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<i>The O.C.</i> and Ryan’s O.C.D.

I get it and I don’t get it. The character of Ryan on The O.C. came from the wrong side of the tracks before he landed in the beautiful, rich vista of Orange County/Newport Beach. I get that. But what I don’t get is the fact that he continues to wear that black leather wrist strap thing on his right wrist all the time.

In the above picture (click on it to experience the full effect of the masterful wrist strap), I feel as though he’s almost having a conversation with the character of Seth about it:

Ryan: So, what do you think of my cool-new leather wrist strap?

Seth: Is that the one you wore when you were stealing cars in Chino?

Ryan: Now, C’mon Seth. I’m not in Chino anymore. I’m a part of your family now.

Seth: Duh. So why are you still wearing that cool-new leather wrist strap? Didn’t that sort of go out of style after the movie Valley Girl left theaters in, oh I don’t know, 1983?

Seriously, (and this is just how anal I must be) as I watched the show tonight and saw the character of Ryan wearing that damn wrist strap in every scene, I thought to myself, “What is the thought process of putting that thing on every day? What does he say to himself as he’s putting it on? ‘Oh, this’ll come in handy as something to chew on in case someone has to remove a bullet from my arm without any sort of pain killer?’

Do you have any idea why he’s wearing it?

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