The O.C.

Season 3 Episode 9

The Disconnect

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 08, 2005 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Marissa visits Johnny at his house after his accident to see how he is doing. Julie and Kirsten get a contract for their new catering buisness while Sandy, Ryan and Matt meet with investors.

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show the oc marrisa wants to see how johney is doing since his accident and how it may ruin his surfing chances now and it seems he is having a hard time and she thinks he may be into drugs and she wants ryans help on it. and ryan and sandy and his partner are going to meet with the investors and they can only tell them so much since the partner goes out late parting and sorta does not take it series so ryan has to help him this was a good ep i thought and it was very exciting.moreless
  • Not sure about the general audience, but I'm finding the third season to be spectacular.

    This is what The O.C. was about in the first season; a great mix of drama and slice of life. We have some mild drama between Johnny and Marissa, some intermediate stuff with Ryan and his new coworkers broken heart, and then some fun comic relief stuff with not only Julie and Kirsten starting up their business, but Seth and Summer's little battle of the wits moment. And how the episode ended was just a beautiful romantic moment set up by fate; for Marissa and Ryan to be in each other's rooms and talking, it moves the heart. The comedy that seemed to have been declining over the course of the show has also made its valiant return here. Not as funny as the stuff in the first season but it's up there.moreless
  • Well, I DEFINETELY didn\'t see the whole Johnny-Marissa thing coming.....(subtle roll of the eyes) Hopefully the season won\'t continue this badly.

    Well, well, well. Apart from Seth and Summer, this episode pretty much died. Johnny falls over in the kitchen and its all \"Oh my God!!\" Dramatic seems to be Marissa\'s middle name...and she certainly brought it to this episode. Julie and Kirsten are a great acting duo. Loved Julie\'s reaction towards the business...and her \'interesting\' ideas. Matt seems to be a problem..and i can see him being a problem in future episodes. There was hardly any Ryan in this episode! He didn\'t have his own storyline and so all he did was feed of the vulture that is Marissa and do some work with Matt...yeah...\'work\'. Hardly what you call \"going deep\". Overall..a pretty uninteresting episode but i\'ll still give it an 8\'ll pick itself up.moreless
  • The OC. Episode 9

    It turns out:

    - Summer is a genius and can even play the tuba. LOL

    - Marissa feels a deep vocation to be a nurse maid. Please.

    - Ryan's internship was a little bit eventful. :D

    - Sandy can’t help forgiving everyone.

    - Johnny is in love with Marissa. Astonishing surprise.

    - Kirsten’s storyline is the most boring ever. I mean, is her character supposed only to cook all the way? At this point, Carter, come back!

    - Julie didn’t hit it off with the guy who could get her out of the sleazy trailer. And that’s really a shocker. :D

    Anyway, the end was great. I liked the way Seth and Summer worked out the whole Brown thing and even Ryan and Marissa talking on the phone were cute.moreless
  • Don't get me wrong, I love The O.C. and watch it religiously, and I would have never have been able to pick a "worst episode", until now... There was some intriging plot and character development to be had here, but unfortunately, this episode was too slomoreless

    Don't get me wrong. I've been a huge fan of The O.C. since... around mid-way through season one, but I caught up by watching re-runs and purchasing both DVD box sets.

    Anyway, in regards to the episode itself, nothing really happened, and as much as it pains me to say this, this would probably have to be the worst episode in the series to date.

    Sure there was some character development (Seth and Summer's relationship especially). And the sub-plot between Kirsten and Julie is most certainly intriging but I can't help but to think that there could have been so much more to the episode.

    Oh gosh, Johnny's a less psychopathic carbon copy of Oliver. At least he'll be dead soon enough.

    And Summer's constant references to her father somewhat imply that he'll be around for next week's episode (which according to the episode guide, he most certainly will).

    At least I have Kaitlin Cooper, Dawn Atwood, Chrismukkah, Johnny's death, Jess, and the relationship between Julie and Neil to look forward to over the coming weeks and months.

    I'm still a huge fan of The O.C., but if the show wants to pick up in ratings and rake in new fans, they'll need to try a little harder than this.

    Although admittedly, the episode did have me chuckling a little more than usual. :-p

Andrea Pearson

Andrea Pearson


Guest Star

Jeremy Brandt

Jeremy Brandt

Jeff Granzow

Guest Star

Adam Donshik

Adam Donshik

Brown rep

Guest Star

Ryan Donowho

Ryan Donowho

Johnny Harper

Recurring Role

Jeffrey Hephner

Jeffrey Hephner

Matt Ramsey

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The movie that Marissa was watching at Johnny's house while Johnny was sleeping was Rebel Without a Cause. You could hear James Dean and Natalie Wood pretending to be a married couple and talking about having children as they walked through an abandoned house.

      One of the lines was James Dean doing an impression of Mr. Magoo when he says "Drown 'em like puppies.".

    • Goof: If you look at Marissa's phone throughout the episode you will notice that her cell phone changes.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Kirsten: How was your date?
      Julie: Oh, it was awful. We totally didn't click, we had nothing to talk about, his tongue was like sandpaper.

    • Seth: ...My intelligence was the one quality she admired in me. It made me almost a man in her eyes.
      Ryan: C'mon, man. That's not true. You've got plenty of other positive qualities. You're funny. When you want to be.
      Seth: Have you noticed how Summer's gotten a lot funnier lately? I mean, I think she's funnier than me now.
      Ryan: You're an expert in comic books and Yakuza films.
      Seth: Girls don't like that.
      Ryan: You know how to work a grill.

    • Seth: So, Ryan. You're a working man now. How's the job going? Model homes, calculators, dudes in suits. I bet that's pretty exciting stuff.
      Ryan: You'd be surprised.

    • Jeff: I haven't invited anyone. I was hoping, Julie, that you might join me for dinner.
      Kirsten: Mr. XYZ, if this is a joke it's not funny. I spent two days cooking and Julie bought a Flower Mart.

    • Seth: Did you just whack me with your tuba?
      Summer: Did you just jab me with your peg leg?
      Seth: It's a tap, you little whacker.
      Summer: Jab, jabber. Why do you have to be better than me at everything.
      Seth: See, that's just it, Summer. I'm not better than you at everything. There was one thing that I was better at.

    • Kirsten: Is that a pirate costume?
      Seth: Summer and I are at war.
      Sandy: A pirate war?
      Seth: Well it turns out Brown usually takes only one student from Harbor and we both want to be it so I need a hook.
      Sandy: Oh, you mean like a Captain Hook?

    • Julie: Sandy, I don't think I'm in favor of low income housing.
      Kirsten: Julie, you live in a trailer park.

    • Summer: Well maybe I never had a dream. You know, maybe for once in my life I actually want to do something in my life. Like something important. Be the first woman in space or win one of the noble prizes.
      Seth: Summer, women have been going to space since the 60s. And it's not noble prizes, it's Nobel prize. Marie Curie won in 1903 for discovering radium.
      Summer: I think you've made your point.

    • Summer: You will not believe this, but it turns out I am totally smart!

    • Marissa: Because I might become a surfer, get hit by a car, need surgery, and realize I already used my one favor with the best doctor in town? I think we're safe.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      "Hard To Be You" by The 88
      "My Worst Nightmare" by Fine China
      "Come On" by Client
      "The Stroke" by Billy Squier
      "Make It Bounce" by The Invisible Man
      "On And On" by Nikka Costa
      "Go Sadness" by Shout Out Louds