The O.C.

Season 1 Episode 19

The Heartbreak

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 18, 2004 on FOX
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Episode Summary

It's Valentine's Day in Newport, and everyone is preparing for the Valentine's singles benefit. Luke has a new crush, while Sandy gives Seth some sex advice. An old friend of Ryan's shows up in town, which forces Marissa to lay her feelings on the table. Seth and Summer take their relationship to another level.moreless

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  • Ryan was right,

    Marissa was wrong, and she tries to make everything back to normal. That makes me incredibly mad, because Ryan was clearly telling the truth and he was right (in the last episode), and Marissa barely apologizes.
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show the oc its valentines day and there having another befit in the oc and ryan is still having problems getting over the fact marrisa did not trust him and then a new friend in town shows up its ryans old girlfriend terrisa and they start to meet and talk and marris is tring to show ryan she still loves him but he is not really feeling that way right now. and so she thinks he is going to go back to his old girlfriend this was a good ep i thought and that is why i gave it 9moreless
  • Fired on all cylinders.

    Wow, a lot has happened. Three relationships just made ten massive steps forward, and the one between Marissa and Ryan took twenty steps back. I've said this before, I've never been really fond of Marissa and Ryan as actors, but they did a phenomenal job in this episode, Marissa in particular. She really played her part so well that for a second I thought it was real. And how Ryan handled the situation was beautiful; most guys would fly back into their girlfriends' arms like nothing happened, but Ryan faced the sad reality that there really is something wrong with their relationship. Beautiful acting.

    And you know what? That wasn't even the best part. It was the other three relationships that were developing. Summer and Seth losing their virginities? To each other? Father and son talk, about sex? A lot of crazy things happened in this episode and how the writers really weaved together a hilarious and cohesive script just made it one of the funniest episodes in this season so far. Julie and Luke? Hailey and Jimmy? All of these little almost forbidden relationships are forming, that it's mindblowing and yet it keeps you on the edge of your feet. Excellent excellent episode.moreless
  • My least favourite episode in Season 1

    I think one of the main reasons why I dont like this episode is due to Theresa. I really dont like the character of Theresa and she is ruining Ryan and Marissas relationship. A lot of people love this episode but i just think it is painful after Ryan did everything to get Oliver away from Marissa then when he suceeds he pushes Marissa away, it makes me want to pull my hair out. Plus i hated the Seth and Summer story line I mean Anna and Seth just broke up now he is already screwing Summer. This episode is not for me.moreless
  • Love is in the air for some, while for others it's anything but.

    Anna and Seth’s breaking up makes Seth realize it was because he still likes Summer a lot more then Anna. When Seth told Summer how he really felt, let’s just say, love was in the air. You know what; let’s rephrase that, “Love is happening on Summers bed”. In a strange twist of fate, it seems Luke has a crush on Julie, how strange is that. I knew Marissa wanted things to go back to normal, but I just think she is out of her mind thinking that if she slept with Ryan everything would go back. Ryan has all the right to feel weird, Marissa, who was supposed to be his girlfriend (before she broke up with him) didn’t listen to him at all, and Ryan just feels confused. Sandy has the “talk” with his son Seth; you know the birds and the bees. I found this part to be kind of funny, Seth was so uncomfortable, and I can understand. Marissa thinks she can just walk back into Ryan’s life? I think not, Marissa is so stupid to think she can just dump Ryan, not trust him and do all these things and then just get back to normal when she finds out she made a mistake. Nope, this time it is Marissa’s turn to get a taste of her own medicine, maybe then she will smarten up. Seth decides to “bow out” at the singles event, and I don’t think that Summer took it to well. Summer admits to Seth that she is (or was) a virgin, and things between Summer and Seth become much better. Ryan and Marissa’s relationship looks over, but who knows, maybe things will eventually change for Marissa.moreless
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Navi Rawat

Navi Rawat

Theresa Diaz

Recurring Role

Amanda Righetti

Amanda Righetti

Hailey Nichol

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Summer reveals that, until she slept with Seth, she was a virgin, when in episode 1.6 "The Girlfriend," she had insinuated to Marissa that she had had sex before.

      Yes, but we were left to believe that she had insinuated that to everyone to hide the fact that she was a virgin. Remember in the episode, Seth also calls her a very experienced woman only for her to make her reveal.

    • Goof: When Luke and Ryan are setting up for the Valentine's Dance, Luke is talking to Ryan, but calls him Ben.

    • Goof: Ryan and Theresa are sitting outside talking about what happened with Oliver. Just before Marissa comes out, we see Theresa from the side and she smiles, then the angle changes and she smiles again, although she was already smiling.

    • Goof: When Seth goes to Summer's right before they have their first sex, somebody else must have let Seth into the house. Then when he enters Summer's room, they don't close the door and Summer eventually takes off her top. No privacy?

    • Goof: When Sandy and Seth have the "talk", the position of Seth's hands keeps changing in different camera angles. Eg- at the very start, his hands go from under his chin to out in front.

    • Goof: In the final scene when Ryan and Marissa are talking, the position of Marissa's hair keeps changing. One second, there are wisps on her shoulder, next shot there aren't, then there are some on her left shoulder only... etc.

    • Goof: This episode ends on a Saturday. Marissa and Oliver talk about getting away for the weekend on Thursday, skip classes on Friday and she spends the night at the hotel until Saturday when she realizes the truth. If the show is running according to the actual calender, Valentines Day 2004 is on Saturday, February 14. Sandy states in the opening scene that it's the day before Valentines Day. So unless they went back in time, the writers goofed.

    • Goof: After Summer and Seth have sex for the first time, Summer gets out of bed with the sheet wrapped around her. As she is getting up, you can clearly see that she is wearing a shirt.

    • Goof: When Seth was kissing Summer's shoulder, he moved her shirt out of the way and started kissing it. Then, it zoomed out and her shirt was over her shoulder, and in the next shot, it zoomed back in and her shirt was back off her shoulder.

    • Goof: When Marissa came in the room with the rose to try and make up with Ryan, she unbuttoned three of his buttons. However, when the camera pans to Marissa and then back to Ryan, his shirt is unbuttoned by only two. Then, it goes back to three at another camera shot.

    • Goof: Near the end, Seth starts a turntable and puts on Ryan Adams' cover of "Wonderwall", which has never been released on vinyl.

    • Goof: In the beginning when Sandy and Kirsten are talking in the kitchen, the amount of orange juice changes in Sandy's glass. It goes back and forth like this a few times.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Summer: (Seth knocks on her door) I'm busy. Studying. Naked.
      Seth: (on the other side of the door) Is that supposed to keep me away?

    • Summer: What are you doing here?
      Seth: (Holding a 'My Little Pony'.) Who is this?
      Summer: No one.
      Seth: (In a girly voice.) I'm not no one.
      Summer: Princess Sparkle. What do you want?
      Seth: I think she's just Captain Oats' type.
      Summer: Well you tell him to keep his hooves off!

    • Sandy: We Cohens are sexual beings.

    • Sandy: Hey. If I teach you guys anything, don't ever get married.
      Ryan: I've heard that from you before.
      Sandy: And you'll hear it again. I'll be at the bar.

    • Kirsten: No. You're going Sandy, this is important to me.
      Sandy: You know, there is a lot of things that are important to me that you don't do.
      Kirsten: Like what?
      Sandy: Like golfing. Lots of couples golf together.
      Kirsten: Shortly before dying of old age.

    • Seth: Is someone going overboard with this holiday?
      Kirsten: Oh, like you're one to talk, Christmukkah any one?
      Sandy: Well, at least that's a real holiday.
      Seth: Tell her dad.

    • Summer: You're in my house.
      Seth: And you're dressed. I wonder who's most disappointed.

    • (As Ryan Adam's cover of Wonderwall plays)
      Summer: (laughs) You're so cheesy Cohen.
      Seth: I'm sweeping you off your feet.
      Summer: The sad part is, you kinda are.

    • Seth (to Captain Oats): Not to rub it in, man, but I think Princess Sparkle is your type.

    • Sandy: You know, the thing about Ryan—
      Marissa: No, this isn't about Ryan.
      Sandy: I know. But the thing about Ryan...

    • Seth: I need to talk to you. Girl stuff.
      Sandy: You've come to the master.
      (Kirsten sniggers)
      Sandy: Hey, I got you.
      Kirsten: I was young, impressionable, and drunk.
      Seth: Only child, right here.

    • Jimmy (examining a package): Well it's not ticking. So it can't be from your mom.

    • Seth: It's not like, like now that Anna and I broke up I'm now choosing you. Okey? Coz the whole reason that we broke up, it's cuz for me - it's always been you Summer. It's always been you. I've tried to fight it and I've tried to deny it and I can't, I can't do it. You're undeniable.

    • Sandy: What are we fighting about?
      Kirsten: I am not sure, but it's serious!

    • Seth: Well, Ryan, I'm a man now. Not just like an after-your-Bar Mitzvah-man, but a man man. I had sex with a girl. Summer to be more specific.
      Ryan: How was it?
      Seth: I had sex!
      Ryan: That bad?
      Seth: No, not that bad, just kinda weird.

    • (Summer removes her shirt)
      Seth: Whatever you say Summer. Yes. Yes.

    • Marissa: Are you limping?
      Summer: Yeah, Cohen kneed me in the leg.
      Marissa: Why?
      Summer: Must have read it in Kama Sutra.
      Marissa: So you guys had sex again?
      Summer: If you can call it that. There were like limbs, everywhere.

    • Sandy: It's great that you hung in there after all the foreplay.
      Seth: Fore what now?

    • Ryan: What did you do to your eye?
      Seth: It's just a little bit blurry. Summer poked me in it with her big toe.
      Ryan: What, why?
      Seth: I don't know man, it was an accident, there were limbs everywhere, I'm lucky I can still see.

    • Seth: It was a little weird. And not like kinky weird, more like awkward. But, hey, you know what? It was my first time, she's a more experienced woman, that's to be expected. But I did make some faces in the middle that I wish I could take back, but I can't and there was also a sort of whiny noise that came out at the end that probably wasn't my finest hour and ... I sucked so bad! I was like a fish flopping around on dry land. I was Nemo, and I just wanted to go home.

    • Summer: Last night ... you weren't the only virgin in the room.
      Seth: What? Who else was in there? Were they filming us?
      Summer: Me, jackass!

    • Summer: (to Seth) No. No way. I'm not going to be your sloppy seconds, assface!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      "Hello Sunshine" by Super Furry Animals
      "Billoddity" by Mojave 3
      "Summertime" by The Fire Theft
      "Anything But Love" by Squirrel Nut Zippers
      "Dreamtime" by Mastersource
      "Night Moves" by Bob Seger
      "Wonderwall" by Ryan Adams


    • Seth: ...I was Nemo and I just wanted to go home

      When Seth stated he " was Nemo and just wanted to go home" he was referring to the very popular Disney movie "Finding Nemo" that was released around original air time of this episode. Nemo was a fish that got lost in the ocean and went through a lot of time and trouble to find his way back home.

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