The O.C.

Season 3 Episode 21

The Dawn Patrol

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 13, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Ryan decides to go and invite his mother to his graduation party. Taylor and Summer work together to try and find out what Seth is hiding, but Summer ends up getting hurt. Marissa realises she is in bad company after she finds out how low Volchok's friends can go. Sandy is able to fix his work problems with Matt but while doing so he hurts Kirsten.moreless

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  • Damn wow

    Well, looks like it's shaping up to be another climatic, or anti climatic, season finale. Lots and lots of drama, and even more potential for even more drama. This episode should be epic, but because it suffers from the same thing that this entire season has suffered from, which is too many damn storylines, the enjoyment is retracted. First off there's Marissa's relationships with Volchock and her mother, then there's Seth and Summer's deteriorating relationship, Matt's legal troubles with Sandy, Sandy's once again dying relationship with his mom, and of course, Ryan deciding whether or not to invite his mom to his graduation. All these scenarios were actually executed pretty nicely--besides Marissa's terrible acting. Summer and Seth's in particular was pretty dramatic and awesome to watch, and Ryan's moment with his mother is pretty touching, but there's just too much!moreless
  • nice

    This episode has Ryan travelling to go visit his mum Dawn to give her tickets to his graduation while visiting he hooks up with a girl named chloe. Marissa attends one of volcheks parties and helps save heather from getting raped this makes her realize that volchek isnt her type of guy and goes home to julie also Summer stands on the coffee cart and declares who love for Seth but he turns her down because he doesnt want to tell her about prom and lastly Kirsten is sturggling with the pressure of being alone and opens a bottle of wine but tips it away before she can drink it.moreless
  • "i don't love you anymore"

    Awww... this episode was so sad. I started crying when seth told summer he didn't love her anymore. I hated seeing them break up because they are so perfect for each other. but him telling her that he didn't love her anymore was obviously the biggest lie, he was just doing what he thought would be the best for her in the long run which is really sweet. it was so sad when they were sitting in detention together and you could tell that they were both hurting really bad. i am really happy that they get back together at prom though. i love them.moreless
  • The OC. Episode 21

    Julie and Volchok's little talk was the best part. "Keep that grimey paw away from me... Unless you wanna see what ten years of Cardio Bar can do to your face." LOL

    It turns out Ryan doesn't miss Sadie that much. :D

    Anyway, episode full of touching moments.

    1. When Marissa figured Volchock's lifestyle is definitely dangerous, she comes back home and Julie is there, waiting for her. The hug she and Julie shared was very sweet and delicate, also because of the song ("I've been waiting for you") in the background.

    2. Summer's coffee cart love declaration.

    3. When Ryan realizes his mother loves him, after all. The whole thing wasn't mushy but really nice, in my opinion.

    I have to say it: Cohens men are turning into complete morons. Especially Seth.

    Well, if he keeps on like that I'll call him little "Marisso".moreless
  • did it dawn on them that they are pulling at strings?

    This episode just doesn\'t do it for me. It seems to be totally irrelevant to any of the plot currently goign on and just a sidetrack. I guess I just felt the part with Ryan and his mom was very contrived. The part with Summer and Seth was good we finally got a break up, I mean seariously this show is getting a little stagnant. We also got to see Marissa breaking away from Volchek. Though the whole date rape scene was a little overdone. The OC just seems to be losing it a lot this seasont there is just so many weak episodes, they really need to work on it.moreless
Nicole Garza

Nicole Garza


Guest Star

Perry Anzilotti

Perry Anzilotti

Mr. Greenberg

Guest Star

Blake Gibbons

Blake Gibbons


Guest Star

Autumn Reeser

Autumn Reeser

Taylor Townsend

Recurring Role

Cam Gigandet

Cam Gigandet

Kevin Volchok

Recurring Role

Daphne Ashbrook

Daphne Ashbrook

Dawn Atwood

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Ryan: Best not to tell my mom about the beer.
      Chloe: Also not gonna tell these guys you're under twenty one.
      Ryan: Mm, good idea ... (clinks bottle with Chloe's)... cheers.
      Chloe: You travelled pretty far to avoid her.
      Ryan: Yeah, well, I'm workin up to it, I don't know how much you know but my mom and I haven't always had the easiest relationship.
      Chloe: Knowing Dawn a little... I figured but if it makes you feel better she's doing well.
      Ryan: Yeah I saw that, she seemed happy; there was a tattooed guy that made me a little nervous but...
      Chloe: Oh that's just Ron, her new boyfriend.
      Ryan: That's what I was afraid of.
      Chloe: He looks hardcore... And yeah he does own a rather large snake but he's got a good heart.
      Ryan: Mm, yeah, they all do at first.

    • Sandy: (to Matt) You're talking blackmail? it's not even noon yet.
      Matt: Tell your boy Griffin to pay up in cash tomorrow or I start spreading the news. Put it on his tab.
      Sandy: You're getting yourself in pretty deep here Matt.
      Matt: No deeper than you.

    • Marissa: Spare me the lecture.
      Julie: No lecture, I get it, he's cool, he's got great abs... an personifies everything that's bad for you Marissa.
      Marissa: Oh, so you wanna sleep with him instead.
      Julie: Marissa the choices you make now are gonna affect your future
      Marissa: He's not that bad... Look you were wrong about Ryan, maybe your wrong about him.
      Julie: Yeah, well, we're not gonna test that theory, because I'm not gonna allow it.

    • Julie: Listen up, Tommy Lee. You're just the latest in a series of experiments my daughter likes to make when acting out. So enjoy it because right here, right now is as good as it gets for you. Soon, Marissa is going to wake up and realize she is so much better than you and your life.
      Volchok: And you think she's gonna come running back to you?
      Julie: Marissa knows that I will be there for her whenever she decides to come home because I am her family, not some punk with a smart three brain cells and a good coke connection. You tell her that.

    • Summer: The only thing that would make me feel better is seeing that assless gutless wus skinned and flayed and served as assless, gutless wuss tartare.
      Taylor: Oh well, that's very descriptive Summer.
      Summer: Alright look T ta the T. I know you're all up with life down with God and you have a very positive optimistic view on the world but I'm not having it.
      Taylor: Summer I'm not trying to offer you anything other than my friendship but you know, I mean, if you want to be alone that's totally ok with me too.
      Summer: How could he lead me on and agree that we should plan our futures around being together... And then just decide, oh you know what, yeah maybe we shouldn't... We're not destined for each other, that I should just go ship off to Rhode Island all alone, I'm literally going to be deserted on an island.
      Taylor: Well technically Rhode Island is only bordered on three sides by water so...I ... It was an awful thing to do
      Summer: and to think; just two years ago he stood up on that very coffee cart and declared his love for me.
      Taylor: Oooh... That was so sweet... You didn't see me but I was there, and I remember that geek was totally in love with you.
      Summer: And I have only gotten hotter since then.
      Taylor: yeah
      Summer: Something is up... A guy like Cohen is physically incapable of walking away from a girl like me, unless he is hiding something, and no one hides anything from me, I'm gonna get to the bottom of this and no one is gonna stop me, thank you so much for our pep talk.

    • Kirsten: (to Ryan) Well, whatever happens you have at least one proud mother watching you when you graduate.

    • Volchok: (to Julie) It's nice to meet you. (He stretches out his hand)
      Julie: Keep that grimey paw away from me... Unless you wanna see what ten years of Cardio Bar can do to your face.

    • Seth: I think I made the worst mistake of my entire life. Now I need to get Summer back and I have to get in to Brown.
      Ryan: Great. How?
      Seth: That's were you come in
      Ryan: We need a plan?
      Seth: It's gonna be a long night, Ryan. A lot of whining, a lot of pining... maybe some brainstorming. You don't mind?
      Ryan: It's good to be home. Alright, how are we gonna get you Summer back?
      Seth: Plan A: I fake my own death. You never wanna underestimate the power of the sympathy vote.
      Ryan: Is there a plan B?

    • Julie Cooper (to Volchok): Don't get smart with me, you don't have the equipment.

    • Ryan (to Dawn): I may live in Newport, but I'm still your kid after all.

    • Seth: (To Summer) I don't love you anymore.

    • Summer (to Seth, standing on coffee cart): Look, I love you this much, and I wanna be with you now, and next year, and whatever comes after that. So I'm asking, in the presence of this coffee cart and the sacred moment that it represents, if you can honestly tell me that you don't love me anymore.

    • Taylor: In the rock-paper-scissors of romance, love trumps fear. Actually, love trumps everything.

    • Summer: Cohen broke up with me. Only he has the power to unbreak us up.

    • Summer (to Seth): I only broke up with you so that I could find out why you were breaking up with me in the first place.

    • (On Phone)
      Seth: Hello?
      Ryan: Hey man.
      Seth: How's Albuquerque?
      Ryan: Well, I did just hook up with a waitress.
      Seth: Aww, that never happened to me, stallion.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      "A Picture Of Me Without You" by George Jones
      "Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes" by Sun Kil Moon
      "Any Sound" by The Vines
      "Foxy Foxy" by Rob Zombie
      "Woman" by Wolfmother
      "Waiting For You" by Ben Harper


    • Julie: Listen up, Tommy Lee.

      Tommy Lee is the drummer for punk grunge band Motley Crue and former husband of Pamela Anderson. He is known for his badboy antics and his punk-like lifestyle.