The O.C.

Season 3 Episode 2

The Shape of Things to Come

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 15, 2005 on FOX
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Social Chair Marissa tries to plan this year’s carnival but is having much difficulty due to a little pest named Taylor. Sandy is surprised to find Kirsten has been released from rehab but instead of informing him, she has been living with another woman named Charlotte who she met in rehab. Julie and Sandy meet with the Dean and Dr. Kim to discuss Ryan and Marissa’s future at Harbor High. Later Ryan and Marissa partake in a similar meeting. Elsewhere Jimmy meets a man and feels more than open to discuss his money problems with him.moreless

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  • Back to how things were

    Finally, the characters' pleas have been answered- things are back to how they were before! By that I mean we have a new Oliver in the devious Charlotte, who's clearly trying to Single White Female Kirsten's ass. Jimmy is also back and, surprise of all surprises, he's bankrupt and financially ruined again! This guy is clearly brain damaged because now he's in debt to the mob as well. And perhaps worse, he's tits deep in the clutches of Julie Cooper's soul sucking (and wallet draining) succubus wiles yet again. Have you learned NOTHING, Jimmy Cooper?

    Ryan and Marissa are on the rocks and facing social ostracization again, just like the good ol' times after Ryan burned down Caleb's mansion and Marissa OD'ed in Tiajuana. They're both expelled after Ryan punches the new dean square in his smug Chad face (and because Marissa shot Trey). Public schooling, here we coooome! The return to how things were will be complete if someone at the new school decks Ryan and says "Welcome to Newport Union, bitch". This better happen.

    And finally, some new villains! We meet Taylor Townsend, the annoying perky blonde Chihuahua who dominated your student government. She rats out Marissa to the smarmy new dean when Marissa shows at the school carnival. But for all her unbearable Tracy Flick ways, she's actually kinda likable. I smell a villain redemption arc this season! And of course, the smarmy new dean! God he's the worst. I can't wait for his certain downfall later in the season. I just hope we get some good confrontation between him and our favorite OC teenz in the process.

    So everyone is back to where they were at the beginning of Season 1. We even got a pretty good new version of the show's theme song, which is infinitely better with half the whine. Season 3 is off to a great start!moreless
  • Taylor Townsend is hot.

    The follow up to the season opener, which was average on the standards of The O.C., has set up things nicely for the season to come. Although new character Taylor Townsend is setting herself up as the main antagonist of the season so far, along with the new Dean, who can hate the uncredited underachiever that always wants to do her best? Plus she's been the most beautiful gal so far in this show. Dean though is an ass. And with Jimmy introducing himself in the story, he seems to be experiencing the same money problems once again. Kirsten seems to have a secret enemy herself in Charlotte who is jealous of her and her husband's relationship. As always the episode is backed up by some brilliant writing and funny jokes, but more importanty, like the second episode of the second season, it sets the tone for the entire season nicely.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show the oc mariss is tring to prepare the carval for senior year and so marris is having problems do to a new girl talor townsland and dr kim meets with sandy and julie to talk about ryans future and she says its not up to her its up to a new guy and he will decide there future since the board wants him to do it and they start to talk to him and sandy tells ryan that and in this ep jimmy meets with a guy he met when he was relaxing far way and turns out jimmy is still owing money to peoeple and he is counting on the money from the will this was a good ep i thought and it was very exciting.moreless
  • Ryan and Marrisa face being kicked out of harbour. Jimmy is still having money problems. Charlotte takes Kirsten to her "holiday home" which upsets Sandy. Seth and Summer clash with Taylor.moreless

    This episode was good. i liked the version of Califonia at the end, and i thought it was a good ending to the show though i thought it was wierd that Marrisa was kicked out of the carnaval but anyway .... I don't know why Jimmy just doesnt tell Julie about his money problems because it seems like she seems to actually love him this time. I think seth and summer taking down Taylor was brill and very funny. Good episode!moreless
  • Exactly what i have been waiting for.

    Previous to this episode everything from summer\'s (not character) past is seemed to be behind them, but within the first 5 minutes we find out that Marissa Cooper and Ryan Atwood is endangered of being kicked out of school. This episode was very realistic and something important to lots of people. Being kicked out of your school senior year does not look all that get on any application, especially along with shooting someone. This episode was exactly what I wanted happen, something really important. When Marissa is told she has been kicked out of school, while Ryan has not, it brings your emotions to a new level. We are worried what is going to happen to Marissa both academically and socially. All of the characters deal with this differently. Summer believes that she must make up for Marissa being gone and stand up to Taylor Townsend, a girl who is convinced she is going to take over Marissa place at Harbor. Summer causes drama, and wins of course, adding some happiness to this episode. Seth did not really have a reaction except for being strong for his girlfriend. Ryan feels guilty and he and Marissa finally fight over the Trey incident. They make up and decide to go to the kick off carnival, and that is where the new dean of discipline arrives and decided to throw Marissa out of the carnival, when Dean Hess grabs Marissa\'s arm aggressively, Ryan defends his girlfriend by punching Dean Hess, bringing some of the old school O.C back. As Ryan and Marissa leave the carnival, Marissa stops and looks into the carnival through a chain linked fence looking extremely sad and Ryan comes towards her and buts is arm around her shoulder and guides away, by doing that we see the affection and love between the two characters that I have personally yet to see since they made up in season two. This episode was full of emotion and it was exactly what I have been waiting for.moreless
Blake Robbins

Blake Robbins


Guest Star

Natalina Maggio

Natalina Maggio

Carnival Patron

Guest Star

Tiffany Thornton

Tiffany Thornton


Guest Star

Tate Donovan

Tate Donovan

James "Jimmy" Cooper

Recurring Role

Rosalind Chao

Rosalind Chao

Dr. Kim

Recurring Role

Eric Mabius

Eric Mabius

Dean Jack Hess

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Summer: Hey Ash! What do you think about getting a chocolate fountain?

      Ash: That would be awesome! Didn't Britney have one at her wedding?

      Summer: You know what? She did. And Seth and I here rented one for tonight.

      Taylor: Sorry Summer, that's not really our carnival.

      Autumn Reeser (Taylor) played the part of Angela on Complete Savages, and in the episode "Save A Dance For Me" she was the one who desperately wanted a chocolate fountain for the school dance while her boyfriend Sam preferred a confetti cannon.

    • This episode marks the reunion of Mischa Barton and Eric Mabius. In the movie Lawn Dogs (1997), a very young Mischa shot rich brat Eric and left him badly injured. The shooting occurred when Mischa was trying to save the life of Trent, the lawn mover that the community rejected for being poor and with sort of a history of violence, but who was Devon's (Mischa) only friend.

    • When the episode ends it shows the shot of the carnival, they did the same shot of the carnival in episode 9 The Heights.

    • Goof: After Taylor took her stuff off the podium, she shouldn't have left entirely. She should have been at least a member of the Social Committee, so she should have stayed, sat down with the rest of the girls and attended the meeting.

    • Jimmy (to Julie): You and I got back together.
      Julie: And thank God, it's the only thing keeping me sane.

      Last season, in episode 7 - "The Family Ties", Marissa tells Jimmy that he was the last thing keeping her sane when he tells her he is leaving Newport.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Summer: She's Taylor Townsend. She's like the Karl Rove of our school.
      Seth: So, you can take Karl Rove— You know who Karl Rove is?
      Summer: Yeah, my step-mom sometimes naps in front of CNN. I hear things as I'm dragging her off to bed.

    • Seth: We thought you could use some breakfast. We've got bagels. And a support group. (cue Captain Oats and Princess Sparkle).
      Summer: Captain Oats is a really good listener. Princess Sparkle, she just stands there and looks cute.

    • Sandy (about the Seth Cohen Starter Pack Rehab Edition): Our son has a very strange take on self-help.

    • Sandy: Jimmy couldn't make it?
      Julie: He's working. Business associate from Hawaii showed up.
      Sandy: Ah, just as well. One Montague, one Capulet. That should be plenty.

    • Ryan: I was always worried that I'd screw things up for myself here, get in trouble, ruin the chance the Cohens gave me.

    • Seth: My stomach is far too Jewish for that ride, but I'm almost done spinning.

    • Seth: Well, look, I know you don't think of yourself as active.
      Summer: No. Two hobbies: shopping and sunbathing.
      Seth: But you have Marissa as a resource. Now, you combine that with your natural, God-given rage, you have everything you need to topple that tyrant Taylor Townsend.

    • Julie: Dr. Kim, you know my daughter, right? Tall, pretty, wears Chanel -- not exactly what you'd call "gangsta."

    • Sandy: Boy, she (Kirsten) kept this place in tip-top shape without so much as picking up a sponge.
      Ryan: Yeah, how did she do that?
      Seth: Oh, her presence kept us neat, Ryan. It's that Protestant evil eye. It's a powerful thing.
      Sandy: She's a woman of many talents.

    • Sandy: How 'bout some hummus?
      Seth: For breakfast?
      Sandy: Sure. With a side of ... of sesame beef. Breakfast of champions.
      Seth: As much as I love botulism, I'll pass.

    • Summer: It's our last time to make everything all-time.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music:
      "Soul Meets Body" by Death Cab for Cutie
      "Get the Party Started" by Cobra Verde
      "Do You Want To" by Franz Ferdinand
      "California 2005 (No Whistling)" by Phantom Planet

    • Death Cab for Cutie's new song "Soul Meets Body" was played in this episode. Death Cab is really one of Adam Brody's and Seth Cohen's favorite bands.


    • n/a: Tina Woo

      During the planning of the kick-off carnival, Seth makes a reference to the shenanigans, and a girl says that they're not funny since Tina Woo left. Tina Woo is one of the girlfriends Seth is "shopping for" in the yearbook at the beginning of "The New Era".

    • When Seth is making his "Seth Cohen Starter Package: Rehab Edition" he makes reference to having "the new Klosterman."

      This is a direct allusion to Chuck Klosterman's Killing Yourself to Live : 85% of a True Story.

      Ironically, during a previous episode, Klosterman's other book Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, was mentioned as well.

    • Seth: Taylor Townsend!
      Summer: She is Karl Rove!

      (Karl Christian Rove, U.S. President George W. Bush's senior advisor, chief political strategist, and deputy chief of staff in charge of policy.) - This remark is most likely in reference to the controversy surrounding Karl Rove having allegedly revealed the identity of an undercover CIA agent, to a reporter.
      As Summer gathered that Taylor had ratted Marissa out to the new Dean of Discipline.

    • When Sandy and Julie meet with Dr. Kim, Sandy says - "Just as well, One Montague, One Capulet" referring to the Shakespeare tragedy "Romeo and Juliet" where two young people from feuding families fall in love and eventually kill themselves for each other.