11. Julian reveals to Brooke that he bought her childhood home for them and their boys: “Welcome home, Brooke Davis.”
12. What’s that? Another time jump! This one was done so subtly that I didn’t catch on until I noticed that Millie was pregnant—and, of course, 17-year-old Jamie Scott, who has joined his father as “all-time lead scorer” up on the wall. Honestly, I thought that was a bit much. It’s been ages since the characters were in high school, but it seemed a little unrealistic that as a junior Jamie would have already broken records. Not to mention, the whole beginning of the episode was about Nathan telling him how damaging it was for other people, and Dan, to expect him to be an all-star. Even though Jamie said he wants to do basketball, it would have been much more interesting for him to never live up to his father’s legend. But this is a series finale and not a backdoor pilot, so ostensibly it makes sense to buoy our spirits with that final shot of Jamie’s jersey. But first, a few more moments to note.
13. The fact that Lucas and Peyton didn’t make it to Jamie’s game. Really guys? It was one scene!
14. Bevin and Skills are dating again!
15. The final monologue. I must confess, as much as Schwahn and the cast talk about OTH being about hope, my impression of the series has always been everything but: The kidnappings, the love triangles, the half-naked pillow fights, the sex, the meta jokes, the basketball. But I guess if you really think about it, woven into each of these seemingly outrageous plotlines is that drive to move forward. As we saw with the Brooke/Julian storyline earlier this season, even though it started out crazy-dramatic, it ended on hope that they would be able to move through it instead of automatically breaking them up like another soap — or even OTH, in its early seasons — would. So, it’s worth posting the ending monologue here. (Thanks to Tumblr user madnessmyself for copying it down.)
It’s the oldest story in the world. One day you’re 17 and planning for someday. And then, quietly, and without you ever really noticing… Someday is today. The someday is yesterday. And this is your life.
We spend so much time wanting, pursing, wishing. But ambition is good. Chasing things with integrity is good. Dreaming.
If you had a friend you know you’d never see again… What would you say? If you could do one last thing for someone you love… What would it be? Say it. Do it. Don’t wait. Nothing lasts forever.
Make a wish and place it in your heart. Anything you want. Everything you want. Do you have it? Good. Now believe it can come true.
You never know where the next miracle is gonna come from. The next memory. The next smile. The next wish come true.
But if you believe that it’s right around the corner… And you open your heart and mind to the possibility of it… to the certainty of it…
You just might get the thing you’re wishing for. The world is full of magic. You just have to believe in it. So make your wish. Do you have it? Good. Now believe in it. With all your heart.
Alternatively, here’s the final scene—at least, until The CW yanks it:
Please share your thoughts on the finale in the comments! Did I miss any good moments? Do you disagree — with me or with the show — about how the series ended? How many times are you going to rewatch the finale?
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