Review: 8.16 – I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here

Posted by: Meaghan on February 28th, 2011

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This was a pretty good episode. Not great, but maybe better than the last few.

Flippy Floppies! Julian quoted my favourite line from “I’m on a Boat.” That was awesome.

Baby Mama Drama? I watched Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, on which Leven Rambin played Riley, who turned out not to be exactly what she seemed. I now have actor transference, which is making me feel like I should caution Brooke and Julian that pregnant girl Chloe may not be all that trustworthy. Also, this is Tree Hill, so chances are pretty good she’s some kind of psycho. But aside from all that, congrats to Brulian on getting to adopt! I’m sure it will turn out fine. Yes.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame. It’s cute that Jamie has found a sport for which he isn’t too short, and nice that Fortitude is sponsoring a Little League team. But honestly, seeing Son of Kellerman show his softer side with the kids was very Q-in-season-5: been there, done that, liked it the first time, don’t need to see it again, and if I want a Q flashback I will just watch Robbie Jones on Hellcats, which is conveniently on right after OTH. I don’t even have to change the channel.

Population Control. Also, I don’t care about Kellerman’s son’s backstory. Do you know why I don’t care? Because I do care about Haley, Nathan, Brooke, Julian, and Millie, and okay, maybe even Clay, Quinn, and Alex a bit, and I don’t need yet more useless characters taking up their ever-diminishing screentime. This episode was somewhat refreshing in that Nathan and Haley were actually seen together three whole times! But it’d still be nice to see more meaningful interaction between the couple that is and always has been the heart of the show. With so much time being spent on scenes featuring utterly unimportant characters like Chase and Chuck, baseball guy (seriously, I don’t even remember his name) and his troubled relationship with his douchey father (who, it goes without saying, doesn’t hold a candle to Dan Scott anyway), and now Chloe (worst case scenario: skanky baseball dude turns out to be the father of her baby, leading to even more unnecessary focus on people I don’t care about), I fear for the future of our core characters. Are Nathan and Haley really so boring that the writers can’t even think of  interesting material for them despite Haley being pregnant (kind of a big deal) and Nathan retiring from basketball and going back to school (also kind of a big deal)? I just don’t buy that. What’s the deal here?

Ladies’ Night. I’d have to say the scenes at Haley’s shower were my favourites in the episode. It’s great to see all the girls get together, and having Victoria show up yelling about being in prison was pretty hilarious. Haley’s toast to Brooke was a lovely moment.