To make sure that we didn't forget what happened at the end of the previous season, the first episode begins with a replay of the final scenes from last year's finale. As I've already said in my precedent recap, Haley announces her pregnancy, Brooke and Julian are engaged, Alex and Chase are dating (but Mia is back!) and finally, Clay and Quinn are between life and death after Katie shot them down.
I was expected a lot from this season opening but it disappointed me... No action, a storyline based on couples and a stupid gun shot plot.
The main characters for this first episode were Quinn and Clay (which pissed me off because this couple is extremely boring!). They spent the whole episode at the beach kissing each other to finally realize that they were just dreaming and that this gun shot thing really happened! Is Mark Schwahn an Inception movie fan? Anyway, their fates remain undetermined and I would love a dramatic ending!
Now, let's take a look at the other characters.
I was glad to see a happy Naley couple, especially after this long period of depression for Haley... I'm sure her new pregnancy will reinforce their relationship. They have been the "strong couple" during almost all the past seasons and they bring a certain stability to the show. But it seems that one of them will have to face a medical problem as we see both Nathan and Haley visiting doctors (Haley for a pregnancy checkup and Nathan for his physical before leaving for the NBA) and receive the same answer "I just want to do some tests", after asking if everything was okay... Will Haley have a problem with the baby? Or will Nathan face a new physical problem which could compromise his NBA career?
Brooke and Julian (my favorite couple) are enjoying their new "married" status and seem happier than ever, spending all the show in their bed trying to have a baby... Uh, hold on... I thought Brooke was sterile!?
But, then Brooke got arrested by the police for money-related crimes concerning her company Clothes Over Bros. Obviously, she has nothing to do with that and she will learn that her mother, Victoria, and Millicent are responsible for everything. They lied about how much money the company makes to their investors to better support the launch of Clothes Over Bros' men clothing line: Clothes 4 Bros. Will Brooke be broke again, like in season 4? To my mind, it could be an interesting thing. The "poor Brooke" was much funnier than the "CEO Brooke".
I was pleasantly surprised by Mark Schwahn's decision to bring back the old One Tree Hill theme song "I Don't Want to Be". It was the real good news of the episode! The song will be performed by different artists during the season. Sounds great!
Don't forget to tell me what you thought about this first episode!