'Twas the night before Chrismukkah,
when people worried through
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 ethical, crusading-for-the-little-guy Daddy Cohen we all know and love. (It reminded me of the dark, compromising road that Sandy was headed down last season with the bad Newport Group-hospital story line.) But this was a more amusing take on that Sandy, since we got to see a poster of Mayor Cohen posing with
Arnold Schwarzenegger. Interesting that his "wife" Julie wasn't really all that different in this skewed universe. She was her same old cheating and conniving self, interested in thongs - oops, I mean T.H.O.N.G. (aka, The Homeless of Newport. Go.) I kind of always wondered what the pairing of the equally outspoken Sandy and Julie would be like, so it was fun to see that for just one episode. Plus, their marriage sort of completed the transformation in which Sandy sold his soul to the devil.
Speaking of the devil, is Veronica Townsend the devil herself? That constantly critical woman is pure evil, in both the scenes that took place in reality and those in the alternate universe. It was bad enough that she didn't want to see her daughter for Christmas, but to not want to be at her hospital bedside when she was in a coma? Like Ryan, I was proud of Taylor for telling her off, even if she only did it in her dreams. Although Taylor was in the same boat as Ryan coma-wise, she was sort of playing the part of a Clarence stand-in, acting as Ryan's guide. And after the catharsis of yelling at her mother, it was almost like she earned her wings. Taylor can now simply accept her mother's limitations and not let her mom upset her so much, as evidenced by Taylor's reaction to her mom in the hospital.
And although I thought that Ryan had been free of Marissa for a few weeks now, I was wrong. Apparently down-on-himself Ryan was wondering that perhaps life would have been better for Marissa if he had never met her. But he was wrong. Turns out he really did rescue her - because of him, she got three more years to live and didn't OD in Mexico. This show has done a really good job of balancing the humor with the comedy this season. The end of this episode, as it dealt more with Marissa, got more dramatic. On the one hand, I like how they didn't simply dismiss the death of a main character in one quick episode - they've made her death a realistically lingering subject that they keep revisiting. On the other hand, I keep feeling like we're being a little cheated on this subject. Just as we didn't get any flashbacks to Marissa's funeral earlier this season, tonight we didn't get to hear exactly what her lost letter said. Julie's summary of it didn't quite cut it. I wasn't expecting a
Mischa Barton cameo like the
Tate Donovan one we got last night (nice to see you, Jimmy Cooper!), but I wanted something more than Ryan reading the letter to himself on the beach. At least have him read it out loud (or in an internal voice-over), and have it say something memorable or profound. But that was not to be. Oh well... at least now it looks like he was finally able to say goodbye to Marissa and let her go.
Ryan sprang from his coma
after Marissa's letter he read,
His family said all would be OK
as they gathered 'round his bed.
Though unspoken, their actions exclaimed as the screen dimmed from bright:
Happy Chrismukkah to all, and to all a good night!
Twas the night before Chrismukkah,when people worried through The O.C.Because Ryan wasnt stirring,stuck in a coma was he.Chrismukkah is always very special on The O.C., and this installment didnt disappoint. This year they borrowed a popular page from the TV Christmas Handbook and did their own alt-universe spin on Its 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 wasnt pretty. But it was funny. Funniest of all had to be Summer, Chesters 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...