Was it me, or was this episode of One Tree Hill a total snooze-fest (complete with unending, snoozy background music that was less memorable than usual; sorry Weepies and Jonathan Rice, who received the episode's music credits)?
Basically, everyone was in uber-serious mode, talking out their problems with whomever would listen, paid or gratis.
For Haley and Nathan (now together again, but still struggling) this was a therapist/marriage counselor with a patronizing British accent.
For Brooke this was an adoption counselor (and thank goodness she was rejected, "accelerated lifestyle" and all).
For Dan it was his parole officer.
For Lucas it was Andy, Karen's "friend".
For Peyton it was her friend Max, played by series creator Mark Schwahn, who I think owned a record store way back when, but I can't honestly remember (and Peyton didn't appear until about 25 minutes into the episode, which made me rejoice). I wish Peyton would A) realize that Lucas is not such a catch so that B) she could move on, allowing her character to stop being such a one-dimensional loser whose sole purpose is to pine for Lucas.
Even little Jamie confessed his many problems during show and tell.
Notice how Mouth wasn't included in this hour-long snoozy montage because he doesn't actually matter...
All of these confessionals/heart to hearts really embraced the "echoes" portion of the episode title, mirroring different words and speech patterns as they switched from person to person (for example, Haley and Nathan told the marriage counselor something wasn't fair and then the camera switched over to Brooke telling the adoption counselor that things weren't fair...). I get that the whole thing was supposed to be clever and artsy, but I just found it seriously boring.
At least 50 minutes into the episode, we finally get slightly more action, with Lucas going to visit Lindsey. He claims that his chest aches because she isn't with him and that he'll wait for her yada yada yada. Sure he will. Until Peyton shows up in his house naked and threatens to hurt herself unless he sleeps with her. At any rate, Lindsey continues to "believe in" Lucas' supposed writing ability and says that she still wants to edit his book...you know, the one that is indirectly about Peyton. Kind of like his first book (that Lindsey is quite the masochist...).
We end with what is supposed to be some optimism; Haley playing the piano, Brooke playing with Jamie, Nathan throwing a basketball, etc. with a cheesy voiceover about believing. I guess it was sort of sweet.
What did you all think of the return of One Tree Hill?? Who else detests Peyton?