You know what kind of people really annoy me? The people who cannot accept change. Sadly, a lot of viewers of the O.C. are exactly that way -always relating to "last year" and how it was so "perfect".
This series is one of the best on TV. The first season was excellent because it was introduced with excellent characters, outstanding plot(s), and awesome cliffhangers. The second season was good, perhaps not as good as the first, but good. It wasn't worse than season 1 after being COMPARED to it - it was worse because the new writers just weren't as good. Tons of people wrote reviews of the episodes last year, saying that they were not good by "O.C. standards". What are O.C. standards?
Season 3 is off to a good, solid start. So far, 5 solid episodes have been installed into a great all-together series! People shouldn't be saying "Oh, well they did this two years ago with Oliver..." and such. Watch or don't watch.
This episode, was another great installment. It had a good plot, excellent character development -it fit "O.C. standards".
I watch this series to enjoy it, not to complain or compare.