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Retro Recaps: The O.C. – 1×07, 1×08 & 1×09

1×07 – “The Escape”

Most Quotable: Ryan: “Why can’t we just go to Comic-Con?” Seth: “Comic-Con is basically a bunch of pathetic virgins ogling some porn star dressed as Cat Woman.” Ryan: “I thought you went every year?”

Sweet as a Balboa Bar: It’s a tie between Seth and Summer sharing toast and Ryan and Marissa accidentally spooning in their sleep. Awwww!!!!

Ryan Atwood Saves The Day: Where do I start? He offers to sleep on the floor. He punches Luke (again) when Luke is caught cheating on Marissa and then he carries her lifeless body out of that scary Mexican alley. The swooning is never-ending.

The Best of Death Breath Seth: Chivalry’s dead sugar.”

Orange Colored Thoughts: This episode brings back ALL OF THE FEELINGS. One of my favorites of the entire series. The show started in the summer and then took an impossibly long 6 week break so that Fox could show baseball. “The Escape” was the summer finale and by the end of the hour I never thought I would make it through those six weeks alive. This is the episode that cemented our Core Four and introduced us to Summer’s rage blackouts. And who can ever forget the sight of Ryan Atwood in a sombrero? Tijuana hasn’t been the same since.

On My iPod: “Out of Control” by Chemical Brothers & “Into Dust” by Mazzy Starr

1×08 – “The Rescue”

Most Quotable: Ryan: “I know what she doesn’t want! She doesn’t wanna go to San Diego. And she doesn’t wanna live with you.”

Sweet as a Balboa Bar: The flowers that Ryan brings Marissa in the hospital are absolutely precious. Right up until Julie Cooper drops them into the trash.

Ryan Atwood Saves The Day: Not only does he help Marissa escape the psych ward, he stands up to the she-devil herself, Julie Cooper.

The Best of Death Breath Seth: “It’s pronounced TEE-WANNA. That’s how…..you’re so white, mom!”

Orange Colored Thoughts: It’s no secret that Marissa Cooper has problems. The fact is, she probably should be in an institution. But Julie goes about it the absolute wrong way. And Ryan, blinded by his love for Marissa, only wants to give her want she wants, even at the expense of his own future. Thankfully, everything works out in the end. Ryan gets into Harbor, Marissa gets to live with Jimmy and we are all blessed with the introduction of Captain Oats.

On My iPod: “Keep It Together” by Guster

1×09 – “The Heights”

Most Quotable: Ryan: “Had to get the cheap Ferris wheel didn’t you? What kind of carnival is this Cooper?”

Sweet as a Balboa Bar: I’ve never been a huge fan of the Seth & Anna coupling but I love her helping Seth get closer to Summer, even though she wants him for herself. Seth’s thank you gift of a sock monkey is darling.

Ryan Atwood Saves The Day: Even Ryan’s incredibly charming fear of heights won’t keep him from his first kiss with Marissa at the top of the Ferris wheel.

The Best of Death Breath Seth: “We’re going to school with like 300 Lukes minus the redeeming social qualities.”

Orange Colored Thoughts: It’s the first day of school after an eventful summer but school doesn’t mean that eventful stops. There are secrets, lies, acts of jealousy and even a little bit of violence. Don’t forget the beginning and end of Ryan’s soccer career. While Seth works to change Summer’s mind about him, and Ryan and Marissa share their first kiss, it is Sandy and Kirsten’s relationship that moves me the most in this one and firmly establishes them as my favorite parents on television.

On My iPod: “Paint the Silence” by South, “Don’t Give Up On Me” by Soloman Burke & “How Good Can It Be” by The 88

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Retro Recaps: The O.C. – 1×04, 1×05 & 1×06

1×04 – “The Debut”

Most Quotable: “Dude, you’re a Cohen now. Welcome to a world of insecurity and paralyzing self-doubt.”

Sweet as a Balboa Bar: Sandy and Kirsten take Ryan aside to officially welcome him into the family. The smile he cracks when he learns that he is wanted could light up the whole West Coast. And for Ryan, that’s quite a smile.

Ryan Atwood Saves The Day: He gets Marissa to the ball, escorts her when Luke runs out and then jumps in to try to save Jimmy from Holly’s dad. A true White Knight all around.

The Best of Death Breath Seth: “Wow. You just got your butt kicked and you didn’t even fight back. Dude, you really are a Cohen.”

Orange Colored Thoughts: I love the continuing build up of sexual tension between Ryan and Marissa. I love Sandy’s delightful savior complex. I love watching Seth’s small confidences grow and I love that we’re starting to learn what a villain Julie Cooper really is. Now that we know Ryan is in Orange County for good, the fun can really begin.

On My iPod: “Why Can’t I” by Liz Phair, “Lazy Days” by Leona Naess “To Sheila” by The Smashing Pumpkins & “White Flag” by Dido

1×05 – “The Outsider”

Most Quotable: Sandy: “Ryan! Check this out! I have totally annihilated all the other ninjas!”

Sweet as a Balboa Bar: Ryan and Marissa’s water fight is one of their most adorable moments in the entire series. Every time I’m in a pool with a boy, I get upset if it doesn’t go exactly that way.

Ryan Atwood Saves The Day: Ryan leaves his date with Marissa to intercept Donnie who has brought a gun to an O.C. party and then dives for the gun when Donnie goes after Luke.

The Best of Death Breath Seth: Sandy: “So this happened in the parking lot of the IMAX movie theater?”

Seth: “Shark movies bring out a rough crowd.”

Orange Colored Thoughts: This is the first thing I ever saw Paul Wesley in and now the thought of a 165 year old vampire with a hand gun, shooting Luke Ward, brings me an endless amount of joy (“Who’s the bitch now?”). And let’s not forget to mention the evolution of my favorite bromance of all time. Finally, Seth and Ryan can really be brothers. What doesn’t bring me joy is watching Ryan and Marissa get so close to easing that sexual tension, only to have the rug pulled out from under them when Luke is shot.

On My iPod: “The Way We Get By” by Spoon, “Let’s Get Retarded” by Black Eyed Peas & “All Kinds of Time” by Fountains of Wayne

1×06 – “The Girlfriend”

Most Quotable: Seth: “Who’s winning, me or my hair?”

Sweet as a Balbo a Bar: After Seth admits to Summer the huge crush he’s had on her forever, she plants one on him. Seth’s reaction is priceless and so endearing.

Ryan Atwood Saves The Day: Not Ryan’s best showing. He can’t even save Marissa’s virginity.

The Best of Death Breath Seth: “You hooked up with my grandma? Actually that’s kinda hot, how was it?”

Orange Colored Thoughts: Luke getting shot was a huge step backward for Ryan and Marissa but Marissa catching Ryan with Gabrielle and then losing her V-card to Luke is a giant plane ride in the wrong direction. What a mess. In this episode we are also introduced to the larger than life Caleb Nichol and his uneasy relationships with everyone he lords over.

On My iPod: “More Bounce” by Soul Kid #1 &”Hollow” by Tricky

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Retro Recaps: The O.C. – 1×01, 1×02 & 1×03

I’ve really enjoyed doing recaps of old episodes of One Tree Hill over the past few months and the plan has always been to recap other old(ish) shows as well. The O.C. is and will always be one of my favorites. I try to watch all 94 episodes at least once a year and I quote it out loud at least once a week. Even to people who have zero idea of what I’m talking about. The characters and the music of The O.C. have become a part of me and I look forward to sharing that with all of you! Enjoy!

1×01 – “Pilot”

Most Quotable: Sandy: “… Have you given any thought at all to your future?” Ryan: “Modern medicine is advancing to the point where the average human life span will be one-hundred, but I read this article that said social security is supposed to run out by the year 2025, which means people are going to have to stay at their jobs until they’re… eighty. I don’t want to commit to anything too soon.”

“Welcome to the Darkside.”

“Way to salt his game Mr. Cohen.”

“Welcome to The OC bitch!”

Sweet as a Balboa Bar: WhenMarissa has one too many, Ryan lifts her off of the sidewalk and carries her to a safe place to sleep.

Ryan Atwood Saves: Even after Seth blows his cover, Ryan rushes to the beach to save him from the ever oppressive Water Polo Team.

The Best of Death Breath Seth: “Why do they even need a fashion show? Every day’s a fashion show for these people.”

Orange colored thoughts: This is one of few shows that I watched from the very beginning and never missed. This Pilot, to this day, is one of my favorite episodes of television EVER. And I have watched a lot of TV. Everything about it is iconic and memorable and burned into my brain better than if it had actually happened to me. It’s moving and sexy, fun and smart. I keep this episode on my iPod at all times and take it with me everywhere I go.

On My iPod: “Into Dust” by Mazzy Star, “Honey and the Moon” by Joseph Arthur & “California” by Phantom Planet

1×02 – “The Model Home”

Most Quotable: “I think the black turtleneck in August tipped her off.”

You know what I like about rich kids? Nothing!”

“We’re from different worlds.”

Sweet as a Balboa Bar: Marissa is so disturbed by Ryan’s lack of music knowledge that she makes him a mix CD. Love letter of the turn of the century.

Ryan Atwood Saves: He stands up for Seth and punches Luke in the face. Again.

The Best of Death Breath Seth: “Yeah, because everyone wants a brand new teenager.” “You know what I like about rich kids? Bam, nothing. Hey, Ryan, you wouldn’t consider me rich, would you? I’d be more upper middle class?”

Orange colored thoughts: This episode was the first great view at how the Cohen family actually functioned. All of their own neurosis and intricacies were laid out for us to see through not only our own eyes, but through Ryan’s as well. His face at the Cohen dinner table told the story. He had never had such an experience. Spending time with Ryan helps Seth find a place where he finally belongs: outside of the nonsense he was born into while still swimming chest deep in it.

On My iPod: “California” by Rufus Wainwright, “I’m A Terrible Person” by Rooney, “Caught By The River” by The Doves & “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley

1×03 – “The Gamble”

Most Quotable: “Well, I should be off. Got to find the next kid to jeopardize the community. Maybe a black kid. Or an Asian kid. Bye, ladies.”

“I never knew you to be an impulse shopper.”

“Ryan’s gonna stay with us now.”

“I’ll unpack later.”

Sweet as a Balboa Bar: Luke is mostly a dick but he does try to help Ryan’s mom off of the floor.

Ryan Atwood Saves: When some juvenile delinquent (hello Weevil from Veronica Mars) goes after Kirsten, Ryan jumps in to protect her.

The Best of Death Breath Seth: “Star Wars convention? I’m sorry, her top was off. You couldn’t at least have said X-Men for me?”

Orange colored thoughts: I was in love with this show from the very beginning but this is the episode that lays the first sturdy bricks on the already poured foundation. There are so many moving and emotional scenes that it’s hard to know where to start. We get to meet the Newpsies and see just how out of place Kirsten feels in her own community. We are privilege to exactly the kind of mess Ryan’s mom really is. Most importantly, this episode gives us our first Ryan/Kirsten moment. And, as a true O.C. fan knows, those moments come few and far between, each one more precious than the last.

On My iPod: “Rain City” by Turin Brakes


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The World’s Oldest Teenager

I was on the plane yesterday, heading home to Boston after 2 weeks in Colorado and I was feeling a little sad about it. So, I was doing things that were comforting. I was reading my Comic Con TV Guide with the cast of The Vampire Diaries on the cover, drinking Diet Coke and when I wasn’t listening to Carly Rae Jepsen I was watching season 1 episodes of The O.C. When I bent down to scratch where my knot tied anklet was itching me, it occurred to me: I am the world’s oldest teenager. And I don’t even care.

The parts about my trip (aside from spending time with friends and family) that I loved the most also made me feel a little young for my age. I loved that staying in my aunt’s big, beautiful house meant that I could blare my music all day and night and dance around like a fool without worrying about neighbors who might be sharing a wall or a floor. I loved that drinking at high altitude meant no hangovers (Sogrape Gazela Vinho Verde is my current fave).

My main job for two weeks, besides the occasional baby sitting,  was just making sure the house was taken care of so I was free to read as much as I wanted and watch as many Channing Tatum movies as I could find. It was pretty magical. I loved going for pedicures with my sister and my CO bestie (of course we all got flowers painted on our toes) and then doing handstands in the pool for an entire afternoon.

I have since come home to a pile of mail that needs dealt with, tons of unpacking that needs done and several messes that I made before I left on my trip. All will need to be taken care of but I made myself a CO trip playlist that should help me make it through the not so fun stuff.

I was super excited to see my husband and my MA bestie and I am really looking forward to the upcoming trip to Ohio with the rest of my Boston friends. But there are a lot of things I am missing as well. Like drying off after a shower. The humidity out here on the East Coast makes that impossible. And the July temperature really never drops here at home, even after dark. I’m also missing the two little girls who loved to color with me and thought that I was the COOLEST EVER!

Colorado is where I grew up. It’s where I became the person that I am. And it is filled with my family, the people who helped to make me who I am. The house where I stayed is surrounded by petunias. The flower that my mother always filled her gardens with. Every time I smell them, I think of her and miss her so much. At night there, the air is so calm and comfortable. And so very quiet. The only sounds were the crickets and the lake water lapping on the shore. I’m really going to miss that.

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My Life According to iTunes

This game was taught to me by my friend Lee from From My Side Of The Moon (great blog! Check it out!) We haven’t played in ages but it is ALWAYS a good time!

These are the rules: Grab a pen and paper and write down #’s 1 through 18. Open your iTunes to “Music” so your entire library is displayed. Click the Shuffle button. Click Play. Now WITHOUT SKIPPING ANY SONGS, write down the first 18 that play.

This is how mine turned out tonight:

Song #1: Opening Credits: “Fallback” by Sleeperstar

Not super familiar with this song but it’s really pretty and seems appropriate for opening credits. It does talk about “misdirection.”

Song #2: Waking Up: “You Got It” by NSYNC

Great tune for getting up and getting your day started!

Song #3: 1st Day of School: “The Youth” by MGMT


Song #4: Falling In Love: “Resignation Studies” by The Silent League

This song is really kind of lovely and perfect for skipping hand in hand on a beautiful fall day. Even if it does talk about jealousy. Originally heard on my favorite episode of TVD: Let the Right One In.

Song #5: Fight Song: “Come Back” by Pearl Jam

Wow. Super powerful song and I can hear it played so perfectly behind and epic lover’s quarrel. Originally heard on Friday Night Lights.

Song #6: Breaking Up: “Lover to Lover” by Florence + The Machine

GREAT break up song!! All about moving from bed to bed. I can get behind that! (After a break up! Not now in real life!!)

Song #7: Prom: “I and Love and You” by The Avett Brothers

This is such a stunning song. I can picture the slow dance.

Song #8: Life: “He Won’t Go” by Adele

Pretty sure any Adele song is great as a life anthem.

Song #9: Mental Breakdown: “We Don’t Eat” by James Vincent McMorrow

Originally heard on TVD. First line: “If this is redemption, why do I bother at all.”

Song #10: Driving: “Gz and Hustlas” by Snoop Dogg

Apparently I am over my breakdown enough to jam out to some old school rap. Sweet.

Song #11: Flashback: “Lovefool” by The Cardigans

From Romeo & Juliet. LOVE this song. Very suitable for a flashback of my life.

Song #12: Getting Back Together: “Stop and Stare” by One Republic

OMG!! This is so great! EPIC reunion song! “Time for one last appeal.”

Song #13: Wedding: “Jonathan Low” by Vampire Weekend

This song is from Eclipse. Not really wedding appropriate. It’s about killing some guy I think?

Song #14: Birth of Child: “Satellite Heart” by Anya Maria

Another Twilight song! This one from New Moon. And a bit too sad for the birth of a child. Apparently my iPod has decided to stop playing fair.

Song #15: Final Battle: “Skylines and Turnstiles” by My Chemical Romance

Total head banging song! I think it totally works for a battle scene!!

Song #16: Death Scene: “Warning Sign” by Coldplay

Now I’m gonna cry.

Song #17: Funeral Scene: “Daft Punk is Playing At My House” by LCD Soundsystem

From The. O.C. How awesome would that be to have Daft Punk playing at your funeral?

Song #18: End credits: “The Only Exception” by Paramore

Super gorgeous song. Love it!


Give it a try friends and let me know how it goes!! I promise, it is a LOT of fun! Don’t forget to tell me how yours turns out!


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My Interview: Carina MacKenzie

Carina MacKenzie of Zap2It has one of the coolest jobs ever. Seriously. As a journalist for Zap2It.com she gets to visit the sets of all my favorite TV shows, interview all of my favorite stars and attend some very cool television events. Not only does she have an awesome job, she’s also a pretty awesome lady. I’ve chatted with Carina before about The Vampire Diaries and Friday Night Lights and we’ll be talking extensively about One Tree Hill after it ends in April but in the mean time, since I LOVE talking TV with her, I thought I’d ask some general questions and share the answers with you! Don’t forget to follow her on twitter (@cadlymack) for all the latest TV news!

Speaking of One Tree Hill, what do you think of its final season so far? Anything you especially love? Anything you especially hate?

I think that thus far, a lot of Season 9 for me has been about behind-the-scenes stuff. It was a big deal for me to be able to visit the set this year. One Tree Hill is the only show I watch today that I watched when I was in high school. There’s something kind of profound, for me personally, about having been 16 years old and connecting to Brooke Davis and relating to her, and then nine years later being able to say goodbye to her with Sophia – it’s hard to put into words properly, but it makes me proud of myself and makes me appreciate those heavy-handed OTH life lessons.

As far as the storylines go, I’ve been a little frustrated by the fact that Brooke seems to be setting herself up to be disappointed by her father yet again. I feel like she’s learned better than that, though I can also relate to the idea on a personal level. I also hate, hate, hate any hints that Dan is to be “redeemed.” Paul Johansson is a fantastic dude but that’s not reason enough to redeem Dan Scott. He’s the WORST.

What I love: The Julian baby-in-the-car storyline. It’s a brave story that I haven’t seen on TV before, and it absolutely tears my guts out because it’s so scary, but that’s what makes it feel real.  Since the episode aired last week, I’ve thought about that final scene every day with a terrible, yuck feeling in my stomach. I’ve said it before – good TV doesn’t always make you feel GOOD, but it makes you feel SOMETHING, and that’s what this storyline is doing.

Like me and all of the coolest people, you watch a lot of television. Of everything you’re watching right now, what is your favorite?

This year I’m watching less TV than usual, actually, because I’m trying to read books and get more writing done. I think my TV schedule this season is the lightest it’s been since I was a freshman in college. Still, of the TV I do watch, the show I look forward to most each week is still Supernatural. Despite a lot of criticism, this is one of my absolute favorite seasons. I also adore Parenthood and every episode makes me cry. Of course, The Vampire Diaries is a favorite too. Covering a show can sometimes take the shine off it a little, particularly because a lot of fans don’t like the way I cover TVD, but I still love it.

Anything you are wishing you could give up?

I’ve cut most of the fat, honestly. I guess Glee is one that I don’t particularly love when I watch it. I haven’t forged an emotional connection to the characters because I think the writing is inconsistent. I still watch it every week, though, and I don’t have to for work, so that’s saying something.

There have been a lot of great new shows this season. Do you have a favorite?

Revenge. So much. As a Dawson’s Creek fan, I’ve got an affection for shows that recognize and embrace their schmaltz-factor instead of trying to be something they’re not. Revenge is just an hour of magic every week and they’re not afraid to go ultra-soapy – a mistress in a coma, stolen identities, all of it is just so unapologetically sudsy, and it works because of the talent involved. To use a frayed cliché, the writers and actors on that show “elevate the material” to a magical degree.

Is there one that you were expecting to love but just don’t?

I expected to love Grimm, but I didn’t make it past episode 3. It’s not that it was a bad show or that it didn’t deliver on its promises, it’s just that It ended up being exactly what was expected of it and little more. It’s a flu-show now… meaning, if I ever get the flu and have to stay in bed all weekend, I’ll catch up on Grimm, because I can probably drift in and out of sleep and follow the story.

I’ve been hearing a lot of news about pilots ordered for the next season of TV. Any that you are excited about or hoping to see?

I’m sure people will say I’m biased about this but I honestly think I’d say this regardless of friendships: Kevin Williamson’s untitled project is chilling and magnificent and riveting. The twists at the end are bone-against-bone jarring and to be frank, I’m surprised this isn’t on HBO or Showtime. I hope they get the casting right (I’ve got approximately 47,000 ideas, and all of them involve Misha Collins) and I think that if they do, they’ll have a near-perfect hour of television.

We are both huge fans of The Vampire Diaries. Who is your stand out character for season three so far and why?

Oh, Stefan, easily. He’s been completely turned on his head. The layers they’ve given him have been incredible to watch and his mercurial temperament makes the show so watchable and surprising. He’s no longer the reliable Stefan we came to love, and as Elena tries to accept that, the audience does, too. Not to mention, Paul Wesley hasn’t missed a breath. He’s perfect.

Favorite television character of all time:

Pacey Witter, no explanation needed.

Favorite Television moment of all time:

This is too hard, so I’m going to say three. First, Pacey watching Joey sleep after busting his ass all weekend to help her save the Potter B&B. I still remember watching that scene as an 8th grade kid for the first time, and getting goosebumps, and just thinking to myself, “Oh. TV can do that.” The second moment is Coach Taylor’s speech from the FNL pilot. “We will all fall.” I could get that tattooed somewhere right now. It set the tone for the entire series and the series delivered. And, finally, the moment from The O.C. pilot when Seth gets out of bed to hug Ryan and Ryan doesn’t know how to hug back. He has no clue where to put his hands. It’s powerful.

(For the record, when you say “of all time,” to me it means “after 1999, before today.” I wasn’t allowed to watch TV as a kid so I missed some of the good stuff.)

The show you wished would have never ended:

I think every show has an expiration date, but (to jump on the bandwagon) Veronica Mars was really the only show that ended before I was ready to say goodbye.

If you could say one thing to all of the current TV watchers what would it be?

Stop shipping and worrying about couples and just love your characters. If all that matters to you is who ends up with whom in the end, do yourself (and the public) a favor and turn off your television. Go outside. Find yourself a life. Come back for the series finale. You’ll get your answer, and you’ll have saved yourself six whole years of whining about fictional characters. They are fictional. Always remember they are fictional.

Also, be nice to the writers if the writers of your favorite show are so gracious as to give you an access point, like Twitter or a fanmail address. Remember this: Every tiny moment that came together to make you love a certain character or couple or story was strategically written to have that impact on you, so obviously, what the writers are doing is working for you on some level. Be nice. Be nice. Be nice.


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