The O.C.

Season 4 Episode 4

The Metamorphosis

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

When Seth visits Summer, she realizes that her materialistic, gossiping self may be forever gone ever since she went to Brown. Ryan helps Taylor with her divorce. Temptation stirs when Kaitlin and Julie vow to stay out of trouble. And Sandy longs for a guy's night out.moreless

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  • The O.C. is good again!

    My main complaint about the third season was that there were too many stories firing off at once. This episode is really no different; there must have been at least four different stories going off simultaneously, and you know what? It was awesome! Seems like season three's problem wasn't working on so many stories, just an insufficient amount of great characters. Kaitlin and Julie's little bet on staying out of trouble/not hooking up with guys turned out to be pretty damn hilarious, and Seth and Summer's relationship has really made a turn for the best. Really loving where this is going. And it seems another relationship has planted its seeds in Taylor and Ryan. It opened up strong, continued to stay strong, and ended happily.moreless
  • Back to the basics!

    Marissa is very forgotten about in this episode which is probably a good thing as they show can not rely to keep re living the death of Marissa over and over. This episode has sparks flying over the place between Taylor and Ryan plus Summer is she back to her normal self or not? Many questions were brought up in this episode yet it felt like an episode that you could sit back and relax and enjoy as not many major events occured in this except the start of Taylor and Ryan. Overall very enjoyable and very refreshing unlike the first 3 of the season which were filled with drama.moreless
  • The OC

    i really liked this episode, it is my favorite of the 4th season, at the beginning i was worried that the characters were always going to be really weird but now they are all almost back to normal, i was especially worried about summer, because she is my favorite character and in this episode she started to figure out why she had changed so much and then she realized that she did want to help save the earth but she stayed herselfish.

    i also really liked the taylor and ryan storyline i thought it was pretty good andi like that taylor is starting to be less of a control freak like she was in the previous season.

    i think all the characters are making great progress and i really liked this episode :)moreless
  • 3 episodes in and I think we're getting somewhere... it was a really good thing to have happened but maybe we will never see Summer as her materialistic self again!

    Soo... Seth went to visit Summer at Brown... Summer tries to go back to her old self but she can't do it and she still needs more time to get over Marissa in my opinion.

    Poor Taylor! I feel so sorry for her... I got to say that I hope she does get together with Ryan because they would be really cute together! And I never did like Marissa! She was annoying!

    Aww Sandy's found a friend! It's like little kids! And Julie is being stupid.... why is she going back to pain up the bum Julie? And I hope Kaitlin doesn't turn out to be completely corruptive!!!moreless
  • Chuckles of plenty in this episode! From seeing Summer's tantrum to seeing Julie shake her ass on the dance floor. Well ok maybe that's not funny. But great to see!!!

    This episode was probably my favorite of The OC's fourth and final season. This was my favorite. I knew when I saw Summer crack in that therapist's session I would be laughing my ass off. But it was really great. Seeing Summer so happy again. I think it was great for Seth. When we saw Julie go for the younger guys at the dance club. We saw to ourselves. Uh how long we been waiting for this since Luke??? But it was funny when Kaitlin busted her. I'm sure Marissa wouldn't exactly be surprised and would actually encourage her to do it. One of my favorite songs is played in this episode as well. "Hello Sunshine" Other OC fanatics will know that that song has been played several times in the 4 years the show has been on. First time was in the middle of season 1 when Seth and Summer slept together for the first time. And why not? Beautiful song. I wonder if John Lennon did that song first? Hmm Well anyway folks great episode. I love the episodes that are just damn funny. That usually works. Just write something that everyone will agree with.moreless
Zack Schenkkan

Zack Schenkkan


Guest Star

Gil Glasgow

Gil Glasgow

Security Guard

Guest Star

Jordan Mantell

Jordan Mantell

Sketchy Dude

Guest Star

Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt

Winchester "Che" Cook

Recurring Role

Kimberly Oja

Kimberly Oja

Taryn Baker

Recurring Role

José Zúñiga

José Zúñiga

Jason Spitz

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: When Summer is telling Che who she really is, she says that Marissa died on graduation night, but Marissa really died the night after graduation.

    • Goof: When Taylor goes to Pavo Guapo to explain to Ryan that she needs him to sign some papers, Ryan is pulling beers out of a box. In one shot, there are about 4 beers out. In the final shot, before Taylor leaves, there are 20 bottles.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Summer: Well this whole "Save The Planet" thing, it was a crutch right? And nothing against handicapped people, but crutches? Ew!

    • Ryan: Taylor, hey.
      Taylor: Hi Ryan, are you working at El Puavo Guapo? You know that means the handsome turkey?
      Ryan: That's why I took the job.

    • (on the phone)
      Taryn: Are you joining us tonight?
      Julie: Actually, I'm here with... Uhm ... Kirsten. And we were thinking about maybe...
      Taryn: ... Order in and watch a movie? Oh honey, even with the wonders of elective surgery, you'll only be this hot for so long. Have fun when you can! Julie, are you still there?
      Julie: I'll call you back.

    • Spitzie: I don't have that many guy friends anymore.
      Sandy: Who does? Who's got the time?
      Spitzie: Work, family, then more work, you know. When did it get so hard?
      Sandy: Well, when we were kids, all you had to do was ask: "Hey, want to play some pool?". And we didn't have cell phones.

    • (Seth and Summer are watching "The Valley")
      Summer: So disgusting!
      Seth: I don't know. I think you're being too hard on April. Derek sneers. He's really messed up.
      Summer: No, it's just... I don't like the show anymore. All you hear are fake problem, fake people just to distract from the real problems in the world.

    • Sandy: Hey, hey... Is everything okay? Because I guess it's not really.
      Ryan: I didn't get fired, I didn't punch any drunk customer. That sounds great.
      Sandy: One day a time. One foot in front of the other. Eventually it'll get easier.
      Ryan: Why? As soon as I start to forget about her?
      Sandy: No, you'll never get to forget about her. But... life goes on.
      Ryan: Not the same way.
      Sandy: No... But you have got to make this life work.
      Ryan: But I do, you know. I got a job, I go there, and go home, and talk to the fewest people possible.
      Sandy: If it was only that easy... Unfortunately if you get mixed up with other people's life... Help them out the jams. Seems to be what you do. How could you not? I'd hate to see you turning the back to that. It would be like turning your back to yourself.

    • Psychologist: A lot of people do change when they go to college.
      Summer: But not me. I love shopping, tanning and celebrity gossip. Always have, always will. (beat) I think I've to. If I ever want things to be good with my boyfriend again.
      Psychologist: Summer, just promise you'll take it slow.
      Summer: Totally.

    • Kirsten: (about Sandy's colleague) Why don't you use some of that Sandy Cohen's charm, I'm sure he won't be able to resist!
      Sandy: It has been a long time since I've been out there, honey. (mocking) What if Spitzie doesn't like me?
      Kirsten: (almost laughing) Are you calling him Spitzie now?

    • Kaitlin: Don't worry, we'll find you another old dude to pay for all your stuff and cheat on you.
      Julie: Is that what I'm teaching you?
      Kaitlin: Pretty much.
      Julie: Well, no more! Now that we have our house situation handled, I'm officially giving up men.
      Kaitlin: Good one. That'll last a week. Max.

    • (Kaitlin, along with Luke's younger brothers Eric and Brad Ward, are trying to get into a nightclub using fake I.D.'s. While Kaitlin gets in, the boys are not as lucky)
      Doorman: Sorry boys, not tonight.
      Eric: What?! Why?
      Kaitlin (trying to persuade the doorman): I'm sorry, is there a problem with their I.D.'s? Because, they're with me.
      Doorman: There's a problem with them. See I have the right to refuse entrance to anybody, and tonight that includes dorks (points to Brad) and virgins (points to Eric), so just beat it guys.

    • Kirsten: So are you really giving up on men?
      Julie: Men are to me what chardonnay is to you: one sip and I'm upside down on a chandelier...not that you've ever done that.

    • Seth (on the phone): Hey Summer. I know flying home early is your move but I stole it. I just want you to keep doing what you're doing because I think it's pretty amazing. If you don't hear from me for a while, it's not because I don't love you, it's because I do.

    • Sandy: I got an excuse to come by for you and get shrimp tacos.
      Ryan: Yeah, Kirsten warned me about that, you're limited to two a week.
      Sandy: Ah, I knew I should have divorced that dame.

    • Taylor (trying to get Ryan to sign a document): Well did you at least read this part where I say what a great lover you are?

    • Taylor: Did you get a chance to look at that silly little document?
      Ryan: Yeah, I did, and I had a question for you... (pointing at a part on the document) What does that mean?
      Taylor: Oh, that's just lawyer speak; you know party of the first part, party of the second part.
      Ryan: So it doesn't say that we've had sex like thirty times?

    • Taylor: Well back to you, and your life: What is your favorite fruit?
      Ryan (shaking his head): Peaches.
      Taylor: He used to say my breasts were like two soft-
      Ryan (interrupting): Is that him?!

    • Taylor: You know that shirt really brings out your eyes.
      Ryan: ...It's black.

    • Seth: So the old you is back?
      Summer: In all my artificially tanned glory.

    • Ryan: I'm gonna walk home, I'm kinda sweaty.
      Sandy: Yea I wasn't offering you a ride.

    • Seth: (after Summer walks up to him in the airport and makes out with him) Wow, watch it lady, my girlfriend's coming.
      Summer: Shut up Cohen! (punches him)
      Seth: Aw, you just punched me, my baby's back!

  • NOTES (4)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      New Zealand: July 27, 2007 on TV2
      India: March 3, 2008 on Zee Cafe
      Slovakia: May 10, 2009 on Markiza

    • The French lawyer's ringtone is La Marseillaise, the French national anthem.

    • The Song "Hello Sunshine" (performed by Syd Matters), which plays during the airport scene at the beginning of the episode, is the same song that was played during episode #19 of season one called "The Heartbreak" (performed by the band Super Furry Animals) when Summer and Seth shared their first sex experiences together.

    • Music:
      "Hello Sunshine" by Syd Matters
      "Orange Crush" by Editors
      "De Un Mundo Raro" by Ranchera All Stars
      "Pageant Of The Bizarre" by Zero 7
      "Ella" by Ranchera All Stars
      "Love Me Or Hate Me" by Lady Sovereign
      "Dem Jeans" by Chingy
      "Pa Todo El Ano" by Ranchera All Stars
      "Siempre Hace Frio" by Ranchera All Stars
      "Voodoo" by Chelo
      "Tu Solo" by Ranchera All Stars
      "Cava Del Rio" by Senza
      "Love You 'Till The End" by The Pogues
      "String Quartet No. 16 in E Flat Major, K. 428: III. Menuetto: Allegro" by Mozart


    • Summer: I'm just distracted. I haven't been keeping up on how much blow Lindsay Lohan is doing...

      Summer is referring to Lindsay's rumored drug addiction. Blow is a slang term used for cocaine. Before the airing of this episode, Lindsay was rumored to have a drug overdose.

    • Kaitlin: So how's Seattle? Is that short saucy lady still bossing Dr. Roberts around the hospital?

      Probably referring to Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) from ABC's Grey's Anatomy, since Dr. Neil Roberts is supposedly working at the Seattle Grace Hospital

    • Summer: Did you hear what happened with J.T. and Cameron?

      Singer Justin Timberlake and actress Cameron Diaz are another celebrity couple. They began dating in 2004.

    • Taylor: It's how Tom wooed Katie.

      Taylor is referring to the highly publicized relationship between actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Tom proposed to Katie in June of 2005 atop the Eiffel Tower in Paris.