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."