The O.C.

Season 4 Episode 1

The Avengers

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 02, 2006 on FOX
9.3
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Ryan works and lives in a bar, Seth works in a comic book store, Taylor lies about being in Paris and Summer has become a tree-hugging vegan. What madness is going throughout Orange County?

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  • The OC 'the Avengers'

    6.5
    I didn't really like this episode, i think the series is going down hill fast. all the characters changed and i just really didn't like what happened to them, i know they were going to be struggling with marissa's death but this episode was just really weird. i hope the season will get back to normal soon, because this just isn't the oc. i hated how julie was so distant and how she was nothing like before, again i know she is greving but i don't know, the characters are just getting really weird and i hope they fix it it in next episodes.moreless
  • It's better than season 2's opener.

    8.5
    A lot has changed, a lot has changed indeed. And with that The O.C. had its hands full covering all the events that has followed Marissa's death. At first it seems like an inevitable great episode, but it was just that; all story development and not as much character development. I mean we do get to see what Brown has done to Summer and how Ryan has changed, but the impact of them feels minimal. Still a very good episode; it's still interesting what has happened since the Marissa incident and seeing how everyone is doing. It just feels like it could have been so much better.moreless
  • Ryan was a little out of character for me. I cannot believe that he would blow the cohen's off that long and cage fight to punish himself. Summer saved the day and redeemed the show by enlisting the cohens in the comic book plan.moreless

    9.5
    I had to set aside the whole "fight club" them, i would have thought Ryan matured out of this phase w/ the Cohen's influence in his life. When summer blew into town, the show was back on track....she lured Ryan out of his blues and threw him into the arms of the cohen's...still sniffle at the scene where they all read parts of the comic book to him.



    Favorite quote: You'll never forget what you went through, but you will get use to it". Another fatherly moment for sandy and Ryan. Love how the Cohens never give up on Ryan.

    This episode showed that neverending love towards him once again.moreless
  • The beginning of the fourth and final season and the aftermath of season three's shock finale...

    9.6
    The Avengers was skilfully crafted to create an episode holding meaning, feeling and effective sequencing. As we skip to the aftermath of an OC favourite's untimely demise we see how everyone has coped with Marissa's death and the undoubtedly rough times that lay ahead for those suffering. Ryan's dark and sombre coping mechanism was to be expected and was well complemented throughout the episode with the theme of "Running up that Hill", a fantastic and fitting soundtrack choice to open such a dark scene. Julie's subtle breakdown, unwillingness to talk about what happened and non existant grief pushes her away from Neil and further away from her daughter. Sandy, Kirsten and Seth appeal to Ryan and are unsuccessful in turning him away from his unspeakable grief. Ryan turns to cage fighting, violence inflicted upon him serving as a reminder of his guilt and pain. This then turns into motivation, when he wins the next fight and is finally 'ready' to go after Volchuk. This is (of course) aided by Julie's heavy push for Ryan to go after him and give him what he deserved for killing her daughter. Despite the tragedy, Summer has settled into college life at Brown but is awfully distracted by the tragedy she had left behind in Newport. Her crusade to save the earth acts as a wall to prevent her from thinking about Marissa and her loss as well as Seth.



    This episode serves well as an aftermath and narrative of life after Marissa's death and also sets up the hurdles that struggling characters; Ryan, Summer and Julie will have to overcome during the first half of the season. The Avengers is extremely flowing and with the time change and well crafted sequencing it ends as a perfect season opener. Apart from the heavy drama that is present in this episode, the comedy plays its part in keeping the episode true to the OC's spectacular wit. Also loved the montage set to Keane's 'A Bad Dream'. Overall, the best season opener since The Pilot.

    Speaks well for a fantastic season 4.moreless
  • After 5 months of Marissa's death, everyone has changed while copping with her tragical accident.

    10
    Ryan was gone cage fighting thinking he ruined everyone's life on Newport. Pretending that he is not affected on Marissa's death, and not even attending her funeral :(. Julie was doing everthing just to cope, even the yard work. She, Summer & Ryan was the most affected characters on Marissa's death.



    Seth works in a comic book store. Summer studies at Brown with a new Environmental Nature Loving attitude with his friend Che. Taylor hides at New York pretending to be still at Paris. While Kaitlin, being ignored by Julie, is ruling Harbor and smoking joints, the bad girl blackmailed Dr. Roberts. Seeing her with the ex-monster on the Pier, Kaitlin scared Neil to tell Julie ifhe doesn't buy her the new pair of boots.



    This is the most Perfect OC Episode, because it has the best ending. And clearly the best first episode for every season. It absolutely didn't reached my expectations or rather surprised me because it is not what i am expecting!!! 10/10 :D



    I admit, that this episode was a tearjerker! The saddest episode on season 4. It was kind of different because the end makes you wanna think of the old days. While the song "Bad Dream" was played it shows Summer is still missing her friend, then Ryan and Julie on Marissa's Funeral. The saddest part is when Julie said that she is there everyday :(moreless
Adam Brody

Adam Brody

Seth Cohen

Ben McKenzie

Ben McKenzie

Ryan Atwood

Kelly Rowan

Kelly Rowan

Kirsten Cohen

Melinda Clarke

Melinda Clarke

Julie Cooper-Nichol

Peter Gallagher

Peter Gallagher

Sanford "Sandy" Cohen

Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson

Summer Roberts (Episode 14+)

Channon Roe

Channon Roe

Jake

Guest Star

Tom Biagini

Tom Biagini

Yacht Club Bartender

Guest Star

Parvesh Cheena

Parvesh Cheena

Passerby

Guest Star

Kimberly Oja

Kimberly Oja

Taryn Baker

Recurring Role

Michael Nouri

Michael Nouri

Dr. Neil Roberts

Recurring Role

Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt

Winchester "Che" Cook

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The inscription on Marissa's tombstone reads: "Beloved daughter, sister, friend".

    • Goof: Before the little girl runs out of the comic book store crying, Leon and a nameless helper get up and fold their arms menacingly. But when the shot changes to show the girl running out a split second later, Nameless Man has his hands on his hips.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Ryan: You made me a comic book.
      Seth: This is no ordinary comic book, my friend. This is an origin story. Now, you may have never saved the planet, but you did save us, so... This is our story.
      That's true, when you showed up, I had a super power but it was one I didn't want. Being invisible, not as much fun as it sounds.
      Kirsten: The ice queen was surrounded by an impenetrable force field and her silver cell phone was her only link to the outside world.
      Sandy: The litigator strained to hold the weight of the world so burning with the problems of others that he couldn't see those of his own family.
      Seth: One day, the litigator brought his work home with him. Only this time his work looked strangely like a young Russell Crowe.
      Ryan: It's okay Seth, I can read.

    • Neil: Silence treatment, uh. So I guess Kaitlin talked to you. Julie, I didn't mean for this to happen. I just needed somebody to talk to. And at first that's all it was. Just... talk.
      But you're not even listening to me, right?
      Julie: What?
      Neil: Nothing.

    • Ryan: I'm doing you guys a favor staying away.
      Seth: You're doing us a favor?
      Ryan: Face it. I always bring troubles. Trey, Volchok. You and your family... You're better off without me.
      Seth: It's not true, it's not your fault. Any of it. I'm not going anywhere until you come with me.

    • Julie: You don't mind me asking what changed your mind?
      Ryan: I just realized. I have to do this.

    • Julie: (to Ryan) You see, after it happened, I hired a private investigator, to find out where he went. Volchok. And now I know. All the information is in this file. I'm not giving it to the cops. Jail's too good for him. I'm giving it to you. You are the only person that can understand how I feel.
      And you can do with it... with him what you want.
      Ryan: I don't want it.
      Julie: What?
      Ryan: I don't care about him. I don't care about anyone. And I don't want to start.
      Julie: That's, that's a lie. Ryan, that's... I know you. Even if you didn't come to her funeral, or you've never visited her grave, you still CARE.

    • (at Marissa's grave)
      Julie: I was wondering when you'd finally come here.
      Ryan: Thanks for meeting me.
      Julie: I'm here everyday.

    • (Summer is handing out fliers)
      Summer: Chicken lovers unite!
      Student: (Takes a flier) I absolutely love chicken nuggets.
      Summer: (Snatches the flier) It's people like you who stop chickens from flying free!
      Student: Chickens can't fly.

    • Seth: Table set for four. Still feels kind of weird.
      Sandy: Well things have been a little weird around here lately. Tonight might not be any different. We shouldn't be expecting any miracles.
      Seth: No zippy one-liners.
      Kirsten: Not a lot of smiles.
      Sandy: Few grunts. Occasional shrug.
      Seth: Yeah, it'll be just like old times.
      Sandy: And I'm looking forward to it.

    • Summer: Ryan, take a deep breath. Just let me do what I do best.
      Ryan: Which is what?
      Summer: Giving orders. Just do what I say, Atwood. One last time.

    • Seth: You haven't even been home yet, you don't want to drop off your bag or...
      Summer: What's the point of going home? If the polar ice caps keep melting at their current rate, all of Newport will be under water in ten years anyway.

    • Seth: (about Ryan's cage fighting) I liked your whole performance, it's very Fight Club. Of course, at the end of that movie it turns out Edward Norton is insane.

    • Julie: I have no feeling in my extremeties.
      Neil: Well I'm sure you have a pill for that.
      Julie: Back off, Neil. I was almost just killed by your heinous furniture.

    • Che: Okay, is everything alright?
      Summer: Yeah. It's just, when I left to move out her everything was kind of a mess at home.
      Che: Well it's about to get worse. If the polar ice caps keep melting at the current rate, all of Newport Beach is gonna be underwater in ten years.

    • Neil: Julie! What on God's formerly green Earth are you doing?
      Julie: Oh, hi. Am I making too much noise?
      Neil: For the people who live in San Diego, no, but for the rest of us, yes.
      Julie: I was surveying the yard this morning. I think our gardener's gotten sloppy with these shrubs.
      Neil: Julie, stop. Stop it. Turn off - put that thing down. Take off the goggles, and talk to me. I would also require you removing the kerchief from around your mouth, thank you.
      Julie: You want to hire new landscapers? I'd be happy to do the interviews. That's a good idea, honey.
      Neil: Listen to me. I know that all this busybody business is your way of coping with an unspeakable grief but you're either going a hundred miles an hour at the bushes or you're catatonic in bed.
      Julie: Oh, I'm just so tired from all the yard work.
      Neil: Julie, I'm not saying get over it, I'm not telling you to move on. I want you to take as long as you need. But would you please just let me in? Just let me help.
      Julie: Okay. You hire the landscapers, I'm gonna go plug in my glue gun and finish those seagrass placemats I started last night.

    • Kirsten: Why don't you invite him (Ryan) to dinner?
      Seth: He didn't go to Marissa's funeral. Do you really think he wants to come over for family dinner at the Cohens?

    • Seth: What?! I'm sorry, maybe I didn't understand you correctly. Did you seriously just ask if there was a comic book based on the X-Men movie?
      Girl runs away crying
      Kirsten: Hey, sweetie. How's work?
      Seth: I'm worried, Mom. I'm worried about the future of America. Leon-
      Leon: Our world's going to hell.

    • Julie: Hey, Kaitlin. Why aren't you at school?
      Kaitlin: Because it's 8:00 at night, and a Saturday.
      Julie: Oh, that's nice. Well, I guess I'm gonna get going.
      Kaitlin: Where are you going? You know you're not supposed to be driving at night anymore.
      Julie: Great boots, baby.

    • Seth: Aren't you going to invite me in? So, the utility closet is the new poolhouse, things change. It's the Seth-Ryan time that counts

    • (Seth knocks on door)
      Seth: Ryan? Ryan?
      Ryan: Seth, go away. I'm sleeping.
      Seth: You're sleeping? And you're talking? Ryan, I don't even see how that's possible unless you're talking in your sleep - door opens - Hey. look. You're awake.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Episode's Title: "The Avengers"

      "The Avengers" was a 1960's English Television Show, that later was made into a movie in 1998, about two scret agents John Steed and Emma Peel.

    • Give a hoot, don't pollute

      Summer's voicemail message to Seth is from an old 70's PSA from Woodsy Owl that ran during Saturday morning cartoons.

    • On her way to the airport, Summer mentions a protest on seal poaching and Heather Mills McCartney.
      Heather Mills McCartney is the Founding Patron of Adopt-A-Minefield UK and a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador. She has protested many things, including campaigning to raise funds and awareness to rid the world of landmines, protests against the international trade in cat a dog fur, and recently against seal killing. She and her husband, Beatles' singer Paul McCartney, announced their separation in May of 2006. As of the air date, the divorce has not been finalized.

    • Seth: I liked your little performance, it was very Fight Club. Of course, at the end of that movie it turns out Edward Norton is insane.
      Referencing the 1999 movie in which a desk working young man seeks an escape from his mundane existence with the help of a devious soap salesman (Brad Pitt). They find their release from the prison of reality through underground fight clubs, where men can be what the world now denies them. Their boxing matches and harmless pranks soon lead to an out-of-control spiral towards oblivion. The young professional is narrated by Edward Norton.

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