The O.C.

Season 4 Episode 15

The Night Moves

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 15, 2007 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After the earthquake the residents of Newport scramble to make sure that everyone is ok. When Sandy speaks to Seth he tells him to stay put but he refuses as all he wants to do is be with Ryan and Taylor and Seth finds out what it is really like to be a brother.
Taylor finally learns that the bonds between family are stronger than she thought. Julie and Kaitlin remain stuck in the Ice-Cream store before the only man for Julie turns up and saves them.
They think everything is going well before they meet up at the Cohen's house and learn things are not what they seem.moreless

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  • Second last episode :(

    With an earthquake that rocked the shockers off of New Port, and most of the cast separated in groups of two at different parts of the city, hilarious, romantic, and dramatic scenes were an inevitability. The whole adventure looking for pancakes was kind of sweet and a bit funny; the dynamic duo of Taylor Townsend and Summer Roberts does not fail. Seth with any combination is always a win. Kaitlin has also risen to the ranks of dominant comedic force. The romance and drama really compliments the humour well. Ryan's injury and Kirsten's baby possibly in jeopardy. What was sweet in particular was Kaitlin's new relationship with Gary, the Ice Cream guy. This episode shows a lot of versatility how so many different things can be happening under the same disaster.moreless
  • The most melancholic episode in the series!

    Who would thought that The OC will be that great in its end.'The Night Moves' is one of the best episodes of season 4 and even one of the best episodes during its entire run. I am impressed with this episode because it is so melancholic and leaves a feeling for ending.

    In the aftermath of the earthquake,our characters deals with the consiquences. Sandy and Kirsten rush to the hospital as Kirsten is seriously hurt and there is high danger for her unborn baby. Their storyline is very compelling to me because in this episode Sandy shows how he feels about the baby. Seth and Ryan are remembering past memories from their years spent together as Seth is trying to help Ryan after the latter has been seriously hurt in the accident. I find this storyline very sad because it reminded me about the past OC moments and characters. Seth and Ryan finally become real brothers as Seth donates blood to Ryan. Summer and Taylor are trying to find Pancakes in the ruins as they run into some good memories too. Taylor shoots her mother accidently and after that they finally make up as mother and daughter. Veronica shows her true feelings to Taylor for the first time. Julie and Kaitlyn are stuck in an Ice Cream shop with a geek who likes Kaitlyn. Their story was funniest as they finally spend some mother/daughter time. In the end Julie is saved by the right man-Frank Atwood. The ending of the episode was compelling too as they were walking together in the hospital and after that seeing their house in ruins.

    Favorite storyline:Seth and Ryan remembering past moments and Seth donating blood to Ryan.

    Favorite moment:Sandy and Kirsten tell Seth and Ryan that the baby is a girl.

    Favorite character:Seth Cohen.moreless
  • I think this is definitely the best episode of season 4. Infact the best episode that they've made in a really long time.

    I really liked the dark look that they were giving this episode. Making everything look very tragic. Ryan bleeding to death but refuses to tell Taylor about it.

    I especially loved how since this is the 2nd to last episode the writers had series of flashbacks to the good old days (when the show was actually really enjoying to watch)such as the list game Seth came up with.

    I thought it was really cute how Summer and Taylor worked together in the house to survive and find pancakes (mind you, im definitely not a fan of taylor)

    Kaitlin and Julie finally get to bond the way that they apparently used to always do when it was 'the good old days'. That was also quite nice that they finally can work things out.

    Ryan and Seth made an awesome pack together. They made this episode so enjoyable. It was as though they really were brothers. Seth was this time saving Ryan, opposing to how Ryan was the one always saving Seth.

    I must say, as painful as it was to watch this season with the decease of Marissa I really wish the show would continue more from this. I think this was a turning point of the season. Yet it's the 2nd to last episode..only one more to go. Even though it's 2:48 am right now i'm going to go finish the series i've been faithfully watching for the past 3 weeks. If only i watched this show when it was on...oh well. Here i go...moreless
  • Good just sad its almost over...

    This was a good next to last episode. The cuts and editing were different, this is true. But I thought that the stiff cuts and fade-ins were very useful, and gave us a feeling of what it would be like to be in the same situation. (Especially in the scenes featuring Ryan.) As an overall episode, I think it worked well, even if it wasn't the next to last one. It would fit in anywhere else in the series just as well. This had a lot of memorable scenes, especially between Julie and Kaitlyn Cooper. The scenes between Ryan and Seth were well played, and showed how well they work together. Everyone was at the top of their game on this episode. It was an excellent chance for everyone's best qualities to shine and give us an emotional view of what they're like when they're only thinking of others, something rare in Orange County.moreless
Aaron Fors

Aaron Fors


Guest Star

Craig Susser

Craig Susser

Ham guy

Guest Star

Ricardo Molina

Ricardo Molina

E.R. doctor

Guest Star

Kevin Sorbo

Kevin Sorbo

Frank Atwood

Recurring Role

Paula Trickey

Paula Trickey

Veronica Townsend

Recurring Role

Scott Krinsky

Scott Krinsky


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: In the hospital scene with Ryan and Seth, right after Ryan says that he was kidding about the sudden urge to read comic books, you can hear Seth talking, but his lips are not moving.

    • When Seth offers the Range Rover to the homeless guy in exchange for the caddy, he mentions that the axle might be broken.
      In Series 1 - The Escape, when the four make their trip to Mexico, the axle also breaks and they have to spend the night in a shabby motel.

    • In this episode, we find out that Julie used to sing "Night Moves" to Kaitlin when she was a child. In the Season 1 episode "The Heartbreak," the same song was playing in the background when Julie and Luke began their affair. The song also plays in Luke's car after he sees Caleb propose to Julie in "The Proposal".

    • "91" was shown on the birthday cake (with a 9 candle and a 1 candle) in the Ice Cream shop when Julie and Kaitlin were singing "Night Moves." This is in reference to the episode number: "The Night Moves" is the 91st episode of The O.C.

    • When the Cohens return to their house after the earthquake, the exterior of the house was from season one, because Sandy's BMW is in the driveway which he hasn't driven since season one.

    • We find out that both Ryan and Seth have O- blood type.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Seth: Okay, I've always wondered, in your opinion, who is the better food industry server, I guess: Chloe, the magical waitress from Albequerque, or Donny, the angry busboy who shot Luke?
      Ryan: I'll go with Chloe on that one.
      Seth: Good. What I thought, what I thought. Desert island: Sadie, the tough-as-nails yet soulful jewelry maker, or Lindsay, my grandfather's illegitimate bookish love child?

    • Seth: Now, ahem, when last we checked... need some help with that?... we were on Trey. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe we went from Trey to a lengthy Volchok period.
      Ryan: Yeah. Hey, thanks for this.
      Seth: Yeah. Now unless you hit that Chili guy. Or Johnny. I know a lot of people were rooting for that.

    • Seth: Ryan it may surprise you but I used to be a worrier.
      Ryan: (sarcastically) Really?
      Seth: Yes, and as a worrier I used to make lists. You know, about how many planets were mentioned in all the Star Wars didn't matter what the list it just kept my mind off things.
      Ryan: Seth, would you like to make a list?
      Seth: Oh I mean I dunno if you want too. OK so how about we make a list of all the people you've punched...since moving to Newport. OK so first there was Luke on your first night here.
      Ryan: Yeah at Holly's beach house.
      Seth: Then there was Luke again at the Diner.
      Ryan: Then again at the model home.
      Seth: What about Holly's Dad at Cotillion?
      Ryan: That was more of a tackle than a punch.
      Seth: Which brings us back to Luke!
      Ryan: That's right at the nightclub in Tijuana!

    • (As Summer and Taylor discuss a flare gun)
      Summer: It is stupid, and dangerous, and (crash) ... oh my God. Go 187 on that zombie's ass.

    • Gary: Best earthquake ever.

    • Seth: We could have turned this into a body-swap comedy, we could have squeezed another year or two out of this.

    • (about the flare gun)
      Taylor: Here, you try it.
      Summer: Eww, no. I'm not touching your pistol.

    • Seth: Darryl?!
      Darryl: Hey, Seth! How's the earthquake treating you?
      Seth: Ah... not too well. I need to ask for your help.
      Darryl: Sure... but how can I help you?
      Seth: Well, I'm guessing you don't have a... like a car or walkie-talkie or...
      Darryl: This shopping cart is my only worldly possession.
      Seth: Ok, I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you for it.
      Darryl: Sorry! No way! I... I'll give you my pants.
      Seth: No. No. They look better on you. Listen... it has a flat tire and possibly a broken axle but it's a 70,000 dollar car and it's all yours in exchange for the cart.
      Darryl: Sweet!

    • Seth: The doctors said you're going to be fine, although you're going to have to wrap your head around the fact that we're really brothers now (Ryan looks at Seth) or blood brothers.
      Ryan: You donated blood?
      Seth: Aah, I had an extra few pints flowing through my veins, it's no big deal.
      Ryan: Hmm, you're not a big fan of needles.
      Seth: Nor of fainting, it turns out, but the bank was a little low and us O-negative guys gotta stick together.
      Ryan: Hm, that's weird, cause all of a sudden I have this strange urge to listen to Death Cab and read comic books.
      Seth: Really?
      Ryan: No, I'm kidding.

    • Taylor: Mom, I'm really sorry I shot you, I know we don't always get along, but ... I really love you.
      (Long Pause)
      Veronica: I love you too.
      Taylor: I don't think I've ever heard you say that before.
      Veronica: Taylor, that's why I went to Julie's. After the earthquake happened all I could think about was you.
      Taylor: Oh my God Mom, me too.
      Veronica: I was shot because I'm such a total failure as a mother. It never even occurred to you that I would come looking for you.
      Taylor: But you did. So...
      Veronica: So...
      Taylor: Oh Mom.
      (Taylor and Veronica Hug)

    • Sandy: Excuse me doctor, my wife would never complain, she would never put her needs in front of anybody else's but I'm not that proud, I'm not that selfless. I'm begging you please, please to give her and our baby priority.
      Doctor: I'd like to help, really... but...
      Patient Wearing a Neck Brace: You can have my spot.
      (Voice over the Public Address
      System calls out: Richard White
      Patient Wearing a Neck Brace: That's me. Go!

    • Ryan: I need you to not freak.
      Seth: Ok, why would I wanna freak out?
      Ryan: It's not that bad.
      (Ryan turns around to show a piece of glass stuck in his back)
      Seth: Dude! It's bad!

    • Taylor: Summer, do you really think Pancakes is in the attic? Like he pulled down the ladder, hopped up and then put it away?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Slovakia: June 14, 2009 on Markiza

    • Music featured in this episode:
      "The Sad Song" by Fredo Viola
      "Like Spinning Plates" by Radiohead
      "I Turn My Camera On" by Rock Kills Kid
      "The Incarnation" by Sufjan Stevens
      "Rusted Wheel" by Silversun Pickups
      "Kreuzberg" by Bloc Party


    • Episode Title: The Night Moves

      Night Moves is a song by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, from their 1976 album "Night Moves." Julie and Kaitlin sing the song while in the Ice Cream shop.