bill-swift - March 25, 2006
There's really not much gossip going on today, so I thought I'd write about last night's episode of The O.C., which, if you think about it, presented some pretty weird comments on America's parenting of teenage girls.
Of course, it's hard to understand without having actually seen the footage, so here's a video of the last scene in the episode, complete with Marissa (Micsha Barton) down to her bra, and some highly suggestive background music...
And hit the jump for my full commentary on this week's episode, plus some more screen caps... Also, comments are open on this post too.
Overall, it was a really good episode, I thought. Seth and Summer (Rachel Bilson) had relationship trouble, Ryan got into another fight (albeit off-screen), and Sandy had his own moral dilemma to deal with. The banter was tight, and even the annoying Taylor Townsend added some good one-liners.
But there was a weird feeling permeating the whole episode. I couldn't quite place it at first, but as the show went on, it became clear: None of the teenage girls on the show (save Taylor) had any form of parental supervision whatsoever.
Marissa's mom is on a cruise with Summer's dad, and both their other parents have long since gone bye-bye (actually, I don't think we've ever really seen Summer's step mom on the show). If that wasn't enough, though, Marissa is all alone in a trailer park. Even she was freaked out, which lead her to stay at Matt's appartment, more or less sealing the deal to get him fired from Sandy's company. Summer, meanwhile, is in this huge house where, apparently, anyone can enter at will (I suppose it would be logical to assume there is a maid, or something, but even Summer was surprised when Taylor came in without even ringing the doorbell).
Then there's Ryan's new girl, Sadie (who kinda bugs me). First of all, how old is this chick supposed to be? She's dating Ryan now, but does she go to school, college, what? All we ever see her do is drywall her dead cousin's old house. How many teenage girls do you know that do home remodelling in their spare time?
Lastly, we have the reemergence of Jess, the girl who hooked up with Ryan's brother Tre after being saved from overdosing and drowning in a pool. It seems like she may be in college, but that wasn't really clear, since I thought she was in Ryan and Seth's grade. Regardless, she's been staying in Vegas with Tre the past few months, and has now returned to her big empty house in Orange County. That's right, her father is on business in Japan, and her mother is at "the spa." Naturally, she feels scared and alone, and baits Ryan into coming to her rescue at another mega house party, where he gets into that previously mentioned off-screen fight.
And to cap it all off, how does the show end? Why with all the main characters having sex in their empty houses (or trailers). Seth and Summer get all Tantric, while Ryan and Sadie do it under the unfluence of paint fumes. And then there's Marissa, who hooks up with the ever sketchy Volchok. And man do they go at it.
Is this really how the producers of The OC want to portray life to the teenage girls of America? If so, I don't really have a problem with that...