This week's mailbag is packed with the same concern: Why no "O.C." political report in response to last week's show? Well just as Josh Schwartz can let one of his writers flaunt the biggest homage to W. yet... Just as he can let this writer create the most asinine coincidence of issues in order to divert attention from the anemic quality of the second season's scripts -- making both "Wheeler" women (Ryan's new girlfriend and Caleb's bribe target) part of the same, surprise clan -- I can, uh, um, you see... OK, FINE, you're right: I have no right to find an excuse for not posting an O.C. political report. You got me! It's just that I was so affected, so influenced, by the arresting nature of last week's "values" episode, I began to believe we were in this coincidence for the right reasons. What, we weren't? Those Wheeler women seemed to be truly related to each other -- they do both sport reddish hair. Oh, my. And now we're giving them all our support, innocent to the smokescreen their cronies have unleashed to keep us quiet while they figure out how to pull all the details together, to make the reason we're there actually believable. Thank God for Iraq, no? I mean, without it we might not have decent primetime soaps written about chracters that, one year into their television lives, seem, in certain writers' hands, to have absolutely nowhere to go.