The O.C.

Season 4 Episode 9

The My Two Dads

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 04, 2007 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Kaitlin is assigned a tutor after she presented a ruffled report to her class. Julie comes clean to Kirsten about who Frank really is. Summer and Seth continue their recent commitment despite how they really feel about it. When Ryan's dad comes to the Cohen's for dinner things don't go as planned.moreless

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  • Damn close to perfection.

    Where to start? Hilarious knee slapping writing, a steadily growing conflict, but most of all, the pacing was is as close as perfect as you can get. Nothing ever felt out of place and the execution is just phenomenal. What the majority of the third season lacked is everything that is contained in this episode. Despite a myriad of story developments firing off at once, such as Kaitlin's new interesting relationship with Will, Julie's with Frank, Frank with the entire Cohen family, and the heated psychological battle between Summer and Seth, everything was nicely paced and developed. Summer and Seth's little bout in particular was very interesting; created so much humour and laughter that you think to yourself how come they didn't come up with this stuff any sooner? The biggest surprise though? Sandy decking Frank in the face; things just exploded after that. Although probably not as intense and exhilarating as previous episodes in this TV series, such as the ending of season two, it is perhaps the best episode with the best pacing and execution.moreless
  • The OC. Season 4 Episode 9

    I absolutely loved Seth and Summer trying to smoke each other out in the whole wedding thing. They are simply so funny! My favorite parts, anyway, were:

    - Julie and Summer scheming.

    - The way Summer and Seth told Ryan and Taylor they were about to get married.

    - Pancakes and Seth moments. :D

    Speaking of Mr. Cohen jr, I have to say that every single sentence said by him was just LOL. Seriously, it was one of his best episode ever. It was obvious Mr. Atwood was anything but a dying man. I like his character and I think he has excellent chemistry with Julie. He is definitely a bad guy, and that’s why he might be the man for Mrs. Cooper Nichol. I like also the way Ryan reacted to his appareance because it was totally realistic. It would have been weird if Ryan had jumped because of the joy right after he found out his ex-con father has just shown up.

    Sandy turning into Chino Kid senior shows how much he cares of Ryan and thinks about him as a natural son. And thats's sweet.

    Kaitlin’s storyline was so hilarious. I like the fact that Kaitlin’s character acts in such a snotty way, at first, and, then, a moment later, she ends up saying kind of deep thoughts. Anyway, Chris Pratt talks in a funny way, but I guess he’s going to calm down Little Coop.

    The happy ending was just perfect. Cohens-on-couch.

    What a great episode!moreless
  • I really liked this episode

    I loved it that neither Summer nor Seth wants to get married but they are too proud to say it.. It was really funny how they try to get the other person to call the wedding off...

    I'm from Israel, and I thoght it was funny when Summer learning the Hebrew alphabet, 'cause she's saying it kinnda wrong.. lol. But when she and Julie were trying to say 'Hotspa'(hopfully thats how its written) and make it sound like it dose in Hebrew, I was laughing so hard I thoght I'll pee in my pants..

    Another thing I thoght was kinna funny was the 'Torah' that we saw Summer tossing on Taylor's bed. Those kind of books are not for personally use. You can usually find it in synagogues.. We have normal books for personal use.

    Anyway, it was a good episode in my opinion :)moreless
  • Fantastic episode. Easily the best this season (so far), full of season one type goodness!

    My Two Dads contained the ingredients for a great OC episode. It built on Ryan's background and gave us lots of Family Cohen+1ness which did not miss the mark.


    Hercules aka Ryan's dad was welcomed into the family, and shut out.

    Punches were thrown, and not by Ryan!

    Ryan acknowledged the Cohens as his family, and vice versa.

    Taylor stood by Ryan and did not meddle or interefere once - Gasp!

    And the ending was gorgeous with the 4 family members snuggling up on the couch to watch 'Meerkat Manor', awww!moreless
  • One of the greatest episode ever!

    Great episode! All the characters well defined.

    The stories envolving the major characters are great, and some of that stories came to an end.

    Summer and Seth - great story! I love seeing these two together, after the period of lack of interess. When Seth stop the car and talks to Summer ( you know what!) I laughed out loud!

    Sandy - great angry face! terrific actor!

    And the ending is a perfect Cohen Family picture! If the series have ended in this episode, I would be pleased!moreless
Bridget Newton

Bridget Newton

Ms. Tidey

Guest Star

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Will Tutt

Recurring Role

Kevin Sorbo

Kevin Sorbo

Frank Atwood

Recurring Role

Wayne Dalglish

Wayne Dalglish

Brad Ward

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Kaitlin: Hey, band geek.
      (all of the band members look at her) Sorry, I mean that band geek.

    • (talking about Pancakes, the bunny)
      Ryan: Dude, you can't bring an animal in here. What are you doing?
      Seth: How dare you talk to your nephew that way!

    • Kaitlin: We're supposed to talk about the book like Buck would, and well Buck is a dog. So I think that Buck would say: ruff ruff ruff, ruff ruff, ruff ruff ruff, ruff ruff.
      Teacher: Okay Kaitlin, that's enough, you can sit.
      Kaitlin: But the assignment was 500 words. I'm not done yet.
      Teacher: Ruff, ruff, ruff. They got it.
      Kaitlin: Okay.

    • Taylor: This is my first real Ryan situation, everything else has been French husbands and slutty aliens.
      Kirsten: Excuse Me?!
      Taylor (ignoring her): It's like the first real test of our relationship.

    • Seth: Oh, and I've been thinking Yates, or maybe Shelley.
      Summer: You're working on the guest list?
      Seth: Those are poets Summer, and their words will inspire my vows. Have you been working on yours?
      Summer: Why yes, I was thinking Shell Silverstein with a dash of Dr. Seuss. I meant what I said I said what I meant, an Elephant's faithful 100 percent.

    • (As Seth and Ryan talk about Seth and Summer's engagement)
      Ryan: The ring you gave her, glows in the dark.
      Seth: I KNOW!! That's so cool!

    • Sandy: Well, people can change. (Talking about Ryan's dad)
      Ryan: Too bad all it took was a terminal illness.

    • Kaitlin: I think this book is a metaphor for being a teenager. How, the more crap you go through, the more you wanna be alone.

    • Kaitlin: We're supposed to talk about the book from Buck's perspective. And Buck was a dog, so Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof, woof...

    • Sandy: Hey.
      Ryan: Are you alright?
      Sandy: I'm from the Bronx, used to hit guys all the time. Key term, used to.

    • Ryan: Hey, why are you still in bed are you sick or something?
      Seth: I am sick Ryan. Sick of being engaged.

    • Julie (to Frank): You get caught lying about cancer you get punched, those are the rules.

    • Summer: We're engaged.
      Julie: Oh, that's great! (looks at Summer's face) I think? You're young, but hey, it worked for me.
      Summer: You can't tell anyone.
      Julie: No, no, but Summer, did ... are you?
      Summer: No, no, we thought that I might be.
      Julie: Then why are you getting married?
      Summer: Because he asked me and I said yes.
      Julie: and now you don't want to call it off because you don't want to hurt his feelings.
      Summer: Mmmm (shakes her head)
      Julie: Or cause if you do, he'll get the upper hand.
      Summer: Exactly
      Julie: Now we're talking my kind of dating game.
      Summer: Manipulating the opposite sex. God Julie, why didn't I come to you earlier!
      Julie: Thank you Summer.

    • Ryan (to Seth): If you're too chicken to tell her how you feel, give her no choice but to tell her how she feels ... smoke her out!

    • Seth: (talking to Summer's rabbit, Pancakes) Don't listen to mean Uncle Ryan, Pancakes, that's just the 'roids talking...I know, they do make him huge!

    • Frank: You don't want to hit me.
      Sandy (punches Frank): Oh yes I do!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      India: April 7, 2008 on Zee Cafe
      Slovakia: May 24, 2009 on Markiza

    • Music:
      "Forever" by The Explorers Club
      "It's Because ... We've Got Hair" by Tunng
      "Somewhere In Between" by M. Craft
      "The Commander Thinks Aloud" by The Long Winters


    • The episode title is an allusion to the late 1980's NBC sitcom, My Two Dads, starring Paul Reiser and Greg Evigan.

    • Kaitlin: Well, Buck was a dog.

      The Buck that Kaitlin is referring to is the main character in the book The Call of the Wild by Jack London.

    • Summer: I'm going all Bridezilla on his a**

      Bridezilla is a reality TV show that shows on the WE (Women's Entertainment). It chronicles the lives of engaged couples in the lead up to the wedding. The term is usually used to refer to women, who, although usually normal, in the lead up to their wedding become demanding, nasty, obsessed perfectionists.

    • Julie: It's hard out there for a pimp.

      This is a reference to the 2005 song "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp" by rap group Three 6 Mafia.