex hug. Haley calls Taylor selfish and Taylor says Haley doesn’t know what’s best for everyone.

Those are my thoughts. What’s yours?

Spoiler: Ask Ausiello

21 01 2010


Question: Have any One Tree Hill scoop? —Khaela
Even though I’ve never been an OTH fan, I have to admit the Feb. 1 episode sounds pretty cool. Titled “Don’t You Forget About Me,” it’s an homage to the late John Hughes, complete with an ’80s-theme dance, reenactments of scenes from his classic movies and a performance by Cheap Trick.

Question: Is it true that Hayley’s mom is returning on One Tree Hill? —Margaret
Yes, Bess Armstrong is reprising her role for a handful of episodes, all of them fairly sad.

Question: My friend Lisa smells like a goat; you can imagine what a social outcast she is. It would make her day — and who knows maybe she’ll take a shower — if you give us some information on the Chuck and Blair break-up on Gossip Girl. Please? She really smells! —Alianna
You’re a good friend, Alianna. Lisa’s lucky to have you in her life. I mean that. Please tell her that the rumors are true: Chuck and Blair will hit a significant (and potentially irreparable) rough patch at the end of the season.

Credit: EW.com

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