One Tree Hill 7.07 The Truth Changes Everything (Review: "I & Love & You") - Featured


What a satisfying and moving end to the paternity drama surrounding Nathan. His character was called into question, and as fans, many of us didn't appreciate that one bit. But thanks to an unlikely hero- his estranged father, Dan- Nathan was able to walk away from this with his dignity intact and his bond with Haley stronger than ever.


I thought the writers did a fantastic job in bringing this saga to a close in a creative and unpredictable manner. I had an idea that Dan would expose his son's accuser, but it was done in a way that did not demonize her, but rather shed light on what happened, showing the feelings that motivated her to deceive were not unlike those we have all felt at one time or another. I guess this is consistent with who Dan has become and the purpose of his show. Here, Dan acted as the prosecution and defense for both the accused and the accuser in a way that brought tears to my eyes. Some of the things he said gave me pause, and I appreciate the writers for giving me words to grow on. I don't know if this is enough to redeem Dan in Nathan's eyes, but I do think it was a way for Dan to show Nathan he has truly changed and truly cares for him. Yes, he has done horrible things that justify his son's animosity towards him, and unwillingness to forgive him, but Dan showed that he is still his father, and has only wanted the best for him...always.


When Dan, in the midst of stating the truth and apparent lies, said that he loved his wife, it made me wonder whether he loved her in the same way he did Debbie, or if he loved her with the same "love for all" mentality he does everyone else now. When Rachel asked him how he knew Nathan was innocent, he said he knew the type of person his son was, and that "it takes a con to know a con." Rachel proceeded to open Dan's shirt and run her fingers down his chest, telling him she loved him, to which Dan replied "Mm-hm," supposedly in agreement. I think the "con" comment was a loaded one, indicating that Dan knows Rachel is using him. Rachel thinks she is able to control and manipulate Dan with lust, but doesn't truly understand that Dan has been at the (con game) a lot longer than she has, and is allowing her to think she is in control. Perhaps he does care for her, and is doing this to help her change into a better person. I don't know, but I'm interested in seeing where this is going.


Ghosts of Loves Passed

So we found out Clay's mystery woman is the love of his life- his dearly departed wife. She was sweet, and the moments they shared were precious...I had tears in my eyes when she died in his arms. I enjoyed watching their little love story and was glad we got more character development for Clay. Robert Buckley did a wonderful job conveying the character's feelings of sadness and loss, but also of delight when he was with his wife. We were also shown Quinn's love & loss through flashbacks of when she & her husband were young and in love, to when she realized the love was gone. Her husband did not appreciate who he was when they met, and in seeking to become someone who could give Quinn the things he thought she deserved and really wanted, unwittingly, distanced himself from the character and qualities that made her fall in love with him. I personally feel that had she been honest with him, he may have been willing to reconnect with that part of himself that made him who he was. This may have, not only, restored their relationship, but would have helped him in his own personal journey, because he is obviously a little burdened with an unhealthy bit of self-loathing. I actually still believe this scenario may be possible if Quinn were to tell her husband the truth about her "night with Clay" and that the man he seemed to despise was the man she fell in love with. But then again, I guess she feels that ship has sailed and no longer has the motivation to try. Too bad.


Where Do We Go From Here?

We found out that Julian has chosen to continue working with Alex on her screenplay, despite her disrespect for Brooke & her relationship with Julian. This, along with her misunderstanding about what he meant by telling his father they weren't getting married, led to her having conflicted feelings regarding the longevity of their relationship. She told Julian about her proposal in the sand, letting him know that while she was sincere when writing it, she wasn't sure now because she was uncertain about how he truly felt. Julian consoled her, letting her know he was sorry he hadn't known about the proposal, but he loved her with all his heart, and though he fully intended to be with her forever, they could take their time because forever is a long time. It will be interesting to see whether their paths diverge due to their career choices and associations, or whether they grow closer together, and their bond stronger.


Other Thoughts

If only the portrayal of Quinn was as interesting as that of Clay's wife, all would be well on One Tree Hill, and I would probably be on board with the Clay/Quinn relationship. But alas, she is not, and it seems tptb is determined to have her stay...sigh...


James Lafferty did a fantastic job in directing this epi. I look forward to seeing Sophia Bush's directorial debut.


I already mentioned Robert Buckley, but I was also impressed with Paul Johansson, James Lafferty, and Bethany Joy Galeotti in this epi...actually, they're always good, but this was one of those epis that allowed you to truly see how good they are. Their portrayals really help you connect with their characters and empathize with them.


I'm glad the show's sentimentality is still intact, and I look forward to seeing the journey the characters take this season. If this epi was any indication, we should be in for a treat.

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Oct 27, 2009 10:44PM EDT

agreed on all points.I had low expectations for this season, but i think they're really pulling it off

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Oct 27, 2009 11:28PM EDT

I have to say that i completely agree with everything you said...it was a brilliant episode and the only thing that was a little disappointing was Quinn. Im not sure if its the actress or the writing of her character but something just isnt working. Im still holding out hope that the writers will come to their senses and get rid of her soon...Another thing that I really enjoyed about this episode was that there was no Mouth/Millicent drama. They have become a bit of a drag and I really enjoyed the break from them. That being said, a little more Alex wouldnt have hurt...The best part of this episode was that it answered so many questions everyone had.This is definitely one of the best OTH episodes in history...

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Oct 28, 2009 2:25AM EDT

Yes, itastenice, I was getting a little doubtful myself, but they really pulled it out with this epi...I think they're beginning to hit their stride now...
StrawBerryCutie, from your mouth to tptb's ears...I'm definitely with you on the Quinn situation. I hate to be so critical, but I agree that something isn't working...she's dispassionate and doesn't draw interest or empathy. Whatever the "it" is that's needed on this show, I'm just not seeing in her. As experienced as the show's creators and producers are, it's hard to believe they haven't seen what is apparent to us. I'm really hoping they reunite her with her husband so they can bid bon voyage to OTH...keepin my fingers crossed...
I also enjoyed the fact that they focused on the couples/characters that they did, in this epi (sans you-know-whos). I agree it was good to get a break from all the drama with M&M. Alex is funny and interesting, but to be honest, I was glad to get a break from her too, lol...I'm sure we'll see plenty of her next week though. I think the quiet moments Brulian shared in this epi were the calm before the storm in their relationship, courtesy of Miss Alex...
I agree, this epi was satisfying because it answered many of the questions we all had...this epi featured some terrific writing, and I definitely agree it is one for the OTH record books.

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Oct 28, 2009 4:44AM EDT

Clay is definitely one of my favorite characters now. I liked him from the start, but this episode just was really eye-opening.So far I've liked this season a lot. Too bad they don't show a lot of basketball anymore and are totally disconnected from their high school now, but I guess that had to happen once :) Great show. Great season.

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Oct 28, 2009 2:29PM EDT

and i thought i'm the only one who think like all of you about quinn. from the beginning on i felt like something is missing. or that there is much more that we don't know. i like the story and the actor but it just doesn't work and i don't know why... it may be like starry118 said, that the empathy is missing, no passion or interest.but this episode was fantastic!

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Oct 28, 2009 3:12PM EDT

i like quinn but it seems like shes started like peyton did mean like she started upset and down alot but people actually loved her quite quickely maybe she needs some happyness like peyton got maybe if she and clay got together it might give her some meaningi kinda wondered why theyve kept dan on the show still but its getting interesting so more dan for now and hopefully quinn gets some motivation

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Oct 28, 2009 8:20PM EDT

AlbZ I like Clay too...he's a great addition to the cast. I liked the basketball segments also, and hope now that Nathan is in the clear, we'll get to see some action on the court. You just got me thinking that maybe they should add a teen to the cast, so the high school can be incorporated back into the show some...they got rid of Sam, but maybe they can bring a guy on as Julian's brother or something...
I was thinking the same thing markusd...I hadn't seen too many posts that indicated that people picked up on that. An adjustment is definitely needed somewhere...
That could be it JohnH...maybe she just doesn't do sad & depressed very well...if that's the case, then they need to let the sun shine in on her s/l somehow. When the season first started, I wanted her to get with Clay but since she's like a wet blanket, and I actually enjoy watching him, I don't want them in scenes together b/c they'll be blah...I'm with you: I hope she does get some motivation...maybe she's still getting a feel for the character...
I agree: bring on more Dan! He did a fantastic job in this epi, and I'm glad they've given him an interesting s/l. Paul Johansson has always kept Dan interesting...not many people have the skill required to play the intricacies of that character.

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Oct 30, 2009 2:21AM EDT

starry I have just seen the ep and i have to say i agree with u on most of your points except a point where someone on this page compared p to quinn seriously they must be kidding firstly the actress playing her character i feel is completely inept and second ps character was layered where we as a audience where able to come to understand her character from her adolescenceinstead of a undeveloped quick montage where the writers have tried to define quinn in half an episode.Despite what most people think the way i believe ps character was considerably more interesting were her relationships and attitude toward her friends,family and L.Getting back to this current ep i enjoyed it greatly the scenes between dan and renee where wonderful when the lie detector said true in response to renee being asked if nathan was the father of her child and she replied yes i nearly turned the show off.What did you think?You are correct with clay i also feel that this ep helped to redefine his character in a positive way in my eyes while despite one scene where i had trouble believing his crying other than that instance buckleys performance has been very good this season.The end of the ep was good, however when rachael asks dan how did you know she was lying and he replies it takes a con to spot a con i would of liked him to of said something like I know how much my son loves haley
I have floated a couple of ideas in a previous discussion page on how to reintroduce basketball into the show and also the potential for another time jump where tree hill high becomes a significant part of the show again one of those ideas was for a time jumpto jamie as a freshman and nathan and skills coach him..

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Nov 4, 2009 8:03PM EST

Hey totvornottotv, I can't believe I'm just seeing this...I agree that HB was a much better actress an SVS, and Peyton was better developed than Quinn. There hasn't been enough time for us to get to know the character/for her to develop a relationship with the audience. I do think her portrayal contributes significantly to many of us not feeling sympathy for her/taking interest in her though. The actress playing Clay's dead wife was more interesting than she is, and I found myself wishing she was Quinn and SVS was the dead wife. I thought the chemistry b/w her and Buckley was stronger and their interaction was more interesting.
Speaking of Clay, the scene in this week's epi where he runs out in the rain to catch Quinn should have been really touching...the idea definitely was, but when he was actually telling her about his wife, I just wasn't feeling it. I think that was b/c, although she and Clay have been written to have a strong connection with one another, I'm not seeing/feeling it b/w the two actors. I would have been content with him continuing to have conversations with his wife than fakin' it with her.
The time jump would be a good way to incorporate the hs into the story, but I don't wanna lose lil' Jamie just yet : )

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