The O.C.

Season 4 Episode 2

The Gringos

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 08, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Ryan and Seth go to Mexico to find Volchok. Sandy and Kirsten go after the boys. Julie and Kaitlin are forced to participate in a clothing drive at the school. Summer and her hippie friends try to save a tree. Taylor visits Summer at Brown.

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  • Brings back shades of the first season!

    Hopefully this concludes the Volchock saga, but it did open up an interesting story; Seth Cohen who already has it hard with his drifting relationship with his girlfriend, and now a rift has pierced his relationship with his only friend in Newport, Ryan. There are some interesting character development instances too, but what really gave this episode life was the witty writing that made the first season one of the best seasons on any television show. It wasn't just funny, it was just really smart. It feels like a well oiled machine where all of the parts are doing their jobs and roles.moreless
  • ...But this was a nice nod to it.

    When Kirsten asks Sandy how many more times they would have to get the boys out of trouble, sadly we all know the answer is "one more season".

    Taylor Townsend provided some classic comedy moments in this episode, Seth continues to be back on form, Luke's twin brothers provide a nice understated quality and the darkness continues to descend over Ryan and Julie. Oh, and Summer really hasn't dealt with Coop's death yet.moreless
  • Seth and Ryan go to Mexico to kill Volchok....and there wasn't even the 'what happens in Mexico stays in Mexico' quote...

    So the boys go after Volchok...we fine out that Taylor got married, Caitlin has been stealing, Julie knows that Neil is cheating on her....

    The season has started off on a real low and I'm thinking that the only way they can now go is up....the only thing I liked about this episode is Summer....and also how Chris Pratt is playing Che because Chris is amazing! If anyone's seen him in Everwood they'll know exactly what I mean...

    The storylines have just become really silly so I hope it picks up.....because the show will lose a lot of viewers over here in the UK!!!moreless
  • Excellent Episode but it definitely didn't topple The Avengers!

    Another really good episode. Much better than last seasons horror episodes. I really hope that this is the start of a new OC.

    This episode really was all about Ryan. After Ryan realized he had been set up and Seth let Volchek go, you could really feel how far he would go for Marissa. Even though in some parts he didn't have muh dialogue, Ben McKenzie did a wonderful job of showing Ryans emotions. He showed a tougher side with Seth, as he didn't put up with Seths antics anymore. He also showed a softer side with Kirsten in the car.

    Seth on the over hand was showing some of his typical antics from the first season. Seth was in a bar and got really drunk with a bunch of Marines. Even though this was funny it just got even funnier when he got a tattoo. I cant wait to see what Summer thinks of it! His scene with Sandy in the car was also fantastic and it didn't even seem that Sandy minded that his son got a tattoo. My dad would completely kill me!

    Julie and Melinda Clarkes portrayal was also wonderful. When you thought that she was about to get out of her moping phase, it started again when she got the bad news from Ryan that Volchek was gone again. Her relationship with Kaitlin was also really good. It was much better than Julies and Marissas which was just "I Hate You Mum", "I Love You Daughter". Kailin maybe rebellious but shes a good type of rebellious if you know what i mean. Her scenes with the Wards were pretty funny aswell even though you kind of felt like they were her lapdogs but I couldn't stop laughing when they were shaving eachothers chests and having the fight with one another about slutty mums and gay dads.

    Summer and Taylors storyline was a bit of a weakness in this episode, but I still enjoyed it to some extent especially taylors comment about Hobbit Feet.

    Overall, not really the same kind of episode as the first, a bit more tough and a bit more funny, but for me it didn't really have the edge The Avengers had.moreless
  • Cleverly followed on!

    Ryan and Seth travelled to Mexico in search of the murderer Kevin Volckock. You can't really predict anything that will happen in this episode and the end result is a surprise and well written and directed.

    Julie and Kaitlin participiating in the clothes drive is funny to watch as Julie is still unaware that one of her daughters really is still alive, and stealing clothes from charity by the look of it.

    Taylor visiting Summer at college just puts the whole change in Summer in perspective we also learn about why Taylor has been hanging around in Newport without telling anyone.

    The staging and acting in the last scenes was phantasmagorical! It really makes you wonder if Ryan will hold a grudge or just let Volchock and Seth go.

    Definietly more good things to comemoreless
Tia Carrere

Tia Carrere

Dean Torres

Guest Star

Michelle Ongkingco

Michelle Ongkingco


Guest Star



First Marine

Guest Star

Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt

Winchester "Che" Cook

Recurring Role

Cam Gigandet

Cam Gigandet

Kevin Volchok

Recurring Role

Wayne Dalglish

Wayne Dalglish

Brad Ward

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The note Seth writes at the beginning of the episode is not the same one Sandy and Kirsten read in the kitchen. When Seth writes the note, his "n" is in the lower case, but the note Kirsten and Sandy read has an uppercase "n."

  • QUOTES (19)

    • (Eric is shaving Brad's Chest)
      Brad: Ow! You cut me!
      Eric: So stop moving.
      Kaitlin: You guys are gayer than your dad.
      Brad: It's for water polo. Coach's orders.
      Kaitlin: Doesn't make it any less gay.
      Eric: Our brother slept with your mom.
      Brad: Yeah.
      Kaitlin: Nice try. But gay dad always trumps slutty mom.
      Eric: No, it doesn't.
      Kaitlin: Yeah, ask anybody, gay dad always trumps slutty mom.
      Brad: Dude, come on it's burning.
      Eric: Hey, did you talk to your mom about, uh, Dr. Roberts and his ex wife?
      Kaitlin: No he's at a conference in Seattle, and I'm sure totally alone.
      (Julie walks in)
      Julie: There you are. You are in...
      (Julie notices Brad and Eric)
      Julie: What are they doing?
      Kaitlin: Their dad's gay.

    • Taylor: Look, you wanna be the next Julia "Butterfly" Hill, I support that. But to push away Seth for some guy who read Siddhartha and did a couple of "Outward Bound" courses -
      Summer: Are you talking about Che? Che is just my friend and that is all. This is not a love triangle. I don't do love triangles anymore.
      Taylor: Fine. But you're using him and all of this "Save the Earth" stuff to hide from Seth.
      Summer: I'm not hiding from Seth.
      Taylor: Really? Well, how often do you call him? Once a week? Once a month? Summer, just talk to me. Or, better yet, talk to Seth. Or write him a letter. But you have to tell him what you're going through. He'll understand.
      Summer: I think you spent too much time in France. Because here, in America, we hide our feelings. And since when did saving the Earth become such a bad thing!?
      Taylor: I never said that.
      Summer: screaming No. But you came here with this big secret but you've spent the whole time telling me what's wrong with my life! And you're the one that's avoiding, avoider!
      Taylor: Be that way. But you're gonna lose Seth. And then you'll wish you'd listened to me. And I was going to tell you how I went to France, got married, and now I have to get a divorce from my French husband, and you would've found the story très intèressant. Au revoir, Summer!

    • Kaitlin: Ask anybody. Gay dad always trumps slutty mom.

    • Julie: You've just made that up.
      Kaitlin: Maybe. But it sounded true, didn't it?
      Julie: Kaitlin. I can't do this. I can't... I can't keep this family together and have you running around like Miss Clockwork Orange.

    • Sandy: Volchok disappeared.
      Julie: What are you talking about?
      Sandy: Stop it! You told Ryan where to find Volchok. Even for you this is a new low.
      Julie: Okay, you know what. You're crazy. I'm just going to say goodnight.
      Sandy: You said Ryan then to commit a murder. I can have you arrested.
      Julie: But then you get Ryan arrested, and you are not going to do that, are you?
      Sandy: Depending on what happened to him. Or to Seth...
      Julie: Okay, it's late. And I'm not in the mood for threats.
      Sandy: Sit down! After everything our families have been through, you are putting our kids in danger.
      Julie: At least you still have all your kids.

    • Seth: (walking drunk) Hi, excuse me...
      Bartender: What do you want?
      Seth: Nothing, actually, 18 tequillas is my limit... I'm looking for my friend Ryan, he's in there somewhere, he's looking for a guy named Volchok, he kinda killed his girlfriend...
      Bartender: Leave.
      Seth: I've got a tattoo pal! (screaming) A TATTOO!
      Bartender: Now!
      Seth: Okay.

    • Taylor: Oh, by the way, your roommate's a big slut.
      Summer: Yea, I know.

    • Julie: The world is an immoral toilet bowl, and one day we'll all be flushed.
      Kaitlin: Wow, that's a really uplifting message for your daughter.

    • Summer: Taylor, they are going to cut down this tree!
      Taylor: Well then, we'll have a fire.

    • Taylor: Move it, hippies!

    • Sandy:(about Seth's tatoo)Well, it does have a certain-
      Seth: Gay vibe? We're you gonna say gay vibe?
      Sandy: Exactly.

    • Sandy: Huh.
      Kirsten: That's exactly what I said.
      Sandy: And there was nothing else?
      Kirsten: Nothing.
      Sandy: Angry, nudfo, chocolate love. Nood-fo, nuhd-fo, is that a word?
      Kirsten: Not that I know of.
      Sandy: When did you find this?
      Kirsten: Just now. When I went to see if the boys had anything to give to the clothing drive.
      Sandy: You tried calling them?
      Kirsten: No answer.
      Sandy: You know what I think this is?
      Kirsten: A coded message.
      Sandy: Nothing. It's probably the name of a band, Seth wrote it on a piece of paper and put it in his pocket. Relax, sweetheart.
      (Sandy's phone rings)
      Sandy: Hello.
      Seth: Dad, it's me. Did you get my note, I had to write it in code in case Ryan found it.
      Sandy: Right, the note.
      Seth: Yeah, he says he's not going to do anything to Volchok...
      Sandy: Wait! Wait! What?
      Seth: I thought you got the note?
      Sandy: No, no, no! I got the "Angry nudfo chocolate love" note, I didn't get the one about Ryan following Volchok!
      Kirsten: What!?
      Seth: It's an anagram.
      Sandy: Oh yeah? Well since when is there a "g" in "Ryan"?
      Seth: I was in a rush, I had to add a few letters so it made sense.
      Sandy: Well you certainly succeeded, because this thing is about as clear as mud.
      Kirsten: Ryan found Volchok, of course.
      Sandy: Where are you?
      Seth: Okay, don't freak out.
      Kirsten: Please say Newport.
      Seth: We're in Mexico.
      Kirsten: He didn't say Newport did
      Seth: We're at a gas station outside of Ensenada, but Ryan promises he just wants to see Volchok.
      Sandy: I want you guys back here right now!
      Seth: No offense dad, but that may be a tad unrealistic.
      Sandy: Let me talk to Ryan.
      Seth: Ya. I got to go. I'll call you later.
      Sandy: Seth!

    • Dean Torres: Mr. Street said she fell asleep twice in latin.
      Julie: Well you can't blame her for that. I'm getting no reception, how many bars do you have?
      Dean Torres: She has a whole slew of missed assignments and during bio lab, Mr. Cassel got the strong sense Kaitlin was flirting with him.
      Julie: Is he the really short one? I'm sure she just thought he was a student.

    • Dean: And you and Kaitlin? Talk about school, her life?
      Julie: (laughs) I'm sorry. Look, Kaitlin is fifteen years old. If I don't find voodoo dolls of myself in her bedroom, I'm happy.

    • Julie: Something wrong?
      Kirsten: The boys went to Mexico without asking us. I'm sure they're fine, but-
      Julie: Wait, Seth went too? Why - I mean, he just doesn't seem like Mr. Donkey show. Not that they're at a donkey show, or even know what a donkey show...Have you seen how great some of these clothes are?
      (Phone rings)
      Kaitlin: What's a donkey show?
      Kirsten: That's a question for your mother.

    • Summer: Taylor? What are you doing in my bed?
      Taylor: Do you want to get in? We could snuggle.

    • Che: What an amazing spirit you have. I bet in a past life you were an eagle, soaring through mountain passes. Do you ever have dreams of flying?
      Summer: No, not really.

    • Seth: So where are we going?
      Ryan: Mexico.
      Seth: Perfect, I need chiclets.

    • Seth: I won't get in the way. You know how stealth I can be!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      India: February 18, 2008 on Zee Cafe
      Slovakia: May 3, 2009 on Markiza

    • Music:
      "Fire Island,AK" by The Long Winters
      "Pa´Arriba" by Descemer
      "Quiero Mi Pastilla" by Plastillina Mosh
      "La Chirriona" by Banda Jerez
      "Can You Feel It?" by Lockdown Project
      "Lagrimas de Oro" by Manu Chao
      "The End´s Not Near" by Band of Horses


    • Gringo

      A slang term, used in the Spanish and Portuguese languages in Latin America, for native-English speakers (usually from the US, but elsewhere as well) and other non-English speakers of European descent.

      This refers to the "gringos" who go down to Mexico in this episode - Ryan, Seth, Sandy, Kirsten, and Volchok.

    • When Julie tells Kaitlin not to go Clockwork Orange, this is in reference to A Clockwork Orange novel by Anthony Burgess, published in 1962, and later the basis for a 1971 film adaptation by Stanley Kubrick. The novel is set in a hypothetical future, the book tells the story of the life of its fifteen-year-old protagonist Alex who, along with his gang--Dim, George and Pete--roams the streets at night, committing crimes for enjoyment.