The O.C.

Season 1 Episode 14

The Countdown

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 17, 2003 on FOX

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  • "I love you." "Thank you." Awkward!

    This episode, although it had its serious moments, was mainly comedy centered, and it was both highly amusing and laugh out loud funny. It opened up beautifully with Marissa and Ryan experiencing the "I love you" part of the relationship, and like most men, this is where Ryan trips up. Though things don't get better when party girl 2003 Hailey Nichol just magnifies the problem. She also makes it tougher on Sandy and Kirsten as she gives them the invite to a swingers party. Hailey herself decides to throw a party, and Marissa ventures into her own at her new friend Oliver's party.

    What was so great about the episode is that it concentrates on three different very perspectives; the young and invincible teenage years, the midlife crisis, and marriage. All of these point of views were executed beautifully and was able to properly articulate their points across very well. Although it seems like Hailey is one of those one episode disposable characters, she's a very interesting person and it'd be nice if she stuck around. Though the highlight of the episode is the jokes and lines that were firing away throughout the whole episode. The O.C. is funnier then most comedies.
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