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The O.C.: The Model Home

Thinking that he'll be put into foster care, Ryan attempts runs away from the Cohens, but is stopped when Seth figures out his plan. However, Seth doesn't want to lose his only friend, so he hatches a plan to keep Ryan in Newport. Seth, with the help of Marissa, hides Ryan in an unfinished home in Kirsten's newest housing development. However, Luke and his friends discover the plan, resulting in a bloody brawl between Ryan and Luke. Meanwhile, Sandy and Kirsten find Ryan missing, resulting in more arguments about Sandy having Ryan stay with them.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 176501
Airdate: Tuesday August 12th, 2003

Alternate Airdates:

DE (Pro7) Jan 19, 2005

Guest Stars
Rachel BilsonRachel Bilson
As Summer Roberts
Melinda ClarkeMelinda Clarke
As Julie Cooper

Co-Guest Stars
Shailene WoodleyShailene Woodley
As Kaitlin Cooper
Ashley HartmanAshley Hartman
As Holly Fischer
Adam GrimesAdam Grimes
As Nordlund
Josh KlossJosh Kloss
As Saunders
Carrie ArmstrongCarrie Armstrong
As Diner Cashier
Dwight HicksDwight Hicks
As Sheriff
Steven M. GagnonSteven M. Gagnon
As Arson Investigator
Main Cast
Peter GallagherPeter Gallagher
As Sanford "Sandy" Cohen
Kelly RowanKelly Rowan
As Kirsten Cohen
Benjamin McKenzieBenjamin McKenzie
As Ryan Atwood
Adam BrodyAdam Brody
As Seth Cohen
Chris CarmackChris Carmack
As Luke Ward
Tate DonovanTate Donovan
As James "Jimmy" Cooper
Episode Notes
We learn that Summer's birthday is August 13th.

During the model home fight scene, Ben McKenzie (Ryan) was supposed to fake fall, but ended up falling though a glass window instead. Luckily, Ben McKenzie was wearing a leather jacket that prevented him from being cut by the glass as he fell.

In one scene, Ryan and Marissa are talking about Ryan's family. He states that one family member moved to Austin, Texas and how he said if Ryan was ever in town he should look him up. Ben McKenzie's (Ryan) hometown is Austin, Texas.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Aaron D.In Your Eyes 
The AndroidsDo It With Madonna 
The DovesCaught By the River 
Jeff BuckleyHallelujah 
RooneyI'm a Terrible Person 
Rufus WainwrightCalifornia 
Shady LadyWe're Going Out Tonight 

Episode Quotes
Sandy: There's no need for sarcasm.
Seth: I'm not being sarcastic.
Sandy: Well it's hard to tell sometimes.

Sandy: The minute you were born I knew that I would never take another easy breath again without knowing you were safe.
Seth: So, I'm like asthma?

Luke: You're okay.
Ryan: Disappointed?

Ryan: I didn't tell her anything. I think the black turtleneck in August tipped her off.
Seth: Okay, I was going for stealth. And also it's slimming.

Ryan: I'm not too popular around here. And your boyfriend? A little angry.
Marissa: Oh and you're telling me you didn't try to hit him back?
Ryan: Actually, I hit him first.
Marissa: Well, hard to believe you're not more popular.

Luke: What are you looking at, you queer?
Seth: (under his breath) Yeah, well at least I don't shave my chest.
Luke: What did you just say?
Seth: I said you look good in a sweater vest. It was a compliment.

Episode Goofs
When Jimmy is watching the Lakers vs. Pistons Game 7 on ESPN Classic, he says it was in 1986. The Lakers and Pistons faced each other in 1988 and 1989, but not 1986. This factual error was dubbed over for the release of season 1 on DVD.

When Ryan signs the documents making him eligible for a group home, he signs the papers as Benjamin McKenzie, the name of the actor that plays Ryan, not Ryan Atwood.

Seth's room, the pool house, and the main house are competely different from the pilot episode. Seth has different posters on his walls, the pool house decor is different, and the countertop in the kitchen of the main house changed from black to an off-white color.

Cultural References
Luke: You're a little far from 8 Mile!

8 Mile is a semi-autobiographical novel based on the rise to fame of rap star Eminem.

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