Friday, September 23, 2005

The O.C. Report

Why didn’t they just kill Jimmy?

Well, he’s effectively dead to the show, at least...and this time, I say good riddance. He’s so clearly a guy who can’t stay out of trouble, I, for one, wasn’t holding my breath on the whirlwind re-marriage. Who didn’t see the Caleb’s will fiasco coming from a mile away? I never thought I’d say this, but poor Julie—from the looks of next week’s episode, she and Marissa are hitting the skids. (I wonder who’s going to pay for that expensive boarding school for the Cooper daughter we never see? Or are the writers finally going to have to show us that this Caitlin girl actually exists?) I’d feel sorry for Marissa, too, but she seemed surprisingly zen about the whole thing. That must have been some good sex. So at least one good thing did come out of the breakneck Cooper courtship: Ryan and Marissa getting yeah. With a little help from Seth & Summer, the dears - and some tiki torches...

I can’t say I’m too impressed by the new dean as figure of terror—he’s too much of a caricature to be at all menacing. At least he’s ditched that ridiculous powder-blue vest he was wearing in last week’s episode: if that’s the costume designer’s idea of an East Coast preppie from hell, (s)he has another think coming. And what’s with his twisted partnership with the annoying Tracy Flick-ish girl who’s trying to take over the high school? I devoutly hope the two of them get caught doing the nasty later in the show, so we can be rid of the pair of them.

And finally, Kirsten and Sandy are back together again, as they should be. The Cohens together, the Coopers rent asunder—the O.C. gods are in their heaven, and all’s right with the world. But I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of the Jeri Ryan character, who majorly creeps me out. Was that a picture of the Cohens she stowed away in her suitcase? And what was that line about living on the beach? Is she going to pull a “Fatal Attraction” or “Single White Female” next? Nothing would surprise me at this point, but then everything’s par for the course on this show.


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