"Make a Cape. Wear a Cape. Fly" was amazing.

This episode was so incredibly beautiful and amazing. The writers, actors and producers of One Tree Hill completely encompassed all the feelings of grief in this one hourlong episode. You could feel Jaime's innocent loss, his Haley's frustrating pain, Skillz sorrow and agony along with Brooke's anger at her mother for making her feel so weak and pathetic. Nathan lost a true friend and a team mate, something he may not know how to deal with; Lucas, who's normally deep and insightful became afraid and confused after being confronted with his fears of failing Quentin and not knowing if there was something he could have done to be there for him.


Apart from Quentin's death, we saw that Psycho Nanny has had some loss of her own and that's why she's so twisted and angry. We also see couples come closer and closer together in reaction to this tragedy: Nathan not only helped his wife Haley understand that we don't always have the answers but he managed to get through to Brooke, in a surprising conversation where we rediscover just how similar their paths have been. Peyton finally comes through for Brooke and helps Lucas make sense of his grief. I think Jamie was the most surprising in this episode, he not only conforts Jimmy, Quentin's little brother, and Brooke by letting her know she wasn't alone, and that tragedy isn't some deep dark trench you can't climb out of, like Brooke's need for revenge, but that you Can fly out.


This episode was inspiring and a vivid reminder that there's grief, pain and loss everywhere in the world, but I'm confident out beloved characters will fly above it all soon.

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Sep 18, 2008 5:55AM EDT

I agree. I could see the finality in Jamie leaving Q's cape over his coffin. And in his acceptance, I identified with Brooke, feeling my heart break along side hers in realizing how Jamie's acceptance ages him significantly.
On a more long term note, I get the feeling that the new girl, who stole from Brooke and 'Clothes over Bros' in the first episode of this season is going to become a bigger part of this show now. Her writing was a beautiful and touching way of narrating this episode and it seems right that it would be Haley who inspired them to put such feelings to paper. I hope that she can help this girl overcome some of the problems that would cause her foray into juvenile theft.

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Sep 19, 2008 7:57PM EDT

I agree with most of your review except the fact that I still don't think anyone has got through to Brooke yet. None of them even know she was attacked. Until she tells them, I don't think she can really make any sort of emotional progress. No one should bottle things like that up. And I don't think Peyton has come through for Brooke yet. I'm still waiting for that. Other than that, I agree. Really great episode, made me cry lol.

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