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'The O.C.': Everyone misses She Who Will Not Be Named

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14510__autumn_lWow, Fox loves this show so much it wants to air all the episodes at once! The third installment of don’t-call-it-a-comeback Season 4 revolved around the girl who died… without mentioning her name. It was actually really cool – Summer sputtering out “I miss my friend” and a resigned Julie asking Ryan to “tell me about her” made sense considering the characters still aren’t at the point where they can toss the Bag o’ Bones’ name around lightly. In fact, the only time I remember experiencing the name this season was when it was shown on her tombstone. I want pizza.

Or do I want… Chili’s? Chili’s? Really? Most blatant O.C. product placement ever! Marc Jacobs, Lexus, and In N Out have nothing on this.

Two words: Taylor Townsend (Autumn Reeser, pictured). As the one person you’d think would have no connection to Cohen family holidays, she ended up tying everything together. In a mostly somber episode, we desperately needed her comic relief – wailing in really simple French, quoting the Bible, requesting egg whites and cantaloupe from Seth, and becoming yet another woman Kirsten can resent for calling her Kiki. Despite her own mom drama, Taylor also acted as the voice of reason. Seth needed her advice on how to leave Summer alone for the time being as much as Kiki needed help not butchering the food.

What else? Ryan and Volchok somehow worked through their shizwithout anyone dying… and without anyone saying Dead Girl’s name. Weendured yet another joke about Sandy’s eyebrows, as well as a clunkyreference to Grey’s Anatomy. Also, It’s really fun to watch Seth mangle Summer’s nose with his mouth in slow-mo. Try it! And finally…

MARISSA.

Agghhh!

Originally posted November 10 2006 — 8:02 PM EST

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