The O.C.

Season 2 Episode 11

The Second Chance

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 03, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After hearing about Lindsay and Ryan's failed attempt at dinner with Caleb the night before, Kirsten arranges a dinner that she can supervise. But her presence makes no difference when Ryan and Caleb butt heads and disaster strikes. Sandy keeps Rebecca's presence in Newport a secret from Kirsten after deciding to take her case to court. Marissa and Alex's relationship intensifies, while Seth and Summer spend a lot of time together at Zach's insistence.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show the oc ryan and linsays failed meeting with claob happens and so kirsten tries to supervise it and things still get out of control with ryan and calob again and sandy is tring to keep it a secret that he is meeting with his old love to work on her case since he decide he is taken it to court and zack wants summer and seth to spend more time togeather this was a good ep i thought and it was very interesting and that is why i gave it a 9 instead of anyting lowermoreless
  • Tsk tsk should have told her the truth Sandy.

    As always it's hard to keep secrets around in Newport and it ends with a really big one with Kirsten finding out that Sandy is keeping something from her. Something really big to boot. Though up until the ending, this episode was more like an 8.5 than a 9. Solid score but again, compared to the first season which was mostly episodes deserving of 9s, it should have been better. Once again some of the myriad of situations that the show has been concentrating on so far have somewhat dulled the quality of the episodes overall. Not that they're terrible or anything because the episode was still great, just not as good as it should be. Nonetheless though it ended strongly. Sandy getting caught up and Marissa and Alex looking like a couple now more than made everything more intriguing.moreless
  • The O.C. Orange County, It's where all the beautiful people live.

    After hearing about Lindsay and Ryan's failed attempt at dinner with Caleb the night before, Kirsten arranges a dinner that she can supervise. But her presence makes no difference when the hot-tempered Ryan and the egotistical Caleb immediately butt heads and disaster strikes when Caleb collapses from a sudden heart attack. Meanwhile, Sandy keeps Rebecca's presence in Newport a secret from Kirsten after deciding to take her case to court. Marissa and Alex's relationship intensifies, while Seth and Summer spend a lot of time together at Zach's insistence.

    - Alexmoreless
  • Frustrating yet amazing just about Season 1 quality!

    Frustrating yet amazing just about Season 1 quality! The first episode of the second half of the second season manages to impress me a ton, with all storylines being bigger, badder & better! The one thing that only got me a teeny bit titchy was Caleb, but I suppose that's just the nature of his character. The Seth / Summer storyline though being a little dragged on really touched me. I really felt for her Rebecca & her Dad, the only part I don't like about her amazing character is the fact Sandy is lying about her to Kirsten, oh & the Alex / Marissa storyline also impressed me in this episode!moreless
  • seth worries he and summer are getting too close, making the comic. Kirsten organises a dinner with her, Caleb, Lindsay and Ryan. Caleb has ?heart attack? Sandy thinks about taking Rebecca's case, while Kirsten thinks she is dead.moreless

    Marissa thinks about her feelings for Alex, and Summer accidently tells Marissa to go for it. Seth draws Summer for the Comic, and they nearly kiss. Kirsten organises a dinner, and Caleb gets into a fight with Ryan, and ends with a minor heart attack, after which he patches things up with Lindsay.

    Very funny, and CAlebs heart attack is quite moving. definately worth seeing.
Bruce Katzman

Bruce Katzman

Dr. Lasser

Guest Star

Rachel Yamagata

Rachel Yamagata


Guest Star

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

Alex Kelly

Recurring Role

Shannon Lucio

Shannon Lucio

Lindsay Gardner

Recurring Role

Michael Cassidy (VI)

Michael Cassidy (VI)

Zach Stevens

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • One of this episode's scenic shots includes a view of Balboa Island in Newport Beach, located on Newport Bay. This shot appears just after the scene that ends with Kirsten telling Caleb: "You're going to be a real dad to this girl (Lindsay), or you're going to lose two daughters."

    • Goof: When Seth is in Summer's room to draw her as Little Miss Vixen, Summer takes Seth's pencil and pad and attempts to draw. At first she is holding the pencil at the top end, and then immediately in the next shot we see she is holding it right at the tip at the bottom.

    • Rachel Yamagata performs at The Bait Shop.

    • The fondue pot doesn't spill when it falls from the table.

    • Goof: When Alex is looking through Seth's sketchbook, you can see that some of the drawings she is looking at are the ones Seth gave to Summer in the previous episode.

    • When Lindsay drops Ryan off at his front door after coming home from the hospital, the overhead shot is from "The Accomplice" episode.

    • Goof: While in the office with Max and Rebecca, Sandy wears a red tie. As soon as he walks out, he has a striped tie from "The Accomplice" episode. In another sequence, he is wearing the red tie again.

    • Goof: When Sandy walks out of the office to call Kirsten, the scene shot outside is the same as the one used in "The Accomplice" when he receives the call from Max. Notice the same guy with the blue surfing board, and the same couple walking in front of the camera.

    • Goof: When Lindsay drops off Ryan in front of the Cohens House, they used the same scene has The Accomplice, when he's on the car, he's wearing only purple shirt, but when he's on the front of the house door, he wears a coat.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Summer: Is that Marissa?
      Seth: Yeah, or as I like to call her, Cosmo Girl. Passion for fashion and a magic flask.
      Summer: Alcoholism as a superpower. Well, that is an interesting take.

    • Kirsten: Look, nobody has been crushed by our dad more than me.
      Lindsay: Hey, now there's a club I want to join.

    • Seth: Okay, the way you're holding the pencil, you're choking it.
      Summer: I am not! This pencil can breathe on its own!

    • Summer: Okay, let's be more professional! Less drooling, more drawing. And don't give me any junk in the trunk, either.

    • Sandy: Yeah, while I'm harboring a fugitive I'll go score some pot on the street.

    • Summer: Oh, I will compromise your vision. Do not forget about my rage-blackouts!
      Seth: Oh I have not. In fact it's part of your super powers.

    • Caleb: You know that... Yogalates or... Cardiobar... or whatever it is you've been up to are working wonders on your figure. And that top, it's so... fetching

    • Ryan: Alright, look. Luke Skywalker was happy to find his dad, right? Even if he turned out to be Darth Vader.
      Lindsay: Ryan, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader fought each other with lightsabers until one of them died.
      Ryan: When you put it that way—
      Lindsay: Look, just don't worry about my family. Or... our family. Whatever they are. Just let it be, okay?

    • Alex: Who knew you Harbor girls could throw down.
      Marissa: Yeah, well, I'm not like the other girls.
      Alex: Well, then I guess it's about time I show you the meth lab in the basement.
      Marissa: I thought you'd never ask.

    • Ryan: Is this about Alex?
      Seth: Ah, no no. She's merely kitchen table fodder at this point. She's no longer up to poolhouse standard.

    • Kirsten: Didn't you use that Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader analogy.
      Ryan: She poked a strong hole in that theory.

    • Rebecca: It's kind of hard to meet people when you can't let anybody know who you really are and can't stay in one place too long.
      Sandy: I can see how that might "salt your game".
      Rebecca: "Salt your game". Is that how they talk in Orange county?
      Sandy: Stick around. You'll be saying "Rad" in no time.

      (Rebecca explaining why she hasn't married. Sandy replies with an OC colloquialism which elicits a sarcastic remark from Rebecca.)

      Correction: Actually, it was Ryan who first said the phrase "salt your game" (when Sandy pointed at Summer and embarrased Seth in one of the first episodes), so it's really a Chino colloquialism.

    • Marissa: What if it's someone's nose who you never thought you'd graze?

      (Summer has described her almost kiss (nose graze) with Seth to Marissa. Marissa responds with a question that refers to her growing feelings for Alex without coming out and admitting it.)

    • Ryan: Look, I'm not the biggest fan of your dad—no offense—but I mean Luke Skywalker was happy to have a dad, even if it was Darth Vader.
      Kirsten: You're right, she needs a dad.

    • Marissa (about Caleb): He's like a cockroach, he'll outlive us all.

    • Kirsten: Dad, listen up. Ryan, the assumed 'street thug', has been living with us for a year and a half now. He's a brother to Seth and a son to me and Sandy.

    • Zach: Cohen, you gotta nail Summer.
      Seth: What?!
      Summer: Excuse me?

    • Kirsten (about how her father treated Lindsay) He thought she wanted money? He must have got her confused with my other sister... or his wife.

    • Kirsten (to her father): I need you to not be the world's biggest ass.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music featured in this episode included*:
      "Summer Quest" by The Go Find
      "Everybody Come Down" by The Delgados
      "Sweets" by M. Craft
      "Cartwheels" by The Reindeer
      "The Bully" by Sia
      "Reason Why" by Rachel Yamagata


    • Lindsay playing the oboe
      The short extract of the orchestral piece that Lindsay is playing is part of the main theme of Brahms' "Variations on a Theme by Haydn".

    • Lindsay: What do you think, Ryan? A little Esa-Pekka, a little Yo-Yo Ma.
      Lindsay is referring to Esa-Pekka Salonen, the head conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmic and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Both artists perform regularly at the Hollywood Bowl.