The OC: The French Connection
(S04E10) You can tell that Josh Schwartz and his writing team are having fun with this season. They knew the show was going to be canceled well before we did. So it only makes sense that these remaining episodes feel fresh, like the writers are taking chances. Why wouldn't they? The show is over -- they can do whatever they want.
There are pros and cons to that though. Sometimes too much creative freedom can be a bad thing. Example one? I feel like Sandy and Kirsten have been forgotten. Especially Sandy. It seems that lately his only role has been popping in here and there to offer brief words of advice to Ryan. Although I will say that his Jerry Lewis impersonation was hilarious.
Kirsten still has some semblance of a role left but it's not much. I'm not as invested as I thought I was in her story. It serves more of a purpose (the male escort service) to further remind us that Julie is bad news. What does it do for Kirsten, other than put her in a position where she has to clean up the mess? We've seen that before and I don't want to see it again for the final episodes. I'd love to have something happen that triggers her alcoholic tendencies. I'm not saying I want her to just get plastered for the rest of the season. I just want to see how that side of her character has developed.
Seth traveling to Seattle to see Dr. Roberts was a nice change of pace. Anyone else notice how they used the same outdoor cafeteria set from Grey's Anatomy? Nice touch. No more snarky comments about Dr. Bailey though. As far as Summer's story, I like how they've used Ché as her inner conscience. His character works better that way. For those that were surprised that Summer rejected Seth's extended engagement offer, don't worry. There needs to be some conflict between those two. It'll work out before the show ends.
Something has been irking me about Taylor lately. Does anyone else feel like she's suddenly too smart? Fluent in French? Knows everything there is to know about every philosophical movement ever? We always knew she was smart (valedictorian), but this pushed it a little I think. It was too much.
I loved the Henri Michele angle though. He was funny, or as Ryan described him, "dirty hair, scars, smells like brie." The end of the episode had me excited though. When Ryan ran to the studio of the French talk show and kissed her? It was all in his head but the scene reminded me of the New Year's episode from season one when Ryan arrived just in time to kiss Marissa at midnight and save her from Oliver. Not quite the same here, especially since Taylor agreed to spend some more time with her ex-husband.
For those wondering why I haven't mentioned Kaitlin and Will, it's because there's nothing to say. Chris Brown is not a good actor. Period. They really should have cast someone better in that role. Having the same homeless guys from Thanksgiving show up was funny though. That's how you know a guy is a bad actor. When you appreciate the walk-on homeless guys instead of him. Less of Will for the remainder of the season would be a good thing.