Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The O.C. Easter Egg: Sandy Cohen and a Grease Musical?

In season 2 episode 8 "The Power of Love" It is Sandy and Kirsten 20th wedding anniversary only Sandy apparently forgot. Long story short and an angry wife later, Sandy, Seth and Ryan along with Alex plan a secret surprise anniversary party via the Bait Shop. Sandy is there to perform a song for Kirsten on stage with a band called "The News". Before Sandy walks up on stage Seth interjects that Sandy played Danny Zuko in the UC Berkeley version of Grease in his college days. The clever writers of The O.C. based Sandy Cohen's fictional endeavor off of fact. Peter Gallagher, the actor that plays our Sandy Cohen actually performed in Grease at the Monmouth Arts Foundation back in the day. When you hear Peter Gallagher sing "Don't Give Up On Me" by Solomon Burke later in the episode, it's a big hint of his wonderful singing ability. I found these images as further proof from an Ebay listing:

Alternatively it is confirmed on Peter Gallagher's official website:

Rare Glimpses: Zach Steven's House

In Season 2 Episode 14 "The Brothers Grim" Summer goes over to Zach's house to drop off things that remind her of him. She is greeted by Zach's mother and they have a little chat about his make believe 6 foot 4 girlfriend he supposedly hooked up with in Italy. During this scene we can see the front door area of Zach's house.

As you can see from the above photo, it is an upscale decorated house complete with Buddha statue on the far right. If you look to the background area you will see what looks to possibly be an ocean view but you have to look hard to see it. I can confirm that this is shot at a real house somewhere presumably close to Raleigh Studios in LA, which is usually the case due to cost.

On the other side we can see the outside street area behind Summer's head, looks to be a nice street of large "Newport esque" homes and a street sign/stop sign combo. I would like to find this actual house on Google street view to see what the front of it looked like. In order to do that we will need to get a higher quality version of this scene and possibly sharpen the stop sign area to then read what street it is. If I figure it out you know I will be posting it!

Where to see it: Season 2 Episode 14 "The Brothers Grim"

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