The O.C.

FOX (ended 2007)
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  • The O.C. - also known as Orange County, California - is an idyllic paradise, a wealthy, harbor-front community where everything and everyone appears to be perfect. But beneath the surface is a world of shifting loyalties and identities, of kids living secret lives hidden from their parents and of parents living secret lives hidden from their children. 'The O.C.' tells the story of the Cohen, Cooper and Nichol families and Ryan Atwood, a troubled teen from the wrong side of the tracks who is thrust into this world and who will forever change the lives of the residents of The O.C.Produced by: Warner Brothers TV, College Hill Pictures, Wonderland and Hypnotic ProductionsTheme Song: California (Here We Come) by Phantom Planet.moreless

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 16

    The End's Not Near, It's Here

    Aired 2/22/07

  • S 4 : Ep 15

    The Night Moves

    Aired 2/15/07

  • S 4 : Ep 14

    The Shake Up

    Aired 2/8/07

  • S 4 : Ep 13

    The Case of the Franks

    Aired 2/1/07

  • S 4 : Ep 12

    The Groundhog Day

    Aired 1/25/07

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ben McKenzie

    Ryan Atwood

  • Mischa Barton

    Marissa Cooper

  • Adam Brody

    Seth Cohen

  • Rachel Bilson

    Summer Roberts

  • Peter Gallagher

    Sanford "Sandy" Cohen

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  • Quotes (1603)

    • Angry mother: Why are you putting my daughter in Calvin Klein? She was supposed to wear Vera Wang! Woman in charge: And she would, if she had the chest to hold it up. It's called puberty, honey. It'll happen.

    • Sandy: You've got to have a plan. Some kind of dream. Ryan: Yeah, right. Let me tell you something, okay? Where I'm from, having a dream doesn't make you smart. Knowing it won't come true? That does.

    • Sandy: Your test scores... 98th percentile on your SAT ones. Ryan, 98th percentile... If you start going to class... Are you thinking about going to college? (Ryan snorts) Sandy: ... Have you given any thought at all to your future? Ryan: Modern medicine is advancing to the point where the average human life span will be one-hundred, but I read this article that said social security is supposed to run out by the year 2025, which means people are going to have to stay at their jobs until they're... eighty. I don't want to commit to anything too soon.

    • (Holly and Summer, a little drunk, are carrying Marissa, who's passed out, to her house) Summer: I can't believe her! Holly: I swear to god, she's so retarded sometimes! Summer: Shouldn't her boyfriend be doing this? He's so worthless. (Both giggle and put her down) Summer: Coop! Ugh, I can't find her keys! Holly: We can't wake her parents, her dad'll go ballistic! Summer: I know, I know! Bye Coop! (Both run off to the car, leaving Marissa there)

    • Dawn: (Getting out of her car outside of jail to Sandy and Ryan) Unbelievable, what kind of family I got ah? What the hell did I do to deserve this family, you wanna tell me that? Sandy: I´m Sandy Cohen, I´m Ryan´s attorney. Dawn: You should have let him rot in there, just like his dad is doing and just like his brother is going to. (to Ryan) Let´s go Ryan.. Now Ryan!

    • Sandy: (to Ryan) Told you, you can do worse.

    • Kirsten: OH, THANK GOD! What happened to your face? Seth: Um..I got into a fight. (dragging Seth up) Kirsten: That's it, house, now!!

    • Seth: You guys really wouldn't hurt me. Because that would be so clichéd. (they pick him up) Oh, I guess you're fans of the cliché.

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    Notes (218)

    • The opening theme song is not shown in this episode.

    • This episode was nominated for a WGA (TV) Award for Episodic Drama. This episode was nominated for a Artios Award for Best Casting for TV, Dramatic Pilot.

    • In contrast to Seth Cohen, Adam Brody actually hates sailing. After they shot his sailing scene in this episode Adam asked to have no more scenes where he would have to sail.

    • This episode was shot on location unlike all other episodes, which are shot on set.

    • Music Unaired Pilot: - 50 Cent's In Da Club instead of Black Eyed Peas - Thomas Newman's Oleander Theme (same theme as in the movie White Oleander)

    • Music: "Show Me" by Cham Pain "Sweet Honey" by Slightly Stoopid "All Around the World (Punk Debutante)" by Cooler Kids "Swing Swing" by The All American Rejects "Hands Up" by Black Eyed Peas "I'm a Player" by The K.G.B. "Let It Roll" by Maximum Roach "Into the Dust" by Mazzy Star "Honey and the Moon" by Joseph Arthur

    • Chris Carmack, who plays Luke Ward, was listed as a guest star in this episode. From "The Model Home" until "The Proposal", he is a series regular.

    • This episode is the first reference to a Shark IMAX movie, which is a common "almost" hang out for the group throughout the season.

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    Trivia (472)

    • The note left for Ryan on the kitchen table in his empty house reads "Dear Ryan, Sorry! I just can not handle it anymore. Your stuff is in a bag in your room. Maybe with a little more time" The rest is too small to read.

    • Goof: When Luke arrives at Marissa`s house to pick her up and she`s with Ryan and Sandy you can hear Luke say "Who`s that kid" but his lips don`t move.

    • It is revealed that Sandy originally grew up poor in the bad part of the Bronx, his father wasn't around, his mother worked all the time.

    • Episode punch count: 6

    • Goof: When Holly and Summer leave Marissa laying down in her driveway, Marissa's left arm is placed across her body. However, in the next shot, both arms are down by her sides.

    • Goof: At Holly's party, Ryan grabs an empty cup as Marissa comes up to talk to him. In the next scene, she takes the cup from him and takes a sip of his drink. However, Ryan could not have possibly poured something in his cup that fast.

    • Goof: While Sandy is holding the door open after Ryan comes home at the end and sees a note from his mom, the shadows of some crewmembers can be seen on the ground outside the door.

    • After Summer invites Ryan and Seth to Holly's party and Seth and Ryan start to head towards the jeep you can see Seth limping. This is because he broke his foot a couple weeks before while surfing.

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    Allusions (223)

    • (Summer sees Ryan at the fashion show after party). Summer: Break me off a piece of that. This quote is quite similar to a scene in the movie Clueless in which Tai sees a hot waiter at a restaurant and says "Break me off a piece of that!"

    • Marissa: Who are you? Ryan: Whoever you want me to be. This is similar to Pretty Woman when Richard Gere asks Julia Roberts for her name and she answers "Whatever you want it to be".

    • Julie: Marissa wanted to wear these Prada Mary Janes, but I told her she had to wear the stiletto Manolo's. This quote refers to two shoe brands: Prada and Manolo Blahnik.

    • Seth: Oh, hey, do you want to play 'Grand Theft Auto'? 'Grand Theft Auto' is a game about crime which was first released in 1997 for Playstation. The current one that Seth was speaking of (grand theft auto 3) was released in October of 2002. This is one of the top selling games for Playstation 2.

    • Ryan: Modern medicine is advancing to the point where the average human lifespan will be 100. But I read this article which said Social Security is supposed to run out by the year 2025, which means people are going to have to stay in their jobs until they're 80. There has been a lot of criticism directed towards the way the Bush administration is handling the US Social Security System. The very Democratic California is pushing for reviews of the system, so Ryan is well informed!

    • When Seth is skating around in the pool of the model home it's a allusion to "Grind", in which Adam Brody also stars. In "Grind" a group of skateboarding-teenagers clean out a pool for a manager so they can stay the night and then skateboard in it.

    • The story of the episode, especially the kids hiding in the Model Home, is very much inspired by the James Dean classic "Rebel Without a Cause": The main characters also hide in an old, deserted house with an empty swimming pool. Also, a lot of aspects of Ryan's character have been influenced by this movie: Jim Stark (James Dean) is moving to a new town, he is not talking much, honest and straight guy, makes friends with an outsider boy called Plato (-> Seth) and falls in love with the girl next door, Julie (-> Marissa).

    • Ryan: He moved away, to Austin. Marissa: In Texas? Ryan: He said if I were ever out there look him up. Austin, Texas is where Benjamin McKenzie, the actor who plays Ryan, grew up.

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    By ChloShow, Jun 26, 2013