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thoughts on one tree hill: don’t you want to share the guilt?

We missed last week, so previously-previously on One Tree Hill: In The Room Where You Sleep

By: Nicole + Will

As Julian (Austin Nichols) deals with his guilt, Brooke (Sophia Bush) helps Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) confront a new rival café, and its difficult owner. Meanwhile, Chase’s (Stephen Colletti) new girl has a complicated secret, and Quinn (Shantel VanSanten) takes extreme measures that help Clay (Robert Buckley) realize he’s worse off than he thought. James Lafferty, Tyler Hilton, Lee Norris, Lisa Goldstein, and Paul Johansson also star.. (Courtesy of cwtv.com)

  • Brooke was a lot calmer than we expected. Julian made a major ‘daddy don’t’, but him punishing himself seemed more effective than any rage she could have tossed his way.
  • ‘Karen’s Cafe Hires Murderers’…that may not be slander, but they pluralized murderers and as far as we know…Dan is the only one that fits that bill.
  • Why do I feel like Haley actually wants Dan to stick around when/if Nathan returns to Tree Hill.
  • Dan semi-drowning Clay never gets old. He just looks so helpless every time. Keep up the good work Dan Scott.
  • Quinn runs, barefoot, to confront the drug dealer. And he threatens them by saying he’ll kill them…and then set them on fire? Is that a thing now?
  • ‘Not Alex’ (Chelsea Kane, Dancing with the Stars) is the perfect example of what they mean by “the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else.”
  • Skills is back from his sports choreographer gig. Did anyone else forget he left, as well as what he does for a living?
  • Do Mouth and Millie not have a producer? Who runs that show?!
  • Chris Keller and Chase have a brewing bromance? Why not…it’s not like either of them hang out with anyone else in Tree Hill.
  • Just when I was starting to like the drama that was building in the Quinn/Clay relationship, he gets shipped off to the looney bin? Not a fan.
  • How does Dan threatening that drug dealer play into his overall plan? Because at this point, it’s obvious he has one.
  • When did Chris Keller get a girlfriend? And why is she the owner of the rival diner? Most importantly, why is she ruining the brewing bromance?
  • OTH has no problem doing hokey plots and storylines, so Nathan being kidnapped shouldn’t be new ground. Yet, it was kind of unexpected.
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thoughts on one tree hill: in the room where you sleep

Previously on One Tree Hill: Know This, We’ve Noticed

By: Nicole + Will

Brooke (Sophia Bush) discusses a new business venture with her father (guest star Richard Burgi), as Julian (Austin Nichols) stresses about his own investment. Quinn (Shantel VanSanten) convinces Clay (Robert Buckley) to get help, and Millie (Lisa Goldstein) struggles to be honest with Mouth (Lee Norris). Meanwhile, Chris Keller (Tyler Hilton) makes Alex (guest star Jana Kramer) an offer she may not be able to refuse and Nathan (James Lafferty) volunteers to scout in Europe, leaving Dan (Paul Johansson) with Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) and Jamie (Jackson Brundage). Stephen Colletti also stars. The episode was written by Mark Schwahn and directed by Joe Davola. (Courtesy of cwtv.com)

  • Brooke and Julian do the whole “I’ll take the bottom, you take the top of the men’s pajama set” thing. Adorable.
  • Another opening without the theme song. Is this going to be standard for the whole season?
  • Clay and Quinn are starting to make me feel like they are actually going to have some real drama in their relationship. I understand that being stalked and shot is drama but that came from an outside source. Internal struggle is a must!
  • Completely forgot about Mouth and Millie. Apparently Mouth’s nickname is going to apply to his new desire to eat everything in sight. Maybe he’s just on the Mac “cultivating mass” diet? Also, who did Lee Norris sleep with to stay on this show when much more relevant characters have been written off?? Clearly he’s learned a thing or two from his Boy Meets World days.
  • Do Chuck and Jamie even interact anymore? Do they go to school? Do they have friends their age? Chuck sang a little duet with Chris Killer and Jamie’s huge contribution to the episode was saying, “Clay is a werewolf.” Both very weird.
  • Does anyone else think Daddy Davis is up to no good. I know this is usually counter-productive but “Listen to your mom Brooke!”
  • Now I get it! Chris Keller = Someone is going on tour.
  • Is it safe to say that Jamie (Jackson Brundage) is legally a dwarf at this point? He’s been on the show longer than Lucas was and he still hasn’t grown.
  • Why would Julian think opening a sound stage in Tree Hill be profitable? Was there any indication that would work out well for him?
  • Tric has to be the only bar in town. Not only is it where any and all events are held, but Chase has the sweetest apartment, something he could only afford if the bar was raking in money pretty consistently.
  • Is Dan planning something? Of course. But is his plan to steal his son’s family??? But who leaves Dan alone with their family anyway?!
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one tree hill moments: know this, we’ve noticed

By: Nicole + Will

One Tree Hill is back! Whether or not you appreciate the soap-y goodness of the many, varied storylines (i.e., Peyton’s fake half-brother Derek) this show has offered up each season, you have to respect that OTH survived for nine seasons. That’s a “Beverly Hills 90210 staying on the air long after Brandon and Brenda left” level of epicness when it comes to teen dramas.

We went into this season knowing two potentially great things: Lucas is back and a killer is on running around Tree Hill. Will the two be related? Who knows! But instead of trying to connect any dots, let’s revel in the triumphant return (and last season) of one of the few shows to survive losing two of its main characters.

  • Why wasn’t the intro real-life in Tree Hill? Sure, the dramatic opening had Dan with a gun and Chris Keller (????), the usually dry Quinn and Clay having a full-blown argument and Brooke flipping out, all of which was great. But why not start the season off with tantrums, (possible) arson, and back-alley beatings? What’s the reason for the tease?
  • Last season strayed from the usual Gavin Degraw’s ‘I Don’t Want To Be’ as the opening theme and instead went with weekly variations on the OTH classic. This season opened with….nothing.
  • Chris Keller has returned and he still talks in third person. This means that someone’s relationship isn’t going to be the same. The easy bet is on Alex since we’ve already been down that road with Haley. Maybe the writers will really make it interesting and let him mix and mingle with all the ladies on the show.
  • Limited amounts of Jamie! Hurray! He was a cute kid a few seasons ago. However, cute turns to annoying quite seamlessly when you’re at that age.
  • Can Alex (Jana Kramer) have a spin-off when this train-wreck ends? Maybe on Showtime? HBO? Hell, even Skinemax would work. Remember when they let Brooke be that sexy?
  • Brooke’s dad, Ted, is played by Richard Burgi (Desperate Housewives aka another show that overstayed its welcome and is wrapping up this year). Hopefully we aren’t forced into episodes dedicated to his character. Honestly, it’s the last season and we don’t care to learn that much about him.
  • Someone – like the director – needs to explain why Clay is sleepwalking by next week. Besides them getting shot, Clay and Quinn are very blah. If this some cheap ploy to make their coupledom exciting and intense….we’re going to be ultra mad….unless it’s actually and exciting and intense plot, then we’re cool with it.
  • When Dan Scott is around something catastrophic is not too far away, whether he is directly involved or not. Plus, Lucas is coming back and unlike Nathan, he doesn’t play all that nice with Daddy Dan.

Next Week on One Tree Hill: In the Room Where You Sleep

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90210 recapping: vegas, maybe?

These 90210 kids know how to live it up in Las Vegas! Thanks to hanging with “celeb” Liam, they get access to the hottest VIP pool party in what could pass as a backyard pool in the Valley. Yes, the gang—even Teddy—took a spontaneous trip to Vegas simply because Naomi wanted to follow her new boyfriend Austin. Apparently no one has any responsibilities like school or work, oh except for Silver who is somehow the most critical campaign staffer to politician Marissa (wow, that is not a good sign Brandy!). Fortunately for us, but unfortunately for the kiddos, their problems follow them to Sin City and lead to very fun moments!

  • Happy Birthday Mr. Austin! Naomi wants to be the best girlfriend ever to Austin, especially since he isn’t normally into the whole relationship thing. She even has her chef prepare breakfast, so that she can focus on the “in bed” part. Therefore, she is shocked when he blows town without her to spend his birthday in Vegas with his father. Naomi is not one to take a hint, so she immediately gathers her “sad and pathetic” crew to all head to Vegas so that she doesn’t have to go “sad and pathetically” alone. Turns out daddy is a total jerk “country singer super star” named Judd who constantly tells his son what a disappointment he is. This explains why Austin doesn’t want Naomi there—even he doesn’t want to be there. I often wonder if the writers pull costume ideas for Naomi out of a hat each week and then make it their creative writing challenge to build her story around it. This week my suspicion was confirmed, again, in that Naomi had to sneak into Judd’s party for his son and to do so she wrangled the Marilyn Monroe outfit off the impersonator—and ended up serenading Austin as the blonde bombshell. But Naomi did more than that for her boyfriend—she told Judd off for being so horrible to his son. Too bad that was the one birthday gift Austin didn’t want, because he got pissed that Naomi meddled into his business.
  • An escort in every city: Surprise, surprise. Raise your hand if you were surprised that Daddy Warbucks—ahem, Annie’s older rich dude Patrick—was hooking up with other ladies while out of town on “business.” Oh Annie, do you not recall how you met him? Hmm let’s see…while he was in town on “business” and he paid for you. However, the funniest part of this entire story was when Annie was casually laying by the pool and just happened to see a hotel staff person walk by with a sign for the so-called “Regional Asset Allocation Convention.”  That has to be the most fake-sounding uber-important vague convention name ever. Nonetheless, Annie knew this was the convention that Patrick was attending! So she took the opportunity to slut it up (hey, when in Vegas) and surprise her man. But first she took a moment to fawn over how gorgeous she and Naomi looked for “their men” and then tell single-gal Silver in the world’s most condescending voice: “Silver, you look really pretty.” How nice of her to throw a compliment bone over to Silver too! Her superior smile didn’t last for long when she watched Patrick make out with another woman. Annie isn’t quite ready to call it quits yet though—her rose-colored glasses may be broken but she still needs Patrick for his money.
  • She works hard for the money: Actually, is Silver even getting paid for her campaign work, or is she just the world’s most naïve intern? Basically, Marissa can barely function without her teenage videographer for 2 days, so Silver spends her entire Vegas vacation “working.” She does find time to help a friend in need when she proposes an interesting idea: proposing! You see, Teddy is on a break from his uncle’s campaign trail and Silver goes out of her way to not only get Teddy and his sort-of boyfriend Shane to come to Vegas, but she also proposes that Teddy and Shane have a fake wedding in Vegas so that Teddy can experience his fairytale. I am borderline on this one—kind of a sweet idea, kind of creepy in that it is Silver’s awkward intrusion. Anyways, this entire real-yet-fake wedding—captured on camera thanks to Silver—will come back to slap “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” in the face. Silver accidentally sends the marriage ceremony footage to Marissa, who is running against Teddy’s uncle. Not sure why this will be so terrible, given that Teddy’s uncle wants his gay nephew to score him cool points. But, I am sure we will find out!
  • Addicted to Vegas: A few of our boys grappled with addictions tonight—Dixon with his drugs and Liam with his abs. Actually, it was more that this random dude was addicted to Liam’s abs and invited Liam to an invite-only high stakes poker game. Awkward much? One-billboard wunderkind Liam was all about living the high life thanks to his modeling money, and for a while I thought we were going to have to endure the cliché of Liam losing all of his money. Fortunately, he rebounded to almost break even and called it quits. Dixon, on the other hand, struggled to keep his junkie nerves under wraps and desperately clung to his buddies in an effort to stay clean despite the temptations of Sin City. Before leaving Vegas he even brushed off Ade’s concerns by saying, “It’s not like the minute I get to Vegas I’m going to turn into a drug fiend…haha [nervous laughter and beady eyes].” Ade knew better thanks to her own tumultuous past and apparently flew to Vegas, got the hotel room key, and hooked up with Dixon to calm him down. Great, way to give Dixon a sex addiction now too. Annie was none too pleased to catch Ade and her bro together in the room, with a bag of drugs. But Dixon fessed up saying that Ade was actually the only one who saved him from going further down that drug-fueled road. The verdict is still out on which girl is more annoying for being holier-than-thou: Annie’s obnoxious relationship and addiction advice despite being a paid escort, or Ade’s portrayal of ‘Adrianna the Patron Saint of Troubled Young Men.’
  • Hot Purse-suit: Navid and his female cop buddy were on a hot trail to catch dear ole’ Uncle Felony in the act. On his way to Vegas, Uncle Amal gave Navid a special delivery hidden in a total man-purse to take to Vegas. Seriously, couldn’t he have put it in a backpack or something less awkward? Because Navid’s buddies certainly enjoyed giving him a hard time about the “murse,” especially when Navid looked like the weird kid at the pool who couldn’t part with his safety object. Navid lost the purse for a little while—shocker—but eventually found it and got wire-tapped before making the drop. Too bad for him that Silver walked in on the wire-tapping and the cop kissed Navid to cover their true actions. All of that great sleuthing was for nothing because this special delivery was just a test. But, the next time will be for fo’ real.

All in all, I found this Vegas episode to be highly entertaining. I think this gang has the most fun when they take crazy trips because it actually serves to bring everyone’s issues all together. Oh, except for poor Ivy, who continues to be sidelined out of grievance and support for Raj. Before I close, I just want to highlight how amusing it was that everyone kept thinking Dixon’s problem with Vegas was that he used to have a gambling addiction, but Dixon knows that problem is, like, so yesterday. Seriously, get with the times people—and get your problems straight before you go out confronting others!

Jeni is a valley girl at heart has always been an avid TV watcher and shown a passion for arts and entertainment. She enjoys offering her unique critique (and wit!) on pretty much everything in life, including her beloved shows, over at Show and Tell.

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90210 recapping: it’s the great masquerade, naomi clark

Here is a Halloween Paradox to consider as we begin tonight’s exploration of the 90210 Masquerade episode: why is it that the girls of this show routinely wear barely a scrap of clothing for a coffee run, yet on the one night of the year that a typical girl sluts it up with minimal attire, the 90210 girls wear very covered-up and non-trashy costumes? I mean, Annie was a Disney princess—not a slutty princess! And Silver was a wiener—but not a sexual one! Adrianna was a jailbird—not a ho-bag! What is happening?! Halloween brings out strange and creepy behaviors in 90210-land.

  • Confessions of a Teenage Party Queen: It seems like practically every week Naomi must throw some insane Greek party without concern for budget. Oh wait, that is because that actually does happen every week. Once again, Naomi is faced with the excruciating challenge of being a college student solely to coordinate lavish parties that would make Kim Kardashian’s wedding seem understated. This time around, Naomi cannot fail in planning the perfect soiree for the campus Halloween bash since apparently their school somehow competes with other schools for best party to earn legit prize money (say whaaaaat?). Rather than deal with Holly as a Greek Council enemy, Naomi reaches out to seek Holly’s help in planning the event. The duo works pretty well together, coming up with ideas that seemed novel about 10 years ago on The Real World (i.e. video confessional booth and texting funny notes to a party screen). But then we find out “what happens…when people stop being polite…and start getting real.” Holly actually used the situation to set Naomi up by having her record a private confession to Austin about her genuine feelings, which Holly broadcasted to the college world. Naomi’s party may have backfired on her when Holly got the Dean to shut it down, but in the end Naomi got the guy—cowboy Austin—when he watched her confession of love.
  •  A Wiener in Need of Buns—and Brains: Silver dresses as a giant hot dog for Halloween, proving that “parents” of teenagers will always find ways to be embarrassing. Unfortunately, Navid’s “buns” cannot attend the party because he is too busy sticking his real buns where they don’t belong. Yup, Navid is still going along with the young cop’s plans to frame his uncle, and that means Navid needs to play along and prove his allegiance to Uncle Amal. Silver is ready to trust Navid again, thanks to a pep talk from her boss Brandy (i.e. politician Marissa), but Navid makes a show of banishing Silver in front of his dear Uncle. Not only does Silver lose her faith in Navid, but she gets a double whammy when she learns that Marissa actually uses paid actors for her campaign videos—GASP! Oh Silver, please go to college and learn how the world works.
  • fABulous: Poor Liam, his abs are just so perfect that girls from miles around come to gawk at him and pet him and giggle at him…OK, so it is annoying. Liam’s abs are causing a stir, but you know our boy Liam—he just doesn’t want the attention, dude. Austin, on the other hand, does want it! Badly! Actually, it is a little disturbing just how badly Austin wants girls to touch his abs. Anyways, Ade continues to try to act like the good guardian angel and offers Liam the careful advice of…uhhh…sell out for mad money! But, oh, just don’t let the fame go to your head and F**k up your life like I did, but other than that, just have, like, a blast with it and pimp yourself! Awww thanks for the heartfelt advice, Ade! Liam goes ahead and reveals his face for the ad campaign. He doesn’t waste a single second putting his new money to use—he immediately buys a motorcycle and admires his beautiful billboard! Even Liam swoons over his own abs.
  • A Barrel of Creepiness: The Annie-Patrick “Pretty Woman” relationship continues to creep me out. Not only do we have the fact that it began as a paid escort situation, and the fact that there is a very significant age difference only made worse thanks to Annie’s immaturity, but now we are seeing some disturbing ownership-like behavior on Patrick’s part. He sends her clothing and arranges their plans while telling her exactly where to be and when. When she claims to have super important other plans—like researching celebrity bloggers for a class project and attending a masquerade party—he arranges to have Perez Hilton just stop by to help free up her schedule. I was quite proud of ‘Pretty Stupid Woman’ Annie for holding her ground and not just giving in to Patrick’s red-flag relationship behavior. But then I grew majorly concerned when he showed up the college party dressed in nothing but a barrel and texting her a public apology for treating her “like a princess.” Oh Annie, can you not see how this is going to end so badly for you? I guess not, because you leapt into his barrel with open arms. Watch out for those splinters.
  • Quality Bond(age) Time: I cannot imagine a crueler punishment than being handcuffed to Adrianna for 24 hours. If that didn’t scare Dixon straight into stopping his ADD pill addiction, I don’t know what will. As previously mentioned, Ade is still on a mission to make amends for her previous season grievances by offering concern and counsel to her boys—Liam and Dixon. In Dixon’s case, she seems to be the only one who recognizes signs of drug abuse. What’s a good friend to do? Why break into your friend’s house and wait to confront him in an after-school special moment, of course! And when that fails, handcuff yourself to him for 24 hours to make him prove he doesn’t have a problem. Then, to really torture him, insist that you go to a Halloween party in a couples costume of cop and robber. Dixon makes it through the 24 hours—just barely—and I am barely convinced that he wasn’t sweating and experiencing withdrawal symptoms simply from the trauma of being chained to Ade. Nevertheless, upon a few moments of freedom, he finds his math nerds at the party and scores more pills, while in his cop uniform which is nice irony.
  • Ivy was there: Ivy still doesn’t have anything to do other than pretend like she matters. That and take photos of her own friends to insert Raj into the pictures. We all know that they are saving Ivy’s acting juices for when Raj hits the end. And who will be there to pick up the pieces of Ivy? Why cutie photographer Nick! Just one question: what was Ivy’s costume supposed to be?

I continue to enjoy the show’s absurd and amusing story lines. Before signing off for the night, I do want to give a shout out to my favorite moment. I loved when the random guy at the bar got Adrianna as his waitress and asked to try a new drink: a Has-been Pop Star! Ha, this just proves that the show can take itself lightly and have fun with itself.

Jeni is a valley girl at heart has always been an avid TV watcher and shown a passion for arts and entertainment. She enjoys offering her unique critique (and wit!) on pretty much everything in life, including her beloved shows, over at Show and Tell.

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