The O.C.

Season 2 Episode 15

The Mallpisode

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.