'The O.C.': Everyone misses She Who Will Not Be Named

14510__autumn_lWow, Fox loves this show so much it wants to air all the episodes at once! The third installment of don’t-call-it-a-comeback Season 4 revolved around the girl who died… without mentioning her name. It was actually really cool — Summer sputtering out "I miss my friend" and a resigned Julie asking Ryan to "tell me about her" made sense considering the characters still aren’t at the point where they can toss the Bag o’ Bones’ name around lightly. In fact, the only time I remember experiencing the name this season was when it was shown on her tombstone. I want pizza.

Or do I want… Chili’s? Chili’s? Really? Most blatant O.C. product placement ever! Marc Jacobs, Lexus, and In N Out have nothing on this.

Two words: Taylor Townsend (Autumn Reeser, pictured). As the one person you’d think would have no connection to Cohen family holidays, she ended up tying everything together. In a mostly somber episode, we desperately needed her comic relief — wailing in really simple French, quoting the Bible, requesting egg whites and cantaloupe from Seth, and becoming yet another woman Kirsten can resent for calling her Kiki. Despite her own mom drama, Taylor also acted as the voice of reason. Seth needed her advice on how to leave Summer alone for the time being as much as Kiki needed help not butchering the food.

What else? Ryan and Volchok somehow worked through their shizwithout anyone dying… and without anyone saying Dead Girl’s name. Weendured yet another joke about Sandy’s eyebrows, as well as a clunkyreference to Grey’s Anatomy. Also, It’s really fun to watch Seth mangle Summer’s nose with his mouth in slow-mo. Try it! And finally…

MARISSA.

Agghhh!

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  • Monica

    I’m really liking this season, it’s back to The O.C. we all loved in the first place. (And your right on the ball with your comments about Taylor).

  • Karoline

    I am really liking this season, too. The scene with the homeless guy reclaiming his dog from Marissa Jr. was hilarious. If this is the last season, at least it’ll go out on a high note. Would love to see Michael Nouri end up doing a guest shot on Grey’s Anatomy. How about it?

  • Brett Colbo

    Where can we see last night’s episode? FOX was showing episodes of “The O.C.” on myspace, but they don’t have last night’s episode. And FOX isn’t like the other stations, besides The CW, that doesn’t have an “innertube” or like program to catch up on old episodes. Does anyone have a solution to my problem?
    Also, Taylor is the best addition to the cast that could have been made. Now, when she hooks up with Ryan, that will be the telltale sign as to whether people will accept TayTay and all of her glory. We all know Ryan’s had a plethora of flings (Marissa, Lindsay, Sadie) but one that can go toe-to-toe with Seth in rounds of witty banter and hilarious consequences? Could Ryan have found his female Seth? Looks like it!

  • melissa

    Summer’s dad actually did mention Marissa’s name in the excellent scene @ the car w/ Julie. Also, that was soo good the way the action switched between Summer & Julie avoiding their feelings of grief…

  • Rob

    This season deserves to have its TV Watch back! What do you say, EW?

  • Sarah

    I thought Kiki learned how to cook in the midst of her unemployed/alcoholic phase. Taylor’s help was amusing though.

  • Kristin

    I love this show, and this season has been fantastic. I just wish people would give it a chance so it can be picked up for a whole 24-25 episodes!

  • Phil

    She said Bag o’ Bones! HAHAHAHA
    Long live THE O.C.!!! FYI, for all those really observant product placement followers, Chilis is taking a page out of Applebee’s handbook! An Applebees restaraunt has appeared in almost EVERY episode of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. The blond on-again/off-again g/f of Taylor Kitch’s character, Tim Riggins is even a waitress there.

  • beachmom

    am i the only one who thought sandy was going to invite volchok for thanksgiving dinner and then invite him to stay in the pool house?
    and was that she-who-has-no-name imprinted on summer’s t-shirt?
    it’s pretty sad that the OC is confusing me!!!
    but i still love it….

  • beachmom

    soon the automated robots will figure out how to post…be afraid, be very afraid….
    the end is nigh!!!

  • Kim

    Beachmom, I don’t think that was Marissa imprinted on Summer’s shirt, because it had a red circle and slash through it. I don’t know who it was and I kept trying to get a good look at it but they wouldn’t show it directly. Anybody?

  • harry

    it was ann coulter on summer’s t-shirt

  • theBigE

    Harry – that was Ann Coulter on Summer’s shirt! The wife and I couldn’t figure that one out, either, because I thought it was Marissa at first too.
    Satisfying episode. Next week looks good too.

  • Sara

    My favorite part was when Kaitlyn told Taylor that’s she’s crazy and it’s totally cool. “I know, isn’t it?!?” Really, I had to stop watching this show for a couple of seasons but I am super glad it’s back to its former glory. Viva la O.C.!

  • Kohl

    I don’t know how the female portion of the audience feels about her, but I am majorly crushing on Taylor Townsend. That is all.

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