The O.C.

Welcome to the O.C., b***ch! -Luke Ward

The O.C. has officially become one of my favorite shows of all time, even though it had been cancelled for some reason. I started watching The O.C. in 2005, when Star World first aired it in Asia, but then they cancelled it on the second season if I'm not mistaken. I only watched it for one season, and then...puff. I even went to HMV Singapore just to purchase the first season's Music Mix. Then Thank God, Warner TV airs it everyday from the pilot episode without a pause during the transition between the first season and the second season. It's very funny to reminisce the days when Adam Brody is Seth Cohen, a self-proclaimed geek, Ben McKenzie is Ryan Atwood, a troubled teenager from Chino, Mischa Barton is Marissa Cooper, a broken-home teenager, and Rachel Bilson is Summer Roberts, a popular and 'miss goody two shoes' type of girl (don't forget how 'Ryan and Marissa' and 'Seth and Summer' used to be everyone's favorite couple and household names, yet Rachel and Adam used to date in the real life)

Quite similar with Gossip Girl's premise, which is also produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the story revolves around the high class society in Newport Beach, Orange County (that's where 'the O.C.' comes from, and in fact, there was an Indonesian version of The O.C.!!). The story starts with the arrival of Ryan Atwood into the Cohen's family. Actually, the whole stories start from there. If Ryan hadn't called Sandy Cohen, the whole story would have been different. Ryan befriended Seth, Sandy and Kirsten's only son, and also Marissa, who lives next door to the Cohens. Ryan and Marissa became on-off couple for several occasions, and there is Summer, Marissa's best friend, whom Seth had a crush on. Before Ryan hooked up with Marissa, she used to date Luke Ward, a typical jock, who later developed a relationship with Marissa's mother Julie, who later wed Caleb Nichol, Seth's grandfather, who turned out to have an illegitimate love child, Lindsay, who used to date Ryan for a brief period, and so on...

One funny thing about The O.C. (and also all TV shows), if you want to end a relationship, just go to another town to start over a new life. Or probably got killed in a car accident. It totally works. Look what Anna Stern, Marissa Cooper, Luke Ward, Jimmy Cooper did.

Here are few memorable quotes from The O.C. (that's why I'm really into this series, the quotes! Seth's lines are the best!)

Seth Cohen: Summer's right over there, look. Wait, don't look. I mean you can look, but don't look like you're looking.
Seth: Dude. You're a Cohen now. Welcome to a life of insecurity and paralyzing self-doubt.
Seth: Mm-mm. I have, uh, Captain Oats and Carson Daly, so...

This one's my fave: 
Seth: So what's the GPRA?
Ryan: I have no idea what you just said.
Seth: Game plan, Ryan Atwood.
Ryan: You're just using initials now?
Seth: Yeah. They save time.
Ryan: Well, not if have to translate them.
Seth: GP.
Ryan: Game Plan?
Seth: Good Point.
Another fave: 
Zach: I get it. You're one of those couples. Joannie and Chachi, Luke and Leia.
Seth: Luke and Leia were brother and sister.
Zach: Yeah, well, may the force be with you.
Seth: All the vomit? How much vomit? Like, the little girl in Sixth Sense or the fat guy in Monty Python?

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