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The O.C.

Season 1 Episode 17

The Rivals

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 21, 2004 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Sandy and Jimmy have plans to sign papers for the Lighthouse... but is Jimmy ready? Oliver makes his plans official to Ryan, but Ryan just cannot catch a break from anyone and finds himself in an all too familiar position. Summer has a "big" new boyfriend... for a little while. And Julie gets a job.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show the oc ryan is still looking into oliver and olvier final makes his plan offical to him and he goes back to old ways dealing with things himself by punching olvier in the fac constitly and no one can see what olvier is doing except ryan ands luke and jimmy does not know if he is ready to sign the papers to the restrunt and sandy is ready and is tring to get jimmy to sign this was a good ep i thougth it had alot of excitement in it and that is why i gave it a 9moreless
  • Looks like Ryan found a new punching bag.

    The colours come out, and the sad thing is that it is Ryan who set himself up in the trap for sticking in his nose further than he should be. The whole Oliver Trask situation just gotten way over its head, and the sad reality for Ryan is that it was a one sided relationship between Marissa and Oliver; if he stayed cool, Oliver would have imploded, and things would have went to normal. What the episode really did a great job of is really hating this Oliver Trask guy. The emotional hate was just creeping up on you every time you saw Marissa and Oliver together. It's crazy and it's just a testament to how well the acting was in this episode. Ryan who I never was that very fond of as an actor really outdid himself here.

    And of course it wouldn't be an episode of The O.C. if it wasn't for the witty writing and comedy. The whole concept of Danny was just so terrible it was funny. And that scene with Kirsten having to accept Julie Cooper as her new business partner was also a good little laugh.moreless
  • Things are getting crazy in Orange County.

    Wow. What a great episode. Lots of things going on at once and enough to keep me watching in anticipation of what would happen next.

    Sandy and Jimmy bought a restaurant together after a bunch of hemming and hawing on Jimmy's part, due to him worrying about failing Sandy and supporting his kids. This could be a very good thing for both of them and I see it succeeding. They've got smarts, those two!

    Julie wanted a chance to design one of the model homes, seeing a job opportunity. She convinced Kirsten to let her take a shot at it and when it looked like she might fail miserably, Caleb actually tells them he loves it and she's got herself a job. No one is more shocked than Kirsten. These two strong willed (and opinionated) women working together? It's almost laughable. I like them both, though, so I can't wait to see what happens!

    Seth and Anna have this funny thing going on about eating the same things and wot-not and it was amusing as usual to see Seth freaking out about their likenesses. He actually had her changing her mind about some of the things she would normally choose to eat and drink. How sweet is that? She's such a good girlfriend for him. Summer's remark on the previous episode about them being so much alike they could be brother and sister really has these two kids questioning everything about their relationship and their choices. It's funny, but I don't want it to cause problems.

    Summer's new beau was weird. I saw the whole thing as trying to make Seth jealous and it sorta did, in a way. Then when he heard about her telling Danny that he (Seth) was the funniest guy she'd ever met had Seth practically doing cartwheels. Then when he consoles her the next day, well that was cute. But again, it's too soon for Anna to get kicked to the curb! I smell trouble!

    Let me just say that Oliver has done a frightfully wonderful job of making Ryan look scary and crazy all at the same time. This whole thing with him is going very bad very fast and I can only imagine where it's going to end. Marissa being involved in the whole thing can't be good with what she's recently been through. And poor Ryan, being so genuinely concerned for Marissa's safety and nobody believing him or at least looking more deeply into the matter is just terrible. I absolutely cannot stand Oliver. He can leave the show now. Exit stage right, please. Then Ryan can breathe easier. And I can, too!moreless
  • Ryan is back to old habits, Oliver is even more of a creep, Summer has a "big boyfriend", Seth wonders if Anna is the female him, and Marissa is just being Marissa.moreless

    So, I like this episode for a lot of reasons. First, I just found it funny, but then I found it just heartbreaking for Ryan and Marissa. First I cannot get over Summer's boyfriend Danny, he was hilarious, and I loved the scene when Seth and Danny were hanging out and Danny asked Seth to be less funny because Summer says he is the funniest guy ever! It just showed how much Summer wants to be with Seth. I love how Ryan loves Marissa so much he wants to protect her, but seriously even Luke sees how weird Oliver is. I think Marissa was being really ignorant. But I still love her. Now to the good stuff, my favorite scenes in this episode was the Seth and Summer scene where he tells her sorry she was breaking up with Danny. Seth and Danny scene, and when Sandy says, " Hi I'm Sandy." and Danny says "Go take a shower." LOL! But all in all this episode for me was very well written.moreless
  • This was a very hard episode to watch, it's one of those episodes that shows you that life isn't always perfect.

    Oliver transfers to Harbour, what a surprise, and this means trouble for Ryan. I really want to like Oliver, and to forgive him for all he has done, but I can’t, he lied to Marissa, he is trying to break up her and Ryan to get to her, and he bugs me. Jimmy is a little unsure about starting the restaurant but Sandy seems to be pretty sure about it. Summer gets a new boyfriend who is just plain irritating with his jokes, most likely to get Seth jealous. Ryan can’t shake the feeling that something is not right with Oliver and goes to school after hours to get his file. To bad he gets caught, the thing is, when someone is as paranoid as Ryan has become, they make mistakes and get into trouble. I had a feeling Ryan was going to get caught; I was just hoping I would be wrong. Ryan awaits his punishment, and Anna finds out that Seth is jealous of Summers new boyfriend. All of a sudden I don’t know if Anna is such a good match for Seth, I mean, they do have a lot in common, but it seems like for Seth, that’s not such a good thing. Ryan is stuck between a rock and a hard place, as he has no one who will listen to him about Oliver. Ryan is starting to scare be, his suspicions are getting out of hand, if he continues like this he might loose Marissa to Oliver. Things are getting out of control, Oliver is everywhere, who knows what he could do, I just wish Ryan would quit doing things to get at Oliver and let things go. Ryan and Marissa break up… All I can say is dang it! I guess though, Ryan deserves is, what he did was not right, even if Oliver is a weird and has problems. Oliver tells Ryan his plans, and it makes me sick to hear them, I have officially lost all respect for Oliver, and though I still don’t think what Ryan did was right, he had good reason to be suspicious. I just hope Ryan doesn’t go crazy trying to figure out how to expose Oliver well I mean, more so then he already has.moreless
Joe Howard

Joe Howard


Guest Star

Bret Harrison

Bret Harrison


Guest Star

Kevin West

Kevin West

Mr. Bendis

Guest Star

Taylor Handley

Taylor Handley

Oliver Trask

Recurring Role

Rosalind Chao

Rosalind Chao

Dr. Kim

Recurring Role

Samaire Armstrong

Samaire Armstrong

Anna Stern

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Episode punch count: 3

    • Goof: To the best of my knowledge, there is grammatical conjugation in the French langauge. Take the infinitive 'être' ('to be'); this can be conjugated in the first-person singular (je suis/I am), the second-person singular (tu es/you are), the first-person plural (nous sommes/we are), and so on.

    • Goof: When Seth and Ryan are playing Playstation 2 before Sandy announces that the fajitas are ready, it shows the monitor and the game is in singleplayer mode (multiplayer is splitscreen), yet in the next scene they are both playing?

    • Goof: At one time, Marissa says she's going to help Oliver with his French, as he claims he has trouble conjugating the infinitive. This is not so surprising since the infinitive cannot be conjugated in French (and in many other languages)...

    • Goof: When Seth and Ryan are talking in the beginning of the episode, there's a blonde girl who walks past Seth's left, and she's wearing a beige jacket, a purple-ish shirt underneath, a black skirt, Ugg-type boots, and a green purse. Then later on in the episode when Ryan is looking up the stairs and sees Marissa, it's supposed to be a couple of days later, but we see the same girl in the same exact outfit pass behind him.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Danny: Hey listen, man, can I ask you a favor? Seth: Sure.
      Danny: Whenever you're around Summer could you ... this is weird, but could you try and be a little less funny? Man, all I ever hear from her is how funny Seth Cohen is, how he's the funniest guy she's ever met. I mean, I like her so much and I'm just I'm killin' myself to hang in there.
      Seth: She said that about me, that she thinks I'm the funniest guy ever?
      Danny: Yes, you and some dude named Captain Oats. Who the hell is Captain Oats?

    • Dr. Kim: I need to talk to you about one of our transfer students with whom I know you have a relationship and who I worry might not be so stable.
      Marissa: I appreciate it Dr. Kim, but I'm well aware of Oliver's issues.
      Dr. Kim: It's not Oliver I want to talk about.

    • Jimmy: I don't know Sandy, I just, I think I need more time.
      Sandy: How much more time do you need?
      Jimmy: It's too fast. It's too soon.
      Sandy: OK, great, great. I got an idea, let's wait till we're dead.

    • Summer: I guess I really will end up bitter and alone.

    • Marissa: Well that's what Ryan does. He punches people, he doesn't talk to them.

    • Summer: Believe it or not, Betty and Veronica had a huge influence on me.

    • Seth: I'm not a girl uh... although I spent several summers at Camp Takajo being called such.

    • Seth: That letter is like THE RING, anyone who reads it is going to die.

    • Oliver: Marissa and I have the exact same schedule. What are the odds?

    • (Discussing Danny)
      Sandy: Whoa, that kid is not funny.
      Seth: Thank you. I know.
      Sandy: He makes Ryan look funny
      Seth: He makes Marissa look funny.
      Sandy: I love your mother more than words, but not funny. Get yourself some funnier friends.

    • (disciplining Ryan for the break in)
      Ryan: (angry, with himself) Okay, I screwed up yet again. (dejected) So now what? You're going to kick me out?
      (Kirsten and Sandy know he's being serious)
      Sandy: You think you can mess up so bad we'll just give up on you? You can't. You are part of this family now and you're going to feel the full weight of that. You're going to wish we threw you out.

    • (Discussing Oliver with Ryan)
      Seth: Gee, new guys shows up. Violent, angry, prone to punching people. That'd be weird.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Danny (Bret Harrison) and Seth (Adam Brody) are good friends in real life and are even in a band together, "Big Japan."

    • When Danny beats Seth at the video game, he turns to Seth and says "You just got Punk'd! There's a camera there *points*, there *points again* and over there!*and once again*". Incidentally, Adam Brody got Punk'd three months after this episode aired.

    • Music:
      "Boom Box" by Mosquitos
      "Come Into Our Room" by Clinic
      "The Spoils Of The Spoiled" by The New Amsterdams
      "Cannonball" by Damien Rice
      "Big Sur" by The Thrills


    • Sandy: I love this place, I mean all it needs is a little nip and tuck
      Jimmy: yeah but are we the right doctors for the job?

      This is a references to FX's show Nip/Tuck about two Miami plastic surgeons who run a business together.

    • Seth: I'm not a girl uh... although I spent several summers at Camp Takajo being called such".

      Camp Takajo is a boys camp in Maine for the children of America's Uber-Wealthy.

    • Luke: Well, just give me the word, and I will drop 'The Great Gatsby.'
      The Great Gatsby, published in 1925, is one of F. Scott Fitzgerald most famous novels. The marvelous piece of literature is about a rich guy who throws extravagant parties and is obsessed with getting a married woman.

    • Seth: That letter is like The Ring, anyone who reads it is going to die.
      Seth is referencing the movie, The Ring. The Ring is about a video tape, which if anyone watches it they will die seven days later.

      Adam Brody had a small part in the movie.

    • Sandy: And keep it dark but not too dark. Just like it was for Bogey and Bacall.
      Humphrey "Bogey" Bogart and Lauren Bacall were one of the most famous married couples in the history of Hollywood. They made several films together, which were usually in the "film noir" genre, or "dark" thrillers.