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How to Save 'The OC'

6/29/2006 4:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mischa BartonWith word coming down that FOX cut the episode order for "The OC" from 22 to 16 (and cancellation now looming heavily), we here at TMZ got to wondering: Are things so desperate that it's time to try and bring back Mischa Barton? How would they even do such a thing?

Here are a few ideas:

It was all a ... well, you know

But whose dream is it? Ryan's? Marissa's? Sandy's? Nope. It would be Ryan's brother Trey's dream.

Let's just assume Trey was in a coma after Marissa shot him at the end of season two. While in the coma, he has this dream about what would happen after he wakes up. He creates all this heartache for Marissa and even has her end up with another bad boy (Volchok). The fact that the bad boy relationship leads to Marissa dying makes Trey realize things never would have worked between them.

Marissa was down with the Force

Think Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original "Star Wars" movies. Marissa comes back as a ghost that helps guide Ryan, Seth and Summer through their college experience. No one else can see her but them. She tries to keep her friends from making the same mistakes she did (too many to mention).


Julie was young when she had Marissa. She was terrified she couldn't raise a baby ... much less two! Yes, that's right -- Marissa has an identical twin sister that Julie and Jimmy gave up for adoption. After the passing of her eldest daughter, Julie seeks out the other daughter, Melissa, that she abandoned all those years ago.

Melissa is the anti-Marissa. She volunteers, works part-time jobs and is an art student on a full ride at ... The Rhode Island School of Design! Yes, the same school that Seth is going to! Seth and Melissa keep missing each other. They finally meet at a frat party and Seth is so drunk, that the next day he doesn't know if it was real or not.

Think "Bill and Ted" meets "The Terminator"

You wouldn't know it by looking at her, but Marissa is the key to all of human civilization. So when scientists from the future realize that Marissa dies, they send an emissary back in time to meet with Ryan. It is up to Ryan to prevent the series of events that lead to Marissa's death from ever happening.

She's not really dead

Yeah, we know -- it's the oldest trick in the book, but hear us out because it gets better. You see, Volchok was hired by someone to ruin Marissa's life. When Marissa seemed to be escaping Volchok's cruel hold, that someone ordered Volchok to kill her -- but not before slipping a substance into her body that would only make her seem dead.

When the opportunity strikes, that same person goes into the morgue and steals Marissa's body to revive her and keep her locked up as his personal slave. That someone? Oliver!

Go ahead FOX and borrow any of those ideas -- we won't even charge you!

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the o.c. is like my fav show of all time! i started watching it in season 3, and i ended up borrowing seasons 1 + 2 from my friend coz i absolutely luved it! i was soooo sad when marissa died... i hope she is only in a coma, but i read that she really did want out of the show :( she holds the show together, without her the o.c. will not be the same!!!!

3001 days ago


I think they should have marissa in a coma not dead and she doesn't wake up in the first episode like trey in the third season she wakes iup later on.

3037 days ago


Taking marissa off the O.C was stupid. Her ego needs to be deflated. Without Marissa the four is incomplete.... would one more season really kill her? If it did... oh well it would be the end. Mischa get off your acting high horse and get back to the O.C.

3037 days ago


They can't take The O.C off! It is my favorite Show. If I was FOX i would make it Trey's Dream. That makes so much sense!

3037 days ago


Why bring her back? Having her on is what was killing the show in the first place. I stopped watching because I couldn't take another episode of watching her. Killing her off is probably the best thing that happened to that show.

3037 days ago


Marissa was the main reason I watched the O.C. I won't be watching it now.

3037 days ago


I read somewhere, geez I forget where now, that after they killed her off she decided that her decision to leave the show was a bad one and she begged FOX to take her back. In the end the plan was to bring her back as a ghost that Haunts Ryan because he didn't do enough to save her.

3037 days ago


I never watched the show because no one ever told me what OC stands it 'outlandish charactures'???

3037 days ago


Marissa Cooper WILL be save. The O.C. WILL be saved!!!!!

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3037 days ago


I am an older fan who watches the show with my daughter. We are both so hoping that Josh will have a change of heart and so will Mischa and things will get worked out in time for Mischa to be welcomed back to The OC. If you look around the web sites the majority of fans want to see the return of Marissa Cooper. All we can do is hope! I applaude all the young viewers in their quest to "Save Marissa" go for it.........we will all be tuned in for at least the first episode!

3036 days ago


it was Fox's dumb decision years ago to put the Hot OC in a tough thursday time slot and now they have just left it there to die -- not even blinking when Grey's Anatomy moved to the same time slot. Everyone who was once a fan needs to watch and bring up the ratings when it comes up in November. Does everyone remember how great the first season was? Well, josh Swartz is going to be more hands on this year, so it should be good.

3036 days ago


Your ideas are AWESOME!! i totally love them, i doubt theyll be used but even if there not they make me laugh reading them! id LOVE it if they did the 'Bill and Ted' meets 'Terminator' idea, that would be awesome lol!!

3036 days ago


i havnt seen the end of the series 3 yet so i didnt even know that she dies but i can tell you im not impressed i love the o.c i always have to be home in time to watch it and if they cut it off all together man would i be shitty i cant belive that she dies not happy FOX

3036 days ago


Haha, cute article. And hey, if any one of those things will bring Marissa back, then I'm all for it!

I really don't believe that the death of beloved, endearing character who is integral to the show was where The OC was headed, as Josh says. Marissa completes the show, the Fab Four, Ryan&Marissa, etc. I don't see how The OC can return to its Season One roots (and glory!) with Marissa's death looming over everyone, leaving them feeling depressed and empty. Think about it. In losing Marissa, the show loses a neighbor, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a lifetime best friend, and the love of a life. She brings so much to the show, always keeping us guessing. The ratings for the first episode will be fine, I'm sure, because everyone will tune in to see how it all turns out. But after that? They'll be abysmal, if Coop's really gone.


3036 days ago


No offense but those ideas are really stupid. Just put her in a damn coma for 2 weeks (making it seem like 2 months in OC time)

3035 days ago
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