Let's Compare Scenes: Farewell Videos
You’re going to want to grab some tissues for this one.
“Dawson’s Creek” and “One Tree Hill” have a lot of similarities. They were both filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina (where I now live), both are set in small towns, and actors like James Van Der Beek appeared on both shows. I even pointed out in January how both series introduced baby sisters named Lily in their respective fourth seasons.
Well, here’s something else they have in common: Both “Dawson’s Creek” and “One Tree Hill” had main characters film farewell videos for their children.
Jen, dying of a heart ailment, films a farewell video message for her infant daughter Amy.
In the series finale, episodes 6.23 and 6.24, “All Good Things… Must Come to an End,” viewers — and Jen’s own friends — learn she has been secretly battling a heart ailment. When it becomes clear nothing more can be done to help her and death is imminent, Jen enlists Dawson to record her delivering a farewell message for her daughter Amy, who is only a baby. The message is filled with advice for life without her.
One Tree Hill
Peyton, at risk of dying from a pregnancy condition, films a farewell video message for her unborn child.
In episode 6.22, “Show Me How to Live,” a pregnant Peyton, still reeling from the news that she may die if she carries her baby to term, records herself delivering a farewell message for her child. The message is filled with advice for life without her.
In another weird coincidence, in both cases these heartbreaking moments took place in season 6. Of course, there are some differences. Jen has Dawson’s support in filming the video while Peyton doesn’t have Lucas’. Jen’s daughter is already born while Peyton’s isn’t. And it’s only a matter of time before Jen dies while Peyton is motivated by just the possibility of dying.
But the main concept of both scenes are the same. And damn, you needed those tissues right?!
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