'The O.C.' finale: Life is a dream

Ocblog_lI cried… let’s just say "numerous" times during the last O.C. ever. Opening titles. Seth’s childhood growth chart that the midwife and wedding planner (whoa, convenient) thought were termites. Sophie Cohen. The Marissa locket. Flapjacks. Summer’s final "Ew!" regarding Taylor’s blog. The G.E.O.R.G.E. bus pulling away, which led into AN ENTIRE SCENE ABOUT THE BAGEL SLICER in which Sandy and Kirsten treated it like a member of the family, which it was, OH MY GOD. At that point, I progressed into a flailing combination of sobs, giggles, and awe. I was a total mess. There was so much couch-writhing I think I even turned a somersault. It was unattractive.

Then there were the last few minutes or so of just absolute O.C. perfection, from the moment Kirsten called out "It’s time to go!" and Sandy said "Yep." Oh, hey, my own tears, I’d really missed you for the last 45 seconds. Glad you’re back. Cue the best Seth-Ryan moment ever, in which they consummated their blood-brotherly love with a real hug! And then they couldn’t stop grinning about each other, but to themselves, if that makes any sense. I watched it 14 times so I know exactly what I’m talking about, obviously.

Ryan walking through the empty Cohen house made me break down thehardest. Each new room triggered a different scene from the firstepisodes of the series. That, plus the way the house resembled season1′s model home, made it seem like the whole story was starting over. Iprobably melted the most right after the shot of Sandy and Kirstensaying Ryan would be staying with them for awhile cut to present-dayRyan, launching a meaningful power-glare towards the kitchen. Even hehad a tear. How could you not?

And the song hadn’t even begun! The last and best-ever O.C.music montage showed the future versions of everyone. Summer tookactivism a little too far and wore peace-sign earrings. Seth had abedroom. Sandy became a law professor, which is so perfect because itwas either that or surf instructor and I suppose his undying work ethictranslates better in the classroom. Kaitlin and (Team) Julie went tocollege! Summer and Seth got married, and Ryan wore a yarmulke (of thenon-"claus" variety). Sophie and the adorable Little Boy Coop lookedjust like Kiki and JuJu. And, like the series, the entire song openedand closed on Ryan. This time, instead of pairing up with Sandy,Architectural Ryan noticed a kid in bad shape and became Sandy. You couldn’t ask for a better parting shot.

"Hey, kid. Need any help?"

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  • Amber

    Sorry to be nit-picky but the editing seemed a little off. But loved it anyway and I cried at the end for sure, especially when Ryan saw Marissa. We heart you OC!

  • Christina

    “Hey, kid. Need any help?”
    The best parting words this show could have had. The waterworks started running for me at the Seth-Summer bus scene and didn’t stop til the credits. Way to go out O.C. I’m sure going to miss you!

  • mike

    The kid was probably his son. The episode was pretty good. It was nice for Ben Mckenzie to play his age at the end. Reunion show, maybe? The one thing I didn’t like was the whole Frank-Bullitt situation.

  • Andrew

    The brief second that Ryan saw Marissa staring into his car was the moment that made me glad that I watched the OC. It was the closure I needed.

  • Erin

    The best moment was when Summer gave Julie the locket with Marissa’s picture. And when it flashbacked to Ryan driving by Marissa. The two of them is what the OC was for me. I am glad they showed the future with everyone’s happy ending. I am sure going to miss this show.

  • Jenn

    Julie and Kailin with Frank Jr and Evan Frank made me sad ’cause they lost marissa. Where was Kirsten in the Montage. Might of Liked to see Ryan and the Family together more in the future even had him explain to Sophie why he is her and Frank Jr brother. Only real gripe is the Kirsten thing and the pronouns again- but hey those are style points and nitpicks. Long live the Cohen atwood coopers!

  • Kate

    I thought the episode was fantastic and defintely shed some tears! Could anyone tell whether Ryan and Taylor stayed together or not? It was unclear to me.

  • Brandie

    I loved the episode! One of the best series finales ever! It was great to see a glimpse into the characters’ future lives without it being too cheesy. I loved the ending with Ryan becoming all Sandy-esque. Maybe, for generations to come, Atwoods will be adopting random kids off the street. So sweet…

  • Stacey

    I hate that Ryan’s dad was such a part of things in the end. Julie’s baby daddy. Bad move. At least Julie did things alone, but I did like that she went to school. Kaitlin too. The Cooper woman sticking together. I really missed Marissa, especially in that slight glimpse at the end. Didn’t like Summer leaving. Even if she and Seth ended up married. Ah, little Sophie Rose…so sweet. I LOVED how Ryan became Sandy, when he saw that troubled youth. Ryan came a long way. LOVED the ending. Wish Taylor hadn’t been such a big part of it. I’ll miss the show. But it became such a different show this last season, it really wasn’t the same show. But I’ll miss it. Ryan grew up so much, from those glimpses of the pilot while Ryan was having a last look. Good memories.

  • Shelly

    I started crying when Seth put up the picture of Summer. It was so sweet and so worth it that they got together after all.

  • Raegan

    Annie, you have made watching the OC a pleasure. Along with loving the show I always look forward to your comments. You are a true fan and I will always hold a place in my heart for your OC blogs. Long live the OC! (tears)

  • Kristin

    I’ve watched the finale twice already, and I have to say that I absolutely loved this episode. So many little moments of humor, like Summer’s line about “these teen dramas just go on forever!” and when Kirsten’s water breaks and one of the guys goes “This is so random, but I’m a midwife!” LOVED IT. But, of course, plenty of nostalgia and sadness. There were even some surprises, which I wasn’t expecting since the preview seemed to give a lot away. I’m going to miss this show so much, but I loved how they wrapped it up with the flashforwards. Also, needless to say, the ending was completely perfect, and the final song is growing on me every time I rewatch the ep. This really is the end of an era, but damn if it wasn’t a good one.

  • Ruby

    Great ending…the only thing I was left wondering, so did Ryan and Taylor end up together? But now I kind of like how they put that up in air, like it really isn’t the most important thing. The important thing was how she helped him become better, get through Marissa’s death. So I loved how the last music montage revolved only around the main characters. I started to well up during the moving scene (first Chrismakkuah photo!), started shedding my first tears as Ryan walked around the house, and was all out bawling by the time they reached Seth pinning up that newspaper clipping of Summer straight through the end (Sandy as a law professor, PERFECT!). Loved that Ryan came full circle, just so great. And even though I too felt Frank was a little forced and that there was a little bit of nostalgia for Marissa (that shot of him driving away and seeing Marissa always got to me), but it still all felt right and came together. So definitely, long live the Cohen Atwood Coopers.

  • Jim

    Awesome way to end it, Does anyone get the timetable at the end had enough time passed for that kid to be ryans illigitimate son from the end of sesaon 1? does anyone know? I need closure.

  • Brent

    Wow. Best series finale since ‘Six Feet Under’. I’m so glad they gave us closure. Instead of being depressed, I just felt good about it all. Sad, of course, but happy at the same time. Very well done. This show will go down in history as one of the greatest for me. I will totally be watching the DVD’s when I am 50. Count on it. lol
    Where do we get Annie Barrett now? That bagel slicer was for you! Josh even said so! :)

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