The O.C.

Season 1 Episode 11

The Homecoming

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 19, 2003 on FOX
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Episode Summary

It's Thanksgiving time in ‘the O.C.' It's time for family reunions, and Ryan gets called home by his family. Is it because of the holiday, or is it for a favor? Marissa decides to go along for the ride, but ends up going down Ryan's bad-memory lane instead. Seth plays the player role, but not very well.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show the oc its thanksgiving time and the family comes to spend time and in this ep ryan gets a call from him brother who is in prison to do a deal for him to drop a stolen car off and also he does not want marrissa to come but she comes anyway and she just sees his bad memories also seth is spending time with the girls and theres not just one there are two thing is he is playing off of both of them and they dont know it but they find out when they see each other and they get mad at him and kirsten and sandy try find a date for jimmy and sandys office partner this was a good epmoreless
  • A disastrous mess of a Thanksgiving riddled with kicks and giggles all around.

    This episode is as funny as they come. Not funny in the sense that make you laugh out loud, but the type of funny where people are mixed up in bizarre situations that you can't help but laugh at the situation. At first it seemed like a harmless Thanksgiving dinner disguised as a set up to hook up Rachel and Jimmy, but then Julie and Cabel come along to spoil the whole thing. The entire episode was filled with so much clever writing and witty comebacks that you couldn't help take your eyes off hoping you wouldn't miss the next diss. And that's only 1/3 of the episode as Seth makes a rare appearance as Casanova and two times Anna and Summer. It was hilarious seeing him juggle around the two as he alternates between locations leaving with his trademark sarcastic remarks.

    Though it wouldn't be an episode of The O.C. if it didn't have its morals. The whole part with Ryan and Marissa visiting Chino was very well executed and really touched upon the whole situation about how while Ryan came to a better life, he also left behind some old ones. Seeing Marissa and Theresa together really brought some awkward moments, though it ended on a happy note once again. What was really well done was how when Ryan was leaving Chino, the episode sort of made it feel like Ryan is officially leaving the past behind him.moreless
  • Love Triangles,Thanksgiving and one Toasted Turkey...

    There are episodes that are good.There are episodes that are great.But there comes a time when an episodes rolls along and you know that 'great' couldn't possibly describe it.The Homecoming solidified The O.C.s position as one of the top teen dramas ever.It's an episode that will be remembered and will be referred to for years to come.

    The Homecoming has Ryan visiting his family back in Chino with Marissa tagging along.Kirsten and Sandy tries to set up Jimmy and Rachel.Julie and Caleb shows up unannounced,leading to catastrophe.And Seth got his hands full.

    Kirsten and Sandy trying to set up Jimmy and Rachel was a novel idea.Its one of those things that viewers would just lap up and wait to see how it plays out.Kirsten and Sandy being 'not very smooth' was a good comedic element.Rachel and Jimmy were bonding over ESPN classics("soothing"),when Caleb and Julie shows up uninvited.

    This was a good episode to have all these characters under one roof.Thanksgiving episodes tend to have that effect.Tensions hit the roof as capitalists and environmentalists traded blows,parenting abilities were criticised and guests were told to "hit the bricks".

    Seth also invited Anna to spend Thanksgiving.Alas, Summer also shows up for no other reason other than to show up.Seth then is stuck juggling the two women.("You're passing me up for beans?")This is the kind of situation that the word 'AWKWARD' just screams in your head.But something you just can't wait to see what happens next.The whole thing culminates in the most delicious scene involving the fire alarm,takeout menus and the Anna/Seth/Summer triangle being revealed.

    Another love-trianlge which happened in this episode was Ryan/Marissa/Theresa.Theresa was the girl-next-door before Ryan left Chino.They're relatonship,however,is strained amidst the move from Chino to Newport.

    I didnt this subplot.Theresa felt cold and hopefully would never be seen again.The camera shots of Chino looked grainy and dirty.This is probably intentional,but it's still unsightly.I think that the director was trying to show the differences between Chino and Newport.However,when one wishes to make shots like that,both stories/places must be as interesting and attention-grabbing.Whenever Chino came on screen,I can't help but wish they'd return to the Cohen house.The story was much stronger there than the return to Chino for Ryan.

    Aside from that,no big concerns.I'm glad Jimmy had something to do.(Finally!)Rachel's banter with Sandy is always welcome.Julie not kicking up a fuss when Marissa returned was Godsend.And the 'Kirsten Can't Cook' jokes just never gets old.

    All in all,a great episode.One which ever other episode of the O.C. will be compared to.This will be the one people remember.moreless
  • Leaving ones life behind can be hard, but if your past life was not the best, sometimes you need to leave it behind.

    Ryan gets an unexpected call from his brother and goes to see him at jail on thanksgiving. Even though he is Ryan’s brother I still don’t like him, he is a bad influence and the reason Ryan got into trouble in the first place. Then again if it wasn’t for this, Ryan would never had gotten the chance he has now for a new life. I guess some things you consider bad turn into good in the end. In a surprise twist, Marissa joins Ryan to see his brother in jail, and after the visit, Ryan goes on a mission to help his brother get out of trouble. Seth’s juggling game gets roasted by a burnt turkey, how strange life can be. I just hope Seth didn’t blow it all by trying to get it all. As bad as Seth’s brother can be, he still loves his brother and I was glad that he wanted his brother to leave his old life behind.moreless
  • A touching episode about family and a hilarious episode about triangles.

    It's Thanksgiving time in the Cohen house hold. And that means food, food and lots of food. But Kirsten can't cook any of it incase she destroys it.

    Ryan gets a call from prison. It's his brother Trey who wants to see him. Marissa joins him as they go down to Chino. Trey needs Ryan to pick up a stolen car to pay a debt for him.

    Back in Orange County, the Cohens have Jimmy over and Rachel too in an attempt to set them up. Anna is around to and Kirsten and Sandy are impressed with her. Things are going great for Seth but Summer pops around and makes things complicated. He takes her out to the pool house where they begin to make out but Seth makes an excuse to leave so he can distract Anna.

    Anna gets lead up to Seth's room where the same thing happens and Seth makes an excuse to bail.

    Back in Chino, Marissa meets some people from Ryan's past and learns he did musicals. Ryan delievers the stolen car but gets ambushed. Marissa saves the day and they make it out clean. Ryan tells his brother that this is goodbye and they are done.

    Meanwhile Caleb and Julie join the Thanksgiving celebrations and all hell breaks loose. The Turkey burns and Seth gets sprun for kissing both Anna and Summer.

    The episode ends with all seperate groups enjoying dinner and Seth finding out Ryan did musicals.

    All around a really good episode with some great songs and some classic comedy. Seth juggling the two girls is hilarious.moreless
Bradley Stryker

Bradley Stryker

Trey Atwood

Guest Star

Gina Gallego

Gina Gallego


Guest Star

Demetrius Navarro

Demetrius Navarro


Guest Star

Bonnie Somerville

Bonnie Somerville

Rachel Hoffman

Recurring Role

Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson

Summer Roberts

Recurring Role

Melinda Clarke

Melinda Clarke

Julie Cooper

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • (Marissa's mom Julie is looking for her and Seth just found out where she is; he attempts to discreetly tell Kirsten while the blender is on)
      Seth: So, um, Marissa's with Ryan.
      Kirsten (loudly): What?!
      Seth (same volume as before): I said, I...I said Marissa's in Chino.
      Kirsten (loudly): I can't hear you! (turns off blender)
      Seth (yelling): I SAID MARISSA IS IN CHINO! (normal voice) Wow, that actually happens in real life.
      (Julie and Caleb come in)
      Julie: What? Wh-What did you say?
      Seth: Yeah, no. I said that Marissa has my Chinos. I love those pants.

    • Seth: Nothing says Thanksgiving like moo shu pork.

    • Seth: Hey! What's going on?
      Summer: I just can't help it.
      Seth: Uh-huh.
      Summer: And, I certainly can't explain it. You didn't tell anyone? (refering to the kiss)
      Seth: Uh, no, of course not.
      Summer: Cause, I'll kill you.
      Seth: No, I believe you...

    • Summer: What is up with this shirt, Cohen? What is this like childproof?
      Seth: Well, let me do it.
      Summer: Oh, way to take charge, Cohen...

    • Seth: Mom, you're uncomfortably close to the corn! Can you just back up a little?

    • Seth: The other night, on my grandfather's yacht, Summer attacked me with her lips. And she swore if I told anyone she would kill me. Yeah, she's got an interesting take on romance.

    • Anna: So, this is your crib? This is where all the magic happens?
      Seth: Well, if by magic, you're referring to the card game, then, sadly, yes.

    • (about the comic to choose for Trey)
      Ryan: The new Titans is kinda cooler.
      Seth: Are you kidding? He's in prison. Legion would be great. I mean, have you seen Oz? I'm sure that'll be fine.

    • Anna: Summer?
      Summer: Anna?
      Summer and Anna: SETH?!

    • Sandy: So Anna, what's the deal?
      Anna: Huh?
      Sandy: Your parents don't believe in celebrating the genocide of the American Indian?

    • Anna: Ryan has sea monkeys? I love those things!
      Seth: Yeah, but you know what, though? You can't see them because they're dead.
      Anna: Oh.
      Seth: Yeah, suicide. You know how hard the holidays can be, so ...

    • Sandy: Look, Jimmy's a good guy.
      Rachel: He's a thief.
      Sandy: And you're a lawyer. It's a perfect match!

    • Marissa: Hey, Seth, did you know Ryan did musicals?
      Seth: Wow. That's extremely minty of you. I didn't even know they had musicals in Chino.. or dancing.. or laughter.
      Ryan: That's 'cause no one lived there as funny as you.

    • (When Kirsten sees Seth with Anna and Summer)
      Kirsten: I always knew you were a late bloomer sweetie.
      Seth: Thanks Mom.

    • (referring to Caleb and Julie)
      Sandy: Ah! The gruesome twosome!
      Kirsten: That means, uh, "Happy Thanksgiving" in Sandy.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      "We Drink On The Job" by Earlimart
      "Breathe Easy" by Minibar
      "Different Stars" by Trespassors William
      "Caravan" by The Joh Buzon Trio
      "Caravan" by Gordon Jenkins
      "Latinos Mundial" by Mellowman Ace
      "Orange Sky" by Alexi Murdoch


    • Title: 'The Homecoming'
      The Homecoming is a reference to Harold Pinter's play of the same name. The play revolves around an estranged brother who the family rarely see, much like Trey.