I'm so glad to see that the OC is getting out of that slump that it was in. People hated me for saying this before, but "The Swells" and "The Anger Management" were pretty terrible episodes. This however, brought back the meaning of 8:00 on a Thursday Night!
The episode also introduced a new theme that all die-hard fans knew was coming: next year and colleges! This episode introduced the theme well.
Applause to the writers for giving some major character development to this episode, speicifically Julie and Kirstin.
If you missed this, hope they show it again later on in the season, because this is truly what the 3rd season is supposed to be about!