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The OC: The Cold Turkey

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 9th 2006 10:06PM

The OC(S04E03) We weren't supposed to get this episode until next week, but because of the season premiere's poor ratings and sweeps, FOX is giving us another new episode right on the tail of last night. So it might seem early for a Thanksgiving episode because well, it is. But that's OK because keeping with the season four trend, this was another spectacular installment. I really can't stress enough how impressed I've been with this season so far.

Plenty happened but the biggest news is that Volchok is back in Newport. This had to happen eventually. I just didn't expect it so soon. Although I suppose it makes sense after his little run in with Seth in Mexico. I think he actually feels guilty about his involvement with Marissa's death. Whatever. I hope they wrap this up soon because once everything tied to Marissa is cleared up, the show is only going to get better.

Volchok got in touch with Sandy and naturally Mr. C agreed to represent him. I'm not sure but I think the writers were trying to set this up as a "Oh my god! I can't believe he's willing to defend him!" moment. But it didn't come off that way. Sandy is a public defender and this is what he does. He summed it up in one line: "I am not your friend. I'm your lawyer." I loved the confrontation between Volchok and Ryan in the hotel room though. Very good scene.

Taylor's story is still the one I having the most trouble with only because it relates to nothing else. She's back in Newport again, this time sleeping under Seth's bed. With the help of Kirsten, she finally confronted her mother and told her about the husband in Paris. Autumn Reeser is a great actress, but they have to give her more than this. I suppose I should stop acting stupid at this point though because I've already seen the next episode. Taylor's story gets better and I'll leave it at that.

Once again, Summer stole the episode. Back in Newport, she's still avoiding her feelings about Marissa's death and instead keeps devoting her time to righting the wrongs of the world. This time she brought a whole group of homeless people back to the Cohen's for Thanksgiving dinner. That's a bit much and Seth finally laid it out for Summer, about how she's not grieving. This was another great scene because Seth's conversation with Summer was cut back and forth to another conversation between Julie and Kaitlin. It was really well done and culminated with Julie and Summer eating dinner alone.

I feel like there are a ton of other things that I could write about, but here's what really stood out for me:

  • Near the end when Julie asked Ryan to just tell her about Marissa? Another great scene and I think it really signifies a turning point for these two.
  • I loved the homeless guy at dinner who Sandy had represented a few years back. "I called you crazy eyebrow man!"
  • Nice nod to Grey's Anatomy when Dr. Roberts told Summer that he was taking a job at Seattle Grace. Funny and sad at the same time though because this is the end of Dr. R and Julie. They are no more.

In the end though Seth's words made an impact on Summer and she headed back to Rhode Island on a late flight. She knows what she needs to do. What it it sets up in the opening sequence for next week's episode is phenomenal. By far one of the coolest scenes ever done on The OC (I talked about it in my early look post) and all I'll say is that I don't think we'll ever see Summer in the same way. It's that good so don't miss it.

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Mat

What is the intro song of The Cold Turkey episode, the one which plays before Phantom Planet? Anyone know?

January 23 2007 at 4:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mel

What's up with Summer's t-shirt? It looked like she was wearing a circle/slash ban Marissa t-shirt. I don't get it. She is supposed to be her grieving best friend. I thought it was a shot that Rachel Bilson was taking at Mischa Barton, I heard she got fired for being a prima dona. No one is mentioning this, I thoght it was pretty daring!

November 14 2006 at 4:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Geoffrey

Now the closure for Marissa is over (well except for Summer), now what is it now for the OC? Taylor's husband coming to Newport, and Juile new single parent life. Jimmy Cooper really needs comes back (Thats just my opinion). Two newest characters that people love to hate, Taylor and Kaitlain, enjoyed each other during Thanksgiving I think they both are my two favorite characters right now and both of them are hot. Now the shows hope is how are we gonna see Summer in the future? Thats another reason Imma stick with this show. (Though Im gonna Tivo CSI:). If Fox wants to save the show I rather put it Wednesday than Thursday. (No way to keep up Thurs 9pm time slot, plus this show is more way entertaining than One Tree Hill.)

November 10 2006 at 3:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tiana

Best part of the whole episode, was Ryan and Julie.

November 10 2006 at 12:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Will

I wasn't too big on the first two episodes, but this episode made me think that I could like The OC again. I really liked the Battlestar Galactica reference.

November 09 2006 at 11:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lacey

Hahahaha, I loved when Seth asked the homeless guys if they had ever watched Battlestar Galactica. Hysterical.

I watched this show 1st season, and then, with the exception of an episode here and there, I pretty much stopped because I couldn't stand Marissa, I hated her character, she just annoyed me.

So, now that she's gone, I decided to give it another try, and I have to say I have been pretty impressed thus far.

November 09 2006 at 11:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Heath

I love this show, I just wish that more people would talk about it. Where are the cast interviews on like the tonight show? This show is good again, hope Fox sticks by it.

November 09 2006 at 10:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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