Marissa is spiraling down a path that she may not be able to return from. Things are not going well for her. Volcheck is clearly a bad influence and the engagement of her mom to Dr. Roberts only makes matters worse. As sisters Summer and Marissa are going to a place where they've never been before. For the first time they're at odds with each other. Summer is worried about Marissa, but there's nothing to do. Ryan's savior complex seems to be over now. Things with him and Sadie seem to be going well, even though it was Marissa that got Sadie to stay. Seth and Kirstin are growing closer as mother and son and things aren't going so well at the Newport Group with Sandy.
Things are picking up as season 3 approaches the final run. Life is changing in The O.C. Where will we be by season's end.