The O.C. Episodes

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The O.C. episodes

Feb 22, 2007: The End's Not Near, It's Here
Feb 15, 2007: The Night Moves
Feb 08, 2007: The Shake Up
Feb 01, 2007: The Case of the Franks
Jan 25, 2007: The Groundhog Day
Jan 18, 2007: The Dream Lover
Jan 11, 2007: The French Connection
Jan 04, 2007: The My Two Dads
Dec 21, 2006: The Earth Girls Are Easy
Dec 14, 2006: The Chrismukk-huh?
Dec 07, 2006: The Summer Bummer
Nov 30, 2006: The Sleeping Beauty
Nov 16, 2006: The Metamorphosis
Nov 09, 2006: The Cold Turkey
Nov 08, 2006: The Gringos
Nov 02, 2006: The Avengers
May 18, 2006: The Graduates
May 04, 2006: The Man of the Year
Apr 27, 2006: The Party Favor
Apr 20, 2006: The College Try
Apr 13, 2006: The Dawn Patrol
Apr 06, 2006: The Day After Tomorrow
Mar 30, 2006: The Secrets and Lies
Mar 23, 2006: The Undertow
Mar 16, 2006: The Journey
Mar 09, 2006: The Road Warrior
Feb 09, 2006: The Heavy Lifting
Feb 02, 2006: The Cliffhanger
Jan 26, 2006: The Pot Stirrer
Jan 19, 2006: The Sister Act
Jan 12, 2006: The Safe Harbor
Dec 15, 2005: The Chrismukkah Bar Mitz-vahkkah
Dec 08, 2005: The Disconnect
Dec 01, 2005: The Game Plan
Nov 17, 2005: The Anger Management
Nov 10, 2005: The Swells
Nov 03, 2005: The Perfect Storm
Sep 29, 2005: The Last Waltz
Sep 22, 2005: The End of Innocence
Sep 15, 2005: The Shape of Things to Come
Sep 08, 2005: The Aftermath
May 19, 2005: The Dearly Beloved
May 12, 2005: The O.Sea
May 05, 2005: The Showdown
May 05, 2005: The Return of the Nana
May 05, 2005: The Return of the Nana/The Showdown
Apr 21, 2005: The O.C. Confidential

The End's Not Near, It's Here Season 4, Episode 16

The series concludes six months after an earthquake rocked Newport. Taylor has an appointment with a seamstress while the fate of “The Valley” is revealed. read more

The Night Moves Season 4, Episode 15

As Newport is thrown into chaos following the earthquake, Seth helps Ryan in his darkest hour of need while Sandy and Kirsten grow ever more concerned about their unborn baby. Meanwhile, Frank earns the respect of a recent rival when Julie and Kaitlin are stuck in an ice-cream shop. read more

The Shake Up Season 4, Episode 14

In the days before Taylor's birthday party---and a major earthquake---Kaitlin tries to undermine Julie's relationship with Frank, and Summer urges a cynical Seth to believe in something. read more

The Case of the Franks Season 4, Episode 13

Ryan, Taylor and Kaitlin choose sides when Julie is torn between Frank and Bullit; a psychic reading prompts Seth and Summer to think about their future; and Kirsten is preoccupied by a life-changing moment in her past. read more

The Groundhog Day Season 4, Episode 12

Sandy's secret plans for Kirsten's 40th-birthday party are outdone by an even bigger surprise from the guest of honor; Che tests his bond with Seth during a Groundhog Day caper; Taylor seeks professional help to sort out her feelings for Ryan; and Bullit pulls out the big guns in his pursuit of Julie. read more

The Dream Lover Season 4, Episode 11

Ryan is at a loss for words when he thinks he's losing Taylor; Che takes Seth on a spiritual journey of self-discovery; Kaitlin has a revelation about her relationship with Will; Julie goes to extremes to repair her damaged friendship with Kirsten. read more

The French Connection Season 4, Episode 10

Ryan reads between the lines when Taylor's ex-husband (Henri Lubatti) promotes his risqué novel in Newport; Summer gets a glimpse of married life from her socialite peers, while Seth flies to Seattle in search of Dr. Roberts' blessing; and Kirsten investigates Julie's secret business practices. read more

The My Two Dads Season 4, Episode 9

Sandy's paternal instincts kick in when Frank (Kevin Sorbo) is invited for dinner; Kaitlin's report on “The Call of the Wild” might spark a case of puppy love with a classmate (Chris Brown); and Seth and Summer are unsure about the new twist in their relationship, though neither wants to admit it. read more

The Earth Girls Are Easy Season 4, Episode 8

Ryan and Taylor's New Year's Eve road trip to Las Vegas takes a surprising turn when Seth and Summer tag along; Julie is leery of the man hired as NewMatch's accountant (Kevin Sorbo), and Sandy thinks he knows why. read more

The Chrismukk-huh? Season 4, Episode 7

A Chrismukkah light-hanging mishap lands Ryan and Taylor in an alternate universe where everything they knew about Newport has been turned upside down. read more

The Summer Bummer Season 4, Episode 6

Summer and Seth iron out a new wrinkle in their long-distance romance; Kaitlin ups the ante in a Harbor power struggle; Ryan and Taylor search for common ground; and Julie needs a Bullit-proof vest to deflect her latest suitor. read more

The Sleeping Beauty Season 4, Episode 5

A lovelorn Taylor won't rest until she turns an oblivious Ryan's insomnia into pillow talk; Summer needs more than a lucky rabbit's foot after her latest activist scheme at Brown; and Julie's quest for a NewMatch investor starts off with a bang. read more

The Metamorphosis Season 4, Episode 4

Summer does some soul-searching during a visit from Seth; Taylor pleads for a reluctant Ryan's help with an international crisis; Sandy longs for a guys' night out; and Julie vows to turn over a new leaf. read more

The Cold Turkey Season 4, Episode 3

Thanksgiving provides a cornucopia of less-than-appetizing situations, including Ryan's reaction to Sandy's latest legal maneuver and Taylor's explanation of her whereabouts to her mother. Meanwhile, Dr. Roberts is frustrated by Julie's distant behavior, and Seth and Summer surprise Kirsten with uninvited dinner guests. read more

The Gringos Season 4, Episode 2

Ryan has unwanted company on a trip to Mexico to take care of unfinished business; Taylor has startling news during a surprise visit to Summer; Kaitlin takes an unusual interest in the Harbor clothing drive; and Sandy confronts Julie about her secret machinations. read more

The Avengers Season 4, Episode 1

Julie and Ryan are finding it difficult to cope with Marissa's death. Meanwhile, Summer has turned into an activist at Brown; Seth is toiling in a comic-book store in Newport; and Kaitlin confronts her stepfather about his extracurricular activities while positioning herself as the leader of a Harbor pack. read more

The Graduates Season 3, Episode 25

Marissa, Summer, Ryan and Seth graduate, but a returning Kaitlin Cooper looks forward to filling the vacuum. Meanwhile, Kirsten is startled by Sandy's announcement; Ryan gets a visit from his mom; and Marissa rethinks her future plans. Dawn: Daphne Ashbrook. Hodes: Lamont Thompson. read more

The Man of the Year Season 3, Episode 24

Ryan's ongoing feud with Volchok takes an ominous turn; Sandy prepares to accept an award as a legal cloud forms over the hospital deal; Marissa rides to her sister's rescue in a boarding-school snafu; and Seth's college woes and girl troubles are trumped by a new crisis. read more

The Party Favor Season 3, Episode 23

Harbor's prom night creates more tension than enthusiasm when Seth continues his fruitless pursuit of Summer, and Ryan decides to keep an eye on Marissa's date---Volchok. Meanwhile, Kirsten struggles with her recent stumble, and Sandy gets even more bad news about the hospital. “American Idol” castoff and real-life Orange County resident Lisa Tucker appears as herself at the prom. Anna: Samaire Armstrong. Theresa: Navi Rawat. read more

The College Try Season 3, Episode 22

Seth gets unexpected help from Anna (Samaire Armstrong) in a last-ditch effort to get into Brown; Ryan and Marissa leave a visit to Berkeley with different perceptions of life after high school; and Kirsten and Sandy's simmering feud becomes public at a benefit for the hospital. Wes: Matt Barr. Dr. Overbee: Erick Avari. read more

The Dawn Patrol Season 3, Episode 21

Ryan visits his mom in Albuquerque, but is unsure about inviting her to his graduation; Marissa summons her responsible side when Volchok's party gets out of hand; Summer tries to get to the bottom of her breakup with Seth; and Kirsten worries about her self-control while Sandy deals with the problem between Matt and Henry. read more

The Day After Tomorrow Season 3, Episode 20

The arrival of college-acceptance letters draws different reactions from Summer, Seth, Ryan and Marissa. Meanwhile, Sandy confronts Henry about Matt's misfortune, but Kirsten fears for her husband's future. Taylor: Autumn Reeser. Henry: Shaun Duke. read more

The Secrets and Lies Season 3, Episode 19

Summer worries about Marissa's behavior and the new company she's been keeping; Ryan comes to a critical point in his relationship with Sadie; Sandy's distracted by a sudden crisis in the hospital deal, leaving Kirsten to spend some quality time with Seth; and Julie and Neil have news for their daughters. Volchok: Cam Gigandet. read more

The Undertow Season 3, Episode 18

Sadie has second thoughts about Ryan when he's forced to revisit a dark chapter from his past, while Sandy is faced with a difficult choice in the hospital deal. Elsewhere, Seth and Summer wonder where the magic has gone in their relationship. Jess: Nikki Griffin. Henry: Shaun Duke. read more

The Journey Season 3, Episode 17

Ryan finds little reason to be happy when Seth plans his 18th-birthday bash; Marissa takes a stumble down memory lane; Julie thinks her ship has come in regarding her romance with Dr. Roberts; and Sandy works on a surprise for Ryan's party. Volchok: Cam Gigandet. Sadie: Nikki Reed. read more

The Road Warrior Season 3, Episode 16

Ryan helps Sadie track down Johnny's ne'er-do-well dad; the police have more questions for Marissa; and Summer asks NewMatch to find a date for her father, not knowing Julie's already on the case. Neil: Michael Nouri. Matt: Jeff Hephner. read more

The Heavy Lifting Season 3, Episode 15

A tragic event takes its toll on the community; Kaitlin prepares to go back to school; Ryan questions his relationship with Marissa after lending a helping hand to Sadie (Nikki Reed); and Kirsten and Julie decide to go ahead with a Valentine's Day party. Kaitlin: Willa Holland. Chili: Johnny Lewis. Volchok: Cam Gigandet. read more

The Cliffhanger Season 3, Episode 14

Sandy and Matt hit a snag that could put their hospital plans on life support; Marissa lays her cards on the table with Johnny; Summer learns something new about Seth; and Kirsten and Julie are overzealous in their business affairs. Matt: Jeff Hephner. Gwen: Lisa Rotondi. read more

The Pot Stirrer Season 3, Episode 13

Kaitlin's 15th birthday creates an opportunity for her mother and a dilemma for Marissa; Seth and Summer prepare for interviews with an Ivy League representative; and Sandy's methods of wooing a client may not be enough. Neil: Michael Nouri. Johnny: Ryan Donowho. Kaitlin: Willa Holland. read more

The Sister Act Season 3, Episode 12

Marissa's 14-year-old sister returns from boarding school; Taylor's mother asks Kirsten to set her up with Summer's father. Kaitlin: Willa Holland. read more

The Safe Harbor Season 3, Episode 11

Ryan, Summer and Seth try to get Marissa reinstated at Harbor, but Johnny presents a conflict. Roberts: Michael Nouri. Mercer: Michael Mantel. Veronica: Paula Trickey. read more

The Chrismukkah Bar Mitz-vahkkah Season 3, Episode 10

It's Chrismukkah at the Cohens, and Seth suggests a bar mitzvah for Ryan to finance Johnny's knee surgery. But Ryan opts out after seeing Johnny and Marissa in an awkward moment. Dr. Roberts: Michael Nouri. read more

The Disconnect Season 3, Episode 9

Summer's SAT scores show a new side to her that makes Seth uneasy; Marissa is instrumental in Johnny's recuperation; Ryan interns at the Newport Group and finds a weak link; and Julie lands a client for her and Kirsten's new venture. Gwen: Lisa Rotondi. Lilly: Andrea Pearson. Graznow: Jeremy Brandt. Cinnamon: Sarah Smith. read more

The Game Plan Season 3, Episode 8

As college options are weighed, Seth looks east, Summer west and Taylor looks happy with their possible separation. Ryan, meanwhile, tries to persuade Marissa to go to school at all before Johnny proposes another direction. Elsewhere, Kirsten offers Julie a business opportunity. Glass: Tom Wright. Mitchell: Diego Wallraff. Mrs. Rushfield: Leslie Stevens. Gus: Sven Holmberg. read more

The Anger Management Season 3, Episode 7

Volchok tries to provoke Ryan into a fight; Taylor makes a move on Seth; Charlotte tries to keep a nervous Julie in line for their deceit; Sandy learns he has to cut Newport Group staff. Volchok: Cam Gigandet. Ramsay: Jeff Hephner. Heather: Erin Foster. Johnny: Ryan Donowho. Charlotte: Jeri Ryan. Wald: Craig Allen Wolf. Nancy Townsend: Paula Trickey. Chili: Johnny Lewis. Marissa: Mischa Barton. Seth: Adam Brody. read more

The Swells Season 3, Episode 6

Marissa finds something in Johnny that Ryan lacks; Charlotte ropes Julie and Kirsten into throwing a charity event; Seth helps Taylor out of a jam; Sandy has second thoughts about selling the Newport Group. Volchok: Cam Gigandet. Ramsey: Jeff Hephner. Williams: Rob Brownstein. Johnny: Ryan Donowho. Casey: Kayla Ewell. Nancy Townsend: Paula Trickey. Wald: Craig Allen Wolf. Charlotte: Jeri Ryan. Sandy: Peter Gallagher. Julie: Melinda Clarke. read more

The Perfect Storm Season 3, Episode 5

Ryan finds commonality with Johnny; Summer stirs up tension between Taylor and Dean Hess; Charlotte sets her sights on needy Julie. Sean: Paul Ganus. Realtor: Virginia Hamilton. Hess: Eric Mabius. Taylor: Autumn Reeser. Charlotte: Jeri Ryan. read more

The Last Waltz Season 3, Episode 4

Marissa makes friends at her new school; Taylor offers an olive branch to Summer; the Coopers are evicted; the Cohens decide to liquidate the Newport Group, upsetting Charlotte's plan. Hess: Eric Maibus. Charlotte: Jeri Ryan. Summer: Rachel Bilson. Ryan: Benjamin McKenzie. read more

The End of Innocence Season 3, Episode 3

Parents on both sides want Ryan and Marissa to stop seeing each other; Jimmy proposes a trip which Julie takes a step further; Caleb's will is read; Summer and Seth are forced into drama club by Dean Hess. Hess: Eric Mabius. Taylor: Autumn Reeser. Charlotte: Jeri Ryan. Don: Blake Robbins. Frankel: Michael Adler. Kirsten: Kelly Rowan. Jimmy: Tate Donovan. Julie: Melinda Clarke. read more

The Shape of Things to Come Season 3, Episode 2

Parents want Ryan and Marissa expelled from the Harbor School, and Julie's plan to fight will cost Jimmy; Kirsten takes a detour home from rehab; Summer steps in to save Marissa's legacy as Social Chair. Charlotte: Jeri Ryan. Jimmy: Tate Donovan. Kirsten: Kelly Rowan. read more

The Aftermath Season 3, Episode 1

Ryan and Marissa face the legal and emotional fallout from the shooting that left Trey in a coma and Julie with a very bad idea for clearing her daughter's name. Meanwhile, Kirsten fears her stint in rehab may not have done the job and befriends a fellow alcoholic (Jeri Ryan) who may cause her more trouble. read more

The Dearly Beloved Season 2, Episode 24

Jimmy Cooper (Tate Donovan) returns to Newport after a crisis at the Bait Shop puts Marissa and her friends in danger. Meanwhile, Julie struggles to deal with a tragedy of her own; and Sandy puts his foot down to save Kirsten from herself. Hailey: Amanda Righetti. Trey: Logan Marshall-Green. Jess: Nikki Griffin. Dr. Woodruff: Garrett Brown. read more

The O.Sea Season 2, Episode 23

Kirsten's DUI-related accident forces Sandy to take desperate measures; a familiar face clues Ryan in to the truth about Trey and Marissa's so-called secret, but not her own; Seth and Zach try to decide which of them takes Summer to the prom while the other takes a meeting with their graphic novel's out-of-this-world fan; and Julie's last night with Caleb proves to be her most memorable. Theresa: Navi Rawat. Reed: Marguerite Moreau. Caleb: Alan Dale. read more

The Showdown Season 2, Episode 22

Concerns over Kirsten's drinking lead Sandy to a realization about his wife's relationship with Carter; Caleb uses Julie's sordid past to make sure she's cut off from his future earnings; Ryan fears the worst about Marissa after her traumatic run-in with Trey sends her into a tailspin; Seth and Zach declare war over Summer, who finally chooses between them during the tumultuous launch party for their graphic novel. Reed: Marguerite Moreau. Zach: Micheal Cassidy. Trey: Logan Marshall-Green. read more

The Return of the Nana Season 2, Episode 21

Linda Lavin returns as the Nana, who lures Sandy to Miami with a call regarding her soon-to-be altar-ed state. Tagging along, Seth and Ryan indulge in some spring-break action, not knowing that it could trigger a Summer breakdown. Back at home, Kirsten's going-away dinner for Carter gets a little too tasty; and Marissa finds herself in a sticky situation after Trey resorts to his old ways. Mary-Sue: Jamie King. Swerve: Bret Harrison. Carter: Billy Campbell. Trey: Logan Marshall-Green. read more

The Return of the Nana/The Showdown

Linda Lavin returns as the Nana, who lures Sandy to Miami with a call regarding her soon-to-be altar-ed state. Tagging along, Seth and Ryan indulge in some Spring Break action. Back at home, Kirsten's drinking leads to tragedy; Caleb gives up on Julie; Ryan fears the worst about Marissa and Trey's tryst; and war breaks out between Seth and Zach. Reed: Marguerite Moreau. Zach: Micheal Cassidy. Trey: Logan Marshall-Green. read more

The O.C. Confidential Season 2, Episode 20

Ryan and Marissa turn sleuth to clear Trey's name before he's sent back to jail for the drug bust at his 21st birthday bash. Meanwhile, Summer's ready to bash Seth after he ditches her for a comic-book meeting at Reed's; and Kirsten plays with fire during a wine-tasting trip with Carter. Trey: Logan Marshall-Green. Carter: Billy Campbell. read more

The Rager Season 2, Episode 19

Hoping to mend fences with Trey (Logan Marshall-Green), Ryan agrees to let Marissa host his 21st birthday party, which turns into a wild bash of illegal proportions. Meanwhile, Kirsten sabotages Sandy's plan to set Carter up with a comely surfer; and Seth's new comic-book editor unleashes Summer's green-eyed inner self. Lance: Johnny Messner. Carter: Billy Campbell. read more

The Risky Business Season 2, Episode 18

Sandy's role as chair for a charity yard sale gives Trey (Logan Marshall-Green) his first taste of Newport society and Carter a chance to steal some time with a less-than-resistant Kirsten. Also: Seth's on the case after one of the event's top items disappears; and the Cohens toy with taking in yet another houseguest. Taryn: Kim Oja. Zach: Michael Cassidy. read more

The Brothers Grim Season 2, Episode 17

The Cohens take in Ryan's brother (Logan Marshall-Green) after he's released from prison, but it appears his criminal past isn't so distant. Then again, neither is Julie's amateur porn career, which rears it's ugly---and naked---head at the launch party for Newport Living; Zach returns from Italy with an unbelievable new girlfriend and a jealous old one. Lance: Johnny Messner. Carter: Billy Campbell. Julie: Melinda Clarke. read more

The Blaze of Glory Season 2, Episode 16

Marissa's renewed friendship with Ryan brings out Alex's insecurities about her new lover; Julie turns to Sandy for help when Lance (Johnny Messner) threatens to reveal her past; Kirsten beseeches Carter to stick with Newport Living. Carter: Billy Campbell. Alex: Olivia Wilde. read more

The Mallpisode Season 2, Episode 15

Trapped in a locked mall after-hours, Summer and Seth hash out the details of their newly jump-started romance, while Ryan and Marissa realize that their own thrill is far from gone, especially now that Lindsay is. Meanwhile, the new editor (Billy Campbell) of Newport Living charms Kirsten; and an old friend (Johnny Messner) disarms Julie with a very naughty videotape from her past. Alex: Olivia Wilde. read more

The Rainy Day Women Season 2, Episode 14

A rainy day brings a flood of fears for Lindsay, as she takes her DNA test, and dark clouds over lovers Marissa and Alex. Meanwhile, Seth races to keep Summer from going to Italy with Zach; Sandy winds up in close quarters with Rebecca and in hot water with Kirsten; and Julie learns more about her daughter than she can handle. Lindsay: Shannon Lucio. Alex: Olivia Wilde. Rebecca: Kim Delaney. read more

The Test Season 2, Episode 13

Caleb's plan to adopt Lindsay stirs up serious questions about her paternity; Kirsten makes a bold move after realizing that Rebecca's after more than just Sandy's legal help; Marissa gives Alex proof of her feelings; and Seth wallows in the fallout from Summer and Zach's hotel tryst. Rebecca: Kim Delaney. Sandy: Peter Gallagher. Lindsay: Shannon Lucio. read more

The Lonely Hearts Club Season 2, Episode 12

A kiss isn't just a kiss for two unlikely pairings as Valentine's Day finds Seth, Zach and Summer on the road for a fateful comic-book pitch, Ryan using street smarts to win over Caleb for Lindsay's sake and Kirsten celebrating her favorite holiday in the worst way. Meanwhile, Julie returns from Europe with a plan to save her assets, should marriage No. 2 fall apart. Rebecca: Kim Delaney. Lindsay: Shannon Lucio. Alex: Olivia Wilde. read more

The Second Chance Season 2, Episode 11

A peacekeeping dinner for the fractured Nichols family takes a tragic turn after Ryan and Caleb butt heads hard enough to send one of them to the ER; Sandy keeps Kirsten in the dark about Rebecca's return from the dead; Marissa toys with taking her friendship with Alex to the next level; Zach's comic-book connections derail Summer and Seth's plan to stay away from one another. Rebecca: Kim Delaney. Zach: Michael Cassidy. Alex: Olivia Wilde. read more

The Accomplice Season 2, Episode 10

Ryan's attempt to reunite Lindsay and Caleb backfires; Marissa finds a partner-in-crime in Alex (Olivia Wilde); Seth's comic doodlings open Summer's eyes to his not-so-funny feelings for her; and an old friend from Sandy's past resurfaces with a favor that could rock the Cohen marriage. Lindsay: Shannon Lucio. Caleb: Alan Dale. read more

The Ex-Factor Season 2, Episode 9

The return of Alex's ex gives Seth an insight into the sort of woman he's sort of dating, as Ryan gives Marissa hell for letting Lindsay booze her way through a girls night out. Meanwhile, Sandy's idea to salvage the Newport Group's image hits a dead end with Julie's face plastered all over it. Lindsay: Shannon Lucio. Alex: Olivia Wilde. Zach: Michael Cassidy. read more

The Power of Love Season 2, Episode 8

The Cohens' 20th wedding anniversary turns into a date that will live in infamy after they catch Ryan and Lindsey in a compromising position and Seth sneaking out of the house to meet Alex. Twice. While grounded. But neither of these crimes compare to what the boys pull when Sandy and Kristen try to steal one night to toast their marriage. Meanwhile, Summer fails to impress Zach's mother, and Julie drives the final nail in Marissa's fling with D.J. Zach: Michael Cassidy. read more

The Family Ties Season 2, Episode 7

Marissa lets loose on her folks after learning of their affair---and how Jimmy plans to end it; Caleb wins back his freedom in court, but remains a loser in Kirsten's eyes; Ryan and Lindsey try to figure out if the Cohen family ties apply to them; and Seth's “bad boy” phase nearly sinks Summer and Zach's romance. D.J.: Nicholas Gonzalez. Lindsey: Shannon Lucio. Alex: Olivia Wilde. read more

The Chrismukkah That Almost Wasn't Season 2, Episode 6

Summer comes to the rescue after the guest list for Seth's Chrismukkah gathering triggers a chain of events at the Cohen compound that dashes everyone's spirits. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Julie struggle to keep their newfound, uh, respect, for each another under wraps. Or at least between the sheets. Renee: Kathleen York. Lindsay: Shannon Lucio. Marissa: Mischa Barton. read more

The SnO.C. Season 2, Episode 5

As the kids gear up for the annual SnO.C. Winter Ball, the chill between co-chairs Julie and Jimmy begins to thaw. Meanwhile, Sandy gets closer to the secret that has Caleb acting like a warm-weather Grinch. Caleb: Alan Dale. Alex: Olivia Wilde. Lindsay: Shannon Lucio. Zach: Michael Cassidy. read more

The New Era Season 2, Episode 4

It's a romance roulette as Seth and Ryan hit a Killers show with Lindsay and Alex, who'd rather be with the other's escort, while Coop and Summer try to keep their new guys from dumping them for not being over their old ones. Back at home, Julie ropes Kirsten into hosting a party for their skittish clients; and Caleb clues in Sandy to just how bad the DA's case against him may be. Zach: Michael Cassidy. Alex: Olivia Wilde. read more

The New Kids on the Block Season 2, Episode 3

Ryan's chemistry with a classmate (Shannon Lucio) opens Marissa's eyes, while Seth's experiment with being Summer's “friend” succeeds only in getting him a job. On the grown-up front, Caleb's arrest leads to a shakeup at the Newport Group that could leave Kirsten at Julie's mercy. The Walkmen perform. Alex: Olivia Wilde. Zach: Michael Cassidy. read more

The Way We Were Season 2, Episode 2

Back home and back to school, Ryan's and Seth's hopes of reuniting with Coop and Summer are dashed by the discovery of the new men in their ladies' lives. Meanwhile, Sandy scrambles to delay Caleb's moment of reckoning with the DA's office; and Haley's great job offer is awful news for Jimmy. D.J.: Nicholas Gonzalez. Zach: Michael Cassidy. Haley: Amanda Righetti. Caleb: Alan Dale. read more

The Distance Season 2, Episode 1

Kirsten orders Sandy to hit the road to bring Seth home; Marissa hits the booze to deal with Julie; Ryan's hit by bad news that could change his life in Chino forever. Meanwhile, federal trouble looms for Caleb. Luke: Chris Carmack. Theresa: Navi Rawat. Caleb: Alan Dale. D.J.: Nicolas Gonzalez. Carson: Brian McNamara. read more

The Ties That Bind Season 1, Episode 27

“I think people will be upset, but they won't be disappointed,” producer Josh Schwartz said of this episode, as Julie and Caleb tie the knot and Ryan heads back to Chino and Seth sails off into the sunset. Also featured is a musical performance by Jem. Ryan: Benjamin McKenzie. Caleb: Alan Dale. Hailey: Amanda Righetti. read more

The Strip Season 1, Episode 26

Caleb's Vegas bachelor party wins Seth some much-needed attention from Summer and puts Ryan on the losing end of Theresa's latest bombshell. Back at home, the claws come out after Julie's bachelorette party gives Hailey a better idea of her dad's bride-to-be. Hailey: Amanda Righetti. Theresa: Navi Rawat. Summer: Rachel Bilson. read more

The Shower Season 1, Episode 25

Marissa cuts a deal with Caleb over a bridal shower for Julie, whose tacky sister arrives to make the bride-to-be really blush; a call from Theresa puts Sandy on the wrong side of Ryan; Seth's lunch with Summer and her dad (Michael Nouri) ends with one teen feeling a tad sick about the future; and Jimmy decides it's time to bring his romance with Hailey out of the closet. Theresa: Navi Rawat. Eddie: Eric Balfour. Hailey: Amanda Rightely. read more

The Proposal Season 1, Episode 24

Luke makes a desperate choice thanks to Julie's new man and to the loss of his old friends; the launch of Jimmy and Sandy's eatery hits a glitch only Caleb can fix, but it all depends on Marissa's response to his proposal; Seth and Summer strap on their tool belts to give Coop a happier place to rest her head. Luke: Chris Carmack. Caleb: Alan Dale. Carson Ward: Brian McNamara. read more

The Nana Season 1, Episode 23

Ryan's search for the missing Marissa leads them both to a very familiar spot; Seth fears that his visiting Nana (Linda Lavin) will hate Summer, who refuses to sit out of the Cohens' Passover dinner; news of Luke and Julie's affair begins to spread. Theresa: Navi Rawat. Luke: Chris Carmack. Eddie: Eric Balfour. read more

The L.A. Season 1, Episode 22

The star (Colin Hanks) of Summer's fave teen soap invites the gang to an L.A. bash, where Ryan keeps Marissa company---and out of the O.C. while Luke ends things with Julie. But back at home, a dinner party for Sandy and Jimmy's restaurant starts to get heated and ends with the return of a hotly debated member of Kirsten's family. Kate: Paris Hilton. Caleb: Alan Dale. read more

The Goodbye Girl Season 1, Episode 21

As Ryan struggles with Theresa's decision to stay in town, Seth is blindsided by Anna's choice to move back to Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, Sandy bends the law to keep Caleb out of jail; and Jimmy calls Julie on Luke's hands-on behavior at a Newpsie soiree. Theresa: Navi Rawat. Luke: Chris Carmack. Caleb: Alan Dale. read more

The Telenovela Season 1, Episode 20

Ryan and Marissa's road to “just friends” hits a serious bump by the name of Theresa (Navi Rawat), who may know something she's not telling her old friend from Chino. Meanwhile, Julie can't seem to get enough of Luke, Seth can't seem to get Summer's attention in public, and Sandy can't see himself helping Caleb with a colleague's messy legal issues. Anna: Samaire Armstrong. Caleb: Alan Dale. read more

The Heartbreak Season 1, Episode 19

Valentine's Day sees Ryan reconnecting with an old friend and disconnecting from Marissa after the nightmare that was Oliver; Seth taking his feelings for Summer to an embarrassing new level; and Luke making a move on the most unlikely of single ladies. Meanwhile, Sandy gets into hot water for his cold reaction to the holiday; and Jimmy finds out that he has a secret admirer who must remain hush-hush. Theresa: Navi Rawat. Luke: Chris Carmack. read more

The Truth Season 1, Episode 18

Abandoned by the gang for attacking Oliver, Ryan makes an unlikely ally to help him dig up the truth about Mr. Trask, whose increasingly scary behavior leads to a life-or-death crisis for Marissa. Meanwhile, Julie finds a surprising source of comfort after Caleb dumps her; and Anna reaches her boiling point over the chemistry between Seth and Summer. Oliver: Taylor Handley. Caleb: Alan Dale. Luke: Chris Carmack. read more

The Rivals Season 1, Episode 17

Ryan's suspicions about Oliver drive him to a drastic action that threatens both his future at the Harbor School and with Marissa; Seth's too-many common bonds with Anna have him longing for Summer again; Sandy seals the restaurant deal with an insecure Jimmy; and Kristen helps Julie save face with Caleb, only to end up losing in the long run. Oliver: Taylor Handley. Anna: Samaire Armstrong. read more

The Links Season 1, Episode 16

Oliver's alleged suicide attempt nearly kills Ryan and Marissa's new romance; Summer sees the lively side of Luke; Caleb refuses to let Hailey bleed him dry any longer; and Jimmy gets a new lease on life, thanks to Sandy's business offer. Caleb: Alan Dale. Oliver: Taylor Handley. Hailey: Amanda Rightetti. read more

The Third Wheel Season 1, Episode 15

Oliver scores the gang passes to a sold-out concert, where Ryan sees something Marissa doesn't need to know about the boy who is coming between them. Meanwhile, Seth and Anna struggle to tell Summer the truth about New Year's Eve; Luke settles into his new role as a member of the outcast club; and Sandy puts his foot down with Kirsten's intrusive sister. Oliver: Taylor Handley. Hailey: Amanda Righetti. Anna: Samaire Armstrong. read more

The Countdown Season 1, Episode 14

Kirsten's flaky sister (Amanda Righetti) goads the Cohens into swinging by a New Year's Eve soiree they'll never forget, while Marissa hits Oliver's soiree sans Ryan, who winds up trapped with Seth at his wild aunt's even wilder house party. But as midnight nears, so do two huge romantic developments for a pair of Newport teens. Oliver: Taylor Handley. Anna: Samaire Armstrong. read more

The Best Chrismukkah Ever Season 1, Episode 13

Family feuds drive Marissa to the bottle, giving Ryan a grim reminder of chaotic Christmases past. Meanwhile, Seth's seasonal blend of Christmas and Hanukkah becomes double-trouble when Anna and Summer make him choose between them; and Kirsten steals away for a vacation as Sandy takes on her father for control of the Heights. Anna: Samaire Armstrong. Caleb: Allen Dale. Summer: Rachel Bilson. read more

The Secret Season 1, Episode 12

An unlikely union forms after Ryan, Marissa and Seth help Luke weather a devastating family scandal. Meanwhile, Anna and Summer meet on common ground to teach Seth a lesson. Also, Jimmy fills Sandy in on kissing Kirsten, whose efforts to mend fences with Julie backfire in a big way. Connor: Brian McNamara. Anna: Samaire Armstrong. Summer: Rachel Bilson. read more

The Homecoming Season 1, Episode 11

Marissa learns more about Ryan's life---and loves---in Chino during their Thanksgiving trip to see his imprisoned brother. Back in Orange County, the Cohens' Turkey Day turns tense as Anna and Summer vie for Seth; Julie arrives with a date old enough to be Kirsten's father; and Rachel takes a shine to Sandy's buddy, Jimmy. Rachel: Bonnie Somerville. Anna: Samaire Armstrong. Jimmy: Tate Donovan. read more

The Perfect Couple Season 1, Episode 10

Ryan and Marissa's first date is derailed after he realizes Julie's efforts to reunite with her family may come with strings attached. Next door, Kirsten's marriage is rocked by her dad's loose lips during arbitration with Sandy and his co-worker; and Seth sees the softer, more jealous side of Summer, thanks to the mounting attentions of Anna. Rachel: Bonnie Somerville. Summer: Rachel Bilson. Caleb: Alan Dale. Kirsten: Kelly Rowan. read more

The Heights Season 1, Episode 9

Luke and Ryan's battle for Marissa heats up on the soccer field, but a definitive winner emerges at the back-to-school fair; Kirsten fears that Sandy's co-worker has a hidden motive for assigning him a case against her father; and Seth gets a leg-up on landing Summer with the return of Anna from Pittsburgh (Samaire Armstrong). Rachel: Bonnie Somerville. Luke: Chris Carmack. read more

The Rescue Season 1, Episode 8

The fallout from Marissa's overdose widens the gap between her folks and forces her friends to take a drastic step that threatens Ryan's admission to high school. Meanwhile, Kirsten's guilt over kissing Jimmy gets the best of her, especially once she meets Sandy's sexy new co-worker (Bonnie Somerville). Julie: Melinda Clarke. Jimmy: Tate Donovan. read more

The Escape Season 1, Episode 7

A Tijuana road trip amps up the heat between Seth and Summer, while Marissa takes a tragic downward spiral after a fateful call from her dad and a revealing run-in with Luke at a south-of-the-border nightclub. Back home, Jimmy crosses the line with a not-so-scandalized Kirsten; and a comely competitor offers Sandy a chance to score...big bucks. Seth: Adam Brody. Summer: Rachel Bilson. Luke: Chris Carmack. read more

The Girlfriend Season 1, Episode 6

Sandy is faced with a harsh truth about the Cohen marriage during a visit from Kirsten's demanding father and his trophy girlfriend, whose eye for Ryan could throw cold water on his simmering fling with Marissa. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Julie seal the fate of their own shaky family; Summer finally sees Seth's sweet side; and Luke's positive new attitude pays off in ways he's only dreamed of. Marissa: Mischa Barton. Seth: Adam Brody. Julie: Melinda Clarke. Kirsten: Kelly Rowan. Sandy: Peter Gallagher. read more

The Outsider Season 1, Episode 5

Seth's efforts to buddy up with Ryan's new friend (Paul Wasilewski) from the old hood sets off a violent culture clash at a Newport bash that sends one teen to the ER. Meanwhile, Sandy offers an outcast Jimmy some friendly---and free---legal advice about the embezzlement case being mounted against him; Kirsten and Julie have it out over their husbands , who married whom and why during a spa weekend away. Seth: Adam Brody. Marissa: Mischa Barton. Luke: Chris Carmack. Jimmy: Tate Donovan. Julie: Melinda Clarke. read more

The Debut Season 1, Episode 4

The Cohens agree to be Ryan's guardians as long as he stays out of trouble, which could be a problem since Marissa's deb ball is looming and Luke is no longer the only escort option in town. Meanwhile, Jimmy's crimes begin to catch up with him, leading to a public---and very violent---revelation. Julie: Melinda Clarke. Marissa: Mischa Barton. Seth: Adam Brody. Kirsten: Kelly Rowan. Jimmy: Tate Donovan. read more

The Gamble Season 1, Episode 3

The community's casino-night benefit sets the stage for an even bigger risk after the Cohens take in Ryan's mom (Daphne Ashbrook), even though she may be bluffing about her recent rehabilitation. Meanwhile, Julie plays Sandy against his own wife after learning of Kirsten's secret loan to Jimmy; and Marissa gets an unexpected hand in winning back a jealous Luke. Summer: Rachel Bilson. Luke: Chris Carmack. Jimmy: Tate Donovan. read more

The Model Home Season 1, Episode 2

Marissa and Seth set their differences aside to help Ryan run away before Sandy has to turn him over to the foster-care system. But as the search for the truant teen heats up, Luke gets a lead on his hideout that leads to a near-tragedy for the teens of Orange County. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Kirsten arrange a secret meeting that winds up playing out in front of an unseen audience. Julie: Melinda Clarke. Jimmy: Tate Donovan. Ryan: Benjamin McKenzie. Luke: Chris Carmack. read more

Pilot Episode Season 1, Episode 1

Sandy takes in Ryan after he's busted for stealing a car, causing tensions with Kirsten and trouble for Seth. But as young Atwood settles into his new life, he finds that Orange County kids can be just as shady as his buds back in L.A. Ryan: Benjamin McKenzie. Kirsten: Kelly Rowan. Seth: Adam Brody. Marissa: Mischa Barton. Jimmy: Tate Donovan. Julie: Melinda Clarke. read more

The O.C. Episode: "The Return of the Nana/The Showdown"

Episode Synopsis: Linda Lavin returns as the Nana, who lures Sandy to Miami with a call regarding her soon-to-be altar-ed state. Tagging along, Seth and Ryan indulge in some Spring Break action. Back at home, Kirsten's drinking leads to tragedy; Caleb gives up on Julie; Ryan fears the worst about Marissa and Trey's tryst; and war breaks out between Seth and Zach. Reed: Marguerite Moreau. Zach: Micheal Cassidy. Trey: Logan Marshall-Green.
Original Air Date: May 5, 2005
Guest Cast Logan Marshall-Green: Trey Linda Lavin: The Nana Michael Cassidy: Zach Marguerite Moreau: Reed

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Premiered: August 05, 2003, on FOX
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A slick hit about a troubled L.A. teen taken in by an idealistic lawyer and his family in affluent Orange County. The series filled the youth-soap hole left by the departed '90210,' but quickly proved itself far more gritty---and witty. In addition, early plots set up an appealing balance between the kids and grown-ups, who were portrayed as real people with real problems, instead of sounding boards for the unblemished Romeos and Juliets. From the directors of 'Go' and 'Charlie's Angels.'

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