Can you believe that we’re already a quarter through the final season of One Tree Hill? I’ll be honest, I expected the show to end on a whisper instead of a bang, giving the fans some pat, neat little future where they laugh about the absurd storylines of the past nine seasons as just that, the past.
And then, in the last few minutes of “Love the Way You Lie,” Mark Schwahn and co. brought it. Let me lay it out for you, whether you watched it for yourself or are clueless. This episode was filled with bittersweet victories for Brooke and Julian: She wrangled some investors for her Baker Men little boys’ clothing line, but it was only because her dad brought her out as the pretty bimbo to charm said investors. Julian heard from a movie company in L.A. who were interested in renting out his soundstage for a new TV series, so he spent the episode excitedly setting things up for an early meeting.
There’s an odd moment where Julian gets some money out of the ATM and he notices that the twenties are dyed red on the corner. My first thought was: Counterfeit plot! (OK, so I’d just reread the fourth Stephanie Plum book.) But at the end of the episode, Brooke calls Julian, amidst sirens on his end, and says that the daycare said he never dropped off their son Davis. At that very moment, Julian sees an ambulance pulled up alongside his car—the window has been smashed open, there’s an empty baby carrier, and they’re loading a body into the ambulance. Julian stares in horror, and then… fade to black. At this point, I was shouting at the TV and desperately trolling the internet for explanations.[tagbox tag="One Tree Hill"]
Viewers can’ t figure out what happened. The prevailing theories seem to be that someone broke in to the car and tried to kidnap Davis, or even strangled him in broad daylight… or maybe the cops shot the kidnapper, and it’s his/her body being wheeled into the ambulance? (Honestly, it’s difficult to tell size, it happens so fast.) But here’s what I think:
Julian absentmindedly left little Davis strapped into his carrier in a hot car with the windows up. Police saw the baby suffocating and tried to shatter the windows, but they were too late and Davis asphyxiated.
Here’s the video, if you can bear to watch it again. Gah, I’m so stressed out just looking at Austin Nichols‘ face. (Meaning, kudos to him and Sophia Bush on such good acting.)
Davis can’t be dead! It has to be that the ambulance just took him away for his own safety, and Brooke and Julian will have Child Protective Services on their ass all season. It makes sense; the first few episodes set them up as dead tired and overworked; now Julian will stand to lose the esteem of this L.A. company. But don’t kill off one of their adorable twins! (Even though I completely predicted this last year.)
In less dramatic news, we figured out why they filmed inside a strip club over the summer: So Chris Keller and poor Chase could bond over Alex‘s departure. Yay?
So, how did the next episode “Don’t You Want to Share the Guilt?” stack up for you? We were sort of hoping the plotline would get increasingly juicy, but ultimately we’re glad that OTH wrapped up the storyline in a mature, realistic way.