The reason season 4 was different for me was the inconsistency. At the end of season 3 Brooke was upset with Lucas, but was still sort of kind to him...even when she breaks up with him in 401. Then, all of a sudden she is a complete bitch to him even though he didn't do anything wrong. It makes no sense to dance with him at the wedding after she found out about the kiss, tell him that she will always love him, only to ignore him later and be mean to him.
Also, the whole breakup speech is contradictory – first she says it's not about Peyton and then she mentions Peyton several times while listing her reasons to Lucas (making a mix, sharing a laugh...). Not to mention comments like 'Peyton really wants chips', 'Because of Peyton?' and the like...she tells Haley that Lucas and Peyton are sneaking around again (which they were not, since Brooke broke up with Lucas so there was no reason to sneak around).
My main problem is with Brooke. She is actually my favourite character in all the other seasons (except maybe 7) but her character in season 4 in general was disappointing. After growing so much in seasons 1, 2 and 3, she showed complete regression. Within a few days of breaking up with supposedly love of her life she started sleeping around, with her teacher no less (even when she was crushed and heartbroken in season 1 she didn't do that, but grieved). Although I can understand anger towards Peyton, when she was almost raped and maybe worse, Brooke barely acknowledged that (again, after much worse situation with cheating in season 1 she stuck up for Peyton in simple chick fight with Nikki), dead mom comments were way, waaaay too much. Stealing the calculus test and then letting Rachel to take the fall all by herself. Regarding the BN sextape, I'll just blame that on the writers cause it makes no sense whatsoever. While Brooke may have been (or is) slutty, she was always portrayed as loyal if nothing else. That storyline makes her not only a hypocrite, but completely nullifies her insecurities about LP.
At the end of 403 she was crying supposedly because of 'I'm not the guy for you' comment. What was she expecting? After being rude to Lucas, ignoring him, kissing Derek in front of him, telling him that she was not going to fight for him while the crowd is listening (not that she ever fought for him), she was hurt by that comment? She set herself for that one. There is only so much crap a guy can take. Brooke bailed the relationship at the first sign of trouble. She dumps him after losing Keith, basketball, and his HCM (so much for the promise to save him back in the 317), and why? Because she never really forgave him for cheating on her with Peyton and was constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop. That's why she called it quits right after Peyton confessed her feelings to Brooke cause she fully expected him to go after Peyton when and if he found out about Peyton's feelings for him. She never gave him the benefit of the doubt. Or the truth for that matter. I think he had the right to know about that confession cause then he would at least known how to try to fix the whole thing. Instead she (Peyton too) kept him in the dark while he was wondering why did she break up with him in the first place. He never really had a chance. And to make it worse, he never did found out about that. Makes you wonder why did she ever got back together with him in the first place if she could never make herself trust him again.
Ever since BL got back together Brooke had been bringing LP cheating up as a rebuttal in every argument, and when Lucas brings Keller up only once she started talking about bargaining chip. Pot calling the kettle black. And her comments about Lucas were also harsh, unfair and OOC. Making fun of the mixtape? Telling Peyton she gave her Lucas and can have him back whenever she wants? Lucas and Peyton having an ongoing affair behind her back? Mabe in her paranoid mind.
Then in 404 when Lucas asks her about her possible pregnancy she tells him that he is sneaking behind her back with Peyton??? WTF? In case it's impossible for her to comprehend, you can't sneak behind somebody's back if that somebody broke up with you before the supposed 'sneaking around' happened. And then she again acts all hurt when he mentions Keller even though she tells him second before that he is not the only guy she ever slept with.
During the whole season Brooke was constantly walking in on something and was jumping to wrong conclusions without bothering to actually talk with Lucas or Peyton and trying to clarify things. LP hug in the hospital, LP at the mall on her birthday, LP talking outside of school...later on walking in on LP make out session, LP having sex, Nick cheating, Peyton brushing teeth...it got to the point of it being ridiculous. Like some bad mexican soap opera. I mean, come on...enough is enough.
Lucas....for a guy who can solve a murder in his sleep he can be pretty daft sometimes. Before he told Brooke about the kiss she asked him not to talk to Peyton and later while they danced she mentioned that Peyton told her some things about the two of them. He knew they weren't on speaking terms and he knew that it was about him and Peyton. Before Brooke found out about the kiss. And never once, while he was trying to figure out why she broke up with him, did it cross his mind to question her about that. Or to question Peyton if Brooke wasn't speaking to him, cause she told him too that she told something to Brooke. We are supposed to believe that he was so in love with her and wanted her back and there with him when his dreams come true, and he didn't even explore all the clues to their breakup. Huge clues.
I understand Peyton is his friend, but trying to get Brooke back and hanging with Peyton every single second of every single day probably isn't the right way to do that. He knows that Brooke has some kind of problem with Peyton. At least try to find out what it is if you hang out with her all the time. Completely unconvincing.
Come to think of it, the whole breakup was unconvincing. Brooke was in love with Lucas pretty much since season 1, she never did truly got over him. Lucas started to fall for her in the first half of season 2. He wanted to be with her ever since then. Even though he had his work cut out for him, considering everything that happened before, he couldn't shake that feeling. The whole summer spent with Peyton couldn't shake it. Brooke made him to jump through all these hoops (non exclusive dating, the whole Rachel thing, costume party, fantasy boy draft, sleeping with Keller...). And when they finally got back together he still had to deal with Brooke's insecurities....so I guess that means he was willing to really make an effort. That showed how much he wanted to be with her. And her feelings for him were always there, no doubt about that. Then comes season 4. Brooke lets go and moves on in the matter of days and Lucas doesn't really look all that hurt or crushed. Hell, he seemed much worse after the Keller incident, and that showed emotions of someone who cares. But in season 4, after all the effort he put into the relationship, when she walks away he seems like....oh well, what are you gonna do....I wonder what game is on TV tonight. Like nothing ever happened.
Friendship between Lucas and Haley was almost non existent. They didn't confide in each other. She found out he broke up with his girlfriend from Brooke, she didn't tell him of her pregnancy at first, he never mentions everything about Peyton and her I love you stuff and maybe asks advice from Haley, not a word about Dan....
All of the characters were distant this season. Peyton gets attacked and no one checks on her except for Lucas. Everyone had their own little world – Brooke and Rachel, Lucas and Peyton, Nathan and Haley...and the worst one with Karen and Dan. It doesn't seem realistic that she would forget everything that happened for the past 17 years and hang out with him all the time.
And all the pointless new characters like Shelly, Chase, Nick, Psycho Derek, and the real one were not needed.
PD storyline would have been good if it wasn't like a 80's horror movie. Once was enough,but when he came back for the prom it was too much. Not to mention his super human strength. He can fall on his back from second story window, brush off the dust and escape, get tasered and nothing, get stabbed and nothing. Come on...at one point I expected him to show that he was the terminator beneath his human exterior. It was that ridiculous.
They kind of ruined LP reunion with lack of build up on Lucas' part. Peyton waited long enough but Lucas was one moment ready to try again with Brooke and the next moment in love with Peyton. It should have been handled differently.
Now....there were some episodes that I liked...championship episode was great, actually liked the point shaving story, pictures of you and the finale was great. But all in all this season was the start of soap opera OTH.
There, had to say it. Sorry for any mistakes, English is not my native language.