The O.C.

Season 2 Episode 21

The Return of the Nana

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 05, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Sandy, Seth and Ryan travel to Miami to visit the Nana after she tells Sandy she is getting married. Unable to go because of work, Kirsten is left on her own to deal with her feelings for Carter. Trey misinterprets Marissa's friendship; Zach invites Summer to a home-cooked dinner.moreless

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  • Spring Break Sh*tshow

    Uggghhh. This episode. There were some funny bits, but the problem was just how obvious the writers were with their machinations. 'The characters are getting too complacent, we need drama, hmmm. I know, we'll break up Summer and Seth for the billionth time! And the reason will be... MTV Spring Break whipped cream contest! Totes plausible!' And what really sucks is now we have to watch Seth mope and pine some more before he wins Summer back. Because you know it's going to happen.

    Let's not even with Trey. I do give the show props for showing what ended up being a very serious, realistic attempted rape scene. What sucked was steps A, B, and C that led up to that. The whole thing was so random and seemingly out of character- and coke doesn't turn a person into a rapist, so I guess Trey was a would-be-rapist in sheep's clothing the whole time- that it was clearly just an excuse to stir up sh*t between Trey and Ryan and pave Trey's way off the show. I guess the happy bros plotline was too stagnant for the writers, but why they decided to go the rapist route is beyond me.

    So that was annoying. Now, onto the good parts! There were a few good parts. The bible study guys were great. Old Man Seth was great. I liked Sandy cheerfully threatening his mom's fiance, and their conversation at the end was sweet. I hope we get more of the Nana in the future! And OMG Kirsten kissed Billy Campbell (who, btw, looks a lot like Garret Dillahunt's serial killer on Deadwood with that beard), except oh wait, I don't really care. This lady has been tip-toeing around infidelity and alcoholism for two seasons and I'm finding it really hard to work up the energy to give a dang. Oh no Kirsten... don't... Hey, how likely is it that she and Sandy get divorced by the end of the show? Not at all? Ok :(

    Onto the next and surely better episode!moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show the oc ryan and sandy and seth go to miami and they go and see the nana and thing is she is getting married and sandy thinks the guy is bad and he gets scared away but while down there its spring break and seth gets shown on tv while there and summer finds out about that and summer is with zack for a home cooked meal but realizes she does not know anything about politics and kirsten is at home and to deal with her feelings for the magizne guy this was a good ep i thought and very interestingmoreless
  • Coke, wine, gnoochi, whip cream, and bible study bozos, nothing good ever happens when Seth, Sandy, and Ryan are on vacation.

    Well, what is there to say? It feels like all of life's worst moments besides murder was wrapped up all in one episode. Sexual assault, borderline adultery, sketchy engagements, getting whip cream showered all over you by bible study university students of all people, The Notebook, boxing while playing Eye of the Tiger, I mean damn so much happened in one episode that it was hard to recall with everything that happened. At the same time with all of this drama and conflict, this episode should have been better than it was, but that was also the problem. TOO much drama, every single story in here was about a conflict and drama. Half of the stories should have been comic relief or something, because it gets a little too depressing when nothing but bad is happening all around you.moreless
  • The O.C. Orange County, It's where all the beautiful people live.

    Sandy, Seth and Ryan travel to Miami, Florida to visit Sandy's mother, the Nana, after she tells Sandy she is getting married to a much younger man. Back in Newport, Kirsten, unable go to Miami with Sandy because of work, is left on her own to deal with her feelings for Carter. Trey misinterprets Marissa's friendship as a sexual advance. Also, Zach invites Summer to a home-cooked dinner at his house.

    - Alexmoreless
  • Although fun & fantastic, it could have been a thousand times better, basically a less quality version of The Strip.

    Although fun & fantastic, it could have been a thousand times better, basically a less quality version of The Strip. And although I love them I am really quite tired of 'special fun episodes' like The Risky Business was phenomenal, The O.C. Confidential was fantastic but risky & this was just tiring & completely off-track not in a good way like The L.A. either! Although the reason for not getting a 8.2 was simply the Summer / Seth / Zach development which was while repetive, original & hilarious! The nana storyline was ok, but left me confused & disappointed with how it ended.moreless
Linda Lavin

Linda Lavin

Sophie "Nana" Cohen

Guest Star

Jaime King

Jaime King


Guest Star

Bret Harrison

Bret Harrison


Guest Star

Logan Marshall-Green

Logan Marshall-Green

Trey Atwood

Recurring Role

Billy Campbell

Billy Campbell

Carter Buckley

Recurring Role

Nikki Griffin

Nikki Griffin

Jess Sathers

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: When Ryan speaks to Marissa (the scene where the drunk teenager flashes in front on him), you can see Marissa's toilet paper padding.

    • Goof: So, when did punching bags start punching back? Or does Summer use mouth protection cause she fears someone will rush into her room and start boxing with her?

    • Goof: When Ryan jumps onto the stage, you can see that he was running and jumped on. After that, the security was probably ready and more alert for people leaving the audience area, which is why they stopped the other guys from rushing Seth.

    • Goof: During the whip cream competition, how come Ryan gets up on the stage so easily, but the guys after Seth are not allowed? It doesn't make sense that the security guards would let some people up but reject others when no one is allowed.

    • Goof: Why would Sandy, Seth, and Ryan take a cab to the airport (Orange County - SNA) when Kirsten could drive them? It's only 15 minutes away, at the most, from Newport, and it would take that long for a taxi to even get to their house!

    • Goof: When Marissa leaves Trey's house to 'get some air', she doesn't have a purse. Though, when they get to the beach, she's suddenly holding one.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • (Kirsten asking Sandy about the Nana)
      Kirsten: What happened?
      Seth: Is everything all right?
      Sandy: The Nana... headed for the altar.

    • Seth: The only thing I'm gonna be drinking is Metamucil.

    • Summer: Look, just go. Go sow your oats. Get all of your Cohen-y Cohen-ish Cohen-isms out of your system.

    • Sandy: In the immortal words of Will Smith: Welcome to Miami.

    • Seth: I got my cardigan, my orthopedic shoes, and my humidifier. Now take me to my peoples.

    • Zach: I came over to see if you were ok after the other night.
      Summer: I'm in gym clothes and my hair's in French braids. So I'm terrible.

    • Seth: Hey, why can't we go see the Nana tonight?
      Sandy: Well you know the Nana and her schedule. Friday night's mahjong.
      Seth: What? Since when's Friday night mahjong? That totally throws off my schedule!

    • Nana: Ah, there's my grandson. Hello bubeleh.
      Seth: Hello Nana.
      Nana: I want you to tell me everything that's gone on for you this whole last year.
      Seth: Oh, I can barely remember what I had for dinner last night, please.

    • Seth: My schedule's all booked up. I got pinochle with the ladies on Saturday. Bridge Sunday with the fellas. Still gotta call and see if I can get on that bingo cruise. It's gonna be freakin' awesome.

    • Seth: Hey man! Now, I know you think you're excited about Miami, but I cannot wait for you to meet the guys at nana's condo. We got Abe, we got Stu, we got Stanley. Although I think Stanley may have passed on. He has a prostate thing. I hope not.

    • Kirsten: You are a good son.
      Sandy: Yeah? How 'bout husband?
      Kirsten: Definitely top 5.

    • Seth: All right. Shuffleboard, mahjong, dinner at 4. It's gonna be the best spring break ever.

    • Ryan: How's the grandma feeling?
      Seth: The nana, Ryan, please. "Grandma" evokes homemade cookies and knitting. And somebody who's actually nice to you.
      Kirsten: The nana? Definitely not nice to you. Or me. But she's doing great.
      Seth: Which confirms my suspicion that she is, in fact, immortal.

    • Seth (answering phone): Hello?
      Nana: Setheleh!
      Seth: Nanaleh! How you feeling?
      Nana: Oh, if you were all that interested you would have called me. And would it kill you to cash that birthday check I sent you? I'm finished sending you things.
      Seth: Ok, I'm sorry, I forgot.
      Nana: You make my life very difficult.
      Seth: No, I'm sure that $20 outstanding has the bank going crazy.
      Nana: Smartass.

    • Seth: I don't believe it, Ryan. Bright Eyes has 2 albums in the top 10.
      Ryan: You ok with that?
      Seth: Yeah, I just feel like the rest of the world's finally caught up with me. It's a little bit scary.
      Ryan: Yeah, it's a lot scary.
      Seth: Tell me I'm still special.

    • (as Seth decides to participate in the contest with Mary Sue )
      Ryan: Well, just hope Summer hasn't paid her cable bill.

    • (Before going to Miami, Sandy reminds Kirsten about the alarm)
      Sandy: And you remember how to set the alarm "no delay." If the alarm goes off, the code word is...?
      Kirsten: "Greased lightning."

    • (Summer to Seth)
      Summer: Go to Miami, get wasted and wind up on Music Video Nation's Spring Break special.

    • Kirsten: ((refering to the nana) She is getting married?
      Sandy: Pack your bags. We're going to Miami.

    • (When Marissa brings The Notebook to watch)
      Trey: I'm more of a shoot-em up type of guy. Where people, like, die.

    • Drunken Girl: (to Ryan) They disqualified me from the wet t-shirt contest. (Lifts her top) But don't they look real?!
      Marissa: (laughs) Wait! That wasn't the Nana was it?
      Drunken Girl: Oh my God I'm gonna puke!(runs off puking noise heard)

      As Ryan is talking on the phone to Marissa a college coed complains that her breasts are natural, elicting a remark from Marissa.

    • Nana: (Well) they do fly airplanes from Orange County to Miami. I wouldn't know I see so little of you.

    • Sandy (Watching Seth join three senior citizens at a card table): All right now I'm officially terrified.
      Ryan: He doesn't have this many friends at school.

    • (Jess visits Trey shortly before Marissa comes over to offer to help Trey find a job.)
      Jess (Removing her bikini top): I figure a guy has been in prison for eighteen months probably got pretty lonely.
      Trey: You have no idea.

    • Seth: I just came to apologize.
      Summer: Why? Because I was humiliated in front of all your oh so hip, super dorked out, indie music loving comic book geeks who looked at me like some dimwit Orange County ho?
      Seth: Uh ... yeah.

    • Sandy: I love my mother, but who else would?
      Kirsten: That's terrible.
      Sandy: You wouldn't say the same thing about your Dad?
      Kirsten: You make a good point.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music:
      "Na Na Na Na Naa" by Kaiser Chiefs
      "Love Underground" by Robbers On High Street
      "Night Groove" by Marc Durst Trio
      "Questa o Quella" by Rigoletto
      "Get Down" by Cham Pain
      "Bring Em Out" by T.I.
      "Kids With Guns" by Gorillaz
      "Adios" by Alan Paul
      "Step Aside" by Efterklang
      "I Turn My Camera On" by Spoon
      "Miami" by Will Smith
      "Shadowland" by Youth Group
      "Eye Of The Tiger" by Survivor

    • Originally scheduled to air April 28, 2005, at the show's normal 8:00pm ET/PT timeslot, but was pre-empted for a "Presidential Press Conference." The episode aired as planned on April 28th, 2005 on CTV in Canada.

    • Most of this episode was shot on location in Miami Beach. One of the locations was the Fontainebleau Hilton Resort during the week of March 14th, 2005.


    • Summer: You had me at buon giorno
      "You had me at hello" is a famous line from yet another Tom Cruise movie: Jerry Maguire (1996).

    • Sandy: The code word is "greased lightning"
      Peter Gallagher was in the broadway production of Grease. "Greased Lightning" was one of the popular numbers from the movie musical.

    • Sandy: In the immortal words of Will Smith...'Welcome to Miami.'
      Will Smith's song, "Miami," is playing when Sandy says this.

    • Seth: Anything for my million dollar baby.
      Summer is boxing and Seth makes reference to the movie "Million Dollar Baby," which is about a female boxer.

    • Summer: Wow, it's like a regular Olive Garden around here!
      Summer is making reference to the Italian restaurant The Olive Garden.