Episode Guide

  

Episode guide and summaries, season 1, 2, 3 below:  

SEASON 1 – 27 EPISODES  

1. Pilot

First aired: 8/5/2003A new life for Ryan Atwood, the Cohens and the Cooper families, and basically everyone else in the wealthy, picturesque, secretive, turbulent community of Orange County. Be prepared to meet spoiled rich kids and watch Ryan struggle to fit in with his new crowd…

Writer: Josh Schwartz
Director: Doug Liman
Guest star: Ashley Hartman (Holly Fischer), Shailene Woodley (Kaitlin Cooper), Melinda Clarke (Julie Cooper), Rachel Bilson (Summer Roberts), Daphne Ashbrook (Dawn Atwood) , Jen MacNeil (Ariel (uncredited)), Camille Mana (Fashion P.A.), Chris Carmack (Luke Ward), Drew Fuller (Norland), Alison Simpson (Karen Coughlon), Barry Wiggins (Steve), Bradley Stryker (Trey Atwood), Christine Romeo (Newport Woman #1), Collin Stark (Saunders), Josh Waters (Keg Bro), Kimberly Stanphill (Betty), Larry Anderson (Bob Coughlon), Marisa Theodore (Nikki), Ron Del Barrio (A.J.), Todd Sherry (Waiter), Ruth Williamson (Peggy)

 

2. The Model Home

First aired: 8/12/2003Faced with the prospect of life in a group home, Ryan decides to run away from Newport, but Seth and Marissa convince him to stay and hide in a vacant building project. Jimmy discusses his recent financial woes with Kirsten, and she offers a solution. After Luke witnesses a close encounter between Marissa and Ryan, he confronts Ryan and a fight breaks loose. Ryan’s presence in Newport is exposed in a big way, and two arrests are made.

Writer: Josh Schwartz
Director: Doug Liman
Guest star: Shailene Woodley (Kaitlin Cooper), Rachel Bilson (Summer Roberts), Melinda Clarke (Julie Cooper), Ashley Hartman (Holly Fischer) , Adam Grimes (Nordlund), Josh Kloss (Saunders), Dwight Hicks (Sheriff), Steven M. Gagnon (Arson Investigator), Carrie Armstrong (Diner Cashier)

 

3. The Gamble

First aired: 8/19/2003Sandy comes to Ryan’s rescue once again, after he has a difficult stay in Juvenile Hall. Seth makes Kirsten aware of his anger over Ryan’s situation, and Kirsten makes a compromise. Ryan’s mother, Dawn, makes a surprise visit to Newport, and things don’t go quite as she and Ryan may have planned. The monetary secret involving Julie, Jimmy, Kirsten and Sandy comes to a head.

Writer: Jane Espenson
Director: Ian Toynton
Guest star: Rachel Bilson (Summer Roberts), Melinda Clarke (Julie Cooper), Daphne Ashbrook (Dawn Atwood), Kim Oja (Taryn) , Jessyka Ellington (Student (uncredited)), Francis Capra (Z), Josh Kloss (Saunders), Adam Grimes (Nordlund), Devin Mills (Karen), Kimberly Stanphill (Betty), Erica Toffel (Dealer), Lisa K. Wyatt (Customer)

4. The Debut

First aired: 8/26/2003It’s time for the annnual Cotillion ball. Cherished by many, hated by most, it’s the time when Newport’s finest young ladies enter society. More information about Jimmy’s business trouble comes to light, and Kirsten’s loan to Jimmy is not happy news for Sandy.

Writer: Allan Heinberg, Josh Schwartz
Director: Daniel Attias
Guest star: Shailene Woodley (Kaitlin Cooper), Rachel Bilson (Summer Roberts), Melinda Clarke (Julie Cooper), Ashley Hartman (Holly Fischer), Samaire Armstrong (Anna Stern) , Christopher Cousins (Greg Fischer), Ruth Williamson (Peggy), Adam Grimes (Nordlund), Barry Wiggins (Steve (S.E.C.)), Paul Witten (Fashion Coordinator), Laura Milby (Cashier)

5. The Outsider

First aired: 9/2/2003Ryan takes a job at the Crab Shack diner. A co-worker at the diner might mean bad news for the Newport kids. Ryan asks Marissa out on a date. Sandy attempts to help Jimmy sort out his life, and gives him some bad news. Julie reveals a long-held secret to Kirsten. Disaster strikes at another one of Holly’s parties.

Writer: Melissa Rosenberg
Director: Jesús Salvador Treviño
Guest star: Rachel Bilson (Summer Roberts), Melinda Clarke (Julie Cooper), Kim Oja (Taryn), Ashley Hartman (Holly Fischer) , Paul Wesley (Donny), Kimberly Stanphill (Betty), Devin Mills (Karen), Robert Guthrie (Crowbar Kid #1)

6. The Girlfriend

First aired: 9/9/2003Kirsten’s father, Caleb Nichol, comes for a visit along with his new girlfriend, Gabrielle. 24-year-old Grandma Nichol has arrived. Kirsten finds her job in jeopardy, while Sandy considers making a change. Much to Ryan’s disappointment, Luke decides he wants a second chance with Marissa…but who will Marissa choose? Summer makes the moves on Seth, who wonders if her feelings are real.

Writer: Josh Schwartz
Director: Steve Robman
Guest star: Rachel Bilson (Summer Roberts), Melinda Clarke (Julie Cooper), Alan Dale (Caleb Nichol) , Nichole Hiltz (Gabrielle), Mark Heidelberger (Waiter)

7. The Escape 

First aired: 9/16/2003The Newport kids plan an end-of-summer trip down to Tijuana, Mexico (aka “T.J.”). Jimmy has plans of his own, which don’t sit well with Marissa. Sandy gets a new job, which Kirsten can’t understand. Summer, Seth, Ryan and Marissa find themselves in a strange place together. Jimmy takes it too far. Disaster strikes one of the O.C. kids.

Writer: Josh Schwartz
Director: Sanford Bookstaver
Guest star: Rachel Bilson (Summer Roberts), Ashley Hartman (Holly Fischer), Bonnie Somerville (Rachel Hoffman) , Mary Castro (Pole Dancer (uncredited))

8. The Rescue  

First aired: 10/29/2003Everyone is back home in Newport, and Marissa is recovering. Julie points her finger at Ryan and forbids him from seeing Marissa, who does not appreciate the help. Sandy starts his new job, but finds himself surprised by the case work. Kirsten finds herself surprised by Sandy’s new co-worker. Ryan enrolls at his new school, with conditions. Julie gets an intervention, and Jimmy gets a new roommate.

Writer: Melissa Rosenberg
Director: Michael Lange
Guest star: Rachel Bilson (Summer Roberts), Melinda Clarke (Julie Cooper), Rosalind Chao (Dr. Kim), Bonnie Somerville (Rachel Hoffman) , April Grace (Dr. Burke)

9. The Heights

First aired: 11/5/2003Back to school for the O.C. kids. No one really wants to be there, except for the gossips. Ryan doesn’t feel like he fits in at his new school, and Luke doesn’t make the situation any better. Sandy accepts a case at his new job, a case that will test his relationship with Kirsten and her father. Anna and Seth hatch a plan. Marissa chooses her man.

Writer: Debra J. Fisher, Erica Messer
Director: Patrick Norris
Guest star: Rachel Bilson (Summer Roberts), Samaire Armstrong (Anna Stern), Rosalind Chao (Dr. Kim), Bonnie Somerville (Rachel Hoffman), Ashley Hartman (Holly Fischer) , Adam Vanderwielen (Balloon Artist (uncredited)), Keri Lynn Pratt (Girl #3), Eric Allan Kramer (Soccer Coach), Melissa Strom (Girl #1), Sarah Carroll (Girl #2)

10. The Perfect Couple

First aired: 11/12/2003Couples are plentiful in ‘The O.C.’ It is a night of firsts. Now that they are free to love one another, Ryan and Marissa plan their first official date. Kirsten sees her father with a new woman, and fears Sandy has found a new woman of his own. Seth takes matters into his own hands with a girl, and is taken by another girl.

Writer: Allan Heinberg
Director: Michael Fresco
Guest star: Rachel Bilson (Summer Roberts), Melinda Clarke (Julie Cooper), Alan Dale (Caleb Nichol), Shailene Woodley (Kaitlin Cooper), Bonnie Somerville (Rachel Hoffman), Samaire Armstrong (Anna Stern) , Kelly McCracken (Photographer), Josh Kloss (Chip Saunders)

11. The Homecoming 

First aired: 11/19/2003It’s Thanksgiving time in ‘the O.C.’ It’s time for family reunions, and Ryan gets called home by his family. Is it because of the holiday, or is it for a favor? Marissa decides to go along for the ride, but ends up going down Ryan’s bad-memory lane instead. Seth plays the player role, but not very well.

Writer: Josh Schwartz, Brian Oh
Director: Keith Samples
Guest star: Bonnie Somerville (Rachel Hoffman), Rachel Bilson (Summer Roberts), Melinda Clarke (Julie Cooper), Samaire Armstrong (Anna Stern), Alan Dale (Caleb Nichol), Navi Rawat (Theresa) , Bradley Stryker (Trey Atwood), Gina Gallego (Eva), Demetrius Navarro (Arturo), Santiago Douglas (Gattas)

12. The Secret 

First aired: 11/26/2003Seth and Kirsten want to avoid facing the world after their respective displays at Thanksgiving. Sandy has some advice for Jimmy, which doesn’t sit well with Julie. Ryan and Luke find themselves getting along after an O.C. loved-one comes out of the closet to face negative reactions.

Writer: Allan Heinberg, Josh Schwartz
Director: James Marshall
Guest star: Rachel Bilson (Summer Roberts), Melinda Clarke (Julie Cooper), Samaire Armstrong (Anna Stern), Kim Oja (Taryn) , Brian McNamara (Carson Ward), Kevin West (Mr. Bendis), Kate Rooger (Meredith Ward), Katherine Disque (Lynn), Danielle Bisutti (Joan), Austin Dolan (Brad Ward), Rand Holdren (Ron), J. J. Dashnaw (Jamie), Ryan Bunora (Kid #1), Nick Bunora (Kid #2), Shane Haboucha (Eric Ward)

13. The Best Chrismukkah Ever

First aired: 12/3/2003Ryan, and the World, are officially introduced to the bi-religious holiday Chrismukkah, thanks to Seth. And Seth insists he has TWO Godly forces helping him as he plays TWO girls. Marissa has some ‘discount shopping’ to do, and finds herself in an embarrassing situation, or two, or three. Kirsten does something that could cost her more than just her job. Summer and Anna each have very special gifts for Seth, but which one will he like the most? And a new boy enters the Newport scene.

Writer: Stephanie Savage
Director: Sanford Bookstaver
Guest star: Taylor Handley (Oliver Trask), Samaire Armstrong (Anna Stern), Alan Dale (Caleb Nichol), Rachel Bilson (Summer Roberts), Melinda Clarke (Julie Cooper) , Pontenella Raffou (Amy (uncredited)), Mark Daniel Cade (Guard), Todd Sherry (Waiter), Tom Schmid (Cop)

14. The Countdown

First aired: 12/17/2003It’s New Years and “love” is in the air. A sister returns home, and throws a party. Oliver casts his spell. Sandy and Kirsten find themselves in a rut, and out of their environment. Seth finally makes a decision between Summer and Anna. 2004 is born.

Writer: Josh Schwartz
Director: Michael Fresco
Guest star: Amanda Righetti (Hailey Nichol), Samaire Armstrong (Anna Stern), Taylor Handley (Oliver Trask), Kim Oja (Taryn) , Dita de Leon (Female Skinny Dipper (uncredited), Mike Wike (Male Skinny Dipper (uncredited)), Michael Randall Lovan (Partier #3 (uncredited)), Tim Lucason (Partier #2), Alaina Kalanj (Yvette), Matt Phillips (Allan), Heidi Van Horne (Cameo), Jesse Brune (Partier #1)

 

15. The Third Wheel 

First aired: 1/7/2004

Hailey discovers she isn’t as welcome as she might have thought. Perhaps the Cohen house is full? Luke makes some new friends, while Seth and Anna try to tell a friend about their decision. Rooney sings, a lot, and Oliver noses, a lot. Trouble brews.
Writer: Melissa Rosenberg
Director: Sandy Smolan
Guest star: Samaire Armstrong (Anna Stern), Taylor Handley (Oliver Trask), Amanda Righetti (Hailey Nichol) , Megan Linder (Paula), Craig Warner (Bartender), Robert Schwartzman (Himself), Antonio Leon (Man/Cop), Luke Bugenhagen (Passing Kid), Rooney (Themselves)

16. The Links 

First aired: 1/14/2004

Oliver plans a trip for the gang, but things don’t go as well as everyone might have hoped- except for Oliver of course. Summer really plants herself into “friendship” within Anna and Seth’s relationship. Jimmy and Sandy decide to go into business together. Caleb and Julie return from Europe, and Hailey and Kirsten butt heads. Ryan finds himself in the cold.
Writer: Debra J. Fisher, Erica Messer
Director: Michael Lange
Guest star: Taylor Handley (Oliver Trask), Alan Dale (Caleb Nichol), Amanda Righetti (Hailey Nichol), Samaire Armstrong (Anna Stern) , Michael Reilly Burke (Tom Willington)

17. The Rivals 

First aired: 1/21/2004

Sandy and Jimmy have plans to sign papers for the Lighthouse… but is Jimmy ready? Oliver makes his plans official to Ryan, but Ryan just cannot catch a break from anyone and finds himself in an all too familiar position. Summer has a “big” new boyfriend… for a little while. And Julie gets a job.
Writer: Josh Schwartz
Director: Ian Toynton
Guest star: Taylor Handley (Oliver Trask), Rosalind Chao (Dr. Kim), Samaire Armstrong (Anna Stern), Alan Dale (Caleb Nichol) , Joe Howard (Robert), Bret Harrison (Danny), Kevin West (Mr. Bendis)

18. The Truth 

First aired: 2/11/2004

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.
Writer: Allan Heinberg
Director: Rodman Flender
Guest star: Samaire Armstrong (Anna Stern), Taylor Handley (Oliver Trask), Alan Dale (Caleb Nichol) , Jack Merrill (Workman), Debi M. Cox (Natalie Bishop), Bryan Okes Fuller (Security Guard #1)
 

19. The Heartbreak 

First aired: 2/18/2004

It’s Valentine’s Day in Newport, and everyone is preparing for the Valentine’s singles benefit. Luke has a new crush, while Sandy gives Seth some sex advice. An old friend of Ryan’s shows up in town, which forces Marissa to lay her feelings on the table. Seth and Summer take their relationship to another level.
Writer: Josh Schwartz
Director: Lev L. Spiro
Guest star: Navi Rawat (Theresa), Amanda Righetti (Hailey Nichol) , Sage Kirkpatrick (Alexis)

20. The Telenovela 

First aired: 2/25/2004

Ryan and Marissa begin their life together as “friends”, but both discover that it might be harder to do than to say. Theresa drops into Newport for work, and another visit. Julie and Luke realize the meaning of “booty calls”, and Seth and Summer make a declaration.
Writer: Stephanie Savage
Director: Sanford Bookstaver
Guest star: Samaire Armstrong (Anna Stern), Alan Dale (Caleb Nichol), Navi Rawat (Theresa) , Richard Herd (Shaun), Eric Balfour (Eddie)

21. The Goodbye Girl 

First aired: 3/3/2004

Anna announces that she is leaving Newport to go back to Pittsburgh, which leaves Seth feeling saddened and guilt-ridden. Legal troubles brew for Caleb and Kirsten while Sandy works to solve them. Luke and Julie’s secret romance is getting harder to contain, and Theresa brings a bit of trouble from Chino to the O.C.
Writer: Josh Schwartz
Director: Patrick Norris
Guest star: Navi Rawat (Theresa), Alan Dale (Caleb Nichol), Samaire Armstrong (Anna Stern), Shailene Woodley (Kaitlin Cooper) , Lamont Thompson (Greg Hodes), Eric Balfour (Eddie), Katherine Disque (Lynn), Danielle Bisutti (Joan), Phil Abrams (Mr. Sheeran)

22. The L.A.

First aired: 3/24/2004

When Summer and Marissa run into Grady Bridges, the star of Summer’s favourite prime-time soap ‘The Valley’, he invites them to an LA party, and they accept. On the road trip to LA, Seth, Summer, Marissa, and Ryan run into Hailey, now working at a strip club. Jimmy and Sandy present their restaurant to Newport’s finest and approach Caleb for some financial help.
Writer: Josh Schwartz
Director: David Barrett (II)
Guest star: Amanda Righetti (Hailey Nichol), Alan Dale (Caleb Nichol) , Hans Raith (Bouncer), Stu ‘Large’ Riley (Ed), John David Conti (Manager), Colin Hanks (Grady Bridges), Paris Hilton (Kate), Al Sapienza (Club owner), Marc Perkel (Bartender), Steffany Huckaby (April)

23. The Nana 

First aired: 3/31/2004

Nana Cohen comes to California for Passover with some sad news. Ryan searches for Marissa, who’d gone missing after learning Julie and Luke’s secret, and he finds her in the most unlikely of places. Summer tries to impress Nana. Jimmy and Hailey take a step forward.
Writer: Allan Heinberg
Director: Michael Lange
Guest star: Navi Rawat (Theresa), Amanda Righetti (Hailey Nichol) , Cynthia Avila (Eva), Doug Ballard (Peter Johnson), Linda Lavin (Sophie “Nana” Cohen), Eric Balfour (Eddie)

24. The Proposal 

First aired: 4/14/2004

Jimmy and Sandy run into a roadblock in their effort to re-open the Balboa Lighthouse restaurant. Summer and Seth take it upon themselves to finally make Marissa feel more at home at Jimmy’s. Everyone is shocked when Caleb makes a proposal, which sparks a near-fatal accident for Luke. Marissa, and Sandy and Jimmy each stike deals with Caleb. An old O.C. friend moves away.
Writer: Liz Friedman, Josh Schwartz
Director: Helen Shaver
Guest star: Alan Dale (Caleb Nichol), Amanda Righetti (Hailey Nichol) , Brian McNamara (Carson Ward), Doug Ballard (Peter Johnson)

25. The Shower

First aired: 4/21/2004

Everyone is still reacting to the surprise engagement of Julie and Caleb. Kirsten is shocked, and a little burdened to find she’s been asked to be Julie’s Maid of Honour. Kirsten and Marissa end up in charge of throwing Julie’s wedding shower, and Marissa invites an unwanted guest. Theresa calls Sandy for help and tries to avoid Ryan. Jimmy and Hailey continue their romance, and Seth awkwardly meets Summer’s father.
Writer: J.J. Philbin
Director: Sandy Smolan
Guest star: Alan Dale (Caleb Nichol), Amanda Righetti (Hailey Nichol), Navi Rawat (Theresa), Michael Nouri (Dr. Neil Roberts) , Holly Fields (Cindy), Katherine Bisutti (Lynn), Danielle Discle (Joan)

26. The Strip 

First aired: 4/28/2004

It’s Bachelor and Bachelorette party time for Caleb and Julie. Caleb and the boys head off to Las Vegas while Kirsten organizes an evening at the Cohen house for Julie, strippers included. Seth and Ryan get themselves into a tricky situation in Vegas while back home, Summer pines over lost love, and Marissa comforts Theresa. Jimmy and Sandy learn of Caleb’s true motives. Julie and Hailey take a swim, while Theresa has some shocking news for Ryan and Marissa.
Writer: Allan Heinberg
Director: James Marshall
Guest star: Alan Dale (Caleb Nichol), Amanda Righetti (Hailey Nichol), Navi Rawat (Theresa) , David Rountree (Trucker Hat), Chris Showerman (Impossibly Hot Fireman (aka Jeff)), Jerry Schumacher (Robert Campbell), Gwendoline Yeo (Sara), Natalie Blalock (Gail Van Deepen), Kristen Renton (Jenn), Kevin Rankin (Lucas)
 

27. The Ties That Bind

First aired: 5/5/2004

Julie and Caleb walk down the aisle, as Ryan and Theresa face a difficult decision regarding their pregnancy. Marissa moves into Caleb and Julie’s new castle on the cliff, and Seth struggles to find himself when things around him seem to fall apart. Life in The O.C. comes full circle from one year before.
Writer: Josh Schwartz
Director: Patrick Norris
Guest star: Amanda Righetti (Hailey Nichol), Alan Dale (Caleb Nichol), Navi Rawat (Theresa), Shailene Woodley (Kaitlin Cooper) , Alison Hills (Wedding Guest (uncredited)), Holly Fields (Cindy), Jem (Herself), Hamilton Mitchell (Reverend Donahue), Jay Kenneth Johnson (Vince), Andrea Davis (Bakery Employee)

SEASON 2 – 24 EPISODES

28. The Distance

First aired: 11/4/2004

The summer is coming to an end, and Seth hasn’t returned home to Newport. In the midst of home renovations, Sandy and Kirsten are strained and missing their son. Ryan has begun his new life with Theresa in Chino, as Marissa is alone and in a dark place. Summer is slowly getting over Seth.
Writer: Josh Schwartz
Director: Ian Toynton
Guest star: Navi Rawat (Theresa), Nicholas Gonzalez (D.J.) , Tyler Bruhn (BMX Bike Rider (uncredited)), Chris Carmack (Luke Ward), Bruno Amato (Archie), Brian McNamara (Carson Ward), Cynthia Avila (Eva), Robin Paul (Amanda), Julie Skon (Jane)

29. The Way We Were

First aired: 11/11/2004

Now that Ryan and Seth have returned to Newport, its 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.
Writer: Allan Heinberg
Director: Michael Lange
Guest star: Michael Cassidy (I) (Zach), Amanda Righetti (Hailey Nichol), Nicholas Gonzalez (D.J.) , Bruno Amato (Archie), Michelle Hurd (Ms. Fisher), Greg Callahan (plainclothes cop)
 

30. The New Kids on the Block 

First aired: 11/18/2004

After Caleb is released from custody, he must make some decisions about the Newport Group, and his decisions don’t sit well with Kirsten. Seth is determined to win back Summer’s friendship, even if it means getting a job. Ryan has a string of awkward encounters with a new girl at school, while Marissa faces being alone.
Writer: Stephanie Savage
Director: Lev L. Spiro
Guest star: Olivia Wilde (Alex Kelly), Michael Nouri (Dr. Neil Roberts), Shannon Lucio (Lindsay Gardner), Michael Cassidy (I) (Zach) , Sterling Jones (Cool Rock Guy), The Walkmen (themselves), Natasha Rouhani (Hostess), Perry Anzilotti (Mr. Greenburg), Payden LoPachin (Michelle), Kady Cole (Kristen), Mark L. Young (Geek # 1)

31. The New Era 

First aired: 12/2/2004

It’s a new era in Newport Beach. Kirsten and Julie try and work together at The Newport Group, while Sandy tries to find out what Caleb is hiding. Seth and Ryan go on a double date with Lindsay and Alex, but it ends differently than the four of them might have expected.
Writer: J.J. Philbin
Director: Michael Fresco
Guest star: Michael Cassidy (I) (Zach), Olivia Wilde (Alex Kelly), Shannon Lucio (Lindsay Gardner), Nicholas Gonzalez (D.J.) , The Killers (themselves), Gregory Itzin (Stephen Herbert)

32. The SnO.C. 

First aired: 12/9/2004

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.
Writer: John Stephens
Director: Ian Toynton
Guest star: Michael Cassidy (I) (Zach), Olivia Wilde (Alex Kelly), Shannon Lucio (Lindsay Gardner), Nicholas Gonzalez (D.J.) , Kathleen York (Renee Wheeler), Chriss Anglin (Homer), Monika Jolly (Mandy)

33. The Chrismukkah That Almost Wasn’t 

First aired: 12/16/2004

It’s Chrismukkah once again in The O.C. and this year, Seth wants to take it global. As Caleb is faced with the looming prospect of going to prison, Sandy convinces him to come forward and reveal the truth about his involvement with Renee. Julie and Jimmy spend some quality time together. Caleb’s confession shocks the Cohen and Nichol family to the core, and nothing will be the same again.
Writer: Josh Schwartz
Director: Tony Wharmby
Guest star: Shannon Lucio (Lindsay Gardner) , Kathleen York (Renee Wheeler)

34. The Family Ties 

First aired: 1/6/2005

After Caleb’s confesssion, The Cohens try to welcome Lindsay as part of the family. Jimmy is faced with a choice when Marissa finds out about his relationship with his ex-wife, Julie. Seth attempts to be a “bad boy” like Ryan to impress Alex. Summer finds out what Zach did on his Christmas break while Ryan and Lindsay want to know if it is too awkward for them to be together.
Writer: Drew Z. Greenberg, Josh Schwartz
Director: Lesli Linka Glatter
Guest star: Olivia Wilde (Alex Kelly), Michael Cassidy (I) (Zach), Shannon Lucio (Lindsay Gardner), Nicholas Gonzalez (D.J.) , Modest Mouse (themselves), John Beach (Valet), George Contreras (Surf/Rock Guy), Dejon Mayes (Police Officer), Veronique Vicari (Punk Girl)

35. The Power of Love

First aired: 1/13/2005

When Sandy forgets his and Kirsten’s 20th wedding anniversary, he finds himself going to a lot of trouble to make it up to her. Seth and Ryan’s respective relationships with Alex and Lindsay add to the trouble, and doubt falls upon their futures together. Marissa and Julie continue to butt heads over DJ, and Summer wants to take her relationship with Zach to the next level.
Writer: John Stephens
Director: Michael Lange
Guest star: Olivia Wilde (Alex Kelly), Michael Cassidy (I) (Zach), Nicholas Gonzalez (D.J.), Shannon Lucio (Lindsay Gardner) , Jordan Baker (Elaine), Devin Sidell (Abigail), Stephon Fuller (Photographer), Michael Bailey Smith (Tim)

36. The Ex-Factor

First aired: 1/20/2005

Seth is thrown when Alex’s ex arrives in town for a visit, and is even more thrown when he finds out who it is. Julie has a plan to try and save The Newport Group, which to everyone’s surprise, might actually work. Lindsay sticks out when she joins Summer and Marissa for a girls night out; meanwhile, Ryan, Seth and Zach contemplate playing it safe on a guys’ night in. But nothing ever goes as planned.
Writer: J.J. Philbin
Director: Michael Fresco
Guest star: Olivia Wilde (Alex Kelly), Michael Cassidy (I) (Zach), Shannon Lucio (Lindsay Gardner) , Padraic McMahon (Himself (as The Thrills)), Conor Deasy (Himself (as The Thrills)), Kevin Horan (Himself (as The Thrills)), Ben Carrigan (Himself (as The Thrills)), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Jodie), Michael Simpson (Matt Miller), Todd Bosley (Awkward Geek #2), Benjamin Diskin (Geek #3 (Philip)), Kristin Pate (Isabelle), Mark L. Young (Prepubescent Geek #1)

37. The Accomplice 
/2005

Things heat up between Sandy and Kirsten when Sandy decides to help his mentor in law school find his daughter, Rebecca, whom was Sandy’s first love. Seth and Zach start up a comic book based on their lives in Newport, while Summer questions why she’s been left out. Ryan makes the attempt to unite Lindsay and Caleb after Lindsay tells Ryan she is curious in getting to know her “new” father. While Julie is in Paris, Marissa looks for new ways to rebel; in doing so, her friendship with Alex increases.
Writer: Allan Heinberg
Director: Ian Toynton
Guest star: Olivia Wilde (Alex Kelly), Kim Delaney (Rebecca Bloom), Shannon Lucio (Lindsay Gardner), Michael Cassidy (I) (Zach) , Natalie Blalock (Gail Van Deepen), Barry Newman (Professor Max Bloom), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Joe), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Jodie)

38. The Second Chance 

First aired: 2/3/2005

After hearing about Lindsay and Ryan’s failed attempt at dinner with Caleb the night before, Kirsten arranges a dinner that she can supervise. But her presence makes no difference when Ryan and Caleb butt heads and disaster strikes. Sandy keeps Rebecca’s presence in Newport a secret from Kirsten after deciding to take her case to court. Marissa and Alex’s relationship intensifies, while Seth and Summer spend a lot of time together at Zach’s insistence.
Writer: Drew Z. Greenberg, Josh Schwartz
Director: Tony Wharmby
Guest star: Olivia Wilde (Alex Kelly), Shannon Lucio (Lindsay Gardner), Michael Cassidy (I) (Zach), Kim Delaney (Rebecca Bloom) , Barry Newman (Professor Max Bloom), Bruce Katzman (Dr. Lasser), Rachel Yamagata (herself)

39. The Lonely Hearts Club 

First aired: 2/10/2005

It’s Valentines Day 2005 in O.C. when Sandy and Kirsten’s conflict about Rebecca continues. Ryan tries to make peace with Caleb to spend Valentines Day with Lindsay. While Seth, Zach, and Summer head to San Diego in hope to make their Comic Book idea succeed Seth has a breakdown and ends up in a lonely state. Marissa and Alex take a step forward in their relationship while Julie returns from her trip in hope to reconnect with Marissa.
Writer: J.J. Philbin
Director: Ian Toynton
Guest star: Michael Cassidy (I) (Zach), Kim Delaney (Rebecca Bloom), Shannon Lucio (Lindsay Gardner), Olivia Wilde (Alex Kelly) , Barry Newman (Professor Max Bloom), T.J. Thyne (Larry Bernstein), Samantha Quan (Receptionist)

40. The Test 

First aired: 2/17/2005

As Sandy continues working on Rebecca’s case, Kirsten questions how strong their feelings are for one another. Seth continues his downward spiral in the aftermath of Zach and Summer’s Valentine’s night together, while Marissa confronts her fear about her relationship with Alex. Caleb offers Lindsay a place in his family, but not without a paternity test.
Writer: John Stephens
Director: Michael Lange
Guest star: Kim Delaney (Rebecca Bloom), Shannon Lucio (Lindsay Gardner), Michael Cassidy (I) (Zach), Olivia Wilde (Alex Kelly) , Deirdre M. Smith (Agent Jill Stonerock), Danielle Bisutti (Joan), Christopher Lawford (Ross (FBI)), Kathleen York (Renee Wheeler)

41. The Rainy Day Women 

First aired: 2/24/2005

It’s a rainy day in Newport where Lindsay decides to take the DNA test and makes a difficult choice regarding her life with Caleb while Ryan helps her through it. Sandy still wants to help Rebecca with her case and tries to convince her not to run again. Kirsten is still upset and wishes her marriage would go back to normal and for Rebecca’s case to be over with. Meanwhile, Seth thinks he’s lost Summer forever untill Summer is unable to hide from her feelings once and for all. Marissa moves out of the Cooper-Nichol mansion and moves in with Alex after she tells her mother about Alex being her girlfriend.
Writer: Josh Schwartz
Director: Michael Fresco
Guest star: Kim Delaney (Rebecca Bloom), Michael Cassidy (I) (Zach), Shannon Lucio (Lindsay Gardner), Olivia Wilde (Alex Kelly) , Jordan Baker (Elaine), Kathleen York (Renee Wheeler), Devin Sidell (Abigail), John Maynard (State Trooper), Kathleen Mary Carthy (Dr. Snow), Jeff Holman (Trucker), Marcus Lavck (Mullet Man), Max Burcholder (Kid in Airport), Lisa May (Voice Of Female Radio DJ), Bonnie Parker (Voice Of Radio DJ (uncredited))

42. The Mallpisode 

First aired: 3/10/2005

After Lindsay moves to Chicago with her mom, Ryan is heartbroken and Caleb’s confused. Seth, Summer, and Marissa invite Ryan to the mall to get his mind off things. Caleb tags along to vent when Sandy tries to make amends with Kirsten by searching for her wedding ring or even a grand gesture that will take her back to when Sandy first proposed. Meanwhile, Alex learns that Marissa might not be as into her as she thought she would be. Kirsten and Julie call an editor for Newport Living but at the same time Julie’s Riverside past catches up to her.
Writer: Stephanie Savage
Director: Ian Toynton
Guest star: Olivia Wilde (Alex Kelly), Johnny Messner (Lance Baldwin), Bill Campbell (Carter Buckley) , Carrie Ann Nagy (Receptionist), Amber Heard (Salesgirl), Shaun Cozzens (Pizza Guy), John Michael Vaughn (Security Guard)

43. The Blaze of Glory 

First aired: 3/17/2005

Spring has flung in Newport where Marissa recruits Ryan to help her with Harbor School’s Pep Rally Bonfire. Alex accepts that her and Marissa are from two different lives and knows she is fighting a lost cause. Seth is stuck and misses last year’s good times while Summer disagrees and tells him it’s time to move on. Meanwhile, Julie still doesn’t know what she is gonna do about her blackmailer and seeks some advice from Sandy. Kirsten wants Carter to stick with the magazine despite his reservations.
Writer: Mike Kelley
Director: Robert Duncan McNeill
Guest star: Johnny Messner (Lance Baldwin), Olivia Wilde (Alex Kelly), Bill Campbell (Carter Buckley) , Carrie Ann Nagy (Receptionist), Leanna Campbell (Lance’s Hooker), George Contreras (Punk #1), Brandt Jacobus (Student #1), Taivon McKinney (Student #2)

44. The Brothers Grim 

First aired: 3/24/2005

When Ryan’s brother, Trey, gets out of jail and gives Ryan a call, the Cohens give him a warm welcome. Though, Ryan knows nothing good can come from it. Zach returns from his Italy trip and gives some news leaving Summer curious and Seth … not really sure what to think. Meanwhile, after Julie admits her naked mistake to Kirsten, they both agree to get Caleb in on it for more help. Newport Living is officially launched.
Writer: J.J. Philbin
Director: Michael Lange
Guest star: Bill Campbell (Carter Buckley), Johnny Messner (Lance Baldwin), Michael Cassidy (I) (Zach Stephens), Logan Marshall-Green (Trey Atwood) , Jordan Baker (Elaine Stephens), Christopher Backus (Curtis), Shaun Cozzens (Porn Star), Jeff Witzke (Sales Guy)

45. The Risky Business 

First aired: 4/7/2005

Sandy reluctantly serves as host/auctioneer at yet another OC benefit; Trey lies to Ryan to prove that he can be self-dependent; Carter reinvigorates Seth and Zach’s comic book dream, much to the annoyance of Summer. Marissa moves in with the Cohens.
Writer: Cory Martin
Director: Norman Buckley
Guest star: Logan Marshall-Green (Trey Atwood), Bill Campbell (Carter Buckley), Kim Oja (Taryn), Michael Cassidy (I) (Zach Stephens) , Jon Ryckman (Matt), Kyle Bornheimer (Norman), Frank Crim (Landlord), Danielle Bisutti (Joan)

46. The Rager 

First aired: 4/14/2005

It’s Trey’s 21st birthday and Marissa, anxious to help Trey and Ryan forge a relationship, throws a birthday party for Trey at the Cooper-Nichol mansion that turns out to be a rager. Seth is left in hot water by both Summer and Zach, but why? Sandy wants to continue his friendship with Carter, leaving a confused Kirsten. Meanwhile, Julie shares some memories with an “old” friend and in the process learns a few things and gains a few ideas.
Writer: John Stephens
Director: Tony Wharmby
Guest star: Logan Marshall-Green (Trey Atwood), Michael Cassidy (I) (Zach Stephens), Bill Campbell (Carter Buckley), Nikki Griffin (Jess), Johnny Messner (Lance Baldwin) , Tom Ohmer (Cop), Brandon Michael Vayda (Water Polo guy), Aya Sumika (Erin), Marguerite Moreau (Reed Carlson), Paul Walia (Messenger), Kristin Cobb (Cute Girl), Artie Baxter (Threesome Guy), Eric Mcintire (Water Polo Jock (uncredited))

47. The O.C. Confidential 

First aired: 4/21/2005

Sandy and the boys devise a plan to save Trey from going to jail after he took the fall for supplying drugs at his birthday party. Kirsten and Carter, fulfilling more than their editorial duties, take a trip to Featherbrook’s winery. Meanwhile, Caleb returns home and questions his marriage with Julie.
Writer: Mike Kelley
Director: Tony Wharmby
Guest star: Bill Campbell (Carter Buckley), Logan Marshall-Green (Trey Atwood), Michael Cassidy (I) (Zach Stephens), Johnny Messner (Lance Baldwin), Nikki Griffin (Jess) , Jennifer Elizabeth Davis (Wine Hostess), Death Cab for Cutie (themselves), Graham Sibley (Hipster), Marguerite Moreau (Reed Carlson), Travis Van Winkle (Kyle), Garrison Hershberger (Tom MacGinty), Grant Thompson (Damon), Catherine Kresge (Cherilyn Featherbrook), Alex Ryan (Hipster Girl), David Paluck (Cop), Nathan Peterson (Door Kid), Eric Mcintire (Drug Dealer (uncredited))

48. The Return of the Nana 

First aired: 5/5/2005

Sandy, Seth and Ryan travel to Miami to visit the Nana after she tells Sandy she is getting married. Unable to go because of work, Kirsten is left on her own to deal with her feelings for Carter. Trey misinterprets Marissa’s friendship; Zach invites Summer to a home-cooked dinner.
Writer: Josh Schwartz
Director: Ian Toynton
Guest star: Logan Marshall-Green (Trey Atwood), Bill Campbell (Carter Buckley), Nikki Griffin (Jess), Michael Cassidy (I) (Zach Stephens) , Linda Lavin (Sophie “Nana” Cohen), Jaime King (Mary-Sue), Bret Harrison (Swerve), T.I. (himself), Krista Kalmus (Pixie), Todd Sherry (Maurice), Anthony John Denison (Bobby Mills), Jason Bartley (Bouncer), Amie Dellavalle (Drunk Girl), Brian F. Durkin (Cody), Burt Greenburg (Abe), Sid Raymond (Stu), Allen Reed (Stanley), Al Scheckwitz (Irv)
 

49. The Showdown 

First aired: 5/5/2005

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.
Writer: John Stephens
Director: Michael Fresco
Guest star: Michael Cassidy (I) (Zach Stephens), Logan Marshall-Green (Trey Atwood), Nikki Griffin (Jess) , Marguerite Moreau (Reed Carlson), Todd Bosley (Leon), Jesse Heiman (Winking Comic Book Nerd (uncredited)), Burnadean Jones (Woman in Plain Suit), Carrie Ann Nagy (Clare), Matthew J. Williamson (Bartender)

50. The O.Sea 

First aired: 5/12/2005

Seth and Zach squabble over who should take Summer to the prom and who will meet George Lucas for dinner; Sandy takes drastic actions with a recovering Kirsten; Ryan starts to piece together what happened between Trey and Marissa, courtesy of Theresa; Julie’s attempts to poison Caleb take a surprise turn.
Writer: J.J. Philbin
Director: Michael Lange
Guest star: Nikki Griffin (Jess), Logan Marshall-Green (Trey Atwood), Michael Cassidy (I) (Zach Stephens), Navi Rawat (Theresa) , Marguerite Moreau (Reed Carlson), George Lucas (himself), Cynthia Avila (Eva), Gilbert Glenn Brown (Officer Patrick), Matt McKenzie (Prom Announcer)

51. The Dearly Beloved 

First aired: 5/19/2005

Kirsten hits rock bottom after Caleb’s funeral, prompting Sandy to finally take action; Jimmy Cooper resurfaces and almost immediately renews ties with a mourning Julie; Jess bullies Trey into participating in a drug deal that turns into a shootout; Ryan finally learns the truth about what happened between Trey and Marissa, leading to a bloody confrontation.
Writer: Josh Schwartz
Director: Ian Toynton
Guest star: Logan Marshall-Green (Trey Atwood), Amanda Righetti (Hailey Nichol), Nikki Griffin (Jess) , Tate Donovan (Jimmy Cooper), Garrett M. Brown (Dr. Woodruff), Darion Basco (Andrew), Doug Burch (Pastor), Kathleen M. Darcy (Nurse)

52. The Aftermath 

First aired: 9/8/2005    Production Code: 2t6251

In the season three opener, we start off with senior year starting in a few days. It has been a couple of months since the shooting. Trey has been in a coma all this time leaving the D.A. impatiently waiting for his side of the story. Feeling the pressure from the community the D.A. continues to put pressure on Ryan, Marisa, Seth, Summer and others for more information. Meanwhile Julie is steaming mad because Caleb’s accountant won’t give up the goods on Caleb’s will and Kirsten is still in rehab.
Writer: Josh Schwartz
Director: Ian Toynton
Guest star: Jeri Ryan (Charlotte Morgan) , Lily Rains (Nurse), Gary Weeks (Cop #2), Timothy Omundson (Deputy District Attorney Caldwell), Michael Adler (Jeff Frankel), J.J. Boone (Denise), Sean Blakemore (Trauma Dr.), Rigo Sanchez (EMT), Tate Donovan (Jimmy Cooper), Garrett M. Brown (Dr. Woodruff), Logan Marshall-Green (Trey Atwood), Ray Laska (Esbenshade), Stephen O’Mahoney (Cop #1), Michael Canaan (Cop #3)

53. The Shape of Things to Come 

First aired: 9/15/2005    Production Code: 2t6252

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.
Writer: J.J. Philbin
Director: Tony Wharmby
Guest star: Jeri Ryan (Charlotte Morgan), Rosalind Chao (Dr. Kim), Autumn Reeser (Taylor) , Tate Donovan (Jimmy Cooper), Blake Robbins (Don), Eric Mabius (Dean Hess) 
 
 

54. The End of Innocence

First aired: 9/22/2005    Production Code: 2t6253

Jimmy must make once more the difficult decision to leave or stay with his family; Kirsten returns to the Cohen household while Charlotte has to leave her house; Marissa and Ryan face a possible separation; Taylor lords over the school musical and makes Summer and Seth her stooges.
Writer: Stephanie Savage
Director: Michael Lange
Guest star: Autumn Reeser (Taylor Townsend), Jeri Ryan (Charlotte Morgan) , Michael Adler (Jeff Frenkel), Jennifer Parsons (Realtor), Jeri Ryan (Charlotte Morgan), Eric Mabius (Dean Hess), Blake Robbins (Don), Tate Donovan (Jimmy Cooper)
 

55. The Last Waltz 

First aired: 9/29/2005    Production Code: 2t6254

Marissa struggles with attending a public high school, and her new friends make Ryan jealous; Charlotte’s ruse is up when she learns that Kirsten did not inherit any money from Caleb; Julie’s mansion is repossessed, leaving her with nothing; Taylor’s power play dethrones Summer as commitee chairman, who then learns an interesting secret about her and Dean Hess.
Writer: John Stephens
Director: Ian Toynton
Guest star: Jeri Ryan (Charlotte Morgan), Autumn Reeser (Taylor Townsend), Ryan Donowho (Johnny), Johnny Lewis (Chili) , Jeri Ryan (Charlotte Morgan), Eric Mabius (Dean Hess), Kayla Ewell (Casey), Richard Voll (Glen)
 

56. The Perfect Storm 

First aired: 11/3/2005    Production Code: 2t6255

Ryan decides to make a life-changing decision that Sandy reluctantly supports; Marissa looks to her new friends to help with her latest crisis with Ryan; Summer and Seth go on a mission to reveal a secret between Taylor and Dean Hess; Charlotte makes Julie an offer that she can’t refuse.
Writer: Mike Kelley
Director: Tony Wharmby
Guest star: Johnny Lewis (Chili), Ryan Donowho (Johnny), Autumn Reeser (Taylor Townsend) , Richard Voll (Flower Guy / Glen), Virginia Hamilton (Realtor), Shawn Carter Peterson (Berkeley Volunteer), DeVone Lawson Jr. (Cop), Kayla Ewell (Casey), Eric Mabius (Dean Hess), Jeri Ryan (Charlotte), Paul Ganus (Sean)
 

57. The Swells 

First aired: 11/10/2005    Production Code: 2t6256

Marissa discovers something in Johnny that Ryan lacks and Charlotte convinces Julie and Kirsten to throw a charity event. After discovering fake IDs in Charlotte’s purse, Julie confronts her.
Writer: J.J. Philbin
Director: Michael Fresco
Guest star: Jeri Ryan (Charlotte Morgan), Cam Gigandet (Kevin Volchok), Cam Gigandet (Volchok), Johnny Lewis (Chili), Ryan Donowho (Johnny), Autumn Reeser (Taylor Townsend) , Jeff Hepher (Matt Ramsey), Rob Brownstein (Kurt Williams), Kayla Ewell (Casey)
 

58. The Anger Management 

First aired: 11/17/2005    Production Code: 2t6257

When the gang heads to The Bait Shop to see The Subways, Taylor’s horsing around causes a major rift between Seth and Summer. Marissa, determined to end the potentially explosive rift between Ryan and Volchok, does whatever it takes to watch out for Ryan. Meanwhile, Matt, Sandy’s Newport Group partner, goes above and beyond the call of duty when he learns he has to cut Newport Group staff.
Writer: John Stephens
Director: Michael Fresco
Guest star: Ryan Donowho (Johnny), Cam Gigandet (Kevin Volchok), Autumn Reeser (Taylor Townsend), Johnny Lewis (Chili) , Paula Trickey (Veronica Townsend), Jeff Hepner (Matt), Dennis Chavis (Security Guard), Erin Foster (Heather), Richard Voll (Glen), Jeri Ryan (Charlotte Morgan)
 

59. The Game Plan

First aired: 12/1/2005    Production Code: 2t6258

Ryan, Summer, Seth, and Marissa think about what they’d like to do with their lives as they compile their college applications, but they run across several obstacles; Johnny’s surfing career takes an unfortunate twist; a revealed secret complicates Julie’s friendship with Kirsten.
Writer: Cory Martin
Director: Tate Donovan
Guest star: Johnny Lewis (Chili), Autumn Reeser (Taylor Townsend), Ryan Donowho (Johnny) , Kimberly Atkinson (Announcer), Tom Wright (Paul Glass), Kim Evey (Doctor), Sven Holmberg (Gus), Leslie Stevens (School Counselor), Nancy Linari (Landlord), Kimberly Atkinson (Neighbor), Diego Wallraff (Mitchell Brinkley)
 

60. The Disconnect 

First aired: 12/8/2005    Production Code: 2t6259

Marissa visits Johnny at his house after his accident to see how he is doing. Julie and Kirsten get a contract for their new catering buisness while Sandy, Ryan and Matt meet with investors.
Writer: Stephanie Savage
Director: Tony Wharmby
Guest star: Ryan Donowho (Johnny), Autumn Reeser (Taylor Townshend) , Jeremy Brandt (Jeff Granzow), Lisa Rotundi (Gwen), Andrea Pearson (Lily), Jeff Hepner (Matt Ramsey)
 

61. The Chrismukkah Bar Mitz-vahkkah 

First aired: 12/15/2005    Production Code: 2t6260

Chrismukkah has returned to the Cohen house and Seth suggests to have a Bar Mitzvah to Ryan to raise money for Johnny’s knee surgery after his accident but Ryan then pulls out after seeing Johnny and Marissa get to close.
Writer: Josh Schwartz
Director: Ian Toynton
Guest star: Michael Nouri (Dr. Neil Roberts), Ryan Donowho (Johnny) , Juan Ramirez (Cashier), Nicklaus Koeppen (Young Seth), Blair Hickey (Photographer)

62. The Safe Harbor 

First aired: 1/12/2006    Production Code: 2t6261

Ryan, Seth and Summer launch a campaign to get Marissa back into Harbour. With the help of Dr. Kim they get the board of trustees to hear the case will Marissa be permitted to return for her final semster?
Writer: Mike Kelley
Director: Tony Wharmby
Guest star: Michael Nouri (Dr. Neil Roberts), Jeffrey Hephner (Matt Ramsey), Ryan Donowho (Johnny), Rosalind Chao (Dr. Kim) , Johnny Lewis (Chili), Tiffany Thornton (Ashley), Michael Mantell (Judge Jim Mercer), Paula Trickey (Veronica Townsend), Tyson Chambers (Kid)
 

63. The Sister Act

First aired: 1/19/2006    Production Code: 2t6262

It’s winter break and Kaitlin Cooper has returned home from her Montecito boarding school.
Writer: Leila Gerstein
Director: Ian Toynton
Guest star: Willa Holland (Kaitlin Cooper), Autumn Reeser (Taylor Townsend), Michael Nouri (Dr. Neil Roberts) , Johnny Lewis (Chili), Paula Trickey (Veronica Townsend), Ryan Donowho (Johnny), Scott Seymour (Sam), Jackson Rathbone (Justin)

64. The Pot Stirrer 

First aired: 1/26/2006    Production Code: 2t6263

Kaitlin starts going out with Johnny with the sole motive of making Marissa jealous. Seth starts getting nostalgic as he prepares for his Brown interview.
Writer: John Stephens
Director: Norman Buckley
Guest star: Michael Nouri (Dr. Neil Roberts), Willa Holland (Kaitlin Cooper), Jeffrey Hephner (Matt Ramsey) , Andrea C. Pearson (Lily), Robert Picardo (Bill Merriam), Ryan Donowho (Johnny Harper)

65. The Cliffhanger

First aired: 2/2/2006    Production Code: 2t6264

Sandy and Matt’s hospital project hits a roadblock. Kirsten and Julie run into troubles of their own with their matchmaking business. Marissa confesses her feelings to Johnny. Summer finds out out about Seth.
Writer: J.J. Philbin
Director: Michael Lange
Guest star: Michael Nouri (Dr. Neil Roberts), Willa Holland (Kaitlin Cooper), Jeffrey Hephner (Matt Ramsey), Kim Oja (Taryn) , Stephen Markle (Henry Griffin), Lisa Rotondi (Gwen Harper), Johnny Lewis (Dennis ‘Chili’ Childress), Ryan Donowho (Johnny Harper)

66. The Heavy Lifting

First aired: 2/9/2006    Production Code: 2t6265

Kaitlin prepares herself to head back to school. Ryan has doubts about his relationship with Marissa after helping out Sadie. Kirsten and Julie make plans for a Valentine’s Day party.
Writer: Stephanie Savage
Director: Ian Toynton
Guest star: Michael Nouri (Dr. Neil Roberts), Jeffrey Hephner (Matt Ramsey), Willa Holland (Kaitlin Cooper), Nikki Reed (Sadie Campbell), Cam Gigandet (Kevin Volchok) , Jackson Rathbone (Justin), Lisa Rotondi (Gwen Harper), Johnny Lewis (Dennis ‘Chili’ Childress)

67. The Road Warrior 

First aired: 3/9/2006    Production Code: 2t6266

When Ryan and Sadie go on a road trip to search for one of Johnny’s relatives they end up in Ryan’s old neighbourhood in Chino, which brings the two closer together. While the two are away Marissa is implicated in Johnny’s death and Seth and Summer learn the truth about Julie and Dr. Roberts new secret.
Writer: Mike Kelley
Director: Michael Fresco
Guest star: Cam Gigandet (Volchok), Autumn Reeser (Taylor Townsend), Nikki Reed (Sadie Campbell), Jeffrey Hephner (Matt Ramsey), Michael Nouri (Dr. Neil Roberts) , Rod Rowland (Jack Harper), Marc Vann (Detective Warner), Morena Baccarin (Maya Griffin)

68. The Journey 

First aired: 3/16/2006    Production Code: 2t6267

Ryan thinks about not inviting Marissa to his 18th birthday after their falling out but Sandy tries to get him to invite a relative. After months of avoiding telling Summer and Marissa the truth Neil and Julie tell Summer and Marissa the truth.
Writer: John Stephens
Director: Roxann Dawson
Guest star: Michael Nouri (Dr. Neil Roberts), Jeffrey Hephner (Matt Ramsey), Cam Gigandet (Volchok), Nikki Reed (Sadie Campbell), Daphne Ashbrook (Dawn Atwood) , J. Anthony McCarthy (Foreman), Andrew Thacher (Jail Cop), Craig Susser (Cop on the Pier), J.D. Pardo (Tattooed Surfer)

69. The Undertow 

First aired: 3/23/2006    Production Code: 2t6268

When an old friend returns to Newport, Ryan decides to help her, which causes problems for him and Sadie. When Summer and Seth run into another rough patch Taylor tries to help them out. Sandy has to deal with more problems with the Newport Group and Marissa must deal with being alone.
Writer: Mark Fish, J.J. Philbin
Director: Robert Duncan McNeill
Guest star: Autumn Reeser (Taylor Townsend), Jeffrey Hephner (Matt Ramsey), Nikki Reed (Sadie Campbell), Cam Gigandet (Volchok) , Nikki Griffin (Jess Sathers), Shaun Duke (Henry Griffin), Matthew Cohen (Jim), Katerina Graham (Kim), Angelique Little (Waitress)

70. The Secrets and Lies

First aired: 3/30/2006    Production Code: 2t6269

Julie and Dr. Roberts announce their engagement and the Cooper ladies move in with Summer and her dad. Meanwhile, Marissa drifts away from the group and Summer when she seeks solace in the bad company of Volchok and his crew. Ryan tries to move on with Sadie, but Seth’s concerns for Marissa get in the way. At the Newport Group, Sandy’s woes with Matt continue and Kirsten surprises Seth with a night out.
Writer: Stephanie Savage, Josh Schwartz
Director: Michael Fresco
Guest star: Jeffrey Hephner (Matt Ramsey), Nikki Reed (Sadie Campbell), Cam Gigandet (Volchok), Michael Nouri (Dr. Neil Roberts) , Shaun Duke (Henry Griffin), Tony Forsyth (Big Guy), Mark Hames (Bartender), Garrison Koch (Bob), Ramlah Frediani (Ellen), Don Perry (Old Man), Jonathon Trent (Surf Buddy #1), Patty Onagan (Mima), Sven Holmberg (Gus), J.D. Pardo (Tattoo Guy)

71. The Day After Tomorrow

First aired: 4/6/2006    Production Code: 2t6240

When college acceptance and rejection letters are received the kids must consider what path they are going to follow. Ryan and Sadie are trying to decide what they will do after high school. Taylor holds a college party and Summer and Marissa fix their friendship problems.
Writer: Leila Gerstein
Director: Norman Buckley
Guest star: Michael Nouri (Dr. Neil Roberts), Jeffrey Hephner (Matt Ramsey), Cam Gigandet (Kevin Volchok) , Shaun Duke (Henry Griffin), Nikki Reed (Sadie Campbell), Autumn Reeser (Taylor Townsend)

72. The Dawn Patrol

First aired: 4/13/2006    Production Code: 2t6241

Ryan decides to go and invite his mother to his graduation party. Taylor and Summer work together to try and find out what Seth is hiding, but Summer ends up getting hurt. Marissa realises she is in bad company after she finds out how low Volchok’s friends can go. Sandy is able to fix his work problems with Matt but while doing so he hurts Kirsten.
Writer: Mike Kelley
Director: Ian Toynton
Guest star: Daphne Ashbrook (Dawn Atwood), Jeffrey Hephner (Matt Ramsey), Cam Gigandet (Kevin Volchok) , Jonathan Trent (Surf Buddy #1), Blake Gibbons (Ron), Steve Seagren (Nick), Erin Foster (Heather), Perry Anzilotti (Mr. Greenberg), J.D. Pardo (Tattooed Guy), Shaun Duke (Henry Griffin), Nicole Garza (Chloe), Autumn Reeser (Taylor Townsend)

73. The College Try 

First aired: 4/20/2006    Production Code: 2t6242

Graduation is just weeks away and Ryan, Seth, Summer and Marissa leave Newport to attend their respective pre-frosh orientations at UC Berkeley and Brown. While dropping the boys off at the airport, Kirsten is surprised to see Theresa and her all-too-familiar-looking baby boy. While visiting Brown, Seth runs into Anna on the quad and they instantly connect. Could this be the end of Summer and Seth? Meanwhile, Kirsten and Sandy attend a hospital benefit where Kirsten vents her frustrations and falls back into an old habit.
Writer: J.J. Philbin
Director: Tony Wharmby
Guest star: Samaire Armstrong (Anna Stern), Michael Nouri (Dr. Neil Roberts), Navi Rawat (Theresa) , Cam Gigandet (Kevin Volchok), Taylor Tan (Student), Chris Kerner (Student), Amber Barretto (Guest Star), Erick Avari (Dr. Overbee), Matt Barr (Wes), Alain Uy (Miguel)

74. The Party Favor

First aired: 4/27/2006    Production Code: 2t6243

Harbor School’s Senior Prom brings out the best and the worst in everyone. Taylor hits a high at prom, while Summer falls flat with her surprising prom date. Seth and Anna come up with a prom plan to win Summer back. Meanwhile, Marissa convinces Volchok to go to the prom and Ryan brings an unexpected old flame. When one of the girls is elected prom queen, it truly becomes a night to remember. Later, when Taylor’s prom funds are missing, Ryan returns to his old ways and prom night turns brutal.
Writer: John Stephens
Director: Michael Lange
Guest star: Samaire Armstrong (Anna Stern), Cam Gigandet (Volchok) , Navi Rawat (Theresa), Lisa Tucker (Herself), Michael Nouri (Dr. Neil Roberts), Autumn Reeser (Taylor Townsend)

75. The Man of The Year 

 

First aired: 5/4/2006    Production Code: 2t6245

Ryan and Volchok make a deal after a fallout at prom. Sandy is chosen as Man of the Year, but this sparks the DA to dig deeper into his involvement with the hospital problems. Marissa goes and sees Kaitlin at her boarding school and Seth visits the Newport Group HQ and lights up the joint.
Writer: Stephanie Savage
Director: Tony Wharmby
Guest star: Kim Oja (Taryn), Willa Holland (Kaitlin Cooper), Navi Rawat (Theresa) , Michael Nouri (Dr. Neil Roberts), Cam Gigandet (Volchok), Lucy Hale (Hadley), Brock Kelly (Trevor Knightly), Lamont Thompson (ADA Greg Hoades)

76. The Graduates 

First aired: 5/18/2006    Production Code: 2t6246

It is graduation day for Ryan, Seth, Summer, and Marissa at Harbor High School. After graduation they all went out to eat and celebrate their graduation. Ryan’s mother gave him a new car as a graduation present. Marissa is going to spend a year on a boat with her father as her graduation gift. Seth finally got into RISD for second semester. Summer is still going to Brown University in the fall. Volchok is still mad at Marissa and Ryan so he decided to crash Ryan’s car.
Writer: Josh Schwartz
Director: Ian Toynton
Guest star: Daphne Ashbrook (Dawn Atwood) , Lamont Thompson (ADA Greg Hoades), Autumn Reeser (Taylor Townsend), Cam Gigandet (Kevin Volchok), Michael Nouri (Dr. Neil Roberts), Jose Zuniga (Jason Spitz), Rosalind Chao (Dr. Kim), Paula Trickey (Veronica Townsend), Willa Holland (Kaitlin Cooper)

16 Comments on “Episode Guide”

  1. Chirapat Jao-Javanil Says:

    Well i hope that Marissa and Ryan can be together at the end and so is most of the watcher of the O.C. here. my friends didn’t have time to do the comment but they also think just like me that they want somehow for Ryan and Marissa to be together, but because they heard that Marissa will die in a car accident they were sad. just do all of us a favor and try to find somebody good enough to replace Marissa. I hope that you find a beautiful girl to replace Marissa character.
    the best of Luck
    Love,Ja

  2. Christina Says:

    I’m really liking what’s happing on The O.C. right now. Now with Marissa gone, we can stop focusing on the drama and get the humor that was lost in season 2 and 3. I never stopped watching and won’t stop now. I signed the petition and others should too. The O.C. is a great show and should keep going for at least another season, or at least until we know what’s going to happen with Ryan and his new found love. Don’t end it now, it’s to soon.

  3. Summer Cohen Says:

    If they end it with S4 it better be a happy ending. Everyone seems to be liking the idea of Sethummer having a baby girl and naming her Marissa.

  4. vesta Says:

    the oc is an amazing show. but every good thing comes to and end. so it better go out with a bang. seth and summer need to have many more fluff scenes, and they better have a HUGE season fanale. one with sethummer either getting married and actually WANTING to, or with them getting pregnant. AND THEY NEED TO KISS MORE!!!!!!! there so cute and they more fluffy scenes. KEEP THE OC KEEP THE OC KEEP THE OC!!!!!!!!

  5. Seth & Summer Says:

    I can’t believe that the o.c is really ending. I cant live without this show its the best tv season around.
    I hope that the finale is a great as every episode that Josh has produced, i hope that Seth and Summer get married and also have a baby, that would be the perfect ending to the show.
    Ryan and Taylor i hope will stay together and eventually have their own baby and get married.

  6. Seth & Summer Says:

    PLEASE KEEP THE O.C FOR ALL THE FANS SAKES
    IT WOULDN’T BE THE SAME WITHOUT ALL THE DRAMA AND EXCITMENT IN ORANGE COUNTY
    PLEASE SAVE THE O.C
    XXXXXXXXXXXXX

  7. Tom Says:

    The OC (l)

  8. Kelsey Says:

    I am INLOVE with the oc! everyone i know watches it. The people who cancelled it are a-holes! It’s way to soon to cancel it. I dont like how kirsten is having a baby! + i hope she doesnt die! oh + btw..im not glad that marissa is gone..[christina >=( ] she was a great character! the producers should definatly have a season 5 + be like 2 finale episodes..JUST KIDDING + have a season 5! please please pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! ily the oc

  9. mariss Says:

    i am like so so so sad that the oc is endin i just started to watch it in like december and ive seen the 1st 2nd and 3rd sesons cuz i bought them and not im watchin the 4th well i have been for a ill but ya in so so sad and like everyone ive seen sence ive herd its ending ive like almost cryed i just hope there is another show like the OC it was great hit for a while just cuz is not so populare does not mean it should end but plz i really hope there another one like this show

  10. MRS BRODY Says:

    PEOPLE I RELLY THINK WE NEED TO SAVE THE OC BECAUSE ITS LIKE U EXPECT UR WEEKLY SERVING OF THE OC U KNOW AVERY TUESDAY ITSTHERE AND WEN ITS THENSEASI=\\ON FINALE U KNOW I WILL BE THERE ACOUPLE OF MONTHS L8R BUT NOW ITS NOT GONNA BE THERE I HAVE BEGUN TO REMINISS ON THE LOVELY MOMENTS I HAVE SHARED WITH OBVIOUS MAIN CHARACTER SETH LIKE IN SEASON 1 WHERE SETH IS LIKE LOCKED IN THE POOL HOUSE BY HIS AUNT HALEY AND HES LIKE I CANT BE\REATH THERES NO AIR BUT RYANS LIKE WE HAVE A BAR A FRISGE AND A SHOWER………….. GOOD OLD LOVABLE SETH ALWAYS M,AKING THE WORST OF EVERY SITUATION

    ADAM IF U AVER READ THIS PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE WILL U MARRY ME???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  11. The O.C Forever Says:

    R.I.P THE O.C I will love it Forever. It will be remembered in years time.

  12. The O.C Forever Says:

    I luv the o.c

  13. The O.C Forever Says:

    Save The O.C. Season Four was the most funniest Season Ever….and for those people who didnt watch it or missed out on a few episodes….you have totally missed out on the greatest season ever.

  14. Bobby Says:

    As per this website, it seems to me that the reason why the O.C. end was because of it’s fan base. If we as the fans could have kept the rating numbers up the show would still be on for another month(per the 6 eps that they cut). I went to school with Ben Mckenzie, at UVA and though I did not know him personnelly. I saw him in a couple of school plays, and he will move on and do great things in his acting career, but I also know the he will never forget his role in the O.C.

  15. Rebe Says:

    luv the oc its the best im am crying bucket that its ending evening will be so boring and i live in england so i see the cast that much on tv

  16. Jodie Says:

    Jodie

    I Googled for something completely different, but found your page…and have to say thanks. nice read.


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