Marissa and Ryan's relationship is explored during this episode, as New Years Eve looms closer, and Ryan finds himself struggling to tell Marissa how he really feels.
Seth also finds himself alone on New Years Eve, following his rejection of both Anna and Summer. Ryan and Seth are left at home with Kirsten's sister, Hailey who has returned to Newport and has decided to shack up in Ryan's pool house.
This episode is also one of the first to introduce Oliver as a character and begins to shed light on his personality and his first moment with Marissa, a character whom he grows a dangerous attraction to. The music throughout this episode is great and really gives us a vibe of what New Years Eve is like in areas like The OC. The scenes between Kirsten and Sandy are hilarious and show more insight into their limits as a couple and their long-lasting relationship. The most memorable scenes from this episode are definitely the final scenes, in which Ryan is trying to get to Marissa just before midnight. The scene between Kirsten and Hailey after her 'rager' is also very strong, and it was a great introduction to their family history and Hailey's background. The scene where Anna meets Seth on the driveway is also a great way to establish the relationship between the two that slowly begins to develop into something much more.