The O.C.

The Last Waltz

Season 3, Ep 4, Aired 9/29/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Marissa struggles with attending a public high school, and her new friends make Ryan jealous; Charlotte's ruse is up when she learns that Kirsten did not inherit any money from Caleb; Julie's mansion is repossessed, leaving her with nothing; Taylor's power play dethrones Summer as commitee chairman, who then learns an interesting secret about her and Dean Hess.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Adam Brody

    Seth Cohen

  • Ben McKenzie

    Ryan Atwood

  • Kelly Rowan

    Kirsten Cohen

  • Melinda Clarke

    Julie Cooper-Nichol

  • Mischa Barton

    Marissa Cooper

  • Fan Reviews (36)
  • Public School Special

    By katikool, Mar 12, 2013

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, Jun 12, 2010

  • How they can make a public school in NEWPORT BEACH look so ghetto, well, I can't imagine the warzone they would try to make the actual ghetto schools in Southern California look like.

    By ZaleIsBackAgain, Dec 17, 2009

  • Taylor's only reason why I gave this episode such a low score. She was such a pain in the butt. This characterization really sucked and was plain stupid.

    By QQboo, Dec 13, 2007

  • A okay but not great episode!

    By Charmed1408, Jan 16, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Ryan: Seth, what are you doing here? Seth (to Ryan): I'm here to stop you man. And if that means throwing myself between you and the gym, I only ask that you spare the face.

    • Taylor: Hi everybody! Everyone, hi. I'm Taylor Townsend, your social chair. And I would like to thank you all for coming. Seth: Relax. She's not taking credit for it. Taylor: Thank you. So this dance has been my baby now for quite awhile. Seth: Okay, she's taking credit for it. Summer: I am going to kill her.

    • Seth (about Ryan and Marissa): Well, that is a pickle. Ryan: That's it? No advice? Seth: What advice? Call her, apologize. It's not rocket science. Man. You home school kids are pathetic.

    • Taylor: Summer! Summer: No. Just so you know, you and your friend the dean may have won this round, but the war is not over. Taylor: Well unless you have an exit strategy, don't even get out of the boat. I am a human quagmire. (Storms off.) Summer (to a passing student): What's a quagmire? Hello! Anyone? Quagmire?

    • Marissa: Mom, Caleb was broke. It makes sense that we'd have to sell everything. You know, you don't have to protect me. Julie: Well then do you think it would be alright with Summer if you stayed until we got back on our feet? And we will get back on our feet and we'll be wearing very expensive shoes when we do.

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    Notes (5)

    • The three kids that Marissa meets at her new school are similar to Seth, Ryan and Summer. Only the "Ryan" is dating the "Summer".

    • Music: "Circles" by Bob Mould "Fire Fire" by M.I.A "Ain't No Game" by Basko "I Don't Want To Fall In Love" by She Wants Revenge "Natural" (Radio Edit) by Infusion "Triumphant" by Royksopp "Forever Young" by Youth Group

    • During the dance sequence of the episode titled 'The Last Waltz' a version of the song 'Forever Young' plays. Perhaps coincidently, an album from 'The Band' called 'The Last Waltz' has an unrelated song on it titled 'Forever Young'. Also Bob Dylan sung a song called 'Forever Young' on his album called 'The Last Waltz'.

    • Ryan and Marissa's song is the rerelease of the 1980's classic "Forever Young" song by Alphaville. This version is by the "Youth Group"-- one of the many newly discovered talents that make this program what it is.

    • This isn't Johnny Lewis's first time starring alongside Adam Brody. Before The O.C., the two of them starred in the short lived comedy Now What.

    Trivia (2)

    • Goof: In the scene when Taylor is talking to Summer about Seth being suspended in the hallway, you can see Taylor's red sweater is on her shoulders when the camera is facing her, but when the camera is facing Summer the red sweater is around Taylor's neck.

    • This is the first episode of The O.C. where we see more of Summer's house than just her pink bedroom. We see the front of her house, the ground floor hallway and her backyard with the pool.

    Allusions (1)

    • The title of this episode is a reference to the documentary, "The Last Waltz," directed by Martin Scorcese, about The Band's final concert, in 1978.

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