In a Word: The kids are still seniors -- longest year EVER.
The Action: Remember how Nathan jumped into the water to save Rachel last year? Surprise, surprise -- he survives. Everyone else does too, and Rachel decides she's in love with him, but backs off when Haley announces she's pregnant. Rachel doesn't stay out of trouble for long, though. She and Brooke steal a calculus test, and Rachel takes the fall. Then she leaves town with Mouth.
The Ravens have a new player -- "Skills" Taylor. Lucas manages to play too, despite his heart condition. But just when things are looking good for winning the state championship, Nathan gets into trouble with a loan shark who tries to force him to throw the game. He doesn't, and the loan shark hits Haley with his car. She's OK, and so is the baby, but Nathan beats the crap out of the shark. He dies, and Dan, finally trying to make up for killing Keith, takes the fall. But it turns out that the loan shark died of injuries from something else, so everyone's off the hook.
Karen lightens up about Dan, and Deb starts popping pills again. Brooke and Peyton aren't getting along. But when a stalker kidnaps Peyton, it's Brooke who rescues her, so they become friends and roommates again. After graduation, they decide to move to L.A. together. It's probably a good idea -- more fish in the sea and all that.
Lucas's bad heart finally catches up with him, and he ends up in the hospital, where he realizes in a dream that Dan killed Keith. Instead of going to the police, he decides to take care of it himself. But, just as he's about to kill his father, Dan turns himself in. He tries to commit suicide in prison but fails. Karen has Keith's baby, so we're sure she'll make Dan feel even more guilty about his brother being dead. Nathan and Haley have their baby too, a boy. Dan hasn't done anything to screw that up yet, but it's probably just a matter of time.
Back to basketball -- Nathan owns up to the whole championship-game-throwing thing, so his dream of playing for Duke is over. But he gets a lucky break when Coach Durham takes a job at a nearby college and tells Nathan he can come play for him there. Lucas gets an assistant coaching job with the same team. We hope any future team members know exactly what they're walking into.
Our Take: We like how this season comes full circle with the basketball-as-life metaphor.
Your Take: What does the future hold for the Tree Hill gang?