What's with Jeff Schwarz? Can't he write anyone over thirty? Can anyone on The OC
write anyone over thirty?
[Er, sorry. It's Josh Schwarz. Thanks, Jeff. And yes, it turns out that making margaritas with Really Good Tequila really does make them taste better. Damn.]
Okay, so you're a wanted fugitive. Have been for twenty two years. Do you ever walk on the Newport Beach pier with a well-known local lawyer?
Now you're staying at his new office. Someone lets themselves in with a key, late at night. Do you (a) hide, in case it's a janitor, the police, or who knows who? (b) say, without looking, "Sandy, is that you" and get to meet the wife?
And what is up with Rebecca, anyway? Why is she there? Does she want
to wreck Sandy's marriage? Or does she very badly not want to ruin his life? We ought to know by now. It's not at all clear from her very ambiguous actions.
Sure, it's a cheesy show and you gotta love the cheese. Caleb having a heart attack at a moment of maximum jerkitude. Marissa stripping for Alex without admitting to herself she's trying to seduce Alex.
But the moments where The OC
rocks are where it is true. Seth trying to use the Force to pull the telephone handset to him: priceless. Marissa coming back to just hold hands with Alex -- reminding us that theoretically these are seventeen year old girls, and sometimes they'd just like to hold hands. If only the adults could be more convincing. The adult cartoons -- Caleb, Julie Cooper -- are fun to hate, but the adult characters are not very mature either as people or as characters.