The Scott boys are so DUMB in this episode, you guys. They make so many bad decisions. It makes me angry just typing this and thinking about it. Who is this a good episode for, you ask? Absolutely NO ONE. Maybe Brooke Davis, she has a few moments where she shines and is really, truly happy, but it is all ruined by the fact that Lucas later ruins it (sorry spoilers). So in conclusion, "With Arms Outstretched" is an episode that, while watchable, makes me angry for reasons I am about to explain.
So first off, Dan Scott is still a dick. He's such a dick, in fact, that he's pressuring Nathan (again) about basketball. So what does Nathan do? He goes to Tim (ick, first mistake) to get some performance enhancing drugs so that he'll do well in the next game. This action is possibly forgivable. It's not the worse Scott brother decision in this episode, at least I don't think it is. Nathan feels a lot of pressure from his (asshole) father. He is also trying really hard to not turn into his father (i.e. he's finally entered a healthy relationship). I am rooting for Nathan.
On the other side of the episode you have Lucas Scott, who isn't getting anywhere with Peyton, because she just broke up his brother, has abandonment issues, and was almost raped like a couple days go. Since he can't sleep with her, he decides to move on to his next best option; Brooke. Brooke has the hots for Lucas (is that something people still say? I remember hearing it a lot on Full House) and is totally ready to, um, spend more time with him. She reads a book for him, and in return he must do something she wants to do. You can guess that what she wants to do is not school appropriate.
So since Karen is away having a baby (I mean, cooking in Italy), Lucas goes out late one night with Brooke to a bar. She has fake IDs already made, what a pro. They drink beer and play pool and then Brooke shows him her tattoo and then Lucas decides to get one too. What does he get? Oh yes, my friends, he gets the Chinese symbol for 'fun'. I'm not making this shit up. I wish I were. HOW OUT OF CHARACTER IS THIS? IT DOESN'T EVEN MAKE ANY SENSE. Keith is all like, "You're an idiot." And Lucas is all like, "Man, you just don't understand." It's like that episode of Lost (which aired later, might I add) where they explain the backstory of Jack's tattoos. This is totally just to work in the fact that Chad Michael Murray has the Chinese symbol for fun tattooed on his arm. Like a douchey douche (sorry, Chad MM).
Anyway, Keith is hella pissed. This isn't the Lucas he knows! To be fair, Uncle Keith, this isn't the Lucas any of us know! He isn't having any of his bullshit, and gives him some tape to cover up the tattoo at the game later that night. We don't deserve Keith Scott. More importantly, Lucas doesn't deserve Keith Scott.
Nathan is really distracted during his tutoring sessions with Haley because he's on the drugs and also worried about the game. He treats her really unfairly, and it's not super fun to watch. He gets kind of mad when she doesn't want to have sex (not cool, bro) and then storms out of her house like the jackass he was just a couple episodes ago. Haley is way too tolerable of him at this point, but I think it's because she knows there's more to the situation than Nate is letting on.
Later, Peyton finds out Haley is a virgin, which I guess is important. I love that Haley owns it. She's just like, "So what if I am?". Mind you, these children are (supposed to be) ONLY SIXTEEN. I don't know what's going on in Tree Hill, but it seems like a lot of the kids lost their virginities before they learned to drive, which is kind of scary to me, but I am staying opened minded and letting the children live. I'm also fairly certain Lucas is still a virgin at this point as well.
At the game, Nathan passes out, and the doctors tell Dan that it's because he was taking drugs. Dan is like, "MY SON WOULD NEVER!" and the docs are all like, "Uh, he definitely did." When Deb finds out, she's hella pissed (like Keith was earlier about the tattoo), but she's not pissed at Nathan. She's pissed at Dan, because he's an asshole. She decides they're gonna get divorced. Question: Is this the first time in the sixteen years they've been married that she's decided to leave him? It's gotta have happened before this, right? I mean, Dan is SUCH an asshole. Anyway, Deb kicks Dan out and decides to be there for her son more. Good for you, Deb. Please don't crazy on us just yet.
Nathan apologizes to Haley, and they make up in a super sweet way. I still can't tell if Nathan is 100% genuine at this point, but I want to believe it. He spends the night at Haley's (no sex though) and she makes sure he is okay. I love it. I love them.
Back in the other Scott household, Peyton decides that she was silly earlier for turning Lucas down just because she was too scared of having a real relationship. She goes over to his house, professes her love for him, all the while he has this "oh shit" look on his face. Seconds later, Brooke Davis enters the room, wearing just Lucas's sweatshirt. It's the beginning of a very, very messy love triangle. Peyton looks so hurt here, I hate it. I also hate that Brooke begins to look hurt (after she makes the most amazing bitchy face of all time) too. Lucas Scott, you are about to destroy a beautiful friendship! Oh well, all's well that end's well, right?
The episode literally ends with the three of them just staring at one another, not sure what to say. It is so f'ing awkward.
Favorite line: "I'm happy, Mom. Dad loves me." Nathan to Deb. I would give this quote context, but I feel as though you already read it in a very sarcastic, Nathan Scott voice.
Most awkward moment: That ending. Yikes.
Worst decision: I think it's the tattoo, guys. Nathan had a legitimate reason for taking the PEDs, Lucas was just being a drunk idiot.
Random Observation: I have a lot of thoughts regarding Brooke and Lucas getting into the bar. Isn't Tree Hill a small town? Wouldn't they be recognized? Or did they go outside of town? Also, do I really care?
Next time: Gavin DeGraw performs! 'Cause that was a thing that people wanted to see in 2003!