The O.C.

Season 2 Episode 10

The Accomplice

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 27, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Things heat up between Sandy and Kirsten when Sandy decides to help his mentor in law school find his daughter, Rebecca, who was Sandy's first love. Seth and Zach start up a comic book based on their lives in Newport, while Summer questions why she's been left out. Ryan makes the attempt to unite Lindsay and Caleb after Lindsay tells Ryan she is curious in getting to know her "new" father. While Julie is in Paris, Marissa looks for new ways to rebel; in doing so, her friendship with Alex increases.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show the oc ryan is told by lindsay that she wants to have a realationship with her father get to know him and seth and zack set up a comic book and its about the adventures of the oc and summer is asked why isnt she in the comic but he does not want to say anything about it and marrisa is out with her new friend while julie is out in paris and sandy is asked to find his mentors daughter his first love this was a big ep i thought and it was very interestingmoreless
  • Not that having too many storylines is a bad thing, but I really liked it when they cramped it down to only two in the first season.

    The episode juggled a lot here; Alex's and Marissa's growing relationship; Ryan wanting to connect Lindsay with her father; Sandy looking for the daughter of his law school professor who he used to be engaged to; and Summer and Seth taking one step closer to becoming "friends". And surprisingly it didn't crash and burn like some other shows would when they would have so many things to handle on its plate. As always each of these scenarios were backed up by some incredible writing and witty and hilarious dialogue and the situations are getting more interesting by the minute. Marissa and Alex potentially dating? That relationship explains itself. And Summer and Seth, who I always thought was the best executed relationship in the show, is always keeping you on your feet. While the episode did a great job of trying to weave together these four storylines, the show should probably just stick with having only two per episode. It worked in season one and for the most part, just about every episode was excellent.moreless
  • The O.C. Orange County, It's where all the beautiful people live.

    Hostilties heat up between Sandy and Kirsten when Sandy decides to help Max Bloom, his mentor in law school, find his daughter, Rebecca, whom was Sandy's first love. Meanwhile, Seth and Zach start up a comic book based on their lives in Newport, while Summer questions why she's been left out. Ryan makes the attempt to unite Lindsay and Caleb after Lindsay tells Ryan she is curious in getting to know her "new" father. While Julie is in Paris, Marissa looks for new ways to rebel and in doing so, her friendship with Alex increases during a trip to Los Angeles to get some of Alex's things from her former girlfriend.

    - Alexmoreless
  • Season 2 just continues to get better, I am sure it will be soon Season 1 quality!

    Season 2 just continues to get better, I am sure it will be soon Season 1 quality! The only part I was disappointed with about this episode was the ending, it didn't feel like an ending. The other parts were great. I really enjoyed watching Seth & Summer having an emotional moment that was long over due, I finally learned to tolerate Zach in this episode & now find him entertaining. But to be honest the storyline that most interested me & always have interested me the most are the work/adult storylines they entertain me more than the cour four's storylines. I found Marissa & Alex's relationship to be badly-acted even though it is quite a realistic storyline. Oh & lastly I finally decided that I love the Lindsay/Ryan storyline, well done!moreless
  • Four story lines edited together soap opera style include "a Marissa Tableau", Ryan attempts to help Lindsay get closer to her father, Seth and Zach creating their own comic book and the return of Sandy's first college girlfriend causes tremors in the Sanmoreless

    This episode is setting up February sweeps for FOX and THE O.C. It had been rumored for several weeks that Marissa's next romance was going to be with another woman. FOX, which pushes a family values agenda on it news channel, is not bashful when it comes to entertainment division ratings. The network's unscripted shows are designed to titillate the audience and their lineup of youth oriented dramas has always been cutting edge. Not that lesbianism is that unusual in primetime this century but sex sells and FOX is all about selling.

    That said this was an interesting show. For the first time Summer and Zach did not have a divisive fight and the foreshadowing of Summer's renewed interest in Seth promises help realign his universe. Unfortunately the same hints indicate that Ryan and Lindsay will be parting and we are unsure how long Sandy and Kirsten will suffer from the presence of Rebecca Bloom.

    I also noted that Caleb seem to be taking a stepfather's purgatives a little far as he twice enters Marissa's room following only a perfunctory knock on her door. Marissa's acting out against parental authority is the easy way to explain her behavior but she still is underage and drinking every week. It may not be long until she is in rehab or back in a psychiatrist's office.

    The absence of Julie Cooper left the role of evil manipulative parent to Caleb. Alan Dale who portrays Caleb is a competent veteran actor but the character has always been written in two dimensions. Although this episode gave Caleb's his biggest share of the storyline this season he still lacks any depth.

    Another question! Why do guys on this show who are rivals for the same girl become buddies? Last season it was Ryan and Luke. This year Seth and Zach seem closer to each other than either is with Summer. I guess that it could be explained by the fact that Summer is more about what she gains than what she gives in a relationship.

    Finally just as a note, Seth mentions the feature film "Summer Loves" which starred Peter Gallagher and Darryl Hanna. That movie had a passing connection with this show's storyline and is another example of THE O.C. kidding itself and it's cast.

Natalie Blalock

Natalie Blalock

Gail Van Deepen

Guest Star

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan


Guest Star

Emmanuelle Chriqui

Emmanuelle Chriqui


Guest Star

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

Alex Kelly

Recurring Role

Kim Delaney

Kim Delaney

Rebecca Bloom

Recurring Role

Shannon Lucio

Shannon Lucio

Lindsay Gardner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Lindsay has a "Dennis Kucinich for President" bumper sticker on the back of her car.

    • Goof: As Lindsay and Ryan pull up to the Cohen's driveway, we can see that Lindsay has many bumper stickers on her car. These include "PeTA", "Kerry & Edwards", "Free Tibet", "Extinct is forever" and others.

    • Goof: At the 39-40 minute mark, Seth bends over to look under his bed to see if Summer took his comic book drawings. When you see him bend down, he puts his right hand on the floor to give him stability and from another angle it is his left hand on the floor, and back and forth.

    • Goof: In the scene in Seth's bedroom with Seth and Summer, there is a white fluff on the back of his sweater that appears and disappears between shots.

    • Goof: Ryan told Lindsay the reason that he was late getting to the restaurant was "traffic" as if he drove himself there, but then later they showed Lindsay driving Ryan home as if he didn't have a car. Perhaps he took a cab?

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Summer: I don't wanna hear it. What are you guys? Like Kavalier and Gay?
      Seth: That was funny.
      Summer: I know.

    • Ryan (to Caleb about Lindsey): She's been asking questions about you. Who you are, what you're like. And even though I told her, she still wants to get to know you.

    • Marissa: What are you doing in here?
      Caleb: You're not at school.
      Marissa: Yeah, you're not at work.

    • Seth: I know that it's totally creepy. I know that. I'm sorry. It was just a very long summer and I'm sorry and I will destroy all of them right now. I just need to find my X-Acto knife.

    • Max (surveying Sandy's new office): I was under the impression you'd become a successful lawyer.

    • Gail: As you can see, it's a bit of a fixer-upper.
      Kirsten: That's one way to put it.
      Sandy: Who are you kidding, Gail? This place is a first-class dump. And I like it!

    • Zach: You should just focus on the good stuff in your life. Like school. (Seth grimaces.) Or... comics. Yeah, I got nothing.

    • Summer: I mean well, the boobs are a little big, but well I mean, aren't they?
      Seth: I can redo the boobs, so then you don't mind?
      Summer: No, not as long as I have boob-approval.

    • Summer: If Brainstorming boy here doesn't turn back into my boyfriend.
      Seth: Brainstorming boy, brainstorming lad, let's work with this, brainstorming kid, brainstorming young ward, with a secret identity which is at night, he's brainstorming man and what that is is he's a genius.

    • Ryan: So what's it about?
      Seth: Oh... eh, heroes, and you know villains...
      Zach: Good and evil!
      Seth: Darkness and then you have light.
      Ryan: You guys have no idea, do you?
      Seth: Um not so much really but you have to admit, it's pretty exciting our very own comic book.

    • Marissa: I have a mom who is spa-hopping and a stepdad who doesn't care about anyone but himself.

    • Seth: Do I hear water running?
      Alex: Yes, Jody's taking a shower.
      Seth: Oh, Jody..., Jody is still here, oh, that's great, that's fantastic, at least you're not taking a shower together.

    • Alex: Doesn't anybody go to school anymore?

    • Zach: So you never had like a moments doubt about you and Lindsay?
      Ryan: Not really.
      (Seth mutters "denial" and coughs)
      Ryan: Alright there may have been a moment.
      (Seth coughs louder)
      Ryan: Or two.

    • Ryan: How did it go with Zach?
      Seth: Ah, great until Summer came over and stole my sketchbook.
      Ryan: What! What did she do?
      Seth: I thought she was going to get a restraining order but turns out she's just going to get her own action figure.

    • Marissa: You're not my father Cal. If you want to parent someone why don't you go over to Lindsay's house and ruin her life. Oh you already have!

      (Marissa rejects Caleb's attempt to control her.)

    • Ryan: You should call him.
      Lindsay: And say what? Hi, dad, it's your illegitimate daughter. Want to have lunch?

    • Seth: Jodie!
      Jodi: Seth!
      Alex: Sorry, I would have introduced you guys but I didn't want you to meet.

      At the beginning of the episode Seth knocks on Alex's door. Alex answers and hearing the noise, Jodie comes out of the bedroom.

    • Seth: (about Ryan's comicbook identity) Hey, Bryan Gatwood, AKA Kid Chino, a strong but silent youth from the wrong side of the tracks, who when provoked unleashes his fists of fury.

    • Lindsay: (about Caleb) According to the OC Weekly, he's pretty much everything that's wrong with western civilization, all wrapped up in one guy.

    • Caleb: I haven't always been the best father.
      Kirsten: Pretty much... No.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      "Hands Up!" by Walking Concert
      "10AM Automatic" by The Black Keys
      "Western Springs" by Poster Children
      "Evil" by Interpol
      "Portions For Foxes" by Rilo Kiley
      "Warmth" by Tiger Lou
      "Strangerman" by Ringside
      "Pretty (Ugly Before)" by Elliot Smith


    • Seth: I love him, but he's Lex Luthor.

      Lex Luthor is the arch-enemy of the DC Comics super-hero Superman.

    • Lindsay: "I'd him last night, and according to the OC weekly, he's pretty much everything that's wrong with western civilization.."
      Lindsay "'d" Caleb, which means she did a search at for his name. is a new search website, with some cool features.

    • Summer: (To Seth and Zack) "Kavalier and Gay"
      "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" is a Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Michael Chabon dealing with two boys and their love of comics. It has been referenced multiple times on the series, including being part of Seth's gift package in "The Best Chrismukkah Ever."

    • Seth: "...are they open to some sort of menage-a-threeway as in the film Summer Lovers?"
      Summer Lovers (1982) is a film about an attractive young American couple spending the summer in Greece, where they develop a close relationship with an attractive young Greek woman. It stars Daryl Hannah, Valerie Quennessen...and Peter Gallagher (Sandy)!