The O.C. Episodes

2003, TV Show

The O.C. Season 1 episodes

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

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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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