September 16, 2008

OTH: Death Reunites

Just when I thought I was going to have to abandon One Tree Hill, I found myself bawling for hours after last night's episode. It was as though I was actually at a funeral for a friend. While Quentin Field's character was far from fully developed, his death brought what has so far been a choppy season, back together.

Psycho nanny was given another layer, and we found the reason for her insanity - she lost her son and is looking to replace him with Jamie. Her pain and grief was beautifully intertwined with Quentin's mom's suffering.

We learned that the teen (Samantha) who stole from Clothes Over Bros in the first episode of the season, is now in Haley's English class and wrote one phenomenal essay. I believe she will play a significant role as the season progresses (maybe Brooke will adopt her).

The scene on the swing set between Jamie and Q's brother was heart breaking, especially when Jamie gave the little boy his brother's jersey. And then at the end of the episode, when he went and stood in the basketball team's line formation in place of Q, I nearly lost it.

Mrs. Scott also revealed her affair with Skillz when she comforted him during the funeral.

The entire episode, but especially the voice over of Samantha's essay in the last few minutes, was one of the most well-written episodes I have watched in a while. Here are some of my favorite quotes:

"Grief is like the ocean; it's deep and dark and bigger than all of us."

"This is a literature class and that's what writers do, we put pen to paper in times of devastating tragedy and just try to make sense of it. Maybe we will find clarity in some of those words. Maybe we will find peace."

"He who does not weep does not see."

"I didn't know Quentin Fields, but I am jealous of him because I see how his absence affected the people who did know him so I know that he did matter to them. I know he was loved. People say Quentin Fields was a great basketball player: graceful, fluid, inspiring. They say on a good night it almost seemed as though he could fly. And now he can."