The O.C.

Season 2 Episode 7

The Family Ties

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 06, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After Caleb's confesssion, The Cohens try to welcome Lindsay as part of the family. Jimmy is faced with a choice when Marissa finds out about his relationship with his ex-wife, Julie. Seth attempts to be a "bad boy" like Ryan to impress Alex. Summer finds out what Zach did on his Christmas break while Ryan and Lindsay want to know if it is too awkward for them to be together.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep fo the show the oc ryan is forced to make a desion on his new girlfreind if he should be with her now that he found out its kirsten new sister that she neve knew about and calbo told the news and kirsten was really upset and she hid herself in the coslet . and seth wants to become this bad boy to impress his boss and summer finds out what zack did on his christmas break and marrisa finds out about jimmy and his ex julie having an affair this was a good ep i thought and it had alot of intenisitymoreless
  • Eww....

    I don't know about you, but I really dislike that Alex girl. I mean, eww. First of all, I think she's ugly. She has no sense of fashion. She's got this weird hairstyle. Again, eww. Second of all, I think the whole story between Seth and Alex is just so pointless. She said it herself, the Cohens would never approve of her anyway. Because? Well, let me say that again, eww. Did the actress who played Alex pay the show a lot of money to get that role or something, even when it is so pointless and stupid? May I, please, eww again? Seth deserves so much better. It's got nothing to do with the fact that I love Adam Brody. As all of us will find out later on, Seth has a 3.8 GPA. Alex is so not on that level. Sorry, I've just gotta eww some more.moreless
  • Are music concerts and Marissa break downs going to be a normal occurrence here in season two now?

    Well Marissa so far hasn't done a great job of being a likable character here in season two. As much as Julie has done her wrong, a mother doesn't deserve as much crap from her child and it looks like Julie is trying to change for the best. DJ is starting to become a more likable character and that was surprisingly mature of him to call Jimmy. Anyways aside from teen drama queen Marissa, this episode as always is highlighted by the brilliant comedy writers of The O.C. Seth trying to impress Alex by being a bad boy brought some very hilarious moments and it was so nice to see in the end that she accepted Seth for who he is. The awkward situation that Ryan and Lindsay have to face because of Kirsten hasn't been exciting, but it has potential for some great drama later on. We'll see how that goes.moreless
  • A nice exit for a beloved character.

    A nice exit for a beloved character. Funny episode too, Lindsay / Ryan / Kirsten storyline kind of bores me though, I am warming to Alex / Seth & Zach / Summer. Funny episode, really dramatic too, most people hate Marissa because of all her drama, but I love it, it is so realistic & I totally understand her ways.
  • Amazing!

    I loved this episode! I think it is definately one of the best episodes of the OC! There were three scenes that I thought were especially great. The first of which was the drunken melt-down Marissa had at the Cohens. I loved it! Mischa did an amazing job in this scene! Even though I like Julie, I can't say I didn't like Marissa finally telling her mother what everyone thought of her, but was just too scared to say. I always enjoy Ryan/Summer scenes as well, and we got some-what of one of those in this episode when Lindsay and Ryan came to sit with Summer. The second scene I loved was when Jimmy came to console Marissa when she was at the beach. It was so sweet to see how much they love each other and how much they rely on each other to make it through each day. I think Mischa and Tate were amazing in this scene. I loved when she was crying into his shoulder. The last scene that stood out to me in this episode was when Marissa came to the Cohens with bagels. I loved seeing how much they all cared about her.moreless
Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse


Guest Star

John Beach

John Beach


Guest Star

George Contreras

George Contreras

Surf/Rock Guy

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 (3)

    • Modest Mouse perform at The Bait Shop.

    • Goof: In this episode, Jimmy says that Hailey is 25 years old, but last season he said that she was 8 when he left for college. Assuming that he left at the normal age, he would have been 18, which means that she is 10 years younger than he is. They said several times last season that Jimmy was 40. Which would make Hailey 30, not 25.

    • Goof: When Kirsten walks in on Ryan and Lindsay kissing they are both leaning back on one hand, the next shot both of them have their arms crossed, and when the shots changes back, their arms are back on the bed.

  • QUOTES (21)

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode marks the final appearance of Tate Donovan (James "Jimmy" Cooper) as a series regular.

    • Music:
      "Let's Go" by Olympic Hopefuls
      "Paper Thin Walls" by Modest Mouse
      "The View" by Modest Mouse
      "Save This Town" by Blue Foundation
      "Soulfood (Charles Webster's Banging House Dub)" by Martina Topley Bird
      "Twilight" by Elliot Smith
      "The World At Large" by Modest Mouse


    • Title: Family Ties
      Family Ties was a comedy show that ran on NBC from 1982 to 1989.

    • Seth:How much vomit? Like the little girl in the Sixth Sense or the fat guy from Monty Python?
      Mischa Barton played the little girl in the movie, The Sixth Sense.

    • Seth: When Bruce Banner gets mad he turns into The Hulk, when I get mad I turn into some 75 year old Yenta
      Yenta is the eldery matchmaker in Jewish musical Fiddler On The Roof

    • Summer: "She could have at least been a hooker and helped you get into Princeton."
      Yet another reference by Summer to a Tom Cruise movie. This one is Risky Business.

    • Marissa: Well, if it isn't the wicked witch of the west coast.
      Reference to the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz, where Dorothy is whisked away by a tornado to the magical land of Oz. There, she befriends a Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion as they together travel to see the all-powerful Wizard of Oz.

    • Summer: Han Solo.
      A space smuggler from the Star Wars trilogy, who was recruited by Luke Skywalker to help save Princess Leia and the galaxy from the villainous Darth Vader.

    • Summer: It's not Metallica!
      Metallica was easily the best, most influential heavy metal band of the '80s, responsible for bringing the music back to earth. Instead of playing the usual rock star games of metal stars of the early '80s, the band looked and talked like they were from the street. Metallica expanded the limits of thrash, using speed and volume not for their own sake, but to enhance their intricately structured compositions. The band consists of Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine, Jason Newsted, Lars Ulrich, and Cliff Burton.

    • Seth: Bruce Banner gets mad, he turns into the Hulk.
      Bruce Banner is the man within the beast in Marvel comic fandom. He was accidentally hit by gamma rays when trying to save a little boy, and the radiation modified his body at the gene level, allowing his repressed memories to manifest in physical form. Whenever he gets mad, the Hulk comes out and takes over.

    • Zach: ... Chingy was playing ...
      Chingy is a hip-hop artist, who is a St. Louis native and boasts a Southern dialect. His debut single, "Right Thurr," became an overnight summer anthem in 2003.