One Tree Hill: Flashing Back Three Years
We finally got the flashback ep we were hankering for. But what did we really learn? We learned that three years earlier the Cobras (Really? Were all the other cool team names taken?) won their first championship game with Nathan carrying the team, Whitey coaching, and Lucas acting as the assistant coach. Whitey retired before the game even ended and he got Lucas the job as the new head coach.
Taking Whitey’s “There’s more important things than basketball” advice to heart, Lucas headed directly from the game bus to the airport. He was excited about the future and decided he needed to spend it with Peyton. But she wasn’t ready for that.
How could Peyton not see the popping the question thing coming a mile away? The boy dressed up, did the fancy dinner thing and got a room at a super swanky hotel! Maybe it was because she was distracted by her miserable mail room job. We knew they would break up, but we figured it would have been over something catastrophic. One year earlier Peyton was ready to give up her BFF for this guy, and now they’re just going to split forever over a little thing like geography?
We did learn that Lindsey was rooting for the Luke and Peyton in the novel when she first read it. How much things can change in three years!
What we loved:
We knew that Lucas helped Nathan and his family get though the early years, between school and basketball and diapers—they needed it! But we didn’t ever get to see it firsthand. We loved seeing them all together as a family. How cute was it that little Jamie’s first word was ball!
We loved the timing in the episode. It was so sweet that just as Lucas was suffering so much from Peyton’s rejection, he got the acceptance of his life. He got the call that they were going to publish his book as he stood in the line at the airport trying to get out of L.A.!
We especially enjoyed seeing Lucas and Brooke in NYC together celebrating their successes. Who knew that flashing an engagement ring could score you freebies all over the Big Apple? But we didn’t love seeing Lucas be so stupid and try to kiss Brooke mere hours after he and Peyton split.
And we really love the fact that Lucas never got rid of the engagement ring. He still keeps it in his sock drawer and looks at it from time to time.
What we didn’t love:
What’s up with Nathan’s black socks? The rest of the basketball team had the good sense to wear white socks with their uniform. There’s just no excuse for that—especially since he was probably the only one on the team who had a wife!
We hate that Nathan didn’t take Whitey’s advice. The Coach reminded him not to let his temper to get the best of him or he’d end up bitter and regretful like his old man. Oops.
And speaking of Whitey, we didn’t appreciate them leaving us hanging about the man. What happened to him? Did he really retire after just one year as a college coach? We haven’t seen him in any of the current episodes and frankly, we’re nervous.
We really didn’t like the fact that Lucas gave Lindsey the original bamboo plant. It kind of changes everything about her being thoughtful and sweet with the gifting. She was clearly marking her territory when she gave the plants to Brooke and Peyton. Literary hussy!
And finally, we wanted to scream at the TV when, back in the now, Brooke pieced it all together and asked Lucas if he still loves Peyton and he simply replied, “I’ve got to get back to Lindsey.”
What about you? What'd you think of the flashback episode? Do you like the flashbacks, or would you prefer that the show stay in the present?