Nathan and his father work out in their own gym. They are bench-pressing. Nathan's dad puts too much weight on. Nathan can't lift it. Are we all seeing the symbolism here? I guess this is how they bond, by trying to kill each other to see who can press more heat. Yawn. It's nothing like that scene from Unbreakable where Bruce Willis keeps lifting more and more weight. These guys only think they're superhuman. Nathan says, "What do you know about Whitey inviting your son to play?" Dan replies, "Don't call him that." Then he goes on to explain that the kid is not his son and that Billie Jean is not his lover. No, really he just tells Nathan that he and Karen were young, and the fact that Luke's last name is Scott is merely wishful thinking on her part. Dan piles more weight on the barbell. Nathan can't lift it anymore, so Dan physically throws him off the bench and starts doing it himself. Their relationship is a strange mixture of pressure and piles of crap. Masculine bonding that takes a very firm step into really bad parenting. And I quote: "I want you to go to this kid and encourage him not to play." How can he refer to Lucas as "this kid" like he's some sort of virus? I mean, really, how cold-hearted is Dan? ["He used to play John Sears on 90210. Enough said, I think." -- Sars] Nathan's response: "I'm not afraid of him, Dad." Not "wow, how cool is it that I've got a brother" -- nope, just "Luke's a social pariah and what's the best way to get rid of him." Dan: "We don't want anyone coming in now and disrupting the offense and taking away shots. Anyway, this has more to do with Whitey and me than you." Apparently, there's a bigger picture, and "this kid's" not in it -- what-freaking-ever -- Dan wins The Worst Parent in the World award hands down. Not only is he making Nathan do his dirty work, but the prodigal son laps up the holier-than-thou we've-worked-too-hard-to-let-a-little-result-of-my-sperm-offering-get-in-the way-of-our-success crap.
One Tree Hill
Episode Report CardRagdoll: B- | 417 USERS: C+
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One Tree Hill