The O.C.

Season 4 Episode 13

The Case of the Franks

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 01, 2007 on FOX

Episode Recap

Valentine's day is approaching and Taylor is stunned since Ryan wants just hang out without any particular celebration. She gets suspicious as soon as she sees an address by Ryan's bed. Ryan waves it off, it's nothing important and it does not concern any other girl. In fact, it turns out Ryan was right; when Taylor checks it out, Frank Atwood shows up. Taylor tells him she happened to find his address in Ryan's room, and Frank is happy to know that Ryan did write it down, even though he has never called.

Kirsten gets nostalgic. She remembers when she got pregnant. She was only 18, and her boyfriend was Jimmy Cooper. Kirsten aborted, without telling him, and then she went to Berkeley, because she needed a fresh start.

Taylor wants Frank and Ryan have a chance to bond, so she sets up a dinner. During dinner, Julie, Bullit and Kaitlin show up. After noticing how Julie and Frank acted, Taylor and Ryan are pretty sure there is/was romance in the air. At first, Ryan isn't that thrilled about the whole thing, but then Julies catches up with him and tells him, even though it's over with Frank, she wants Ryan to know he is a good guy. "I've been with my share fair of bad guys, and your father isn't one of them". So, Ryan starts changing his mind and joins Taylor in what she named "Team Franks", whose aim is to make Bullit and Julie break up so that Frank and Julie could get an opportunity.

A psychic tells Summer and Seth that Summer's future is with George. Besides Seth finds out that the poem about "The Little Mermeid" which made Seth fell in love with Summer when he was eight was actually Taylor's. From that point on, they both start wondering if they meant to be. After talking to Kirsten, they understand that all they have to know is that they love each other a lot.

As soon as Kaitlin finds out of Taylor's idea, the war between "Team Franks" and "Team Bullit" can get started. In the end, Taylor and Ryan manages to drive Julie where there is Frank's Valentine surprise: a hot dog stand, which reminds them where they are from. And how far they could go. Frank claims he doesn't have much to offer her, but he does have his love. In that moment Kaitlin shows up and Julie says to him: "I have only one daughter left and she loves Bullit, even if I don't". Then, she gets in the car and drives away next to Kaitlin.

Meanwhile, Kirsten tells Sandy what happened so many years before. She said it was a very bad moment but then, at Berkeley, he met the love of her life. Mr Cohen, of course. And so is he, assured Sandy.

Kaitlin tells her mother that Bullit prepared for her the biggest surprise ever, but she doesn't seem thrilled. Kaitlin understands she can't keep on like this and lets her mother go. And during the next scene we see Julie getting out of the limo and coming over Frank.