One Tree Hill Review: Was Lucas Scott Here?

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I imagine creator Mark Schwahn's pitch to Chad Michael Murray, attempting to get him to come back to One Tree Hill for "Last Known Surroundings," sounded something like this:

"Hey Chad, we have this episode about halfway through our final season in which absolutely nothing happens. We would love to get Lucas to come back so that the audience won't be completely bored out of their mind. Let me know what you think!"

Farewell Again

Of course, I'm speaking hyperbolically, but without the first appearance from Murray since the season six finale, this episode would have gone nowhere.

With Murray, "Last Known Surroundings" was a nice trip down memory lane. It was not only a reminder of the old days, but of how great Chad Michael Murray was as a leading man for six years, and how lovable of a character Lucas Scott can be.

I'm not sure whether it's Murray's acting, or simply the character of Lucas, but his presence on screen just brought a completely different vibe to the show. It was very comforting, both having him back in our lives, and knowing that he was there to comfort his friend and family.

How about that rapport with Haley? It was just like old times, and I couldn't get enough of it. Whether it was those meaningful chats with his best friend, picking her up while she's down about Nathan, or being so playful with Jamie, I was cheering on the inside every time the camera made its way back to the airport.

Some might complain that OTH only brought back Lucas for this one episode and he just sat in the airport for the entire hour, and while I agree that I could never have too much Lucas at this point, I have a serious counter argument: this felt very real.

Haley is in serious shambles and she needed the person she could trust more than anyone in the world to help her out. Jamie and Lydia don't need to be there in the case that Nathan is in as much trouble as she assumes, so why not send them with Uncle Lucas? He got in, he got out, and nobody got hurt. It wasn't a spectacle. They didn't bring him back just to bring him back. It seemed to fit the story, and I'm just glad we got to see Luke one more time before the series ends later this spring.

Would I have wanted Murray to stay on and finish out the entire season? Duh.

Lucas and Haley

The return of Lucas Scott gave us a lot to enjoy during "Last Known Surroundings," but like I said above, the rest of the hour was filled with snooze-worthy or retread stories.

Dan watching hours upon hours of that video, Clay chatting over and over again with his shrink, Chase dealing with Chuck's dad issues and Brooke meeting up with her attacker from years ago do not great episodes make.

Then there was Nathan. Nathan Scott, who finally worked at his zip ties long enough to free his hands and strangle Dimitri, only to end up in the exact same situation by the end of the episode.

I was extremely excited when the desk cop was introduced as a cog in this criminal mastermind behind capturing Nathan. It gave the story some Tree Hill relevance. The officer was local, so he probably knew Nathan, but when it seemed that he was just another henchman for whoever Dimitri keeps answering to on his phone, I was back to hating this story.

A European gangster, a small time drug dealer, and a local cop walk into an abandoned building... that sounds like a really bad joke, but no, it's who has Nathan kidnapped right now. Now I seriously want Dan Scott to save Nathan quickly, not only because it will be great to see Dan redeemed, but because this plot needs to end AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If it lasts until the finale, I think many of us fans will be upset.

Let's take a quick look at the One Tree Hill Relationship Rankings before handing it over to you all in the comments...

1. Brulian
While Brooke having to deal with her attacker wasn't all that interesting to being with, she handled it very nicely. I loved that she took a stand, not only for herself, but for Q! I adored that dude. She was absolutely right that Xavier didn't change. When he mentioned that he was never convicted of killing Q, I wanted to punch him through my TV screen and the prison screen between him and Brooke.  

Julian commending Brooke for what she did at the hearing was so very sweet, but we all know where this is heading. You don't show the crazy person hiding outside Brooke's cafe if he isn't going to do something awful in the near future. I am scared for her.

2. Naley
These two need to be reunited like NOW! I don't know if my heart can take watching Haley cry anymore. Thinking about that actually being Nathan under that sheet at this point is very upsetting.

3. Clinn
Quinn didn't get much time on screen this week, but Clay certainly did.  His sessions with the doc actually weren't that awful.  The shrink's questions about jealousy and Nathan's family, had me wondering if some of our readers are right about Logan actually being Clay's kid.  There may be a bit of foreshadowing going on there.

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I thought "Last Known Surroundings" would have been rather boring if not for the return of Chad Michael Murray. What did you all think? Was it worth the wait to see Lucas again?  Or are you mad that it was only for this one episode?

When did you know that the cop was in on Nathan's kidnapping? And does his involvement make that story more interesting? Will Chase end up staying to protect Chuck from his dad? And again, who tops YOUR One Tree Hill Relationship Rankings?

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Seriously the writters didn't do well in bringin lucas scott in jst one episode. Its rilly unfair. To me lucas scott is d founder of one tree hill ad he's d lead character. Bcos of him ad peyton I make sure dat I watched al d episode. I love u lucas.

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I can't believe this series has to end, we don't get it on TV in Australia, but I have kept in touch with all the box sets. These people are like my family....love love love all 9 seasons!

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Doesn't anyone wonder why the series has to end. It would seem to me they could dig up enough for a few more years. I enjoy watching this even though I thought Mouth's ridiculous weight gain was a bit much. and I hate seeing Nathan being hurt.

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(Part 3, Parts 1 & 2 below) Still, I cannot understate the happiness with which I was filled in seeing my favorite television character return to the role that made him great. Chad on-screen is still as beautiful as ever to watch. His words carry immense gravitas, especially through Lucas Scott. Hearing him and not that expendable Quinn (don't get me started on her.) state that Nathan will come home just felt more meaning because well, frankly, he MEANS it. This is Lucas we are talking about folks. Did you forget him, the main character of the first six seasons? If so, how could you?

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One Tree Hill needs to get back on track. They absolutely need to get rid of any, and all, stalkers. They have become tiresome, a reason enough to skip an episode. Of course, any episode containing Lucas Scott is worth watching. Seeing him return was not quite as triumphant as I'd hope, they wasted his guest star appearance filler and banter.

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Did the writers somehow FORGET that it was Chad Michael Murray's Lucas Scott who defined this show, elevated it to any greatness it ever attained? I don't mean to steal credit from any of the other amazing actors but who are we kidding? Lucas Scott made, drove, lifted the world of Tree Hill to heights it could have never imagined. His voice, his choice of novels, his characters are everything that is Tree Hill. Losing him was the show's greatest fault. To have him return without Peyton also hurt like a knife thrusted right into the heart. I cannot believe they did not save him for the finale. HIS voice needs to be narrating again. I'm tired of the replacements. They could not, have not, and will never replace him. Chad, you are missed.

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First, this season hasn't been one of my favorites, either kill Nathan or don't, just quit the storyline because it's so bad it's funny. Second, Logan is probably a hallucination of Clay's because Clay likes Wolverine, whose real name is Logan, thus the kid is probably a link to Clay's mental issues. Third, if Chad Michael Murray was not going to be there for the rest of the season, don't bring him back at all because it just upset me and it probably was a waste of money on their part. Fourth, I think Chris Keller is the one under the sheet or Brooke, unless a plane crash occurred and it's Jamie. Just throwing that out there!

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@josh - sometimes when people in prison have a life threatening or debilitating diseases that will kill them they get released. Something about not being a danger to anyone, I dunno. Dan had that heart problem that was supposed to kill him. I'm not saying its right,I'm just saying it happens - at least I've seen it in a few tv shows.

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@ Katarina
Thanks for ruining that one for me. Really, I wasn't looking forward to finding that one out for myself.

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I'm sorry but, even if/when Dan helps save Nate, that does not make up for him killing Keith. How does that conversation go? Karen, Haley, Lucas, Peyton, Jamie and others say "We love Nate more than Keith so we forgive you"? Seriously, if Keith was alive, they would have turned to him first to save Nate, not Dan. Also, why did Dan only get 4 years for the murder? What lie did he tell the cops to get THAT plea deal?