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Review: 8.17 – The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get

Posted by: Morgan on April 16th, 2011

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I continue to find the lack of Nathan and Haley interaction to be very discouraging, but I’ll try to write about other things in this review so that I don’t come across as being such a Debbie Downer. There were things I enjoyed. With the exception of those last final moments, I feel like this was mostly a filler episode.

Julian and Brooke continue to be adorable as they look for paint colors for their baby’s room. I’m with Nathan, I would see a band called Soft Duckling. I’m happy that they’re getting a baby, but it all seems to be happening so quickly that I feel like something has to be happening here. How did she not have her definitive due date? That seems weird, but I’ve never been pregnant. Also, like Meaghan, I watched Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and am having a little bit of actor transference with Leven Rambin. But, I also watched her on All My Children, so my concerns are probably not as bad as Meaghan’s. That being said, I would have not been surprised if it had turned out she had been the one to hit the car Jamie and Brooke were in. Then, she said she drove a Prius. I still think something is up there.

Other than Chase, who I still find pointless being a regular, I enjoyed the diner scene at the beginning of the episode between the guys. It’s nice that Julian is getting along with the guys. He’s awkward with them and I liked that he felt the need to point out to Clay that it wasn’t Jamie on the phone. Also, I relate to Julian correcting people when they misquote movies. I’ve been known to do that.

Chase. His need to point out that he is bar manager was never funny and now it’s old and pathetic. I also wish they’d give up on this story between he and Chuck. First of all, it’s mean to out Alex and her glasses. Is it a big deal? No. But it’s still mean. Second of all, it’s mean to laugh at Chuck when he’s clearly having trouble dealing with possibly needing glasses. Chuck came to Chase because he trusted him and then Chase laughs. Does Chase turn it around in the end? Yes. But the point is that I just find this pointless.

Speaking of pointless, Millie now has a job as a TV journalist while Mouth helps her. I don’t find it that difficult to believe that a television station would hire a beautiful girl with no experience. I mean, have you seen some of the traffic and weather reporters? I have a hard time believing that some of these women are certified meteorologists. I do take issue with the fact that they’re filling up space. Her story was basically from Mouth’s mouth. She didn’t even form her own story and I think that Millicent would. She did the research, sure. But she did Mouth’s story. She took it from his angle.

Haley’s little test for everyone was cute. Sometimes, it’s really hard to swallow that Quinn is supposed to be the older one, based on behavior. But, Haley was doing grown up things, like getting married, at a very early age. Stuffing Haley into a Stringray was pretty funny. I most enjoyed Brooke’s test, though. Brooke and Haley’s friendship is one of the things I’ve really enjoyed most this season. But, all this testing just made it so clear that once again, Nathan wasn’t around his wife while she’s pregnant.

He did tell Ian that he had to go home because his wife was pregnant. We don’t see a lot of that this season. It’s nice that Nathan is doing well in school. I would have preferred to see more of that than going after Ian, but we now know that that has a purpose. A lot of the bad things that happen in Nathan’s life have to do with bad decisions he has made. This is another of those bad decisions. He really went to bat for Ian (pun intended) and now he’s found out that Ian is the one who nearly killed his son.

On the one hand, I’m glad that it’s Nathan that discovered it and not Brooke and Julian. I love them, but so much focus has been put on them. This should make for some interesting story in the coming episodes and a part of me is enthusiastic about it and about Nathan having something really interesting to do. A part of me worries that this will take him more away from his wife and son. I’ve had enough of that.

I am wondering if Professor Kellerman knows. He’s so insistent that Nathan not represent Ian. There has to be a reason for it, so perhaps it’s some misguided attempt to protect his son. Even though his son nearly killed Nathan’s son.

A few random things:
– I liked Quinton Aaron in The Blind Side, but I don’t see the point of him here.
– So not feeling this week’s theme song.
– Did a toaster pastry company sponsor this week’s episode?
– What a difference in blue books for Nathan! An “F-is-for-fine” in season one to an A- now! Well done!
– Mark Schwahn wrote the last five episodes of the season. Here’s hoping there’s an improvement.