Shows: American Idol, ANTM, The Surreal Life, The Real World, Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, Dancing with the Stars, The OC, Cheerleader Nation, etc. Specials: Who’s Bowling Right Now?; Random Questions; Stink Pinks; Baby Jessica Updates

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

THE OC - Thursday, March 30th 2006

Best: Summer and Coop getting in a fight outside school. Coop takes shots at Seth and Summer’s perfect life to which Summer replies:

“Oh yeah, why don’t you just go to one of Volchek’s heavy metal vomit parties so you can, like, listen to heavy metal and like… vomit.”

Worst: Sandy ignoring the fact that obviously this dirty doc was going to fuck Matt up, instead opting to discuss golf over his lovely outdoor brunch. Are you an idiot Sandy? Weren’t you a Public Defender and by those terms, aren’t you supposed to watch out for those citizens about to get the shit kicked out of them?

The College Dilemma: 90210, Saved by the Bell, Buffy, Dawson’s Creek and now The OC. What do all these shows have in common? No, not just the perennial real-life-issue episode (think Jessie Myrtle Spano on the bed singing/crying/yelling “I’m so excited, I’m so excited, I’m… so… scared.”) No, not just that. They all have to endure the greatest challenge in TV as we know it: what do we do when these loveable high-schoolers have to go off to college? How do we keep them in touch with the zip code where it all started? Can we forego the richness of the parent plots? Can we just pretend that high school is actually a place where 27 year olds go for 7 years and hope no one will notice?

As next week’s episode looms, I’m wondering what Joshie is going to pull out here. I respect his choices but if he takes Julie Cooper away from me, I’m going pull Shannen Doherty out of infamy and sic her on him Chino-style. Not a threat, just a warning. Down, Brenda.

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