Maybe it's because last week's episode of "The OC" ended in what looked to be the worst earthquake since the great San Francisco shake-up in 1906, but I was expecting something a little more earth-shattering on last night's show, "The Night Moves." (And for those of you wondering, yes, the title is a reference to the Bob Seger song of the same name. Oddly.)
Fittingly, almost all of this episode takes place over the course of one night in the hours following the earthquake. Given that next week is the series finale, "The OC" really didn't pull out all the stops like I expected. To find out how everyone fared in the disaster,
So with Kirsten pregnant, Taylor and Ryan professing their love for one another, and Kaitlin and Julie trying to be mother and daughter for real, I thought for sure some tragedy would befall the people of Newport at this critical juncture. But no, everyone is fine. And surprisingly calm, except for Ryan, who is secretly bleeding from a shard of glass in his back. (Shhh! Don't tell Taylor!)
The story mainly hinges on Seth, who switches place with Ryan for the evening and becomes the pillar of strength in the pair. At the hospital, Seth ends up giving Ryan some of his blood, and Ryan gets the best line: "All of a sudden, I have an urge to listen to Death Cab and read comic books."
Everyone else is busy coping with their own various aftermaths. Julie and Kaitlin get stuck in the ice-cream stand with a dorky food-service employee who fakes an asthma attack and tells them they are stranded because the pier washed away. But really, he's just lying because he has a crush on Kaitlin. Charming. Eventually, Frank Atwood finds them, and Kaitlin gives her mom permission to date him.
Summer and Taylor try to distract themselves from the guys' absence by looking for Pancakes. Taylor shoots an intruder with a flare gun, and it turns out to be her evil mom, Veronica, who whines that she will need plastic surgery, stat.
Meanwhile, the hospital is packed with people in need of real medical care, including Kirsten, who took a nasty fall. Yet somehow, Summer convinces a doctor to treat her bunny's broken paw first. Thankfully, Kirsten and the baby are both fine, and though it's only been a month or so, we find out the baby is a girl.
Everyone ends up back at the Cohens' house, which — unlike its residents — is in pretty bad shape. Given the lack of drama this week, I started to worry that the finale would simply follow the Cohens as they cleaned up the mess. Fortunately, the promos are promising "a baby, a wedding, memories, surprises, and tears." This better be good! Tune in next Thursday to see how it all ends.
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