The O.C. Episodes

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The O.C. Season 3 episodes

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

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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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