The O.C.

Season 3 Episode 4

The Last Waltz

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 29, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Marissa struggles with attending a public high school, and her new friends make Ryan jealous; Charlotte's ruse is up when she learns that Kirsten did not inherit any money from Caleb; Julie's mansion is repossessed, leaving her with nothing; Taylor's power play dethrones Summer as commitee chairman, who then learns an interesting secret about her and Dean Hess.moreless

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  • Public School Special

    Marissa starts *gasp* public school, and we are treated to a hilarious portrayal of our public education system. Haha, girl gangs? War-torn lockers? A social atmosphere where shooting a guy DOESN'T automatically earn you a ton of cool points? What is this, bizarroworld? I liked the alternate Ryan, Seth, and Summer, but for some reason they missed all the "Warning: this chick is the worst" signals and latched onto Marissa like a fat kid onto a chocolate bar. WHYYY would anyone want to be friends with Marissa that badly?? That was the hardest thing for me to believe this episode; even harder than the school.

    We've also reached that part of the season where things start coming between Ryan and Marissa and Ryan turns into this jealous, controlling, serial-killer-vibey guy. I hate serial killer Ryan! Stop stalking Marissa everywhere and popping by five times a day and threatening to punch guys in the face for talking to her. Seriously, just GTFO, Ryan. No side-eye, that ain't gonna help you this time. And Marissa, quit apologizing for shit! Those two are in a really twisted, co-dependent, borderline abusive-but-minus-the-violence (for now) relationship. WTF show, why are you teaching kids that this is normal??

    And YESSS! Dean Hess and Taylor! We all saw that coming, right? As soon as she pulled that childish pouty face at him last episode and he did her bidding like an evil flying monkey? I hope Summer efs them both over HARD! All mildly friendly feelings towards Taylor have vanished. Girl needs to be taken out like last week's garbage. Along with Dean Douchebag.

    And finally, Julie the wicked bitch of the west loses her huge mansion. Karma'd! We finally see Summer's mansion! I hope we see the stepmom soon. And the kids have their respective school dances. Sigh. It ain't a school dance until Forever Young plays, and this episode accommodated quite nicely.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show the oc marriss has having a diffitcutl time attending public school and she meets new friends but those make ryan jealious and charlotts plan for getting money is over when she finds that kirsten got no money and then julies mansion is being reposed and she will have nothing again and summer is no longer the chair for social and then she also finds out that dean hess has a thing with the social chair this was a good ep i thougt and it was very interesting and that is why i gave it a 9moreless
  • How they can make a public school in NEWPORT BEACH look so ghetto, well, I can't imagine the warzone they would try to make the actual ghetto schools in Southern California look like.moreless

    Some pretty interesting new developments. Although Marissa's first day at the notoriously bad Newport Union hasn't been pleasent for her, she is making the best out of the situation by trying to make new friends. It's so sad that her mother, although has often been portrayed as the manipulative snake of the show, isn't doing as well. Seeing her getting kicked out and crying by herself in a motel room, for all the wrong she has done, the show has done an effective job of making you sympathize with her. The other storylines, such as Taylor Townsend's affair with the new Dean and Kirsten's new stalker trying to capitalize on her money, have been quite interesting themselves. Though what this episode lacks that the others have been in full nourishment of has been humour.moreless
  • Taylor's only reason why I gave this episode such a low score. She was such a pain in the butt. This characterization really sucked and was plain stupid.

    The Roberts have a mansion! Oh my goodness! It's gorgeous. We never saw the house until now. Summer's bedroom is really adorable and everything, but the house, oh boy, leaves me speechless. I sincerely hope I can marry someone who's that rich.

    Kirsten's story is getting kind of interesting. I wonder what will happen. I mean, Kirsten is supposedly a very intelligent, powerful 'dragon lady' figure. Yes, she is probably very weak right now because of her addiction. However, her brain should still work really well. I would be very disappointed with the writer if she actually falls for the trap. Also, it just doesn't make any sense if she does fall for it. Sandy's there, and he's got trust issues and will never allow Kirsten to make such investment. He even drove away his own mother's fiance, man. This guy's good.

    Seth and Summer are so cute! Soooo cute! Sighs, I wish Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson were still together in real life. They look just as cute as their on-screen characters did. As much as I am craaazy about Adam Brody, I really like seeing him with Rachel Bilson. I will not support him having a relationship with any other woman!moreless
  • A okay but not great episode!

    A okay but not at all great episode! I really enjoyed the Charlotte / Kirsten storyline & the Julie being broke one too. I thought the public school storyline could have been done a LOT better & so could the two dances, but the real reason for the 8.4 instead of a 8.1 was because of Melinda Clark's powerful performance in the trailer park crying scenes. The Summer / Seth / Taylor / Dean Hess storyline was really boring, unfufilling & dragged on in this episode which is sad because it was really great in the last 3 episodes!moreless
Eric Mabius

Eric Mabius

Dean Hess

Guest Star

Kayla Ewell

Kayla Ewell


Guest Star

Richard Voll

Richard Voll


Guest Star

Jeri Ryan

Jeri Ryan

Charlotte Morgan

Recurring Role

Autumn Reeser

Autumn Reeser

Taylor Townsend

Recurring Role

Ryan Donowho

Ryan Donowho


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: In the scene when Taylor is talking to Summer about Seth being suspended in the hallway, you can see Taylor's red sweater is on her shoulders when the camera is facing her, but when the camera is facing Summer the red sweater is around Taylor's neck.

    • This is the first episode of The O.C. where we see more of Summer's house than just her pink bedroom. We see the front of her house, the ground floor hallway and her backyard with the pool.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Ryan: Seth, what are you doing here?
      Seth (to Ryan): I'm here to stop you man. And if that means throwing myself between you and the gym, I only ask that you spare the face.

    • Taylor: Hi everybody! Everyone, hi. I'm Taylor Townsend, your social chair. And I would like to thank you all for coming.
      Seth: Relax. She's not taking credit for it.
      Taylor: Thank you. So this dance has been my baby now for quite awhile.
      Seth: Okay, she's taking credit for it.
      Summer: I am going to kill her.

    • Seth (about Ryan and Marissa): Well, that is a pickle.
      Ryan: That's it? No advice?
      Seth: What advice? Call her, apologize. It's not rocket science. Man. You home school kids are pathetic.

    • Taylor: Summer!
      Summer: No. Just so you know, you and your friend the dean may have won this round, but the war is not over.
      Taylor: Well unless you have an exit strategy, don't even get out of the boat. I am a human quagmire. (Storms off.)
      Summer (to a passing student): What's a quagmire? Hello! Anyone? Quagmire?

    • Marissa: Mom, Caleb was broke. It makes sense that we'd have to sell everything. You know, you don't have to protect me.
      Julie: Well then do you think it would be alright with Summer if you stayed until we got back on our feet? And we will get back on our feet and we'll be wearing very expensive shoes when we do.

    • Marissa: Thanks. I really don't know why she's got it in for me.
      Casey: My guess is it's the bag. And the shoes. And the Chanel necklace probably isn't helping either, but it's just a guess. Anyways, welcome to Newport Union. I'm Casey.
      Marissa: Marissa. Cooper. You're the first nice person I actually met.
      Casey: And I'm not even that nice.

    • Summer: You know I always thought that social chair was a ceremonial position. Like Rose Bowl Queen or President.

    • Kristen: Dr. Woodruff told us to confront our fears. And mine is … my cooking.
      Sandy: Funny enough. So's mine.

    • Chili: (to Marissa) Boyfriend? That's going to be a problem for me because I love you. I fall fast and hard.
      Casey: On a skateboard.
      Chili: Oh. Zing.

    • Summer: Cohizzle? Where are you? You said you'd only be gone like 10 minutes!

    • Taylor: So, everyone have fun because this really is the end of Summer.
      Seth: (to Summer) You kinda set yourself up for that one.

    • Seth: It's like you brought the ocean to us. You're my little human tsunami.
      Summer: Thanks.

    • Johnny: I think the theme is … school gym, bag of pretzels, Chili spikes the punch.

    • (Watching Marissa try to open his locker)
      Johnny: Either you're the worst thief ever, or it's your first day.

    • Seth: Are you sure this is detention? 'Cause it's got more of a work release feel.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The three kids that Marissa meets at her new school are similar to Seth, Ryan and Summer. Only the "Ryan" is dating the "Summer".

    • Music:
      "Circles" by Bob Mould
      "Fire Fire" by M.I.A
      "Ain't No Game" by Basko
      "I Don't Want To Fall In Love" by She Wants Revenge
      "Natural" (Radio Edit) by Infusion
      "Triumphant" by Royksopp
      "Forever Young" by Youth Group

    • During the dance sequence of the episode titled 'The Last Waltz' a version of the song 'Forever Young' plays. Perhaps coincidently, an album from 'The Band' called 'The Last Waltz' has an unrelated song on it titled 'Forever Young'. Also Bob Dylan sung a song called 'Forever Young' on his album called 'The Last Waltz'.

    • Ryan and Marissa's song is the rerelease of the 1980's classic "Forever Young" song by Alphaville. This version is by the "Youth Group"-- one of the many newly discovered talents that make this program what it is.

    • This isn't Johnny Lewis's first time starring alongside Adam Brody. Before The O.C., the two of them starred in the short lived comedy Now What.


    • The title of this episode is a reference to the documentary, "The Last Waltz," directed by Martin Scorcese, about The Band's final concert, in 1978.