The O.C.

Season 3 Episode 8

The Game Plan

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 01, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Ryan, Summer, Seth, and Marissa think about what they'd like to do with their lives as they compile their college applications, but they run across several obstacles; Johnny's surfing career takes an unfortunate twist; a revealed secret complicates Julie's friendship with Kirsten.

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show the oc its that time of year to start to fill out college apps and seth and summer and ryan and even marrisa must decide what to do with there futures seth wants to leave new port and go out east and summer want to go with seth but there plan seems to take some turns when they picke colleges that are not even near each other and ryan want to go to bercley and sandy want seth to do the same since he went there but seth does not want to do that and julie tells the truth about the bangquet and how charoltte was just plaing that for money and marris does not know what to right since she does not think she has a future any more since she shot soemone .moreless
  • Ryan, Marissa, Seth and Summer all face the choice of collage.

    Good episode. Marrisa getting annoyed at johnny and Ryan was wierd cos they were only trying to help. johnny is wierd to think that he will still be able to surf, i can't wait for his character to go from the series, he is very annoying. julie and Kirsten made up, and our now friends and business partners. Marrisa and Ryan are thinking about berkly, and Summer province collage and Seth brown. Let me guess, it somehow doesn't go to plan!moreless
  • More brittle relationships and college applications, another great day in Orange County!

    The third season of The O.C. has been rated as the lowest of all of the seasons, but so far it's been of season one quality. Just consistently good episode after good episode. Presenting the perfect combination of drama and comic relief, though a little bit less on the comic relief as for some reason The O.C. has been declining in laugh out loud moments. Though it makes up for it in some bright new personalities, specifically Taylor Townsend whom everyone seems to hate, but plays off the misunderstood loner so well it's so hard to hate on her. While Summer is willing to accept her as a friend, it's great to see that they aren't becoming friends right away as Taylor is already fantasizing about what bestfriends normally do, such as sleepover and such.

    Even better was Julie's storyline with Kirsten. Self proclaimed manipulative word that rhymes with witch Julie Cooper showing some compassion for one of her, perhaps only friend in Newport by sacrificing her beloved rich and fantastic lifestyle for living in a trailer park home. Seeing them hug as Kirsten forgives Julie was touching to see. Surprisingly the least interesting one was what happened to Johnny despite getting his knee wrecked. Marissa is such a drama queen that her emotional outbreaks get a little tiresome sometimes. Though it once again speaks wonders about how great this episode is that the main storyline involving the two main characters isn't really the most interesting.moreless
  • Seth, Summer, Ryan and Marissa face college applications

    The fantastic four are faced with the decision on what college to go to. Marissa is unsure if she can get into college due to her record, and is talked into going on tour with Johnny and Chilli. Johnny gets hit by a car and is taken to hospital.

    The episode dósen't pick up from the previous episode well and its sorta like back to square one for Ryan and Marissa (Ryan not understanding, and Marissa blowing him off for Johnny). In the previous episode it looked as though they were moving forward and were happy together once again. Still an ok OC episode.moreless
  • Great college preparation episode!

    Great college preparation episode! Very well done, I enjoyed the core four scenes! I especially loved everyones interviews & the very end with SS decision to go to Brown & RM decision to go to Berkeley! I also really liked the Julie Kirsten storyline in this episode & loved Julie for telling the truth about Charlotte. But the Johnny storyline was mild & the whole esscence of the episode felt like it was lacking a little something, I do not know what though! hmmmm.....moreless
Diego Wallraff

Diego Wallraff

Mitchell Brinkley

Guest Star

Tom Wright

Tom Wright

Paul Glass

Guest Star

Kimberly Atkinson

Kimberly Atkinson


Guest Star

Ryan Donowho

Ryan Donowho

Johnny Harper

Recurring Role

Autumn Reeser

Autumn Reeser

Taylor Townsend

Recurring Role

Johnny Lewis

Johnny Lewis

Dennis "Chili" Childress

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Summer asks the teacher to look up the file on Brown, she looks at her computer screen. The only program running is iTunes, so she could not have possibly checked up on the file.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Summer: Uh oh, you and Seth are going to have to do the long distance thing. Better not cheat on each other.
      Ryan: It's college. Things happen.
      Seth: Are you questioning my sexuality?

    • Sandy: Yeah, you missed my story about playing Nanki-Poo in (The Mikado.)

    • Summer: What is it with people showing up with bags?

    • Julie: Kirsten, I don't need your charity.
      Kirsten: Then why are you living in a trailer? I'm sorry. I followed you yesterday.
      Julie: Well, then I certainly hope you're opening up a detective agency.

    • Summer: These are our college lists. Do you see a difference?
      Seth: Yeah. The font. Looks like you went with the, uh, Times New Roman.
      Summer: The schools, Doofus. None of them are the same. None of them are even in the same time zone.
      Seth: Okay, so you want West Coast, I want East Coast. It's not a hip-hop war.

    • Seth (Acting out the Conversation): "Dad, I'm not applying to Berkeley. Where did you get a gun? Why do you have this gun?" That doesn't have a good ring to it.

    • Seth: I just had a meeting with the counselor and she said I had a very good shot at getting in. Because I'm awesome.

    • Mrs. Rushfield: So we'll deal with grades and boards later, but for now I just want to get a feel for what you want. Where you imagine yourself.
      Seth: Ah, somewhere cold. Or brisk. I would settle for brisk.
      Summer: I want 365 sun days. I don't mean the day after Saturday.
      Ryan: Ah...

    • Ryan: What happens on vacations? Do I stay in the poolhouse?
      Sandy: No matter where you go, this will always be your home.

    • Gus: Hey, Julie!
      Julie: I've got a gun, Gus.
      Gus: That's cool.

    • Seth: Picture me at college. Big fish in a small pond or small fish in a big pond?
      Ryan: I don't know. I never really pictured you living in a pond.

    • Paul: All right, so what do you call a black man who flies a plane?
      Seth: Uh ...
      Paul: A pilot, you friggin' racist!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      "Unsatisfied" by Nine Black Alps
      "Every Day" by Dios Malos
      "Open Invitation" by BRMC
      "No Way Out" by Love Of Diagrams
      "N.Y.L.A." by The Talk
      "Yellow" by Petra Haden & Bill Frisell


    • After Kirsten and Seth leave the dinner table and Sandy, Ryan and Paul Glass are left at the table Sandy says "and then there were three". This is an allusion to Agatha Christie's famous book: And then there were none.

    • The "college plans" with the counselor was the same in an episode of Dawson's Creek titled "Future Tense". In the episode, we could see all the main characters talking about their future, and Joey Potter said that she was the first person in her family to go to college, much like Ryan Atwood.