Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Procrastination: 25, Sonny: 0

I meant to post some nuggets of goodness on the past two OC episodes before they aired, but... yeah. Story of my life. I'm here though with a little sneak peek into this Thursday's episode, "The Metamorphosis." I've been shouting it to the Hollywood Hilltops that this is one of my favorite episodes of the series, and I've affectionately termed it "The One That Saves The Show" or "The One Where Everyone Falls In Love With Taylor Townsend"... or "The One Where Sonny Comes Up With Lame Nicknames For The Episode."

The awesomeness of "The Metamorphosis" is three-fold:
1) We don't really have to deal with Marissa's death.
2) Taylor's storyline takes center stage.
3) Kafka's Metamorphosis was one of my favorite books in high school. Really, this has nothing to do with the episode, but I thought you'd like to know that.

Also, here we see how much more Julie and Caitlin seem like an actual mother and daughter than Julie and Marissa ever did.

The episode ends with a GREAT song by the Pogues. Here are the tunes:

the OC - "The Metamorphosis"
"Orange Crush" - Editors (covering R.E.M.) [buy album]
"The Pageant of the Bizarre" - Zero 7 [buy album]
"Love Me or Hate Me" - Lady Sovereign [buy album]
"Dem Jeans" - Chingy feat. Jermaine Dupri [buy album]
"Love You 'Till The End" - the Pogues [buy album]
"Voodoo" - Chelo [buy album]
"Hello Sunshine" - Syd Matters (covering Super Furry Animals) [buy album]
"Cava del Rio" - Senza [buy album]
*also used in the episode "The Cliffhanger"
[unidentified synthpop song]
*when julie's doing shots, sorta sounds like junior boys, not listed on the fox website

"String Quartet No. 16 in E Flat Major, K. 428: III. Menuetto: Allegro" - Mozart [buy album]
*EDIT: Thanks to my incredibly smart and resourceful girlfriend, who from the beginning narrowed it down to Mozart and Haydn, we've now IDed the classical piece from the opening scene, and it's one of Mozart's string quartets dedicated to Haydn!! Yes, we are complete nerds!

Lastly, some holiday news. I recently emailed Josh Schwartz asking which episodes John Stephens wrote... his reply:
"...episodes 2 and 5 are pure John Stephens. He's at the top of his game -- I love reading his scripts, and he and J.J. wrote [this season's] Chrismukkah, and it's the best Chrismukkah we've ever done. They're both fantastic."

So there you have it, this December should bring a very, merry Chrismukkah to your TV screens.

Anyways, if you want to know more about this episode, click below. But WARNING, SPOILERS! Either way, make sure to tune in this Thursday 9/8c on Fox, and leave a comment with your thoughts!
(but seriously, the daily hits are off the charts lately, and you guys are eating up about 7 GB of bandwidth/day, yet i don't see 2,432 comments. if you're downloading, take a sec to say hello. i'm a needy son of a bitch.)

EPISODE 404 - "The Metamorphosis"
Overall, I'd give this episode a solid A.

The show opens with a great little teaser, where Summer goes through the five stage of grief in about five minutes. I'm not exactly sure which classical piece plays behind this, but it's perfect.

The episode also delves into the man-date realm, as HIMYM did earlier this year, and countless other shows have in the past. Here, Sandy attempts to hang out with a male co-worker, "Spitzy". The initial 'asking out' was pretty funny.

My one tiny gripe with this episode is that they hit us over the head with the "new vs. old Summer" struggle a bit too hard. But hey, this is a teen soap, subtlety isn't really a badge this genre wears, so I shouldn't complain. But I do. Cause I'm Captain Oats, a horse, a NAAAAAYsayer. (get it?!?!?! horses go nay!!!!! just give me the pulitzer now!!)

Some of my favorite moments:
TAYLOR: Ryan, the man is a sexual Jedi, whatever he asks you to do, you just do it. No matter how depraved-
CHE: "All I can do is be me whoever that is..." That's Dylan, the man's a genius.
TAYLOR: Tell me about this cage fighting, it's something I've been meaning to get into.
TAYLOR: What is your favorite fruit?
RYAN: ...peaches?
TAYLOR: He used to say my breasts were like two soft-

LAWYER: He said to tell you... he misses his peaches.

Taylor clutches her chest.
RYAN: What does that mean?
TAYLOR: Oh, that's just lawyer speak.. first party, second part-
RYAN: So it doesn't say we had sex like thirty times?
JULIE: Two women spending Saturday night at home together, I love it. How very Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.

Taylor's reaction to Ryan's kiss was perfectly executed.
TAYLOR: You know at graduation in my commencement address, I said "there is no one older than a high school senior, no one younger than a college freshman." It was one of the few parts that wasn't in Latin...
Loved Taylor's fussing with the door when she walks in with the peach torte.

Finally, here are some random screencaps for ya:

Notice in the background, the not-so-subliminal advertising for Tally Hall. Awesome band, they deserve it.

The show officially "jumps the shark" as Seth comes out of the closet. This blog officially "jumps the shark" as it uses the phrase, "jumps the shark."

Pretty much what a normal Saturday night looks like for me.


Anonymous Cormac said...

Sonny mate, you know that I love you right?

5:03 AM  
Blogger Drew Timmons said...

C'mon, Cormac, you shouldn't have read this post! I try my best to not spoil you and man, this is what happens? Kidding.

Great post, and you're right, a great episode. Naked Che is likely the funniest thing this show has ever done. Except for maybe Sandy trying to ask out a guy. Classic.

6:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for all that! Really appreciated! :)

8:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't ususally check this site on days other monday but i am glad i did. i hope others will too to get the heads up about episode 4 of the OC.

This show will end at an all time critical high. In a way, there's no better end to this show. How many teen dramas get BETTER in their final season? Will now join the patheon of not just 90210 and Dawson's but My So Called Life, Freaks and Geeks etc.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for this
looking forward to seeing episode 4 to fill in the gaps now!

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Carrie said...

Thanks for the songs! (I didn't read the rest of the post because I don't want to be spoiled! Hee.)

5:12 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Thanks so much for all your postings, expecially all the awesome music! youre def. responsible for my broadened taste in awesome music.

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Krissi said...

Hi Cap't,

Thanks for the great post and tunes. You really brightened up and otherwise dull day!

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you rock my world, captain oats!

9:27 PM  
Blogger Francis said...

THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE SONG!! I'll be sure to watch the episode tomorrow!

9:30 PM  
Anonymous check sanity said...

hey... hmmm I haven't commented in a quite a while but your cry out for more comments struck a cord... this time. Plus I figure I check the site out almost everyday so I should say thanks once in while. Sooo... thanks. Really. I'm really getting into "zero 7" because of you. That and my excitement for the o.c. has been renewed!

12:32 AM  
Anonymous Tina...bobena said...

Hey Sonny,
Sooooo i have to admit i am one of those people who download the stuff then run away [well not run away....not leave a comment]Seeing how your a "needy son of a bitch" your words not mine.....
Im gonna leave your this [weird :&] comment
Anyway thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo [i could go on for ages lol] much! For putting up the songs! Man after what you just said i soo cant wait until tomorrows episode! I love taylor!
[im gonna be a regular commenter from now on!! ;D]

3:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You are the best EVER! We all love you! Thank you for being my everything!

6:10 AM  
Anonymous marko said...

Just saying hello, and I love you. Your comments on TV shows are awesome but you really need to write about Grey's more, though, you are getting me into the OC (and it helps CTV put it on in replacement of Jeopardy before Grey's).

Annnnyway, keep on... keepin on!

6:56 AM  
Anonymous abyss said...

seriously... you ARE god! ohh man i love you... new songs... great 'insider' news... you are the oc-saint! ;)

thank you for the songs!

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still can't make up my mind about whether I am going to keep watching the show, so the other nickname for episode 4 better be: "the one that makes Chloe go okay, fiiiiine, I'll keep watching"
Yaay Pogues, I'm just in the process of try to make a non-crappy Christmas mix and Fairytale of New York is definitely going to be in there.

8:45 AM  
Blogger sam said...

anyone else having a major issue with thursday nights?? why must all my favorite shows be on the same night??? only being able to dvr 2 shows at a time has presented me with a new problem as I want to dvr the 9pm lineup on Fox, ABC, AND NBC...what's a girl to do? Am I going to have to start downloading one show from the internet every week? Can we start having Grey's at 10pm again???

8:56 AM  
Blogger sam said...

wow, i just used a lot of question marks

8:57 AM  
Blogger erinyes said...

Thanks for the awesome Taylor quotes!

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Brad said...

I really thought I would of chosen Grey's when it came to it, but as soon as OC came back, I haven't watched Grey's. I have a 4 year commitment going w/ The OC!! Thanks for your site, Sonny.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for people struggling with thursdays (like me) - record the OC and the OFFICE tonight and Greys re-airs on Friday nights! Friday Night greys solves everything. OC seems like cant' miss and may not be around much longer... :( so watch it now!

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

go oc!

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

go co!

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your continuous coverage on my most treasured shows(i.e. grey's and the oc) and bringing the awesome music on them to us!


8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

agreed, that was a sweet episode

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! Thanks so much, this episode was fantastic.

1:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks! I heart that song at the ending.

3:16 AM  
Anonymous mona & lauren said...

peach torte is our new favourite food. oc is our favourite. silly pipe dreams is a close second :) we love you Captain Oats. (atleast 1000 of those daily hits are from us.)

7:42 AM  
Blogger jules said...

It's okay Captain, we ALL procrastinate! Thanks for the tunes as always. Have a great weekend.

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you were right this episode was the best yet this season!

10:29 PM  
Anonymous Holly said...

Wow Im so glad I found you blog. The OC is my fav show <3 I also Love Greys, Lost and Heroes which I see you watch! Wooo I love Taylor and Ryan!

12:13 AM  
Anonymous Spokje said...


Great Blog m8! And thanks for the songs also! Really like your writing too.

Looking forward for the next episode! Will stop by :) keep up the good work!

I hope the rates will rise cos i wouldn't want to see the O.C. canceled :(

Greetings from Holland

1:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're the man Sonny! I just loved last O.C. ep. You can't help falling in love with Taylor. Well thanks for all great music and spoilers, keep it up! / Rob

3:33 AM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

Who knew at this time last year we'd be begging Taylor and Ryan to hook up? But as it is? Best COUPLE EVER. They will rule the world.

Much like Silly Pipe Dreams. Thanks for the songs!

6:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks as always!

7:36 AM  
Blogger Michele said...

Oh my God... can't wait to watch the fourth episode... Autumn's great on the show, and her character really helps the show start over a new leaf... by the way... please answer to this: does the "Autumn Reeser's" blog on myspace REALLY belong to her? In that case, I might have a happyness meltdown because she just added me to her friends list... KEEP ON ROCKING CAPTAIN OATS!!!

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Omg it's Keit said...

Just discovered the site, it's straight to bookamarks! :)

Thanks for your work!

12:35 PM  
Blogger Kavina said...

your spoilers are a godsend! i can't wait till the time i ACTUALLY get to watch this episode. it seems - - - amazing, as you put it.
as always, thanks for the tune-age spesh 'the pogues'!!!
kavina xx

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Jen said...

Thanks so much for the songs!

Love that song by the Pogues. BEAUTIFUL!

I look forward to all your posts!

7:08 PM  
Anonymous me said...

helloo like everybody else,thank youu soooo much for everything,the music,your posts,halloween outfits...and yes,Taylor talking in spanish with Miguel was one of the funniest OC moments. it's always great and good to know that you're making people watch the show!!=)

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the songs! it was a great episode, and i love taylor and ryan's chemistry together!

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Chloe said...

Fab episode, loved it from start to finish and the quotes you picked show how funny and classic OC the episode really was.
Thanks a lot for the songs!

4:07 AM  
Anonymous Alden said...

You may be one of my favourite people. :) Thanks for making this music available for listen, it's great!

And seriously, The O.C. is better than I've ever seen (having never seen season one) and episode 4 was just as great as you sold it. Really can't wait for more episodes these days.

4:28 PM  
Blogger nicknackpattywack said...

"anyone else having a major issue with thursday nights?? "

Not yet, but once Scrubs starts on Nov. 30th, I will. Why can't they move the O.C. to Wed. and put Lost out of it's misery?

6:27 AM  
Blogger pixellate_me said...

I can't believe how much I've come to enjoy your posts....anything coming soon?

4:10 PM  
Anonymous Krissi said...

Happy Turkey Day in advance, Cap't!!

8:51 PM  
Blogger NYOne said...

Love the music, of course, but Cap'n Oats, we really treasure your posts. How about more on the Office? I am JUST NOW getting hooked (and yes, that rock was super uncomfortable to live under, thanks for asking) so I'm jonesing for anything Jim/JK-related. I'm sort of Team Karen at the moment. Is that mean?

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say that i love that you blog so much wonderful music. This is my favorite source of music goodness! And I also think you are right about the episode - I am beginning to like Taylor Townsend a lot more.

6:38 PM  
Anonymous lilms.vixen said...

wow.. third time i visited your blog and 1st time to leave a comment.. well, thanks you so much for the songs.. im really glad you bother to upload the songs only for us to download.. thanks you so much.. and your review on the episode is great too.. i like taylor now too.. i agree with you although in my case, to continue watching the show is never an issue.. i will continue watch it no matter what.. i love it too much.. i love sethummer too much.. nyway, keep up the good work.. take care..

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love your posts and especially the music - hopefully the next post will be up soon with last week and this weeks greys music! yay! love it!

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...


Sorry this is so late - I couldn't watch the episode on time and somehow kept having to put it off until tonight. Anyways it was awesome, and I surprisingly didn't mind Ryan/Taylor (and I am a hard core Ryan/Marissa fan).

Thanks for ALL the recent music!

Now to be a little needy myself ... Grey's tunes?

8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Comment Whore :P

Thanks muchly for the music.

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As always, kudos to Captain Oats!! You definitely are the man!! Thanks and can't wait to hear your thoughts on this week's shows!!

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup. This fourth episode saved the show. Let's relive the glory of Season 1!

11:30 PM  
Blogger kavina said...

no replies to anyone's comments....
no new posts since 14/11.....
i'm scared.
hope you're okay! :(
tell me if you need me to dial 911

2:46 AM  
Blogger Captain Oats said...

hey cormac, i did not know, but now i do. and knowing is half the battle.

hi drew, naked che was hilarious. they should follow it up with naked julie, summer and taylor.

hey anonymous, you're welcome!

hi anon, glad you're loving this season.. i do think the show's better than 90210, dawson's and my so called life, but freaks and geeks? that's on a level of its own.

hello anon, you're welcome, hope you enjoyed the episode.

hi carrie, i hate spoilers too.

hey rebecca, you're welcome!

hey krissi, glad i could make your day.. wait for it... sonny.

hi anon, i do like to rock.

hey francis, you're welcome!

hi check sanity, thanks for commenting! see, my blatant begging works... zero 7 is pretty awesome, glad you're getting into them.

hi tina...bobena, you're welcome!! and thank you for commenting.

hi anon, you're welcome! cheers is one of the best shows ever...

hey marko, thanks for the kind words. i would write more on grey's if the showrunner reached out to bloggers like josh schwartz did... seriously, my love can be bought.

hey abyss, you're welcome!

hi chloe, glad you're a pogues fan.. i should be posting a xmas mix post in the next few weeks, so stay tuned...

hey sam, i hear ya on the thu night issue. wtf. especially once scrubs comes back... i'd start a 'move oc to wed' petition... but... i'm lazy. you wanna start it?

hey erinyes, you're welcome.

hi brad, i hear ya on the 4 yr commitment to the oc! you should def also watch grey's on the abc website on fridays though!

hey anon, preach it.

hi anon, amen.

hey anonymous?

hi anon, you're welcome!

hey anonymous, glad you agree.

hello anonymous, you're welcome!

hi anon, yes the pogues are awesome.

hey mona & lauren, wow you two are my first tandem comment. awesome.

hi jules, hope you had a great weekend too.

hey anon, you'll quickly find that i'm always right. =)

hi holly, i'm so glad you found my blog too!

hey spokje, thanks for the compliments! keep stopping by!

hi rob, you're welcome!

hey tiffany, hopefully the taylor/ryan coupling lasts. i have a feeling it's only a mini-arc.

hi anon, welcome!

hey michele, yes autumn reeser's blog on myspace is really her.. well at least the one in my top friends is really her... the other ones are fake...

hi omg it's keit, you're welcome!

hi kavina, hope you get to watch the episode soon!

hey jen, welcome! yeah that pogues song was perfection.

hi me, you're welcome so much.

hey anon, welcome!

hi chloe, glad you enjoyed the episode!

hey alden, since you are a silly pipe dreams reader, you may be one of my favorite people as well.

hey nicknackpattywack, cannot wait for the scrubs premiere.

hi pixellate_me, i should post later today at some point...

hey krissi, thanks for the thanksgiving wishes!

hi nyone, i'm totally team karen.

hello anon, it's my pleasure to spread the music love.

hey lilms. vixen, thanks for leaving a comment! i too enjoy the sethummer.

hey anon, new post is forthcoming!

hi jessica, glad you enjoyed the episode! new tunes should be up by monday...

hi anon, welcome. i have learned to accept my comment sluttiness.

hello anon, thank you for reading!

hi anon, glad you agree!

3:02 AM  
Blogger Captain Oats said...

hey kavina, thanks for checking in! sorry about the lack of posting... it's just been insanely busy.. oddly enough, i did have to dial 911 a few days ago when my friends and i witnessed a car accident happen right in front of us... very scary... luckily, no one was hurt.

and that's probably the most serious i'll ever get on this blog.

3:04 AM  
Blogger deone said...

this episode was FAN---TASTIC! totally awesome the way they started the show. thanks for all the great tunes once again!

7:43 AM  
Blogger Kavina said...

well i'm glad the 911 wasn't for you./...
although, i don't really know which is scarier: witnessing a car crash or being in one..
anyways, really really really glad to see you're alive and well :)
don't worry about not posting - if your life's busy, that's plenty enough of a reason so take your time!
kavina xx

1:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love your blog! If you ever find out what that classical song is that plays during Summer's therapy sessions, please post it! I'm obsessed with it, but I cannot figure out what it is or who it's by.

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the download - and I agree with you about the episode... it was so good!

6:29 AM  
Anonymous CT said...

Hello Hello!

Thanks for the downloads! Merry Christmas!


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