The OC Obsession

For those true fans out there...that can't live without their weekly dose of Newport Beach...

Monday, November 21, 2005

The last...

Well yet another intense episode on Thursday night. Instead of going through the whole episode play by play, if you want the recap check out the recap. I want to focus this post on the upcoming news for the show and the big events in the actors lives. Big news in Peter Gallagher's life, he recently released his CD 7 days in Memphis which is available through Amazon for only $13.49. Here you can also get the various Music from The O.C. mix's. Amazon has all 5 cd's that can be purchased either seperate or together.

What is coming for the rest of the season?

Without ruining the rest of the season for anyone I just want to give you a glimpse of some things to look forward to...

Marissa struggles with ideas about her future - does she want to go to college or not? Summer has great expectations for herself which are of course shot down by none other than Taylor. Julie struggles with her alterior motives and can't decide whether to tell Kirsten about Charlotte's plan or not. Based on scenes for next week we see that someone gets hurt, rumors say that Johnny is the one that gets hit by a car and he struggles with his feelings for Marissa by pushing her away. Next month we experience my favorite time of year, Chrismukkah which I'm sure will leave us nothing but satisfied with the normal Cohen, Cooper chaotic season. Then later this season we meet Marissa's younger sister that has been at boarding school. We find that the sisters are nothing near close, and Ryan tries to play peace maker between the two. (That sounds like a role reversal to me!) There is also much drama to come as the competition for college acceptances heatens...I can't wait for the rest of the season it seems to be getting more intense by the episode. The one question that remains in my mind is Ryan's ties to Chino. I wonder if later this season we will see Theresa return to stir up the relationships finally back on track??

Sunday, November 13, 2005

The Swells

This show just gets more intense. I'm going to try to sum this one up as best as possible, but there was so many different relationships tested it was amazing - well here it goes...

It starts will Marissa waking up from another nightmare about the shooting and she calls Ryan for support. Ryan, his usual uneasy self doesn't know what to say and tells her everything is fine and just to go back to bed, not exactly what Marissa wanted to hear. In the morning, Ryan gets ready for his first day back at Harbor, and Sandy and Kirsten are discussing prospective buyers for the Newport Group.

At school, Taylor discusses her newest scheme, a mandatory lock-in that weekend in the high school gym. The gang is in disbelief that she could be this desperate to make everyone's lives miserable. At Marissa's school, her friends approach her excited about the new "swells" coming in aka there are some decent waves coming in and this surf crew can't wait to party all night before surfing.

Julie goes over to her new condo to meet her roomate Charlotte who immediately throws in her newest scheme. A black tie benefit to raise money for under-priveledged women, and Charlotte knows just the person they are going to get to help them, Kirsten.

After school, Marissa goes to the beach to hang with her new friends and she starts talking to Johnny abou the nightmares. Johnny and Marissa end up goign for a walk and he tells her about his similiar experiences after some fights with his dad, the hug just in time for Johnny's girlfriend Casey to pull in the parking convenient.

The next day, Sandy meets with the prospective buyers and is willing to sell under one condition, they don't tear down the low-income housing Sandy fought for years to have built. The boss is hesitant but agrees, but Sandy does not feel settled. Later that day, he meets with the younger of the buyers and he supports Sandy's opinions that the boss will tear down anything he wants to make some money. This man, Matt convinces Sandy to hold onto the business and run it himself, Sandy just has to ask Kirsten how she feels and the deal is sealed.

Julie and Charlotte pitch their idea to Kirsten but she is extremely hesitant and at first does not want to help. A relectant Charlotte follows her inside and compells her to believe that she would be doing this to help Julie get back on her feet, and Kirsten eventually caves in. Later that night, Julie and Charlotte are at dinner and before the bill arrives Charlotte excuses herself to go to the bathroom. When the bill arrives, Julie grabs Charlotte's wallet to pay and finds several different identifications as well as credit cards, same picture but all various names. She realizes that Charlotte is actually a fraud. Julie approaches Charlotte with these findings, and Charlotte explains to Julie her plan to keep the money from the benefit then leave town, and suggests that Julie be her accompliss. Julie thinks about the idea, and her opportunity to get back on top.

Over at the beach party, Marissa introduces Summer to her new friends and they run into some enemies, Volchok, apparently Johnny's rival for sponsorship on the tour. Summer stands by and watches a blossoming connection between Marissa and Johnny and calls Ryan for support. Casey also takes note of the connection and her jealousy is evident. Ryan shows up and a surprised Marissa is confused and doesn't see the crush that Johnny has on her and plays it off as the two are just able to talk to each other. Her and Ryan get into a fight and she wanders back into the party. Later, Johnny convinces Marissa to call Ryan to find him and make up and when they head into one of the bedrooms the find Casey and Volchok making out. Johnny leaves immediately and Casey explains that is obvious to anyone to see that Johnny is falling in love with Marissa. Everyone is searching for Johnny and they find him confronting Volchok at the beach, before the can fights Ryan grabs Johnny and tells him to back off. Volchok makes a comment and Ryan punches him and they walk away.

Back at the lock-in, Seth is befriending Taylor after hearing her mother tear her down about her lack of popularity. Taylors attempts at making the lock-in a success are failing and Seth comes to her rescue with some not-so-fun games that he forces people to play and gets made fun of just as much as Taylor, but Seth can take it. There is an obvious new admiration for Seth. After all the drama at the beach, Marissa brings Summer to the lock-in and as she is pounding on the door, Taylor is on the other side pretending not to hear her, just so she can have a night with Seth to herself.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Perfect Storm

Finally its back!! After the long wait and horrible baseball playoff season (I'm a yankees fan), we finally have our show back. So what did everyone think of this weeks episode?? For those that missed it - following is your weekly recap.

Well we start to find that the break has let Kirsten take time to become a man's dream, in fact fox's summary called her a domestic goddess. She has prepared a gourmet breakfast for the Cohen house and insists everyone sit to eat much to their dismay. Sandy receives a phone call and after the boys leave we find out that there is a college fair at the Harbor School that evening and Sandy wants Ryan to attend, however Dean Hess as usual ruins it by attaching a letter to Ryan's transcripting documenting his violent nature. Obviously no reputable school in their right mind would accept Ryan with that sort of note.

At school, Summer is peering over Taylor who seems to be engaged in quite the flirty text messaging conversation, Summer tries to persuade Seth that its Dean Hess but Seth cannot be convinced. But as we all know, when Summer gets an idea in her head she goes strong to prove it. She follows Taylor around a bit and when Taylor accuses her of being obsessed, Summer drops a little story about how she saw the Dean kissing one of the teachers and watches Taylor squirm, now she knows its true. After school, Summer tries to convince Marissa that she should attend the college fair, however Marissa explains she isnt worried about her future, rather just wants to get her homework finished. At the college fair, Ryan is feeling very out of place but tries to brush it off and talk to some representatives. He is interrupted when he sees Sandy and the Dean in a heated discussion. Ryan walks over just in time to hear the news about the letter Hess had attached to his transcript, and leaves immediately.

Back at home, Kirsten is trying to help Julie and shows her brochures for some of the luxury condos in the area and Charlotte stops by. She takes a look at the brouchures and its obvious that she is thinking something devious.

The next morning, Seth wanders over to the pool house to find that Ryan has cancelled his tutor and is looking at new directions for his life, perhaps a full time job. Seth expresses his concern to Summer but she has a greater plan, still working on the Dean and Taylor affair. After Marissa explains the situation to Johnny, he takes it upon himself to help Ryan out. He seeks him out in the diner and explains that his uncle owns a commercial fishing boat and is always looking for help. Ryan jumps at the idea and later shows up for dinner with a guardian waiver for Sandy to sign in order for him to get the job. A reluctant Sandy signs the form, convinced that this is just a phase and Ryan with realize what is better for him.

The same day, Julie is touring the new oceanview condo when an unexpected guest arrives. Charlotte, she actually bought the condo before Julie even had a chance to respond. Later Charlotte shows up at Julie's not so luxurious motel room with the keys to the condo. She explains she bought it for Julie and just needs it for the short periods of time she is in town. A weary Julie takes the keys and thinks of them as a glimpse to her future on the bright side.

Over at Summer's, Seth walks in finally convinced to help Summer and they agree to text message Taylor to convince her to meet at the Mermaid motel, well she thinks she will meet Dean Hess.

Sandy and Kirsten offer to cook Ryan one last home meal before he ventures off to sea, hopefully convincing him one last time to stay. Marissa and Summer come over and the tension between Marissa and Ryan could have been cut with a knife. She obviously feels as though Ryan is walking out on her again and this time is putting up a fight.

The next morning, Ryan is about to get on the boat when Marissa shows up and says everything she feels. Ryan is acting just like her father did, running away, leaving on a boat, and it didnt get him anywhere, so that makes Ryan just a big a coward. (OUCH!)

Over at the motel, Taylor shows up just as scheduled,"the shark took the bait" as Seth says. Summer and Seth use this to their advantage and call Sandy right away. Sandy visits Dean Hess and explains the situation. Well a bit tainted version of the situation, but anyway explains he will go to the board unless Ryan is let back into school. At this point Dean has no choice and agrees.

Seth and Summer wander to the diner to find an upset Marissa, no idea that she had left Ryan about to board the boat. They are in shock that he walked out and all their work has been worthless, but then Ryan walks in and the gang enjoys time together again.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Adam Brody - is he like seth?

Born April 8, 1981 Adam was raised in San Diego, California. Adam spent a lot of his teen years like any other normal California tean, hanging out with his friends and surfing. After graduation, he convinced his parents to allow him to attend college in Los Angeles. Instead of going to college, he hired an acting coach, signed with a personal manager and quickly landed the role as Greg Brady in a TV movie, Growing Up Brady.

He also played TV roles in Gilmore Girls, Judging Amy, Family Law and Smallville. On the big screen, Adam was featured in the skateboarding movie, Grind. he also had minor parts in The Ring and Missing Brendan. After his success on the OC, he has started producing his own films and his career has taken off and he even was featured in Mr. & Mrs. Smith beside Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. He will star in the upcoming films, In the Land of Women, and I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer.

For those that are more interested in the drama and relationships: I found out after posting Rachel's biography that Adam and Rachel are in fact still dating. They have been seen together at several LA hot spots and seem extremely happy. Adam is not unlike his character Seth in too many ways. In fact, Adam loves X-Men and bands such as Ben Folds and Bright Eyes.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Rachel Bilson

Oh Summer Roberts. If I could sit here and describe her character on the show it would be easy, but to describe Rachel is almost the complete opposite. Although Rachel is driven and forward much like her character, she is no where near as snobby. Rachel actually enjoy's playing this role for that reason. "It's great playing someone who is not like me at all. I'm really a nice girl, so it's fun to be a bitch, then come home and be myself again. When I meet people now, they're surprised that I'm a good person." The only thing she actually may have in common with Summer is her passion for shoes, but in real life Rachel is not into ritzy stores, her favorite store to shop in is actually Target.

Rachelle Jade Bilson was born on November 13, 1981 in Los Angeles, CA. Although what she says, her family agrees that as the youngest, she was pretty much spoiled rotten growing up. Friends and family say that she was treated like a princess throughout her youth in LA. Rachel was introduced to acting at the age of 7, when her parents helped her land her first film role in "The Wrong Guys". After her debut, she held many minor roles in films and plays and she soon realized acting was her dream she needed to follow. Soon after graduating high school she found an agent to help her fill her dreams.

She was soon making her TV debut in several small roles on shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her true success was when she landed the role as a main character, Summer Roberts. Rachel's success in the show proves that she is a young hit that will keep preforming for us for years to come.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Benjamin McKenzie...the real Ryan Atwood

Benjamin McKenzie Schenkkan was born in Austin Texas on September 12, 1978. Growing up Benjamin played the role of an average kid in Austin, playing football in high school and attending the University of Virginia shortly after. He comes from a family of three boys, one of which graduated from Yale and the other currently attends Pomona College.

After graduating from UVA in 1991, Benjamin decided to follow a different dream and focus on his acting career. This change may have been provoked by the success of his paternal grandparents, both actors. His uncle is is Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, so its obvious that success runs in the family.

He moved to New York and had some minor roles in off-broadway productions. While in New York, Ben waited tables to get by and shared a cramped apartment with several roommates. In 2002 he had a slump in job opportunities and decided he would move to LA to try to make it big. It was here in LA that he got is break and auditioned for The OC. He has been a lead role since then and the show has given him the most success. In fact, Benjamin averages between $15,000 - $25,000 an episode. This may not seem like a lot compared to the million that FRIENDS show stars were averaging each episode but imagine yourself in that position. Benjamin isn't actually that much older than us and considering there are about 19 episodes per season, he has it pretty good. He recently bought an apartment in Santa Monica, CA can be seen driving around town in his new Infiniti G35...quite a change from his lifestyle in New York.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Marissa Cooper

So in light of baseball playoffs and the lack of OC until November, I decided that it would be good just to do a little biographical information of each character for the new few weeks. This week Marissa Cooper, better known outside of Orange County as Misha Barton.

Misha was born in London on January 24, 1986 and as early as 1995 was making her showtime debut. Misha is actually half English and half Irish. She moved to New York when she was still young and immediately was recognized. She was featured in several movies and TV Series including a voice on the kids show Kablam! and an appearance in All My Children, a popular soap opera. Her more famous movies included Notting Hill and The Sixth Sense. Before The OC she was in several smaller movies and some independent films. Once her debut in The OC, she hit box office and now has two movies coming out within the next year in which she had lead rolls.

Currently, she is a spokesperson for Neutrogena and attends The Professional Children's School in Manhattan, New York. She has aspirations to attend the Yale School of Drama in New Haven after high school. She has a pet cat named, Angelo.