The OC: The Metamorphosis
(S04E04) This is it! The episode I had been telling you all about. How incredibly cool was that opening sequence? Summer zooming through the grieving process, the classical music, the skewed camera angles, the on-screen text. Rachel Bilson really gave her character new life with this scene. I have a new found respect for Summer Roberts after seeing that. I don't even think The OC has tried taking on something like that before. It reminded me of something out of... well I don't know. But it was very un-OC and I loved it.
So as the title suggests, everyone and everything was changing in this episode. We're starting to get a better idea of how things are going to be post-Marissa and not everyone heads in the direction we might expect.
Summer and Seth took center stage here but this time it was Seth who hopped on a plane. At first Summer rescinds her new tree-hugging ways. There's sex, shopping, and gossip. The two of them even watched season three of The Valley! But despite Summer's desire to resume wearing designer dresses and shaving her legs, she's still dedicated to the causes that Che is. Fortunately, Seth is über-supportive of his girlfriend and it seems like things will be OK. He does, however, steal Summer's move and leave on an earlier flight when she's not around. Everything seems like it will be alright but I think it's going to take Seth some time to adjust to Summer's new attitude. She's much smarter than she ever let on, that's for sure. I loved Seth's new drawing of Little Miss Vixen though. There was a big UN symbol and woodland creatures running around... funny stuff.
Back in Newport, Neil has officially left Julie. He's moved to Seattle and keeps "getting bossed around by that short sassy lady." That's another Grey's Anatomy reference. I wonder why they stuck those in? For the simple humor or because The OC is up against Grey's? Anyway, Neil said Julie and Kaitlin could use the house as long as they needed (would that ever really happen?) and Taylor has taken over Summer's old bedroom. While we'd like to believe that Julie has had her share of men, she still ends up going out, getting drunk at a club with Taryn, and dancing with a bunch of younger men. Kaitlin saw her mother (she had a fake ID and got into the same club) and the only question I have is what will Kaitlin get in return once she blackmails her mother with this new knowledge? The two of them did have a "no man drama" pact.
What didn't I see coming? The potential for a romance between Taylor and Ryan. In order to get divorced from her French husband (Henri-Michelle... the "sexual Jedi"), she had to prove infidelity. Ryan helped out by making out with Taylor right in front of the husband's lawyer at the yacht club. Divorce granted. The kiss was all business from Ryan's end but Taylor clearly enjoyed it. Later she made Ryan a peach torte and they were flirting while they ate it. Like I said, did not see that coming but I suppose she's the logical choice for a love interest... unless they brought Theresa or Lindsay back. But I don't think we'll see either of those two again.
The only story I didn't like in this episode was Sandy and Kirsten. Sandy was busy trying to find new man friends and Kirsten, well she did nothing. I hope there's more to these two this season because right now they're too happy and it's not interesting. Kirsten needs to get back on the sauce or something drastic or else where's the drama in this relationship?
Overall, great episode. For the most part, it maintained the pace of the season. I'm still interested.