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Posted Tue, November 9, 2010 9:57pm EDT

'One Tree Hill' Afterthoughts: Sophia Bush & Sharon Lawrence, Emmys All Around!

Also, where the eff has Quinn been for the past two weeks? Does she have better things to do than help her boyfriend open a can of soup?

The Nov. 9 episode of One Tree Hill took things slowly. And when I say “slow,” I mean the episode’s biggest action scene involved Clay (Robert Buckley) struggling to open up a can of soup. (“Suck it, soup!” he proclaimed victoriously.) But sometimes slow is good, especially in Tree Hill. Through extensive dialogue, we learned a little more about each person in the gang — especially Brooke (can someone please give Sophia Bush an Emmy so I can believe in justice again?)

Now that she’s lost her company, her money and her mother, Brooke is dramatically starting over — and no one on this show (or any show… ever) does drama like Sophia Bush. Tonight, we got the official S.B. tri-fecta: tears, shouting and, not one, but several empowering speeches. What I loved the most, though, was that in her time of trouble, she retreated to the roof of her store and threw water balloons at innocent passers-by. This season has been full of nods to the past, but incorporating Peyton’s (Hilarie Burton) go-to water balloon therapy has been the best one yet.

And I’m starting to think Haley’s (Bethany Joy Galeotti) new musician Erin is less psychotic than I originally assumed. Considering this show’s history of crazies — Dan Scott, “Pyscho Derek,” Nanny Carrie and most recently Katie — I’m just waiting for someone to go apes**t.

I’m also marking Nov. 9 in my personal One Tree Hill calendar (no, I’m really not sad enough to have one) because it was officially the night I started caring about Chase (Stephen Colletti), Mia (Kate Voegele) and Alex’s (Jana Kramer) love triangle. I’m not sure what triggered it, but I’m now fully invested and I can’t wait to see the two girls go at each other’s throats on next week’s Thanksgiving episode.

Till next time…

— Andy Swift