The O.C.

Season 3 Episode 25

The Graduates

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 18, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

It is graduation day for Ryan, Seth, Summer, and Marissa at Harbor High School. After graduation they all go out to eat and celebrate their graduation. Ryan's mother gives him a new car as a graduation present. Marissa is going to spend a year on a boat with her father as her graduation gift. Seth finally gets into RISD for second semester. Summer is still going to Brown University in the fall. Volchok is still mad at Marissa and Ryan, so he decides to crash Ryan's car.moreless

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  • sad sad episode if you cry at sad movies dont watch this it will scar u if you love the oc.

    it was sooo sad i started cryin i cudnt help it i nearly wanted 2 stop watchin oc cos of it but i didnt cos i lyk it 2 much b4 i watched series 4 i had this insane idea that she might get better that ryan might take her to the hospital and thyed fix it but oc will never be the same again summer changes after marissa s death and so did i ! soooo sad i cant belive she s gone it will make me paranoid after all she went thru it was soooooo sad i coul;dent belive it pooor ryan and summ i just thought i hated oliver turns out compared to volchec hes a tree hugger!moreless
  • Is that a joke?

    Ok so... a friend from US told me that this episode was the worst ever! Ok I can say the same!

    That was AWFUL, nothing happened and Marissa is dead! Are you kidding? I am sure you are, you can\\\'t give us a so bad season finale. It WAS NOT a season finale, it was a boring episode. When a season finale is coming, you must be behind your screen saying \\\"oh god!!! no!!!\\\" (like for smallville and One tree hill for example!) C\\\'mon that was so bad, I was sure that Mischa Barton was going to die especially when I heard that Kaitlin was back. Season 4 is going to be awful. Julie is going to cry all day and Kaitlin will be the bit... bit... of the \\\"all new serie\\\". Ahahaha Josh swartz (or something) you are so a looser. You can\\\'t even create a good season finale! Return watching your classics! Your episode was awful!! You lost all your fans!moreless
  • Season finale always packing a punch.

    Just like season two, season three ends with a bang, except this time like the episode before it, the execution doesn't really feel up to par. The death of Marissa feels almost forced--well no kidding. The idea of Volchok having these super strong feelings for Marissa to the point where he goes crazy--okay maybe him being crazy isn't some new revelation--just doesn't seem convincing enough. It's nice to see Sandy getting his life back together after almost turning into the monster he detested and cracked jokes about all the time, but again the idea of it was kind of forced. Not that this isn't a good episode, it could have been better.moreless
  • If you cry during sad movies, you'll be crying by the end of this episode.

    I am usually not one to be emotionally affected by TV shows, but there are a few season finales that have gotten to me. This was one of them. Since I already owned season 3 on DVD, I knew that it was Marissa who was going to die at the end of the episode. I just didn't know that it was going to affect me to the degree that it did. Everything started out as incredibly happy; our favorite four characters graduate from Harbor and are ready to embark on the next big thing: college. Marissa decides she's going to spend the summer with her father and the four celebrate. While all of this is going on, Volchok decides he still wants to see Marissa one last time and if he can't, he tells Marissa that he'll make life rather difficult for Ryan. After saying goodbye to Marissa, Ryan begins to drive her to the airport, but sees that someone is following them. They see that it's Volchok. He ends up running Ryan's car off the road and drives away. Ryan quickly gets out and then hurries to get Marissa out just before the car explodes. Holding her in his arms (much like when he did when she OD'd in Tijuana), she dies. Cue the song Hallelujah. At the same time, cue me breaking down into tears.

    While this was a great season finale I think in a way it was the series finale. Season 4 was very good, but it wasn't the same without Marissa. I have watched this episode about four times now and every time I watch it, I cry. One of the best episodes, but at the same time definitely one of the saddest episodes.moreless
  • I'm totally shaking as i type this..i just finished watching this episode (for the first time) about 2 minutes ago.. =[[ WHY DID THEY HAVE KILL HER!??!

    Though i admit i knew this was going to happen because a few years ago i remember this being questioned on E! news the day after it aired about whether marissa really died or not..i just started watching this show only 2 weeks ago (all eps in order)

    I hate to admit it but i've been wanting to watch this episode really badly (to see how she dies)ha...its 4:30 am right now.

    The way she dies is really emotional (or at least it was for me). It was all slow motion and the flashback part made me almost cry (i was too busy shaking from shock). i was hoping deep inside that it was all a joke and that it was like this thing all fans did to get others to watch it or something..

    Anyway back to reviewing, Mischa Barton and Ben Mckenzie (i hope i spelled his name right)did an awesome job working together. i admit i was really disappointed when the time came when she died that they weren't really together, but you could totally tell they had feelings for each other.

    If there is any fan out there who hasn't watched this episode, i think they def should consider it. A death of a main character is definitely not the best idea for a show (since this is mostly why the show went completely rock bottom after this-mischa no longer here).

    That's all i have to say. I'm going to watch a bit of the first ep of season four. I heard something about ryan crying in a bar so it sounds interesting.moreless
Tyson Chambers

Tyson Chambers

Harbor Heckler

Guest Star

Michael Nouri

Michael Nouri

Dr. Neil Roberts

Recurring Role

Cam Gigandet

Cam Gigandet

Kevin Volchok

Recurring Role

Lamont Thompson

Lamont Thompson

ADA Greg Hoades

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In the episode "The Dawn Patrol", it's pretty much a done deal that the Nana is going to be there for graduation. But in this episode, she's not there. Since there was two tickets per student available, there certainly was a seat available.

    • When Marissa is saying goodbye to everyone after swimming in the pool of the model home, it is daylight. When she & Ryan leave it is night & very dark. How come it got so dark so quickly?

    • Goof: When Sandy is talking to Kirsten in the kitchen, at one point when he is talking it is obvious that his face isn't moving at all.

    • Goof: It makes absolutely no sense that Heather is randomly with Volchok now. Marissa saved her from being raped by Volchok's friends back in "The Dawn Patrol".

      It is possible that Heather does not remember this happening since she was drugged at the time.

    • Goof: When the kids went to the model home, steam was coming off of the pool, insinuating that the heating was on in the house. However, in a house that isn't being rented/hasn't been bought, it's unlikely that they would keep the heating on in the house let alone the pool.

  • QUOTES (35)

    • Marissa: Well, as fun as it usually is making fun of Seth, I think it's time I should go.
      Seth: Ah, here come the waterworks.
      Summer: I can't believe that I'm saying goodbye to you.
      Marissa: I know.
      Summer: I love you so much.
      Marissa: I love you too.
      Summer: You're my best friend forever, okay? And if you end up hooking up with some hot Greek shipping heir, I'm so your maid of honour.
      Marissa: I know. (to Seth) See you.
      Seth: All right. See you later.
      Summer: Guys, hug!

    • Summer: Oh my God, I can't believe I had a crush on you, Atwood. No offence.
      Ryan: None taken, biatch.

    • Marissa (to Ryan): So, what do you think? (laughs) You think it's the stupidest idea ever.
      Ryan: No, it sounds great. It's what you need.
      Marissa: That means a lot to me. You know, I wouldn't have thought you'd be going to college.
      Ryan: And you'll be doing manual labor. Well, we are just doing what we need to.
      Marissa: Yeah.
      Ryan: You know, this is gonna sound weird, but can I drive you to the airport? You were the first person I met here, I'd kinda like to be the last person to say goodbye.
      Marissa: You know, it's funny. I was gonna ask you the same thing.

    • Seth: Dad, remember when I called you the worst father ever? Right after that I swung by your place of work, I smoked a joint, I forgot to put it out and now your office fits into an ashtray.

    • Taylor: So I just stopped by to say farewell.
      Summer: You're leaving for the Sorbonne already?
      Taylor: Oh no, not quite. Sung Ho and I decided to spend the summer in his family's village. We're defusing land mines in the DMZ.
      Seth: That's a way to spend your summer vacation.
      Summer: But what about the after-grad party? I mean you already planned it.
      Taylor: As a gift. To the class of 2006. SO my work here is done. It has been a pleasure being second circle core.
      Seth: I think you can join the inner circle.
      Taylor: I can? Oh my god! The Fab Five!
      Seth: OK, this is awkward. I was sort of kidding about the inner circle thing.
      Summer: Cohen!

    • Summer: I don't think Cohen's the one that needs to get lei-ed.
      Taylor: Au contraire, Summer. Have I told you about my after-after-prom party with Sung Ho and Yung Nam? It was hot and spicy and, let's just say I had my very own Korean barbeque.
      Summer: I am so off kim chee.


    • Volchok: I asked you for clothes, not opinions. You chicks and your opinions, man.

    • Julie: Oh my God. Cooper family hug.

    • Volchok: Thanks, Ranger Rick. But save the speeches for the Boy Scouts.
      Ryan: Ranger Rick. Ow, that hurts. Whatever, man. We're done.

    • Sandy: How about a hug?
      Seth: Sure.
      Sandy: I love you, kid.
      Seth: I can't say I love you to another man... but I have much affection for you as well.

    • Ryan: You okay?
      Marissa: Yeah.
      Ryan: So we are talking about that night. Last time we were here, I was leaving. And now you are.
      Marissa: That night. Did you ever think we did end up together?
      Ryan: You're saying it's over? (Marissa laughs) You never know. Right.
      Marissa: I'm sorry... For all of the craziness.
      Ryan: I wouldn't have done it any differently. Except maybe Oliver.
      Marissa (laughs): Me too.

    • Ryan (to Summer): You actually invited me to Holly's beach house.
      Summer: Oh my God!
      Seth (in a dark voice): You said she invited me. (all but Seth laugh) I'm not faring well on this trip down memory lane.

    • Summer: You guys ever wonder what life would be like if Atwood never came here?
      Marissa: I definitely never would have talked to Seth.
      Summer: Oh, hell no, me either.
      Seth: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
      Ryan: See? You own me one, buddy.
      Seth: Me? (points to Marissa) She'd still be dating the dude who shaves his chest.

    • Kirsten: Then it's back to the Newport Group, business as usual?
      Sandy: Well, how 'bout not? I went back to my old office, the place looked worse than ever. The guy in there was beaten down, exhausted… oh, it was a thing of beauty.

    • Julie: Marissa, I just want you to know that, everything I ever did, good, bad, or otherwise, I did it for you. So that you could have a better life than I had. And I know I wasn't perfect. I mean, the thing with Luke and trying to frame Ryan for attempted homicide…
      Marissa: Mom, I love you. Ok, just know that. (both crying)
      Julie: Oh sweetheart, that's all I wanted. I love you too.
      Marissa: Besides, you know the strength it takes to start over, to go out on my own? That has to come from being Julie Cooper's daughter.
      Julie: I am spirited, aren't I?

    • Kaitlin: It's pretty cool that you're letting her go.
      Julie: And it's pretty cool that you came back so she can leave.
      Kaitlin: Well I don't love Marissa that much. Just, all the older kids, they just see me as Marissa's little sister. And they've graduated. And now I can rule Harbor. (Julie rolls her eyes)

    • Seth: Ryan got a car? Really? I've been waiting 3 years for a car! I'm supposed to be the spoiled one.

    • Dawn: Ok, I'm gonna try to say goodbye without losing it.
      Ryan: Why don't we just, not say goodbye. How about "see you soon?"
      Dawn: See you soon.
      Ryan: See you soon?
      Dawn (laughs): See you soon. Love you.
      Ryan: Love you too.
      Dawn: Hey, Seth, good to see you again.
      Seth: Good to see you too! It means a lot that you made it down. (silence ) I was being sincere.

    • Marissa: Ryan, I brought Volchok on us, it's only fair I help get rid of him. Come on, we're in this together, ok? (takes Ryan's hand) One last time.
      Ryan: One last time.

    • Marissa: I need a new life. I need a change.
      Summer: Well, scrubbing decks would definitely be a change.

    • Volchok: (to Ryan) If I go down, you're going down with me.

    • Sandy: We both screwed up.
      Seth: We're both usually so awesome.

    • Sandy: Excuse me, forgive me, but I'm a very proud father, and I, I want to say a few words. I think I can speak for Kirsten and the other parents here tonight, when I tell you kids how thrilled we are to share this wonderful touchstone with you (applause). I know the last few years have been a little rough for us (everyone groans and laughs). There's been tragedy, and comedy, and first loves, and broken hearts. Family members were lost, and found. It hasn't all been perfect, but we're all family here. So cheers.

    • Dr. Kim: And it has been my pleasure to teach you, to watch you grow, and now enter the world. Good luck. It is my honor to present to you the Harbor School class of 2006!

    • Taylor: But if I can leave you all with one final word of advice: Illegitimis nil carborundum. Don't let the bastards get you down!

    • Ryan: Hey! Lets go graduate!

    • Summer: Is everything ok at home?
      Seth: Sandy Cohen and I got a little man-boy lovin' going on.

    • Seth: This is it dude. We're never gonna have to step foot in this stupid school or this stupid student lounge again.
      Ryan: Nostalgic already, huh?
      Seth: Never gonna have to see any of these shoe-peeing, shallow, water polo playing… (bumps into another guy)
      Guy : Get out of my way geek. What is that, a dress?
      Seth: It's a graduation gown, you're wearing one too.
      Guy : Queer admitted to wearing a gown!

    • Seth: When they announce my name, uhh, could you… not do that cheer you did for me when I won capture the flag at parent's weekend?
      Sandy: Which cheer was that? Oh, oh, oh! (rapping) Check out my boy Cohen. Can you believe how he's growin'? The competition away he's blowin'!
      Seth: That's the one, please don't do that. Ever.

    • Summer: I can't believe in a couple of hours we're gonna be on that stage in our caps and gowns!
      Taylor: Well except for Seth, who may be in an orange jumpsuit.
      Summer: Taylor!

    • Seth: I'm gonna go the car and get my iPod, listen to sad, depressing music for a change.

    • Ryan: This looks familiar.
      Marissa: It shouldn't, they rebuilt it completely when you burned it down.

    • Marissa (to Ryan; her last words): No, stay. Don't leave.

    • Kaitlin: Well, since my grades went from 'B's to 'A's, I was actually wondering (points to her chest) if you could change my 'A's to 'B's.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Taylor: I kind of liked being second circle core.
      Seth: I think you can join the inner circle.

      This is most likely a reference to Autumn Reeser, who joined the main cast as of this episode.

    • This episode marks the final appearance of Mischa Barton on the series as Marissa Cooper. Although she is shown in a flashback during the series finale.

    • The song playing when Marissa dies in Ryan's arms is 'Hallelujah' which is also the song which played in 'The Model Home' after she asked Ryan if she could stay the night with him and he refused. The song then was sung by Jeff Buckley as Marissa was crying but is now sung by Imogen Heap.

    • When Marissa asks Ryan's opinion on if she should go to her dad to serve on a yacht going to the Greek Islands, Ryan offered Marissa a ride to the airport, because "you're the first person I met, and I want to be there last to say goodbye". At the end of the episode, Ryan is the last person that Marissa sees as she passes away in his arms.

    • Music:
      "I Don't Care What My Friends Say" by Chris Holmes
      "Breaking The Ice" by Mojave 3
      "Speeding Cars" by Imogen Heap
      "Bossy" by Kelis
      "Chapters" by Appogee
      "Hallelujah" by Imogen Heap


    • When Summer tells Marissa if she ever happened to meet a Greek shipping heir, then she (Summer) had to be the maid of honor. This is an inside joke between the people that Mischa Barton hangs out with in real life. Mary Kate Olsen and Paris Hilton both have dated Greek shipping heirs.