ONE TREE HILL: 9.02 “In the Room Where You Sleep”
Ok, you OTH fans, you can get angry at me. It’s been way too long since Wednesday’s episode, and this review is way behind. But there’s one main reason for it: I don’t know what to say!
It’s not that the episode was bad. Trust me. When an episode is bad, I have plenty to say. This episode was just standard. It wasn’t slow, it wasn’t fast, it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t great. It was just a standard episode that moved plots along, without anything huge to make it notable.
I’m still not saying that’s bad. It’s just hard to write about.
Honestly, every show has to have episodes like this. You can’t make huge life-altering episodes every time, and after the setup in the last episode, you needed some filler to get the story moving. It’s like a book; sometimes you have those boring chapters that talk about the anatomy of a while, just so you know how to kill Moby Dick.
But let’s go with some individual points. First, Mouth and Millie. I’m assuming this is supposed to be comedic relief, but it’s something I could have easily done without. Mouth and Millie could have disappeared into oblivion, for all I care. So seeing him large, fat, and unaware is just a little ridiculous (unless he ends up having a heart attack and ends up under that sheet). It’s just kinda…eh.
Then there was the triangle between Brooke, her mom, and her dad, all discussing Baker Man. I don’t understand why Brooke doesn’t see that her dad is a sleeze. Perhaps it’s because we’ve never seen him before that we’re able to distinguish that (she clearly has a special place in her heart for her dad), but after all her mom’s warnings and his late, irresponsible appearances, you’d think that Brooke would be smart enough to see that this is a bad idea. I guess we’ll find out.
As for Clay, his sleepwalking hasn’t improved, and now Nathan has to step up and take his trip to Europe for him. This means that Dan is left at home with Haley and kids (while she does hope for the best, I can see nothing but bad things happening). Meanwhile, Clay was supposed to get medication for his condition, but in the last scene, we see him wandering away. Could it be that he fell asleep while waiting and sleepwalked away from the prescription counter? Or is there more here, where he really doesn’t want to be healed?
Finally, there’s Chase and Alex. Personally, if I were Alex, I’d be rather annoyed to discover that my boyfriend moved all my belongings in with him without even asking (after all, that’s a big step). Clearly, this backfired, given her regretful face and sudden choice to go on tour, per Chris Keller’s suggestion. I wonder what’s going to happen there.
Either way, all this setup hopefully brings some more action in the next episode. While I don’t mind the occasional episode that focuses on the show’s anatomy, I really need to know who’s going to be killed in the end.