Peter Gallagher’s Eyebrows Are Ferocious

I forgot how much really happened in THE OC. There were so many characters in the first season that I forgot about. So many extra things happened and it’s like WTF.

Some things that I didn’t touch up on that I didn’t really notice until further evaluation.

Marissa Cooper: She is one lucky teenager! Her wardrobe consisted of everything from Chanel handbags(I counted 6 the first season), Chanel dresses galore(However, I think they were really just Kensie dresses), a Jeep Cherokee(that was legit), an ex-boyfriend who was like her friend and men that loved her like crazy….aside from Ryan there was Oliver(remember that crazy son of a bitch) president of some school committee(despite her father stealing everyone’s money) but she wasn’t without flaw. I forgot this crazy girl was out stealing at South Coast Plaza, had a severe drinking problem and so much more…..

Somehow they are all friends
Somehow they are all friends

Luke Ward: He had the hottest(subjective) girlfriend in the school. He was Captain of the Water Polo team. His dad had several car dealerships. One happened to b a Lexus dealership that sold Ford Mustangs. He had a great mom(looked nothing like him) and a dad that was like the coolest thing since Apple Pie until he was gay. Then Luke himself became a loser for some reason. He just totally became this weird in tune with his feelings singing out loud at the Rooney concert at the top of his lungs and it was kind of annoying. Whatever!

Summer Winter: Actually I don’t remember her last name but in light of North West Kardashian, I think Summer Winter is perfect. Summer still doesn’t really have any character development except she’s totally in love with Seth Cohen. She’s lost any ounce of cool that she once had and has totally fallen hard for this loser. She unlike Marissa has a richer dad but her wardrobe is lacking the Chanel dresses and Chanel bags. Then she dated this loser Danny. I’ll cut her a break. She’s a sideline character. Oh did I catch Summer with a Birkin Bag on her shoulder? Pretty sure it’s not a shoulder bag and that was a bootleg kind of bag…but whatever……

Summer Winter. Summe Roberts....Who gave a f*ck?
Summer Winter. Summer Roberts….Who gave a f*ck?

Seth Cohen: Loser. I don’t really need to talk about him unless you care but I don’t so we won’t.

Hailey Nichols: The younger, wild, sexy(again subjective) party crazed Aunt who only comes around to MOOCH. She mooches on the family when she wants something from Daddy(Caleb Nichols). Not much is known about her and really she wasn’t that interesting even when she tried to hit on Jimmy Cooper.

Julie Cooper: The character that had the major 180 turn around. So lets see all the things with this piece of work. So she’s a mother of 2. Marissa and Katelynn(who we never see after the first few episodes until she’s much older) She is divorcing Jimmy Cooper because basically he made her look like the piece of trash shes’ trying to not to portray but hello!!! Sooooooo…..I accidentally figured out her age because Kirsten said “You had Marissa at 18” well Marissa is 16 which means that Julie is 34. I’m not buying it but whatever. She’s the Queen of Mean. The Ice Devil.

Julie "She's Not From Riverside" Cooper
Julie “She’s Not From Riverside” Cooper

Her breath is so cold turns a man into stone. She’s a manipulator. User. Social Climber. Everything bad but yet she makes this turn around to try to get Kirsten’s father and use him. I don’t know. I don’t want to know. I think she’s weird. She makes these weird comments like “Marissa so glad you wore the Chanel!”…….Let’s get one thing straight. Marissa has Chanel bags, Marc Jacobs jeans, but I’m pretty sure her dresses were Kensie, maybe Alice & Olivia but not Chanel. It’s ok. “You ain’t gotta lie Craig. You ain’t gotta lie”

Oliver Trask: This was the weirdest developing character of them all. He was only in a few episodes but this kid was a liar and a half. First, he said that his family owned the Four Seasons Hotel brand(LIAR). There is no Four Seasons in Newport Beach, however there is an Island Hotel(which is 5 stars) should have went that route. His family has homes in Colorado, Paris, Mammoth, etc. He has this ex-girlfriend who is doesn’t exist. Completely fabricated!!! He has connections to concerts and whatever else he can use to impress these kids. I mean I don’t really buy it. His haircut and the products he used was all wrong. It was so douchebag galore. Then he blows up and erupts and tries to kill Marissa in his hotel penthouse….this show goes there.

She wasn't basic. She was kind of......extra
She wasn’t basic. She was kind of……extra

Anna Roberts: The weird girl from Pittsburgh who debuted in a ball that she had no business debuting in. She’s still weird and she’s wicked clingy in relationships. The loser. I can’t even touch base on her. I’d rather not!

This show as I said before. It goes there. It was before it’s time. Watching it over again so many years later, it’s interesting. I like it and it’s funny to analyze all the things wrong with it and all the bloopers. All the real things that happened in this show totally made Laguna Beach look like scripted television………….

It Never Rains In Southern California: THE OC

“You will not believe what Sandy Cohen said to me. He basically called me white trash. He said I was from Riverside!”— Julie Cohen (Season 1 of The O.C.)

"Chino didn't even stand a chance!"
“Chino didn’t even stand a chance!”
California, Here We Come, Right Back Where We Started From
California, Here We Come, Right Back Where We Started From

When I was younger I saw Lawn Dogs with Christopher MacDonald, Kathleen Quinlan and Sam Rockwell. The main star of the movie was an unknown child actress Mischa Barton played the role of Devon. I became obsessed and followed every role that she had taken since. She starred alongside Burt Reynolds and Cameron Van Hoy in the movie Pups. Where she played a modern-day Bonnie & Cylde but they both soon realize that they are not well equipped for this job. Full throttle speed ahead, this young actress was well on her way with roles in Tart, Lost & Delirious, Octane and many more. Very bright and talented I believed in her and the direction in which her career was going.

THE O.C.

Marissa Cooper aka Mischa Barton
Marissa Cooper aka Mischa Barton

This show is nothing like 90210, you remember the show from the 90’s with Shannon Doherty, Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth? The OC set in Newport Beach, a California beach resort town. The first season focused on how they would deal with an outsider coming into their protected enclave and the shift in change that it would bring to everyone’s lives. Mischa Barton would be playing Marissa Cooper, the popular, rich, promising relationship with the Captain of the Water Polo team and all around good girl. However in the first episode, it’s clear that not all is how it seems in this town.

Pilot Episode Cast Mischa Barton, Benjamin McKenzie, Peter Gallagher, Adam Brody, Rachel Bilson, Melinda Clarke, Tate Donovan, Kelly Rowan & Chris Carmack.....
Pilot Episode Cast
Mischa Barton, Benjamin McKenzie, Peter Gallagher, Adam Brody, Rachel Bilson, Melinda Clarke, Tate Donovan, Kelly Rowan & Chris Carmack…..

The show was an instant success. I couldn’t stop my chatter about the show. I became obsessed with The Cooler Kids song “All Around The World(Punk Debutante)”, I watched it every week and even VHS’d it for my friend who wanted to see it.I never saw that VHS again! Every week was better than the one before. The drama that unfolded so quickly was unreal….

"Jimmy, where's my money?" Tate Donovan(Jimmy Cooper) and Christopher Cousins(Paul Fischer) in dispute over misappropriated funds
“Jimmy, where’s my money?” Tate Donovan(Jimmy Cooper) and Christopher Cousins(Paul Fischer) in dispute over misappropriated funds

The show focused on Ryan Atwood, delinquent kid with a rough background from Chino, California. He’s adopted into the Newport Beach home of his attorney Sandy Cohen and his wife Kirsten. Marissa is the next door neighbor and they soon begin a on and off again romance throughout the series until she becomes a lesbihonest so I hear. Marissa’s father Jimmy is trying to “Keep Up With The Joneses” and is on the verge of being found out. He’s taken money from his client accounts and is soon under investigation from the SEC Fraud Commissions…..UH OH! I smell trouble! It all unfolds at the Debutante Cotillion when a client asked for $250k of his own money and he was told that it wasn’t there. He did the math and came out with the correct answer.

Anna and Seth go deeper into the relationship that only lasted for half a season
Anna and Seth go deeper into the relationship that only lasted for half a season

Also, we’re introduced to a character named Anna from Pittsburgh. Note: I haven’t been too many Debutante Balls but I’m pretty positive that you can’t move to a town as a new student and then debut into that society. How awkward must that have been? She moved here in the summer and debuts with people she doesn’t know? Think About It!!! Their relationship only lasted half a season because the producers decided enough with that. *Chuckles* No, Anna moved back home to Pittsburgh….Buh bye Samaire Armstrong’s career.

So a lot of other stuff happens through out the first 7 episodes of the season. Luke(Marissa’s Hot Boyfriend) and Ryan are constantly fighting but coming together at some eye level type of an agreement. Luke is shot by some other punk kid but that kid is from Corona. Ryan saves him. Luke saves Ryan when they burn down one of Kirsten’s developments. Julie tells Jimmy she wants a divorce because she wants to look like the hero. We meet Kirstin’s father, Cal who owns the Newport Group which is a development company in the real estate market. My Gosh!!…..Can you keep up?…….I COULD…….

Get ready for the break in the season. You know how sometimes the show premiers in the summer, so they do a few episodes to test the market and see how it works out? Well, that’s what FOX did and they left us with quite the cliffhanger for the season. What happens in Tijuana stays in Tijuana until you go looking for your Captain of the WaterPolo team boyfriend only to discover him dancing in a skanky nightclub with the girl’s whose father punched your father at your Debutante Ball because he realized that your father stole money from him? Payback is a BITCH! Is it ok for what has happened in Tijuana to stay in Tijuana when it requires you being emergency lifted out of Mexico back to Newport Beach because you require urgent care? Oh, Marissa Cooper!

I mean the first 7 episodes of this show really went there. Looking back at it, the themes were definitely too mature but I guess if you went to a high school where kids acted this sexually aware, then this might have been normal. The season progressed and we saw stronger character development. Ryan and Marissa started dating. Seth had a torn love/hate relationship with Summer(Rachel Bilson) and we are even introduced to the character Oliver who threatens to kill Ryan and Marissa(I haven’t rewatched that episode yet). The best part of the season was when Luke walked in on his father……………….and that was when we were introduced to Luke’s Gay Father!!

Luke's Gay Dad
Luke’s Gay Dad

That was when we saw the last of Luke. His parent’s got divorced and his father moved to Seattle. Luke decided that it would probably be best for him to move with his father. I actually haven’t made it to the episode again yet, I just watched the episode where Marissa tried to escape from the hospital and Ryan almost didn’t get accepted into the Newport Harbor School because of it. After the first 19 episodes, I lost interest and never really watched it again after episode 27. I saw the episode where Ryan saved Marissa’s life yet again because she was in a car accident. Sometimes I wish I did keep up with the show but it’s funnier watching it now and looking back at all the things I remember or didn’t notice the first time around. However, I bet nobody remembers that Holly was a contestant on American Idol back in the day? or that Luke was in episode of Strangers with Candy as one of Jerri Blank’s love interest? Do you remember that Mischa Barton was in a play on Broadway called Slavs which was really good.

Unfortunately the show didn’t last very long. Only about 4 seasons,why I’m not entirely sure. Pushing the envelope too son on certain subject matters perhaps. Giving a false perception of Southern California….oh wait…..I remember because everyone became obsessed with Laguna Beach:The Real Orange County which spawned 3 seasons in Laguna Beach and one in Newport Beach, a spin-off called the Hills in which we see the main star develop her career and her womanhood, as well introducing us to the fabulous Heidi Montag. I love Heidi.

Gerren Taylor(heart her) was dubbed the mini Naomi Campbell and Ashley Calloway is the daughter of actress Vanessa Bell Calloway....so you can't even call hem Hood Royalty
Gerren Taylor(heart her) was dubbed the mini Naomi Campbell and Ashley Calloway is the daughter of actress Vanessa Bell Calloway….so you can’t even call hem Hood Royalty

It even spun off a series on BET called Baldwin Hills which was basically like watching a ghetto version of the Cosby Show on BET. However, I was glued to my BET the first two seasons…… In closing, I really loved this show. I wished that Mischa Barton had a better career because she showed so much promise from the very first time I saw her. Unfortunately for her Rachel Bilson became the sensational star and for what….Nobody really acted again from that show or so I’ve seen. Chris Carmack did a few LifeTime movies, Kelly Rowan went back to her LifeTime movie roots, Tate Donovan went back to being upset that his only claim to fame will be Potion No.9 with Sandra Bullock, Hercules and a failed relationship with Jennifer Aniston(because everyone has a successful relationship with her), Benjamin McKenzie found success on TNT with Southland.

When you steal $250,000 it is only inevitable that you will get punched at your daughter's Debutante Ball.....
When you steal $250,000 it is only inevitable that you will get punched at your daughter’s Debutante Ball…..

Just A Note:I had a friend from Corona and I knew someone from Chino and I’m sure it wasn’t as bad as they tried to portray it on television……

Dre