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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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OMG. Ok, from the beginning!
It was so good to see Lucas again! And I agree with you Dan, Lucas gives a comfortable vibe. But I'm really disappointed that he won't stay anymore than this episode.. Oh, I love him and I couldn't get enough of him. And I immediately started to cry when Lucas hugged Haley at the airport. The music in the background and how you could see on her face she was trying to keep it together and he holding her tight and kissing her, was just the Haley and Lucas moment we needed, or I needed.

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Lo - omg ur totally right, they do that on purpose......lol, that idea totally slipped my mind

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To nutmeg024: Just because she's crying, doesn't mean it's someone she loves. She could be crying out of RELIEF, that it's NOT Nathan or someone in her life. It's like in season 1 when Peyton had to identify the man they found at sea (who they thought might be her father). She said, "It's not him," and then completely broke down crying. So I'm hoping it's either one of the bad guys, or someone completely unrelated to the story, and she's crying with relief that Nathan could still be alive. Let's hope!

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Logan is Clay's son - who else would name a child after his favourite superhero? :P As for the body under the sheet, I reckon it's Dan. It just can't be Nathan, I don't think ANYONE would be impressed with one of the main characters being killed off right at the end, and I'm sure Mark Schwahn knows that. Saying that, if its not Dan, I'm going for the dream. Or that Mark is just mean :( I'm holding out for another Lucas scene, just because the kids have to come back! It's unlikely, as everywhere says its just the one episode that Chad came back for, but I'm gonna keep dreaming! Lastly, out of curiosity, if you didn't watch the show anymore (since S6) why are you reading episode recaps O_o;

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Oh and I like already suspected the cop of being shady the minute we were introduced to his character..... To much time was spent on his scene for him not to be apart of something else going on. There was just something about his demeanor that put me off. Also then he showed up at hayleys front door, the visit felt wrong, again something was off. Then my suspicions were confirmed when he showed up when nathan was trying to escape, I was like "sh!t, u gotta be kidding me?!" Then I thought I was wrong when he handed him the gun. then we come face to face with the bad guy and the gun doesn't go off. DISSAPOINTMENT/SIGH/SHRUG (in that order.....)

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Stopped watching the show when Lucas and Peyton left. So for me the series ended Season 6.

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Lo - youre right, out was in his head, my bad, lol. And now that you've explained it like that it makes more sense but I dont see how parents would just let their son wonder the world alone in the mental state he was in, let adobe a medical professional. It half makes sense. Lol. it would definitely be cool if he was clays kid, hes soooo cute, and he would be another friend for jamie :) another note that came to me after reading all the comments - I dont really see hayley crying like that over anyone else but nate or quinn. definitely not dan, even if dan ends up being killed saving nathan, she would cry and be sad, but no where near as torn up the way she its in the scene we saw in the premiere. So I'm still pulling for it being a dream about nathan, maybe cause as of right now its the only thing that makes complete sense, lol.

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**It wasn't actually Sarah's ghost. Sorry for the typo. It wasn't Sarah's ghost, it's all in Clay's head.

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I think Logan is DEFINITELY Clay's kid. When he first saw Logan standing outside, the doctor said Logan's parents "both died and he's living with his grandparents." This doctor has known and been treating Clay since Sarah died. I think the doctor, Clay's family AND Sarah's family all know that Clay is in a fuge state and can't remember his own son. SO they've let him be, let him live life until he comes to the conclusion, or comes out of the state, on his own. They're placing Logan in the same hospital, hoping for Clay to be shaken up and finally remmeber. And it was ACTUALLY Sarah's ghost: it was the Sarah in Clay's mind, the Sarah he remembered. He was essentially talking to himself. We've seen all along that Clay has issues. This is him finally coming to terms with them and "waking up" to find his son. At least, that's what I'm hoping.

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After reading some of the comments I just wanted to put a thought out there...I dont want Nathan to die at all, but James was the one that didnt want to do a full season so it would kind of make sense if they killed him off. So if he does die we cant fully blame the writers because if he had signed on for a full season he probably wouldnt have died; he should have just signed on for a full season since its the last one (kind of made me upset along with Hilarie Burton not being able to reach an agreement to come back). And it makes sense that Quinn was the one that went to the airport with Haley because that is her sister, but I dont understand the lack of communication with Brooke. I understand that the past 2 episodes have been over only 2 days, but still...something doesnt seem right with this. In true One Tree Hill fashion Brooke would have been able to juggle 2 kids, married, cafe, clothing line (what happened with that btw?), and friends.

One Tree Hill Season 9 Episode 7 Quotes

Well, I'm awesome in bed, so she begs me to have sex...a lot.

Clay

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Chris: Really? Why?

One Tree Hill Season 9 Episode 7 Music

  Song Artist
Take your time Take Your Time Cary Brothers iTunes
Brooke annibale under streetlights Under Streetlights Brooke Annibale iTunes
Dj shadow not so sad and lonely (Not So) Sad And Lonely DJ Shadow iTunes