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December 14, 2006: It's a Wonderful Chrismukkah

‘Twas the night before Chrismukkah,when people worried through The O.C.Because Ryan wasn’t stirring,stuck in a coma was he.Chrismukkah is always very special on The O.C., and this installment didn’t disappoint. This year they borrowed a popular page from the TV Christmas Handbook and did their own “alt-universe” spin on It’s a Wonderful Life. George Bailey stand-in Ryan was able to see what life in Newport would have been like if he never arrived there, and it wasn’t pretty. But it was funny. Funniest of all had to be Summer, Chester’s “mindless bimbo” of a bride-to-be. Every time the clueless, bling-loving junior Newpsie was on screen I cracked up. And although the save-the-earth Summer that we have come to know the past few months can be a bit of a downer, this episode showed how things would have been much worse if Summer had gone in the opposite direction.Likewise, it showed Sandy going in a direction that strayed far from the et... read more

November 30, 2006: Not the Most Obvious Couple

Sure, Taylor was enamored with Ryan for rescuing her from her loveless marriage. And she appreciated the beauty of the sight of a shirtless Ryan. But what was the telltale sign that she had truly fallen for the guy? She actually thought the king of brooding was funny. And while Ryan’s far from Seth when it comes to witty retorts, Taylor has no problems in the humor department. Becoming someone’s uncertified sleep therapist is definitely a novel way to go about seducing someone. And she gets bonus points for the elaborateness of her approach: 50 candles, flannel pajamas and an offer to be a warm body. Her false denial when Ryan finally asked her whether she liked him was priceless, as well as somewhat believable. I can’t say that I fault him for not picking up on things initially — Taylor is a little bit kooky, and she’s always jumped into projects (like high school committees) with tremendous gusto, so attacking his insomnia with such tenacity wasn’t ou... read more

The O.C. Preview: How Marissa's Death Has Rocked Newport!

Ben McKenzie and Rachel Bilson, The O.C.

With Mischa Barton's Marissa gone, graduation over, and Kaitlin Cooper back in Newport for good, can The O.C. remain as juicy and scandalous as ever? You bet it can. With Marissa's death and everyone dealing with it in their own way, there's plenty of room for relationship turmoil, new story lines, and guest stars to stir the pot. When Season 4 premieres (Thursday, Nov. 2, at 9 pm/ET, on Fox; now streaming at MySpace.com), the twisted O.C. family is displaced and obviously changed five months after the season finale's fatal accident. With the very first glimpses of Ryan, it's hard not to think back to his Chino days, and with Summer starting her first semester at Brown University, things for the fake-tan-loving freshman have cl read more

Your last column and ...

Question: Your last column and some remarks by Melinda Clarke (Julie) got me wondering: Are we going to see flashbacks of people's reactions to Marissa's death? I think that the audience really will feel shortchanged if we don't get to see that. I have no problem with the show picking up six months after, but I think that the audience is going to expect to see flashbacks or reactions, and maybe even the funeral.


Answer: Sorry, but the first script doesn't contain any of those things you just mentioned.

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Did you get any O.C. scoop at ...

Question: Did you get any O.C. scoop at TCA?


Answer: Six months will have passed — on screen and off — when the show returns in November. In other words, Marissa will long be dead and buried, and (almost) everyone will already be onto the fifth stage of grief. "It's a very realistic approach," reasons Melinda Clarke. "But I hope the audience doesn't feel like they've been short-changed." It's not like Marissa's death will be glossed over. Far from it. The ripple effects from that tragic night will continue to be felt — mostly by Julie. "She's on the edge," Clarke says. "Everything [Julie] did was motivated by Marissa. She wanted her to have a better life than she had. Now that she's not there, I don't think Julie is feeling very well."

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What's Next for The O.C.'s Julie?

Melinda Clarke, The O.C.

Love her or hate her, Julie Cooper is back, and things are finally heating up for Newport's rich-girl-turned-favorite-trailer-park neighbor. As Marissa and Kaitlin's mom on Fox's The O.C. (returning with new episodes tonight at 9 pm/ET), Melinda Clarke is finally getting story lines to rival her troublesome TV kin, and as such is having nothing but fun with her "roller-coaster" of a fictional life. TVGuide.com spoke with the actress about Julie's new digs, her relationship with Dr. Roberts (which will continue to develop), and what trouble's ahead for Marissa and Co. in this season's remaining episodes. TVGuide.com: Your O.C. alter ego has been getting some really good story l read more

What's Next for The O.C.'s Julie?

Melinda Clarke, The O.C.

Love her or hate her, Julie Cooper is back, and things are finally heating up for Newport's rich-girl-turned-favorite-trailer-park neighbor. As Marissa and Kaitlin's mom on Fox's The O.C. (returning with new episodes March 9), Melinda Clarke is finally getting story lines to rival her troublesome TV kin, and as such is having nothing but fun with her "roller-coaster" of a fictional life. TVGuide.com spoke with the actress — who recently reprised her role as dominatrix Lady Heather on CSI — to dish about Julie's new digs, her relationship with Dr. Roberts (which will continue to develop), and what trouble's ahead for Marissa and Co. in this season's remaining episodes. TVG read more

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation...

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation This is my first trip to the Watercooler, and I must say it feels good. For once I can talk about my favorite shows and not be considered a geek. It actually feels like I've got some friends now. I can suppose that's how Grissom feels as well, though his relationship with Lady Heather has seemingly reached crush status at this point. It's great to see Melinda Clarke reprise the role of the sexy dominatrix. This is the third time we've seen her, and each time we get a greater glimpse into the soul of Gil. I know this show is about the cases, but how could getting to know the personal side of William Petersen's character not intrigue you? Maybe it should be another spin-off instead — "The Secret Lives of Gil Grissom" — or something ch read more

Ahhh. I felt so good, so Oprah...

Ahhh. I felt so good, so Oprah "find your bliss" after last week's column — and episode, sure, whatever — so I've decided it's time for Round 2 of "Loathing, Liking, Loving"! And again, feel free to play along.Loathing the scenes of Jimmy's beating and Kirsten's near-relapse intercut with Ryan and Marissa's first time. Sex, violence and addiction? This isn't Rescue Me. Or a staff meeting.Liking that Ryan explained for all of us that they had in fact "done a lot," but not all of it.Loving our postcoital Coop for sending her battered pops on the run with a "stay gone" ultimatum. Girl, you are a woman now. Loathing Taylor. Still. Summer's right. Psycho Barbie's a skank. And a theater-geek skank at that.Liking that it's becoming so obvious that she and the dean have probably "done a lot," if not all of it.Loving Seth's wedgie from a sophomore. Oh, and that he didn't sell out Summer as his tik read more

First off, Melinda Clarke is not...

First off, Melinda Clarke is not married to Malcolm McDowell, or to the agent he was playing tonight. Which is a good thing, since we love Julie Cooper and hate that guy. Trying to steal Vince from Ari like that, and at the little Gold girl's bat mitzvah, no less! Of course, it's not like anyone on the guest list was on their best behavior. Don't these people know that the Beverly Hilton is a castle of class? Except when the annual Television Critics Association tour hits town, but that's a whole other column. Anyhoo, I have to say Mandy Moore's dropping that shocker about her broken engagement threw me as much as it did Vinnie, and probably for the same reasons. No good can come from these two getting back together; it totally kills our chances of Andy Roddick's making a cameo and really, the world only needs one Gigli. If that. Then again, James Cameron did turn Titanic into an Oscar winner des read more

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