The O.C.

Season 2 Episode 16

The Blaze of Glory

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 17, 2005 on FOX
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Spring has flung in Newport where Marissa recruits Ryan to help her with Harbor School's Pep Rally Bonfire. Alex accepts that she and Marissa are from two different lives and knows she is fighting a lost cause. Seth is stuck and misses last year's good times while Summer disagrees and tells him it's time to move on. Meanwhile, Julie still doesn't know what she is gonna do about her blackmailer and seeks some advice from Sandy. Kirsten wants Carter to stick with the magazine despite his reservations.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep fo the show the oc marrisa wants ryan to help put the bonfire togeather and alex must deal with the fact that she and marrisa are from two diffrent lives and that they will never really work and that it wouldnt of worked and seth must deal with the fact that last year is over and things cant really go back to that and summer says last year is over and sandy is asked by julie for legal advice about her blackmailer and that she still must go throught with the magizine this was a good ep i thoughtmoreless
  • Things are back to where they were before, and it only took half a season.

    Interesting episodes on all storyline fronts. Julie Cooper's little sex scandal video has reached new heights and has involved Sandy. As interesting it is to see Sandy help out Julie whom he has a strong dislike for, Julie's speech she made to him to convince him to help her was pretty touching, true words from a mother that loves her daughter. Actually does suck to see Marissa constantly rejecting her own mom. Like expected, Sandy found a way to make things work but the case isn't solved yet.

    Now, the real meat came from the triangle relationship between Marissa, Ryan, and Alex. Seeing boyfriends get over protective of their girlfriends is common to see, but to see a girlfriend do the same against a guy, don't think I'll ever see that happen in real life. And as always, the very strong writing and hilarious lines just keeps you interested for that next knee slapping joke or gag. Seth never fails to make you laugh.moreless
  • Ryan helps Marissa in building a bonfire.

    This episode of The OC is one of my favorite's of season 2. First off I like Ryan and Marissa's part, when they want Ryan helps Marissa. Also I love how they incorpurated Captian Oats in. I love Marissa's reference back to Captian Oats stating that he would be proud or deeply distrubed. I thought that was hialrious. Also Seth is like if Ryan toucches you, you just neigh, then Ryan punches him. that had me rolling. I have know clue why I guess just Seth's funny face after he did it. Then at the end, Alex comes up in w hite beater looking all tough saying she is going to kick Ryan's butt. That was great. This was a good story line.moreless
  • The O.C. Orange County, It's where all the beautiful people live.

    Marissa recruits Ryan to help her with Harbor School's Pep Rally Bonfire. Alex accepts that her and Marissa are from two different lives and knows she is fighting a lost cause. Seth is stuck and misses last year's good times while Summer disagrees and tells him it's time to move on. Meanwhile, Julie still doesn't know what she is going do about her blackmailer and seeks some advice from Sandy. Also, Kirsten wants their editor, Carter, to stick with the magazine despite his reservations.

    - Alexmoreless
  • Ryan punching Seth is one of the funniest moments of this season.

    I laughed very hard when Seth was talking to Captain Oats (that if Ryan were to touch Oats in 'that' way, for Oats to neigh). It was even better when Ryan punched Seth in the arm.

    Seth trying to revive the Ryan/Marissa relationship is great but I don't see why Summer got so upset about it. You'd think she would have wanted to see Ryan and Marissa happy together, but it makes sense that she realizes that Ryan and Marissa apart makes them happier and Summer would want to keep that happiness. It also seems like Summer would be happy that Marissa would let go of her lesbian relationship, but who knows.

    Most of the episode was really funny. They were getting rid of the final "new kid" which was okay even though I really liked Alex. I really don't like the extortionist though, and the Julie porn storyline as well. It's just stupid.

    Overall though, the 'core-four' plot was great.moreless
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Carrie Ann Nagy


Guest Star

Leanna Campbell

Leanna Campbell

Lance's Hooker

Guest Star

George Contreras

George Contreras

Punk #1

Guest Star

Johnny Messner

Johnny Messner

Lance Baldwin

Recurring Role

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

Alex Kelly

Recurring Role

Billy Campbell

Billy Campbell

Carter Buckley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Goof: When Marissa gets up from talking to Ryan about the bonfire at lunch, she sits her bag on her shoulder then from another angle she sits her bag on her shoulder again when she never took it off the first time.

    • Goof: The 33.36 point of the show shows Marrisa turning around from Ryan to go but at 33.37 point she is still looking at Ryan.

    • Goof: When Ryan, Marissa, and Summer are sitting at the table for lunch, the camera pans back and forth betwen the three of them. When Marissa says "You'll do it?" Ryan's back is off the chair, but then the camera pans over to Ryan, he is sitting with his back on the chair. Then the camera goes to show the whole group and he's off the chair again.

    • Goof: When we first see Ryan and Seth walking in school, Ryan's left sleeve is much lower than it is when they walk down the stairs and you don't see him adjust it

    • Goof: After Marissa asks Ryan to help with the bonfire, and he agrees, Marissa is about to put a piece of food in her mouth with her right hand. The camera cuts away to show Seth, and Marissa now has a bottle of water in her right hand.

    • Goof: When Ryan goes to Marissa's house to work on the bonfire, he has a bag with Captain Oats in it. When he leaves, he isn't carrying anything. But the next morning, he gives Captain Oats back to Seth.

    • Goof: When Summer is sitting on her bed braiding Marissa's hair, in one shot Summer is almost done braiding and then in the next shot she's in the middle of a next braid.

    • Goof: When Ryan and Seth are sitting on the couch in the family room, the orange pillow is between Ryan and Seth from some camera angles, and on the other side of Ryan from other camera angles.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Alex: If you go to the bonfire--it's on!
      Ryan: Fine, this sort of thing used to be my specialty. Word of advice, if you have to work this hard, it's not working.

    • Carter: It's just a little thing I like to call my wedding anniversary.
      Kirsten: You're divorced.
      Carter: No wonder this party sucks.

    • Julie: (about her porn tape) It was the 80s. I was young, I had no money, was the 80s.

    • Seth: Well, Coop, I think I got...
      Marissa: First of all, only Summer calls me Coop.
      Seth: Yeah, but I figured, we're back together now, and, you know, A equals C and B equals C, then A equals B. You know what I'm sayin'.
      Marissa: No, I really don't.

    • Seth: I gotta say, this year, not as good as last.
      Ryan: You think?
      Seth: I do. I mean, look, we all tried some new things, and that was fun. Yard guys, illegitimate daughters, less fighting, more live music...
      Ryan: Well, I think you remember last year as better because it was all new.
      Seth: So you think I've sentimentalized the past all out of proportion?
      Ryan: Yeah, come on. We can't keep living in last year.
      Seth: Sure we can.

    • Marissa: Hey. I thought you weren't coming.
      Ryan: Captain Oats was rather concerned that he wouldn't be represented.

    • Ryan: It's not about me, I'm here because of her mom.
      Alex: What are you and Julie Cooper a team, now?

    • Ryan: I'm not going to the bonfire.
      Julie: But you have go to the bonfire.
      Ryan: What, are you and Seth working on the same team now?

    • Ryan: Live in the now, Seth.
      Seth: I'm sorry. I'm afraid I can't do that.

    • Seth: I gotta say, last year? Better than this year.
      Ryan: Maybe it's because last year was new.

    • Marissa: Hello, Mother. No I'm not coming home, okay, bye.

    • Alex: I need your advice, it's about Marissa.
      Seth: Oh Okay, Well, I'm a little fuzzy on your guys' relationship, so perhaps you have some photos, or video, or things you ...

    • (At the bonfire)
      Seth: Hey, I think Captain Oats would be very proud... or deeply disturbed by this visual.

    • Summer (to Seth) : We have a four alarm fire. Break out your hose Cohen. (Seth looks down...)
      Summer : That was a metaphor.

    • Sandy: Julie, you scared me. More than usual.
      Julie: Always a pleasure, Sanford.
      Sandy: Only Caleb gets to call me Sanford because he won't not.

    • Seth (about Ryan): That guy worked an entire summer in construction. And also he enjoys architecture and burning stuff down.

    • Alex (to Marissa at the pep rally): I think....that this is your life, and I don't fit in.

    • Summer(talking to Marissa): You can't ride two horses with one ass...(Marissa looks at her)...It's a proverb.

    • Julie (after Marissa hangs up on her): She's such a little me!

    • Julie: I am so screwed.
      Sandy: I know, I saw the footage.

    • Seth (to Captain Oats): Oats? Now, Ryan is going to use you as an inspiration. Now, if he touches you any place weird ... and by weird, I mean (whispers), I want you to neigh as loud as you can.

    • Kirsten: He (Carter)wants to take it beyond gossip and dish. Focus on culture, the local art scene.
      Sandy: So it's really more of a pamphlet than a magazine.

    • Carter: This magazine is about 55 year-old women with 25 year-old breasts.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Seth's discusion with Ryan about last year being better than this year is in reference to many fans who felt season 2 wasn't as good as season 1.

    • Music:
      "Meantime" by The Futureheads
      "What I'm Looking For" by Brendan Benson
      "Debaser" by Pixies
      "Frequency" by Feeder
      "Rock You Like A Hurricane" by Scorpions
      "AFK" by Pinback
      "Snakes of Hawaii" by Army Navy
      "A Smile That Explodes" by Joseph Arthur


    • Sandy: a Boogie Nights reference (to Julie)
      Boogie Nights is a 1997 movie starring Burt Reynolds and Mark Wahlberg about the porn industry in California in the seventies and eighties.