The O.C.

Season 2 Episode 9

The Ex-Factor

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 20, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Seth is thrown when Alex's ex arrives in town for a visit, and is even more thrown when he finds out who it is. Julie has a plan to try and save The Newport Group, which to everyone's surprise, might actually work. Lindsay sticks out when she joins Summer and Marissa for a girls night out; meanwhile, Ryan, Seth and Zach contemplate playing it safe on a guys' night in. But nothing ever goes as planned.moreless

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  • Seth is a Drama Queen, Lindsay Gets Drunk

    If everyone's love life wasn't fraught with drama, it wouldn't be The OC. Alex's ex comes to town, Lindsay tries to hang with Marissa, and the 'rents continue to mix business and family cuz that ALWAYS ends so well.

    What is Seth's deal these days? Alex, clearly the mature one, was hesitant to date him in the first place and doesn't want any kiddie drama. So of course Seth goes and acts like a jilted 10th grade girl when her ex comes to town. Alex wants an open adult relationship, Seth wants her to hold his hand during the Valentine's dance and swear her undying loyalty to him. Clearly this is not going to work out.

    Ryan freaks out and acts like a gross controlling boyfriend when Marissa gets Lindsay drunk. Woah there, guy. Yes, you're adorable with your bad boy leather bracelet, but when you start screaming at the laydeez it really sets off some alarm bells. Chill. Lucky for you you're cute when you apologize.

    The best part of the episode was easily when Ryan walks Lindsay to the beach in an attempt to sober her, then leaves her sitting drunk and alone under the pier, late at night. Is he TRYING to get her stabbed to death by crackheads? Then, of course, they pull the old "did she drown? Nope she just went to get french fries" switcharoo. Classic.

    Fun episode! Closing thoughts: I know a lot of people hate on Lindsay, but I'll just say that literally anyone is better for Ryan than Marissa. Lindsay's type A annoyingness is sooo much better than Marissa's 'woe is me, guess I'll just get drunk'-itude. On to the next episode!moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show the oc seths girlfriends ex arrives in town he thinks its like some buff bad boy but thing is he goes over ther to see her and finds out it was a girl that was her ex and he was really shocked to find that out .and the girls and boys have there own night out but things get heated when ryan things something happend to lindsay and he starts to go off on marrisa about it saying she was draged into her kind of life style and marrisa gets upset about it this was a good ep i thoughtmoreless
  • Girls night out, guys night in, and a whole bunch of drama. Typical day in The O.C.?

    A whole lotta drama, but I'm liking where things are going. Seth did a bring up a good point about how Alex has been treating him hot and cold, and it's good to see him actually take a stand for himself instead of just allowing her to step all over him. Though the most interesting part was how it ends. Alex has hooked up with girls before, and if the ending was any indication, she wouldn't mind Marissa either. Though other than that, in terms of The O.C. standards, below average. With the four main teenaged characters splitting paths, the show so far has been concentrating on four different stories. Nevermind the fact that there is the adults to consider, which was just mildly interesting itself outside of Sandy's witty lines. More things are being covered but it feels like the quality is being sort of sacrificed.moreless
  • i loved this episode and found it hilarious.

    So i just started watching the OC reruns on SOAPnet. Id never watched it before. THis episode just came on today, and it definetly is a great one. Ive found that instead of looking forward to One Tree Hill Im staring to look forward to the OC.

    Personally i think the show is hilarious, the whole time. Practically every thing Seth says i laugh for like 5 minutes. the whole comic book meeting with and him hurting the guys feeling had me laughing unitl the next commerical.

    Though many parts were predictable i still love watchingthe show. I was on the edge of my seat when Ryan left Lindsey alone. (stupid move) then to find out she wasnt in the ocean and he went back all soaking wet was so funny.

    I was disappointed that Ryan didnt tell Marissa that thier relationship did mean something to him. And I cant wait for the next episode, tommorrow ill definetly tune in.moreless
  • alex's ex is in town, but its not the usauly kind

    i love this episode,

    but did any1 notice when seth goes to vist alex in the begining and she tells him about the ex,

    some1 goes through the curtain thing covering the door and u can see EX written (EXIT but curtains cover the rest)

    -i thought it was genius,

    also since i need to fill this up to one hundred, and i am in a rush don't bother reading the rest

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Emmanuelle Chriqui


Guest Star

Michael Simpson

Michael Simpson

Matt Miller

Guest Star

Benjamin Diskin

Benjamin Diskin

Geek #3 (Philip)

Guest Star

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

Alex Kelly

Recurring Role

Michael Cassidy (VI)

Michael Cassidy (VI)

Zach Stevens

Recurring Role

Shannon Lucio

Shannon Lucio

Lindsay Gardner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • TRIVIA: When Ryan is driving Lindsey to Marissa's for girls' night out, as he is talking about how he and Marissa met, if you look closely you can see an image of him and Marissa's first meeting next to his head.

    • The Thrills perform at The Bait Shop.

    • Goof: It is said in 'The Outsider' that Marissa is a vegetarian, but in this episode she is eating a hamburger.

    • Goof: Marissa 'compliments' Lindsay on her LL Bean black backpack, but later at lunch on in the same day at school, Lindsay is carrying a different bag slung across her shoulders, and the backpack has somehow disappeared.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Seth: Well, part of the ABC's of the X is to step aside for the I and U.

    • (Drunk Lindsay is passed out on the sofa)
      Seth: We should get her home.
      Marissa: I can do that.
      Ryan: I think you've done enough.
      Marissa: Oh, okay, so this is the part where you blame it all on me?
      Ryan: You're right. It was Lindsay's idea to pound straight vodka and pass out. Feel good to see someone else mess up for a change?
      Marissa: It was her idea. And, okay, so it got a little out of control.
      Ryan: Always does with you! You spent all last year trying to drag me down with you, and now her? You wanna make a mess out of your own life, fine! You're doing a pretty good job of it, if you ask me.

    • Ryan: (to Marissa) Hey, do me a favor, take care of her tonight, alright?
      Lindsay: Okay, Ryan, I'm not eight.
      Marissa: I promise I'll take care of her, Dad. Or I'll try anyway.

    • Sandy: Ah, a massage. You must really need something.
      Kirsten: Favor. Tiny.
      Sandy: Well ask me while you're giving me the massage, I'm much more inclined to say yes.

    • Lindsay: Wow, Marissa, that's... an amazing...skirt, and...I love your shoes.
      Marissa: Thanks. I really like your...your backpack. Where's it from?
      Lindsay: Oh, uh, L.L.Bean.

    • Seth: So what if Alex has an ex.
      Ryan: Most people do.
      Seth: That's right. He's probably some meat-head thug with her name tattooed on his bicep.
      Lindsay: Well no threat to you.
      Seth: Unless - he's a thug with a heart. He's done his time - 18 months for robbery. He was wrong, he understands that, he's mature, he's sensitive, seasoned.
      Ryan: So you're not okay.
      Seth: Not at all, Ryan, not at all.
      Lindsay: He's spiraling, huh.
      Ryan: Seth? He hasn't even begun.

    • Summer: So, I'm sorry for being Ultra-Bitch 2000 tonight.
      Zach: Tonight?

    • Sandy: It's my fault. I've once again let myself get caught up in this nasty game of Hungry, Hungry Hippos.

    • Kirsten (about the food): We have ordered enough for a small army.

    • Seth: I've got a lot of testosterone pumping. Testosterone being the key ingredient missing in Alex's previous relationship.

    • Seth: I know I should apologize. It's just my pride.
      Ryan: What pride?
      Seth: Yeah, I guess there's nothing standing in my way.

    • Seth: You know something, don't you?
      Ryan: No. No, I don't. Don't ask me.
      Seth: Dude, I'm a man in a desert, I am dying of thirst and you have a Thermos full of Kool-aid, come on, give me a sip!

    • Sandy: Honey, I don't want to alarm you, but there is a giant Julie Cooper on the table.
      Kirsten: It's Julie's idea for an image makeover, a magazine.

    • Seth: I say we go to the club and put on a fight.
      Ryan: No, bad idea.
      Zach: Why? Our girlfriends bailed on us to go drinking at a club. Have you seen the infomercials for Girls Gone Wild 'cause this is exactly how they begin?

    • Ryan: (to a very drunk Lindsay) How much did you drink tonight?
      Lindsay: I dunno ... as much as Marissa.
      Ryan: That's a lot.

    • Seth (about Alex's ex being a girl): There's only one thing I can do to make it ok.
      Zach: You're gonna hook up with a guy?

    • Seth: (about Alex's ex) Did you meet the ex? I know you did.
      Ryan: All right, yes, I did!
      Seth: And? Who is he?
      Ryan: He? ... He's a she.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music:
      "Hardcore Days & Softcore Nights" by Aqueduct
      "Play" by Flunk
      "Saturday Night" by The Thrills
      "Girls Can Be Cruel" by Infusion
      "Not For All the Love in the World" by The Thrills
      "Honey Dew" by Tom Quick
      "Curse of Comfort" by The Thrills
      "Strange Religion" by Mark Lanegan Band

    • The horror movie that Sandy and Kirsten and Marissa and Alex were watching was House On Haunted Hill. In episode 1x27 Marissa referred to Caleb and Julie's house as 'The House on Haunted Hill'. Also, Peter Gallagher (Sandy) starred in a 1999 remake of the film.

    • When Ryan and Lindsay are driving to drop Lindsay off at Marissa's, and Ryan is discussing Marissa and their first meeting, a reflection shows up on the windshield showing the scene from episode 1x01 where Ryan and Marissa first met.


    • Hungry Hungry Hippos
      This is a children's game manufactured by Milton Bradley and Hasbro. The game consists of four plastic hippos and twenty marbles. When the tails of the hippos are pressed, the heads lift up and out towards the center of the game where the marbles are. The object of the game is to have your hippo consume the most marbles during the feeding frenzy.

    • Title: The Ex-Factor The title follows the not-so-concealed comic book theme so far. X-factor is/was a Marvel comic which originally detailed the further adventures of the original X-Men.