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The O.C.: The Perfect Couple

Now that Marissa and Ryan are officially a couple, they decide to take things slowly. When Seth and Anna begin to get closer, Summer has a hard time hiding her true feelings for Seth. Tensions between Sandy and Kirsten continue to grow as Sandy continues to work on the case against Caleb. Trying to patch things up with Marissa, Julie invites Marissa, Ryan and Jimmy to her charity event. But their fragile relationship falls apart when a surprise couple is revealed.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x10
Production Number: 176509
Airdate: Wednesday November 12th, 2003

Alternate Airdates:

DE (Pro7) Mar 16, 2005

  • Currently 9.5/10
9.5/10 (4 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Alan Dale
As Caleb Nichol
Bonnie Somerville
As Rachel Hoffman
Josh Kloss
As Chip Saunders
Melinda Clarke
As Julie Cooper
Rachel Bilson
As Summer Roberts
Samaire Armstrong
As Anna Stern
Shailene Woodley
As Kaitlin Cooper
Kelly McCracken
As Photographer
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
It is revealed that Julie Cooper and Caleb Nichol are having an affair.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
AqualungStrange and Beautiful 
Stacy KentA Fine Romance 

Episode Quotes
Seth: What? It’s Anna. I could have said pop a squat if I wanted to.
Ryan: Sometimes I think you talk just to make sounds.
Seth: Sometimes I do.

Anna: So, this is your crib? This is where all the magic happens?
Seth: Well, if by magic, you're referring to the card game, then, sadly, yes.

Seth: Oh I get it. I'm just here for the comic relief.

Summer: What does Chino know about first dates? Where he came from, they don't even have a P.F. Chang's.

Seth: So when you lost your virginity, I was playing Magic the Gathering.
Ryan: You still play Magic.
Seth: Yeah, but not as much.

Sandy: So, in theory, Julia Cooper could eventually become your step-mother.
Kirsten: Don't even say it.

Marissa: I've never slept with somebody before.
Ryan: Me neither, Im usually climbing out the window or back into the front seat.

Episode Goofs
When Ryan and Marissa are together and they get interrupted by Julie, Marissa pulls away from Ryan before Julie knocks on her door.

Marissa says that she's never literally slept with anyone. But while she was in Tijuana, Marissa and Ryan slept in the same bed together.

Cultural References
Seth: So when you lost your virginity, I was playing Magic the Gathering.

Magic the Gathering is a card game that features a battle between powerful wizards.

Summer: Where he came from, they don't even have a P.F. Chang's.

P.F. Chang's is a chain of expensive Chinese restaurants.

Warning: The O.C. season 1 episode 10 guide may contain spoilers
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