The O.C.

Season 3 Episode 3

The End of Innocence

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 22, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Jimmy must once more make the difficult decision to leave or stay with his family; Kirsten returns to the Cohen household while Charlotte has to leave her house; Marissa and Ryan face a possible separation; Taylor lords over the school musical and makes Summer and Seth her stooges.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in thie ep of the show the oc jimmy cooper has to make the difficutl decsion on what ever to leave his family or stay with them afte finding out that the will was nothing and there was no money being left and that kirsten only got a note and that kirstens friend sharlot is being kickedo out of her house even though she lied it was not really hers and that summer and seth have to be talorys stooges for the play since they are being accued of stealing the play stuff this was a good ep i thought and it was very excitingmoreless
  • Ryan and Marrisa are now both kicked out of harbour. They plan on sticking togther but that is ruined when julie and jimmy decide that the coopers should move away and start over.The contents of Caleb's will are revealed.moreless

    This episode was good. I'm glad that kirsten finally returned home, because that charlotte really annoys me. I think that Julie deserved getting nothing from Caleb. I found it wierd that Marrisa actually kinda wanted to leave newport bit i supose i get it abit. I thought it was wired that it played jimmy getting beaten up at the same time as ryan and marrisa sleeping together. It was good to watch!moreless
  • Marissa and Julie hugging and crying? That's a first.

    Jimmy is such a great guy that it really sucked seeing him leave the show once again, but it sucked even more seeing him get ruthlessly beat up under the pier. Though it created a special moment between Marissa and Julie, one that comes once in a blue moon; Marissa is actually weeping with her mom in sorrow. As silly as that sounds, for all the arguing and drama they've had between each other, it was pretty emotional seeing them embrace each other. And that wasn't just the lone other worldly moment this episode, Seth taking the fall instead of selfihsly dragging others down with him was a first, especially for Summer. And best of all it ends with a happy ending despite the ensuing drama that has happened in the previous minutes before the ending.moreless
  • An outstanding & completely underrated episode! Two thumbs up!

    An outstanding & completely underrated episode! Two thumbs up! I just LOOOOOOVED it! The music in this episode was fantastic & it included the beating up of Jimmy that made me cry! I loved the Kirsten / Charlotte storyline for once, and the Marissa & the Cooper family leaving storyline was perfectly done! The Summer / Seth / Taylor storyline continued to be amazing & I loved how Seth took the fall for Summer at the end. The Tiki Sex scene was awesome! A really mind-bowing episode! Oh & I forgot to mention Caleb's will, it was so sad that Julie was left with nothing & so happy that Kirsten got that amazing letter!moreless
  • That's how I love The OC

    Finally Jimmy and Julie seem to be at the same page, but something gets in the way and in the end Jimmy once again flees the scene, leaving Julie heartbroken and lonely.

    I think the scene where Marissa gave her mother the ring was so sad. Also, for the first time in a long time it seemed like there was some kind of bond between Marissa and her mother. I liked the ending, even though it was sad!

    And then there's that great song (forgot the name) when Jimmy is beat up and Marissa and Ryan finally "do it". It was about time and I think they were so sweat in this episode!moreless
Michael Adler

Michael Adler

Jeff Frenkel

Guest Star

Eric Mabius

Eric Mabius

Dean Hess

Guest Star

Blake Robbins

Blake Robbins


Guest Star

Tate Donovan

Tate Donovan

Jimmy Cooper

Recurring Role

Autumn Reeser

Autumn Reeser

Taylor Townsend

Recurring Role

Jeri Ryan

Jeri Ryan

Charlotte Morgan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: As seen from the outside, that tiki hut was way too small for Ryan and Marissa to lie down in.

    • The word "family" was said 9 times in this episode.

    • In the episode last year "The O Sea" after Caleb and Kirsten fight, he goes over to pick up his medicine and Julie tells him to write Kirsten a letter which he apparently did.

      Why would he give it to his lawyer unless he knew he was going to die? Caleb would have just given it to Kirsten or sent it to her himself.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Lawyer: Caleb Nichol was a very generous man who loved his family very much.
      Julie: Sandy gave a very nice eulogy at the funeral so let's just skip the niceties, okay?

    • Julie (upon seeing Kirsten): Yeah, maybe I should check myself into rehab.

    • Ryan: You and I are both here because someone gave us a break. Now Marissa needs one.
      Sandy: Well, I think having Kirsten gone is making me all sentimental. Or maybe my brain is fried from doing all these real estate deals. Your plan poses a myriad of obstacles.
      Ryan: Anything you can do. Thank you.

    • Summer: You can't leave. I won't let you.
      Marissa: I know.
      Summer: No, I really mean I won't let you. I'll restrain you if I have to. You may be tall, but I am wiry and I have Ryan on my side.

    • Summer: Like, especially tragic. An end-of-the world, locusts and horned beasts bummer.

    • Sandy: Is there anything I need to know?
      Jimmy: No no I mean. No, are you kidding, everything's fantastic. I just wanted to give my fiancée a little peace of mind.
      Sandy: Anything for the soon to be Mrs. Cooper-Nichol-Cooper.

    • (to Taylor)
      Summer: Oh, no. All right, listen, skank! Just because you're saying really mean things in, like, a really nice voice doesn't mean that we don't realize that you're just some stupid little...skank!

    • Seth: (to Ryan) Why do you need cheering up? I'm the one who's gonna get his ass cheeks duct taped together.

    • Summer: (looks at Seth) Without Ryan, it'll be like freshman year for Cohen. Slammed into lockers, shoes peed in, ridiculed as death-breath-Seth.
      Marissa: Didn't you used to call him that?

    • Kirsten: It's an apology. Aw, my dad. Of course he'd have to be dead to say nice things.

    • Kirsten: So … your grandpa's broke.
      Seth: Ryan and Marissa don't go to school anymore.
      Ryan: Jimmy Cooper just sailed out of town again.
      Seth: I got two months of detention.
      Sandy: That's the great thing about this place – nothing ever happens.

    • Dean Hess: I'm not going to give you the satisfaction of a reunion with Ryan and Marissa. I'm going to keep you here … with me.
      Seth: That's creepy.

    • Summer: You know, isn't it a little immature of seniors to be giving wedgies?
      Seth: They were sophomores. Large, bitter sophomores.

    • Seth: (to the Dean) Go ahead and expel me. At the rate you're going, the school's going to be empty by Thanksgiving.

    • Seth: Is it my fault that most of our half-baked adolescent schemes go hopelessly awry and my dad has to bail us out?
      Ryan: Usually, yeah.

    • Marissa: Dad. Look. I don't know what kind of trouble you're in, but ... if you have to go, then go ... but if you leave, then I don't want you to come back.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      "Wish I Was Dead Pt. 2" by Shout Out Louds
      "Gangsters and Thugs" by Transplants
      "Salvation" by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
      "Baby Blue" by All Sad Girls Are Beautiful
      "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" by Matt Pond PA