Looks Like It's Really Quits for One Tree Hill's Nathan and Haley

Okay, I have a confession to make. Although I cover One Tree

Hill for Film.com, my eyes are not glued to the television for

every second of every episode. I mean, it isn't like I have to watch

carefully lest I miss a conspiracy-theory clue or a subtle moment of

Emmy-worthy acting if I get up to put the laundry in the dryer without

pausing the TiVo. So last week I was in the kitchen packing my lunch

for the next day when I heard a lot of splashing followed shortly by

Haley saying, "I want a divorce."

A quick rewind of the DVR revealed that Nathan and Haley were still

bickering about crazy Nanny Carrie when Jamie went into the pool after

his basketball and nearly drowned. (Don't fret, moppet fans, the

precocious little tyke is just fine.) I have to say, I'll be surprised

if the marriage breaks up, and disappointed. In the past four and a

half seasons, Nathan and Haley have been the only cast members not

participating in the bed hopping that runs rampant over the rest of

Tree Hill. I guess if you are going to have two characters on your teen

soap do something so ridiculous as get married as juniors in high

school, you have to really commit to the relationship whole-heartedly.

By extension, so do they.

I tuned in this week interested to see whether this is really the

end for Nathan and Haley, or if this is just a bump in the road. On the

eve of their own wedding (wow, that was quick), Lucas and Lindsey

attempted to get those two crazy kids back together by scheduling their

respective bachelor and bachelorette parties at the same location.

Original! Nathan and Haley both saw right through the plan, but it got

them talking. Unfortunately, they were beyond the point where talking

would help. Only time will tell if the split will take.

Given the pacing of this show, it's hard to say how long the

break-up will take. They could drag the divorce proceedings on for two

seasons with a bitter custody battle, or Nathan and Haley could be

friendly with each other but dating other people two episodes from now.

OTH was recently renewed for next season, so the opportunity

exists for a long story arc.

In other OTH news, Rachel is still nuts; Brooke fired her

bitchy mom; and Dan's out on parole (sporting the kind of facial hair

only found on a pirate or prison inmate). I give those two model

parents about an episode and a half before they hook up. Bevin showed

up and revealed that she married Tim, and Owen fixed Peyton up with

Brooke's old flame Chase.

Next week: In the 100th episode, Karen returns to town, Dan shows up

for Lucas's wedding, and Haley tries to talk Lucas out of marrying

Lindsey.


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Amy Kane spends as much quality time with her television as

possible, when she's not busy at her day job as a cube dweller.