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Posted Tue, November 16, 2010 9:52pm EDT

Andy's 'One Tree Hill' Afterthoughts: Quinn's Back In Town… And She's Got A Gun!

Nov. 16’s Thanksgiving episode brought out tears, secrets & SO MUCH Jello salad!

I feel like I had a real Thanksgiving tonight. Granted, my family members were replaced by the sexy, emotional creatures of Tree Hill, so there was slightly more drama involved. There was a friendly game of touch football… but it ended in a fist fight between Alex (Jana Kramer) and Mia (Kate Voegele); there was a ridiculous spread of food… but most of it came in the form of alcohol; and there was the long-awaited return of a family member, Quinn (Shantel VanSanten)… but she might also be a murderer! Yup, only slightly more drama than normal.

Jailbird Victoria (Daphne Zuniga) crashed Thanksgiving at the James-Scott household, which put her in the same room as Brooke (Sophia Bush) for the first time since their heated prison confrontation. As you can imagine, the results were… not fantastic. As a matter of fact, Millie (Lisa Goldstein) had to quickly grab the carving knife from Brooke’s reach as soon as Victoria stepped through the door. I guess we’re back to the Brooke-Victoria frienemy-ship we first saw in season five.

Meanwhile, Skills (Antwon Tanner) is apparently still very much into cougars, as he immediately eyed Julian’s (Austin Nichols) mom (Sharon Lawrence) as his prey. Apparently his fling with Deb was just the start of a serious old lady fetish. I’m kind of bummed they didn’t hook up — but hey, there’s always the wedding!

I will say, I’m super disappointed with Erin’s story line — mostly because it’s barely a story line. I’ve had my doubts about her ever since we met her (an unidentified co-worker of mine is still convinced she’s a man with the hots for Haley.) We finally found her “deep, dark” secret tonight, and it turned out to be that her parents “didn’t believe in her music.” Seriously. That’s it? So much for my dreams of a psycho for season eight. (Wait, is Katie still out there?)

I’m also already yawning at the idea of Nathan (James Lafferty) going back to school. I wasn’t crazy about him dropping basketball (PUN!) and becoming a sports agent. I’m not sure if I can handle him with a backpack.

Fortunately, Quinn might be plotting something that would seriously kick this show back into gear. When I said she might be a murder I wasn’t kidding — just speculating. She’s back from Africa, and in the episode’s final moments, we learned she’s been following around trigger-happy Katie and playing paparazzi. Will she take back that gun and take Katie out for the sake of herself and Clay (Robert Buckley?) I’m thinking hoping yes!

— Andy Swift

And just because I love you, here’s a clip of Sophia Bush’s epic turkey fail:

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