The O.C.

Season 2 Episode 14

The Rainy Day Women

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 24, 2005 on FOX
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It's a rainy day in Newport where Lindsay decides to take the DNA test and makes a difficult choice regarding her life with Caleb while Ryan helps her through it. Sandy still wants to help Rebecca with her case and tries to convince her not to run again. Kirsten is still upset and wishes her marriage would go back to normal and for Rebecca's case to be over with. Meanwhile, Seth thinks he's lost Summer forever until Summer is unable to hide from her feelings once and for all. Marissa moves out of the Cooper-Nichol mansion and moves in with Alex after she tells her mother about Alex being her girlfriend.moreless

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  • Rainy Day Women

    Pretty excellent episode, and not just because everyone looked pretty great soaking wet. Is it just me, or is Seth the destroyer of relationships? Duh, he and Summer are meant to be together or whatever in the world of TV, but he was acting like a selfish jerk by actively trying to sink Summer and Zach's thang. But it worked, and after a failed attempt to woo Summer on his boat, the HMS Gimmie Sex, Summer is reminded of her love for him after spotting an intellectually disabled child playing with a toy horsey. And so then we got the (in)famous Spiderman kiss. Yeah, it was romantic... but also pretty cheesy? Definitely cheesy, and everyone knows the Andrew Garfield Spiderman is faaar superior to the Toby McGuire ones anyways.

    Marissa continues her bid for brattiest teen on TV, telling her mom she's with Alex pretty much just to piss her off. She moves in with Alex, and promptly starts eyeing the door when she finds out she has to *ick* do dishes and take out the trash and pay rent like some kind of peasant. So, that's basically over.

    And hooray! We're finally free of both Rebecca and Lindsay. Rebecca is dispatched fairly unceremoniously; she basically hikes off into the dark rainy roadside wilderness, never to be seen again. Laterz, try not to hitch a ride from a serial killer. But can we just talk about what a B Kirsten was being? Girl, stop making it all about you! Rebecca's a wrongfully accused fugitive trying to clear her name and, oh yeah, her dad died like 10 minutes ago. But sure, definitely accuse Sandy of cheating when he's really just acting like a decent human being. Try it on for size. Oh, and Lindsay went to live in Chicago with her mom. Which unfortunately clears the way for Ryan to pick up the pieces of Marissa's broken lesbian relationship. Bummer.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show the oc ryan is tring to help linsay through the test to see if she is the daughter of calob and seth thinks its over for good with summer since that night and that meltdown he had till she is unable to hide her feeling for him and marrisa moves out of the mansion and goes and lives with alex since she told her mother that alex was her girlfriend this was a shocking ep i htought and it was very intense like the eps before it and it had alot of drama invovled in this onemoreless
  • I feel like people are going to hate me for not giving this episode a 9 or higher without even reading this review.

    It seems to me that a lot of people have let the ending of Summer and Seth making out, while ripping out a scene from Spiderman as romantic as it was, completely cover up for the subpar execution and story of the rest of the episode. Most of the stories here, well, weren't very good. Rebbecca's sidesstory is FINALLY over and you think to yourself, did it serve a purpose? Kirsten and Sandy are back to where it was. This whole thing about Rebbecca felt like a filler, an excuse to use up time in the episode. Lindsay's story is a little bit more sad and understandable too. While she always wanted a dad, she can't let her mom down who has always been there with her, and it was pretty sad to see her make the decision to leave to Chicago with her mom.

    And it seems like once again that Marissa has gone way over her head with the whole Alex thing. Julie experimenting when she was younger? Who wouldn't want to see that? Though kind of like the Rebbecca story, except with purpose, it feels like it really isn't going anywhere. It's just making Marissa look more and more like a spoiled brat. As much as Julie deserves it, the last thing she needs is her daughter to turn against her. The pitch of this episode though is all Summer and Seth, and you know what? It was romantic, but the episode could have done a better job of selling Summer's love for Seth. It seemed like a couple hours before "that" that Summer was over Seth. Next thing you know she canceled this HUGE trip to Italy just to be with him. I guess I'm not a girl so I wouldn't understand, but really how large of a role can fate play?moreless
  • Absolutely one of the best!

    Just watch this episode and you'll see how great this show is. Everything was perfect. The writing was so awesome, and this episode closes several storylines. First, Lindsay is really Caleb's daughter, but she still left anyway. Rebecca also left for good, so Sandy and Kirsten are back and finally stopped fighting. Marissa and Alex were really great to watch, especially the one behind Julie's back! Seth and Summer back together was really great, and it was done tastefully. The Spiderman Kiss was one of the most unforgettable moments from the show. Although, I felt a bit sorry for Zach. Overall, a perfect The O.C. episode, and I will surely remember this one for a very long time.moreless
  • The Spiderman kiss is one of the best TV moments of the decade.

    I saw pictures of the kiss and couldn't weait to see the episode and the episode easily became my favourite of the series. It seems the episodes written by Josh are always the best. The musioc in this episode was also a great choice. Another Oasis cover used, it worked so well last time when Wonderwall was covered so and it worked just as well this time. Also it's about time it rained in The OC.

    Another reason to love this episode is because Rebecca and the smart girl are gone, about time. I really didn't like either of them. =] Fantastic Episode. Loved it.moreless
Devin Sidell

Devin Sidell

Abigail Stevens

Guest Star

John Maynard

John Maynard

State Trooper

Guest Star

Kathleen Mary Carthy

Kathleen Mary Carthy

Dr. Snow

Guest Star

Jordan Baker

Jordan Baker

Elaine Stevens

Recurring Role

Kim Delaney

Kim Delaney

Rebecca Bloom

Recurring Role

Michael Cassidy (VI)

Michael Cassidy (VI)

Zach Stevens

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (17)

    • Episode Gay kiss count: 2

    • Lindsay's full name is "Lindsay Wheeler Gardner".

    • Julie implies that she also had a lesbian "phase" when she was Marissa's age.

    • While stranded at a cheap motel Sandy asks Rebecca "ding dongs or cheese sticks". Ryan offered Marrissa the exact same choice in 'The Escape'. They were also stranded in a cheap motel.

    • Goof: In the first episode of season 2, Seth claims that he pawned his boat in Santa Barbara, it takes about 2 1/2 hour to drive there, so that means it takes about 5 hours to drive to Santa Barbara and home again. Well, if that's the case, Seth would never have made it in time, before Summer was leaving.

    • Goof: Before Sandy calls Kirsten to tell her he won't be making it home, she is lying in bed. Then the phone rings and from the top view you can see the frame is face down on the table. When she answers the phone it is standing up right and she also looks at it.

    • Goof: When they are discussing the mess of their lives over rum and cigars, Kirsten passes the comment "a fugitive, who USED TO BE his ex-girlfriend". You can't "used to be" someone's ex-girlfriend... you're either an "ex", or you're not.

    • Goof: Seth likens the rain to the opening scene of Day After Tomorrow. In fact, the opening scene of that movie takes place on an Antarctic Ice Shelf in perfectly clear weather. The abnormal storms (blizzards, hail, tornadoes, etc) do not occur until somewhat later in the film.

    • Goof: Sandy blames the rain on El Niño (a weather phenomenon that occurs every several years which causes heavy rain storms) but it is not an El Niño season, and anyone on the West Coast of North America knows when it is or isn't an El Niño season.

    • Goof: At the 7.54 mark of the episode look how Ryan tumbles into the room he falls face flat through the window unless he did a double flip there is no way that he landed face first into the floor.

    • Goof: When Summer is on the phone with Seth right after Zach takes her bags, the phone's earpiece switches from under her hair to ontop, and back and forth.

    • Goof: The 7 series Sandy crashed was an E38 model, the one before the E65, which he was driving when he was stopped by the cop.

    • Goof: Seth and Ryan should not be so surprised to see rain outside their windows in the morning. Thunder is heard several times just prior to their going to the windows.

    • Goof: Seth's phone number on Summer's cell phone has a 714 area code when the area code for Newport Beach is 949. Newport used to be 714, but it was changed to 949 in April of 1998.

    • Goof: Sandy drives a new BMW 7 Series. When they showed the front of the car after he crashed it, it wasn't a new 7 Series, but and older BMW. The headlight shape, and turn signal are different from the new 7 Series.

    • Goof: When Seth is hanging upside down from the roof, the rope is around his waist. He would not be hanging vertically. He would be hanging by the waist bent over.

    • Goof: When Kirsten is lying in the bed the picture on the bedside table is obviously from the night of last episodes party (they are wearing the sames clothes) however they are smiling happily for the camera (although they could be posing) but I doubt that they would have taken the photo, gotten it developed in the space of a few days with all their issues going on. Plus I doubt Kirsten would want to put it up given her state of mind.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • (Alex opens the door and sees Seth wearing a Spider-man mask)
      Alex: Seth. You here to fight crime?

    • Seth: I need you to give me one last shot.
      Summer:You had your shot. Remember when we were dating and you sailed away?
      Seth:Yeah, that's what I want to talk to you about.
      Summer:You have no right to do this to me. Not now, okay? I'm hanging up.
      Seth:Okay, just tell me this. When you're with him, is it like what we had?
      Summer:You know what, I can't remember that far back. And clearly Cohen, what we had wasn't as awesome as what you had with Ryan, otherwise you wouldn't have left. So right now, I'm leaving you.
      (hangs up the phone

    • Seth: Oh, by the way. Our exes are dating each other now.
      (Ryan looks at him shocked)
      Seth: Alex and Marissa, no longer welcome in the red states
      Ryan: That I wouldn't have predicted. (pause) Think it's for real?
      Seth: God I hope so.

    • Seth:(hanging upside down) Summer?
      Summer:(Summer looks at Seth in a Spiderman mask and wonder's why he's hanging upside down) What?
      Seth:What are you doing here?
      Summer:(smiling)What do you think Cohen?
      She half rolls down the Spiderman mask and kisses him in the rain...

    • Julie: (notices suitcases) Where are you going?
      Marissa: I'm moving out. You have my cell if Caleb kicks and you need help counting your cash.

    • Julie: Got a minute?
      Marissa: Not really.
      Julie: Well, I would like to talk to you. About your friend Alex.
      Marissa: I'm sure you would, Mom.
      Julie: Look. Marissa, I experimented too when I was your age. Albeit it involved a little Motley Crue and a lot of jager.
      Marissa: Woah! Way too much information.
      Julie: I'm just saying, that I understand that this is a phase, but I won't make a big deal about it if you don't.
      Marissa: Right. This way you avoid any public embarrassment.

    • Seth: Unless I can think of one last grand romantic gesture, Summer's gone.
      Ryan: Wow. You know, I remember when I first heard about Summer. We were sailing and you said you named your boat after her. Which I thought was a little weird considering you never actually talked to her.
      Seth: Eureka, Ryan! I can't believe I just said Eureka. That's it! That's okay.
      Ryan: What's it?
      Seth: The way to win her back. The grand romantic gesture that's gonna put Zach's Euro-Trip to shame. I shall take her on a sailing adventure aboard the Summer Breeze.
      Ryan: Except you sold the boat for bus fare.
      Seth: I did. Dammit. Eureka, Ryan! I shall buy back the Summer Breeze! Yes.
      Ryan: Ah. Except with what money?
      Seth: Okay, if I wanted my parade rained on, I would just step outside. Let me ask you, man. Do you like the shape of the idea, even.
      Ryan: Definitely.
      Seth: Then, okay great. All I need is money. Hang on. Yes, got the answer. But before I say Eureka again, do you see any other potential flaws or holes in my plan?
      Ryan: No.
      Seth: Then Eureka, Ryan! Eu-friggin-reka!

    • Seth: Spiderman is really the only protective headgear I own.
      Summer: Well, it's too bad you weren't wearing protective headgear when you were dropped on your head as a child.
      Seth: Oh, zing!

    • Ryan: Caleb booked you a DNA test?
      Lindsay: Yeah, it was either that or the pony.

    • Ryan: It's just rain. It can't hurt us. (thundering)
      Seth: Not worse than our women can.

    • Kirsten: You took the bus.
      Sandy: I told you, nothing was keeping me from you.
      Kirsten: Is it over?
      Sandy: I promise, it never started.

    • Julie (to Alex): Ah so you're the feisty young lady Caleb mentioned. Well, I was just making bagels I figure if the Cohens can do it why can't we?
      Alex: Uh, none for me, thanks. I don't eat breakfast.
      Julie: Ah that's very punk of you. You know I used to like the punk in my day.
      Marissa: Mom!
      Julie: Oh, you're right Marissa, it still is my day. I was just being modest.

    • Seth: Ohh ... I've missed you. It's been too long.
      Ryan: You're talking to a boat, Seth.
      Seth: Yeah, I talk to a plastic horse, too, but that never worries anyone.

    • Seth: Our noses grazed. And it was like the most sexually charged nose-graze in the history of nose grazes. It's essentially nose-humping, is what it is.

    • Julie: I don't think it's too much to ask to know what's going on under my roof.
      Marissa: Oh. You want to know what's going on with me? I am going to tell you the truth. No screaming, no crying, just the truth.
      Julie: You have no idea how happy it makes me to hear that.
      Marissa: Hold that thought. Alex is my girlfriend.
      Julie: I know, and I am so happy that you have made a new friend. Although, I hope you keep seeing Summer...
      Marissa: No Mom, not my friend who's a girl. My girlfriend.
      [thunder rumbles in the distance as Julie looks shocked]
      Marissa: Yeah.

    • (Marissa walks in from the bedroom wearing a skimpy robe)
      Marissa: Hey Alex, should I be getting dressed or are we going back to... (sees Seth standing in the living room as Alex walks in from the kitchen)bed?
      Seth: Oh My God.
      Marissa: Oh My God.
      Alex: Oh My God.
      (Seth rubs eyes and makes squeaky sounds)
      Seth: (to Alex) Let me get this straight. You broke up with me, for Marissa?
      Alex: Do you want your money?
      Seth: Hey, who better than a superhero understands secret identity? Now hold on, just want to make sure I have the visual.
      (Marissa looks uncomfortable)
      Seth: Okay I got it, great, thank you. Hey listen, Alex. Thank you. Both of you. For everything, I mean, keep doing what you're doing, I like it.

    • Ryan (nods): You take Summer for a spin in the pool in the Gimmie Sex.

    • Seth: I appreciate you sellin' me my boat back...when I sold it I was in desperate straits...low blood sugar no snacks.
      Guy: Listen just a heads up, I made some modifications to her.
      Seth: Modifications, terrific, that's very mellville of you, referring to the boat as a she.
      (The guy pulls back the cover revealing a shark like mouth painted on the side at the front, with the words GIMMIE SEX in big pink letters with a darker border)
      Seth: Dear God...she's a slut.

    • (Julie and Kirsten discussing their messed up lives)
      Kirsten: My husband is currently transporting a fugitive who used to be his ex-girlfriend.
      Julie: Well, I'll see you your fugitive former flame and raise you a lesbian daughter.

    • (After telling Julie she was moving out)
      Marissa: You have my cell for if Caleb kicks and you need help counting your cash.

    • Seth: Marissa and Alex are no longer welcome in the Red states.

    • (After Summer tells him she can't go to Italy with him)
      Summer: I can't go. I can't do this.
      Zach: Truth be told, I didn't think you'd make it past security.
      Summer: I'm really sorry.
      Zach: You can't fight fate.

  • NOTES (7)

    • The O.C. creator, Josh Schwartz, received a call from Spiderman director Sam Raimi telling him how much he liked the spiderman-like kiss of Seth and Summer.

    • FOX cut a kiss between Alex and Marissa in this episode. Right after Marissa comes to tell Alex that she has told Julie about them, they kiss. This scene was left in the episode on its original UK airing. An extended cut of this episode appears on the Season Two DVD.

    • Music:
      "No Rain" by Blind Melon
      "In Every Sunflower" by Bell X1
      "Faking The Books" by Louis XIV
      "Save It For A Rainy Day" by Jayhawks
      "No Easy Way To Say Goodbye" by Joel Evans & Friends
      "End Of The Road" by Boyz II Men
      "Champagne Supernova" by Matt Pond PA

    • Champagne Supernova at the end of the episode is the 2nd Oasis cover to be featured on the O.C. the first being Wonderwall in the Season 1 episode: "The Heartbreak"

    • Alex is seen wearing a shirt that says "Mischief". Throughout the episode, it fools the eye into looking like "Mischa".

    • This episode is centered around rain in 'The O.C.', in reality Southern California actually had endless rain around the same time this episode aired. Good timing.

    • This episode marks Shannon Lucio's (Lindsay), and Kim Delaney's (Rebecca) final appearances on 'The O.C.'

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Continuing with the frequent self-referential moments, Seth says there is a reality series called "Sherman Oaks: The Real Valley". "The Valley" is an oft mentioned night-time soap much like "The O.C." existing within the world of the show. In real-life, MTV created a reality-series called "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County."

    • Episode's Title: "The Rainy Day Women"

      The episode's title references the song Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 by Bob Dylan, off his album "Blonde on Blonde".

    • Alex: Oh, I don't know, Seth... With great power comes great responsibility.

      This episode seems to have multiple allusions towards Spiderman. Seth is running around in the Spiderman mask, Summer kisses him in Spider-style and here Alex uses Uncle Ben's words from the Spiderman movie to accept Seth back at The Bait Shop.

    • Abigail: Are you a fan of Botticelli?
      Summer: Yes, yes, I am. Although, I prefer his earlier work. You know, the comedies.

      Botticelli is a famous painter of the Italian renaissance. Summer seems to be referring to William Shakespeare.

    • Seth: "The Hand Smearing the Window"
      As In the beginning when Seth puts his hand on the window and pulls it down (On this rainy day), it seems as a reference from the movie "The Titanic". As Jack and Rose are making love in the car aboard the ship, she puts her hand on the foggy window (as In the beginning of this episode) and pulls it down, smearing the window.

    • Seth: Eureka, Ryan!
      While the Eureka Stockade (the revolt of miners against colonial authority in Ballarat) was a relatively significant event in Australian history, the term 'eureka' was originally attributed to Archimedes, who is said to have run through the streets of Syracuse naked after finally understanding the concept of buoyancy.

    • Seth: "'The Valley' has got its own reality show knock-off."
      Seth is planning to watch the marathon of "Sherman Oaks: The Real Valley" a reality spin-off of the fictional TV show "The Valley." This could be a possible reference to MTV's "Laguna Beach," an OC spin-off.

    • Seth: "yesssssss"
      When seth puts up his right arm and says "yessssssssss" it sounded like it was a reference to the movie Napoleon Dynamite.

    • Seth/Summer: The upside-down kiss
      In Spiderman, when Peter Parker saves Mary-Jane Watson from the thieves he is upside-down, and Mary-Jane peels off his mask just enough to kiss him. In this episode of 'The O.C.', Summer peels off Seth's rain hat (a.k.a a Spiderman mask) while he hangs from the roof after falling from the satellite dish, and kisses him.

    • Seth: "Have you looked out the window? It's like the opening sequence to >Day After Tomorrow."
      The Day After Tomorrow is a movie starring Dennis Quaid as a climatologist trying to figure out a way to save the world from abrupt global warming. He must get to his young son in New York, which is being taken over by a new ice age.