Well, this episode was a bit of a snoozer, but there were some redeeming qualities.
For me, Nathan and Haley really hit the ball out of the park. Their scenes were adorable, with Nathan playing the humble bartender going after the big star - pretty much the opposite of the big basketball going after the tutor, hmm? The best part for me was the soundtrack, a great deal of which was sung by Bethany Joy Galeotti herself! I've listened to the song at the end of the episode about 50 times (
Peyton's and Lucas' scenes were the worst for me - so cheesy! Peyton seemed like a genuine femme fatale, but Lucas' cheesiness and now it's here, now it's not 40's accent were driving me crazy. I actually preferred their very brief scenes in the present to the flirtatiousness in Lucas' dream. I think Mouth embodied the spirit of the old movies the best. I could definitely imagine him next to Humphrey Bogart at a bar. Julian also did a great evil flunkie. Brooke looked gorgeous in that red dress and lipstick, and I thought her interactions with Lucas were more interesting than Peyton's.
The connections in this episode were a bit weird - why were Julian, Brooke and Peyton all tied to Dan? Why did Dan and Haley KISS?? (EW!) Some things were very close to reality - like Peyton's car breaking down, Naley's plans to name their son Jamie, and Keith's murder - but others, like the relationship between Dan and Peyton's mother, were just weird.
I wish they'd showed Deb, I think she'd be a great 1940's character, especially with Skillz (the stereotypical "colored" piano player! I wonder how Antwon Tanner felt about that!) . I also wish Owen had more to do.
As for Peyton's collapse at the end, I'm convinced that she's pregnant and maybe something gone wrong. If they gave her a terminal illness, I would shoot Chad Michael Murray in the face! All in all, an acceptable first effort from CMM. Definitely not the worst episode, but one of the best.