One Tree Hill: Bad, Bad Day
So let's get the weepy bits out of the way first: Mama James, nooooooo! We were already a bit wobbly upon learning that Papa James had driven the Winnebago to the Big Trailer Park in the Sky. We so wanted to see Huey Lewis! Then, when Mama James revealed the bit about her pancreatic cancer, we were almost as floored as her daughters.
We loved seeing the different ways the girls reacted -- and for the first time, we were really sympathizing with Taylor. Her mom seems to be the only member of the family who doesn't hate her, so we can understand her rage when she heard that Lydia wasn't pursuing treatment. We get where Lydia's coming from -- she'd like to spend her final days with her family, not dealing with chemo and radiation and a treatment that makes you feel worse than the disease. But we see Taylor's point, too -- her mom seems to be giving up, and by not allowing aggressive treatment, she's denying even the possibility of staying around longer. We're not fans of the way Taylor stormed out without saying goodbye, but we know why she did it. Like Haley, we think it's a mistake, but we understand the impulse.
And poor Haley -- she doesn't know what she'll do when she loses her mom! "I'm not the glue -- my mom is. When she's gone, everything is going to fall apart!" Oh, Haley!
And then there was the rest of the episode. If it were a normal week, we'd be interested in Millie's struggle with addiction and seeing how she finally started taking meetings seriously. We'd sympathize with Brooke and Julian's dance, and then dope-slap Julian for selling everything he owned to finance this movie (A side note -- just how nice a car did he have? Because we know Mercedes are pretty sweet vehicles, but they're not million-dollar cars.) Sigh. Julian... what were you thinking! Yes, you were able to get a good performance out of Alex, but if she can only emote when she's staring into your eyes, we may have a problem.
But no matter what else was going on, we have a hard time believing we'd care about the Miranda/Grubbs relationship. Why bother? And those bee-yotches in the store who stage-whispered that Millie was "plain" ? We would have booted them out on their asses. Shut up, evil consumer broads!
We're torn on the Alex/Alex hookup, although we kind of think it works. If nothing else, it's practical -- these two are so self-involved that it's entirely possible they moan their own names during, erm, intimate moments. At least now they can plausibly claim that they were cooing about their partner!
What was your take on the episode? Did everything pale in comparison to the Mama James story, or did the rest keep your interest? Talk about it in the comments!
A quick note: Due to monstrous weather and impending travel, we won't be able to podcast this week. We're sorry! We'll be back with a super-sized podcast after next week's episode.