Finally, the consequences to Marissa's shooting of Trey finally seem real. It seemed from the premiere that the emotional trauma and fracturing of relationships that would come from the shooting, were glossed over as "the summer sucked because of it." Ryan's stint in jail was all too brief. Marissa and Ryan's relationship seemed too rosy after such a shocking act. Finally, the Newport society's judgment seemed far removed from their worlds.
Now with the threat of Marissa's expulsion, it seems the chickens are coming home to roost. It seemed more realistic that there would be consequences and complaints from the Newport society from the unprecedented shooting. It also seemed real that Ryan would be unable to "fix" the problem. I appreciated Sandy's insight into the guy mentality, its definitely true.
But, I wish we could have seen more of Ryan's frustration and inability to fix the politically driven beauracracy of the school system. It also seems that Sandy would try to help Marissa, which he doesn't even attempt to do. Also, I wish we could have seen more of Marissa's interaction with the social chair group, and how her classmates think of her, and why they give her so much credit. (Her wealth perhaps? Does Marissa also have leadership qualities we haven't seen?) I would have loved to get more complexity and truth out of the character's interactions with Newport society. Instead, we get the regular artificial dramatic riffs, punctuated with Ryan hitting the new dean to get expelled as well.
Marissa and Ryan, as the outcast couple, seemed to embody a stereotype I've seen often, where one person drags the other down with them. It's an interesting cliche to grapple with, as it's probably how a lot of Newport see their relationship, but I hope Josh Schwartz and co. will make it more complex and compelling than just that. The O.C. as a show has always thrived from seeming trashy and over-the-top on the surface, but with real complex heart and truth in its deeper moments. I've yet to see it happening with this storyline....