The O.C.

Season 3 Episode 11

The Safe Harbor

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 12, 2006 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Ryan, Seth and Summer launch a campaign to get Marissa back into Harbor. With the help of Dr. Kim they get the board of trustees to hear the case. Will Marissa be permitted to return for her final semester?

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  • One of the best Episode of Season 3. It was a damn season, and this is the middle episode. The Conclusion, and the start ot other problems.

    Summer & the gang wanted back Marissa at Harbor. Taylor's is one of the best character (story plot) in this episode, she turned out to be one of the best, helping Marissa to get back at Harbor. At first, i think she wouldn't and be the same b*tch but I am so glad that she has changed. A very awesome and unexpected character development.

    Johnny was kinda annoying in this episode. Of course he can't let go of Marissa, he said that it's for his & her good but he is making the wrong decisions.

    This episode is another great installment, Now that Marissa is back at Harbor i know somethings would go wrong.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show the oc ryan and the others decide to launch a campaine to get her back into harvard and so things begin and they go and talk to dr . kim and she gets them help and the board of trustees are going to hear there case and turns out sandy knows one of the guys that is the head he knows soemthing about his kid and so talors mother was the one that made the pertisition for marrisa to leave there and so talory decides to help anyway and gets a pertition of people that want her back and sandy speaks out and so does ryan and so does summers dad and the effort comes through and she ends up coming back to harvard this was good ep but at first she did not want to leave johney behide but joheny lied about him getting better to make her leave . this was a good epmoreless
  • Seth,Summer and Ryan attempt to get Marrisa back into harbour, with a little help from Taylor and johnny!

    This episode got the oc back to its best. This was great. i hope the rest of the season stays like this. The only reason it didn't get a ten was because of Johnnys presence because i hate him! But he did the right thing lying to her, its for the best. Taylor is getting really good it was nice to see her happy with some friends. hopefully now Marrisa is back in harbour it should stay at a high peak.

    I hope so, can't wait for the rest of the season!moreless
  • Fantastic!

    Although I've never been a fan of court battles stuff, the meeting to allow Marissa Cooper back into Harbor built up so much intensity that it eventually led to an overload of excitement towards the end. So much drama that the episode kept your attention throughout the entire thrill ride, and some new doors open now that Marissa is back in Harbor. The Johnny storyline was sort of dragging itself out for a while now, but it concluded--if it concluded at all--with this episode. Taylor Townsend played a great part in the episode, as well as Sandy. Though what really made this episode such a highly emotional episode is that rather than separate two to four storylines simultaneously like the show has always done, it brings everything together for one huge build up. Just a brilliant episode!moreless
  • The OC. Episode 11

    I wouldn't bet on it but... Yay, Marissa's public school period is finally done. The 'Napoleonic' campaign to get her back to Harbor was entertaining.

    Summer's determination was funny but also kind of sweet. I liked Seth's typical expression while he was worrying how many prongs were involved in this operation. LOL

    Of course Marissa can't help waiting and nursing Johnny all the way. Well, I just can't stand Johnny's pale and whining face. His behaviour is totally nerve-wracking.

    By the way, Ryan has never been such a patient boy. :D

    The whole stubborn-and-evil-Judge thing had a predictable ending. As usual, it turns out Sandy is always 'the man who never fails'. If he keeps on like that, he could be saint very soon.

    Julie and Summer's father get along pretty well. God save Neil. :D

    Finally Taylor stood up to her mom-monster. I guess it was about time Mrs. Iceberg suffered a blow.

    Anyway, all's well that ends well. Senior photo day was lovely.moreless
Michael Mantell

Michael Mantell

Judge Jim Mercer

Guest Star

Tiffany Thornton

Tiffany Thornton


Guest Star

Tyson Chambers

Tyson Chambers


Guest Star

Ryan Donowho

Ryan Donowho

Johnny Harper

Recurring Role

Jeffrey Hephner

Jeffrey Hephner

Matt Ramsey

Recurring Role

Johnny Lewis

Johnny Lewis

Dennis "Chili" Childress

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Ryan comes to Marissa around seventeen minutes from the start of this episode, they talk, and in one shot, you can see that Marissa put her hair behind her left ear. In the next one, however, you can't see the ear. Then, once again, the hair is behind the ear.

    • Goof: When Ryan joins Marissa for lunch at Newport Union, Marissa gets a call on her cell. She says it's from Chilli and gets up to leave. In one shot, her cell is in her left hand as she bends down to kiss Ryan. Then, the camera switches shots, and Marissa's left hand is empty (you can partially see her hand briefly run down Ryan's arm) and as the camera pulls out, the cell phone is on her dinner tray.

    • We find out that after years of reading tabloids, Summer can read lips.

    • Taylor Townsend's mom is a sports agent.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Marissa: Thanks so much for doing this.
      Ryan: It really means a lot.
      Sandy: Ornery judge, captive audience, righteousness on my side. I feel right at home.

    • Seth: No word back from Taylor...
      Ryan: We leave in an hour and no sign of Marissa.
      Summer: So what are you guys saying?
      Seth: That this was a valiant campaign.
      Ryan: Yeah, really valiant.
      Seth: One any general would be proud of.
      Summer: Surrender much? I bet Napoleon never talked like this.
      Ryan: Well, maybe he should have right before he was defeated and exiled.
      Seth: Summer, my little empress, this is our Waterloo we need to retreat and minimise collateral damage.
      Summer: Well, can't we just wait a couple of minutes before we raise the white flag?

    • Seth: Taylor, hi I need to talk...
      Taylor: Well I would love to talk to you, about anything but Marissa Cooper.
      Seth: I have been sanctioned to offer you sexual favours, I swear Summer said it was OK.
      Taylor: (Gawps) WOW, anything else and you would be facing a long night involving candle wax, tube socks and the new Fiona Apple CD. But Marissa, I can't.

    • Summer: Prong one of the campaign has been initiated. You and I will take on prong two. Grass roots. You know, information booth, petition, maybe a protest rally.
      Seth: How many prongs are involved in this operation?
      Summer: Dude, like, so many prongs.

    • Summer: Well, there might be a slight issue. I mean, not like an issue issue, a friend issue -- a Johnny issue.

    • (Talking about winter break)
      Summer: I wish I could, like, TiVo it so we could play it over and over again until graduation.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      "Our House" by Phantom Planet
      "I Love A Man In Uniform" by Gang Of Four
      "Albany Brownout" by Francine
      "Dancing In The Moonlight" by Magnet
      "California" by Rogue Wave


    • Summer: I'm picturing, like, Indecent Proposal. You're Demi, naturally, and Taylor is a leather faced guy who talks to horses.
      Indecent Proposal is a 1993 drama film that starred Robert Redford and Demi Moore.

    • In the scene where Taylor's mother comes to the school and discovers that Taylor is trying to help get Marissa re-admitted, Taylor is holding a sign that reads "Marissa Cooper graduates." This is a reference to a well-known episode of Beverly Hills 90210 in which the senior and junior classes stage a walkout to demand that Donna Martin be allowed to graduate. The assembled students march while chanting, "Donna Martin graduates!"