The O.C. has been just a bit hit-and-miss in the past couple weeks as the writers grasped with the unfortunate need to reach a premature resolution, but Thursday (Feb. 15) night’s penultimate hour was a superior mixture of the kind of soap opera pathos and quick witted hilarity the show has sometimes blended so well.
[Guess what? There are spoilers here.]
Titled "Night Moves," the episode focused on the aftermath of last week’s earthquake and at various points everybody from Ryan to Kirsten’s unborn baby to Pancakes the Bunny faced at least some jeopardy. But this wasn’t a Big Shock episode of The O.C. and nobody fell off a cliff, got crushed by a car or locked tongues with Olivia Wilde. It instead opted to reaffirm the themes of family and forgiveness that will likely get beaten to blissful death in next week’s finale.
How much was the episode about family? Ryan and Seth, long brothers-in-arms, also became blood brothers when the former brawler from Chino required an O-negative infusion from the former friendless geek from Newport Beach. It may not have saved Ryan’s life necessarily, but it allowed for this priceless exchange.
Ryan: That’s weird, because all of a sudden, I have this strange urge to listen to Death Cab and read comic books.
Seth: Aw. That’s too bad, because if we could have turned this into a body-swap comedy, we could have squeezed another year or two out of this.
It’s either sad because it’s true, or funny because it’s true.
Just a few highlights of many:
I could go on.
But I won’t.
Instead, because I can’t just love anything, the lowlights:
Only one more week, kids.
So, what’d you think of the episode? And, more importantly, what do you want to see happen in next week’s finale?