The O.C. Episodes

2003, TV Show

The O.C. Episode: "The Sleeping Beauty"

Season 4, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: A lovelorn Taylor won't rest until she turns an oblivious Ryan's insomnia into pillow talk; Summer needs more than a lucky rabbit's foot after her latest activist scheme at Brown; and Julie's quest for a NewMatch investor starts off with a bang.
Original Air Date: Nov 30, 2006
Guest Cast Gary Grubbs: Gordon Bullit Michelle Ongkingco: Amber Matt Crabtree: Scientist Chris Pratt: Che Kat Sawyer: Head Dean
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Season 4, Episode 5
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Length: 43:45
Aired: 11/30/2006
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November 30, 2006: Not the Most Obvious Couple Season 4, Episode 5

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 out of the ordinary for her. Nevertheless, there was no need for Ryan to be so mean when he told Seth, "I'm not gonna date Taylor." It was his tone that was especially hurtful. Yeah, he thought she was out of earshot, but still. I really felt for Taylor at that moment as he was crushing her heart. Luckily Seth was able to convince her to continue being her persistent self, and Ryan finally realized that Taylor's feelings for him were mutual. But I was having so much fun watching Taylor trying to get Ryan to like her that I could have taken a few more weeks of that. I can only begin to imagine the other schemes she would have cooked up. One person Taylor could have turned to for advice was Julie Cooper, the queen of scheming seductions (and much more successful at them than Kaitlin, who offered Taylor boring advice and got nowhere with her too-old-for-her-anyway tennis instructor). I loved how Julie was momentarily offended that "Sandy served me up like a piece of meat," when first hearing about the Bullet, before asking in her next breath, "How rich is he?" I think dating a father and a son is a new one for her, as is dating someone her daughter likes. (Luke doesn't count, because Marissa had already tossed him aside by the time Julie got to him.) Like Ryan with Taylor, Julie was oblivious that Kaitlin liked her tennis instructor (funny how Ryan and Julie are so often on the same page this season), and Kaitlin had to suffer for it. The situation was bad enough when Kaitlin was rejected by her crush, but then seeing her mom with him was like having salt rubbed in the wound. (Though Kaitlin should have taken some satisfaction in having one of the funniest lines of the night, asking Julie's "personal trainer," whom she found in her kitchen at breakfast, "Are you my new daddy?") As hurtful as Julie was, her actions were not intended to be meanspirited. However, the same cannot be said for Che. Mr. Everwood turned out to be no real friend to Summer - which is a shame, because up until last night I had liked the guy. It was bad enough that he basically convinced her to help him commit a crime (breaking and entering the biology room, stealing the rabbits to free them). But then, after she protected him in front of the dean, he stabbed her in the back by blaming the whole rabbit fiasco on her. To make matters worse, he twisted the knife further by pinning on her other incidents in which she played no part. Things don't look good for Summer in terms of the disciplinary actions she faces. I hope she can clear her name, or at the very least make sure Che pays for what he did. Otherwise, this might be a Summer-less winter at Brown. show less
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

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Premiered: August 05, 2003, on FOX
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A slick hit about a troubled L.A. teen taken in by an idealistic lawyer and his family in affluent Orange County. The series filled the youth-soap hole left by the departed '90210,' but quickly proved itself far more gritty---and witty. In addition, early plots set up an appealing balance between the kids and grown-ups, who were portrayed as real people with real problems, instead of sounding boards for the unblemished Romeos and Juliets. From the directors of 'Go' and 'Charlie's Angels.'

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