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Posted Wed, December 1, 2010 12:21am EST

Andy's 'One Tree Hill' Afterthoughts: Dan Scott Finally Returns… As An Angel!

This week’s episode was like ‘Touched By An Angel,’ and Dan Scott is the new Della Reese!

We’ve seen Dan Scott (Paul Johanssen) take on many forms over the past seven seasons — car dealership owner, mayor, daytime talk show host, and all-around badass killer — and they’ve all held a special place in my heart. But the Nov. 30 episode of One Tree Hill re-introduced us to Dan’s most tortured persona yet: a burger cook with a heart of gold!

I also feel like Dan developed a very bizarre Karate Kid-esque relationship with Quinn (Shantel VanSanten) as he walked her through the best process of murdering Katie (Amanda Schull), but all the while reminding her she’d never be the same after pulling the trigger. (Much love up above, Uncle Keith!)

Nathan (James Lafferty) is back in school, and his business professor is a major ass-hat. On the bright side, mean old Professor Kellerman did give way to an excellent Chris Keller (Tyler Hilton) reference when Nathan told Jamie: “Promise you’ll stay away from anyone with ‘Keller’ in their name.”

Brooke (Sophia Bush) and Julian’s (Austin Nichols) story line took a backseat to everyone else’s this week, but throughout the episode they remained cuter than all the little bunnies in Tree Hill. In but a single hour, they went skydiving, dressed up for Oktoberfest, stared at the moon, at pie AND talked about kids! Julian promised to get her a behbeh she’s always dreamed of having… one way or another.

Hands down, the best part of the episode was the surprise ending: Katie is on her way back to Tree Hill to finish off Quinn and Clay (Robert Buckley), and she’s-a bringin’ a hurricane with her!

Final note: I’ve totally lost any belief in my insane co-worker’s theory that Erin (Laura Izibor) is secretly a man with his eye on Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti.) She performed at Tric — she actually opened for Kid Cudi which was random but very cool — and everything went swimmingly. There’s only room for one psycho in Tree Hill, and her name is Katie!

— Andy Swift