'The O.C.': How Ryan got his groove back

175540__oc_lWelcome back to The O.C., lovely person! I’ve watched last night’s season premiere 27 times on MySpace and I think I’m finally ready to write about it! Here we go.

Because The O.C. is a lot like Greek and Latin poetry, shiz began in the middle. Oh, "Hey." It’s Ryan, washing his hands in his decrepit troll cave. I actually loved that we got to see this scene twice — it made the haunting song extra goosebumpy, and I simply cannot get enough of dirty running water! The repetition also made Ryan’s Fight Club-esque rematch against the nasty bald beast more powerful. Before, Ryan was in peak glutton-for-punishment mode when he chose to go up against the beast — we can assume getting wailed upon has been a key part of Ryan’s pecuilar grieving process. But after the family’s intervention and some time to process what Julie wanted him to do about Volchok, Kid Chino the pugilist rallied for the win. (He got a good warmup from that uncharacteristic shove he gave Seth — WTF was that?!) So now that he’s reached inside to figure out how to nearly kill a guy, Ryan seems set to take it up a notch.

That comic book intervention scene was about 40 different types of cheese, and by that I mean awesome. It’s so fun when you know you’re gonna start crying in a few seconds, even though what’s on your screen shouldn’t really warrant it. But then, damn, Seth had to go and draw some classic moments, including the one with the bike and the skateboard and both guys’ maniacally New Friends on the Pier grins, and I was a goner. The comics were great, but my fave part here was when Ryan grunted, "I can read." Sometimes we need a reminder! And the following Sandy-Ryan car scene was among that pair’s best. Did anyone catch when Ryan slammed the door and tried his best not to look back at Sandy but then tossed a slight full-body jerk his way just to show he cared? Wow, I’m sick.

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Summer (Rachel Bilson, pictured) was on hand to help orchestrate theSave Ryan campaign, but not before we caught her fabulously clicheddorm room and new friend Che over at Brown. It took me a full minute toprocess that she actually made it to college, and another to fullygrasp the concept of Summer willing to associate with a chunky sweaterstriped in all sorts of earth tones. She flew back to Rhode Islandbefore having any sort of meaningful conversation with Seth (save "Givea hoot, don’t pollute"), but she’ll come around within a few episodes.Girl’s got to grieve. (If only she could watch this video of every time Marissa’s said "Hey" over the years.)

Speaking of which, the Cooper women really delivered last night.Julie’s oblivious "Oh, that’s nice" reaction to Kaitlin’s reminder thatshe wasn’t at school because it was Saturday night was my favorite lineof the night, and put me in an excellent mood just a few seconds in.The reincarnation of Season 2’s Yard Guy, Julie is acting just likecomic-book Kirsten, trapped inside an "impenetrable force field" withonly odd jobs and pills to keep her company. She didn’t even flinchwhen Dr. Roberts admitted to an affair with his ex-wife. Oh, and I lovethat after countless references to Summer’s "stepmonster," we finallyget to see her and it’s just the back of her head.

Where is it all going? What does it all mean? How awesomely fake were Taylor’s photos of France? Discuss.

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  • jaime

    From that picture alone, I’m very convinced that Rachel Bilson is the hottest woman on the planet.

  • ag

    The O.C. (gawd, how I’ve missed you!) proved once again last night that they do soundtracks better than any other show (overuse of “Halelujia” notwithstanding…)

  • Aron

    I liked the episode…..and I really liked Summer. Actually wasnt to bad of an episode. I wonder if it was destroyed by Greys Anatomy in ratings.

  • *lauren*

    God, I love this show. it’s the kind of show that I could watch episode after episode and not get tired of. This was a great big welcome back bear-hug after being gone for five months. OC how we missed you!

  • sam

    The funny thing is, as someone who went to college in Providence, RI, I know about 15 guys EXACTLY like Che!
    HOORAY to see Chris Pratt back on my TV!!!!!

  • Vicky

    Haha! Love the “Hey” Clip! Definitely a bright spot in my day.

  • Candace

    Wow. I was tuning in hoping for some Slezakesque sarcasm and ragging. I must be the only person who thought they tried way too hard and delivered only a mediocre episode. The show didn’t live up to my expectations for an OC premiere, though I have to admit that that creepy song was extra good. By the way that comic book intervention scene was about 40 different types of cheese, and by that I mean LAME. That was the climax that made him want to come home after they’ve been hounding him for 5-months, I mean come on.

  • theBigE

    Hey Candace, I didn’t think much of the episode either. Big let down, and I’ve been a fan of the show since early Season 1. It reeked of Too Much Effort. Hope the next few episodes are better.

  • cRAIG

    not a bad effort at all, and I was more than prepared to jump ship after a horrid Season 3. but it’s too little, too late. Summer and the gang won’t have a Sophomore year…

  • Raegan

    I have watched The OC from day one. I will continue to watch until the bitter end. I’m not a fair-weather fan.
    Grey’s who?

  • Jenna

    I definitely agree with sam about Chris Pratt being back on TV!! Wooo next step, bring Everwood back. But back to the OC… I can’t decide if I liked it or LOVED it. and was it me? or did Grey’s Anatomy try to have some OC sounding music to rival last night…

  • Christina

    A very dark episode, but I loved it. I’m a little worried about the ratings though. Barely over 3 million viewers for the premiere is frightening.

  • junior

    The O.C. is still on? Are you serious? Who knew? Um, I guess I’ll flip during “Grey’s Anatomy” commercials but without Marissa to laugh at, it’s gonna be hard (more Ryan cage-fighting shirtless might help).
    p.s. EW, love the demoted T.V. Watch within PopWatch!

  • harry

    I LOVED IT. best episode in so long. where was everybody? People better watch or this show is going down like M.Cooper, yo. But by far the best episode in a 100 years or at least since mid-season 2 (Spider-man! Spider-man!) How great was the comic book scene. So cheezy and so awesome. And unlike Candace, I thought the comic book scene was cool because it didn’t work and just made Ryan feel enough to become a psycho lunatic on the hunt of the unfortunately named Volcock. Season 4 could be the all-time season wehave been waiting years for. Fingers crossed. Unless FOX cancels it to air Justice every night of the week.

  • bub

    Ooh, Chris Pratt? Looks like I might be picking up “The OC” this year…

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