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The O.C.

Season 2 Episode 5

The SnO.C.

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 09, 2004 on FOX
out of 10
User Rating
562 votes

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Episode Summary

It's the annual "SnO.C." winter dance. Seth wants to take his relationship with Alex further, but she might have other plans. Marissa's secret relationship with D.J. is exposed, while Zach continues his pursuit of a Seth-free relationship with Summer. Sandy solves Caleb's legal puzzle ending with a shocking twist.moreless

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  • Cool and awesome

    I liked it's sper cool
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the oc its the winter dance and ryan want to take his science partner and seth wants to take his boss but she has other plans inmind and marissa and djs realtionship is reavealed and people know about it and sandy finds out what calob has been hiding all these years and the truth comes out this was a huge ep and it caused alot of emotions to run and that is why is i thought it deserved to be 9 instead of anything lower and it was exciting and the story was well put togeathermoreless
  • "Mom, what are you doing here?" Just about sums up the episode.

    It is almost as if fate was trying to get Marissa and Ryan, and Summer and Seth back, but then outside factors forced them apart once again. It's funny how Seth is the one hooking up with the brute girl in Alex and Ryan with the geeky nerd with awkward social skills. You'd think if they crossed dates it would be perfect but as the previous episodes indicated, that really wasn't the case. Some interesting new developments, like Jimmy and Julie looking as if their spark has once again been revitalized, but none of them have reached the astronomical levels of Lindsay being the daughter of Caleb Nichol. Although he did make a HUGE mistake, it is hard to break the truth to his daughter, who has a half sister that is the same age as her own son. What will happen next I wonder?moreless
  • Really really good, but doesn't live up to the hype. Great though!

    Really really good, but doesn't live up to the hype. Great though! I mean a lot about this episode was really cool, but most of it annoyed me. I thought I liked Alex but not after this episode & I was really enjoying Zach but not after this episode. OK, enough about the bad parts! The good parts: Seth was at his best & funniest, Ryan was actually enjoyable, Marissa wasn't completely all about herself & Summer, well Summer was typical Summer!moreless
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Chriss Anglin

Chriss Anglin


Guest Star

Monika Jolly

Monika Jolly


Guest Star

Michael Cassidy (VI)

Michael Cassidy (VI)

Zach Stevens

Recurring Role

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

Alex Kelly

Recurring Role

Shannon Lucio

Shannon Lucio

Lindsay Gardner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Episode Punch Count: 1

    • Episode Gay Kiss Count: 1

    • Goof: In "The O.C.: A Day In The Life", creator Josh Schwartz said that The Baitshop was an all ages venue that didn't serve alcohol, yet in this episode we clearly see crates of beer being delivered, and Alex kisses 'the beer guy'. Answer: He said it was an all ages club with an extensive juice bar. He never mentioned not serving alcohol.

    • Goof: How is it winter already? School started in episode 2, which would place that episode in september, and every episode seems to start just a little bit after the previous one, so it really should be around late september instead of mid december, which is a pretty big difference.

    • Goof: After Zack punches Seth and Summer bends down to tend to Seth, you can clearly see the white tape covering her breasts.

    • Goof: That huge penguin would not have fit into Marissa's sports car, so how did she get it to school?

    • Goof: Summer refers to the concert that they all attended in the previous episode as being on Saturday night, but it was on Friday night.

    • Goof: When Zack punches Seth outside the winter dance, he hits him with his right hand. But when Summer give him ice for his hand, he puts it on his left hand.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Julie: Jimmy, look. See?
      (Jimmy turns around to see Ryan and Marissa dancing together)
      Jimmy: Mmm. Yeah. She looks beautiful.
      Julie: Yes, but more importantly, she's with Ryan who, right now, let's face it, looks like Prince Charming.

    • Zack: Hey, Ryan, do you know where I can buy my SnO.C. tickets?
      Ryan: Can't say I do.
      Zack: You're not going?
      Ryan: Uh no.
      Zack: Don't have anyone to go with?
      Ryan: I had someone to go with, she just didn't want to go with me. What's up? You going with Summer?
      Zack: Definitely, its a given, right. Except of course for Cohen.
      Ryan: Uh, I don't think he's asking Summer.
      Zack: I don't think he has to. I mean even if he doesn't ask her somehow the night's going to end up about them.

    • Julie: (Opens Marissa's door and gasps) Oh my God. The yard guy?
      Marissa: Mom.
      Julie: What are you doing home from school?
      Marissa: I'm on my lunch break; and now, if you'll excuse me I have to get back.
      D.J.: And I have to get back to work.
      Julie: No you don't, you're fired. And you, young lady, are grounded.
      Marissa: Like that's going to keep me from seeing him. C'mon D.J.
      Julie: (to D.J.) You stay away from my daughter, do you hear me?

    • Summer: Oh sorry, Alex, my mistake, and here I was feeling sorry for the wrong girl.
      Zach: I should probably get to class.
      Summer: You know you should really tell her to wear comfortable shoes so she doesn't twist her ankle when she's running away.
      Seth: Yeah, like, like him? (pointing back towards Zach)
      Summer: Zach! Wait!
      Seth: That worked out rather nicely.

    • Kirsten: Seth, why aren't you dressed?
      Sandy: Yeah. You're going to be late for the party.
      Ryan: Not the Seth Cohen pity party.

    • Seth: So Alex kisses me and then she turns right around and kisses Homer.
      Ryan: Who's Homer?
      Seth: The beer guy! And he's not a looker either; and then she turns right around and kisses Mandy.
      Ryan: Mandy's a girl?
      Seth: Yeah.
      Ryan: Wow.
      Seth: No I couldn't even enjoy it, so consumed was I with how crazy women are!

    • Ryan: I spent all night talking to Lindsay at a bus stop and then she dumps me before we even go out!

    • Summer: You've gotta go, like, Ice-Man on her ass.
      Seth: Wow, was that your first X-Men reference?
      Summer: Top Gun.
      Seth: Top Gun. Hey. That's like one of the greatest love stories of our time.

    • Seth: Hey, need a hand with something?
      Marissa: Sure.
      Seth: Ryan, be a gentleman. (heading off) I've got class.

    • Kirsten: I don't want you getting yourself in trouble over this.
      Sandy: Oh, honey. It's a little late for that.

    • Seth: Ryan Atwood, afraid of a girl?
      Ryan: I just might like her, and every time a big event happens...
      Seth: Things go awry.

    • Lindsay: He must think I'm crazy.
      Seth: He knows you're a girl, he expects it.

    • Alex: What are those?
      Seth: These are fists or, as I like to call them, the twin ambassadors of pain!

    • Seth: (speaking about Zach)He 's jealous of what, my good looks and charm? Of my modesty?
      Summer: Of your big mouth.

    • (Sandy speaking to Ryan after he and Kirsten joined Seth watching a kung-fu movie at their home and started making commentaries about it. Seth was watching the movie rather than going to the SnO.C., this way Seth prefered to go to the dance)
      Sandy: Never underestimate the ability of parents to mortify their children.

    • [At the end of the episode Renee Wheeler has come to try and get Sandy to quit trying to learn Caleb's secret and we learn that Lindsay is Renee's daughter (as wells as Caleb's)]
      Lindsey (coming out of the Cohen pool house): Mom! What are you doing here?

    • (Sandy tells Kirsten that he couldn't get any information about Caleb's payments to Renee Wheeler from either of them..)
      Kristin: Dad (is) still not talking?
      Sandy: What could he have done that he would rather go to jail than admit to? Unless… life with Julie Cooper is tougher than we thought.

    • Julie: I was easy to live with back then. I was beautiful and much nicer.
      Jimmy: Jules, come on, you're still beautiful. And we both know you were never nice.

    • (about Seth and Summer's relationship)
      Zach: Even when you're not being a couple, you'll always be a couple. You're like Joanie and Chachi, Luke and Leia.
      Seth: Um, Luke and Leia were brother and sister.
      Zach: Yeah well, may the force be with you.

    • Alex:(to Zach about Summer) She can't fall for you if you aren't there to catch her.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      "Goodnight & Go" by Imogen Heap
      "Run Run Run" by Phoenix
      "Desperate Guys" by The Faint
      "Cool" by Gwen Stefani
      "Closer" by Dirty Vegas
      "Let it Die" by Fiest
      "Turn Off/Turn On" by Mascott
      "Soft Lights" by Frausdots
      "Lay Lady Lay" by Magnet feat. Gemma Hayes


    • Zach: You are like Luke and Leia.

      Luke and Leia are an inseparable brother-sister team from Star Wars IV, V and VI.

    • Seth: Seth Cohen asks Ryan if he "puked like that girl from Sixth Sense, or like that fat guy in Monty Python." Mischa Barton (Marissa) played the girl who vomited in the The Sixth Sense (1999).

    • Zach: (to Seth and Summer): "May the force be with you"
      From "Star Wars", perhaps the best ever empowerment phrase to come from a movie.
      (After comparing them to Luke and Leia)

    • Zach: (to Seth and Summer) you're like Joanie and Chachi
      These are characters on the show Happy Days.

    • Lindsay: Freudian slippers
      A Freudian slip is where you mean to say one thing, but you say something else that reveals what you are really thinking about.