The O.C.

Season 3 Episode 17

The Journey

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 16, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Ryan thinks about not inviting Marissa to his 18th birthday after their falling out, but Sandy tries to get him to invite a relative. After months of avoiding telling Summer and Marissa the truth, Neil and Julie tell Summer and Marissa the truth.

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  • ryan thinks about not inviting Marrisa to his 18th birthday.

    Overall i thought this episode was good but not as good as last weeks. marrisa and Ruan are completly broken up 100% in this which i think is a stupid thing though i still like sadie. Volchock just annoys me like johnny did not as much but he still does. the julie and dr roberts thing is a bit weird aswell. Now marrisa is haning out with volchock i am expecting some rifts in ryan,seth and summers relationship with marrisa.

    Good enoughmoreless
  • Rises above the average stuff we've been getting the past couple episodes.

    Although The O.C. has been faltering as of late, it sort of reminds us of why we all watch it in the first place with this episode. For once the stories are interesting and there's some worthwhile drama that keeps you watching. Julie and Neil's relationship has finally let loose between their daughters and it created a pretty interesting confrontation between Summer and Julie. Plus there's also Dawn Atwood's little situation along with Ryan's 18th birthday. It was pretty neat how the episode portrayed how Marissa and Ryan's now ended relationship using flashbacks. Cutting off the melodic music midway and Ryan facing the picture of her and Marissa down was really really neat.moreless
  • The OC. Episode 17

    Amazing events in Newport Beach.

    1. Surf-Nazi Volchok reveals perfect nursing skills. And stalking aptitude, as well.

    2. Ryan's mom is back in prison.

    3. Marissa is drowning in self-pity and tequila.

    4. Sandy enjoys practising the good Samaritan in New Mexico, while Kirsten's storyline is like stiller than Himalaya.

    Actually this show is definitely turning into a tragic soap opera. :D

    Well, there are some highlights, anyway.

    - How Seth organized Ryan's party. He always comes up with such crazy ideas. Little "Ryans" (fireman, cowboy and scientist) were totally hilarious. LOL

    - Summer confronting Mrs. Cooper Nichol (and soon to be Roberts, I guess).moreless
  • Oh, what the O.C. used to be and what it is now...

    I haven't been enjoying the O.C. for the past ten weeks, or something, but the fact that this episode had flashbacks made me realise how good the O.C. used to be and how average it is now.

    Let me start by saying, and this might sound weird, that the changes they did in the music of the show have a huge impact on the pleasure of seeing the episode, the music they've been using now is depressing, pretty much along with the storyline.

    And how uncool is the fact that for some episodes nothing hasn't been really happening. Now it's all about break ups and new romances, when in the first season was about houses burning down, people drinking at parties, crazy kids, love triangles, jail, concerts... now it's all plain and boring.

    I own the two first seasons DVDs and I'm probably end up buying the third but I keep seeing this tv show for what it was, not for what it is now... so unless it changes back to normal I am just going to get tired and flee... like Ryan... but for good.moreless
  • Loved the flashbacks!!!

    This episode was great,it made me cry when the flash backs came and when Ryan and Marissa just couldn\'t seem to talk to eachother because they found it so hard. Both Ryan and Marissa found someone to help them get through it so this was cool. But i definaley think that ryen and marissa should get back together.....They are the perfect couple!!please get back together!!!plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz!!!This episode was one of the best in series 3 cause it refers back to the first series...which was great!! I luv the OC!!!!moreless
J.D. Pardo

J.D. Pardo

Tattooed Surfer

Guest Star

Craig Susser

Craig Susser

Cop on the Pier

Guest Star

Andrew Thacher

Andrew Thacher

Jail Cop

Guest Star

Daphne Ashbrook

Daphne Ashbrook

Dawn Atwood

Recurring Role

Cam Gigandet

Cam Gigandet

Kevin Volchok

Recurring Role

Nikki Reed

Nikki Reed

Sadie Campbell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Kirsten: Ryan, I forgot to ask. Do you have any request for your birthday on Sunday?
      Seth: Sunday's your birthday?
      Ryan: Thanks buddy.
      Sandy: Not just any birthday. Ryan's turning 18. Becoming a fully franchised citizen of this great democratic experiment we call America.
      Seth: Yes, we all know you went to law school. The important thing is we need a party.

    • Seth: What do you want to do with this? (holds up Marissa's invitation)
      Ryan: You're the Birthday General.
      Seth: First of all, I'm the Birthday Captain. And the decision of whether to invite Marissa or not is way beyond my pay grade.

    • Summer: Um, hi. Two homeless guys just got into a fight over the crudité and knocked down Scientist Ryan.

    • Sadie: You do know this is a Foreigner song, right?
      Ryan: Yeah.
      Sadie: Okay.

    • Sandy: As of today we may no longer be your legal guardians, but you will always be part of this family.

    • Summer: Look, I got nothing against you. In theory. But my dad just got out of a marriage and I don't want him rushing back into another.
      Julie: Oh, Summer. I totally understand. We are nowhere near close to getting engaged. Trust me.

    • Marissa (to Volchok): So what, are you stalking me now?

    • Seth: Yeah, and if you cross Johnny Law, no more time in that day care juvy. It's going to be hard time in the big house for you, pally.

    • Summer: Because I have to worry about Julie Cooper giving my dad VD and taking all of his money. So my plate is full.

    • Summer: If you really do like her (referring to Julie), maybe don't wear the bathing suit you bought last year in Rome. Just a thought!

    • Julie: For the past few months I've been seeing Neil Roberts.
      Marissa: Doctor Roberts? Wait what have you had done?(Looks at Julie's chest)
      Julie: Not seeing that way, I mean seeing seeing. Although, he probably would give me a couple freebies.

    • Summer: Coop, you spend all your time on that lifeguard stand staring out at the water like you're a naval widow.

    • Julie (about Neil and her seeing each other): Does Marissa know about this?
      Summer: Not yet.
      Julie: Well, I guess I better tell her then hm?... And buy me a new bikini!
      Summer: Awkward.

    • Summer: How am I not supposed to tell Marissa about the party when I see her. I can't keep a secret from Marissa!
      Seth: And yet you somehow manage it to not tell her about your dad and her mom making sweet, beautiful, beautiful love.
      (Summer gives Seth a angry look)
      Seth: Hi!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      "In Dreams" by Crash My Model Car
      "Paint The Silence" by South
      "Plan Of The Man" by The M's
      "Ooh La" by The Kooks
      "Waiting For A Girl Like You" by Cobra Verde