The O.C.

Season 2 Episode 6

The Chrismukkah That Almost Wasn't

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 16, 2004 on FOX
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It's Chrismukkah once again in The O.C. and this year, Seth wants to take it global. As Caleb is faced with the looming prospect of going to prison, Sandy convinces him to come forward and reveal the truth about his involvement with Renee. Julie and Jimmy spend some quality time together. Caleb's confession shocks the Cohen and Nichol family to the core, and nothing will be the same again.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the oc its that time of year agin chrismakucca and things start out to be really intense calob is talking to sand about what he should do and sandy says he should come right out and tell the truth so he wont have to go to jail and summer thinks she should take things with zack to the next level since things are going good with him and seth thinks he wants to make christmakka global and make it more widely know to people and jimmy and haley are spending more time togeather this was a good ep i thoughtmoreless
  • Although no episode deserves a perfect score, 10 is closer to 9.9 than 9.5 is.

    Wow, what can I say. Amazing episode on all fronts. Spectacular acting, the drama barometer just blasted through the roof, and in the midst of all of this carnage and genocide--yeah, huge exaggeration, but it sure felt like those things happened--it still finds a way to have one of the most heartwarming and charming endings in an episode of The O.C. ever. How the news broke out with everyone in the kitchen was just the silence before the storm and the tension really kept you on your feet. It was amazing really how the show was able to pull this off while making it feel almost natural. And Kirsten's outrage, wow, convincing and nicely played, she needs to win an Oscar for that. Heck, give her a Nobel prize. It wasn't just the drama that really made this the best episode so far in season two, but the aftermath of the truth being revealed. How Kirsten embraced her half sister really brought a tear to your eye. Just a beautiful episode.moreless
  • It's Chrismukkah time at the Cohens, and this year will be one to remember!

    The Chrismukkah That Almost Wasn't was an amazing episode; I'd say one of the best of the series. The opening sequence at the pier was an amazing and, I think iconic, shot. It really set the tone for the episode. This was pretty much the only episode where Lindsay didn't annoy me AT ALL. It was really dramatic but not overdone and had just the right balance of comedy and drama. Kelly Rowan gave one of her best performances of the series, her reaction to Caleb's confession felt genuine and real and not acted at all. The scene at the diner with Seth, Ryan, Marissa, and Summer is one of my all time favorites. You really got the feeling that they were a little family and that they'd always be there for each other no matter what. The final scene was great. I thought it was going to be really heavy and dramatic, but it was funny and it gave some resolution to the issue of Lindsay being Kirsten's sister. All in all this was a great installment and the best Chrismukkah episode of the series.moreless
  • It is Christmukkah once again & my 2nd favourite episode of The OC.... ever!

    It is Christmukkah once again & my 2nd favourite episode of The OC.... ever! It's just the perfect episode, holiday spirit, comedy, a huge drama, a feel-good ending, classic OC! Talk about the show being at it's peak! I really didn't think it was possible but I now love 2 things: Christmas episodes & Lindsay! If you accidently missed this episode, rent the DVD & watch it now! I don't care that 3/5 of the episodes before this were boring & awful, this makes up for any bad OC episode from Season 1 or 2! Christukkah, The OC, all the characters & television all at their absolute best!moreless
  • As usual, the Chrismukkah episodes are top on the OC. :D

    Great episode. Gotta love it, this is were all the famili start to realize the secrets of Caleb and the dirty spots in his past. Great to see too the Fab Four again working together, and for me Lindsay is the right person for Ryan. In the sub-plot, there\'s the relation of Julie and Jimmy... Things are gonna boil from now on, surely. Although seeing the four together was great, isn\'t a little bit strange that DJ, Alex and Zach were all spend the time out of the town?? A little flaw in the episode, but in general is one of the greatest ones.moreless
Kathleen York

Kathleen York

Renee Wheeler

Recurring Role

Shannon Lucio

Shannon Lucio

Lindsay Gardner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Goof: When Marissa, Seth, Summer and Ryan are sitting at the table and talking about the Chrismukkah being ruined, Marissa holds her hands out on the table while she's talking. When the camera changes the angle, she has her hands back to herself.

    • Seth uses the phrase "You're a Cohen. Welcome to a world of insecurity and paralyzing self-doubt" to welcome Lindsay to the family. He uses the same phrase to welcome Ryan to the family in the first season (1x04) episode "The Debut".

    • Episode Slap Count: 2

    • Goof: When Renee is in the kitchen at the Cohen house she should have definitely seen Caleb and Sandy when she looked to her right. The layout of the house is such that there is a direct pathway from the kitchen to the bar area. She looks directly to her right towards the bar but somehow manages not to see Caleb or Sandy.

    • Goof: Seth repeatedly tells Lindsay that she is "a Cohen", but this is not technically true. She is related to Seth on his mother's side, making her a Nichol. It is Seth's father that is a Cohen. She is a "Cohen" in a broad sense yes.

    • Goof: When Ryan is talking to Lindsay at school, her text book appears to be on different pages each time the camera cuts to her angle. It is obvious by the black circle in the text book that appears and disappears between takes.

    • Goof: About Caleb saying that Kirsten might forgive him but not Julie, why? Sure Julie isn't the most forgiving person, but why would Julie all of a sudden judge him so harsh on something that happened 16 years ago which she had nothing to do with. To make it easier to be with Jimmy perhaps?

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Lindsay: When I was little, all my friends were waiting for something from Santa, and I was just hoping for something, anything, from my dad.
      Ryan: Still waiting?
      Lindsay: Not anymore. Every kid grows up and stops believing in Santa. I stopped believing in my dad.

    • Seth (singing): Moses and Jesus, they both had beards.

    • Renee: Why did you want to meet here?
      Sandy: I've run out of places to go. I've had so many clandestine meetings lately I feel like I'm in an Oliver Stone movie.

    • Seth: Okay, where are we going to find some Jews in Orange County? (sees Sandy enter and snaps fingers) Father! I have just discovered the ideal job for you this Chrismukkah!
      Sandy: Chrismukkah, ugh, leave me out of it.
      Kirsten: Oy, humbug.
      Seth: Oy, humbug.

    • Marissa: This sucks. Last year the holidays were so much fun.
      Summer: Yeah, I got rejected by Cohen in a Wonder Woman costume and you got caught shoplifting.
      Marissa: Yeah, it was memorable though.

    • Seth: Now, we're gonna have to really put our heads together and do some serious Jew-cruitment. Ryan, do you think you can rope in some Hebrews?
      Ryan: Blonde hair, blue eyes. Yeah no problem, I'm a natural.
      Seth: Fair point, my Aryan friend.

    • Summer: We need a Chrismukkah miracle! (looks at Seth, Marissa, and Ryan who all look doubtful) I have a plan!

    • Lindsay: (tearfully) This is really weird.
      Kirsten: Oh … it's our family.

    • Seth: Here's the thing. Lindsay, you and I, we're kin.
      Lindsay: No! No, we're not!
      Seth: Yeah. Yeah, you are. Congratulations. You're a Cohen. Welcome to a world of insecurity and paralyzing self-doubt.

    • Marissa: You've been talking to her (Julie) a lot lately. You're not, like, becoming friends or anything?
      Jimmy: Why? Would that, uh, that be so terrible?
      Marissa: Yeah, for you.

    • Julie: It's been so long since we've done this.
      Jimmy: Well, it's like … like riding a bike. With an incredibly toned and … you know, evenly tanned and limber bike … you know, with a sharp mind and an incredible sense of interior design.

    • Sandy: Facing Kirsten and Julie has got to be better than going to jail.
      Caleb: Kirsten, maybe. Not Julie.

    • Seth: Oh gawd, what if it's starting?
      Ryan: What if what's starting?
      Seth: The Chrismukkah backlash! What if it's getting too big and commercial?
      Ryan: I feel like I'm done studying.(packs away to leave kitchen)
      Seth: Dude, I knew this would happen, it's like it starts out as this really cool, cult holiday, you know, flying beneath the cultural radar and then all of the sudden it crosses over, and then there's too much pressure. I mean truthfully, can it really be the next Thanksgiving? Can it top Halloween? The government, they're gonna be asking me to create new holidays! Seth, Seth, what about Eastover or Quantishannah? We can't let it happen!

    • Kirsten: You gonna answer it?
      Julie: Oh, no. It's just Jimmy.
      Kirsten: I thought you two were getting along really well.
      Julie: What makes you say that?
      Kirsten: Last week, when you said that you and Jimmy were getting along really well.

    • (after being late for a meeting due to being with Jimmy)
      Kirsten: Julie are you okay? You seem a little frazzled.
      Julie: Yeah, well, I didn't get to blow my hair out this morning so...
      Kirsten: I said frazzled, not frizzy.

    • (after Sandy tells them it is best not to invite Lindsay for Chrismukkah as she is involved in Caleb's case)
      Ryan: Yeah, okay. Except, I mean, what does Lindsay have to do with Caleb's case? What is she like, Caleb's hit man, drug dealer?
      Seth: Illegitimate love child?
      (Sandy glares, confirming Seth's comment)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music:
      "Christmas is Going to the Dogs" by Eels
      "As" by Har Mar Superstar
      "Mamacita, Donde Esta Santa Claus" by Guster
      "Hustle" by Van McCoy
      "Carol of the Meows" by Guster
      "Christmas" by Leona Naess
      "Silent Night" by CHAP 200
      "Maybe This Christmas" by Ron Sexsmith

    • Seth makes a reference to writing a Chrismukkah song to the tune of a song by Death Cab For Cutie, entitled "A Lack Of Color". Not only is this one of Adam Brody's favorite bands, but the song has been featured in the show before in "The Goodbye Girl".


    • Caleb: The truth is out there.

      This was the tagline from the hit FOX series, The X-Files.

    • Summer: That is so Miami Vice.
      Miami Vice was a police drama on NBC back in the '80s about two mismatched cops who constantly worked undercover to bring down the crime in Miami.