We open with a shot of Marissa's tearful face during the closing credits of a movie. Considering that by the end of this episode, Lady Heather is poised to become Kirsten's potential new mother; Kirsten, Haley, and Marissa are soon-to-be sisters; Luke won't just have been sleeping with Marissa's mother, he'll also have been sleeping with Seth's new grandmother; and Marissa will be Ryan's potential new aunt, there's a lot more worth crying about her in her immediate future. And despite all the badness in her life, I still feel worse for me and you than for Marissa. Because the more miserable she is, the more miserable are we: subjected to infinite pretend crying scenes. And while no one can dispute that Mischa Barton looks particularly lovely while pretending to cry, that doesn't mean we enjoy suffering through the very worst of her bad acting every week. Then again, I'll take Mischa Barton being "sad" over Mischa Barton being "funny" any day. The camera zooms in on her teary face for a full ten seconds while the dramatic movie music swells. We pan back to see that Marissa, Ryan, and Summer are together at the theatre. Ryan looks concerned and asks if she's crying because of the movie; she warbles that she is, but claims to be "emotionally stable." Besides, she points out, she's not the only one crying. The camera moves over to reveal an equally tearful (and lovely, for that matter) Seth, who defends himself, "I'm allergic, okay? And there's so much pollen in here right now it's ridiculous!" Hee. He announces that they'll watch football tomorrow, and Summer points out that the season is five months away. He claims he meant old games on ESPN Classic, and I don't for a second believe that the character of Seth would have even heard of that channel, never mind that he would watch it. Unless they showed old chess matches or sailing regattas or something. Summer sweetly wipes the tears from Seth's eyes, and they're just so cute together! When Ryan proposes that they see a comedy next time, Marissa insists that she's okay and can see sad movies. Unsurprisingly, it escapes her completely that he was talking about his own preferences as he tells her, "Yeah. I know you can." As Seth and Ryan rise from their seats, Seth insistently whispers to him over the girls' heads, "I'm sensitive!" Hee. We see that the credits are rolling over a background shot of Paris at night. I don't know what movie it is, but forum talk says the names on the credits are O.C. insiders, so it's a bit of an inside joke. Inside jokes on this show? Unheard of! And by "unheard of," I mean "totally and completely heard of."
Episode Report CardJoanna: B | 433 USERS: C+
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