Real-world Cohen kitchen: Seth is telling Sandy how Taylor and Ryan are in an alternate universe. The dialogue in this scene is great, but I am confused about the point of having this scene. If anything, it sets up a weird Seth/Taylor parallel that is wrong, because the last thing you want is to imply that Ryan is dating the girl version of Seth, even if that's exactly what's going on. I don't know. Seth reminds his dad about how Dorothy had to go see the Wizard, and just like she did, Ryan and Taylor have to accomplish something before they can wake up. Anvils fall from the sky and into the pool and endanger the ham. Seth posits that they could be in something like our world, only messed up, or possibly in a world ruled by giant vegetables, and they have to topple the vegetable despot before they can come home. That was adorable! Sandy shakes his head at Seth and says he had him right up until the vegetables. The vegetables were the best part! "It makes perfect sense," Seth grins wonderfully. The phone rings; it's Kirsten and she's got a theory about why Ryan hasn't woken up. She thinks it's something to do with the Mysterious Letter.
Which is a lot like telling us what's going on instead of showing us, again, some more, which makes it really frustrating, but more importantly it's very frustrating that, for this week, everybody knows the rules of fake comas even though they don't exist, and everybody knows the rules of parallel universes even though they don't exist, and they keep explaining these things to each other as though they were self-evident, even though they are not true and they are not facts. If this were happening in the alt-world only I would have no beef, but I'm talking about random nurses wandering up and offering shamanic dream quest advice in the course of her daily job. I accept the coma and I accept the parallel universe and I love the whole "overcome your shit and you win" concept, obviously, but it's just so... Gilmore Girls does this sometimes and it always makes me uncomfortable. Like Rory will say some made-up concept and Lorelei will be like, "What?" and then for the rest of the day everybody knows about the concept and it's like so crazy. Except really what it is, is stupid, because the thing doesn't exist, it's just something the writer of the episode felt amorously toward. Or how post-Friends and -Sex & The City every sitcom powerloads itself with catchphrase after catchphrase, like, desperately trying to make one stick. Not a huge one, and I like the episode, but could you get out of your own way for like five seconds, show? Again, not a major offense, but on the other hand, grossly underestimating your audience is how you get a Season Three, which directly results in my not getting to watch a whole hell of a lot more of this show The O.C., which I love very much, after today.