The O.C.

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Aug 05, 2003 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A new life for Ryan Atwood, the Cohen and the Cooper families, and basically everyone else in the wealthy, picturesque, secretive, turbulent community of Orange County. Be prepared to meet spoiled rich kids and watch Ryan struggle to fit in with his new crowd...

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    I'd waiting so much time for this moment, find my favorite series its no easy. But, i know i will love see again. And now, i'll say only one thing I LOVE THE AND NOBODY CHANGE THAT
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  • I love the men in this show. If only more men in real life would behave like this.

    In my over all review of the show I mention how I had my son in mind when I started watching. I was only going to allow myself to get hooked if the boys acted in a maner that I would like to see my son act when he is older. I hope he does end up like Ryan or Seth I would be so proud.

    Ryan- ok he get's in fights but he is young and allowed to make mistakes. He is nice to Seth and even helps him with his crush on Summer and his problems with Luke (sort of).

    He is sensitive to his feeling and doesn't tell him that Summer was hitting on him. He know to help a lady up. He is a gentelman towards Marissa and doesn't leave her to sleep on the sidewalk like her friends do. He doesn't take advantage of her or Summer (when he totally could!) He doesn't leave without saying goodbye to Seth.

    Seth- isn't affraid to give Ryan a hug when he leaves. (Men should hug more)

    Looking back: It would of been good if he had kept Tahiti in mind by the end of the season.moreless
  • Sandy takes Ryan to his home in newport. ryan and Sandy's son seth become friends and go to a party!

    This pilot episode was brilliant. It really made you want to watch the entire show. All the characters were shown and it gave you a look at most of their lifes. Luke is jelous of Ryan who his girlfriend Marrisa seems to have taken a liking to! Marrisa's mother is basically a horrible person and her father may be nice but he's got money problems. Seth loves Summer but she doesn't even know he exists until Ryan gets abit to near her for seths likeing. Over all this episode was great!moreless
  • it had it dark and wonderful life all in one

    it was good ep for a pilot stealing cars and showed how people live on the ouside of pardice. ryan went to juvile hall for getting caought steeling a car with his older brother. and then sandy helps him brings him home to stay the night and it showd how what people think of others who are not from the paridice life when sandy wife thought ryan was going steal and influince seth in badways. and it showed how ryans family just got up and left with just leaving a note . the ep was really good one for a pilot like i saidmoreless
Camille Mana

Camille Mana

Fashion P.A.

Guest Star

Drew Fuller

Drew Fuller


Guest Star

Alison Simpson

Alison Simpson

Karen Coughlon

Guest Star

Ashley Hartman

Ashley Hartman

Holly Fischer

Recurring Role

Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley

Kaitlin Cooper

Recurring Role

Melinda Clarke

Melinda Clarke

Julie Cooper

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

    • 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.

    • Goof: When Sandy and Ryan drive away you can see Marissa from Ryan's point of view, but the trunk is open because of his bike, so he shouldn't have been able to have that view as the trunk would have blocked most of his view.

    • Goof: When Kirsten goes outside to talk to Sandy after he came back from surfing, his hair goes from partially on his head to combed and neat. This happens a few times.

    • Goof: When Ryan and Marissa first meet outside, she asks to "bum a cigarette". When Ryan offers his cigarette to light hers, you can see that it's burnt all the way down in one frame and magically reappears in the next.

    • Goof: When Ryan and Sandy leave to take Ryan back home, it is supposedly the morning. But as they leave, the sun can be seen over Marissa's shoulder, which is the west (because her back is to the ocean). Since the sun sets in the west, it can't be morning.

    • Goof: Near the end when Seth is sitting on that green/white striped couch and kicking the air, the back of the couch is up in one shot and down in the next a few seconds later. It does this a few times throughout the scene.

    • Goof: When Holly and Summer leave Marissa laying on the driveway after the party, Ryan sees her from an "above" view. From that angle, the grass strip in the driveway is in the mid-point of Marissa's back. When Ryan goes down to check on her, her head is laying in the grass strip.

    • Goof: During the drive to Orange County, Ryan's bike is popping out of the trunk. If you notice, it's not there when the car is pulling up in the Cohen driveway.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • 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.

    • Seth: (to Ryan) Summer's right over there, look. Wait, don't look. I mean you can look, but don't look like you're looking.

    • Julie Cooper: Oh honey, I thought you were going to wear your hair down. Pulled back like that, it's a little harsh on your angles.

    • Julie: Do you like my hair this straight or is it too Avril Lavigne?

    • Sandy: So, I thought we'd head out to the fashion show at around seven.
      Seth: Yeah, okay. Have fun.
      Sandy: Come on. It's a whole new school year, Seth.
      Seth: It's also the same kids, Dad. Why do they even need a fashion show? Every day's a fashion show for these people.
      Sandy: Yeah, well, Ryan has to go. Marissa invited him.
      Seth: (to Ryan) Marissa invited you? I've lived next door to Marissa since, like, forever. Her dad almost got married to my mom even, and, like, she's never even invited me to a birthday.
      Sandy: That is not true. They did not almost get married.
      Ryan: Hey, maybe Summer will be there.
      Seth: That's interesting. She is Marissa's best friend. 7:00?

    • Sandy: When did you become so cynical?
      Kirsten: When did you become so self-righteous?
      Sandy: I've always been self-righteous. You used to find it charming.

    • Marissa: So, what are you doing here, seriously?
      Ryan: Seriously? I stole a car. Crashed it. Actually, my brother did. Since he had a gun and drugs on him, he's in jail. I got out, and my mom threw me out. She was pissed off and drunk. So, Mr. Cohen took me in.
      Marissa: You're their cousin from Boston, right?
      Ryan: Right.

    • Ryan: Welcome to the dark side.
      Seth: (quietly) Oh, hey cocaine. That's awesome.

    • Sandy: I just know that I'd rather have Seth hanging out with Ryan than some trust fund kid from around here who only cares about getting a new Beemer every year. There's a whole world outside this Newport beach bubble.

    • Ryan: Way to salt his game, Mr. Cohen.

    • Kirsten: You brought him home? This is not a stray puppy, Sandy.
      Sandy: I know that, Kirsten.
      Kirsten: It was only a matter of time before you started bringing home felons.
      Sandy: Ryan's not a felon.

    • Woman: Did I hear you were from Canada?
      Ryan: Yes, you did.

    • Seth: Wow, I'm sorry. I should ... really learn to knock ... in case there's a threesome going on in the bathroom.

    • Seth: (to Ryan) Oh, hey, do you want to play 'Grand Theft Auto'? It's pretty cool. You can, like, steal cars and ... not that that's cool ... or uncool. I don't know.

    • Luke: Welcome to the O.C., bitch. This is how it's done in Orange County.

    • Marissa: So, what do you think of Newport?
      Ryan: I think I can get in less trouble where I'm from.
      Marissa: You have no idea.

    • Marissa: Who are you?
      Ryan: Whoever you want me to be.

    • Summer: Chino? Ew!

    • Ryan: This is a nice car. I didn't know your kind of lawyer made money.
      Sandy: No, we don't. My wife does.

    • Seth: (speaking of the glitzy pre-fashion show reception) Welcome to the dark side.
      Ryan: (speaking of the drug-infested, alcohol-soaked teen after-party) Welcome to the dark side.

  • NOTES (7)

    • 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.


    • (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!

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