The O.C.

Season 1 Episode 18

The Truth

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 11, 2004 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Changes are happening within the couplehoods of the O.C.ers. Lines seem to be blurred. Oliver reveals himself as he falls apart, but not before Ryan is completely left in the cold. Someone loses school, one loses work, two lose their partners, and one more loses it all.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show the oc marisa goes and leaves school for the day and goes to the hotel with oliver and ryan finds out that there is no natlie and they learn who the real natilei was it was a women that worked at the hotel and they rushe up there and stop it from happen he has a gun to marisa and ryan and the others stop it from happen this was a good ep i thougth and had alot of action in it and ryan is upset that no one really belived what he was tring to do to save her .moreless
  • Well, we finally meet Natalie.

    In just a matter of 40 minutes, three relationships were tarnished just like that. First off there's Julie Cooper and Caleb which was nothing extraordinary, but it opened up an interesting scenario between Julie and Luke. Very interesting actually. Then there's Seth and Anna which I thought was nicely handled. It clearly showed that Seth still had feelings for Summer and that Anna, with her strong will and independent personality, wouldn't put up with it. Though those two don't even come close to the magnitude of Marissa and Oliver. You could tell that things were not going to end well with Oliver, but then things ended a little way too abruptly. I knew Oliver was crazy, but I never expected a gun. Well he is rich, but DAMN you crazy son! Really glad that this Oliver saga is over because I really couldn't stand another second of that guy.moreless
  • A bad situation

    This was a really great episode.

    Ryan is ostracized by everyone and treated as a bully because of the situation with Oliver. Sandy is disappointed in the choices Ryan has made, which could have ended up getting him taken out of their home. Seth thinks he's overreacting with jealousy and overreaching with his actions to try to deal with the situation in the only way Ryan knows how to deal with it - head on. I thought Kirsten's empathy for Ryan was touching and was happy to see her trying to keep an open mind about the whole thing.

    It has sadly come to pass - Anna broke up with Seth. What a bummer. That poor confused and over-friendly guy has gone and ruined a good thing by being too friendly to Summer. I don't blame Anna because I would have been upset and uncomfortable with the whole thing, too. Why, Seth? Why?

    Oliver needs more than treatment. He needs friends and family that support him. I felt so sorry for him. It was uncannily like Ryan's situation with his family, only it didn't involve a gun. Scary situation. I hope Ryan and Marissa can mend this thing that's been broken between them.

    Julie and Luke. Wow. Didn't see that coming. Weird. I am so sorry I've missed most of this first season the first time they aired. I'm only just learning some of this stuff about some of my favorite tv friends and some of it is ... just weird.

    Overall, a very good episode. Another success for The O.C.moreless
  • Ryan finds himself in a difficult situation with nobody believing him

    I got so sorry for Ryan when he was sitting all alone in the poolhouse, grounded for trying to protect his girlfriend and their growing love. That guy Oliver deserves to go to a psycho institution and never get back to Nuport.

    Now about Seth getting tired of doing the same thing with Anna. I don't think it's so bad if two people like the same things, actually I think I'd be happier if I didn't have to fight over what to watch on TV, where to go on weekends or what to wear. So I find it a little strange that Seth is looking so bored these days.

    Finally, I hope Marissa gets to realize what a great guy Ryan is and trust him more in the future episodes:)moreless
  • Things sometimes get out of hand, but in the end things seem to work themselves out.

    Ryan has gotten himself into a terrible position, everything has gone wrong for him, he needs to take a step back and calm down. Oliver might be some evil dangerous prick but Ryan needs to think about his future, he can’t ruin it all for one girl. Julie is starting to let her job (which she got because of Kirsten in the first place) get to her head, and as much as I want to see everyone happy, Julie is a little out of order. Oliver still bugs me, he is way to nosey and needy, and his deleting the message from Marissa’s cell phone without her knows just shows he is obsessed with her. If he actually cared about her in a normal way, I would be okay with him, but the thing is, he doesn’t seem to be that normal. Oliver still has issues, he is not very stable and it looks like he latches and feeds off anyone who pays attention to him, especially girls. I know I must sound like a babbling idiot when I talk about this show, but it just brings that out I think, not many shows can make me feel so many different things like this show can. So it looks like Oliver thinks he can control everyone, this conflict is really starting to bug me. I know Oliver is an ass and he seems dangerous, but for crying out loud, when will Ryan just drop it. I get Ryan cares about Marissa, but if he had a brain he would let her figure it out on her own, chances are she will find out on her own since Oliver is pretty obviously in love with her. Ryan is totally right about Oliver though, still he needs to lay back and let things work themselves out. Luke plots to find out if Natalie exists, which is good news because I think she doesn’t. Caleb wanting his daughter to break up with Julie for him, now that’s strange, but I guess he can’t do it himself. Things are starting to get crazy, Seth is loosing interest in Anna, and Anna can tell. All Ryan’s pushing has driven Marissa to go see Oliver, its times like this you wish you could talk to the screen. All I have to say about Ryan backing off is, “It’s about time”. I know I talk about things in the past, but I like to write these as I watch the show. Ryan’s helping Oliver was touching, after all that, Ryan finally stopped being so selfish and did something right. Anna breaking up with Seth was expected, I mean, they seemed right for each other, but its clear Seth still has a thing for Summer. Seth and Ryan make up, this is a moment I know I have been waiting for this whole episode, and I am glad Seth finally realized he was lost in himself.moreless
Jack Merrill

Jack Merrill


Guest Star

Debi M. Cox

Debi M. Cox

Natalie Bishop

Guest Star

Bryan Okes Fuller

Bryan Okes Fuller

Security Guard #1

Guest Star

Samaire Armstrong

Samaire Armstrong

Anna Stern

Recurring Role

Taylor Handley

Taylor Handley

Oliver Trask

Recurring Role

Alan Dale

Alan Dale

Caleb Nichol

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Goof: When Seth, Anna, and Summer are watching the "Girl's Night Out", they state that they are watching "Batman: The Animated Series" but the episode that they are watching is actually from the series "Batman: Gotham Knights".

    • Goof: In the final scene of this episode, where Seth and Ryan are in the poolhouse and Seth is holding his copy of "Kavaliere and Clay" as he's explaining to Ryan the storyline of this book, there is a very obvious "goof"; in one shot, where Seth says: "..and eventually become brothers, not unlike you and me. Except, I blew it." (while he is holding the book so that we, the viewers, can see the front cover of it) after which we see Ryan. But when the shot changes back to Seth, we suddenly see the back of the book (although it is possible Seth flipped it while Ryan was speaking for that brief second, it is highly unlikely since his hands are in exactly the same position as before).

    • Goof: When Luke comes to the Cooper house to pick up Marissa's clothes, he and Julie are talking in Marissa's room. You'll notice that the clothes that Julie picks up at the start aren't the same clothes she places in the bag. It's subtle, but noticable.

    • Goof: If you look in the background during the gun scene, Ryan and Sandy enter twice, during the first call for him to put the gun down and then again the second time the security guys ask.

    • Goof: When Ryan, Natalie, and Sandy are standing outside of the hotel room before entering to confront Oliver and Marissa, you can see the shadow of the boom microphone hovering on the hotel room door. Oopsie.

    • Goof: Luke's timeline on Saturday doesn't make sense. He calls Marissa during breakfast, and she sends him over to her mother's for her clothes, but he doesn't get there until lunchtime? Julie wasn't home, but if he got there and she wasn't there, he just waited around for her when he was so worried about Marissa being with Oliver? Plus, he left Julie's before Ryan and Sandy left their house, so he should have gotten to Oliver's first, but he never arrived at the hotel at all.

    • Goof: The week that "The Rivals" and "The Truth" spans has two Thursdays in it. "The Rivals" explicitly spans Monday - Thursday (Anna mentions that it is Thursday on the last day in that episode). "The Truth" opens up the next morning, and there are two school/work days and then Saturday during this episode. So there are 2 Thursdays this week.

    • Goof: Ryan tells Julie that Oliver cut his wrists last year. In the previous episode, Dr. Kim said it was two years ago.

    • Goof: When Marissa confronts Oliver about the fake Natalie, she says "I'm not going anywhere... why don't you get dressed, and then we can go." Where were they going??

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Julie: Oh. What a surprise. Who'd you beat up this time? Dr.Kim?

    • Ryan: Oliver, put the gun down man.
      Oliver: Why man? I'm doing you a favor.
      Ryan: Why would you want to do that? You hate me.

    • Sandy: Life's gritty enough, comic books are for fun.
      Seth: Life's gritty enough? We live in Newport Beach.

    • Kirsten: It's about Julie.
      Caleb: Close the door. She's driving me crazy.
      Kirsten: Excuse me?
      Caleb: Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the woman. But not every living minute of the day. She's there every time I turn around, at home, in the office, I wouldn't be suprised if she wasn't in here now.

    • Marissa: Hey.
      Seth: Hey.
      Summer: Hey.
      Anna: Hey. How is everybody?
      Marissa: Good.
      Seth: Good.
      Summer: Good.
      Anna: Good.

    • Sandy: Talk to me. Come on Ryan, talk to me.
      Ryan: What's the point? You're not going to believe me any way.
      Sandy: It's not about what I believe, I wish it was. It's about what you did. The next time you feel like raising your fists you had better open your mouth and talk. I'm here for that.

    • Oliver: (holding a gun) Put the phone down.
      Marissa: I'm sorry, Oliver, it's just, I got scared so I called Ryan--
      Oliver: You called Ryan!?
      Marissa: I'm sorry, Oliver! I thought we were just friends!
      Oliver: Marissa, I'm in love with you! Can't you see that?

    • Julie: Hey, you guys wanna join us? We're celebrating my new position.
      Sandy: Ohhh, not gonna touch that one.

    • Summer: Woh, Coop. So that means that we're both single now.

    • Ryan: Why don't you invite over Oliver? Natalie if you can find her...

    • Oliver: She's gonna get a restraining order against you.
      Ryan: Really, what's that like?

    • Seth: You don't think that's a little crazy?
      Luke: Dude, have you met Oliver?

    • Julie: The boy who lives in the pool house is warning me about the boy who lives in the penthouse?

    • Summer: So why did Ryan punch him? There had to be a reason.
      Marissa: There was no reason that's just what Ryan does... he punches people.

    • Anna: So I guess you and Mrs. Cohen have a lot in common. Sandy: Oh yeah, yeah, sure. We both love ... er (Five second pause) Seth.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      "Love Of The Loveless" by The Eels
      "Three Feet Tall" by I am Kloot
      "New Resolution" by Azure Ray
      "Watching The Game At Joe's" by Mastersource
      "Self-Help" by Turin Brakes


    • Ryan: "His [Oliver's] girlfriend Natalie, either she lives in Niagara Falls or she doesn't exist."
      This is an oblique reference to the classic 1985 teen film "The Breakfast Club". In that film, the socially-inept Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) claims he has been laid numerous times. When pressed for details, he stumbles, "She lives in Canada, I met her at Niagara Falls. You wouldn't know her." The tongue-in-cheek notion that Niagara Falls is the home to imaginary girlfriends has since taken root in the culture at large; to suggest that someone's girlfriend lives in the Niagara Falls region is to imply that she doesn't really exist.