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SWEEPS DAY 15!!
The Almost-Last OC Ever!!

I am – Hercules!! Four years ago, a 26-year-old named Josh Schwartz created a show about the romantic adventures of a comic-book nerd who found his life transformed by a fighty kid from the wrong side of the tracks. The fact that “The OC” made me laugh and even occasionally cry seemed almost like icing on the cake. The Feb. 19 edition of TV Guide has a nice roundup by Damian Holbrook of the show’s highest highlights, from Luke’s rude welcome to Summer giving Seth the Spider-Man kiss to Marissa going all lesbian to the first onscreen celebration of Chrismukkah. The show likes to end its seasons with big deaths and one hears rumors that this final season of “The OC” will prove no exception, with the (quake-precipitated?) fatality arriving this very night. (I’m thinking it might be Bullet or Frank Atwood.) Next week brings the series finale, set six months after tonight’s installment. 9 p.m. Thursday. Fox.





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  • Feb. 15, 2007, 2:51 a.m. CST

    Boy will I miss this show

    by LeckoManiac

    When it was good...it was REAL good. It had several missteps along the way, but so do many shows. Season 1 and the beginning of Season 2 were incredible (with the exception of Oliver).

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 2:55 a.m. CST

    EVERYBODY WINS HERC! EVERYBODY WINS!

    by LordEnigma

    To quote the good Doctor above. That's what should happen. No one dies. Everybody lives, we get a time skip to everyone in the future, and Seth ends up with ANNA LIKE HE SHOULD! Bravo to you Herc for putting THE PENTULTIMATE EPISODE talkback out of COAX.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Is it strange...

    by restless_438

    that this is the first season i've watched?

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 4:25 a.m. CST

    agreed - Seth should end up with Anna!

    by Amy Chasing

    did she come back to the show? we stopped watching about when she left around the start of season 2 (or was it end season 1?).

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 5:36 a.m. CST

    The OC

    by Athanatos

    Became craptastic after Season 2. I'm surprised it actually lasted till now. I just want to see more of Rachel Bilson...damn is she hot.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Isn't the O.C. for 11-year old girls?

    by Trazadone

    I've actually never seen it but my understanding is that it appeals to the female tween set. Can we get back to the "cool" news now? By the way, Nick at Nite shows Full House every day, Herc.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 9:41 a.m. CST

    How does it feel to be narrow minded Trazadone?

    by godzillasushi

    "I've actually never seen it," alright dude, then how is it your understanding? I can't believe you formed an opinion about a show you have never seen....oh wait, this is a talkback. Go watch it....THEN form the opinion as normal folks would do. You never know, you might turn into an 11 year old girl like the rest of us that actually enjoy it.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Well godzillasushi

    by Trazadone

    I'm a doctor and I base my opinion on my observation that many of my younger patients appear to like that show. I'm guessing that you're about 30ish, overweight, and single?

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Trazadone

    by Burgundy82

    "30ish, overweight, and single..." What an asshole you are. Do you stereotype your patients like that too? "Hmmm, a negro, eh?... must be sickle-cell."

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Trazadone

    by godzillasushi

    Wow you sound like a very professional doctor, possibly 30ish...overweight....and single. I am none of those things unfortunatly. To make matters worse...they aren't all that insulting. You could have done better. Dont be a pussy. Lol usually when someone feels the need to announce they are a doctor....well, they probably aren't. Good luck with your life there Mr. Pedophile.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Tarzadone, are you sure you're not a TV executive?

    by jim

    Your opinion is based on random snippets of conversation among a small sampling of the population. Kind of like how they do it at the Networks. Two execs overhear the lunchlady saying how much [insert favourite cancelled show here] sucks, so they figure the demographic of working women over 30 hate the show, and by next week it's gone, replaced by Who Wants to Makeover the Littlest Bachelor. (End of Rant)

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Good comeback, Burgundy82!

    by theBigE

    I wish I could be a doctor and type stereotypical responses on AICN all day! Hey trazadone, I'm a 30ish male, married with kids, and my wife and I watch the OC. What "doctorly" comments do you have for me?

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Guys, lighten up...

    by Abin Sur

    I've watched OC - it's moderately funny sometimes, and it has some very lovely ladies (whoever plays Taylor is smokin' hot) - those two things alone make it better than 75% of everything else on right now.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I've cried perhaps a little too much ...

    by Hercules

    I even cried during the Spider-Man kiss. I'm just carrying around too much estrogen. Anna Stern, all blonde and hot, did return late last season for a few episodes to get Summer all sqinty and jealous.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 2:44 p.m. CST

    thebigE

    by Trazadone

    "Hey trazadone, I'm a 30ish male, married with kids, and my wife and I watch the OC. What "doctorly" comments do you have for me?" Hmmm, with those symptoms I'd diagnose you as pussy-whipped.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 3:15 p.m. CST

    "Pussy-whipped?"

    by darthuser

    you sound like a really accomplished physician, Trazadone. Are there a lot of top-flight MDs trolling fan sites to mock TV shows they've never seen?

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 3:29 p.m. CST

    No matter what, life will beat you down

    by jim

    So, given a choice, I'll pick the pussy to do the whipping.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 4:19 p.m. CST

    What the!?!

    by rhaps0dy

    Whats happened here, its just turned into a nonsense forum!! Anyways, who do ya reckon (bar Mischa Barton) will go on to have the best career out of the oc cast??

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 4:54 p.m. CST

    rhaps0dy

    by fearlesszero

    My vote goes to Ben McKenzie. This season has been a revelation as far as his acting ability goes. I was pleasently surprised at how good he was at comedy. If you'd have asked me this question before this season I would have said Adam Brody but it has become quite clear that he's a one note actor (see Mr. & Mrs. Smith). Misha Barton couldn't act her way out of a paper bag. Rachel Bilson is hot and that's about all she has going for her. The jury is still out on Autumn Reeser.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Ah just because the guy has kids you call him whipped?

    by godzillasushi

    Dude, he has kids....not exactly enough information to blantantly insult him. LOL dont forget everyone....he/she(?) is a "doctor" making the world a better place.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 4:58 p.m. CST

    rhaps0dy

    by godzillasushi

    I think Rachel Bilson. She already has a lot going for her so why not!

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 8:11 p.m. CST

    WELCOME TO THE O.C.,BITCH!!

    by Pennsy

    You'll need to leave for good in one week.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Thing is, fearlesszero, when Barton left...

    by Pennsy

    She took a lot of viewers with her. The Marissa/Ryan dynamic was one of the pillars of the show; irregardless of her acting ability, her departure, along with the Grey's/CSI tag team of death, accelerated the show's demise.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 11:47 p.m. CST

    True

    by fearlesszero

    But the whole Marissa/Ryan suckfest is the reason the show lost all of it's season one viewers. People started to hate Marissa (me included) because the show started revolving around her and her retarded ass problems. And her reactions to her problems, i.e. self-destuctive actions that forced all the other characters to rally to pull her from the brink every. fucking. time. grew tiresome. The show was at it's best when it was an ensemble piece that dealt with the problems of ALL of it's characters not just one spoiled bitch with a death wish.

  • Feb. 16, 2007, 2:22 a.m. CST

    For the record...

    by Burgundy82

    Fucking good episode.

  • Feb. 16, 2007, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Oliver owned this show

    by Devil By The Deed

    I know Josh liked the character, but damn him for catering to the 12 year old girls who hated Oliver for breaking up Ryan and Oliver. Without Marissa, he was pointless but anyone who watched season three can't tell me that the return of Oliver Trask wouldn't have been better than any of the crap they pulled.

  • Feb. 16, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Oliver was nuts

    by godzillasushi

    I was a little suprised with that character. I think I really truly hate him.

  • Feb. 16, 2007, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Re: Oliver was nuts...

    by Devil By The Deed

    ...and I loved every minute of it.

  • Feb. 16, 2007, 1:23 p.m. CST

    I hated him too

    by fearlesszero

    The only bad story arc from season one was the whole Oliver Trask bullshit. But a good thing did come out of those episodes and that was the emergence of Luke as a fun and likeable character. I don't know who I hate more: Oliver from the O.C. or Oliver from the Brady Bunch.

  • Feb. 16, 2007, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Luke during Oliver/Marissa

    by Burgundy82

    He was the only one who stood up for Ryan during that whole ordeal, and he was hilarious in the Rooney episode. That WAS a really good character turn. Then, he immediately went from comic to tragic when the affair with Mrs. Cooper blew up in his face. Here's hoping Mr. Abercrombie himself will cameo in next week's finale..

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