The O.C.

Season 4 Episode 16

The End's Not Near, It's Here

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 22, 2007 on FOX
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The Cohen family says goodbye in the series finale as the episode jumps six months after the earthquake to show the Cohens, Ryan, Taylor, Summer and the Cooper women trying to piece their lives back together. The Cohens find out that fixing up their old mansion would cost more than rebuilding it but Ryan and Seth see this as an opportunity to give Sandy and an expecting Kirsten a surprise that'll change their lives.


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  • The end of an era

    I have watched this entire series over the course of a few months thanks to a great cable network called POP. I agree with many others that the series lost some of it's charm when they killed off Marissa, even though it was quite a marketing maneuver. Oh well...

    But this series will be remembered as the last time a major TV network ever airs a drama with a male lead who is strong, courageous, wise, generous, an excellent father and faithfully married despite numerous temptations not to be - who is also a white heterosexual. The modern culture will not put up with anything like it anymore. There will never be another Sandy Cohen, and we are the worse for it.moreless
  • It's actually not a bad thing to end while on top

    It's easy to lament the end of a good series. I know. I've done it myself. But sometimes it's better to go out on top.

    Take Dexter for example. In retrospect, it probably should have ended when Debra Morgan was forced to shoot Maria LaGuerta to protect Dexter in Season 7.

    An exttra season with a crappy ending lowered the quality level of the series as a whole.

    The OC ended reasonably well.moreless
  • What happens with the Cohens, Coopers, Taylor and Summer as the end of season 4 is not near, its here.

    Well, since I didnt care much for season 4, I felt that this was one of the best episodes of the season. It pretty much tied loose ends and didnt leave you hanging, and I liked the ending to it. It was very sad as Ryan says goodbye to the Cohen house and everything. I think they couldve done without Kirsten and Julie getting pregnant but thats okay. Julie getting her college degree was good, and it was nice to see her with a guy she cared about and not just for money (since her and Jimmy cant work it out). Its also great that the Cohens went back to their house in Berekely that they were from, even though I loved their house in Newport. As far as season finales go, its not one of the best, or even one of the best episodes ever, but either way you should still see this episode! :)moreless
  • Good but still not the best ever.

    When i heard The O.C. was ending i actually cried i just loved it so much and them BAS****DS At FOX killed it and we only got 16 episodes and normally The O.C. was longer than 22 it was just unfair. In this episode the final ever ahhh it still hurts to say it it was really good but not my fave it was just so sad to see it go. The show was basically about the future and showing you what has happened in the future. IT was great to see that Sum and Seth got married and that they all lived happily ever after. THe EnD litterallymoreless
  • Perfect Ending!

    I loved The O.C.'s series finale episode "The End's Not Near, It's Here". It was an amazing ending for the show. All the storylines concluded in a beautiful and funny way. I thought the show would lose it's taste after the killing of Marissa Cooper but I was wrong. I instead loved Taylor Townsend more, with her crazy obsessions to do right, stalk Ryan Atwood and just be the same funny Taylor Townsend. The earthquake scared the hell outta me but it was good to see the Cohens move to Berkeley where Sophie Rose Cohen is born. I wish they had brought the Nana for this episode. Seth getting married to Summer, Julie finally graduating and depending on herself for change, Ryan getting a architect job and saving a kid too, sandy becoming a university lecturer in a law school... i mean I LOVED it. The final scene with Ryan in the Cohen home with flashbacks was so sad, having seen from where he came from to the current day. I just LOVED this episode. Long live The O.C.!!!!moreless
Easton Gage

Easton Gage

Young Kid

Guest Star

Curtis Mark Williams

Curtis Mark Williams


Guest Star

Don R. Williams

Don R. Williams


Guest Star

Todd Sherry

Todd Sherry


Recurring Role

Brandon Quinn

Brandon Quinn

Spencer Bullit

Recurring Role

Gary Grubbs

Gary Grubbs

Gordon "The Bullit" Bullit

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • The musical score from the pilot episode is used throughout this episode.

    • When Ryan tells Taylor he just wants to be friends, she answers "Ryan Atwood, mon ami, sounds terrif". She said the same thing in The Summer Bummer, when Ryan suggested they be friends.

    • The Save the California Sea Otter flyer (which may be a reference to Seth's spirit animal) is run by the Friends Aligned To Save Others, aka "FATSO".

    • Kaitlin, Frank and the child are wearing "Team Julie" T-shirts, just like the "Team Bullit" T-shirt Kaitlin wore in the episode "The Case of the Franks".

    • Taylor's date of birth is February 8, 1988.

    • When Taylor is placed onto the Terrorist Watch list at the airport, she is described on the computer screen as:

      Deceptively innocent in appearance. Known associates wanted for questioning. Mexico law enforcement may have further info on incident in that country in 2006.

    • The church Julie is supposed to get married in, before they take the wedding to Berkeley, is the same place she married Caleb and the same place his funeral was held. It has appeared in both the first and second season finales.

    • Ryan and Seth hug for the second time ever during this episode. The only other time throughout all four seasons is when Ryan was leaving in The Pilot.

    • Kirsten gives birth to a girl and she and Sandy name her Sophie Rose Cohen.

    • When Taylor meets Summer in the arrival room, there's a man with a sign saying "Schwartz", which is a referral to Josh Schwartz, creator of The O.C.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Seth: We're grandparents? Wow. That's, uh, that's amazing. Congratulations to Pancakes.

    • (Ryan takes Taylor into a room and closes the door so they can talk)
      Taylor: Okay, Ryan, what do you want to talk about?
      Ryan: Well, I realized that when I talked to you yesterday on the phone I may have been a little insensitive.
      Taylor: (sarcastically) You? Never!
      Ryan: I also realized that, if the Cohens do move to Berkeley, we... we may never see each other again.
      Taylor: (trying to act like she doesn't care) Hadn't really thought about it.
      Ryan: And... when we do say goodbye, I wanted it to be as friends.
      Taylor: Friends. (laughs a bit) Sure. Ryan Atwood mon ami. Sounds terrif. (holds out her hand for Ryan to shake.)
      (Ryan and Taylor start to shake hands quickly, then slower, then look in each other's eyes as the tension builds between them. Finally, they can't take it anymore. Ryan kisses Taylor, and as they move, Taylor rips open Ryan's shirt.)
      Taylor: (about Ryan's buttons) I'll sew those back on for you.
      Ryan: (not really caring) Yeah, okay.
      (She pushes him on to the bed, and they start making out, when--)
      Todd: (coming in through the door) Oh...kay. What is it with you people?

    • Julie: Let me see my flower girl?
      Kirsten: Julie?
      Sandy: Are you a runaway bride?
      Todd: (bringing out a huge pot of flowers) Kind of a runaway wedding.
      Ryan: Wait a minute, does that mean that every... (looks at the door)... body came with you... (sees Summer and Taylor come out the door in their bridesmaids gowns) Uh-oh.

    • Julie: Kirsten had her baby?
      Bullit: Yeah, and she says she was sorry that she couldn't be here. Now, are you ready to get hitched?
      Julie: I can't get married without Kiki, she's my best friend! I'm sorry, but I'm not doing it without her.
      (cut to Todd and Patrick opening the door of the Berkeley house)
      Todd and Patrick: (seeing the wedding party outside) Oh my God.
      Bullit: One of you wouldn't be a wedding planner, would you?
      Todd: (slowly raising his hand) ...actually...

    • Patrick: Alright, move out of the way, it's time for a feeding.
      Ryan and Seth: (simultaneously) Oh, she's gonna-- yeah, we should go. (both leave)

    • Sandy: Sophie Rose Cohen. It's got a nice ring to it.
      Kirsten: She's beautiful, isn't she?
      Seth: She really will be in two years when she doesn't look like a squished meatball.
      Ryan: You just called your sister a squished meatball.
      Sandy: Should'a seen what you looked like when you were born.
      Kirsten: Oh, he was beautiful, too.
      Seth: Yeah. I was.
      Sandy: Yeah, you looked like you went 12 rounds with Joe Frazier.

    • Sandy: We'll be outta here in just a sec.
      Kirsten: (from inside) Sandy!
      Sandy: Or not.
      Kirsten: My water broke.
      Sandy: Seth! Call an ambulance!
      Kirsten: There's no time for an ambulance.
      Patrick: Okay, this is so random, but I'm actually a midwife.
      Kirsten: Good, because this baby's coming now.

    • Todd: (opens the door, smiling) Hello.
      Sandy: Hi!
      Todd: (sees Ryan and Seth) Oh...
      Sandy: I'm Sandy Cohen, this is my wife, Kirsten, and... we used to live here.
      Todd: I'm Todd...
      Patrick: Patrick.
      Todd: and, um, yeah, your sons already told us everything about the earthquake, the hands in the cement, the baby, but, like we said--
      Sandy: You don't wanna sell, I get it. But just bein' here again, I gotta say, it still feels like home.

    • Kaitlin: (talking about all Bullit's sons) I mean, I love Bullit, but, one's kind of enough, y'know?
      Julie: You're telling me.
      Kaitlin: What are you talking about? You're about to spawn off the latest.
      Julie: Well, maybe he won't be... all that Bullit-esque.
      Kaitlin: Don't count on it, he's probably gonna come out wearing a cowboy hat telling the doctor "Bang".
      Julie: ...or a wifebeater.
      Kaitlin: Why would he be wearing a wifebea... Oh, my God, mom...

    • Tom: (gives Seth another flyer for Summer) Well, um, give her this, would ya? I hate to see someone like Summer just... waste their passion.
      Seth: Yeah. (Tom leaves) She loves otters.

    • (Seth is given a flayer about GEORGE)
      Seth: Hey, are you Paul from GEORGE?
      Tom: No, Tom from GEORGE. You know Paul?

    • Summer: (gasps) Pancakes had babies! When did this happen?
      Taylor: You didn't know she was pregnant?
      Summer: I didn't even know he was a she. Oh my God... I'm a bad crack mother!

    • (Summer picks Taylor up at the airport)

      Taylor: Did you come alone? (looks around)
      Summer: Ryan doesn't know that you're coming. (Taylor nods) You told me not to tell him.
      Taylor: (gets suitcase and starts walking) Who said anything about Ryan? We're so over, I just-- I can't even believe we ever even dated. Y'know? I don't even think I would recognize him. I just hope he shaved that mustache-- (sees Seth and Ryan walking towards them)
      Seth: Did you get the rental car?
      Ryan: Yeah. Did you get the address?
      Seth: Yeah.
      (The guys see the girls and everyone stops)
      Taylor: Ryan. Found out I was coming and decided to surprise me?
      Ryan: (in complete shock) Nnnno, I didn't know you were coming back and I'm leaving.
      Summer: Oh, well, now I'm surprised. Where are you guys going?
      Ryan: Oh, not far. We'll be back... by tonight.
      Seth: Yeah. It's a mission, I'm gonna call you.
      Taylor: Okay, well, brilliant catching up.
      Ryan: Good to see you.
      (The guys walk off)
      Seth: That wasn't awkward at all.
      Ryan: No, no, why would it be. It's not like I'm still in love with her or anything. (looks back)
      Summer: Taylor, are you okay?
      Taylor: (visibly upset) No, I'm not. I'm still in love with him.

    • Seth: Ryan! Come in, sit.
      Ryan: (looks around Seth/Summer's room) Yeah, not gonna happen. But I do need your help... with a plan.
      Seth: Does it involve leaving this room?
      Ryan: It involves... leaving the city.

    • Blonde woman: Not to pressure you but the owners are expecting other offers.
      Bullet: Oh, what the hell, blondie! I'll buy this house.

    • Seth: What was that? There IS no other Taylor Townsend? There's only one and you're in love with her?
      Ryan: Alright
      Seth: Listen, you haven't said a word since we bumped into her which I know means you can't stop thinking about her.
      Ryan: I'm gonna get some coffee.
      Seth: You love her, I know it!
      Ryan: Stop it!
      Seth: I know it!

    • Seth: I've been doing some checking-up on your new roommate. His favorite book and movie are Da Vinci Code. He's no me.
      Ryan: You say that like it's a bad thing.
      Seth: At least I leave you funnier than when I found you.
      Ryan: I'm a lot better off than when you found me.
      Seth: Me too.

    • Kaitlin (to Frank): All I want is for my mom to be happy and for my little brother to have his dad around, but not if he's gonna be a coward!
      (Kaitlin walks away, then turns around)
      Kaitlin: You know, I thought Atwoods were good at fighting.

    • Ryan(Last line, to a teenage kid looking slightly like Ryan himself): Hey kid, need any help?

    • Summer: Just remember, this isn't goodbye. You're my destiny, Cohen!
      Seth: Go save the world, Summer Roberts!

    • Summer: Aw, real-life Jake broke up with real-life April!
      Taylor: What are you doing?
      Summer: Well, I told Seth I wouldn't watch Briefcase or No Briefcase until he got home, so I'm reading about The Valley.
      Taylor: Oh my God, that show's still on?
      Summer: It's got picked up for 5 more seasons. You know, these teen dramas, they just run forever.

    • Sandy: Julie, crêpe?
      Julie: I think I'm too nauseous to eat.
      Kirsten: Morning sickness?
      Julie: Or wedding jitters, who can tell?
      Kirsten: Well, your fianceé is certainly excited about the nuptials.
      Julie: Yeah, he's kind of become a broken record, over and over again, he keeps saying--
      Bullit: Bang! Hey, Sandy!
      Sandy: Bullit!
      Bullit: Ryan, Peanut. Hey, Blondie. And there she is, the future Mrs. Gordon Bullit.

    • Ryan: Taylor sent Kaitlin a griddle from France.
      Kaitlin: With a super long note how I need to broaden my breakfast horizons. She's 6000 miles away and still annoying.
      Kirsten: Ryan, have you talked to her?
      Ryan: Oh, no, haven't read her blog, haven't looked at her scrapbook, it's over and I am OK. It's been months, I barely even think about her.
      Sandy: Even though you're living in her room.

    • Bullit: (talking about Julie) Oh man, that woman's like nailing Jell-O to a wall.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: February 23, 2007 on Network 10
      Brazil: April 12, 2007 on Warner Channel
      Latin America: April 22, 2007 on Warner Channel
      Slovakia: June 21, 2009 on Markiza

    • One of the gay men living in the Berkeley house was a waiter in episode 13 of season one, "The Best Chrismukkah Ever".

    • Peter Gallagher (Sandy Cohen), Kelly Rowen (Kirsten Cohen), Ben McKenzie (Ryan Atwood), Adam Brody (Seth Cohen), Rachel Bilson (Summer Roberts), Melinda Clarke (Julie Cooper) and Todd Sherry (Todd/Maurice/Phil/Waiter) are the only actors that appear both in the pilot and in the series finale.

      "Kaitlin Cooper" also appears in both the pilot and the series finale, only the character is played by two different actresses in these episodes.

    • Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowen, Ben McKenzie, Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson are the only actors to appear in every single episode of the series and also in all 4 seasons.

    • Music featured in this episode:
      "The New Seeker" by Clinic
      "Shine On" by Jet
      "On A Saturday" by Jacob Golden
      "Life Is A Song" by Patrick Park


    • The End in 2012

      The last scene in this finale episode (whose title even mentions the end) is shown to take place in mid 2012, which after 2000 is the next most popular candidate year for the end of the world, with the most common reference being the Mayan calendar which ends on December 21 2012.

    • Summer: Real life Jake broke up with real life April!

      This is a play at Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson, whose breakup in November 2006 was called by many the breakup of the real Seth and Summer.

    • Briefcase or No Briefcase
      The show Summer mentions throughout the episode is a reference to the NBC series Deal or No Deal.

    • Episode Title: The End's Not Near, It's Here

      The End's Not Near, It's Here is a song by The New Year and was in Season 2 episode 2. It was then covered by Band Of Horses for The O.C. Mix 6 and was played in Season 4 episode 2.