The O.C.

Season 2 Episode 22

The Showdown

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 05, 2005 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Seth and Zach declare themselves rivals for Summer's affections; Marissa is still reeling from being nearly raped by Trey; Sandy confronts Kirsten when her drinking problem becomes very apparent; Caleb hands divorce papers to Julie.

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show the oc julie is handed dovorce papers from calob and kirsten gets into a car crash after drinking way to much and she gets sent to the hospital and they realize how bad the drinking has gotten and marrisa is still dealing with the almost being raped by trey on the beach and were she hit him in the head and seth and zack are battling for her affection this was a good ep i thougt and it was very interesting and why i gave it a 9 instead of anyting lower since it was that goodmoreless
  • The O.C. seems to need to end every season with a car crash.

    Once again a plethora of things are happening; Kirsten finally comes out clean to Sandy, and gets in a huge car accident while Julie's little short lived romance with Lance has caught Caleb's eyes. Meanwhile Trey's little assault is starting to catch Ryan's suspicion, and Zach and Seth get in a huge geek brawl at the comic book store. Once again like last episode, this episode is just a bit too mellow. Too much drama being fired on all fronts and storylines, though it has a bit more comic relief this episode with the Seth situation in particular, like how he ordered the comic book club to spy on Summer and Zach. Still though, as great this episode is, it would have been better if there just wasn't so much sorrow in one episode.moreless
  • The O.C. Orange County, It's where all the beautiful people live.

    Seth and Zach declare war when they compete against each other for Summer's affections. Meanwhile, Marissa is still reeling from being nearly raped by Trey, and refuses to confide in Ryan about the incident. Sandy confronts Kirsten when her drinking problem becomes very apparent. Also, Caleb hands divorce papers to Julie.

    - Alex
  • An episode of The O.C. that while uses recycled storylines, becomes an original classic!

    An episode of The O.C. that while uses recycled storylines, becomes an original classic! I really, really enjoyed the summerachereth love triangle & I loved Sandy's confontation about Kirsten's drinking. The end was powerfully done & I really enjoy that Kirsten has a big storyline. This episode in a way felt similar to The Blaze of Glory, I think it is because they both have a certain Season 1 feel with new spices added! Overall a great episode that's not the best of Season 2 & definately not the worst (cough* firt half!) of Season 2, definately something I could watch again & again & again. Did I mention how funny Seth was spying on Zach & Summer? Oh & Marrisa's reaction to her rape was well-written & really drew me in! The one annoying part of this episode was how quickly Zach & Summer got back together!moreless
  • why Kirsten? why?

    so seth and Summer had another big fight and Zach tries again?. dam Zach.. Summer and Seth r like ment to be together.. hope they will give another shot.. Reed is like really B****.. i mean.. who cares her business.. she manipulates 2 like 17 year old guys.. what else?

    and Trey.. he even tried to apologize infront of Merissa?.. he really thought she's gonna forgive him?.. seems like Ryan got something.. and Merissa is going to tell Ryan everything.. and then brothers r going to have another fight.. good luck to them

    but the main story was Sandy and Kirsten.. so Sandy found about Kristens drinking problems.. at least he understood her and tried to forgive her.. acutally there was nothing to forgive.. except that Carter thing.. and like i'm so sad Kirsten crashed with her car.. it was like so sad moment.. hope she's fine..moreless
Jesse Heiman

Jesse Heiman

Winking Comic Book Nerd (uncredited)

Guest Star

Burnadean Jones

Burnadean Jones

Woman in Plain Suit

Guest Star

Carrie Ann Nagy

Carrie Ann Nagy


Guest Star

Michael Cassidy (VI)

Michael Cassidy (VI)

Zach Stevens

Recurring Role

Logan Marshall-Green

Logan Marshall-Green

Trey Atwood

Recurring Role

Nikki Griffin

Nikki Griffin

Jess Sathers

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • The movie playing on the TV when Sandy finds Kirsten passed out is the classic Hitchcock film Dial M For Murder.

    • Seth and Ryan were playing the game "Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" on their PS2 in this episode.

    • Goof: While Ryan and Marissa are making out on his bed, Marissa's bruise from Trey becomes visible, and it appears that Ryan notices it. It looks like he is about to say something before she covers it. Then, he completely ignores it.

    • Goof: When Kirsten is pouring Julie a drink, the fresh glass is on Kirsten's left hand side. When she is pouring the orange juice, it is then on her right hand side.

    • Goof: Marissa was buying a coffee in school. However, in the next scene when she comes out, there is no coffee in her hand. Did she chug it?

    • Goof: When Claire comes in to Kirsten's office with the gift Carter left for her, Kirsten appears to be typing something up on her computer. However, as Claire walks into the office, you can see that Kirsten's screen is blank. Was she faking? Or was that a filming oopsie?

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Summer (To Reed): You're manipulating me. But I think I like what you're saying.

    • Kirsten: I thought I was losing you.
      Sandy: That's never going to happen.

    • Seth: Well, you could talk to Summer. Except you cannot because she's off limits until phase 2 of Zach Attack is complete.

    • Ryan: Seth, please tell me you're not using the comic book club to spy on Summer and Zach.

    • Marissa: Wait, so who's Reed?
      Summer: Oh, she's that busty comic book tart that turned Seth into an egomaniac by agreeing to publish his graphic novel.

    • Marissa: Where are you going?
      Summer: Uh huh, nobody messes with my men but me. (snaps her fingers) Oh, it's ass-kicking time, Coop.

    • Seth (to Zach): Well, well, well. If it isn't my old friend, the big fat traitor!

    • Marissa: So tell me, how was Miami?
      Ryan: It was a lot like Orange County.

    • Summer: Zach and I kissed.
      Seth: What?!
      Summer: Yeah. We were having dinner and you came on TV in that stupid…
      Seth: Ok, you know what? Fine. That's ok. You know, you'd seen me, and you kissed. Just a quick, cousinly – what else happened?
      Summer: Nothing...much.

    • Zach: Yeah, listen Reed – I only came here today to let you know that I have to pull out of the comic.
      Reed: Excuse me?!
      Zach: Personal reasons, which I'm sure Seth can fill you in on at a later date. But I wanted to tell you face to face. I'm sorry.
      Reed: Ok, well I know you're young and it's a comic book and it's fun fun fun. But to us, this is a business. And you signed a contract. So unless you want to deal with a lawsuit for the next 4 years I suggest you stay where you are, you order a sandwich, and let's go over the details of the launch.

    • Jess: Hey.
      Ryan: Hey…
      Jess: Jess. Marissa's pool? Floater girl?
      Ryan: Oh yeah.

    • Seth: Well, today's the first day back from spring break, and I was planning on telling Summer about that little...misunderstanding in Miami.
      Sandy: Where you licked the whipped cream off the girl's naked stomach...and ate the cherry out of her mouth?

    • Summer (to Reed): I have a question. Where's your cutout? Or have they not made Super Bitch yet?
      Reed: Is this about Seth and Zach?
      Summer You and your comic have turned those two idiots into complete idiots.

    • Reed: Summer, Seth and Zach have talent. They could have careers in comics. But you are the Nico of the group.
      Summer: I'm sorry. I don't get references before 1990.

    • Julie: Oh my gosh.
      Kirsten: What?
      Julie: How much vodka did you put in this?
      Kirsten: Normal amount. Little less.

    • Caleb: So what's today's heart attack special, Julie? Deep-fried ribs? Steak Tartar? That Supersize guy oughta spend some time with you.

    • (knock on the door)
      Kirsten: Come in! Oh, hey, Claire. What is it?
      Claire: The men were cleaning out Carter's office and they found this with a note saying it should be given it to you.

    • Caleb: You spent two hours making Eggs Benedict for a man with a heart condition. Doesn't that seem a little insane to you?

    • Sandy: Do you think I look like Tony Blair?
      Kirsten: Uh, you have nicer hair.
      Sandy: Good hair, leader of Great Britain. I would call it a wash.

    • Summer: You know, I really thought things were going to be different this time, but you haven't changed at all. You've found new and even more public ways of disappointing me.

    • Julie: What happened?
      Kirsten: What happened? The boys left for the summer, Sandy and I stopped communicating, Rebecca Bloom came along and made it worse... and then Carter.
      Julie: He was cute.
      Kirsten: Something happened between me and Sandy. This wall came between us, and Carter just made me feel less alone like Sandy used to, and now he's gone.

    • Jess: You know, not many girls would spend the night with a guy and not only not mind him calling another girl the next morning but still be up for round two. Sure you're not taking me for granted?
      Trey: (opens the door for her to leave) Look, we both know what this is.
      Jess: Well, we know I'm not Marissa. (She touches the bruise on Trey's forehead) I leave my marks on your back.

    • Zach: Wake up. I'm a water polo player. We're never nice guys.
      Seth: Looks like I won't have to worry about adding you to Atomic County. You're already there - the demon water polo player. The Ironist's nemesis.
      Zach: And it's gonna take a little more than just quick quips and pop culture laden bromides to win Little Miss Vixen.
      Seth: So it's war.
      Zach: It's war.

    • Caleb: You have had one affair after another since before we were married. The affair you had with your former husband. Tryst last year with that high schooler, Luke.
      Julie: Oh my God.
      Caleb: I mean, your daughter's boyfriend? What will people think?
      Julie: Ex-boyfriend.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Music:
      "But Then Again No" by Shout Out Louds
      "Hey Scenesters!" by The Cribs
      "The Party's Crashing Us" by Of Montreal
      "Cage That Tiger" by Soledad Brothers
      "The Big Fight" by Stars
      "Freight Elevator" by The Rogers Sisters
      "Twenty Two Fourteen" by The Album Leaf

    • This episode aired as planned on May 5th, 2005 at 8 P.M. on CTV in Canada.

    • The scene where Julie visits Kirsten and Kirsten offers her a drink... after Julie takes a sip and goes "how much vodka did you put in this?" mirrors the scene where Summer reacts to the amount of alcohol Marissa put in their drinks when they are lounging by the pool.

    • This episode was originally scheduled to air in the regular Thursday 8pm ET/PT tomeslot, but was pushed to 9pm ET/PT to make room for the previous weeks episode, which was pre-empted by a press conference by President Bush on April 28th.


    • Fortress of Solitude:
      Julie (while talking to Caleb about the need of a councelor: "someone that can penetrate that fortress of solitude you've ereceted"

      The Fortress of Solitude is the occasional headquarters of Superman in DC Comics. Its predecessor, Superman's "Secret Citadel", first appeared in Superman #17, where it was said to be built into a mountain on the outskirts of Metropolis. However, the formal introduction of the Fortress took place in the story "The Super-Key to Fort Superman", published in Action Comics #241 (June 1958).

      Traditionally, the Fortress of Solitude is located in the Arctic, though more recent versions of the Superman comics have placed the Fortress in other locations, including the Antarctic, the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The general public in Superman's world is at best only vaguely aware of the existence of the Fortress, with its location kept secret from all but Superman's closest friends and allies (such as Lois Lane and Batman). A trademark of the Fortress is that it contains a memorial statue of Jor-El and Lara, Superman's Kryptonian parents, holding a large globe of Krypton. However, although Superman has living quarters at the Fortress, his main residence is still in Metropolis.The name and original location of the Fortress were most likely inspired by Doc Savage's Fortress of Solitude.

    • Inspired by "Cold Feet"

      The final scene involving Sandy and Kirsten (the accident) is an EXACT remake of the scene in the British dram series "Cold Feet" where the character Rachel (played by Helen Baxendale) is involved in an accident in the same way (right down to being on the phone and stopping just in time to avoid the initial accident but then reasling there was a huge truck and being smashed by that instead). Just thought it would be interesting to check out.

    • Caleb: That super size guy...
      That super size guy Caleb refers to is Morgan Spurlock the director and star of the hit documentary "Super Size Me" where Spurlock ate nothing but McDonalds food for 30 days. The documentary shows the results of eating nothing but "unhealthy" fast food.

    • Sandy: Do you think I look like Tony Blair?
      When this episode aired in America(5/5/05) Tony Blair was re-elected Prime Minister of England for a 3rd term.