The OC

Season One Quick Reference Guide

Main Cast
Sandy Cohen
Kirsten Cohen
Ryan Atwood
Marissa Cooper
Seth Cohen
Luke
Julie Cooper
Summer Roberts
Jimmy Cooper
      Peter Gallagher
Kelly Rowan
Benjamin McKenzie
Mischa Barton
Adam Brody
Chris Carmack
Melinda Clarke
Rachel Bilson
Tate Donovan
      DOB: 08/19/55
DOB: 10/26/65
DOB: 09/12/78
DOB: 01/24/86
DOB: 04/08/80
DOB: 12/22/80
DOB: 04/24/69 [176513-]
DOB: 11/13/81 [176513-]
DOB: 09/25/63

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1 OC-101 8/05/03 475197 Pilot Episode
[FOX] After troubled teen Ryan Atwood is sent to jail, public defender Sandy Cohen, to the dismay of his wife Kirsten, invites Ryan to stay in his guesthouse. Their son Seth takes Ryan sailing, where the two get a chance to know each other. The Cohens take Ryan to a fashion show fundraiser planned by the beautiful girl next door, Marissa Cooper, and Summer invites Seth and Ryan to a Newport Beach house party. At the party, Ryan protects Seth from Luke, Marissa's boyfriend. From the trouble he gets into it's clear from get-go that Ryan may not be able to stay at the Cohen house.

[CTV/WB] Orange County is an idyllic paradise: a wealthy coastal community where everything and everyone appears to be perfect. But beneath the surface is a world of shifting loyalties and identities--and family members carrying on hidden lives.

When tough, guarded, fiercely intelligent 16-year-old Ryan Atwood is arrested for participating in a car theft, idealistic pro-bono public defender Sandy Cohen is assigned to the case. But after Ryan's neglectful mother, Dawn, banishes Ryan from her house in Chino, Sandy becomes much more involved in Ryan's life than either of them expected. To the chagrin of Sandy's wife, Kirsten--a wealthy and beautiful former homecoming queen and apparently the perfect spouse, mother and businesswoman--Sandy invites Ryan to stay overnight in the guesthouse of Sandy's lavish Newport Beach home. Kirsten worries how Ryan will influence the couple's teenage son, Seth, a soulful dreamer ostracized by his peers.

Meanwhile, Ryan becomes attracted to Marissa Cooper, the heartbreakingly beautiful girl next door who seems to glide through life effortlessly. The indiscretions of Marissa's wealthy father, Jimmy, threaten to break her world apart, however. And Ryan and Seth quickly bond following a clash with some territorial teenagers, including Marissa's jealous boyfriend, Luke, at a beach party.

Julie Cooper: Melinda Clarke. Dawn: Daphne Ashbrook. Luke Ward: Chris Carmack. Summer Roberts: Rachel Bilson.
[27/5.0/9/7.460]

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2 OC-102 8/12/03 176501 The Model Home
[FOX] Faced with the prospect of returning to foster care, Ryan attempts to run away from the Cohen house, but is thwarted when Seth discovers his intentions. Unwilling to lose his new and only friend, Seth devises a plan to keep Ryan in the O.C. - offering to hide him in his mother's unfinished housing development. They receive an unlikely accomplice in their scheme when Marissa joins them, taking on the challenge of proving to Ryan and Seth that she is not the shallow rich girl they believe her to be, and creating a deeper divide between her best friend, Summer, and her boyfriend, Luke, in the process. The enclave the three of them have built is destroyed, however, when Luke and his cronies discover Ryan at the development, leading to a near fatal showdown when the house goes up in flames. Concurrently, Sandy and Kirsten discover Ryan has disappeared and question Seth as to his whereabouts to no avail, while they continue to disagree about the appropriate way to deal with Ryan.

[CTV] Now that Ryan's mother has abandoned Ryan and moved away, Sandy has no choice but to accede to Kirsten's wishes and remand Ryan to Social Services. Facing the prospect of living in a foster home, Ryan prepares to secretly leave on his own. But Seth finds out and suggests a better idea: Together with Marissa, the boys sneak to an unfinished model home, the perfect hiding place for Ryan.

The next morning, when Seth takes Ryan to a remote beachfront diner, they scuffle with Marissa's boyfriend, Luke, and his friends, with whom they fought at the recent beach party. After discovering that Sandy has reported Ryan to the police as a missing person, Seth and Marissa purchase Ryan a bus ticket to Texas, where he has an acquaintance.

Julie Cooper: Melinda Clarke. Summer Roberts: Rachel Bilson.
[23/5.3/9/7.864]

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3 OC-103 8/19/03 176502 The Gamble
[FOX] Sandy must once again represent an incarcerated Ryan after his arrest for the model home fire. After he is released, Ryan and Sandy continue to search for his mother, Dawn, and Ryan is faced with the prospect of his mother re-entering his life. With few choices before him, he agrees to give Dawn a second chance and accepts her promises to change when she appears at the Cohen house. In an attempt to solidify this tenuous bond, Kirsten invites Dawn to accompany Ryan and the Cohens to Casino Night. Once there, Dawn is unable to resist the temptation of alcohol and gambling and fails Ryan once again; Dawn and Kirsten both agree that Ryan will be better off in the Cohen household. Meanwhile, Sandy discovers that Kirsten has lent Jimmy $100,000 to help with his debts, while Julie simultaneously learns from Jimmy that Kirsten is now supporting their lavish lifestyle, culminating in a confrontation between Sandy and Julie at Casino Night.

[CTV] Kirsten's company does not charge Ryan with arson for the model home burning, but he must remain in juvenile hall until he can be placed in the care of a guardian. Kirsten reluctantly brings Seth to the jail to visit Ryan. During the meeting, a violent inmate almost assaults Kristen, but Ryan bravely defends her. Fearing for Ryan's life, Kristen takes temporary custody of him. After hiring a private detective, Sandy locates Ryan's struggling mother, Dawn, and brings her to Orange County for an uncomfortable reunion with Ryan.

Meanwhile, Marissa's father, Jimmy, borrows $100,000 from Kirsten to save his faltering financial business. Since Kirsten and Jimmy dated long ago, Sandy and Jimmy's manipulative and judgmental wife, Julie, are concerned when they find out about their spouses' secretive behavior.

[WB] Kirsten's company does not charge Ryan with arson for the model home burning, but he must remain in juvenile hall until he can be placed in the care of a guardian. Kirsten reluctantly brings Seth to the jail to visit Ryan. During the meeting, a violent inmate almost assaults Kirsten, but Ryan bravely defends her. Fearing for Ryan's life, Kirsten takes temporary custody of him.

After hiring a private detective, Sandy locates Ryan's struggling mother, Dawn, and brings her to Orange County for an uncomfortable reunion with Ryan. Dawn has left her abusive boyfriend and wants to work on her drinking problem and be Ryan's true mother again.

Meanwhile, Marissa's father, Jimmy, borrows $100,000 from Kirsten to save his faltering financial business. Since Kirsten and Jimmy dated long ago, Sandy and Jimmy's manipulative and judgmental wife, Julie, are concerned when they find out about their spouses' secretive behavior.

At a casino night charity event, Ryan fears that his mother will spoil the evening, while Seth amazingly finds himself acting as a good luck charm for Summer, the girl he longs for. When Dawn remains poised, Ryan relaxes and enjoys the party, but nervousness soon overcomes her, and she becomes embarrassingly drunk. Later, she remorsefully leaves Ryan again, asking Kirsten to care for him in the way Dawn never could. Ryan is now part of the Cohen family.

Julie Cooper: Melinda Clarke. Dawn: Daphne Ashbrook. Summer Roberts: Rachel Bilson.
[31/5.3/9/7.964]

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4 OC-104 8/26/03 176503 The Debut
[FOX] Ryan becomes a member of the Cohen family when Kirsten and Sandy decide to take full, legal responsibility for him. At rehearsal for an upcoming Cotillion, Marissa sets Ryan up to escort Anna, and Summer is regretfully partnered with Seth. When the dancing stops, the drinking begins and all of the kids gather for a pre-Cotillion fiesta on the beach. As in a previous episode, Seth and Ryan arrive to an unwelcoming crowd and problems arise when Luke eyes Marissa and Ryan together, but Ryan resists the desire to fight. Meanwhile, Sandy is approached by the SEC who explains that Jimmy is the subject of a fraud investigation and Kirsten's $100,000 loan to him has placed the Cohen family in the spotlight as well. At the Cotillion, Sandy's, Jimmy's, and Ryan's tempers are all put to the test.

[CTV] Sandy and Kirsten convince child services officials to let them become Ryan's caretakers, and Ryan agrees to stay out of trouble. But with the upcoming cotillion, an old-fashioned formal event at which teenagers make their "debut" in society, that may be hard to do.

Meanwhile, agents from the Security and Exchange Commission visit Sandy at work and inform him that Kirsten's check to Jimmy was not treated as an investment but was deposited into Jimmy's personal account. Outraged, Sandy threatens to tell all of Jimmy's deceived clients until Kirsten asks to talk to Jimmy first.

[WB] Sandy and Kirsten convince child services officials to let them become Ryan's caretakers, and Ryan agrees to stay out of trouble. But with the upcoming cotillion, an old-fashioned formal event at which teenagers make their "debut" in society, that may be hard to do. Reluctantly, Ryan is matched with an iconoclastic East Coast girl, Anna Stern; to his delight, Seth is paired with the dateless Summer; Marissa plans to attend with wary Luke; and despite some individual last-minute hedging on Sandy's and Jimmy's parts, all the parents agree to accompany their children to the ceremony.

Meanwhile, agents from the Security and Exchange Commission visit Sandy at work and inform him that Kirsten's check to Jimmy was not treated as an investment but was deposited into Jimmy's personal account. Outraged, Sandy threatens to tell all of Jimmy's deceived clients until Kirsten asks to talk to Jimmy first. Jimmy admits that, due to poor investments and mismanagement--along with the extravagant spending habits of his wife--he is in major financial trouble.

Marissa refuses to go to the cotillion because she had an argument with Luke, and Ryan tries to avoid trouble by staying home as well. When scheming Summer accompanies Luke, rejecting poor Seth, he and Anna discover that they have a lot in common. Later, Marissa persuades Ryan to be her escort after all. At the cotillion, Greg Fisher, one of Jimmy's wealthy clients, becomes suspicious about Jimmy's evasiveness. When Jimmy confesses that he has lost Greg's money, Greg becomes enraged and pummels Jimmy. Chaos ensues as Sandy is injured trying to protect Jimmy, and Ryan finally subdues Greg before anyone else is hurt. The event comes to an unfortunate end as the police arrive.

Julie Cooper: Melinda Clarke. Summer Roberts: Rachel Bilson. Greg Fisher: Christopher Cousins. Anna Stern: Samaire Armstrong. Peggy: Ruth Williamson.
[18/5.7/9/8.648]

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5 OC-105 9/02/03 176504 The Outsider
[FOX] Ryan wants to be less financially dependent on the Cohens and so he gets a job at the Crab Shack, where he meets Donnie, a fellow outsider with a connection to the past Ryan has recently left behind. His worlds collide when Donnie invites him and Seth to a party in the "old neighborhood." Ryan is reluctant knowing the rough crowd that will attend, but Seth finds Donnie's anti-Newport style refreshing and is eager to see life outside the O.C. Additionally, armed with a paycheck and after some prodding from Seth, Ryan had finally worked up the courage to ask Marissa out. Unfortunately, the date is the same night as the party Donnie has invited him and Seth to. Meanwhile, Sandy puts his true feelings for Jimmy aside and offers to assist him with his legal affairs now that the rest of the community has turned against him.

[CTV] After befriending a likeable busboy, Donnie, at a casual seafood restaurant, Ryan takes a job there. Wanting to experience Ryan's social group, Seth accepts Donnie's invitation to a party in Donnie's neighborhood. Ryan fears that Seth doesn't comprehend the type of people he will encounter, so he sacrifices a potential date with Marissa to protect him.

Meanwhile, Kirsten, Julie, and two of their fellow society women embark on a spa weekend that becomes uncomfortable when Kirsten confronts Julie about the way she is treating Jimmy. Home alone, Sandy and Jimmy try to bond during a barbecue.

[WB] After befriending a likeable busboy, Donnie, at a casual seafood restaurant, Ryan takes a job there. Wanting to experience Ryan's social group, Seth accepts Donnie's invitation to a party in Donnie's neighborhood. Ryan fears the Seth doesn't comprehend the type of people he will encounter, so he sacrifices a potential date with Marissa to protect him. During the wild party, the luxury car that Seth borrowed from his mother is destroyed by thieves.

Feeling bad that he prevented Ryan and Marissa from getting together, Seth persuades Marissa to plan another date with Ryan. While the hesitant pair happily shares sandwiches by the pool at the Cohen house, Seth disregards Ryan's advice and allows Donnie and his rough friends to attend a Newport Beach party with him. Ryan must again abandon Marissa to help Seth when Donnie's group becomes uncontrollable, and a fracas between Donnie and Luke results in Luke getting shot in the arm. Unbeknownst to Marissa, who has not spoken to Luke since their argument before the cotillion, Luke and Marissa's friend Holly have begun dating.

Meanwhile, Kirsten, Julie, and two of their fellow society women embark on a spa weekend that becomes uncomfortable when Kirsten confronts Julie about the way she is treating Jimmy. Home alone, Sandy and Jimmy try to bond during a barbecue. Although the two men have never been very friendly, mainly because Jimmy dated Kirsten before Sandy married her, Sandy gives Jimmy some strong advice about how to deal with his financial ruination and possibly save his family. Later, chastened Jimmy offers Julie a choice: They can liquidate their house and all of their assets and start over together, or they can declare bankruptcy and keep their possessions--while Jimmy goes to jail for 8 to 10 years.

Julie Cooper: Melinda Clarke. Summer Roberts: Rachel Bilson. Donnie: Paul Wasilewski. Holly: Ashley Hartman.
[21/5.9/10/9.135]

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6 OC-106 9/09/03 176505 The Girlfriend
[FOX] Kristen prepares for the arrival of her father, Caleb, and his upcoming birthday bash but isn't prepared for his girlfriend, Gabrielle. When Caleb criticizes Kirsten's judgment about Ryan, the party, and the family business, Sandy pressures her to take this opportunity to move away, return to their old life and do the things she truly loves. Then, after Julie tells Jimmy that she will be filing for divorce he faces more rejection when Caleb turns him down for a job. Caleb is however very interested in a proposition from Julie. Meanwhile, Marissa continues to waiver between her feelings for Luke and for Ryan, but in the meantime Ryan is tempted by Gabrielle's flirtatious advances; and Seth and Summer share their first kiss.

[CTV] Kirsten nervously prepares a magnificent birthday party for her widowed father, Caleb Nichol, an extremely successful and driven businessman for whom Kirsten works. She is devastated when, rather than being proud of her hard work while he was out of the country, Caleb berates and demotes her for making deals without his approval.

Caleb's gorgeous 25-year-old girlfriend, Gabrielle, trapped by her businesslike relationship with the much older Caleb, flirts with a conflicted Ryan at his job. Meanwhile, since being shot in the arm, Luke has become attentive and polite, puzzling Marissa and everyone around him. He apologizes to Marissa and promises to be a better boyfriend if she takes him back.

[WB] Kirsten nervously prepares a magnificent birthday party for her widowed father, Caleb Nichol, an extremely successful and driven businessman for whom Kirsten works. She is devastated when, rather than being proud of her hard work while he was out of the country, Caleb berates and demotes her for making deals without his approval. The situation worsens when Sandy, whom Caleb has never liked, reveals that Kirsten wants to quit and begin a simpler life away from Newport Beach with Sandy, Seth and Ryan. Caleb's gorgeous 25-year-old girlfriend, Gabrielle, trapped by her businesslike relationship with the much older Caleb, flirts with a conflicted Ryan at his job.

Meanwhile, since being shot in the arm, Luke has become attentive and polite, puzzling Marissa and everyone around him. He apologizes to Marissa and promises to be a better boyfriend if she takes him back, which she does. And furious that she has to give up her glamorous lifestyle because of Jimmy's financial failure, Julie demands a divorce from the distraught Jimmy.

Despite being angry with Kirsten, who is hurt by Sandy's premature action, Caleb goes to his well-attended birthday party, along with Gabrielle. Marissa and Luke are there together, and shallow Summer has manipulated Seth into inviting her so she can hunt for rich young bachelors. Jimmy stuns Julie by arriving unexpectedly and desperately asking wealthy Caleb for a job. Caleb refuses--until conniving Julie uses her wiles to make him reconsider hiring her husband. Later, Sandy confronts Caleb and convinces him to reconcile with Kirsten and keep her on staff.

Gabrielle finds depressed Ryan hiding from Marissa in his guesthouse and aggressively seduces him. After Marissa witnesses the shocking scene, she makes a serious decision and goes home with Luke to have sex for the first time. Later, she tells Ryan that it is too late for him to try to date her.

Julie Cooper: Melinda Clarke. Summer Roberts: Rachel Bilson. Caleb Nichol: Alan Dale. Gabrielle: Nichole Hiltz.
[25/5.9/9/9.089]

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7 OC-107 9/16/03 176506 The Escape
[FOX] Sandy entertains a job offer from a former colleague to help cure his feeling of inadequacy. Kristen, upset that Sandy is considering the new job, finds herself in a compromising position with Jimmy in his new apartment. Meanwhile, Ryan, Marissa, Seth and Summer share close quarters on a road trip to Tijuana. The tension between Ryan and Marissa is undeniable but it isn't the only problem during the long ride south of the border. Marissa learns about her parents' divorce and, once in Mexico, learns the truth about Luke. To cope with all of the new information, Marissa makes a potentially deadly decision.

[CTV] It's the end of summer, and Seth convinces a reluctant Ryan to plan a trip to Tijuana, where hundreds of rowdy teens congregate to indulge in escapist excess before they have to begin school again. In addition to dating Luke again, Marissa is angry with Ryan after witnessing him with an older woman.

Meanwhile, Jimmy and his wife, Julie, have decided to get a divorce. With Julie and their youngest girl away for the weekend, Jimmy plans to move out and then tell Marissa and her sister about the divorce. At the same time, Sandy seriously considers a lucrative job offer from a very attractive and flirtatious former colleague, Rachel Hoffman, at a large law firm.

[WB] It's the end of summer, and Seth convinces a reluctant Ryan to plan a trip to Tijuana, where hundreds of rowdy teens congregate to indulge in escapist excess before they have to begin school again. In addition to dating Luke again, Marissa is angry with Ryan after witnessing him with an older woman. She also wants to stay home and take care of her overstressed father. But Summer persuades her to come, and the four kids drive south, Ryan and Marissa not speaking to each other and Summer and Seth sparring constantly. During an argument, Seth accidentally drives off the road and damages the car. The friends are forced to stay in a disgusting motel overnight while the car is being repaired.

Meanwhile, Jimmy and his wife, Julie, have decided to get a divorce. With Julie and their youngest girl away for the weekend, Jimmy plans to move out and then tell Marissa and her sister about the divorce. Kirsten helps Jimmy paint the interior of his new place, and they reminisce and wonder what would have happened if they had gotten married. Impulsively, Jimmy kisses Kirsten, causing a very uncomfortable moment. At the same time, Sandy seriously considers a lucrative job offer from a very attractive and flirtatious former colleague, Rachel Hoffman, at a large law firm. Although he fears giving up his ideals, Sandy feels that his marriage is suffering because of his financial dependency on Kirsten.

Jimmy calls Marissa, who is still at the motel with the others, and tells her the bad news. The others try to comfort Marissa, who decides to continue on with them to Tijuana to forget her troubles. Unfortunately, she finds Luke kissing and groping her manipulative friend Holly on a dance floor, and, devastated, steals some painkillers from Summer's purse and takes them with tequila. Later, Seth, Ryan and Summer are horrified to find Marissa unconscious in an alley, and they frantically try to get help as the party rages around them...

Summer Roberts: Rachel Bilson. Rachel Hoffman: Bonnie Somerville. Holly: Ashley Hartman.
[34/5.7/9/8.771]

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8 OC-108 10/29/03 176507 The Rescue
[FOX] While Marissa is in the hospital recovering from her overdose, everyone is concerned about her, but Julie vents her anger at Ryan. She blames him for all of Marissa's troubles and warns him to stay away from her daughter.

Meanwhile, Sandy is trying to get acclimated in his new job and is becoming friendly with co-worker, Rachel. Kristen is not happy about her husband's new relationship and it's apparent when she spots Jimmy and Rachel having an after-work cocktail.

The group of people who don't want Ryan around gets a new member - Dr. Kim, the dean of Harbor High School. The dean is not happy about possibly having a student with a criminal background and makes Ryan take a placement exam that will determine whether he will be accepted into the school. During the exam Ryan risks his future at Harbor High and his future in Newport by abandoning the test to join Summer and Seth in an attempt to save Marissa from being sent away to San Diego. Will it be worth it? Or will both Ryan and Marissa be forced to leave The O.C.? Ryan risks it.

[CTV] While Marissa recovers in the hospital from her overdose, everyone remains concerned about her. Julie vents her anger at Ryan, blaming him for all of Marissa's problems and warning him to stay away from her daughter.

Meanwhile, Sandy tries to get acclimated to his new job at an affluent corporate law firm. Kirsten is displeased about her husband's rekindled relationship with his attractive former colleague, Rachel Hoffman. Dr. Michelle Kim, the dean of Harbor High School, is not happy about the prospect of having a student with a criminal background. She makes Ryan take a placement examination to determine whether or not he will be accepted into the school.

[WB] While Marissa recovers in the hospital from her overdose, everyone remains concerned about her. Julie vents her anger at Ryan, blaming him for all of Marissa's problems and warning him to stay away from her daughter.

Meanwhile, Sandy tries to get acclimated to his new job at an affluent corporate law firm. Kirsten is displeased about her husband's rekindled relationship with his attractive former colleague, Rachel Hoffman, who is once again his co-worker--especially when Kirsten sees Sandy and Rachel having an intimate after-work cocktail.

Dr. Michelle Kim, the dean of Harbor High School, is not happy about the prospect of having a student with a criminal background. She makes Ryan take a placement examination to determine whether or not he will be accepted into the school. Ryan risks his future at Harbor High--and his future in Newport--by leaving in the middle of the test to join Summer and Seth in an attempt to save Marissa from being sent away to San Diego. Ryan's risky move could result in both Marissa and him being forced to leave Orange County.

Summer Roberts: Rachel Bilson. Dr. Michelle Kim: Rosalind Chao. Rachel Hoffman: Bonnie Somerville. Dr. Burke: April Grace.
[52/6.1/9/9.270]

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9 OC-109 11/05/03 176508 The Heights
[FOX] The summer is officially over and it's the first day of school. Summer still ignores Seth in public, but privately is jealous of Seth's new relationship with Anna. Summer isn't the only person fighting feelings of jealousy. Kirsten still isn't comfortable with Sandy's friendship with his new co-worker, Rachel. It doesn't help when Rachel offers Sandy a case against Kirsten's father, Caleb. Back at school Marissa and Ryan are becoming closer, but Luke is still desperate to get Marissa back. When it looks like Luke may be getting exactly what he wants, Ryan lets his jealousy get the best of him and picks a fight with Luke. Marissa is not happy about the brawl and is not happy with Ryan. So, when the two of them find themselves alone on a ferris wheel, will she turn her back on him or forgive his jealous rage?

Marissa shows Ryan exactly how she feels.

[CTV] The summer is officially over, and it's the first day of school. Summer still ignores Seth in public, but privately she is jealous of Seth's burgeoning relationship with iconoclastic East Coast girl Anna Stern. And Summer isn't the only person fighting feelings of jealousy. Kirsten still isn't comfortable with Sandy's friendship with his sexy new co-worker, Rachel.

Meanwhile in school, Marissa and Ryan become closer, but Luke is still desperate to win her back. When it looks like Luke may succeed, Ryan lets his jealousy overwhelm his reason and starts a fight with Luke.

Rachel Hoffman: Bonnie Somerville. Summer Roberts: Rachel Bilson. Anna Stern: Samaire Armstrong. Dr. Michelle Kim: Rosalind Chao. [unknown]: Eric Allan Kramer. Holly: Ashley Hartman. Girl #1: Melissa Strom. Girl #2: Sarah Carroll.
[69/4.9/7/7.517]

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10 OC-110 11/12/03 176509 The Perfect Couple
[FOX] Marissa and Ryan are one week into their relationship and are taking things slowly. Summer tries to deny her true feelings for Seth, while Anna and Seth are getting closer. The case against Caleb continues to cause friction between Sandy and Kirsten. Julie tries to mend her relationship with Marissa, and asks Marissa, Jimmy and Ryan to attend her charity event where her new relationship is revealed.

[CTV] Having seriously dated for one week, Marissa and Ryan are progressing slowly. Summer tries to deny her true feelings for Seth as she witnesses Anna and Seth getting closer. Meanwhile, the case against Kirsten's father, Caleb, continues to cause friction between Sandy and Kirsten. And Julie tries to mend her relationship with Marissa, inviting her, Jimmy and Ryan to attend her charity event--where her new relationship is revealed.
Dr. Michelle Kim: Rosalind Chao. Rachel Hoffman: Bonnie Somerville. Anna Stern: Samaire Armstrong.
[66/5.4/8/8.278]

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11 OC-111 11/19/03 176510 The Homecoming
[FOX] It's Thanksgiving and Seth is trying to choose between Summer and Anna, but ends up in a situation. Meanwhile, Ryan decides to pay a visit his brother Trey in prison and Marissa goes along for the ride. When Julie finds out Marissa is with Ryan in Chino she's incensed. All nervously wait at the Cohen house for their return from Chino and when tensions mount tempers begin to fly. The Cohen's host a Thanksgiving to remember.

[CTV] When Seth tries to choose between dating Summer or Anna, he ends up in the middle of a very complicated situation. Meanwhile, Ryan visits his brother, Trey, in prison, accompanied by Marissa. When Julie finds out that Marissa is with Ryan in Chino, she becomes furious. As everyone nervously waits at the Cohen house for Ryan and Marissa to return, tensions mount, making the holiday a Thanksgiving to remember.

Rachel Hoffman: Bonnie Somerville. Julie Cooper: Melinda Clarke. Summer Roberts: Rachel Bilson. Anna Stern: Samaire Armstrong. Caleb Nichol: Alan Dale. Theresa: Navi Rawat. Trey Atwood: Bradley Stryker.
[58/5.8/9/9.030]

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12 OC-112 11/26/03 176511 The Secret
[FOX] Turkey isn't the only thing left over from Thanksgiving. Anna and Summer are still upset with how Seth acted over the holiday and Seth is struggling to make it up to them. Meanwhile, Julie is looking for commitment from Caleb, but when Caleb is honest about what he can offer, the couple decides to take a break. Meanwhile, Kirsten is keeping a secret from Sandy, and when Jimmy and Sandy team up to tackle Jimmy's legal issues, the indiscretion is brought to light. And when Ryan and Luke become partners in a history project, an astonishing revelation creates an alliance between them.

[CTV] After Thanksgiving, Anna and Summer remain upset with Seth for his behavior on the holiday, and Seth struggles to reconcile with them. Meanwhile, Julie wants Caleb to make a romantic commitment, but they decide to separate for a while. Jimmy and Sandy team up to tackle Jimmy's legal issues, a secret indiscretion by Kirsten is exposed. And Ryan and Luke become partners on a history project. An astonishing revelation soon creates an unexpected alliance between them.

Anna Stern: Samaire Armstrong. Julie Cooper: Melinda Clarke. Summer Roberts: Rachel Bilson. Caleb Nicol: Allen Dale.
[62/4.2/7/7.020]

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13 OC-113 12/03/03 176512 The Best Chrismukkah Ever
[FOX] Seth has combined both Hannukah and Christmas into his own, perfect holiday called Chrismukkah. It looks like this holiday season is going to be another smashing success until Summer and Anna force him to choose between them. Ryan is weary of the holidays knowing that every other Christmas has involved family fights and watching his mom hit the bottle. He won't have to watch his mom drink this holiday season, but Marissa is having problems coping with her family situation and turns to alcohol to drink the holiday away. Kirsten, fed up with her father's antics, takes her first vacation in years while Sandy continues the battle against Caleb's company in the fight to save the Heights.

[CTV] Seth excitedly introduces a skeptical Ryan to Chrismukkah, a Cohen family tradition that resulted from Kirsten being Christian and Sandy being Jewish. As everyone prepares for a huge holiday party organized by Julie, Seth continues attempting to juggle Anna and Summer, both of whom want to date him exclusively. Meanwhile, on opposing sides of a lawsuit, Sandy and Kirsten dread working through the holiday season, but Kirsten learns something about her father that could change everything. And Ryan and Marissa's shopping trip leads to trouble--and the beginning of even bigger problems for Marissa.

Julie Cooper: Melinda Clarke. Summer Roberts: Rachel Bilson. Anna Stern: Samaire Armstrong. Caleb Nicol: Allen Dale. Oliver Trask: Taylor Handley.
[50/6.1/9/9.267]

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14 OC-114 12/17/03 176513 The Countdown
[FOX] It's sure to be a countdown to remember when Kirsten's rebellious sister Hailey comes to town. Ryan and Marissa decide that they want to spend a low-key night together in the comforts of popcorn and movies, and Seth tags along since he hasn't received any better offers in light of his recent relationship woes. When Marissa gets invited to Oliver's New Year's shindig, it seems that their special evening together will be spent apart. Fortunately, Hailey is about to spice up the night for everyone by getting Kirsten and Sandy out of the house so that she can throw a raging party for a few friends. As the clock ticks closer towards midnight, Ryan hopes that he can make it to Marissa in time for their first New Year's kiss together.

[WB] Kirsten's rebellious 25-year-old sister, Hailey Nichol, comes to town on New Year's Eve, causing turmoil in the Cohen household. Ryan and Marissa plan a quiet evening of popcorn and movies at home, but Marissa later decides to attend a party hosted by a young man, Oliver Trask, who goes to the same therapist as she does. Meanwhile, Hailey persuades Sandy and Kirsten to go out so she can have a raging party in their house for a few friends. As the clock ticks closer to midnight, Ryan hopes that he can make it to Marissa in time for their first New Year's kiss together.

Anna Stern: Samaire Armstrong. Oliver Trask: Taylor Handley. Hailey Nicol: Amanda Righetti.
[52/5.2/8/7.988]

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15 OC-115 1/07/04 176514 The Third Wheel
[FOX] Seth finally has chosen between Anna and Summer, but how does he tell the one he didn't choose? Ryan is trying to understand Oliver, but still feels uncomfortable about Oliver's relationship with Marissa. When the gang heads to a concert together, Oliver is placed in a trying, legal situation. Will Ryan help him out of it?

[CTV] Kirsten's unemployed sister, Hailey, moves in with the Cohens and disrupts the entire family when she behaves as the houseguest from hell. Meanwhile, Seth and Anna struggle with telling Summer the truth that they are now a couple. Ryan feels jealous about Marissa's new friend, Oliver, a neglected, drug-abusing teen she met in therapy who always seems to show up when Ryan wants some privacy with Marissa.

[WB] Kirsten's unemployed sister, Hailey, moves in with the Cohens and disrupts the entire family when she behaves as the houseguest from hell. Hailey depletes the refrigerator, controls the television, disrespects Kirsten and shows no signs of leaving anytime soon. Desiring some time alone with his wife, Sandy urges Kirsten to resolve the problem with her sister. When Kirsten can't confront Hailey, Sandy angrily tells Hailey that everyone is tired of tolerating her rude behavior. Meanwhile, Seth and Anna struggle with telling Summer the truth that they are now a couple. Ryan feels jealous about Marissa's new friend, Oliver, a neglected, drug-abusing teen she met in therapy who always seems to show up when Ryan wants some privacy with Marissa. Later, Ryan helps Oliver by asking Sandy to intervene when Oliver is arrested for trying to buy drugs from an undercover cop.

Anna Stern: Samaire Armstrong. Oliver Trask: Taylor Handley. Hailey Nicol: Amanda Righetti.
[49/5.8/9/9.370]

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16 OC-116 1/15/04 176515 The Links
[Fox] Sandy and Jimmy decide to go into business, while Caleb puts Hailey out of business by shutting off her cash flow. Seth and Anna anticipate spending some time alone as Summer and Luke bond over being single. Ryan and Marissa's disagreement about Oliver reaches new heights when Oliver claims he tried to kill himself. He survived, but can Ryan and Marissa's relationship make it through the ordeal? Oliver comes between Ryan and Marissa.

[WB] Ryan, Seth, Marissa, Anna, Luke and Summer head to Palm Springs for a parent-free weekend at the home of Marissa's new, troubled friend Oliver. Hoping to spend some time alone with Marissa, Ryan, who is neither interested in golf nor spas, reluctantly agrees to make the road trip with Luke. Oliver quickly irritates Ryan by flirting with Marissa and deliberately keeping the couple apart. And Summer uses every method she can to annoy Seth and Anna. The weekend goes from bad to worse when Oliver angrily leaves the house only to later phone Marissa with news that he's taken a handful of drugs to commit suicide. Marissa and Ryan race to a hotel where Oliver seems to be shaken but in no apparent danger of overdosing. Ryan is unconvinced that Oliver even attempted to take his life, and much to Ryan's dismay, Marissa insists on staying the night alone with Oliver.

Meanwhile, Kirsten talks to Caleb about Hailey's ongoing financial problems and her lack of independence. Hailey is outraged that Kirsten has interfered with her plans of getting money from their father and decides to move out of Kirsten and Sandy's home. In Orange County, Jimmy has no job prospects, but after dinner at The Lighthouse, Jimmy and Sandy reach a tentative agreement to go into business together and buy the restaurant.

Anna Stern: Samaire Armstrong. Caleb Nicol: Alan Dale. Oliver Trask: Taylor Handley. Hailey Nicol: Amanda Righetti.
[51/5.4/8/8.574]

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17 OC-117 1/21/04 176516 The Rivals
[FOX] Sandy and Jimmy begin their new business partnership when they buy the Lighthouse, a beloved Newport restaurant, while Kirsten and Julie face off at the office when Julie is hired as the Newport Group's new model-home designer. Seth becomes jealous of Summer's new boyfriend and begins to doubt his relationship with Anna. Meanwhile, Ryan risks everything to prove that Oliver is a fraud, leaving Seth and the Cohens concerned and afraid. Ryan is out to expose Oliver.

[CTV] Sandy and Jimmy begin their new business partnership when they buy the Lighthouse, a beloved Newport restaurant, while Kirsten and Julie face off at the office when Julie is hired as the Newport Group's new model-home designer. Seth becomes jealous of Summer's new boyfriend and begins to doubt his relationship with Anna. Meanwhile, Ryan risks everything to prove that Oliver is a fraud, leaving Seth and the Cohens concerned and afraid. Ryan is out to expose Oliver.

Anna Stern: Samaire Armstrong. Oliver Trask: Taylor Handley. Hailey Nicol: Amanda Righetti. Dr. Michelle Kim: Rosalind Chao. Mr. Bendis: Kevin West. Danny: Bret Harrison.
[19/7.7/12/12.716]

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18 OC-118 2/11/04 176517 The Truth
At the office, Caleb once again leaves Kirsten holding the bag when he forces her to get rid of Julie. Sandy and Kirsten have reached the breaking point with Ryan, as they question their choice to bring him into their home. Meanwhile, Ryan and Luke become allies in the quest to bring Oliver down and protect Marissa. When Marissa discovers the truth about Oliver for herself, a tense showdown ensues as Sandy and Ryan come to the rescue.

Anna Stern: Samaire Armstrong. Caleb Nicol: Allen Dale. Oliver Trask: Taylor Handley. Natalie: Debi M. Cox. Workman: Jack Merrill. Security Guard #1: Bryan Okes Fuller.
[31/7.2/11/11.425]

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19 OC-119 2/18/04 176518 The Heartbreak
[FOX] Marissa tries to mend her relationship with Ryan, but he can't forgive her for the situation with Oliver. Things become even more complicated when Theresa, Ryan's ex from Chino, arrives to cater the Valentine's Day dance. Meanwhile, Seth and Summer decide to take their friendship to a new level, and Jimmy finds out he has a secret admirer in the Cohen house.

[CTV] Marissa tries to mend her relationship with Ryan, but he can't forgive her for the situation with Oliver.

Things become even more complicated when Theresa, Ryan's ex-girlfriend from Chino, arrives to waitress at Kirsten's Valentine's Day dance. Meanwhile, Seth and Summer decide to take their friendship to a new level, and Jimmy finds out he has a secret admirer.

Anna Stern: Samaire Armstrong. Theresa: Navi Rawat.
[42/7.0/10/10.955]

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20 OC-120 2/25/04 176519 The Telenovela
[FOX] Marissa and Ryan try to start over as friends, but it's not as easy as it seems. As Theresa begins spending more time in Newport, Ryan discovers that she hasn't been honest about why she's there. Seth believes his relationship with Summer is going great, but when she refuses to acknowledge him at school, he feels he has to teach her a lesson. Meanwhile, Sandy finds himself embroiled in another mess created by Caleb, while Jimmy begins to suspect something is amiss with Julie and Luke. Marissa and Ryan give friendship a chance.

[CTV] Marissa and Ryan try to give friendship a go, but with Ryan's ex-girlfriend Theresa in Newport, things aren't as easy as they hoped.

Seth believes his relationship with Summer is great, but when she refuses to acknowledge him at school, he feels he has to teach her a lesson. Meanwhile, Sandy finds himself embroiled in another mess created by Caleb. And Jimmy begins to suspect something is going on between Julie and Luke.

Anna Stern: Samaire Armstrong. Caleb Nicol: Allen Dale. Hailey Nicol: Amanda Righetti. Theresa: Navi Rawat. Alexis: Sage Kirkpatrick. Bill 'Shaun' Shaughnessy: Richard Herd. Eddie: Eric Balfour.
[48/6.2/9/9.558]

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21 OC-121 3/03/04 176520 The Goodbye Girl
[FOX] When Theresa decides to stay in Newport, Ryan is glad, but feels obligated to help her find a job and a place to stay. Julie and Luke's affair continues to flourish, but their secret is threatened when Jimmy witnesses a moment of intimacy between them. Meanwhile, Anna announces that she is moving back to Pittsburgh and an upset Seth is convinced it's because of him. Seth races to the airport to stop her from leaving.

[CTV] When Theresa decides to stay in Newport, Ryan is glad, but he feels obligated to help her find a job and a place to live.

Julie and Luke's affair continues to flourish, but their secret is threatened when Jimmy witnesses an intimate moment between them. Meanwhile, Anna announces that she is moving back to Pittsburgh. Convinced that her leaving is his fault, Seth races to the airport to stop her.

Anna Stern: Samaire Armstrong. Caleb Nicol: Alan Dale. Theresa: Navi Rawat. D.A. Hoades: Lamont Thompson. Eddie: Eric Balfour. Kaitlin Cooper: Shailene Woodley. Lynn: Katherine Disque. Joan: Danielle Bisutti. Mr. Sheeran: Phil Abrams.
[37/6.4/10/10.271]

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22 OC-122 3/24/04 176521 The L.A.
[FOX] Sandy and Jimmy find themselves in a bind that only the unlikeliest of heroes can help them out of. Meanwhile, Marissa and Summer head out of Orange County and into Los Angeles looking for a good time. Seth, concerned that Summer may have too much fun, decides to tag along. Ryan wants to keep Marissa far away from Julie and Luke's affair and encourages the group to make the drive into the city. Marissa and Summer party in the City of Angels.

[CTV] When actor Grady Bridges invites Summer and Marissa to his birthday party, the girls take Ryan and Seth to Los Angeles to join in the festivities.

At the party, Summer is thrilled to spend time with Grady, but Seth is not as happy. The situation is reversed when Seth meets sexy Kate, and it's Summer's turn to be jealous. Afterwards, the gang heads back to Orange County, where Ryan has a hard time keeping Luke and Julie's affair a secret from Marissa.

Kate: Paris Hilton. Hailey Nicol: Amanda Righetti. Caleb Nicol: Alan Dale. club owner: Al Sapienza. Grady Bridges: Colin Hanks. Manager: John David Conti. Ed: Stu Riley. April: Steffany Huckaby.
[24/7.1/11/11.09]

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23 OC-123 3/31/04 176522 The Nana
[FOX #1] The Cohen family prepares for a visit from Sandy's mother. She's coming for Passover dinner, but Seth wants to make sure she doesn't meet Summer during the festivities. He thinks his "Nana" won't approve of her, but Summer is out to prove him wrong. Meanwhile, Ryan desperately looks for Marissa, who disappeared when she found out about Luke and Julie's affair.

[FOX #2/CTV] After Sandy learns of a planned visit from his mother Sophie, the Cohens prepare for a Passover visit from "the Nana" like none before. Summer, determined to fit right in with "the Nana" and the Cohens, does a bit of preparation on her own. When "the Nana" arrives, however, she delivers news that will send the family reeling. Meanwhile, Ryan determined to find Marissa after she disappears, discovers her in an unlikely hiding place.

Sophie 'Nana' Cohen: Linda Lavin. Theresa: Navi Rawat. Eddie: Eric Balfour. Hailey Nicol: Amanda Righetti.
[24/7.4/11/11.500]

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24 OC-124 4/14/04 [176523] The Proposal
[FOX] Luke is desperate to explain himself to Marissa, but Marissa isn't ready to speak to him or her mother after finding out about their affair. But when Luke gets into a near-fatal accident, both Marissa and Ryan decide it's time to hear what he has to say. Meanwhile, it's opening night for The Lighthouse. Just prior to opening, Jimmy and Sandy are shocked to find out the liquor license has been denied, and Sandy is faced with the choice of keeping the license or keeping Jimmy as his partner. Caleb uses the occasion to surprise everyone when he proposes to Julie.

[CTV] After Luke gets into a near-fatal accident, Marissa and Ryan decide it is time to hear what he has to say. Then, just prior to the Lighthouse's opening, Jimmy and Sandy find out their liquor license has been denied; Caleb proposes to Julie.

Hailey Nicol: Amanda Righetti. Caleb Nicol: Alan Dale. Carson Ward: Brian McNamara. Peter Johnson: Doug Ballard. For some reason, CTV is aired this episode on Wednesday, instead of the normal Monday.
[20/6.6/10/10.495]

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25 OC-125 4/21/04 [176524] The Shower
[FOX] Every bride-to-be must have a wedding shower, and Julie Cooper is going to have one to remember, thanks to Marissa. Teresa decides to return to Newport Beach and when Ryan finds out why she came back, his whole world is turned upside down. Meanwhile, Seth gets the chance to meet Summer's father, but it doesn't go as well as either of them would have liked.

[CTV] Every bride-to-be must have a wedding shower, and Julie is going to have one to remember, thanks to Marissa. Meanwhile, Theresa returns to Newport Beach. When Ryan finds out why she came back, he is shocked. And Seth gets the chance to meet Summer's father, but it doesn't go as well as anyone would have liked.

Caleb Nicol: Alan Dale. Theresa: Navi Rawat. Hailey Nicol: Amanda Righetti. Aunt Cindy: Holly Fields. Dr. Roberts: Michael Nouri.
[31/6.6/10/10.128]

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26 OC-126 4/28/04 176525 The Strip
[FOX] These are Caleb's last days as a bachelor and he's spending them in Las Vegas! Seth and Ryan join him in "Sin City" for the celebration while a reluctant Kristen plans a bachelorette party for Julie back home in Newport Beach. Meanwhile, Marissa and Teresa are learning more about each other, but what Marissa learns about Teresa could have big consequences. Caleb counts down to the wedding.

[CTV] These are Caleb's last days as a bachelor, and he's spending them in Las Vegas. Seth and Ryan join him in "Sin City" for the celebration while a reluctant Kristen plans a bachelorette party for Julie back home in Newport Beach. Meanwhile, Marissa and Theresa are learning more about each other, but what Marissa finds out about Teresa could have big consequences.

Hailey Nicol: Amanda Righetti. Theresa: Navi Rawat. Jen: Kristen Renton. [unknown]: Kevin Rankin. Caleb Nicol: Alan Dale. Sara: Gwendoline Yeo. Robert Campbell: Jerry Schumacher. Trucker Hat Guy: David Rountree. Gail: Natalie Blalock.
[29/6.6/10/10.516]

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27 OC-127 5/05/04 176526 The Ties That Bind
[FOX] It's Julie Cooper's wedding day. But it will be a day to remember for more than the blushing bride. ATO recording artist Jem - who recently released her critically acclaimed debut album "Finally Woken" - will perform Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed" during the ceremony. But the wedding is only the tip of the iceberg in a series of events that will change the lives of many in the O.C. forever. Sparks fly, emotions run high and lives are forever changed.

[CTV] The finale on a special day, Wed., May 5 at 9pm ET - The O.C.'s unlikely couples prepare for the biggest event of the season. "Jem" to perform.

As the sun begins to set on this season of THE O.C., the Coopers and the Cohens prepare for the wedding that will unexpectedly and dramatically change their lives.

In the season finale Wednesday, May 5 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), all of Newport Beach turns out for the social engagement of the year: the wedding of Caleb Nichol and Julie Cooper, where ATO recording artist Jem - who recently released her critically acclaimed debut album "Finally Woken" - will perform Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed" during the ceremony. But the wedding is only the tip of the iceberg in a series of events that will change the lives of many in the O.C. forever. After all, nothing is as it seems in THE O.C.

Caleb Nicol: Alan Dale. Hailey Nicol: Amanda Righetti. Theresa: Navi Rawat. Aunt Cindy: Holly Fields. Kaitlin Cooper: Shailene Woodley. Reverend Donahue: Hamilton Mitchell. Vince: Jay Kenneth Johnson. bakery employee: Andrea Davis. Special Appearance by: JEM.
CTV is airing this episode on Wednesday, instead of the normal Monday. It is because of a stupid "American Idol" special that aired on Monday, forcing "The O.C." to move.
[29/6.7/10/10.716]

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