What If Marissa Cooper Had the DriveMode App On That Time She Died in a Car Crash?
Hell, I couldn’t even take LOST seriously because HELLO Caleb Nichols! Amiright?
I remember the model home, Luke’s “Welcome to the O.C., bitch!” moment, and that time Kaitlyn Cooper grew from eight to seventeen between seasons (Must have been something in that boarding school water).
Seth’s Jeff Buckley pretend-sailing music video across the Pacific (Hi, Luke’s gay dad!) while Marissa chugs Schnapps in her new castle and Ryan rides shotgun back to Chino because The BABY is some of the best television ever produced. EVER.
Which kind of makes Ryan carrying Marissa Cooper’s body from the wreckage of a fiery, car-crashy coffin a few years later some of the worst. Not because it’s a bad scene, but because it all could have been avoided so easily.
Although to be fair, Ryan literally smiles as Coop passes on to the great beyond. Where are the paramedics, you ask? Oh, not coming because Marissa asked him not to go get help and he was all, “Anything you like, babe!” The right thing to do is always so clear in hindsight, I suppose.
But Marissa didn’t have to die. Had she simply taken the pledge to never text and drive and been using AT&T’s new DriveMode app (free download HERE!) that time Volchek literally drove her and Ryan off a cliff, she would still be alive today. (Leave Mischa Barton’s IRL dramz out of this. No fair!) Because not only is DriveMode the easiest way to avoid a fiery, car-crashy death of your own, the DriveMode Emergency Allow List makes 911 just once little click away.
The car flips over, Marissa flicks the 911 button on DriveMode, Ryan carries her all sexy superhero-like out of the wreckage, an ambulance arrives right away, and then next thing you know, Juju and Kiki are knocking back celebratory glasses of chardonnay because Dr. Roberts just told Jimmy and Hailey that Marissa is expected to make a full recovery!
And just like that, the entire affair is just another story for the Chrismukkah card that year, and Ryan and his grief don’t have to move into the dirty storage closet of that bar. Thanks DriveMode!
If you too miss Princess Sparkle and Pancakes so much that it sometimes hurts, or ever feel thankful that Ryan broke up with Sadie before she went all vampire and moved in with the Cullens, then be a highway hero and take our pledge to never text and drive and download the DriveMode app today.
It didn’t have to end this way for Marissa, y’all. Don’t text and drive!