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The O.C.

Season 1 Episode 21

The Goodbye Girl

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 03, 2004 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Anna announces that she is leaving Newport to go back to Pittsburgh, which leaves Seth feeling saddened and guilt-ridden. Legal troubles brew for Caleb and Kirsten while Sandy works to solve them. Luke and Julie's secret romance is getting harder to contain, and Theresa brings a bit of trouble from Chino to the O.C.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show the oc terrisa brings some trouble back to newport from chino she is supposed to marrie eddy and ryan finds out and eddy comes looking for her also in this ep anna is leaving going back to pitsburgh seth is gilt ridding and so he wants to get to her in time to try to get her to stay also julie is having even more hard time tring to keep luke a secret and so seth goes to the airport and says his goodbye and she is crying this was a good ep i thougthmoreless
  • This whole Theresa saga is finally over, and the worst part is that it felt like it should have never started anyways.

    Ryan has a knack for punching people and getting punched. As much as I disliked the whole relationship with Theresa and Ryan, Ryan should have been smarter as it was an inevitable trainwreck that wasn't going to go anywhere. Though it does portray one of my favourite and most clueless teenage fantasies; being independent and living on your own as if things will come easy. As much as it sucked seeing Ryan getting punched by an old friend, he sort of deserved it. Though fortunately it's not Ryan that steals the spotlight this episode; it is once again Seth Cohen whom it seems like acting comes naturally to him. His chemistry with Anna was just a delight to watch and you'd always look forward to the hilarious things they say, but they decided to get serious when they said farewell and a great job they did. Anna in particularly was very surprising and it's sad to see her go.moreless
  • Anna Leaves

    This Episode touched me in a way that made me realize that this show is probably the greatest. This episode was bittersweet. I was so sad when Anna left. The part where Seth goes to the airport is so sad but sweet. It would've been interesting if she would've stayed on the show. I loved the love triangle between Seth, Summer, and Anna.But, I think that Seth and Anna were meant to be. Not so much Seth and Summer. Anna was a great character. Samaire Armstrong is wonderful. This episode is probably my favorite of season 1. This episode is very, very memorable.moreless
  • Awesome!

    What can I say about this episode? I thought is was awesome like everyother episode in this season. I felt so sly on Seth, when Anna told him she was leaving. It was so sad when they said goodbye. I was crying. I really liked Anna, and I wanted to see more from here as a character. I thought this episode was very entertaining abnd enjoyable to watch. All in all this episode was one of my favrouite in season one. I could watch this episode over and over again and not get bored of it. It was awesome. This episode was cleverly plotted.moreless
  • Welcome to the world that is Orange County.

    ....In this episode Ryan and Teresa are trying to make their relationship work after the kiss,by deciding if Teresa will stay in newport.Caleb is crowned Newports Man of The Year and has a gigantic party thrown in his honour.Seth has a major freakout after he learns of Anna's plans to leave Newport, but after hearing her reasons he starts to rethink his ways. Teresa's ex boyfriend Eddie returns from Chino and causes a fight with Ryan right in the middle of Calebs Party, there is punching( as always with Ryanand the fists of Fury) and the 2 end up in the pool.Seth decides He needs to let Anna go and they share a tearful goodbye at the airport.Best Quote of the episode, belongs to Ryan..Seth to Ryan: know what i mean? Ryan:Hardly ever...Lol classic....moreless
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Guest Star

Phil Abrams

Phil Abrams

Mr. Sheeran

Guest Star

Navi Rawat

Navi Rawat

Theresa Diaz

Recurring Role

Alan Dale

Alan Dale

Caleb Nichol

Recurring Role

Samaire Armstrong

Samaire Armstrong

Anna Stern

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • The conversation Ryan and Seth have in the car on the way to the airport is obviously a take on the conversation Seth has with Summer on the way to Tijuana in "The Escape."

    • At the fight between Ryan and Eddie at the party, when Eddie punches Ryan and he knocks over the table for the second time, you can clearly see that the table is made of cardboard.

    • We learn that Kirsten's mother had ovarian cancer and later died from it and that was the reason that the Cohens moved to live in Orange County so that Kirsten could be with her mom.

    • We learn in this episode that Sandy has a sister and a brother who still live around the Bronx.

    • Goof: When Ryan charges towards Eddie in the very beginning of the fight, Eddie is seen with his back towards Ryan. But when the camera-view changes, Eddie is faced towards Ryan.

    • Goof: When Kirsten arrives at the restaurant to have lunch with Caleb, there's four people sitting at the table just next to them. But when Kirsten sits down they're all gone!

    • Goof: When Marissa is talking to Luke when he's playing the guitar, he starts playing a high note, and when the camera shifts the angle, his hands are back on the lower notes in a split second - no one can move that fast (almost lightning speed)

    • Goof: After Summer says "It does rain in January sometimes", she places her palm on the Seth's right cheek and leans in to kiss him, when the camera changes angle, her hand is cupping his face rather than touching the side.

    • Goof: Ryan's "shiner" is on the wrong side of his face. Eddie punched him (twice) with his left hand, so the bruise should be on Ryan's right side, not his left.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Kirsten: I told you that I didn't want you to get involved.
      Sandy: I will always do what's best for my family.
      Kirsten: I would rather go to jail than be responsible for you being mixed up in this, getting into bed with my father.
      Sandy: I promise ya, I'd rather send you to jail than get into bed with your father.

    • Anna: Bye Blanche.
      Summer: Seeya Rose.

    • Seth: Anna, you love me. It says so right here.
      Anna: Seth, I love you as a friend.
      Seth: What? You mean it doesn't say Ajja Bajja?

    • Seth: What if the girl I'm supposed to be with went back to Pittsburgh?
      Ryan: What if she went back to Chino.
      Seth: Why would Anna go back to Chino?

    • Seth: I'll tell her tonight. Might have to have a little bubbly first, though. A little veritas and vino; you know what I mean?
      Ryan: Hardly ever.

    • Seth: Just tell her, huh? Simple, honest, direct. No wonder I never considered it.

    • Luke: Well, uh. I just finished school for today you know which is always a good thing.
      Caitlin: Oh, I sooo know what you mean.
      Julie: Luke? What are you doing here?
      Caitlin: We're talking mom!

    • Ryan: You can't drive yourself?
      Seth: Dude. I had like three glasses of champagne, okay. You know how it goes straight to my head.

    • Ryan: Nice one. Well, at least we still have each other.
      Seth: Actually, I have Summer now. But I'll put a little Seth/Ryan time on the books. That's quality time.
      Ryan: Thanks, buddy. You know, I could always hang out with Luke. I wonder what he's doing right now.
      Seth: I don't know. Discovering fire... Hunting and gathering... maybe shaving his chest with a buck knife. Hey you could do that together.
      Ryan: I did do that.

    • Kirsten: Marissa?
      Marissa: Kirsten. Sandy.
      Kirsten: Well, you're not gonna believe who is Riveria Magazine's man of the year. (Theresa walks by) Theresa!!
      Theresa: Mrs. Cohen. Mr. Cohen.
      Sandy: Well, that's nice. I mean, she really deserves the award. Good kid.
      Kirsten: It's my dad.
      Sandy: My vote stays with Theresa.

    • Seth: Anna, what am I gonna do without you. Who am I gonna play jenga with? Wise. You're so wise and all your sage wisdom? What am I gonna do without that?!
      Anna: Confidence, Cohen.

    • Seth: I'm not self absorbed, right Ryan. Me, Me, Me.

    • Seth: My Jew-fro is frizzing out, I look like Screech.

    • Sandy: If anyone is gonna be putting you in handcuffs, it's gonna be me.

    • Seth: Are you a couple now? Is she staying? If so, where's she gonna live? How she gonna pay? What's her credit like? What sort of lease is she looking to sign? Are we talking about like a year or a month or is she looking to buy?
      Ryan: A lease? There is no lease! Okay.
      Seth: Okay. So then is she going back. If so, what are you gonna do? Commute? And if you're commuting, whose car are you gonna take? How are you gonna pay for gas?

    • Anna: No, actually I'm savoring it. I won't be hearing it much longer. I'm leaving.
      Seth: You're getting dessert?

    • Seth: Check out gramps. He looks so angry.
      Anna: That's because he is.

    • Summer: My dad says, Chins are the new nose.
      Anna: So did Picasso.
      Summer: Really, what hospital does he work for?
      (Anna glances at Seth)
      (Seth stares at Summer)
      Summer: Kidding! I'm not that dumb, just shallow.

    • Seth: I can't believe I caused a girl to leave the state ... the county, maybe, sure.

    • Luke: You look so hot!
      Julie: Not here, Luke. Behave.
      Luke: I know, it's just ... your ass!

    • (Thinking of an excuse to say to Jimmy)
      Julie: Luke is just here to defrag my hard drive.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      "Alone" by Trespassers William
      "A Lack of Color" by Death Cab for Cutie
      "Specialist" by Interpol
      "Walkin' The Walk" by Mastersource
      "Something For You" by Mastersource
      "Separate Ways" by Journey
      "If You Leave" by Nada Surf