The OC

Season Three Quick Reference Guide

Main Cast
Sandy Cohen
Kirsten Cohen
Ryan Atwood
Marissa Cooper
Seth Cohen
Luke
Julie Cooper
Summer Roberts
      Peter Gallagher
Kelly Rowan
Benjamin McKenzie
Mischa Barton
Adam Brody
Chris Carmack
Melinda Clarke
Rachel Bilson
      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
DOB: 11/13/81

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# Fox
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Air
Date
Prod
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Title
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51 OC-301 9/08/05 2T6251 The Aftermath
When THE O.C. returns for its third season, Ryan, Marissa, Seth and Summer are about to begin their senior year at Harbor High. But while everyone else celebrates the last days of summer, a dark cloud hangs over the foursome. Trey, Ryan's brother, still clings to life two months after the shooting and the cops want to know who really shot him. Will Ryan take the fall for Marissa? Meanwhile, Julie Cooper and Marissa's father, Jimmy, are determined to protect Marissa at whatever cost. And while Sandy, Seth and Ryan try to fend for themselves at home, Kirsten, still recovering in her plush rehab by the sea, forms a friendship with fellow recovering alcoholic Charlotte, who - like all things in the O.C. - may not be everything she appears to be.

Jimmy Cooper: Tate Donovan. Trey Atwood: Logan Marshall-Green. Charlotte Morgan: Jeri Ryan. Deputy District Attorney Caldwell: Timothy Omundson. Dr. Woodruff: Garrett Brown. Jeff Frenkel: Michael Adler.
43:23

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52 OC-302 9/15/05 2T6252 The Shape of Things to Come
Chaos reigns in the Cohen kitchen as Sandy, Ryan and Seth continue to cope with Kirsten's rehab. When Sandy encourages Kirsten to come home to her family, Kirsten's attachment to Charlotte causes Sandy to become concerned. Meanwhile, at Harbor School, Dean Hess, the new Dean of Discipline, arrives and makes a decision that changes Marissa's life forever, and Summer trumps Taylor Townsend, her cardigan-wearing, goody two-shoes newpsie nemesis, when planning the annual Kick-Off Carnival. Meanwhile, Jimmy offers Julie a surprising proposal.

Jimmy Cooper: Tate Donovan. Charlotte Morgan: Jeri Ryan. Dean Hess: Eric Mabius. Taylor Townsend: Autumn Reeser. Dr. Kim: Rosalyn Chao. Don: Blake Robbins.
43:27

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53 OC-303 9/22/05 2T6253 The End of Innocence
Even though they are finally happy with each other, Marissa and Ryan are forced to stay apart by their parents, Sandy and Julie. Meanwhile, Dean Hess pressures Seth and Summer into showing Harbor school spirit, which leads them to come up with a covert plan to bring Marissa and Ryan together. When Summer and Seth's plan works, Marissa and Ryan have a night to remember and Seth and Summer get busted by Taylor. Meanwhile, Caleb's will is read, leaving Julie stunned and Jimmy washed up.

Jimmy Cooper: Tate Donovan. Charlotte Morgan: Jeri Ryan. Dean Hess: Eric Mabius. Taylor Townsend: Autumn Reeser. Jeff Frenkel: Michael Adler. Don: Blake Robbins.
43:44

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54 OC-304 9/29/05 2T6254 The Last Waltz
Marissa adjusts to life in her new surroundings and makes some new friends at Newport Union, while Ryan wonders how their separation will affect their relationship. Seth's feud with the Dean lands Summer in hot water, but some startling new information about Taylor may turn the tables once more. Meanwhile, Kirsten's friend Charlotte lands in Newport with some big ideas, while Sandy mulls over the future of the Newport Group. Meanwhile, Julie Cooper may no longer be a Newport Beach socialite.

Charlotte Morgan: Jeri Ryan. Dean Hess: Eric Mabius. Taylor Townsend: Autumn Reeser. Casey: Kayla Ewell. Johnny: Ryan Donowho. Chili: Johnny Lewis.
43:35

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55 OC-305 11/03/05 2T6255 The Perfect Storm
Ryan decides to make a life-changing decision that Sandy surprisingly supports, and Marissa turns to her new public school friends for help with Ryan. Meanwhile, Harbor High's Dean of Discipline, Dean Hess, continues his crusade to ruin Ryan's future, and Summer and Seth go on their own crusade to reveal Dean Hess's secret. Meanwhile, Charlotte makes Julie an offer she cannot refuse.

Charlotte Morgan: Jeri Ryan. Dean Hess: Eric Mabius. Taylor Townsend: Autumn Reeser. Casey: Kayla Ewell. Johnny: Ryan Donowho. Chili: Johnny Lewis. Flower Guy/aka Glen: Rich Voll. Sean: Paul Ganus.
43:45

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56 OC-306 11/10/05 2T6256 The Swells
Taylor Townsend locks up Seth's night when she throws a Harbor School event that keeps Summer at a distance. Meanwhile, Marissa's new friendships at public school worry Summer and she enlists Ryan's help. Meanwhile, Sandy works on a plan for the Newport Group and forms a new partnership. And Charlotte convinces Julie and Kirsten to edge back into Newport society.

Charlotte Morgan: Jeri Ryan. Dean Hess: Eric Mabius. Taylor Townsend: Autumn Reeser. Casey: Kayla Ewell. Johnny: Ryan Donowho. Chili: Johnny Lewis. Matt Ramsey: Jeff Hepher. Kurt Williams: Rob Brownstein. Volchok: Cam Gigandet.
43:14

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57 OC-307 11/17/05 2T6257 The Anger Management
When the gang heads to The Bait Shop to see The Subways, Taylor's horsing around causes a major rift between Seth and Summer. Marissa, determined to end the potentially explosive rift between Ryan and Volchok, does whatever it takes to watch out for Ryan. Meanwhile, Matt, Sandy's Newport Group partner, goes above and beyond the call of duty; Julie Cooper reigns supreme as the only "bitch" in Orange County; and Ryan needs to use his head for once.

Charlotte Morgan: Jeri Ryan. Taylor Townsend: Autumn Reeser. Johnny: Ryan Donowho. Casey: Kayla Ewell. Chili: Johnny Lewis. Matt Ramsey: Jeff Hepher. Glen: Rich Voll. Volchok: Cam Gigandet.
43:36

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58 OC-308 12/01/05 2T6258 The Game Plan
Seniors at Harbor School and Newport Union prepare their college applications, while Ryan, Seth, Summer and Marissa decide what to do. Will they go to college? Where will they go? Marissa, unable to make a decision, attends Johnny's surf competition instead of completing her college application. Meanwhile, Julie is forced to return to her roots and Kirsten, eager to return to work, turns to a friend for help. Sandy, meanwhile, invites an old friend from UC Berkeley to dinner with Seth and Ryan.

Taylor Townsend: Autumn Reeser. Johnny: Ryan Donowho. Chili: Johnny Lewis. Mitchell Brinkley: Diego Wallraff. Paul Glass: Tom Wright.
43:51

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59 OC-309 12/08/05 2T6259 The Disconnect
Ryan takes an internship working for Sandy and Matt at the Newport Group, but he ends up working harder to save Matt's reputation. Summer and Seth, determined to get accepted to Brown University, do whatever it takes to stand out at Harbor School. Johnny finally tells Marissa how he really feels. After Ryan and Marissa cross paths, they end up telling each other the truth.

Matt Ramsey: Jeff Hepher. Johnny: Ryan Donowho. Gwen: Lisa Rotundi. Lily: Andrea Pearson.
43:49

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60 OC-310 12/15/05 2T6260 The Chrismukkah Bar Mitz-vahkkah
After the gang spends hours picking out the perfect Christmas trees, they devise a special plan to help a friend in need. Meanwhile, the holidays bring out a somber Summer who misses her mom, and Johnny's sudden misfortune forces him to take matters into his own hands. Kirsten, meanwhile, puts the past behind her and reaches out to Julie Cooper. And when a reminiscing Seth vows to put a little "mukkah" into Ryan's "chris," Ryan gets Bar-Mitz-vahkkahed.

Johnny: Ryan Donowho. Dr. Roberts: Michael Nouri. the photographer: Blair Hickey. the cashier: Juan Ramirez. Young Seth: Nicklaus Koeppen.
43:33

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61 OC-311 1/12/06 2T6261 The Safe Harbor
What would senior year be without getting the gang back together at Harbor? Summer, Seth and Ryan launch a mission-impossible campaign to get Marissa back into Harbor, and Johnny struggles between a friend's happiness and his own feelings. Meanwhile, Sandy must make an ethical decision that could change Marissa's fate, and Julie Cooper and Dr. Roberts are apprehensive about admitting to the lies they have told their daughters. The gang encourages the Harbor students to stand up on Marissa's behalf when Operation Free Marissa launches. The episode is a tribute to the "Something in the Air" episode of former FOX hit "Beverly Hills 90210," when the BH gang fought for Donna's right to graduate.

Dr. Michelle Kim: Rosalind Chao. Johnny: Ryan Donowho. Dr. Roberts: Michael Nouri. Taylor Townsend: Autumn Reeser. Matt Ramsey: Jeff Hephner. Chili: Johnny Lewis. Mercer: Michael Mantel.
43:40

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62 OC-312 1/19/06 2T6262 The Sister Act
Kaitlin Cooper, age 14, returns to the O.C. during her winter break from an exclusive Montecito boarding school, bringing a lot of attitude and a few secrets of her own. Much more in the mold of her mother Julie Cooper than her sister Marissa, Kaitlin turns heads as she tries to get closer to her family the only way she knows how.

Kaitlin Cooper: Willa Holland. Taylor Townsend: Autumn Reeser. Johnny: Ryan Donowho. Dr. Roberts: Michael Nouri. Chili: Johnny Lewis. Justin: Jackson Rathbone. Veronica Townsend: Paula Trickey.
43:44

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63 OC-313 1/26/06 2T6263 The Pot Stirrer
While Marissa does all she can to get to know her sister, Kaitlin just stirs up trouble for the gang as she prepares to celebrate her birthday. Sandy encourages Seth about college, but Seth finds a better alternative. Sandy and Matt work together to secure a contract for the new hospital. And Julie continues her quest to put her family back together again.

Kaitlin Cooper: Willa Holland. Johnny: Ryan Donowho. Dr. Roberts: Michael Nouri. Matt Ramsey: Jeff Hephner. Bill Merriam: Robert Picardo. Lily: Andrea Pearson.
43:41

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64 OC-314 2/02/06 2T6264 The Cliffhanger
Summer discovers the truth about Cohen, while Sandy and Matt encounter an obstacle with their hospital project. Meanwhile, Kirsten and Julie take their matchmaking business a little too far, causing Julie to go into hiding. Marissa finally tells Johnny how she truly feels and Kaitlin wonders which "Cooper" Johnny really likes. When Johnny and Kaitlin head to the beach, Kaitlin finds Johnny at the edge of reason.

Kaitlin Cooper: Willa Holland. Johnny: Ryan Donowho. Dr. Roberts: Michael Nouri. Matt Ramsey: Jeff Hephner. Chili: Johnny Lewis. Gwen: Lisa Rotondi. Henry Griffin: Stephen Markle. Leah Griffin: Morena Baccarin. Taryn: Kim Oja.
43:05

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65 OC-315 2/09/06 2T6265 The Heavy Lifting
Tragic news forces the gang to sort out their problems and face the reality of the situation. After Sadie arrives in Newport, Ryan helps her move and get rid of Volchok, causing Ryan to question his and Marissa's relationship. Meanwhile, Kaitlin's winter break is over - just as she gets close to her family, she once again has to say goodbye. Will she ever return to the O.C.? And in the wake of Newport's latest events, Kirsten and Julie press on with their Valentine's Day party.

Kaitlin Cooper: Willa Holland. Dr. Roberts: Michael Nouri. Matt Ramsey: Jeff Hephner. Chili: Johnny Lewis. Sadie: Nikki Reed. Gwen: Lisa Rotondi. Justin: Jackson Rathbone. Leah Griffin: Morena Baccarin. Volchok: Cam Gigandet.
43:34

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66 OC-316 3/09/06 2T6266 The Road Warrior
Sadie and Ryan go on a road trip to find one of Johnny's relatives and although Ryan returns to his old "Chino" ways, the trip brings him and Sadie closer. Could this be the end of Ryan and Marissa's relationship? Meanwhile, Marissa is implicated in Johnny's death and Seth and Summer discover Julie and Neil's secret.

Dr. Roberts: Michael Nouri. Matt Ramsey: Jeff Hephner. Maya Griffin: Morena Baccarin. Sadie: Nikki Reed. Volchok: Cam Gigandet. Taylor Townsend: Autumn Reeser. Jack Harper: Rod Rowland. Detective Warner: Marc Vann.

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67 OC-317 3/16/06 2T6267 The Journey
Ryan struggles with the decision of whether to invite Marissa to his birthday party, while Sandy wants to include one of Ryan's relatives in the celebration. Julie and Dr. Roberts come clean with Summer and Marissa. Meanwhile, new couples Ryan and Sadie, and Marissa and Volchok, grow closer.

Dr. Roberts: Michael Nouri. Matt Ramsey: Jeff Hephner. Sadie: Nikki Reed. Volchok: Cam Gigandet. Dawn: Daphne Askbrook.

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68 OC-318 3/23/06 2T6268 The Undertow
When an old nemesis returns to Newport, Ryan gets caught up in helping her, causing a rift between him and Sadie. Seth and Summer are faced with a new problem that Taylor tries to solve. Meanwhile, Marissa finds herself all alone in Newport with no one to turn to and Sandy grapples with business pressure.

Taylor Townsend: Autumn Reeser. Matt Ramsey: Jeff Hephner. Sadie: Nikki Reed. Volchok: Cam Gigandet. Jess Sathers: Nikki Griffin. Henry Griffin: Shaun Duke. Jim: Matthew Cohen.

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69 OC-319 3/30/06 2T6269 The Secrets and Lies
Julie and Dr. Roberts announce their engagement and the Cooper ladies move in with Summer and her dad. Meanwhile, Marissa drifts away from the group and Summer when she seeks solace in the bad company of Volchok and his crew. Ryan tries to move on with Sadie, but Seth's concerns for Marissa get in the way. At the Newport Group, Sandy's woes with Matt continue and Kirsten surprises Seth with a night out.

Matt Ramsey: Jeff Hephner. Sadie: Nikki Reed. Volchok: Cam Gigandet. Henry Griffin: Shaun Duke.
43:52

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70 OC-320 4/06/06 2T6270 The Day After Tomorrow
The kids receive their college acceptance and rejection letters, forcing them to make some life-altering decisions. Ryan and Sadie try to decide what do after high school and their decision concerns Sandy and Kirsten. Taylor throws a College Sweatshirt Party at Harbor and Marissa and Summer patch up their friendship. Meanwhile, the drama surrounding Sandy's job intensifies and seeps into the Cohen household.

Dr. Roberts: Michael Nouri. Matt Ramsey: Jeff Hephner. Sadie: Nikki Reed. Volchok: Cam Gigandet. Taylor Townsend: Autumn Reeser. Henry Griffin: Shaun Duke.
42:41

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71 OC-321 4/13/06 2T6271 The Dawn Patrol
Ryan leaves Newport to visit his mom, but before they meet he has a steamy encounter with his mom's coworker. Back in Newport, Seth is still keeping secrets and Taylor and Summer devise a fool-proof plan to figure out what's going on with him. Their plan backfires and Summer is left devastated. Julie Cooper pays Volchok a surprise visit and gives him some stern advice. Then Marissa confronts Volchok's friends and helps a girl get out of an intense situation at a raging party. Meanwhile, Sandy puts an end to the trouble with Matt but leaves Kirsten at home alone.

Matt Ramsey: Jeff Hephner. Volchok: Cam Gigandet. Taylor Townsend: Autumn Reeser. Henry Griffin: Shaun Duke. Dr. Woodruff: Garrett M. Brown. Chloe: Nicole Garza.
43:35

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72 OC-322 4/20/06 2T6272 The College Try
Graduation is just weeks away and Ryan, Seth, Summer and Marissa leave Newport to attend their respective pre-frosh orientations at UC Berkeley and Brown. While dropping the boys off at the airport, Kirsten is surprised to see Theresa and her all-too-familiar-looking baby boy. While visiting Brown, Seth runs into Anna on the quad and they instantly connect. Could this be the end of Summer and Seth? Meanwhile, Kirsten and Sandy attend a hospital benefit where Kirsten vents her frustrations and falls back into an old habit.

Dr. Roberts: Michael Nouri. Volchok: Cam Gigandet. Anna Stern: Samaire Armstrong. Theresa: Navi Rawat. Wes: Matt Barr. Dr. Overbee: Erick Avari.
43:45

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73 OC-323 4/27/06 2T6273 The Party Favor
Harbor School's Senior Prom brings out the best and the worst in everyone. Taylor hits a high at prom, while Summer falls flat with her surprising prom date. Seth and Anna come up with a prom plan to win Summer back. Meanwhile, Marissa convinces Volchok to go to the prom and Ryan brings an unexpected old flame. When one of the girls is elected prom queen, it truly becomes a night to remember. Later, when Taylor's prom funds are missing, Ryan returns to his old ways and prom night turns brutal.

Dr. Roberts: Michael Nouri. Volchok: Cam Gigandet. Anna Stern: Samaire Armstrong. Theresa: Navi Rawat. herself: Lisa Tucker.
43:06

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74 OC-324 5/04/06 2T6274 The Man of the Year
Ryan, dealing with the repercussions from prom night, must make a deal with Volchok. Even though Sandy is chosen as "Man of the Year," the D.A. continues his investigation of Sandy's unique involvement with the new hospital. After she receives a call for help from Kaitlin, Marissa pays her little sister a visit at boarding school. And Ryan's bloodied hands force Theresa to make a difficult decision once and for all. Meanwhile, Seth's actions ignite more troubles in Newport.

Dr. Roberts: Michael Nouri. Volchok: Cam Gigandet. Anna Stern: Samaire Armstrong. Theresa: Navi Rawat. Kaitlin Cooper: Willa Holland.
43:39

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75 OC-325 5/18/06 2T6275 The Graduates
The end of senior year is finally here, bringing the excitement of graduation and the anticipation of new lives in college and beyond. But for Seth, Ryan, Marissa and Summer, it's also a time to look back on the amazing journey that has brought the four of them this far. Seth must confront his recent misdeeds or deal with the wrath of Sandy - and the police. Ryan's proud mom arrives with a surprise for him. Marissa receives an astounding proposal that may radically change her plans. And Summer, facing the prospect of going away without Seth, can't stop crying and hugging her best friends as they say their farewells. But amidst the speeches and toasts, nothing is ever simple in Newport. Sandy shocks Kirsten by making a big decision after visiting his old Public Defender's office. Kaitlin returns and moves into Julie's home, vowing to become the next Cooper to rule Harbor High. And to Taylor's joy, the "core four" turns into the "fab five." However, although the kids may be ready to move on to bright futures, unresolved issues from their past could ruin everything.

Kaitlin Cooper: Willa Holland.
43:40

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