The O.C.

Season 2 Episode 4

The New Era

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 02, 2004 on FOX
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It's a new era in Newport Beach. Kirsten and Julie try and work together at The Newport Group, while Sandy tries to find out what Caleb is hiding. Seth and Ryan go on a double date with Lindsay and Alex, but it ends differently than the four of them might have expected.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show the oc ryan and seth are going to go on a doulbe date at the club were seth works and he has his boss go out with ryan and ryans science partner is going to go out with seth on the date and also in this ep sandy is still tring to figur out what calob is hiding and kistern has to work with julie and this is a new era for the newport group and the date does not go as they would of thought ryans date falls for seth and seths date falls for ryan this was a goood epmoreless
  • The awkward double date.

    It's interesting how all of the residue that was leftover from the first season is slowly changing into "the new era" here. I mean looks like the four main characters, Marissa, Ryan, Seth, and Summer, have all found different partners, though you have to wonder how long this is going to keep up. That's really the saddest part; it only feels temporary which kind of makes everything that happened in this episode feel a lil' bit wasted, despite how awesomely executed this episode was. Seth pouring out his feelings to Lindsay and Ryan and Alex not talking to each other really gave it the utmost awkward atmosphere you could come by. Pretty brilliant. For it to end the way it did with the four teenagers pairing up with different mates, it was actually kind of sad. You kind of wished everything would go back to normal.

    And then there's of course Caleb making life hard for Kirsten and Sandy. It's like this show is half political and business conspiracy and teen drama. Who the hell knows what Caleb is doing but it's squeezing out those hilarious and witty comebacks that Sandy always has for Caleb. Julie trying to run things as the CEO was a pretty hilarious scene, though it was pretty neat to see how she was able to apply her manipulative ways with her job. Despite her b1tchiness Julie is a character that is hard to hate.moreless
  • A bad example.

    This episode really lured me in & the whole double dating thing was very entertaining! I am really warming to Alex & Lindsay. I still hate DJ though & Zach is even though not a bad character, not a good character & doesn't have very interesting storylines & is kind of boring. Caleb is a highly entertaining character & is played by one great actor. Seth was (even though he's the best character) really annoying in this episode & I just kind of got frustrated with him.moreless
  • A new era in the OC... a double date that ends in differently than people expected.

    Well I have to say this episode was one of the good ones of the first half of Season 2. First off because one of my favourite bands The Killers performed- I love “Smile Like You Mean It” its such an awesome song! Ryan, Seth, Alex and Lindsay double dating was hilarious- Seth and Alex make a weird but kind of cute couple. Ryan and Lindsay- I just don’t like the couple… Ryan needs to be back with Marissa pronto! As for Summer, I like her with Zach because it makes Seth jealous- Seth jealous is always funny on the show! I hated that Julie became the CEO of the Newport Group… I wanted it to go to Kirsten but oh well. Overall, a good episode with awesome choice of music!

    Episode Grade- B.

  • “New eras” dot the landscape of The O.C. Seth declares that he is over Summer. Sandy has started his own practice and is defending Cal, Marissa is single, Summer is trauma (Cohen) free and Kristen’s challenge is keeping The Newport Group afloat while workmoreless

    ”The New Era” realigns characters for the second season. Ryan and Marissa are moving in new directions after last season’s repetitive “damsel in distress”, “white night to the rescue”, story lines which defined their relationship, Ryan is looking to take advantage of the education he has been offered and Lindsay, equally studious, offers a much better paring.

    Marissa is still fragile and somewhat self destructive but she no longer has Ryan to lean on so she may grow up and become more self-reliant.

    Summer and Seth are Summer and Seth. Summer’s love/detest attitude toward Seth combined with Seth’s lifelong infatuation with Summer provide a foil to Ryan and Marissa’s characters.

    Sandy attempting to defend the nefarious Caleb against bribery charges that he is sure are true is and interesting contrast to his public defender persona of last season.

    Kirsten and Julie existing together would be against the law in Provo, Utah, but seem right at home in the fictional world of the OC.

    Only Jimmy Cooper living on Caleb’s yacht has no real role in the new season. In a world of couples he is odd man out since Kirsten’s sister, Hailey, left to join the cast of FOX’s North Shore, but that gig should be short lived so we can look forward to her return

    The television audiences and its interest in the life or the privileged and beautiful would seem more at home in the afternoon schedule but the young cast attracts the desired demographics and the Thursday night time slot where the network failed with Skin last season portend large audiences and more of the same teen angst.moreless
Adam Brody

Adam Brody

Seth Cohen

Alan Dale

Alan Dale

Caleb Nichol (Season 2)

Ben McKenzie

Ben McKenzie

Ryan Atwood

Kelly Rowan

Kelly Rowan

Kirsten Cohen

Melinda Clarke

Melinda Clarke

Julie Cooper-Nichol (Episodes 14+)

Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton

Marissa Cooper

The Killers

The Killers


Guest Star

Gregory Itzin

Gregory Itzin

Stephen Herbert

Guest Star

Michael Cassidy (VI)

Michael Cassidy (VI)

Zach Stevens

Recurring Role

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

Alex Kelly

Recurring Role

Shannon Lucio

Shannon Lucio

Lindsay Gardner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (34)

    • Julie: You know what? I think you've just given me the confidence to execute plan B.
      Jimmy: And you have given me a delightful snack. I love this new era, we should have gotten divorced years ago.
      Julie: Thank you, Jimmy.

    • (After Julie told Jimmy how she screwed up)
      Jimmy: Wow, I never heard you admit to having faults before, this is, this is fun.
      Julie: I was hoping you'd give me a confidence boost I suppose I don't have that coming.

    • Jimmy: My favorite sandwich, surprise pop in.
      Julie: Yes, it's work.
      Jimmy: Don't tell me, you screwed up, power went straight to your head, you rocked the boat too hard.
      Julie: You can stop.

    • Ryan: How about I point out a girl, you tell me whether or not you'd date her.
      Seth: How about I tell you whether or not she'd date me.
      Ryan: Yeah, exactly.

    • Julie: (to Kirsten) See, I`m not totally useless.

    • Alex: Maybe you should tell her.
      Ryan: Tell who what?
      Alex: Lindsay, that you like her... I`m not offended, it`s OK, it`s a group hang and listen, no offense here, but I`m not really feeling the spark.
      Ryan: Wow, an honest conversation with a girl, that`s new for me.

    • Julie: (taking the ficus away) Running this company is more than just plant life Kirsten, even you should know that.

    • Kirsten: Look, the key to good leadership is delegation, so why don`t you delegate this kind of stuff to me (budget proyections) so that you are free to..
      Julie: Continue being stupid.

    • Julie: (entering Kirsten`s office) Look who has a new ficus!
      Kirsten: Ah, I have a ton of work to do, if you could..
      Julie: I figured now that I`m in charge I could introduce a little more life into this place. A ficus here, an orchid there, next thing you know we are..
      Kirsten: a rain forest..

    • Sandy: (To Kirsten) You`re not bringing me down honey, you heard Seth.. it`s a new era!
      Seth: (entering the room) Sure it is father!

    • Seth: So. To recap. I got disco-ed by two girls in one night, and unfortunately that's just... not the first time it's happened.

    • Seth (to Summer): Can I talk to you for like, one minute? Zach, I'm really sorry.
      Zach: Okay, I'm gonna go jump off the pier.

    • Sandy: I tried to talk to Phyliss earlier, but I left my Ouija board at home.

    • Seth: I've redefined rock-bottom like several times tonight.

    • Julie: Now I know I'm not your favorite person right now, but I have a way to make it up to you.
      Kirsten: This can't be good.

    • Sandy: Today he sent me to go meet with his former assistant, Phyliss.
      Kirsten: Phyliss died last year.
      Sandy: Exactly. Literally, dead ends.

    • Summer: Cohen... Ryan.
      Seth: I have a date.
      Summer: Wow! Have fun with Captain Oats.

    • Seth: My friend Ryan, he's really cool, okay? He's very anti-establishment. He enjoys sunset walks on the beach, punching people, and not smiling.
      Alex: And that's how you see me?
      Seth: Yeah. Except with less smiling.

    • DJ: So, what, are we friends now?
      Marissa: Judging by this conversation, probably not.

    • Caleb: Are you a frittata man?
      Sandy: I'm fine.

    • Ryan (about Lindsay): She's argumentative... bossy.
      Seth: Yeah, that's my type.

    • Seth (about Lindsay): She's musical, she's witty... hopefully she's free for lunch.

    • (She is referring to Ryan arranging a date between her and Seth)
      Lindsay: (to Ryan) It was a colossally bad idea, especially bad! The invasion of Iraq is looking pretty good in comparison.

    • Seth (to Ryan): Her with a tattoo, you with a wristband. That's like the ultimate-wrong-side-of-the-tracks love story.

      (Seth is talking Ryan into dating or at least hanging out with Alex.)

    • (Lindsay catches Seth and Ryan scoping out the girls at Harbor high and rating them.)
      Lindsay (to Ryan and Seth): So how does this work? Is there a ranking system or is each girl judged on her individual merits? And by her merits I mean rack and/or ass.

    • Caleb: I do build lots of buildings, I've done very well for myself, started up with nothing, and still I strive for more, never satisfied. What do they call that?
      Sandy: Greed.

    • Seth: Oh. You think I'm cute.
      Alex: When you're not talking.

    • Zach (to Summer): Maybe you should go home and log onto some kind of Cohen chatroom, ok, I've had enough.

    • Seth (to Lindsay): Well Ryan and Marissa it's an epic tale right there, but Summer and I are equally as fascinating. She is my shorty last year, but then she got served.

    • Kirsten: Oh, she just grazed an ass (when Julie is trying to woo male clients to re-invest in The Newport Group)

    • Julie: Would you get me a copy of this document, I need it on my desk.
      Kristen: Julie, that's the lunch menu.

    • Julie: Truth is, being CEO is a bitch.
      Jimmy: Hmm. You'd think you'd be a natural.

    • Summer: If Cohen is the virus, Zach is the cure. He is the anti-Cohen.

    • Jimmy: (to Julie) If there's one thing that you're good at, it's getting money from rich, old men. You've just ... you gotta do it the Julie Cooper way. (pause) You know I don't mean sleep with him, right?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      "Silence" by Gomez
      "Fortress" by Pinback
      "On Your Way" by The Album Leaf
      "Domesticada" by The Mosquitos
      "Smile Like You Mean It" by The Killers
      "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers
      "Everything Will Be Alright" by The Killers
      "Primitive (The Way I Treat You)" by Ambulance LTD
      "Sometimes You Can't Make it on Your Own" by U2


    • Marissa: You have no idea.

      When DJ finds Marissa at the end of the episode on the Lifeguard Stand he says he should prepare himself for some trouble, to which she replies "You have no idea". This is an exact reference to The Pilot when Ryan says he could get in less trouble where he comes from and she replies "You have no idea!"

    • Sandy: (To Caleb about his deceased assistant) "I tried to talk to Phyllis earlier but I left my Ouija Board at home."
      A Ouija Board is a popular item that enables you to talk to "spirits" by spelling out letters with their assistance.

    • Caleb: "Well played Magnum, P.I."
      Magnum, P.I. was a television series which ran from 1980-1988 on CBS. It was about Thomas Magnum who's a private investigator who tried to solve mysteries on the north shore of Oahu.