I also loved the girl cast as his daughter. She wasn't annoyingly cute or trying to act much older than her age. I bought her as a twelve year old, one that may be wise beyond her years as a product of such dysfunctional parents, yet is emotionally insecure and fragile. And even with their faults, her parents seem genuinely concerned about her. Though, I am stumped on how she got to that party without them knowing.
I was more than a little disturbed to see cute, sweet, innocent Gracie from The Nanny stark naked and engaging in rough sex with a man old enough to be her father. If Madeline Zima was looking to create a new image, she succeeded.
My one quibble with the show is the sex and nudity. I think it’s established I'm no prude, but I do take issue with having breasts bob up and down on my screen simply because it's pay cable and they can do it. Not to mention, it's a distraction. Or maybe I was the only one playing the Real/Fake game.
I mentioned recently that I'd been watching the final season of The O.C. on SoapNet. Tonight was the series finale which I had watched parts of when it first aired, but not the entire episode. I also hadn't seen the penultimate episode previously and now having done so the finale was rather jarring. Julie and Frank were dating and suddenly she's knocked up and marrying Bullet. Ryan finally tells Taylor he loves her and now they're split up. It was a little disheartening to see all the disconnections after watching them all walk out of the hospital a very blended family just one episode before.
I know I shouldn't criticize too harshly since FOX didn't give them a whole lot of time to wrap up loose ends, and, overall, I do think the writers succeeded more than they failed. I'm still, 'Yeah, right!', to the couple giving up their home to the Cohens, but it was rather humorous to see the whole extended family show up on their doorstep and take over. And after all the crap that's happened in Newport, it made sense for Kirsten and Sandy to want to start fresh elsewhere with the new baby and the boys going off on their own. It felt like a very satisfying ending, everyone growing up and moving on and finding happiness, and I'm not sure it could have been achieved if Marissa was still around.