ONE TREE HILL: 9.08 “A Rush of Blood to the Head”
We all knew this would be a rather intense episode from the promos, seeing Haley shuffle her feet to the body in the morgue. Now, seeing as this happened in the eighth episode, I really didn’t think it was Nathan. But all along, I thought Dan would save Nathan, get himself killed in the process, and that guy under the sheet was Dan, leaving Haley upset and remorseful for the man who gave his life to save her husband.
I suppose that could still happen, but this scene didn’t depict that. The man they pulled from the lake was just another nameless face, which is rather upsetting in its own way.
At first I was a little annoyed. How dare they show us this scene this early — and so early in the episode! Haley was viewing the body 17 minutes into the episode. Clearly, if this were Nathan, we would need much more drama leading up to it, right?
Well, One Tree Hill knew what it was doing. By putting all the focus on this scene — both in the season premiere, the promos, and heck, the cold open — we forgot about one chilling scene that happened by the end of the episode. Also foreshadowed in the premiere was Chase being arrested. Of course, way back when, we just saw him put in the car looking upset. We didn’t see the blood spattered on his face, and we certainly didn’t know why.
I was completely blindsided in seeing Chase actually beat Chuck’s father with a tire iron, even if we were only seeing silhouettes through the curtains. While I figured that we’d find out Chuck was, in fact, being abused, I didn’t think that Chase would go so far as to attack the culprit. I thought he’d go the good-guy route, calling the authorities before he left, and finally giving a sad puppy-dog look as Chuck was passed along to social services, angry at Chase for ruining his life but Chase content, knowing it was for his own good.
Whether Chuck’s father is alive or dead, we have to wait to see. But either way, Chase just threw his life away. I’m curious, too, to find out what Chuck has to say about it. Chuck’s father was always an idol to him, and whether that changed in the beating, I have no idea. But either way, Chase doesn’t have a good road ahead of him. He should have known better. Honestly, the minute Chuck got out of the house, I was screaming (and I think JC was, too), “Call the police! Call the police!” But he took a different route.
What’s interesting here is comparing Chuck’s assault with that of Brooke’s stalker. Two very different people committed the same crime (of course, for different reasons). It was an interesting juxtaposition. Chase, you’d probably trust with your life. The other guy, you wouldn’t trust at all. And yet, one’s free and one not only has been arrested but will probably also be court marshaled. This is bad.
Beyond that, we’ve got Clay. Now, I don’t know what to do with this. We all knew the story of Sarah and her suddenly collapsing. But the fact that Clay has a kid, well, what do you do with that? Repetitive, I know, but I’m just lost. Why is he there? Why is it so important that they convince him that he has a son? Clearly, Sarah’s parents were the ones taking care of him (at least, that’s my guess), so why the change now? And what does this have to do with his sleepwalking?
I guess we’ll have to see how this plays out. If anything, he has gotten one damn cute kid out of it. It could have been much worse. But why discover it now?