You know I've got it bad when I've already made an icon and have an R/T site bookmarked!
ETA: Wow, what a difference lack of an actress makes. I pretty much was so totally unimpressed with The OC season one which is the only season I watched, but these seven eps of season four? Damn, The OC owns my soul!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean, wow!!
When Kaitlin (from Berkeley) told Ryan that Marissa died and he asked how, I knew she was going to say in Tijuana, and even though at the time I watched it, I wanted Marissa to have died, it still made me teary-eyed that Ryan saved her and I actually said out loud, "he gave her three more years" ... and then it flashed to alt-universe Taylor telling Ryan he gave her three more years and guh, it just got me all over again.
Really, I was near-teary-eyed through a lot of this episode. And just because the difference is so startling, memo to Rob fucking Thomas, THIS is how you do GOOD couple angst!!! When Taylor told Ryan that Marissa was alive and it was obvious he didn't want to go back to the "real" world, and Taylor realized that I felt so heartbroken for her, but heartbroken for Ryan also.
So well done and it hurts my heart knowing that the ratings aren't that great now and it probably won't be around another season. It's SOOOO good right now. I love all of the characters -- I mean, Summer is my least favorite! And I like her a lot. (Oh, and Chris Pratt!!! I only watched half a season of Everwood but between it and this, I want to marry him.)
Seriously, I loved Sandy, Kirsten, Julie and Seth from the season 1 when I watched, and liked Summer. And now I still have all of those characters to love, Kaitlin slays me, she's just awesome. Taylor is, of course, the coolest, most awesomelly delightful female character on television right now! Ryan, now that he's not stuck with Marissa, is enjoyable. The twins are great, Che(ster) is great and, man, I don't want Chris Pratt to be gone. I just love everyone and the fact that they actually DEALT with the emotional ramifications of a character's death!?! OHMYGOD!!!! Again, Rob Thomas, pay attention!! Guh, just so, so good! And I can NOT believe I'm writing this about The OC, but I am so in love. I want to have its babies!!
ETA one more thing: Can anyone offer any music vid, wallpaper, fanfic recs? Of course, I'm already so going to read Hannah's (no doubt awesome) Erotic Memoirs of a Soulful College Girl, but are there any other good recs out there?