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The O.C. Episode: "The Night Moves"

Season 4, Episode 15
Episode Synopsis: As Newport is thrown into chaos following the earthquake, Seth helps Ryan in his darkest hour of need while Sandy and Kirsten grow ever more concerned about their unborn baby. Meanwhile, Frank earns the respect of a recent rival when Julie and Kaitlin are stuck in an ice-cream shop.
Original Air Date: Feb 15, 2007
Guest Cast Lorna Scott: Bookstore Manager Craig Susser: Ham Guy Paula Trickey: Veronica Townsend Scott Krinsky: Darryl Elayn J. Taylor: Exam Doctor Kevin Sorbo: Frank Atwood Aaron Fors: Gary
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Season 4, Episode 15
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Length: 43:42
Aired: 2/15/2007
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February 15, 2007: Blood Brothers Season 4, Episode 15

"Dude, it's bad," Seth told Ryan. While having a piece of glass lodged in your back is not a good thing, this scenario led to the best scenes of this post-earthquake episode. And not surprisingly, they were all Seth-Ryan scenes. The relationship between these two so very different foster brothers was the initial premise of The O.C., and it has always remained the heart of the show. I was glad they were paired up for this next-to-last episode; I wouldn't have minded if nearly the whole hour focused on them. From Ryan quietly text-messaging Seth for help, to Seth valiantly letting nothing stop him from reaching his brother, it was all good. Then when Seth, who's not great in high-pressure situations, began to fall apart, an injured Ryan was there for him, trying to talk him through how to fix a flat (which of course did not go well). But their endless obstacles (including Seth's shortcut that got them lost) were lightened by moments of humor, a tricky balancing act that this show has always excelled at. Seth's "make a list" coping technique led to a fun walk down memory lane when Seth suggested to Ryan they "make a list of everyone you ever punched in Newport." Ryan tried to gamely play along, as he always does with Seth, and I must point out Ben McKenzie's impressive portrayal of injured Ryan's worsening condition as things progressed. To echo Seth, "I was never scared" that things wouldn't turn out just fine for Ryan (of course, Seth was lying about that, and well, I've read spoilers so I knew he'd be OK). But that didn't take away any of my enjoyment of the Seth-Ryan "now we're blood brothers" hospital scene. Needle-phobic Seth donated blood for Ryan, and Ryan's now as fast at sarcasm as quick-witted Seth: "All of a sudden I have this strange urge to listen to Death Cab and read comic books." "For real?" "No." This led to a classic O.C. winkingly self-referential moment, when Seth ( Adam Brody, fast and humorous as always) joked, "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." Dare to dream, Seth. Then from comedy they switched to a genuine heartfelt moment in which Ryan didn't even have to say thank you.... Seth had completed the thought already and mentioned all the times Ryan saved him. Speaking of being saved, I'm glad the writers decided to have no harm come to Kirsten's unborn baby. Kirsten and Sandy seem really excited about this next chapter in their lives. Awww, and they're having a girl (to balance things out after raising two boys). Hopefully this little Cohen girl won't grow up to act the way Summer and Taylor did in this episode, which was mostly whiny and weak. Taylor is apparently so bad in a crisis that Ryan had to hide his serious injury from her so that she wouldn't freak out. Meanwhile, Seth couldn't tell Summer about said injury, because she's deemed so untrustworthy it was assumed she would blab the secret to Taylor. While Seth was getting Ryan to a hospital and Sandy was chasing down doctors for Kirsten, the girls spent their time looking for a rabbit and getting scared by a medical skeleton. Sure, the girls eventually got to the hospital, too - to seek help for Pancakes and Veronica (who was only hurt because Taylor shot her with a flare gun). It was nice that Taylor and her mom were finally able to say "I love you" to each other, but Veronica's so nasty that I just wasn't feeling too emotionally vested in their bonding scene. The Cooper gals didn't fare much better, stuck with Gary the ice-cream guy who progressed from weird to gross to annoying (I can't believe Kaitlin kissed him goodbye at the end, after all the crap he pulled). And Julie and Kaitlin never thought to check things out when he told them they had floated away from the pier? Thankfully, big strong Frank came to "save" them. Luckily, in the end, everyone was saved from the earthquake... everyone but not everything. The Cohens' beautiful house fell victim to the quake, its insides turned into so much rubble. That was a hard sight to see. But houses, unlike people, can be replaced. So at least we didn't have to say goodbye to any of our favorite characters... until next week, that is, when we have to say goodbye to all of them. show less
“Dude, it’s bad,” Seth told Ryan. While having a piece of glass lodged in your back is not a good thing, this scenario led to the best scenes of this post-earthquake episode. And not surprisingly, they were all Seth-Ryan scenes. The relationship between these two so very different foster brothers was the initial premise of The O.C., and it has always remained the heart of the show. I was glad they were paired up for this next-to-last episode; I wouldn’t have minded if nearly the whole hour focused on them. From Ryan quietly text-messaging Seth for help, to Seth valiantly letting nothing stop him from reaching his brother, it was all good. Then when Seth, who’s not great in high-pressure situations, began to fall apart, an injured Ryan was there for him, trying to talk him through how to fix a flat (which of course did not go well). But their endless obstacles (including Seth’s shortcut that got them lost) were lightened by moments of humor, a tricky bal... read more

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