The O.C.

Season 4 Episode 7

The Chrismukk-huh?

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 14, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Chrismukkah once again returns to the Cohens. Ryan and Taylor have an accident while putting up the holiday lights and they end up in a sort of parallel universe, where all is not like it is meant to be, since Ryan does not exist. While - in the real world - everybody is worrying about them, except Taylor's mom, they eventually manage to fix things, also thanks to a letter from the past.moreless

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  • Ryan and Taylor have an accident and go into a light coma. Both wake up in an alternative world where nobody knows them except each other and they find out they have a mission to achieve to re-unite the couples of The OC.moreless

    I was actually quite surprised with this episode as I usually groan at these sort of episodes as they don't add anything to the storyline as everything goes back to how it started at the end of the episode.

    This episode though, added something to the series because it gave us bits and pieces of the real world to keep us interested. Don't get me wrong though because the rest of the episode was a class above all other 'dream' style episodes from other shows.

    In my opinion there were plenty of shocks (although not really happening) with the people that appeared (and didn't) and who they were with. According to Sandy it all went wrong when Marissa died (who we find out died three years earlier when Ryan wasn't around) and they went their seperate ways. This was obviously mentioned as the episode was about Ryan finally moving on properly and starting a new life, possibly with Taylor. It did strike me as odd though that all the couples in this episode are the same people just swapped around. I mean what are the chances of them getting divorced and just swapping husbands?

    Enough about the people who were in it and more about the people who weren't. When Ryan went to the airport I was almost certain that it wouldn't be Mischa but I wasn't a 100%. I was slightly disappointed because she could have come in for this episode and still not be tied down to the show (as she is dead, obviously!). I also thought that we might see an appearance from Caleb who also died but no such luck.

    All in all though it wasn't a necessary episode but was more than enjoyable all the same.moreless
  • Before this episode, I was totally fine with Taylor.

    I want Marissa back! This ep. was such a tearjerker, especially when Ryan walks on the beach: That was Marissas spot. Taylor and Ryan are so mismatched and wrong for each other. Granted, I used to think Marissa was an idiot, but this show is nothing without her and it pains me to even think that this was the official "Goodbye Marissa" episode.

    One thing I didn't get was if Marissa dies in TJ, than she would have had to seen Luke cheating, so why would Summer be friends with Holly, especially if she was partly the cause of her bestfrieds death? Another thing, the writers need to stop changing around Kaitlyns age - WAY too confusing!

    I loved the Alt-Summer though - Hilarious!moreless
  • Best Chrismukkah ever...

    So i was incredibly concerned about The O.C. last season, but the last few episodes, and tonight\'s especially, is why I love this show. It has both drama and humour, and the story line FINALLY doesn\'t revolve around all of Marissa\'s problems. While it isn\'t the most original idea ever, they put an O.C spin on it, that made it a classic O.C. episode!
  • not as bad as it looked, but thats not saying much

    so Marissa's death made Sandy & Kirsten's marriage fall apart and they each ended up with Julie & Jimmy respectivly, right.....makes perfect sense. Oh yeah and Kaitlin managed to get into college at what, 15? 16? I know the show looks to be doing pretty well when you check the ratings on this site because the standard procedure seems to be "Watch 20 minutes of it and immediatly give it a 9-10 rating" but unfortunately for the ultimate fate of the show, that of Nielsen ratings and critics that don't work for FOX, TV Guide or US Weekly, who have given the show basically 3 good episodes out of 7, they only get 16 this season (barring some miraculous turn in the ratings) so look for the series to slowly gravitate towards tying everything up. Its obvious watching the show that Josh doesn't plan on writing a season 5.moreless
  • Not my favourite episode this season, Seasong started off real well.

    I can't say that i liked the idea of Ryan and Taylor stuck in a parallel universe and seth talking about it like its something that happens everyday.

    i also don't like the idea of Ryan saying goodbye to marissa while he is unconsciuos, couldn't he atleast be awake when doing that?
Craig Susser

Craig Susser

Ham Guy / Santa / Journalist / Caterer

Guest Star

Mark Daniel Cade

Mark Daniel Cade

Security Guard

Guest Star

Jeff Witzke

Jeff Witzke

News Correspondent

Guest Star

Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt

Winchester "Che" Cook

Recurring Role

Paula Trickey

Paula Trickey

Veronica Townsend

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Tate Donovan

Tate Donovan

James "Jimmy" Cooper

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • As Ryan is leaving Kirsten and Jimmy's house, a worker calls Kirsten the "Dragon Lady". This was a nickname Sandy used when referring to Julie Cooper at the start of season 1.

    • Luke Ward was not seen in the alternative universe, although it was hinted he never moved away from Newport because his brothers were seen teasing and bullying Seth which was what Luke use to do.

    • The nurse that gives Kirsten the letter that Marissa wrote to Ryan is the same nurse that Julie talked to in S3 "The Aftermath", when she was trying to get in to see Trey after visiting hours.

    • In the alternate universe there is a poster in the shopping complex saying that Johnny Harper is the Pacwest Surf Star. Johnny Harper was a friend of Marissa's in season 3 who was run over because of Ryan and therefore couldn't compete in the surf tour, although he was picked for it. Obviously because Ryan didn't exist in 'alt world' Johnny wasn't run over.

    • The Robert's address is:

      4944 Pelican Grove,
      Newport Beach, CA

    • The Cohen's address is:

      6203 Bluffside Terrace,
      Newport Beach

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Julie: Oh, now honey I told you my family only drinks wine coolers.
      Kaitlin: We're having a very Britney Christmas, mother.
      Julie: Yes. Watch out. I might put you on my lap while we drive out there.

    • Ryan: Uh, what... what did you mean "knew"?
      Kaitlin: She died three years ago.
      Ryan: What?
      Kaitlin: She OD'd in an alleyway in Tijuana.

    • Summer: Somebody should find Taylor's mom. I guess I'll do that.
      Seth: Look at you, signing up for the suicide mission.

    • Ryan (After rejecting Taylor's gift and falling off the ladder): Taylor? Taylor? Are you uh...are you hurt?
      Taylor: Only my heart, Ryan! Only my heart!

    • Taylor: I'm so grateful that if I have to be in a parallel universe that you're here with me.
      Ryan: Well, that's-
      Taylor (interrupting): Of course, you probably wish that you were with someone you actually wanted to date that would be nice, wouldn't it?
      Ryan: Ah...even in a parallel universe she never stops.

    • Taylor: Don't despair, I know the way back to the real world.
      Ryan: Yeah? Does it involve me dating you?
      Taylor: Well well! Look who's funny in alt-world!

    • Taylor: You've done so much for everybody.
      Ryan: Yeah? Like what?
      Taylor: Ryan haven't you been paying attention? You saved the Cohens! Without you Seth is the next Unabomber; Sandy is married to Slutty McSlutterman and Kirsten probably hasn't had an orgasm in like a year-
      Ryan (interrupting): uhh alright, alright.
      Taylor: And if you think I'm just going to let you give up you're crazy!
      Ryan: Taylor! I said alright.
      Taylor: Oh...oh, good.
      Ryan: Okay. Has anyone ever said no to you?
      Taylor: Once...and I pushed him off the roof.

    • Kaitlin: (To Seth) Between you and me, Taylor in a coma is kinda a nice break.

    • Julie: Thong is an acronym for The Homeless Of Newport...Go or something.

    • Ryan: (to Julie after meeting her for the first time after falling off the roof) You don't know me?
      Julie: I know your pain.

    • (Handing Ryan his George Forman Grill)
      Taylor: Here, the receipt's inside. I hope you grill your face.
      (She storms off)

    • Taylor: Poor Ryan, all of his muscles are so developed except for the ones in his mouth. You want to invite me for Chrismukkah but you don't know how, so I will save you the trouble. I would love to come.
      Ryan: Taylor look, I don't know what's going on between us, but it's only been a few weeks.
      Taylor: think if you invite me for Chrismukkah that makes me your girlfriend.
      Ryan: Uh..I don't want to hurt your feelings, but yeah.

    • Caitlin: I can't believe we're spending Christmas in the ghetto.
      Julie: It's not the ghetto, it's Riverside, and it's where our family is from.
      Caitlin: I thought we were in denial about that.

    • Kirsten: Oh, speaking of dinner, are you going to be bringing a guest?
      Ryan: That's...pretty subtle Kirsten.
      Kirsten: I'm not saying you bring Taylor, I'm just letting you know she's welcome.
      Ryan: Oh well. I don't know...I don't know. It's''s...
      Kirsten: Oh, you think that if you invite her, she's your girlfriend. Boys, so predictable.

    • Julie: If you get on that plane, I'll tell security you have a bomb.
      Caitlin: Ooh, mom! How very Jack Bauer of you!

  • NOTES (4)


    • Kaitlin: We're having a very Britney Christmas, mother.
      Julie: Yes, watch out, I might put you on my lap while we drive out there.

      Julie is referring to an incident involving singer Britney Spears. In January 2006, Britney was photographed driving with her 5 month old son Sean Preston in her lap. Britney claimed she was trying to quickly escape the paparazzi, and didn't have time to put her son back in his car seat.