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The O.C.: The Gamble

Sandy once again represents Ryan, but this time for the arrest following the model home fire. After his release, Ryan searches for his mother, and once she's found, Ryan agrees to give her a second chance. However, when Dawn accompanies the Cohens and Ryan to a Casino Night, Dawn drinks heavily and Kirsten sees how unfit Dawn is in being a mother to Ryan. Meanwhile, both Sandy and Julie find out that Kirsten lent Jimmy $100,000 to help him with his debt, resulting in an argument between Sandy and Julie.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x3
Production Number: 176502
Airdate: Tuesday August 19th, 2003

Director: Ian Toynton
Writer: Jane Espenson

Alternate Airdates:

DE (Pro7) Jan 26, 2005

  • Currently 9.3/10
9.3/10 (4 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Daphne Ashbrook
As Dawn Atwood
Kim Oja
As Taryn
Melinda Clarke
As Julie Cooper
Rachel Bilson
As Summer Roberts

Co-Guest Stars
Adam Grimes
As Nordlund
Devin Mills
As Newport Woman #3
Josh Kloss
As Saunders
Kimberly Stanphill
As Newport Woman #2
Erica Toffel
As Dealer
Lisa K. Wyatt
As Customer
Main Cast
Peter Gallagher
As Sanford "Sandy" Cohen
Kelly Rowan
As Kirsten Cohen
Benjamin McKenzie
As Ryan Atwood
Mischa Barton
As Marissa Cooper
Adam Brody
As Seth Cohen
Chris Carmack
As Luke Ward
Tate Donovan
As James "Jimmy" Cooper
Episode Notes
Ratings: 6.2/10 rating

At the Newpsie meeting, Sandy takes the tops off of the muffin that Julie is eating. Melinda Clarke, who plays Julie, guest starred in the Seinfeld episode "The Muffin Tops".

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
BrookeWanna Be Happy 
The DovesCaught By The River 
James HornerSing Sing Sing (With a Swing) 
Less Than JakeThe Science of Selling Yourself Short 
Turin BrakesRain City 

Episode Quotes
Dawn: I'm an embarassment to my son.
Kirsten: Welcome to my world.

Sandy: It's gonna be okay.
Ryan: My mom ditched me. I burned your wife's house down. How is this going to be okay?

Summer: [Ryan] still hasn't called you back? He was in lockup. Maybe he's into dudes now.

(about Kirsten taking Ryan out of lockup)
Sandy: Never knew you to be an impulse shopper.

Julie: He basically called me white trash! He said I was from Riverside!
Jimmy: Honey, you are from Riverside.
Julie: It was his tone!

Sandy: Well. I should be off. Gotta find the next kid to jeapordize the community. Maybe a black kid. Or an Asian kid.

Seth: By the end of the night, [Summer] might know my first name.

Kirsten: Ryan's gonna stay with us now.

Episode Goofs
This episode takes place directly after the last. However, in the episode prior to this one, Ryan had bruises and cuts from his fight that night, and in this episode, the bruises are gone.

Cultural References
Summer: God, he loves you. He got in a fight, and burnt down a house for you. That's hot.

"That's hot" was the former catchphrase of heiress Paris Hilton.

Warning: The O.C. season 1 episode 3 guide may contain spoilers
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