The O.C.

Season 2 Episode 2

The Way We Were

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 11, 2004 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Now that Ryan and Seth have returned to Newport, it's time to get back to school. The boys reunite with their former girlfriends but it becomes apparent that things will not be going back to the way they were. Caleb's legal troubles catch up with him, and Hailey has bad news for Jimmy.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show the oc ryan and seth return to there house and kirsten and sandy are happey to see them and they think things are going to go back the way they were but thats not going to happen atleast for now summer and marris still having a thing with the pool guy and ryan does not know about it and there are legal prombelms with calob starting again and it could be big this time and that is why i gave this ep a 9 instead of anything lower it was pretty interesting.and it showed alot whats going to be happeingmoreless
  • "You like the chase and that's all. So you know what? You can have it." My God absolutely brilliant episode, definitely one of the best and it's a bit sad the other two reviews don't agree with its quality.moreless

    Looks like the whole Seth and Ryan leaving Newport was more of a device to set up the effects of them being away for so long and how it affected their girlfriends. Although it didn't work out so well in the first episode of season two, it brilliantly bounced back in the second episode. It's always interesting how Ryan and Seth have parallel situations; Ryan has an obstacle in this guy named DJ and Seth with one of his very new friend in Zach. The difference here is that Marissa is the one at fault and Seth is the one at fault. Summer's acting when she finally let her feelings loose on Seth was just astonishingly well done. I couldn't keep my eyes off the TV even for a second, it was just so beautifully played out. She isn't as shallow of a character as she was portrayed in the first season.

    And although for the most part the adult side of The O.C. wasn't up to par to the teen bits, things are quickly heating up. Julie is once again eating up all of her husbands' money who is once again facing legal troubles. Although Caleb hasn't been the greatest guy, seeing him getting carried away by the police was actually pretty sad to see. It just shows that no one is perfect and no one is really a bad guy nor good guy; we're all humans who at least deserves some pity.moreless
  • The O.C. improves it's 2nd season but it's still not enough and still not Season 1 quality.

    The episode begins with Ryan and Seth arriving at school to reunite with Marissa and Summer but they don’t. Seth sees that Summer has moved on with his Comic Book club partner Zach. Ryan and Marissa talk and look as if their relationship is back on track until Ryan sees Marissa and DJ kissing. This all leads to the Kick Off Carnival where Seth declares his love for Summer but nearly gets run over. Also Ryan isn’t talking to Marissa. In other news, Hailey tells Jimmy that she’s going to Japan and Caleb gets arrested. The episode was again, average… The O.C. is down in quality and excitement. It was sad to lose Hailey because she was a great character. It was sad to see the four teens apart. Caleb was actually an exciting plotline in this episode so I cant wait for the next one.

    Episode Grade- B.

  • still not happy

    Did anyone spot the obvious product-placement in this epsoide?, here a hint sliver BMW convertable, think about didn't that seem odd, a teenager driving BMW from school to marrisa place, that car would get jack if u leave it in high-school parking lot.

    There not much to say about this epsoide i agree with Summer,Seth only intrested in the chase so glad Summer didn't forgive him but Marrisa's reaction to Ryan returning was predictable but DJ, that's just wrong using that guy for replacement for Ryan, Summer maybe using Zack but i would love to see Seth punch him but he didn't but didn't Zac look like he could take Seth.

    Celeb getting arrested, really reminded of Julie evilness by saying to Sandy u better find a way or ur kids won't be only one without a parent refering Kirsten may be invloved ,Jimmy proposing to Haily,glad she walked away instead of saying yes, i would hated to see another wedding epsoide.

    all in all it was an alright epsoide, ryan becoming an acherict, that's a brillant idea

Bruno Amato

Bruno Amato


Guest Star

Michelle Hurd

Michelle Hurd

Ms. Fisher

Guest Star

Greg Callahan

Greg Callahan

plainclothes cop

Guest Star

Michael Cassidy (VI)

Michael Cassidy (VI)

Zach Stevens

Recurring Role

Amanda Righetti

Amanda Righetti

Hailey Nichol

Recurring Role

Nicholas Gonzalez

Nicholas Gonzalez


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Seth and Zach talk about Wonder Woman not having a secret identity. However, Wonder Woman does have a secret identity, in fact. Her secret identity is Diana Prince.

    • Goof: When Marissa hugs Ryan when she firsts sees him at school, her nail polish is a bright reddish/pink color. Later that day when she goes to pick her car up and hugs DJ, her nail polish is a dark maroon color. It stays that color for the rest of the day.

    • Goof: When Ryan and Seth first arrive at School Marissa hugs Ryan but from the first angle she has her hand in front of his body. The angle changes and both her hands are on his back.

    • Goof: The very first shot of the harbor school carnival, we see a sign for the carnival. The sign should be readable to the people entering the carnival, not the people already in the carnival. The sign is backwards.

    • Goof: In the previous episode, Jimmy tells Kirsten that Hailey is stuck at work, that's why she can't make it for dinner. But then in this episode, Jimmy reminds Hailey that neither of them have jobs.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Summer: Ryan? I... I'm sorry, I thought you were the step-monster.
      Ryan: She let me in. She seems nice.
      Summer: Yeah, well, she just switched antidepressants. Give it a day.

    • Kirsten: How was school?
      Seth: Oh, it was really good, I`m never going back.
      Sandy: Ah, just what a father likes to hear.

    • Seth: (talking to Ryan) By the end of Kick Off Carnival the four of us are going to be exactly the way we were.

    • Summer: Things are the way they are for a reason.

    • Summer: I had a boyfriend, he sailed away.

    • Kirsten: You got a job?
      Hailey: No, it`s not just a job, it`s a whole new career in fashion...
      Kirsten: Hailey!
      Hailey: And sales..
      Kirsten: Hailey!
      Hailey: In Japan..
      Kirsten: Uhh.

    • Caleb: (to Sandy about his legal problems) Can you help me?
      Sandy: How?
      Caleb: I was hoping you could tell me that.

    • Summer: (to Marissa) Don`t honk at DJ, he`s hot.

    • Hailey: You trying to get me drunk?
      Jimmy: I`m trying to keep you drunk.

    • Summer: (to Seth) Maybe I`ll write you a letter and you can read it over and over trying to figure out what the hell I was thinking all summer.

    • Seth: (about calling Summer) I did call her from Portland, everyday, and I got her voice mail, until she finally picked up and said if I ever called her again her father will have me killed.
      Ryan: So Summer has no idea you`re back?
      Seth: Killed Ryan, as in dead.

    • Sandy: (talking about who`s taking the boys to their first day of school) I have to go.
      Kirsten: I have to go!
      Archie: (the construction guy) Do you want me to take them?

    • Seth: (talking to Ryan about going to school) You`re the bad boy, ok? You`re the outsider, you`re supossed to be leading me into temptation, not homeroom.

    • Jimmy: So how's Caleb?
      Julie: Fantastic. Never better. Facing prison. We could lose everything.

    • Seth: Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to the urinals! (walks off whistling)
      (Ryan stands there stoically as Seth wanders back the other way)
      Seth: I don't know where they are.

    • Ryan: (pointing at the Comic Book Club flyer) Who's this guy?
      Seth: That's me with powers. The power to be handsome. What do you think?
      Ryan: I think this may have something to do with the whole outcast thing.

    • Seth: Dude, I love that guy.
      Ryan: You're not the only one.(points to Summer kissing Zach)
      Seth: No. She cannot be dating him. That's not even possible. How is that possible?
      Ryan: A second ago you wanted to date him.

    • Zach: Hey, I'm here for the comic book club.
      Seth: You are?
      Ryan: You are?
      Zach: Yeah. Why wouldn't I be?
      Seth: Um... because you're on the water polo team?
      Zach: What's that supposed to mean?

    • Seth: We could just not go.
      Ryan: We can't not go. We're here.

    • Ryan: I owe you an apology. I-It's my fault Seth took off last summer.
      Summer: No Ryan, stop, it is so not.
      Ryan: No if-if I hadn't left then you guys would still be together.
      Summer: That - is not true, he woulda found some Coheny way to break us up, he... can't help it, he's Cohen. Come – sit.
      Ryan: Okay, um, look, uh, I know you have a boyfriend-
      Summer: W-whoa no. Who told you that?
      Ryan: I thought you told Seth that.
      Summer: Well, yeah, to torture him. No see Zach and I we're just hanging out, he is not my boyfriend, I do not want a boyfriend, okay, I had a boyfriend, and he sailed away.
      Ryan: Which was wrong but... but-but he cares about you so much and I-if you could- if you could just give him another chance then maybe... we could all go back to the way that we were.
      Summer: ... How you guys just left, for three months, you moved on, I moved on, Marissa moved on.
      Ryan: What?
      Summer: ... I mean the way we were wasn't always so great, you guys had to deal with Marissa's mom, Luke, Oliver, Theresa, and Cohen and I never should've hooked up... Look just trust me on this... Things are the way they are for a reason. You should go talk to Marissa.

    • Summer: Mmm. What are we drinking?
      (Snatches Marissa's cup)
      Marissa: Sum, wait!
      Summer: What are you drinking? Did you spike your latte?

    • Summer: What do you want from me, Cohen?
      Seth: I just want you.
      Summer: No, you don't. You had me. You had me at Chrismukkah in a freakin' Wonder Woman costume, and you chose Anna. You had me three months ago, and you left. It has nothing to do with me. It is about you, and it is always about you. What you need, and what you want, and you know, it seems you only want me when you can't have me. You like the chase and that's all. So, you know what? You can have it.

    • Summer (to Marissa about Ryan): Just explain it to him. He left. And suddenly there was a hot, hot yard guy in the yard, who was hot.

    • Ryan: So, so, the thing is, I'm not really a writer. At all. Words are kind of not my thing. Obviously.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      "Trouble Sleeping" by The Perishers
      "Walnut Tree" by Keane
      "Ester" by Elefant
      "The End's Not Near" by The New Year
      "To Be Alone With You" by Sufjan Stevens


    • Title: The title for this episode refers to the 1973 Sydney Pollack film of the same name. This film also produced a hit song for Barbara Streisand.