How ''The O.C.'' has changed
Fox's The O.C. became a pop culture phenom when it debuted in 2003, but its creative quality since has been more unrealiable than Jimmy Cooper. With season 4 premiering Nov. 2 at 9 p.m., we look back at the drama's ups and downs.
THE O.C. PREMIERES
Ryan arrives in Newport Beach, attends a party, and gets pummeled by Luke and ''Welcome to the O.C., bitch!'' becomes an instant catchphrase.
Annoying, crazy, hotel-dwelling Oliver develops an obsession with therapy buddy Marissa. That's what we like to call a ''red flag,'' Coop.
MARISSA GOES GAY
Marissa falls for the Bait Shop's female manager, Alex, making her the most questionable lesbian since Anne Heche. She soon goes back to boys.
MARISSA GOES BYE-BYE
Call us cold, but we say Marissa's death breathed new life into The O.C. We simply could not take any more of Coop's poolside breakdowns.
RYAN'S FIGHT CLUB
The ridiculous premiere has Ryan living in a utility closet and cage-fighting. But by episode 4, the show is almost season 1 good. Fingers crossed...