The O.C.

Season 3 Episode 15

The Heavy Lifting

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 09, 2006 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Kaitlin prepares herself to head back to school. Ryan has doubts about his relationship with Marissa after helping out Sadie. Kirsten and Julie make plans for a Valentine's Day party.

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  • Johnny dies! Episode 15

    YES johnny is finally gone. This gained marks for this episode. Sadie seems ok and i think she and ryan will become more involved. it doesn't look good for ryan and marrisa or seth and summer! i find sandy and kirstens storys very boring as with julies and dr roberts!

    this episode was good enough it gained more marks for jonnys death!
  • Too many stories aagghh!

    Really wished that The O.C. would have went back to what made it so successful in the first season. Instead it's quickly gripping into what made season two inferior. Too many damn stories! It was nice when only two things were going on; the teenagers and the adults, but now it's several teenagers and several adults. The quality is thus spread out and the episode instantly becomes less enjoyable. Not to mention Marissa is seriously starting to become the epitome of a drama queen. Emotional and irrational, makes you want to punch her in the face if you ever saw her in real life.moreless
  • Wow. Johnny's gone, and the guest stars are mostly Cullens!

    I bet that not even the Twilight fans realize that three of the main stars all appear in this episode. When Jackson first started to guest star, I thought 'This is weird, Cam has been on this show for a while, and that makes two Twilight stars.' Then within ten minutes of the start of Heavy Lifting, Nikki Reed shows up, making three of the stars that few people had even heard of before the movie. I was shocked, simply because it seemed that so many people had their career boosted by this show!

    After watching the pilot, I couldn't understand why Seth would like Summer. There was a lot of partying and self-centeredness, but now everything has changed. I want Seth and Summer to be together forever because they are so cute together, partying only leads to Johnny's death, and only the Coopers are self-centered. This show has really changed for the better, and man am I enjoying it!moreless
  • In the aftermath of Johnny's death Ryan and Marrissa's relationship hits some rocks, while Kaitlin feels responsible for his accident. Elsewhere Seth tries to make it up to Summer for his lying ways.moreless

    Probably one of the saddest episodes of The O.C. ever! Johnny's death really affects each of the characters in a different way. Marrissa is confused and slightly depressed, which causes her to take it out on Ryan, who is already feeling horrible for not being able to grab him in time before he fell. I felt for Mrs. Harper, Johnny's mum, as she has lost her only son. But I was most sympathetic for Chilli and Kaitlin. I thought it was really sad when Marrissa and Chilli were talking on the beach and she called him Chilli and he said something like "It's not Chilli anymore. I'm going back to Dennis. Johnny never liked that nickname anyway so...". I thought that was really touching. As for Kaitlin, after the memorial when she said "Oh yeah am I just meant to go over there and be like 'Hi I'm Kaitlin, I'm the one who killed him!'." that made me really feel for her.

    I really liked the memorial. I thought it was very reflective of Johnny being at the beach with a row of surfboards, and his own surfboard being sent out to sea. It was really sad, had me in tears!

    A really well done episode!moreless
  • The OC. Episode 15

    Not my favorite episode but there are still some good points:

    1. No more whining sick looking surfer. Well, don't get me wrong, Johnny's funeral was kind of sad but he does remain the worst character ever.

    2. The presents switching was a highlight. When Sandy and Seth realized what has happened, their face were just priceless.

    3. Finally Kirsten said some complete sentences. It was about time.

    4. Summer is definitely always more mature. I liked the way she handled the whole Seth's pot&lies thing.

    5. Neil made up his mind about Julie. I figure Julie's trailer times are done.

    6. It turns out Kaitlin - Little Coop - does have a heart. At least, a half, I guess.

    I have to say it. Marissa's storyline is just painful to watch. Now it's like she has always been loving Johnny. Please. And in the meantime Ryan might have found another romantic interest. Well, Sadie is Johnny's relative but, at least, thank God, she's not that depressing.moreless
Jackson Rathbone

Jackson Rathbone


Guest Star

Jeffrey Hephner

Jeffrey Hephner

Matt Ramsey

Recurring Role

Willa Holland

Willa Holland

Kaitlin Cooper

Recurring Role

Michael Nouri

Michael Nouri

Dr. Neil Roberts

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Ryan gives Marissa a necklace for Valentine's Day, she puts it in her drawer under her clothes next to the box with Johnny's necklace. At the end of the episode, when she opens the drawer, the necklace Ryan gave her is no longer in the box.

  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      "For The Widows In Paradise, For The Fatherless In Ypsilanti" by Surfjan Stevens
      "Grand Machine #12" by Electric President
      "White Daisy Passing" by Rocky Votolato
      "Neverending Math Equation" by Sun Kil Moon


    • Kaitlin: Death Cab is on the Valley? I'm never listening to them again.

      She is obviously referring to when Death Cab appeared on the OC and many of their fans were upset.

    • Summer: (To Marissa) This is the first Valentine's Day that you two aren't fighting or kissing some other girl.

      Summer alludes to the season two Valentine's Day episode "The Lonely Hearts Club" in which Ryan was involved with Lindsay and Marissa began her Lesbian affair with Alex.