Episode punch count: 5
Goof: Chili said that he made his nickname up during "The Last Waltz" episode, and Johnny said that it would never catch on. However, everybody seems to know him by it, even people who Chili knew from before Marissa started at public school, like Volchok whilst talking to Marissa in this episode.
Youth Group's "Forever Young" song plays once more (last heard in "The Last Waltz") as Ryan and Marissa break up over the phone. Marissa decided that "Forever Young" would be 'their' song in the aforementioned episode.
Summer: I'm thinking of having a party. Something small. Maybe you, me, Seth, Ryan.
Marissa: That's not a party, that's a double date.
Taylor: Your dad and Julie Cooper are doing it. Yeah, it's a shock to me, too. I wouldn't have believed it myself if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. It was all very mid-'90s, overwrought thriller, sort of a Verhoeven shade.
Summer: You see, all the TV shows I watch, all these women have voiceovers. They even gave one to April on The Valley. Now where most of these voiceovers don't make much sense, they do make your life seem more dramatic and meaningful.
Seth: I kind of like her (Julie). You know, I don't care that she married my grandpa for money or had sex with Luke. I think she's got moxie.
Sandy: I used to walk behind Kirsten on her way home. She lived on the opposite side of campus, but I lived to watch her walk.
Kirsten: And I called campus security.
Sandy: Ah, it was worth every minute I was detained and questioned.
Sadie: Stakeouts are so much cooler in movies.
Ryan: Yeah, that's 'cause they cut right to the part where the guy shows up.
Bail Bonds Guy: I got authority to protect this property with lethal force. You know what that means?
Ryan: Means we'll be out in the car.
Ryan: The less you know, the better. Uh, just keep doing what you're doing. Except the bed thing -- that's just creepy.
Seth: I'm rolling around in your bed right now so it looks slept-in.
Ryan: Ah, you'd probably do that anyway.
(Over the phone)
Seth: Dude, where are you?
Ryan: Indio. How much trouble am I in?
Seth: Uh, none yet. Mom and Dad think you're helping inner city kids paint an overpass mural.
Summer: My dad has disastrous taste in women. If I don't step in, he'll wind up with the first money-grabbing slut bag that gets into the backseat of his Maserati.
(Julie stands in the background shocked)
Kirsten: Julie, would you like to take this?
Taylor: Does he (Neil) still have the things on his thing?
Seth: No, no, no, a little penicillin cleared that right out.
Seth: It looks fantastic.
Kirsten: You've been zombie-like all week.
Julie: Oh, another late one with Doc Roberts in the back of his Maserati, no less.
Kirsten: I didn't know Maseratis had backseats. Maybe you two should stop sneaking around and go public.
Julie: I don't disagree, and neither does my chiropractor.
(Seeing Ryan and Sadie's kitchen re-model)
Seth: I love what you've done there. Probably get a cable show to pay for that. HGTV's Extremely Sad Home Makeovers.
Seth: I've got two girls in bikinis trying to seduce me. Which sounds awesome, but I'm scared ... and I'm wet and I'm cold, Ryan.
Instead of the usual "Previously on The O.C." recap, Mischa Barton says "If you haven't watched 'The O.C.' in a while, here's what you've missed" and a special montage of important scenes starting from "The Swells" are shown.
"Bom Bom Bom" by Living Things
"Under The Sea" by Digby Jones
"If You Need The Morning" by La Rocca
"The Matter (Of Our Discussion)" by Boom Bip Feat. Nina Nastasia
"C-C (You Set The Fire In Me)" by Tom Vek
"I Ain't Saying My Goodbyes" by Tom Vek
"Forever Young" by Youth Group
The title of the episode, The Road Warrior, is a reference to the Mel Gibson´s movie Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981).