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The O.C.: Pilot

Welcome to Orange County, an idyllic paradise home to California's wealthy individuals. Here, it seems that everything and everyone is perfect, but behind closed doors is a world hidden loyalties, identities, and lives.

When Ryan Atwood, a tough, yet intelligent 16-year-old, is arrested for helping his brother steal a car, pro-bono public defender Sandy Cohen is assigned his case. But when Ryan is abandoned by his mother, Dawn, Sandy, seeing himself in Ryan, becomes a bigger part of his life than either ever expected. Sandy, much to the chagrin of his wife, Kirsten, Sandy invites Ryan to stay with them until his situation is worked out. However, Kirsten worries that Ryan will be a bad influence on their teen-aged son, Seth.

Meanwhile, Ryan becomes attracted to Marissa Cooper, the girl next door who seems to have an effortless and perfect life. But neither of them are aware that the indiscretions of Marissa's father, Jimmy, make shatter the perfect world she's living in. Later, Ryan and Seth find common ground after a fight Newport teenagers, including Marissa's boyfriend, Luke.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 475197
Airdate: Tuesday August 05th, 2003

Director: Doug Liman
Writer: Josh Schwartz

Alternate Airdates:

DE (Pro7) Jan 19, 2005

  • Currently 9.4/10
9.4/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Chris CarmackChris Carmack
As Luke Ward
Recurring
Daphne AshbrookDaphne Ashbrook
As Dawn Atwood
Recurring
Kimberly StanphillKimberly Stanphill
As Betty
Recurring
Melinda ClarkeMelinda Clarke
As Julie Cooper
Recurring
Rachel BilsonRachel Bilson
As Summer Roberts
Recurring
Ruth WilliamsonRuth Williamson
As Peggy
Recurring
Drew FullerDrew Fuller
As Norland

Co-Guest Stars
Ashley HartmanAshley Hartman
As Holly Fischer
Recurring
Barry WigginsBarry Wiggins
As Steve
Recurring
Bradley StrykerBradley Stryker
As Trey Atwood
Recurring
Shailene WoodleyShailene Woodley
As Kaitlin Cooper
Recurring
Todd SherryTodd Sherry
As Waiter
Recurring
Alison SimpsonAlison Simpson
As Karen Coughlon
Camille ManaCamille Mana
As Fashion P.A.
Christine RomeoChristine Romeo
As Newport Woman #1
Collin StarkCollin Stark
As Saunders
Josh WatersJosh Waters
As Keg Bro
Larry AndersonLarry Anderson
As Bob Coughlon

Uncredited
Jen MacNeilJen MacNeil
As Ariel
Main Cast
Peter GallagherPeter Gallagher
As Sanford "Sandy" Cohen
Kelly RowanKelly Rowan
As Kirsten Cohen
Benjamin McKenzieBenjamin McKenzie
As Ryan Atwood
Mischa BartonMischa Barton
As Marissa Cooper
Adam BrodyAdam Brody
As Seth Cohen
Chris CarmackChris Carmack
As Luke Ward
Tate DonovanTate Donovan
As James "Jimmy" Cooper
Episode Notes
Ratings: 6.8/11 rating

The O.C. is actually filmed at Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach, which is 40 miles from Newport Beach, in order to reduce costs.

The O.C. was originally called "Orange County" until a movie with the same name came out prior to the premiere of this episode.

Adam Brody (Seth) originally auditioned for the part of Ryan.

In one of the early drafts of the series, Ryan was going to be Sandy's illegetimate love child.

FOX decided to air the first couple of episodes of The O.C. two months before the World Series aired so the show can try to find its audience after the World Series finishes.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
All American RejectsSwing SwingHeading to the after party
Black Eyed PeasHands UpSeth and Ryan arrive at the party
Cham PainShow MeLuke picks up Marissa
Cooler KidsAll Around the WorldFashion show
Joseph ArthurHoney and the MoonRyan goes back home
The K.G.B.I'm a PlayerSeth thinks Ryan is flirting with Summer
Maximum RoachLet it RollSeth and Ryan fight Luke at the beach
Mazzy StarInto DustRyan carries Marissa to the pool house
Phantom PlanetCaliforniaRyan is kicked out of the house
Slightly StoopidSweet HoneyRyan and Seth sailing


Episode Quotes
Seth: Wow, I'm sorry. I should - really learn to knock - in case there's a threesome going on in the bathroom.

Luke: Welcome to the O.C. bitch!

Marissa: Who are you?
Ryan: Whoever you want me to be.

Ryan: Seriously? I stole a car. Crashed it. Actually, my brother did. Since he had a gun and drugs on him, he's in jail. I got out and my mom threw me out. Because she was pissed off and drunk. And Mr. Cohen took me in.
Marissa: You're the cousin from Boston, right?
Ryan: Right.

Seth: (to Ryan) Do you want to play Grand Theft Auto? It's pretty cool. You can like, steal cars and...not that that's cool. Or uncool. I don't know...um...

Woman: Did I hear you were from Canada?
Ryan: Yes, you did.

Seth: (to Ryan) Summer's right over there, look. Wait, don't look. I mean you can look, but don't look like you're looking.

Seth: You guys really wouldn't hurt me. Because that would be so clichéd. (they pick him up) Oh, I guess you're fans of the cliché.

Ryan: Way to salt his game, Mr. Cohen.

Marissa: So, what do you think of Newport?
Ryan: I think I could get into a lot less trouble where I'm from.
Marissa: You have no idea.



Episode Goofs
Shadows of crew members can be seen in the scene where Ryan returns home to find the note from his mother.

When Sandy returns home from surfing, his hair changes from messy to combed between shots.

When Sandy picks Ryan up after he is kicked out of his home, Sandy puts Ryan's bike in the trunk of his BMW, and the trunk stays open in order to hold the bike. However, when the car pulls into the Cohen's driveway, the trunk is closed, but once Sandy parks the car, the interior shot shows the trunk ajar.

While Ryan is smoking with Marissa, the length of his cigarette changes between shots. After he lights it and holds it to Marissa's, it is burnt half way down. But in the next shot, it is full length again.

When Holly and Summer leave Marissa laying on the driveway after the party, Ryan sees her from overhead. From that angle, the grass strip in the driveway is in the mid-point of Marissa's back. When Ryan goes down to check on her, her head is laying in the grass strip.

When Ryan and Sandy leave to take Ryan back to Chino, it's suppost to be in the morning. But as they leave, the sun can be seen over Marissa's shoulder, which is the west being that her back is to the ocean. Since the sun sets in the west, it's evening, not morning.

When Sandy goes into Ryan's empty house at the end, you can see crew members in the bushes.



Cultural References
The Newport Group is also the same building used for the Miami-Dade Police head quarters in CSI: Miami.



Warning: The O.C. season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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