The O.C.

Season 2 Episode 15

The Mallpisode

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 10, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After Lindsay moves to Chicago with her mom, Ryan is heartbroken and Caleb's confused. Seth, Summer, and Marissa invite Ryan to the mall to get his mind off things. Caleb tags along to vent when Sandy tries to make amends with Kirsten by searching for her wedding ring or even a grand gesture that will take her back to when Sandy first proposed. Meanwhile, Alex learns that Marissa might not be as into her as she thought she would be. Kirsten and Julie call an editor for Newport Living but at the same time Julie's Riverside past catches up to her.moreless

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  • Bottle Episode!!!

    What was shaping up to be an especially angsty episode instead turned out to be FUN!! Ryan put on his leaving-town hoodie (he must have misplaced the leather jacket), so we knew he was feeling so many feels despite his gruff exterior. I never really got what Ryan saw in Lindsay except maybe for her extreme normal-ness, but nonetheless he was really upset about her leaving town so he booked it for the bus station to go win her back. Seth went to talk him down, and before the opening credits were over that crisis was averted and instead the gang got locked inside the mall. Bottle episode! Secrets were revealed, relationship statuses were re-evaluated, a Mighty Ducks re-enactment happened, and it was a lot of fun!

    Early on, Seth spoke aloud our greatest fear: "maybe now that Lindsay's out of the picture, Ryan and Marissa will get back together!". Noooo, shut your face Seth Cohen! Don't tempt fate like that. Sigh. We all know Marissa and Ryan are doomed to happen again, but surprise of all surprises, in the end they were actually incredibly adorable and not-irritating while throwing french fries at each other! The waitstaff was probably irritated, though, because that's just plain rude. Also, Ryan actually had some really great comedic timing this episode, which threw me for a loop. You don't do funny, you do emotionally charged side-eyes! But I'll allow it.

    Meanwhile, in adultville, Kirsten was still throwing a hissy fit over Sandy trying to help his old lovah beat a rap. She "lost" her wedding ring and flirted a ton with Billy Campbell. Get outta here, Billy, there ain't room for two raven-haired DILFs on this show! Sandy was desperate to win her back even though he hadn't really done anything wrong, and he and Caleb had some bro bonding time over their lady troubles and carnival games. Those guyyyss. Cute.

    Also, Julie had a little secret: she was the saddest little amnesiac in some hilariously '80's porn! But seriously, the guy blackmailing her was super scuzzy, and basically it's really uncool to blackmail someone over porn they only did to pay their mom's hospital bills. Wah wahhh. I was surprised by how much I liked Julie this episode, mostly due to all the hard truths she was throwing down about Marissa, her spoiled spawn.

    All in all, really great episode. No episode is a perfect ten, but I thought it deserved better than a 9.5. On an OC weighted scale, obviously.moreless
  • this was a good ep i thought

    in this ep of the oc its the mall episode this was a really good one. in this ep of the oc ryan is heartbroken when linsay and her mother go back to chicago and ryan is really upset and so seth summer and marrisa they take ryan to mall and they get locked inside it and stay over night thing is while playing lots of games and making a tent in the mall the alarm goes off and they must find away out with out getting caught and while this is happening sandy is tring to find her wedding ring in the sinc and calbo is also tring to help find it too . this was a good ep and alot of people fantacy is to stay in the mall over night this was a good ep i thoughtmoreless
  • Fantastic four once again fantastic.

    Finally the show goes to what made it successful in the first season, which is the four main teenagers of Ryan, Marissa, Seth, and Summer all hanging out together. It's good that we aren't splitting off the stories between all four of them for once. Them hanging out in a closed mall is every teens fantasy and it was just so rewarding seeing them just having fun and causing havoc around the mall. Seeing Marissa and Ryan back together is something that was way too long overdue. Julie though is in a pretty interesting situation herself, can't believe she starred in a porno once.moreless
  • yay, my first review for an episode:D

    I really liked this episode. I dunno if it's my favorite of the oc exactly, but I must say it was one of the best in this season:)

    The four friends locked in a mall with SO much to do was really entertaining!! And in this episode there was a lot of "big" happenings!! like: Julie starring in a porn movie and beeing blackmailed, Marissa still has a thing for Ryan.., Seth and Summer are FINALLY together!!!!, Kirsten and Sandy worked things out, and Ryan doing the "whoever you want me to be" scene with a french fries in his mouth xD .. I loved that part!!

    I'm SO glad Seth and Summer finally got back together!! they're just SO perfect for eachother:)

    I'm really excited for the next episode..moreless
  • An episode were the four get locked in a mall.

    This episode is another personal favorite of mine. It is funny and is one of the best O.C. episodes. Even though Ryan was sulking for Lindsay there are a couple of Ryan-Marissa moments that are so sweet. Like when Ryan eavesdrops while in the ventalation and hears Marissa say she misses him. This epsidoe also starts another Sandy/Kirsten problem (Carter) even though they just cleared up the whole Rebecca thing. I also love when Julie tells Alex that Marissa was only in love once and he looked better in a wife beater. That quote is one of my favorites. Every scene after they realize they're trapped in te mall is funny, the hockey, and food, and fake logs. Also Seth and Summer are officially back together and are so funny in this epsiode.moreless
Carrie Ann Nagy

Carrie Ann Nagy


Guest Star

Amber Heard

Amber Heard


Guest Star

Shaun Cozzens

Shaun Cozzens

Pizza Guy

Guest Star

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

Alex Kelly

Recurring Role

Johnny Messner

Johnny Messner

Lance Baldwin

Recurring Role

Billy Campbell

Billy Campbell

Carter Buckley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • In this episode, we learn Julie starred in a porno when she was younger.

    • The difference between what Julie offers to keep her former porn work secret and what is being asked for is a multiple of ten. ($50,000 to $500,000)

    • Goof: When they realized they're locked in the store room and Summer says the thing about The Valley and "That's how April got pregnant" then Seth says "Oh, it's okay" and Summer looks down, you can tell that Rachel's trying not to laugh, even though it's apparent that Summer's not supposed to find this funny.

    • Goof: Ryan was at the bus station on Saturday morning, planning on taking a bus to Chicago to surprise Lindsay for the weekend. Which weekend? The next weekend? It is a long way from the LA area to Chicago. It has got to be at least 2 days on the bus. Ryan wouldn't get there this weekend.

    • Goof: When Kirsten and Carter are at the restaurant, Carter is pouring a glass of wine and his glass is almost full. But when the camera angle changes, it's only about halfway full.

    • Goof: It is ridiculous that Seth would be able to open the storeroom door from the outside. The entire purpose of locking it is to keep people out so they won't steal things, so there is no way it was unlocked from the outside when it was locked from the inside.

    • Goof: Between the 24 and 25 minute mark, Julie has the brown bag in her left hand and at another camera angle, it is in her right. At yet another camera angle after that, it's back in her left hand.

    • Goof: How did they set up the manikins in the tent so quickly? There wouldn't have been manicans close to the camping section, and Seth made it clear they had to leave right away. It just didn't seem like there would be enough time to do all of that.

    • Goof: Security walks around malls for hours after the mall is closed, perhaps even all night. The gang should have gotten caught when they started to play hockey. Surely that would have created enough noise for security to come running towards the store, or at least see on their camera monitors.

    • Goof: If anyone has ever seen or been inside an air duct, it's very very dusty. Yet these mall air ducts are spotless and clean.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • (talking about Ryan while they don't know that he can hear them)
      Summer: Do you miss him?
      Marissa: Everyday.

    • Seth: (sees Sandy working under the kitchen sink) Oh, father, I'm glad to see you finally found your calling.
      Caleb: Exactly what I said.
      Sandy: Nothing like a good crack about a plumber.
      Seth: Plumber. Crack. Funny.

    • Alex: Our clothes are all pink.
      Marissa: Pink's the new black. I read it in 'W'...Separating your whites, who knew?

    • Seth: How is it that Ryan and Marissa are now the functional couple?
      Summer: Oh my God, we can not be more annoying than Ryan and Marissa. We're monsters.
      Seth: I like monsters.

    • Caleb: You really want that ring, don't you?
      Sandy: More than anything.
      Caleb: I'll get more quarters.

    • Ryan: So what do we do now?
      Summer: I have an idea. (puts on a hockey mask)
      Ryan: You're going to kill us all with a chainsaw?

    • (As Ryan and Seth crawl through the duct system)
      Seth: Hey, Ryan what did I tell you. Isn't this great? It's like Goonies meets Die Hard by way of Mission Impossible. With I think a... slight hint of National Treasure thrown in.

    • Carter: Look, I just don't think the world needs more proclamations about how Mukluks are the new Uggs.
      Kirsten: Our bar's not that low.
      Julie: He's right about Mukluks. Write that down.

    • Julie (about Carter): Why this guy? He launched a magazine called The Ugly American.
      Kirsten: I've heard of that. It's an independent travel magazine. It's won a bunch of awards.
      Julie: Fine, but our magazine is about beautiful Americans.

    • Seth: This thing with Lindsay is just really kicking Ryan's ass.
      Summer: Which is why it's a good thing we're like the Marines.
      Seth: How are we like the Marines?
      Summer: We leave no man behind. Look, Lindsay may have turned her back on Ryan, but we won't. No. You have got to cheer him up. Semper Fi.
      Seth: Oh, Semper Fi. That's so cute.

    • Ryan: This thing with Lindsay is... different.
      Seth: Different how?
      Ryan: Different as in not fixed by pancakes. (Seth goes to open his mouth) And don't ask me how I feel about waffles.
      Seth: Got it.

    • Summer: Yes trapped in a department store, which is my ultimate fantasy.
      Ryan: Okay, and what if we get caught?
      Summer: We'll be stealth.

    • Ryan: Guess you could say we're kind of like strangers.
      Marissa: Yeah? So, who are you?
      Ryan: Whoever you want me to be.

    • Julie: Alex...and I'm not saying this to be mean, because you actually seem like a nice enough girl and...I like your pants.

    • Julie (To Alex): Marissa's only been in love once...and he looked a whole lot different in a wife beater.

    • Seth: Now that you and I are back together and now that Lindsay's out of the picture, who knows, maybe Ryan and Marissa might get it together.
      Summer: Are you crazy? They're like the worst couple ever. Besides, Marissa is happy now.
      Seth: And by happy you mean gay.

    • Julie: Marissa and happy parted ways about her 16th birthday.

    • Seth (trying to give Ryan the hairpin): There you go, buddy. Go to town.
      Ryan: Now why would you assume I know how to pick a lock?

    • Lance: Actually, I have something for you.
      Julie: Yeah? Last time you gave me something, I drank cranberry juice for a week.

  • NOTES (8)

    • This is the only episode of the series that did not contain a "Previously" montage at the beginning of the episode.

    • This episode not only marks Billy Campbell being reunited with Mischa Barton but also with Adam Brody who played a friend of Elis earlier on in the series Once and Again who was called Coop!

    • Music:
      "Girl" by Beck
      "Big Talker" by The Murmurs
      "TKO" by Le Tigre
      "At The Mall" by Pansy Division
      "C + F" by Sam Prekop
      "E - Pro" by Beck
      "Que Onda Guero" by Beck
      "Scarecrow" by Beck
      "Missing" by Beck
      "True Love Will Find You In The End" by Beck

    • At the end of the episode when Marissa asks Ryan "Who are you?" and Ryan replies with a french fry in his mouth, "Whoever you want me to be." This is a reference to the Pilot episode when Ryan is standing outside the Cohen's house and smoking a cigarette and they exchanged the same words.

    • The original airing of this episode was on Olivia Wilde's (Alex) 21st birthday.

    • Five songs from Beck's new album Guero were premiered in this episode, plus Beck's cover of Daniel Johnston's "True Love Will Find You in the End".

    • Billy Campbell and Mischa Barton were both on the show Once and Again.

    • The new trailer for "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" premiered just after this episode, introduced by an Adam Brody skit.


    • Julie: He launched a magazine called "The Ugly American."

      'The Ugly American' is the title of a book first published in 1958 which attacked American foreign policy is southeast Asia. It was later made into a film starring Marlon Brando.

    • Seth: Looks like the Fantastic 4 is becoming fantastic again.

      (references the coming summer blockbuster Fantastic 4)

    • Final Scene: In the final scene we are presented with a shot of Marissa and Ryan sitting in the diner. You might have noticed that this looks exactly like the famous painting by artist Edward Hopper called Night Hawks (1942). This was no mistake, as it even looks like the 4th character in the diner (sitting on the left) might have been computer generated. This painting also appeared in Ferris Beuller's Day Off.
      The final scene:
      Night Hawks:

    • Julie: Julie's porn movie title: The Porn Identity
      A take off on title of the book and movie The Bourne Identity starring Matt Damon as a man with amnesia.

    • Summer: It's Cole Trickle time.
      Summer's second reference to the Tom Cruise movie Days of Thunder. The first reference was in the first season episode The Escape.

    • Seth: Saving Private Ryan.
      At the bus station, Seth convinces Ryan not to go to Chicago that day. A group of Marines walk by and Seth proclaims, "Saving private Ryan," pleased with his work. He was making reference to the 1998 movie Saving Private Ryan, which is about U.S. soldiers trying to bring one special soldier home.